Cutthroat Classics

Cutthroat Classics

While Justine Henin’s victory over Yanina Wickmayer stole the show in the women’s singles portion of the 2010 Australian Open, Sunday’s men’s singles showdowns hardly disappointed, either. Two titantic tilts headlined a delicious day (and night) of action at the Melbourne Park tennis complex. In the match of the afternoon, reigning U.S. Open champion and [...]

2010 Australian Open: Day Two News and Notes

2010 Australian Open: Day Two News and Notes

Worthwhile developments and especially newsworthy scores after a packed day of action at Melbourne Park: FIVE-SET THRILLERS ABOUND The losses of Robin Soderling and Juan Carlos Ferrero (mentioned elsewhere on this blog) weren’t the only five-setters witnessed on a rather contentious Tuesday in Australia. Other extended wars dotted the landscape on the blue plexicushion courts [...]

2010 Australian Open Men's Preview

2010 Australian Open Men’s Preview

QUESTION: Can Nikolay Davydenko break through? Much like the Kim Clijsters-Justine Henin debate on the women’s side, tennis aficionados are wondering if Davydenko, the sixth-seeded Russian, can become a force at major tournaments, beginning with this event. Davydenko has defeated Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in two separate events over the past two months, at [...]

Gentlemen’s Quarterfinal Notebook

Wimbledon 2009 02 Jul 2009

The ladies had their day on Tuesday. Now, the gentlemen will own the Wednesday spotlight on Centre Court and Court No. 1, as The Championships continue. Who’s to be taken seriously as the round of eight arrives? The short answer: A majority of the field. The longer answer: Keep reading. Gentlemen’s Quarterfinals - All Matches [...]

Old School: Ferrero outlasts Santoro in battle of veterans

Wimbledon 2009 26 Jun 2009

Aside of Lleyton Hewitt’s upset win over Juan Martin del Potro, not much happened on Day 4 of the Wimbledon Championships. The All England Club featured some brief eruptions of action, but virtually no results that would cause a stir in the crowds who flocked to SW19. As the second round came to a close, [...]

Rafael Nadal and the Meaning of Time

Wimbledon 2009 22 Jun 2009

While Wimbledon begins and tennis fans rivet their eyes on the world’s most storied patch of white-lined rectangles, one man won’t be at SW19 to soak up the adulation a defending champion deserves. Indeed, while the crown jewel of tennis unfolds in England, Rafael Nadal will be resting and reflecting on a career that has [...]

Gentlemen’s Singles Draw: Dandy for the Andys

Wimbledon 2009 22 Jun 2009

When Roger Federer won his fourteenth Grand Slam singles title a few weeks ago in Paris, the number one storyline for the 2009 Wimbledon Championships became etched in stone. But as the world’s most prestigious tennis tournament gets set to start in suburban London, the gentlemen’s singles competition now owns a second supreme theme: Life’s [...]

Men’s Final Preview: Federer faces Nadal’s conqueror in battle for history

French Open 2009 08 Jun 2009

The 2009 French Open men’s singles final offers a surprising matchup, but anyone who’s watched the first 14 days of the 15-day event at Roland Garros would find it hard ignore the notion that Robin Soderling should be the man standing in the way of Roger Federer‘s path to an added measure of tennis immortality. [...]

How Swede It Is! Soderling blows lead, then comes back to top Gonzalez

French Open 2009 06 Jun 2009

Robin Soderling, once in command of his French Open men’s singles semifinal against Fernando Gonzalez, had to feel that the world was crashing down on his slumping shoulders as a Friday afternoon grew late in Paris. After two hours of dominant play, Soderling had attained a two-set lead against his Chilean challenger, but as soon [...]

Parisian Pain: Murray gets whacked by hard-hitting Gonzalez

French Open 2009 03 Jun 2009

Andy Murray, who always feels at home on the hardcourts of the United States, did well to reach the quarterfinals of the 2009 French Open. However, when the world No. 3 cracked the round of 8 for the first time at Roland Garros, there was little he could do against a man with a golden gun. Fernando Gonzalez shot [...]

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