No match for an ailing Federer

Davis Cup Final, France Rubber 3, Day 2: [SUI] Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka  vs. [FRA] Julien Benneteau and Richard Gasquet The Swiss team was confident from the start of the match.  Playing aggressively and striking the ball with conviction, they broke Benneteau to take the first set.  Although the French team had numerous opportunities in the…

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Clean, crisp and precise

Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, London Doubles Semifinal: [TR1] Bob and Mike Bryan (USA) vs. [TR4] Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) The Bryans had little trouble maintaining their focus today.  Aided by Benneteau’s nervous play, the Bryans took advantage of every opportunity presented.  Roger-Vasselin did everything possible to keep his team in the match,…

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Team work

Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, London Round Robin, Day 5: [TR4] Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs. [TR7] Ivan Dodig (CRO) and Marcelo Melo (BRA) Working in harmony is the key to success in doubles and sometimes that means one player has to carry the team when their partner is off their game.  Today,…

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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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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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