Rusty

Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships That’s the only explanation for [CR23] Alexandr Dolgopolov’s (UKR) performance today against [CR70] Jack Sock (USA). He lost the match fairly easily 6-4, 6-1.  Sock was all power, he hit every ball as hard as he possibly could and kept Dolgopolov on his heels the entire match. There was no…

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Waning confidence

Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships A comparison of opposites, [CR5] David Ferrer versus [CR44] Marcel Granollers, the only similarity, they are both from Spain. Ferrer is quick around the court, mentally tough, physically fit, and has a ferocious forehand.  Granollers has a big serve and exquisite hands around the net. Ferrer had never lost to Granollers in…

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Unable to maintain his intensity

Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur Men’s Final: [CR8] Kei Nishikori (JPN) vs. [CR28] Julien Benneteau (FRA) The reason given by Benneteau for losing another final.  If a final does not get him focused enough to maintain his intensity, what other incentive could he possibly need?  This was an opportunity to win his first singles title and that should have been enough. He may not get another…

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Can he break his trend?

Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur Preview Tomorrow, [CR28] Julien Benneteau (FRA) gets another opportunity to win his first ATP Tour title when he plays [CR8] Kei Nishikori (JPN) in the Malaysian Open Final, Kuala Lumpur. Benneteau has a complete game, he does everything well and he is an excellent shot maker.  He has game, making it to ten…

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Three times lucky for Kvitova?

Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open, China Preview Their last encounter was on the biggest stage, The Wimbledon Final, and it was an embarrassment for [CR9] Eugenie Bouchard (CAN).  Every aspect of her game deserted her, even her will to compete.  The talented Canadian who had impressed everyone with her heavy shots and her ability to take…

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First encounter

Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open, China [CR7] Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) could not play her game against [CR9] Eugenie Bouchard (CAN). Wozniacki hugs the baseline and plays more offensive and attacking tennis when she feels confident.  It was apparent  early in the match that something was off.  She would take a medical time-out in the second set…

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