Belief

Winston-Salem Open, North Carolina Men’s Final: [CR33] Lukas Rosol (CZE) vs. [CR52] Jerzy Janowicz (POL) Janowicz lost the match because he played not to lose instead of playing to win.  Even knowing that he had won their only encounter, he did not believe. He had every opportunity to win this match, yet choked every one…

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Dominance continues

Western & Southern Open, Cincinnati Men’s Final: [CR3] Roger Federer (SUI) vs. [CR6] David Ferrer (ESP) That is how Federer has played against Ferrer. Despite his determined play and dogged persistence, Ferrer has not been able to solve the mystery of Federer.  However, there has been signs that he might be getting closer; in their last encounter, Ferrer took the 2nd…

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Fatigue did not prevent the victory

Western & Southern Open, Cincinnati Women’s Final: [CR1] Serena Williams (USA) vs. [CR11] Ana Ivanovic (SRB) Despite a dismal start to the match, Serena reigned in her game enough to come away with a straight set victory.  She took the first set 6-4 in a fight, but that was all the resistance Ivanovic could muster.  She just could…

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Experience trumps youthful bravado

Western & Southern Open, Cincinnati Men’s Semifinal: [CR3] Roger Federer (SUI) vs. [CR7] Milos Raonic (CAN) Despite establishing himself as an elite top ten player since April of this year, Raonic still has not discovered the secret to defeating Federer.  It’s nothing to be ashamed of, Federer is a difficult opponent to conquer even when…

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Nausea or nerves?

Western & Southern Open, Cincinnati Women’s Semifinal: [CR6] Maria Sharapova (RUS) vs. [CR11] Ana Ivanovic (SRB) Hard to tell, as it seems that everything was at play in this semifinal match between Ivanovic and Sharapova. There was no doubt that something was amiss; Ivanovic took the first set 6-2 and was leading 4-0 when everything…

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Dashed hopes

Western & Southern Open, Cincinnati Men’s Semifinal: [CR6] David Ferrer (ESP) vs. [CR41] Julien Benneteau (FRA) Benneteau saw his dreams of winning his first singles title disappear today, losing to  Ferrer in the semifinal round at the Western and Southern Open. He fought valiantly, but the fatigue was apparent in his game.  His weary legs were just a…

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