Monthly Archives: May 2013

Monfils budges past Berdych in five

TweetThe draw could not have been tougher for fifth seeded Tomas Berdych: Gael Monfils in the first round. Perhaps cruel is a better word, considering Berdych’s recent fine clay form. The Frenchman in his home Major, the tournament where he has had his greatest successes, on a surface on which he plays better tennis than […]

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Federer’s best last chance in Paris?

TweetThe 2013 French Open could very well be Roger Federer’s best last chance in Paris. Not his last chance, mind. As long as Federer plays, he is in with a chance. Anything could happen in tennis, check 2009 Roland Garros for proof. But his best last chance, most likely. The draw was kind to Federer. […]

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Sharapova one Major away from second tier greats

TweetIf Maria Sharapova wins Roland Garros 2013 not only will she defend her title and win her fifth major, she will lodge herself firmly in the list of second tier greats of the game. Right now she sits at the top, by virtue of her career slam, of the third tier, with the likes of […]

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Nadal destroys Federer in Rome


TweetRafael Nadal destroying Roger Federer in a Clay court final is not news. We’ve seen it before, when Federer was in his prime, too. Neither man’s fans will forget Nadal’s destruction of a prime Federer in the 2008 French Open final to the loss of 4 games. Nadal winning his seventh Italian Open final, there’s […]

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Serena’s slow clay success in Rome

TweetSerena William’s 6-1, 6-3 defeat of Vika Azarenka in the Italian Open final was another question answered to her critics and an affirmation to her fans. Her win in Madrid, so the whispers went, was questionable. It was not real clay, not like the clay, say, in Paris. The altitude of the host city made […]

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Rafa whips Wawrinka in Madrid


TweetHaving broken all the clay court records there were to break, Rafael Nadal now has only his own personal ones to better. This year, in Madrid, he recorded another personal clay court achievement, claiming both Barcelona and Madrid in the same season for the first time. All that can stop Rafael Nadal and his history-making […]

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Serena makes it fifty it Madrid

TweetSerena Williams won her 50th career title in Madrid, beating Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-4. It was only her seventh clay court title in her 17 years on the tour. And her first red clay title since 2002 when she won the French Open. The stars were certainly lined up for Serena, Madrid being the perfect […]

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Medina-Garrigues fluffs up new balls in Madrid against Serena

Tweet If you want to see an example of unbelievably unprofessional behavior from a professional tennis player then look no further than the video above. In the first set of Anabel Medina-Garrigues’ quarter-final match in Madrid against Serena Williams, Medina-Garrigues asks for the new balls at the change of ends. The parasol hiding her from […]

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Berdych pips Murray to win number 402

TweetIn praise of a perfect tie-break Tomas Berdych and Andy Murray were pretty much inseperable at 6-6 in the first set of their quarter-final meeting in Madrid last night. It was not the only number they had in common at that moment. They were also equal in their head to head, tied at 4-4. And […]

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Nishikori knocks out Federer in Madrid

TweetJapanese world number 16 Kei Nishikori knocked second seeded Roger Federer out of the Madrid Open last sixteen yesterday afternoon. The 23 year old Japanese player took control of the first set in the fifth game. Holding break point, he took control of the point from the middle of the court, hitting a forehand down […]

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