Grand Slams

Is Djokovic Done With Number One?

January 21, 2017

The tennis world is still trembling in the aftermath of Novak Djokovic’s seismic loss to Denis Istomin down under on Thursday. Although the aura of Djokovic’s invincibility had taken some serious hits since the Serb completed his career Grand Slam at Roland Garros in June, the new year had given some indication that he had […]

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Bublik Stuns Pouille in First Round Upset at Australian Open

January 16, 2017

Qualifier Alexander Bublik, ranked No. 207 in the world, pulled off the biggest upset of Day 1 on the men’s side of the draw at the Australian Open Monday afternoon. The 19-year-old Russian, now playing for Kazakhstan since November, thoroughly took it to No. 16 seed Lucas Pouille 6-0, 3-6, 6-3. 6-4 in one hour […]

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Wawrinka Powers Past Djokovic to Win U.S. Open

September 12, 2016

Stan Wawrinka spotted defending champion Novak Djokovic the first set and then rallied to take the next three, defeating the top-ranked Serb 6-7 (1), 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 in the final of the U.S. Open late yesterday afternoon. The title, Wawrinka’s first at Flushing Meadows, was the No. 3-ranked Swiss’ third Grand Slam crown in three […]

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Pouille Shocks Nadal in Fourth Round Upset at U.S. Open

September 5, 2016

It was a match neither player deserved to lose. Frenchman Lucas Pouille stunned No. 4 seed Rafael Nadal 6-1, 2-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (6) in a fourth-round thriller at the U.S. Open late yesterday afternoon. The final blow of the contest came when Pouille crushed his 59th winner of the day, an unplayable forehand down […]

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Murray Beats Raonic for Second Wimbledon Title

July 10, 2016

Andy Murray won his second Wimbledon crown and third Grand Slam earlier today, defeating Milos Raonic 6-4, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (2) in a sterling display of all-court tennis. Murray played like an unstoppable force, serving impeccably while dulling Raonic’s booming serves and huge forehands. Three years ago the Scot became the first man from Great […]

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Raonic Topples Federer in Wimbledon Semifinals

July 9, 2016

Milos Raonic became the first Canadian to reach a Grand Slam final yesterday afternoon when he defeated No. 3-ranked Roger Federer 6-3, 6-7 (3), 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 in the semifinals at Wimbledon. It may have been the last best chance for the 34-year-old Federer to reach a record 11th final and capture an unprecedented eighth […]

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Barton Edges Olivetti in Epic Three-Day Match at Wimbledon

June 30, 2016

Australian qualifier Matt Barton withstood 56 aces from big-serving Albano Olivetti to win an epic three-day first round marathon 6-7 (7), 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-7 (5), 14-12 at Wimbledon earlier today. Barton was the last man accepted into the Roehampton qualifying tournament after several late withdrawals in the final hours prior to the cutoff time […]

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First Round Upset Picks at Wimbledon 2016

June 26, 2016

It’s that time of year again. The day before the start of Wimbledon. Requests have already started to come in for my annual top five first round upset picks at SW19. After two successive years of 1-4 records in the prognosticating business I thought I’d give it a rest. Popular demand dictates that I can’t. […]

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Djokovic Beats Murray to Win French Open

June 5, 2016

Novak Djokovic completed a career Grand Slam by capturing his first French Open title Sunday afternoon, rallying past rival Andy Murray 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 to finally hoist the Coupe des Mousquetaires after failing in three previous finals at Roland Garros. The top-ranked Serb became the eighth male player to win all four Grand Slams, […]

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Murray Completes Stunning Comeback Against Stepanek

May 24, 2016

Andy Murray rallied from a two-set deficit to defeat Czech veteran Radek Stepanek 3-6, 3-6, 6-0, 6-3, 7-5 earlier today at the French Open. The first-round thriller, carried over from last night after waning daylight forced suspension of play, marked the ninth time Murray has escaped from two sets down and the third time at […]

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