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2nd week

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When 18-year-old Bernard Tomic [64] reached Wimbledon quarterfinals in 2011, it seemed “the big 4” would have a strong contender in the near future. However, Tomic profoundly disappointed last year, losing several times at early stages and dropping 10 places … Continue reading

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| Australian Open 1988 |

Just 6 out of Top 20 guys participated in the first edition at Flinders Park. Nevertheless Mats Wilander‘s triumph is fully legitimate because the best player for three years – Ivan Lendl – was there, also second best at the time … Continue reading

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1st week

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The new season kicked off with an enforcement of a rule considering time for preparation between points – since first tournaments of 2013, a time violation between points (25 seconds) has been penalized in the first instance with a warning. … Continue reading

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| Australian Open 2008 + 2006 |

Those events have something in common: spectacular run to the finals of little experienced players at the time: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Marcos Baghdatis – the former was just playing 16th main level tournament, the latter 17th of this type… The … Continue reading

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Australian Open 1990 + AO summary (1969-79)

The tournament is associated with John McEnroe’s default – the first Grand Slam disqualification in the Open era. Boris Becker’s 18-match winning streak at majors was snapped by a rejuvenated Mats Wilander, for whom it was a “swan song” though. … Continue reading

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Wimbledon 2003

We’re approaching 10th anniversary of Roger Federer‘s first Grand Slam trophy (simultaneously it was Rafael Nadal‘s Grand Slam debut). The Swiss had been considered as a major title contender since Wimbledon 2001 when he stunned the 7-time champion Pete Sampras, but … Continue reading

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Roland Garros 1981 + longest winning streaks

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After nearly two-month absence from competition (shoulder injury) and rumors about quitting the game because of the will to become father, Bjorn Borg for the first time since 1975 wasn’t an overwhelming  favorite to get the title. Nevertheless he confirmed … Continue reading

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US Open 1994 + Wimbledon 1986

The most shocking US Open of the 90s. All main favorites were eliminated before quarterfinals, including defending champion Pete Sampras, who came back in action after a 6-week injury break. His injured ankle was already fine, but he wasn’t prepared … Continue reading

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Chela’s farewell

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There were four players to claim a title in their debut at the main level, five others won maiden tournament not having won a match before, Juan Ignacio Chela [176] is one of them (along with Butch Walts, Karel Novacek, … Continue reading

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Roland Garros 1985 + Wimbledon 1982

The best Americans born in the 50s (John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors) wasted their last reasonable chances to win in Paris. It was a tournament that seemed to be fully controlled by Ivan Lendl – the Czechoslovak had been winning during … Continue reading

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