Kuznetsova turnaround could save the women’s game

Svetlana Kuznetsova 15 Jun 2009

Dinara Safina must be ruing the day her brother talked compatriot Svetlana Kuznetsova out of quitting tennis. Newly crowed queen of Roland Garros Kuznetsova has revealed how Marat Safin, brother of beaten finalist Safina, talked her out of quitting tennis after she became disillusioned with the sport. Former women’s number one Safin helped talk Kuznetsova […]


The Comeback Kid: Djokovic stops Federer, advances to final

The Comeback Kid: Djokovic stops Federer, advances to final

Rome Masters 05 May 2009

Novak Djokovic is making a habit out of losing the opening set against Roger Federer. For most people, that would be a problem, but for the 21-year-old Serb with ample reserves of self-belief, it’s only a reason to fight even harder. For the second time in the past month, Djokovic felled Federer in a Masters […]


Clay Heyday: Nadal defeats Djokovic for fourth Rome title

Rome Masters 05 May 2009

Two weeks ago, Rafael Nadal won his fifth straight Monte Carlo championship, a feat unequaled in tennis history. Over the weekend at the Foro Italico tennis complex, this 22-year-old Mallorcan attained another one-of-a-kind accomplishment in a career that is already rewriting the record books. Nadal is not a graybeard in his sport, but the lethal […]


Roman Rule: Nadal, Djokovic cruise in quarterfinals

Rome Masters 01 May 2009

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic faced difficult draws on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Rome Masters, but these two members of the ATP Tour’s “Big Four” managed to dismiss opponents seeded sixth and fifth, respectively. Nadal eased past Fernando Verdasco, 6-3, 6-3, while Djokovic clocked Juan Martin del Potro, 6-3, 6-4. After dueling for […]


Colossal Collisions: Quiet day in Rome creates main-event matchups for quarterfinals

Rome Masters 30 Apr 2009

Wednesday shook up the Rome Masters tennis tournament, but Thursday’s action calmed the stormy seas at the rain-plagued event. As a result, the locals in Italy’s magnificent capital have two tremendous quarterfinals to look forward to. When the sun rises on Friday, lucky ticketholders at the Foro Italico will be treated to a pair of […]


Seeds of Intrigue: Murray’s early exit in Rome has French Open implications

Rome Masters 29 Apr 2009

Andy Murray wasn’t expected to win the Rome Masters this week at the Foro Italico tennis complex. In the same breath, the Scotsman also didn’t figure to bow out in his first match at this venerable claycourt event. One bad day at the office is a fact of professional sports, but Murray’s great misfortune is […]


Sizing up the semifinals: Three heavyweights and a Swiss guy

As the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters heads toward a pair of Saturday semifinals, it’s just as the oddsmakers predicted heading into the tournament: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray join a Swiss tennis player in the final four. Oh, wait: Stanislas Wawrinka, not Roger Federer, is the man representing Switzerland as the year’s first […]


Stan the Man: Wawrinka tops Federer to shake up Monte Carlo

No champion tennis player ever wants to lose a match, but if a man of Roger Federer’s stature could ever accept defeat between the painted lines, he would want to bow out of a non-Grand Slam tournament against a close friend and countryman. On Thursday, that very scenario unfolded at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters, […]