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Lowlights and Faults: The Worst of Tennis 2015

Despite all the triumphs and highs of this 2015 season, there were certainly plenty of lows and sad moments both on the court and off. Here’s a look back at the less than fun times this year.
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Nadal Wins in Efficient Style Over Berdych at Wimbledon.

The match itself may not have made a statement, but the final outcome did. Rafael Nadal is now the undisputed new king of tennis.

Nadal defeated Tomas Berdych 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 in just over two hours to take his second Wimbledon championship and his eighth Grand Slam title. At age 24, many think Nadal can leap above some big names on the all time list of Grand Slam winners. Meanwhile, the lack of any drama or emotion in this year’s Wimbledon final is definitely a letdown after the two previous finals that became instant classics but the bigger question still remains — does Roger Federer have to play in a Grand Slam final to make it interesting? Continue reading

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Monte Carlo Preview – Why Nadal Must Win No. 6 in a Row.

After a month long swing on the purple courts of Indian Wells and Miami, the clay court season, (when isn’t there a clay court event being played somewhere), officially kicks off with next week’s ATP Masters event in Monte Carlo. With the switch to the dirt, a whole new mindset for fans and the players takes hold as we feel a taste of the exotic just by hearing the cities the players are at. Just this week, we had Casablanca, Marbella, Ponte Vedra (oh wait’s that Florida) but you get the idea.

For those playing in Monte Carlo, it’s a chance to regroup and perhaps regain momentum as the hard courts saw several top players and their games spin wildly out of control. But one player, Rafael Nadal, who looked in control the whole time saw chances at both Indian Wells and Miami slip away to those who weren’t afraid to attack the Spainard head-on. That’s why Nadal must win a record sixth straight Monte Carlo title not only to end his almost year-long title drought but put to rest any lingering questions that he can be No. 1 again. Continue reading

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Miami Men’s Review – Roddick’s Renaissance & Will Federer Be Good Again?

I’m always interested in seeing what specific keywords or phrases people use to look up information on my website. One that has been typed in a few times that I find rather funny (no offense to those who used it) is “will Federer be good again.” You can’t blame devoted Roger Federer fans for typing this in after another lackluster performance from the world No. 1 in Miami. Taking nothing away from Tomas Berdych’s win, but many times in the match Federer looked like he’d rather be anywhere than on that court.

It’s no big secret that Federer saves his best tennis for Grand Slams and let’s face it, even if he had won Miami, would it be that big a deal? In his press conference, Federer said his game was “missing something”. I actually think his game is fine and what he really has is something his fellow No.1 player on the WTA tour has – a severe case of “Serenaitis” aka unless this is a Grand Slam, don’t call me.

Having “Serenaitis” is actually a good thing for the Swiss star as he continues to adjust his game to a part-time status. What’s more troubling is the fact that last year’s finalists, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, are already showing symptoms of “Serenaitis”, when they shouldn’t be. But it’s Andy Roddick and Rafael Nadal, whose willingness to spill their guts anytime, anyplace, proved that they are the ones to watch in 2010.

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Andy Roddick Soars Over Tomas Berdych to Claim Miami Title.

After coming up just short to Ivan Ljubicic in the finals at Indian Wells a few weeks ago, some wondered if Andy Roddick missed his best chance in over four years to claim a ATP Masters 1000 shield. With a packed field for the Sony Ericsson Open at Miami and with the usual letdown for those who do well at Indian Wells have had in the past, the odds were not good for the American.

But with his stunning win over Rafael Nadal in the semifinals and his 7-5, 6-4 win today in the finals over another resurgent player, Tomas Berdych, Roddick not only earned his best title win since Cincinnati in 2006, but proved he is definitely in the mix for another Grand Slam title for 2010. Continue reading

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Roger Federer Loses Messy Drama to Tomas Berdych in Miami.

Berdych and Federer at Net (AP/Lee)

Known throughout his career as being one to let the moment get to him, Tomas Berdych faced a match point against him with a smile. Perhaps it was that brief moment of levity that allowed him to finally win over Roger Federer in a messy drama filled match 6-4, 6-7(3), 7-6(6) at the Sony Ericsson Open.

Despite some great points, most of the match saw huge amounts of unforced errors from both men, 61 from Federer alone. And even though Federer had chances to take it, his lack of match play and general lackluster demeanor probably tipped things in Berdych’s favor. Continue reading

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Safin’s Asia Love-In Ends at Shanghai.

Marat Safin’s love affair with Asia continues. Even though he lost his second round match in Shanghai to Tomas Berdych 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, he was the one asked to hit the autographed tennis balls into the stands. Of course there was another mini-ceremony at the end with video of Safin back in his “movie idol” days with the appropriate “Wild Thing” as the soundtrack. Safin did take time to thank all of the fans in both Beijing and Shanghai for their support.

Meanwhile, injuries and the debate over them continues to mar the event. Juan Martin Del Potro and Tommy Haas both retired in their matches. Rafael Nadal, who joined Andy Roddick in complaining about the tour’s grueling schedule, looked ok in his win over James Blake.

Lleyton Hewitt, who knows a thing or two about injuries, lost a tough three setter to Gael Monfils 4-6, 6-4, 6-2. Monfils who wavered between playing fifteen feet behind the baseline to then coming up with vicious forehand winners finally decided on an attacking style of play that saw him the last six games of the third set.

Other winners included Robin Soderling, Tommy Robredo, Gilles Simon and Novak Djovokic. Ivan Ljubicic scored the biggest upset of the day taking out Fernando Verdasco.

Tomorrow’s key match ups will be Soderling/Tsonga and Gonzalez/Davydenko as all are trying to make it to London.

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