Down to the wire

Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, London Round Robin, Day 3: [TR2] Daniel Nestor (CAN) and Nenad Zimonjic (SRB) vs. [TR4] Julien Benneteau / Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) In doubles, you are only as strong as your weakest link and team morale is adversely affected by each player’s errors and mental state. Today, Nestor and Zimonjic were not…

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Opportunistic!

Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, London Round Robin, Day 2: [TR1] Bob and Mike Bryan (USA) vs. [TR8] Lukasz Kubot (POL) and Robert Lindstedt (SWE) The Bryan brothers came up short today against Kubot/Lindstedt and it was not a surprise. They started out flat while Kubot/Lindstedt were more alert and opportunistic. Although the Bryan brothers held…

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An embarrassment

Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, London Round Robin, Day 2: [CR4] Stan Wawrinka (SUI) vs. [CR7] Tomas Berdych (CZE) It was a pitiful performance by Berdych. He was unable to adjust his game to counter Wawrinka’s strategy.  Berdych was so stressed he could neither think nor execute his shots and he is developing an unhealthy trend of folding…

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No repeat for Raonic

Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, London Round Robin, Day 1: [CR2] Roger Federer (SUI) vs. [CR8] Milos Raonic (CAN) Raonic could not duplicate the feat. Federer had no intention of creating a new trend, losing to Raonic, and he was brutally efficient in the first set.  Raonic was overwhelmed by nerves and it was evident…

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Home court, not an advantage

Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, London Round Robin, Day 1: [CR5] Kei Nishikori (JPN) vs. [CR6] Andy Murray (GBR) Murray had won all three previous encounters; therefore, he expected to win today given his recent improved form and Nishikori’s less than stellar play in recent big matches. However, he did not count on Nishikori finally…

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Not enough doubles

The 2014 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals got underway today with a doubles match. Although I prefer singles, doubles has its own quirky appeal; however, the lack of media coverage for doubles makes it hard for fans to follow and get involved. Today’s match featuring the Spanish team of [TR6] Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez against the French…

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