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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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
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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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
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
(1)Novak Djokovic d. (3)Rafael Nadal 6-2, 7-6(1) [1:52 h] Year after year, Nadal was unbeatable in Monte Carlo #, and many fans could expect he would collect another titles until his retirement. Actually I can’t imagine any other … Continue reading
2nd semifinal: (1)Novak Djokovic d. Fabio Fognini 6-2, 6-1 [0:52 h] A bridge too far for the flamboyant Italian. He picked off all the munition in his previous matches and facing the best player in the world he … Continue reading
4th quarterfinal: (1)Novak Djokovic d. Jarkko Nieminen 6-4, 6-3 [1:17 h] Djokovic’s movement improved comparing to previous rounds, however, he found himself again in a position to lose the 1st set. Nieminen established a 2:0 lead having won … Continue reading
The Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters has traditionally weaker field than two other Masters 1000 events held on clay. This year among Top 20 players withdrew: Roger Federer, David Ferrer, Tommy Haas, Kei Nishikori and Sam Querrey. Novak Djokovic‘s participation was uncertain … Continue reading
If you want to know the zenith of tennis brilliance of one player as far singles & doubles are concerned you have to go back to Wimbledon in years 1983-84, those two years when John McEnroe delivered the most amazing … Continue reading