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21st week

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No Top 10’ers in action this week. In Dusseldorf for the first time since 1978 a regular ATP tournament was held instead of the annual World Team Cup. Juan Monaco [19] took an opportunity of rather week draw and quick elimination … Continue reading

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| Roland Garros 2006-2008 |

Unprecedented period in the Open era for many reasons, most of all – for the first time one player (Rafael Nadal) defeats the other one (Roger Federer) in three consecutive Grand Slam finals; only Stefan Edberg and Boris Becker had … Continue reading

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Rome – final

(5)Rafael Nadal d. (2)Roger Federer    6-1, 6-3    [1:09 h] When two best players of the XXI Century meet, expectations are always enormous. They had played on Centre Court in Rome one of the most memorable finals of the … Continue reading

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Rome – semifinals

2nd semifinal: (2)Roger Federer d. Benoit Paire    7-6(5), 6-4    [1:27 h] Paire played a solid match, especially given the circumstances – completely new territory for him; first time on Centre Court, first time in such an advanced phase … Continue reading

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Rome – three rounds + QFs

Quarterfinals Tomas Berdych had lost 11 straight matches to Novak Djokovic, so when the Serb led 6-2 5:2 in their Rome quarterfinal, Berdych’s victory was actually beyond imagination. Yet this year, the Czech comes back from similarly difficult situations more … Continue reading

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19th week – Madrid

I haven’t described this tournament as past ‘Masters 1000’ events this year, because I had a busy weekend (partying with friends from Breslau), and simply hadn’t time to watch any matches from quarterfinals and onwards.  There was a big surprise … Continue reading

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18th week

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Perhaps achievement of German football teams (Bayern Munchen & Borussia Dortmund advanced to the Champions League final) inspired German players in Munich: four made through to the quarterfinals, three of them to the semifinals – the most Germans in the … Continue reading

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| Roland Garros 1991-1992 |

Jim Courier finished only one year (1992) as the best player in the world, however, his reign in men’s tennis actually extended between Indian Wells ’91 and Wimbledon ’93, so more than two years. During those magnificent 27 months, he … Continue reading

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17th week

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The weather in Barcelona was ugly, especially in the last four days. Most of players who advanced to the third round, were forced to play two matches on Friday, semifinals on Saturday were delayed, the final on Sunday was entirely … Continue reading

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| 2002: Australian Open + Roland Garros |

There are four Open era years (1976, 1998, 2002 & 2003) when two out of four Grand Slam crowns went to players who never won other major before or after. The 2002 year is special to some degree, it’s tough … Continue reading

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