Worthy of a final

Western & Southern Open, Cincinnati Thus was the quarterfinal match between Federer and Murray at this year’s Western and Southern Open, at least on paper. Both members of the famed “top four club” for many years; the other members being Rafa (Rafael Nadal-ESP) and Nole (Novak Djokovic-SRB). The once dominant top four seems to be a thing…

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Unwelcomed rematch

Western & Southern Open, Cincinnati Preview Though they are best friends on tour, I doubt that Caroline and Serena enjoy hanging out this way.  Sure the competitor in each of them will probably deny that, but the obvious tension in their quarterfinal match at last week’s Rogers Cup, Canada was a testament of how undesirable they find…

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Stan was not the man today

Western & Southern Open, Cincinnati It was not surprising given Stan’s history of erratic play, plus he had lost two of their three previous matches. [CR41] Julien Benneteau (FRA) as a player is an enigma; he does not have that one shot that can put players away, yet he has gained some impressive wins throughout his career. It appeared that [CR4] Stanislas…

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Well done Tommy!

Western & Southern Open, Cincinnati 2005, the last time [CR20]Tommy Robredo (ESP) defeated [CR1] Novak Djokovic (SRB). He can celebrate tonight this well deserved victory over the Serb.  He fought to the bitter end because Djokovic was just as determined to win this match. 7-6(6), 7-5 was the final score in the upset victory by the Spaniard….

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He had his chances

Western & Southern Open, Cincinnati Isner did not take advantage of any of them in the third set to close the match out against [CR9] Andy Murray (GBR), instead he lost in the third set tiebreaker and the match, 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-7(2). [CR14] John Isner (USA) lost the match the moment he lost those break/match opportunities in the twelfth…

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Battling her demons

Western & Southern Open, Cincinnati It’s not just the player across the net that [CR1] Serena Williams (USA) battles each time she steps on court, no disrespect to the other player, it is her self-imposed perfectionist demands that make her matches so unpredictable. Serving for the match at 5-1, Serena was broken at love.  She did not even…

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