Player spotlight update

Erste Bank Open, Austria [CR136] Alexander Zverev, a 17 year old German player, is putting in the hard work to improve his game and his ranking by playing in the qualifying rounds of ATP World Tour tournaments and also in ATP Challenger tournaments. He was hoping to make it into the main draw at the 2014 Erste Bank Open, Austria; however,…

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The joy of victory and the agony of defeat

Tianjin Open, China Women’s Final:  [CR35] Belinda Bencic (SUI) vs. [CR62] Alison Riske (USA) Riske finally won her first WTA Tour title and there were tears of joy.  Bencic may have shed a few tears a couple of times in the match, but they were tears of frustration, not joy, with her game.  Though she had moments of brilliant play, there were far…

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Simon could have won

Shanghai Rolex Masters, China Men’s Final: [CR3] Roger Federer (SUI) vs. [CR29] Gilles Simon (FRA) Belief and execution are the keys to beating a higher ranked player.  Simon did not quite believe and was unable to properly execute his game against Federer.  He served for the first set and was broken.  He had set points…

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Stopped by Federer!

Shanghai Rolex Masters, China Men’s Semifinal: [CR1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs. [CR3] Roger Federer (SUI) Federer was able to produce consistent stellar play, despite being tested, to defeat Djokovic.  Federer still has the game although his confidence is somewhat precarious.  That was apparent in his tentative approach shots and his hesitant mid-court game; however, although Federer is stubborn, he is an intelligent…

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Tougher opponent

Shanghai Rolex Masters, China Men’s Semifinal: [CR21] Feliciano Lopez (ESP) vs. [CR29] Gilles Simon (FRA) Lopez could not mount enough resistance to gain another victory against  Simon. Simon has been regaining his confidence after his form had deteriorated due to injuries.  Simon is a consistent player, he is patient, and rarely beats himself. His success on…

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Losing a match you should have won

Tianjin Open, China It is sometimes harder to relax when you know that you should win.  There is a mixture of excitement at the prospect of an easy victory, while at the same time, dread at the possibility of losing.  At this level, any player is a threat and losing a match is always possible. The prospect of an upset victory can…

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