French Open

Djokovic Return Awaited with Eager Anticipation

December 27, 2017

Back in early June of 2016 talk of the G.O.A.T in men’s tennis was swirling around big time. Novak Djokovic had just completed the career Grand Slam by defeating Andy Murray in four sets in the French Open final, becoming the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four major titles at […]

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Djokovic Fights Way Past Schwartzman to Reach Fourth Round at French Open

June 2, 2017

Second seed Novak Djokovic rallied from a two-sets to one deficit to defeat a tenacious Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 5-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 in the third round of the French Open Friday afternoon. Djokovic, with new coach Andre Agassi looking on, weathered Schwartzman’s aggressive offensive assault through the first three sets to finally wear […]

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Djokovic Tames Muller at Paris Masters

November 2, 2016

Three-time defending champion and world No. 1 Novak Djokovic defeated dangerous lefthander Gilles Muller of Luxembourg 6-3, 6-4 in the Serb’s opening round match at the Paris Masters earlier today. Djokovic, also a victor at Bercy in 2009, looked as strong as ever since suffering a dip in his performances following completion of the career […]

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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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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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Groth Serves Way Past Marchenko at Mercedes Cup

June 6, 2016

Australian Sam Groth came close to serving a perfect match at the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart today. Playing on the well manicured lawns at Tennis Club Weissenhof, Groth lost only four points on his serve while defeating Ukrainian Illya Marchenko 7-5, 6-4 in the first round of what formerly was known as the Stuttgart Open. […]

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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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Nadal Beats Nishikori to Win Barcelona Open

April 25, 2016

Look out French Open. Rafael Nadal is back. The top-seeded and fifth-ranked Nadal defeated two-time defending champion Kei Nishikori 6-4, 7-5 in the final of the Barcelona Open Sunday evening, capturing his second clay-court title in back-to-back weeks and very much looking like the favorite at the upcoming French Open. Nadal won at Monte Carlo […]

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