Defending Champ Survives Monteiro’s Threat

Defending champ survives Monteiro's threat.

SkiStar Swedish Open, Sweden [24] Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) vs. [103] Thiago Monteiro (BRA) Both players were feeling the pressure and as usual, the more experienced player was able to handle the occasion better.  Monteiro started the match playing accurate tennis, he could not miss.  There was no expectation and he felt no tension and went…

Continue reading →

Well Earned First Title For Ramos-Vinolas

SkiStar Swedish Open, Bastad Men’s Final: [35] Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) vs. [59] Fernando Verdasco (ESP) Ramos-Vinolas had to overcome many obstacles en route to this final. He dispatched the number one seed, David Ferrer, in the semifinals, a player he had never beaten in six previous attempts.  Today his opponent was Verdasco, a player he had…

Continue reading →

Ramos-Vinolas Finally Defeats Ferrer

SkiStar Swedish Open, Bastad [13] David Ferrer (ESP) vs. [35] Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) Ramos-Vinolas had never defeated Ferrer in six previous attempts.  Although he had taken a set in three of those encounters, Ferrer always found a way to resist his challenge.  That was the Ferrer of old.  Today we saw the Ferrer who is…

Continue reading →

A matter of belief

Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, Spain [CR66] Pablo Andujar (ESP) vs. [CR67] Albert Ramos Vinolas (ESP) If you look at the rankings, there is not much separating these players; however, if you look at their records, the difference is obvious.  Ramos Vinolas has never won an ATP World Tour title. That single fact changed the complexity…

Continue reading →

Frustration

Heineken Open, Auckland  [CR61] Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) vs. [CR136] Lucas Pouille (FRA) That is what Ramos-Vinolas felt the entire match against Pouille. As forehand and backhand winners flew by him, Ramos-Vinolas got increasingly annoyed.  In addition he felt there were some line calls that went against him and got even more upset.  Unable to control…

Continue reading →