Young Into Second Final, Will He Win?

Delray Beach Open, USA Men’s Semifinal: [CR46] Bernard Tomic (AUS) vs. [CR56] Donald Young (USA) Young knew that the final was at stake. They met earlier this year and Young won in a tightly contested three setter. Although it would go the distance again today, Young had a much easier victory.  It may not have appeared…

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Failure to execute

Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships Women’s Semifinal: [CR4] Simona Halep (ROU) vs. [CR5] Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) Wozniacki had her chances, up a set and numerous opportunities to break Halep in the subsequent sets. Yet, playing defensively, she was unable to out maneuver Halep and ended up making too many errors to defeat her.  Off the…

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Unconvincing Victory For Nadal

Rio Open, Brazil [CR3] Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs. [CR55] Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) There is no place to hide on the tennis court and when you are lacking confidence, all areas of your game are affected and on display for the world to see.  Nadal will work through this phase; however, the process may be slow…

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No Fog Today For Fognini

Rio Open, Brazil [CR28] Fabio Fognini (ITA) vs. [CR50] Pablo Andujar (ESP) Fognini got a scare in his previous match and came out today showing the caliber of tennis he is capable of producing when he chooses to focus. Fognini can frustrate his fans, especially when he seems to be playing in a mental fog. Andujar was…

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Home Court Advantage

Rio Open, Brazil [CR88] Joao Souza (BRA) vs. [CR92] Blaz Rola (SLO) Souza started out playing with confidence and executed his shots almost to perfection. Cheered on by the home crowd, he quickly went up 5-1.  Yet, the adrenaline of the moment could not overcome the magnitude of what he was trying to accomplish and…

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Will clay help Rafa’s confidence?

 Rio Open, Brazil [CR3] Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs. [CR64] Thomaz Bellucci (BRA There was early evidence that Nadal is still fighting an internal battle with doubts. He went up a break twice in the first set, only to immediately lose his serve each time, unable to consolidate the break.  This is not something we are…

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