Author Archives: Voo de Mar

Wimbledon 1985

There were three sensational under-age triumphs in Grand Slam tournaments in the Open era, all occurred in a span of seven years between 1982 and 1989. As I have recently mentioned in two Roland Garros stories, in Paris triumphed teenagers … Continue reading

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Madrid – final

(3)Roger Federer d. (6)Tomas Berdych 3-6, 7-5, 7-5                                                        [ 2:38 ] Federer as usual began … Continue reading

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Madrid – semifinals

2nd semifinal: (3)Roger Federer d. (7)Janko Tipsarevic         6-2, 6-3                                 [ 1:07 h ] Tipsarevic made a huge progress in the … Continue reading

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Madrid – round 3rd + QF’s

Quarterfinals Three quarterfinals were scheduled on Manolo Santana (Centre) court, but the first match on Friday between a powerful Juan Martin del Potro [11] and a smart Alexandr Dolgopolov [20] was held on Stadium 3. Del Potro was very solid … Continue reading

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Madrid – round 1st + 2nd

It’s the first tournament in history held on a blue clay (!) which obviously creates some controversies. The all-time biggest specialist of clay, Rafael Nadal complained before the Mutua Madrileña Open kicked off: “Madrid is one of the best tournaments … Continue reading

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Roland Garros 1997

It was the third and last by far, miracle in Paris – the tournament was captured by a player who theoretically hadn’t any basis to win the event before it started. In some respects Gustavo Kuerten‘s triumph was more astonishing … Continue reading

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18th week

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Three tournaments this week, all of them with a 28-draw. I have to admit I’m not an advocate of tournaments of this type because they clearly handicap top seeded players. It’s really tough to expect that a tournament would win … Continue reading

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Australian Open 1989

Ivan Lendl [2], with Roland Garros and US Open titles captured in the mid 80s, dreamed about winning Australian Open and Wimbledon. After several unsuccessful attempts (three consecutive semi-final defeats), he finally won the coveted Australian Open title in his … Continue reading

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17th week

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Men’s clay-court tennis in Europe has been functioning in cycles for many years. Rafael Nadal [2] begins it with the Monte Carlo title, then fortifies his supremacy over all other clay-court specialists beating the best of them – David Ferrer … Continue reading

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US Open 1983

The eighth and last major title for Jimmy Connors, who beat Ivan Lendl second straight year in a 4-set final. It was a tournament which made a “Bollettieri” name famous. Two young pupils of his tennis academy (he’d opened it … Continue reading

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