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  1. Rod on February 5th, 2008 3:38 pm

    I agree; Federer has too many shots and skill to try and play tug of war with guys like Novak. He should use a variety of shots and utilize his net game a bit more.

  2. Sam on February 6th, 2008 10:04 pm

    i don’t know what it is, the kid is sick, but he just bugs me. really presses my buttons.

  3. Nick on February 7th, 2008 1:12 pm

    Can’t deny he’s a good player, but I wish he’d just serve the damn ball!!!
    And don’t forget Fedex is number 1 and will be for along time to come, he’s aloud to have an off day once in a while…

  4. Nick on February 7th, 2008 1:16 pm

    FEEEEEEDDDDDDDD-EEEEEXXXXXXXXXXXX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    This will be his year at the French
    hopefully……

  5. Nick on February 7th, 2008 6:47 pm

    oh man i saw that match and it was incredible, it was like he was incapable of making a mistake it was really cool

  6. Nick on February 7th, 2008 6:48 pm

    hah roddick sucks
    no pun intended.

  7. Natasha on February 7th, 2008 8:03 pm

    Nima, you should learn his forehand.

  8. Allan on February 8th, 2008 8:37 am

    Get used to him everyone, because he’s the real deal. Can hit from both wings, serve and run, plus he has the “winner’s mentality”. Natasha, give Nima a break! He taught Novak that forehand! Great stuff here, Nima.

  9. Sam on February 8th, 2008 9:34 am

    no he just has to work on his attitude, and not be such a dick.

  10. Nima Naderi on February 8th, 2008 1:06 pm

    Thanks for your messages guys, Novak will have tough road ahead of him this year, because of all the points he has to defend, but hes seems very focused, the physical and mental side of it will come into play from here on in.

  11. Cyrus on February 8th, 2008 1:48 pm

    I agree, I think when Fed was slicing his backhand he continued to frustrate opponents a lot. I believe though Fed is trying to show that now that he is getting a little older than he can keep up with the big boys. No matter what though he shows true strength in his physical and mental game

  12. Nima Naderi on February 12th, 2008 10:42 am

    2nd seed Tommy Haas out 1st round to Hartfield. Bad loss for Tommy and Hartfields 1st career hardcourt win.

  13. Nima Naderi on February 12th, 2008 10:46 am

    Moya wins 1st ever match in Brazil plays winner of Olivier Patience (FRA) vs Juan Pablo Brzezicki (ARG) in 2nd round.

  14. StallionDan on February 12th, 2008 11:21 am

    Cool review man. It is much appreciated. I still like the regular breathe 2s the best.

  15. StallionDan on February 12th, 2008 11:23 am

    Yes that match was incredible. I felt bad for Hewitt, but then I looked into his player’s box and say who he was married to and I didn’t feel bad at all. It was like Caleri was playing for her. She is so noble. I love how excited she gets when he plays. Awesome.

  16. Nima Naderi on February 12th, 2008 2:36 pm

    Coria wins 1st match since July 2006 or qualifier Francesco Aldi 6-4, 7-5, Godd job Coria, hopefully Guga can follow in your foot steps.

  17. Sam Holakoozadeh on February 12th, 2008 3:49 pm

    i’m looking for guga to win the french, or at least get to the quarters. gotta go out with a bang.

  18. Nima Naderi on February 12th, 2008 8:19 pm

    Guga out 1st round with a 7-5 6-1 loss to Carlos Berlocq (ARG)

  19. Sam Holakoozadeh on February 12th, 2008 9:33 pm

    i’m still looking for a good result from the guy. he has to go out with an afro and a bang.

  20. Shahin on February 13th, 2008 5:30 am

    The support comes from all over the world…. Make it happen.

  21. Shahin on February 13th, 2008 5:46 am

    Every Genius has a mental disorder that prohibits them to live a nornal life (whatever that is). This is why they underachieve or live a life full of problems.

  22. Shahin on February 13th, 2008 5:48 am

    Guga is done with…. bring on the next generation…

  23. Nima Naderi on February 13th, 2008 9:08 pm

    Moya, Blake, Djokovic all through on Wed.

  24. StallionDan on February 14th, 2008 2:53 pm

    sometimes when things come too easy then they are of no value to that person. Rios played tennis for all the wrong reasons in my mind. That is why he never treated the sport with the respect it deserved. That is why what Federer is doing is so incredible. The guy just never stops.

  25. Nima Naderi on February 14th, 2008 10:43 pm

    Djokovic out to G. Simon in France, 6 Americans move on in Delray Beach.

  26. Sam Holakoozadeh on February 15th, 2008 11:15 am

    ginepri is taking advantage of all that love he is getting from that undeserved wild card.

  27. Nima Naderi on February 15th, 2008 10:25 pm

    Carlos Moya (ESP) comes back from 1-4 down in the 3rd set to defeat Oscar Hernandez 7-5 in the 3rd. Up next for Moya is Nick Lapenti (ECU). Blake (USA) through the semi’s in Delray face to Robby Ginepri (USA). Andy Murray (GBR) and Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) into the semi’s in Marseille, will face each other on Sat.

  28. Nima Naderi on February 16th, 2008 7:53 pm

    The finals are set:

    Marseille: Murray vs Ancic

    Delray Beach: Blake vs suprise finalist, Kei Nishikori from Japan

    Brazil: Moya vs Almagro

    Good for Ancic getting some confidence and result back. Moya claws his way to the finals after all of his 4 matches go 3 sets. Blake looking to stop the Nishikori in this suprise run to the finals.

  29. MEAC_ALLAMERICAN on February 17th, 2008 6:26 pm

    Great stuff!!!

  30. Sam Holakoozadeh on February 17th, 2008 11:37 pm

    i don’t know, i really think this was more of a disaster, then a bad loss for blake. i can understand him losing to this guy in the first round, but you have had nishikori on your radar for a week, had to have been prepared. can’t be losing to 18 years who are ranked 244 in the world when you are a top 10 player.

  31. Alex on February 18th, 2008 12:27 pm

    I think Tommy Haas has a great chance of winning the San Jose tournament. He is always under the radar and won’t have to worry about having reporters in his face all the time like Rodick and Blake who are obviously the home-country heros. He is a great player who just happens to have a major injury every time he gets his ranking back into the top 10!

  32. Alex on February 18th, 2008 12:30 pm

    Murray is a great talent and has a good coach to help him show it off.

  33. Sam Holakoozadeh on February 18th, 2008 6:37 pm

    he probably needs to get a better trainer/nutritionist or something. getting injured consistently sounds of alarms for me.

  34. Nima Naderi on February 18th, 2008 6:52 pm

    Nalbandian through to the second round in Argentina with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Peter Luczak (AUS).

  35. Zach on February 19th, 2008 6:40 pm

    way to go nima

  36. Zach on February 19th, 2008 6:42 pm

    i don’t like novak either. He has too many points to defend and will lose them all. Federer will kick his but everywhere else

  37. Zach on February 19th, 2008 6:46 pm

    Don’t worry about Federer he will be fine. He has a great chance in winning the french if Nadal is injured with his knees. I still don’t understand why Federer can’t play the number four seed and let Nadal and Novak go up against each other. IF the number one seed play the number three seed, then i think that the number 2 seed is better than the number one except for glory.

    HI ROD SUP!!!! HOW ARE YOU?!?!?!

  38. Zach on February 19th, 2008 6:47 pm

    i used to like roddick when he was winning, now i love him even more but FEDERER is still my homie

  39. Zach on February 19th, 2008 6:51 pm

    Did moya win nima. I know he is your guy. What is doing with your media pass, got any progress

  40. Zach on February 19th, 2008 6:57 pm

    Many pro athletes are great players. HOwever, they have problems in life like no fathers, jail, etc. Some also dont give things back to the community. I respect Federer and think he is a great person. GO FED GO.

  41. Nima Naderi on February 19th, 2008 11:57 pm

    Moya and Monaco both out in Argentina. Blake wins 1st round in San Jose.

  42. Nima Naderi on February 20th, 2008 11:29 am

    Murray and Hewitt out in the 1st round in Rotterdam.

  43. Nima Naderi on February 20th, 2008 11:46 pm

    Nadal wins 1st round in Rotterdam, Roddick barely escapes Chris Guccione (AUS) 7-6 in the 3rd in round 1.

  44. Raging on February 21st, 2008 2:16 am

    The Demise of American tennis may get attention but a better title might be Individual Style -a work in development! tennis does not need negative headlines, letting players develop an individual style through a game based approach will always bring more success. It is not about Roddick or Blake or even Young- appreciate their qualities and nurture them. If you build a positive environment then you can build or let a great player develop.
    France and Spain have always had good tournament infrasructure, i.e.heaps of tournaments(game based )and the USTA is following, Germany incidentally where I work and coach is trying hard to build satellites and challengers and my old friends at Tennis Australia have finally got the message.Other countries are chasing this goal to develop tennis and just look at the ITF with Play and Stay.
    Tennis – “GET INTO IT”

  45. Nima Naderi on February 21st, 2008 11:58 am

    Andreas Seppi stuns, Rafael Nadal 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 for a place in the quarterfinals in Rotterdam. No. 3 Ferrer, No. 5 Berdych and No. 2 Davydenko also fell.

  46. Nima Naderi on February 21st, 2008 9:09 pm

    Thanks for your comment Raging. To respond to what you said, Im not trying to create negative attention for tennis. The U.S. was once a power house in the sport and is very far from that now. You have to remember one thing my friend, guys like Roddick and Blake make millions of dollars a year, and if the fans or media want to get on there cases for there performance so be it. I was suggesting in my article that coaching philosophies need to change and a more individualistic approach must be taken in terms of player development. The U.S. only cares about there top players and the top academies buy all the best players and give them everything. They feel as though they do not have to work hard anymore. Roddick said in a recent article that American players are not hungry enough. I mean its coming from the horses mouth so I dont know what to tell you man. The U.S. needs everything that you said, but it all starts with the right frame of mind and the right philosophies. Here is Roddick’s recent quote: “There’s no substitute for hard work,”. “To be honest with you, that’s one of the things that lacks when you see the young American players. It puts a different dynamic on things when you’re playing tennis to find a way out of the country as opposed to playing for fun.”

  47. Raging on February 22nd, 2008 7:01 am

    My argument is only with the Headline, not your arguments- you could substitute a number of countries in there. American tennis is not on the skids, just the whole world’s playing tennis now, it has got tougher. There is no wonder the player’s aren’t hungry anymore if they get given everything.
    The hunger has to be inside you and that is also something you can’t teach.(like flair) At 10, 12 or even 14 it is pretty hard for this hunger to be naturally there so that hunger has to be nurtured by the parents or a mentor. Having this philosophy or frame of mind is a product of our society and /or the parents.(I am not having a go here at U.S. society, it could be quite a few western countries!)
    Individual Coaching is definitely the way to go but this doesn’t fit in with the philosophy of private or state- run academies. Coaches have the responsibility to have an open mind and philosophy of letting talent develop, if we do our job well then we help create better tennis players and better people.

  48. Nima Naderi on February 22nd, 2008 9:37 am

    Blake, Roddick, Isner through to quarters in San Jose. Ivo Karlovic (CRO) and Michael Llodra (FRA), reaching the upset riddled Rotterdam semi’s. Finally, Igor Andreev (RUS) , Filippo Volandri (ITA) and Jose Acasuso (ARG) make the quarters in Argentina, they join top seeded David Nalbandian.

  49. Nima Naderi on February 22nd, 2008 9:42 am

    I understand what your saying “Raging”, and the reason that I choose this title and I thought it was fitting was because of the current mind set of the American Players. Im a high performance coach myself and I see 1st hand kids between the ages of 10-14 years old who have a lot of money not want it “bad” enough. Believe me Im a super motivated coach, and I hope to guide them in the right direction, but what your saying is true and it does reflect on the society as a whole. Finally, to add on to what your saying in regards to “Individual Coaching is definitely the way to go but this doesn?t fit in with the philosophy of private or state- run academies.” That is why coaches can not keep quiet and must have there voices heard, if they have opinions as to changes that need to be made within a players, or groups game. Great comments, keep it up!

  50. Nima Naderi on February 23rd, 2008 5:15 pm

    Finals preview for this week

    Rotterdam: Michael Llodra (FRA) vs Robin Soderling (SWE)

    Argentina: David Nalbandian (ARG) vs Jose Acasuso (ARG)

    San Jose: Radek Stepanek (CZE) vs Andy Roddick (USA) or Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP)

  51. john on February 25th, 2008 2:09 am

    Wonderful blog about the world of ATP. Happy to know about King David victorious moment.

    Could I have some comment from you on that tournament as well on my blog?

    http://mundoalbiceleste.blogspot.com/2008/02/elsewhere-around-globe.html

  52. Krystle on February 25th, 2008 6:40 am

    Now let’s not put all of the top players’ losses in Rotterdam down to tiredness and injury especially when there was no evidence of it. It’s not like they came from another tournament the previous week. Quite simply they didn’t perform well enough on the day and the fact that Rotterdam doesn’t really lead into any significant tournaments.

  53. Christopher Spiropoulos on February 25th, 2008 8:12 am

    Great read.

  54. Nima Naderi on February 25th, 2008 8:48 am

    John, nice site, I responded to the Nalbandian article. Looking forward to more imput from you.

  55. Nima Naderi on February 25th, 2008 8:53 am

    Krystle, you are right, there are no excuses, and I’m not making any for the top guys. However, as I stated in an article earlier this year, Nadal, Djokovic etc… have a lot of points to defend this year, and I believe its gonna be tough. One reason I was suggesting for this was injury and sickness. Again, not taking anything away from Seppi, Llodra, or Soderling, they all played well in Rotterdam, and deserved the wins that they got. However, Nadal should not be losing to Seppi, plain and simple. But thats mens tennis nowadays, highly competitve and no one is safe. Great comment! Look forward to hearing from you again!

  56. Nima Naderi on February 25th, 2008 6:56 pm

    Blake and Santoro, out of Memphis and Croatia with injuries.

  57. Nima Naderi on February 26th, 2008 7:03 pm

    Ivan Ljubicic wins 1st round in Croatia, Monaco wins 1st round in Mexico. 4th seeded Guillermo Canas returns from injury to win his 1st match of 2008 in Mexico.

  58. Nima Naderi on February 27th, 2008 10:52 pm

    Moya and Monaco both out in Mexico, Nalbandian throught to the quarter-finals. Roddick wins opener in Memphis and Ljubicic and Mario Ancic both win in Croatia.

  59. Nima Naderi on February 28th, 2008 8:52 pm

    Nalbandian, reaches 9 wins in a row in Mexico, to advance to the semi-finals. Ivan Ljubicic and Mario Ancic, both move on in there home tourney in Croatia, to face each other. While, Roddick and Mardy Fish do battle in Memphis, 18 year old Donal Young (USA), reaches his 1st ATP quarter final, and next meets veteran Jonas Bjokman.

  60. Alex on February 29th, 2008 6:45 pm

    Who really cares what he does before the next point? Someone should just tell him to serve the ball before midnight! When Nadal fisrt arrived on the scene, he was a sensation because of his hustle and his demeanor on the court; something we hadn’t seen before. However, now he has become more like everybody else, and not as energetic. He gets talked about less and less each day and I hope eventually his rituals will stopped being talked about too!

  61. Alex on February 29th, 2008 6:50 pm

    The demise of American tennis is just a coincidence. There are more Europeans on tour now than ever before, and the biggest reason it seems like there are no spectacular American tennis players any more is because we went from Sampras to Federer with no transition so it looks worse on Americans than it actually is. If not for Federer, Roddick may have a couple more grand slam victories and possibly Blake with a couple. It’s tough knowing that no matter how well you play, Federer will always be waiting for you in the finals

  62. Alex on February 29th, 2008 6:53 pm

    Djokovic is a great young talent who will carry the torch when Federer eventually passes it down. As well, props to Novak on the Aussie Open victory. I also wish he would just serve the damn ball instead of boucing it 23 times before each serve.

  63. Nima Naderi on February 29th, 2008 7:11 pm

    Top seeded, Ivan Ljubicic to face suprise finalist and Ukrainian lucky loser Sergiy Stakhovsky in the finals of Croatia. Nalbandian, on fire as he reaches his 2nd final in as many weeks, awaits the winner of Almagro, Acasuso in the final. Finally veteran Bjorkman, takes out youngster Donald Young, 7-6 in the 3rd after saving match points. Roddick and Stepanek in action later on in Memphis.

  64. Raging on March 2nd, 2008 4:23 am

    I am glad Federer is there, also Nadal , Djokovic and all the other “monsters”. Roddick has to raise his game and Blake as well. Everyone has to raise the bar and find their place. To be the best you have to beat the best.

    Importantly for US tennis and world tennis, everyone has to work harder- just ask McEnroe on Borg or any other great rivals, the top guy always motivates you to push harder, to get better. The trick is once you get to pro level not getting satisfied with what you have done – keep pushing. For the american kids it is enough, Roddick and Blake are there- that should push all the others, Fish, Ginepri, Isner, Young….whoever you want to name …to go harder at it… to get better. If you can get to 200 then 100 is not far away..jump to 50…Slam final into top 20….hold that level and then push up into top 10..then anything is possible.

    How good?
    As good as you can be.
    No limit.

  65. Raging on March 2nd, 2008 5:02 am

    Federer’s BH slice is a great shot, he used it a lot more in his ealier years but seems to want a quicker result these days! With growing confidence and his game “locked and loaded” the topspin has come more and more into it’s own. He may be stubborn or just more comfortable coming over the backhand, still would be fun watching all the guys bend low and try to get topspin on it, or even force them to slice it back or run around it like Ferrer ,another look for them and maybe make them do something they don’t like?
    On the clay and on the grass it has to be the way to go, instead of trading rockets with them. I am not going to increase the calls for coaching for Federer, he has his team of trainers and his own mindset on this.He will have to find the right mix. His variety is what made him great so he just really has to find the right blend, too many changes are also not good and maybe he has too many options?

    Looking forward to the response in next few months.

  66. David on March 2nd, 2008 9:28 pm

    Djokovic got the other Woodie, Mark Woodforde, to help him with his volleys, not Todd Woodbridge, as it says in your article.

  67. Nima Naderi on March 2nd, 2008 9:39 pm

    Thanks for the heads up David, Ive made the correction.

  68. Raging on March 3rd, 2008 5:28 am

    No one is safe! You got that right Nima!
    Just watch the “monsters” go at each other in Dubai, Vegas and pretty well everywhere!
    If you don’t bring your best game, aren’t 100% fit then you are going down.
    the game has got really interesting and not just men’s tennis.
    Hope that both tours take their chance and push the sport.
    Tennis is hot!

  69. Nima Naderi on March 3rd, 2008 11:36 pm

    Federer out in the 1st round for the 1st time since 2004? What is going on? One has to wonder, if Roger is starting to get worried? Clearly, his fans are starting to wonder.

  70. Nima Naderi on March 4th, 2008 12:18 pm

    Nadal, Djokovic, and Roddick, all through in Dubai. If Nadal wins the title, he will only be 125 points behind Federer, for the number 1 spot. Hewitt, easily advances over Safin in Las Vegas. The Russian’s comeback and future, are surely in question.

  71. Sam Holakoozadeh on March 4th, 2008 6:03 pm

    i really think he is just tired. it is hard to keep that sort of focus and mental ability flexing for so long. i imagine we will see him regain form come the french/wimbledon swing.

  72. Daniel Rumeo on March 4th, 2008 10:01 pm

    I love the way people knock Nadal and say he isn’t talked about as much. You are talking about a guy that can barely lose on clay. A guy that has won the French the past 3 years and has never lost a match there. A guy that almost took down Fedex at Federer’s best tournament the past two years. I agree with the whole rituals thing being over hyped but don’t knock the guys ability. We will see by the end of the year who gets “talked” about the most.

  73. Raging on March 5th, 2008 2:45 am

    Good review of match-ups, tourneys! You are very brave in your tips as anything can happen at this stage of the year! (It ’s what makes it so exciting). Fed is interesting now he is losing and Safin is….Safin!(genius and paradox In one man).

    Federer’s loss and Nadal scraping through just show tough it is. (When Kohli believes it finally he will blow Nadal off his back! No disrespect to Rafa, he knows how to dodge bullets on a bad day!) Murray knows it, can he keep it rolling?

    Indian Wells and Miami will really show how they all are going then the push through onto the dirt, Monte Carlo, Rome and Hamburg.

    It is wide-open and isn’t that great?

  74. Raging on March 5th, 2008 6:32 am

    Great Points!
    Keeping it simple is definitely the way to go!
    On Court, too much info is not only misleading for beginners but also for the more skilled where it is important to get the message across, Fast! (Even the pros don’t want a biomechanical analysis, they just want a positive correction and then move on!)
    Key Words are always better than long descriptions and so you are helping the reader to get to the point faster.
    Nice job!

  75. Raging on March 5th, 2008 6:41 am

    Wow,
    Murray just got out of jail against Verdasco! Breaker in 3rd! Fernando must be starting to believe a bit more on hardcourts, the screws are tightening and the boys are going for it. Tough battles ahead.It looked windy out there again today!
    Great stuff!

  76. Nima Naderi on March 5th, 2008 2:48 pm

    2] R Nadal (ESP) d [Q] M Ledovskikh (RUS) 64 60, [3] N Djokovic (SRB) d F Santoro (FRA) 63 76(3),
    [4] D Ferrer (ESP) d O Rochus (BEL) 36 75 61, [5] N Davydenko (RUS) d [Q] J Hernych (CZE) 61 64
    [6] A Roddick (USA) d P-H Mathieu 63 64, I Andreev (RUS) d [7] R Gasquet (FRA) 63 64
    F Lopez (ESP) d [8] T Berdych (CZE) 62 75, A Murray (GBR) d F Verdasco (ESP) 63 36 76(5). Hewitt and Canas, on tap in Las Vegas tonite. Roddick vs Nadal in the quarter-finals in Dubai, should be a great pop corn match.

  77. Nima Naderi on March 5th, 2008 2:49 pm

    Raging, your right, the tour is becoming ultra competitive, I hope for some great tennis to played over the next few weeks. Keep up the great comments!

  78. Nima Naderi on March 6th, 2008 9:58 am

    Hewitt out in the 2nd round in Las Vegas, look for Hewitt, to take a hit in the rankings, as he won the tournanament last year. Im sure, Hewitt, will be questioning, what he has left at this point in his career when he’s going down in straight sets to Julien Benneteau 6-3, 7-5.

  79. Nima Naderi on March 6th, 2008 12:36 pm

    Roddick beats Nadal in straights sets in Dubai, plays Djockovic next. Feli Lopez and Davydenko will meet in the other semi final. Great win for Roddick, he has really impressed me this week. He is carrying his serve nicely throughout the tournament, Novak will be tough, winner of that match should take the title..

  80. Raging on March 7th, 2008 2:17 am

    Good article.
    Federer found his “window” and jumped through it for 4 years. It was inevitable that the other guys were going to work him out , improve or that he was going to have some bad days. Not just the law of averages just that he had his streak and by definition that has to end. just depends on what he learns from the losses. it is obvious that the younger ones are coming up- his analysis of murray is incidentally spot-on even if it comes over as sour grapes, the style of waiting for the other guy to miss can only work if he does miss. davydenko didn’t! Murray also did not take his chances.(I think it irritates federer more that he lost to this style of play again!)
    Fed will be challenged this year more than ever, he may really consider getting a coach to advise him how to play certain players as the format of those that can hurt him is getting more obvious. they have been doing their homework and with a bit of help Fed should also do his. If he can do it on his own then he is even more talented than we thought, the point is: does he need to do it on his own for his own ego? Will it cost him a couple of Slam titles??(There is no doubt this is where he measures himself).
    It will be fun to watch.

  81. Nima Naderi on March 7th, 2008 11:23 am

    Roddick beats Djokovic in straight sets, moves on the final, in fantastic form, without losing a set. Feli Lopez beats Davydenko to reach the biggest final of his career. Its clear that this week in Dubai is a servers court. Roddick must be licking his chops at the prospect of having Lopez in the final. However, if Lopez serves lights out he has a chance. In Vegas Gonzalez loses to the young Russian Korolev after saving 11 match points! Ginepri continues his recent fine form, as he takes out 3rd seed Marcos Baghdatis in the 2nd round. Latvian teenager Ernests Gulbis, also reaches the quarters, with his power house game.

  82. Nick on March 7th, 2008 9:48 pm

    good article buddy
    really like the title:)

  83. Raging on March 8th, 2008 1:01 pm

    Huge serving from both in Dubai final!
    A great contest even if it was a bit fast(wham-bam) for the purists.
    Great win for A-Rod , see if he can keep form in U.S. tourneys.
    Nothing resolved on Fed,Nadal and Djoker.
    This is going to be a long run into U.S. Open and even then it may not be resolved.
    Good to see some new finalists again.

  84. Nima Naderi on March 8th, 2008 5:30 pm

    Great and impressive week by Roddick, will be nice to see if he will be able to carry his form in Indian Wells and Miami.

    Kevin Anderson, South African qualifer, into the finals in Las Vegas. He awaits the winner of Guillermo Canas/Sam Querrey who will contest the other semi-final.

  85. Joe on March 9th, 2008 1:26 pm

    great review…. is the 6 month warranty available in the UK?

  86. Alex on March 9th, 2008 4:22 pm

    I’m not a Nalbandian fan at all, but he has been playing extremely well lately. Still I don’t think he is a serious contender for any of the remaining grand slams. There is just too much talent to overcome for him.

  87. Sam Holakoozadeh on March 9th, 2008 9:17 pm

    Usually warranties are only available in the country of purchase. You might want to check with whoever you purchase it from.

  88. Sam Holakoozadeh on March 9th, 2008 9:19 pm

    I don’t know Alex, I think he is a serious contender. You can’t sleep on him at all, he is dangerous. That being said, there is lots of talent to overcome, especially now that Federer is getting treated for mono, lol!

  89. Raging on March 10th, 2008 12:47 am

    Hey guys! Where have you been? Everybody is dangerous! Slams are of course another matter but the next one is going to be very interesting….Why not Nalbandian?? Time he dug in on the clay…will have to get fitter for 7 matches of 5 sets on the dirt…but so will everybody…no more stand and deliver. It is open season on Federer…in more ways than one!

  90. Alex on March 10th, 2008 8:15 am

    I read on the Score ticker that Federer has admitted to currently recovering from some medical condition and has been recovering from it for the past 2 weeks. This would explain his recent struggles.

  91. Alex on March 10th, 2008 8:18 am

    It was a rather surprising victory for Andy Roddick considering his coach just resigned and I thought Roddick would experience major defficiencies after losing one of the top coaches in tennis.

  92. Pea on March 12th, 2008 8:58 am

    Have to wonder if Conners is one of the best coaches? He hasn’t been that involved in coaching “todays” men tennis. Just a thought.

    He definitaley was an amazing player.

  93. Sam Holakoozadeh on March 12th, 2008 2:38 pm

    alex: apparently he had mono for about 6 weeks. it is actually quite impressive he had the australian result with mono, man is incredible.

  94. Alex on March 13th, 2008 8:12 am

    Nalbandian couldn’t win any majors when he was ranked and seeded third in grand slams. What would make me think that he will win one now, as a 15th seed (or somewhere around that seed)? Espescially with the emergence of Djokovic, I just don’t see Nalbandian winning many tournaments, particularly slams.

  95. Sam Holakoozadeh on March 14th, 2008 8:06 am

    i agree with raging, he definitely has the heart and ability to win, just needs to get the fitness up. djokovic doesnt have it in him to win against federer. it took undiagnosed mono to beat federer, novak wont be so lucky for the rest of the season.

  96. zach on March 14th, 2008 4:14 pm

    I think that its not so much that the americans are slowing down…i think its the emerge of other players suck as david ferrer, novak, and many other players. I think that roddick and blake will have to step it up quite a bit…don’t forget about the women’s side with the williams sisters who might be close to what they were before

  97. zach on March 14th, 2008 4:18 pm

    I think this is a great win for Roddick and i think he was happy to see federer out. I hope Rodick can keep it up so there is another “monster” is the mix and maybe we can see a roddick federer finals like a few years ago. Also i think that Nadal is slowing down and that is why (i think) Rodick beet him. I think Nadal has to take it easy

  98. Sam Holakoozadeh on March 14th, 2008 4:29 pm

    really good point zach. i personally think it is a combination of the two. there definitely hasn’t been an american to take the reigns from sampras and agassi though, i think we can all agree on that.

  99. Nima Naderi on March 14th, 2008 9:42 pm

    Safin falls in the 1st round of Indian Wells. That is the 3rd week in a row that Safin has lost in the 1st round. His record for the year is 1-4. Cross roads time for Marat in a big way.

  100. Sam Holakoozadeh on March 15th, 2008 2:30 pm

    maybe a coaching change will help the guy, no? shame to see all that talent go down the toilet.

  101. Raging on March 17th, 2008 2:37 pm

    Looks like weather is making it tough but that makes for interesting results right?? If you think that is cold you should try Hamburg in May! (Probably one of the reasons it is being dropped off the Master’s calendar this year, a shame as the tennis was always very good)
    Good for Tommy he continued his run over Andy, hoping he gets a couple more matches in here and then in Miami.Just enough to get the shoulder warm without overloading! I would like to see him play DC in April against Spain.Kiwi ditto and Kohli against Rafa will be interesting-2 big defenders!
    Pleased Fed has found a bit of form and it would be good if he showed a bit of that dazzle again. We want to see good tennis, right? Hoping Nalbandian keeps improving and Djoko and Murray are in the mix too! Tsonga back to normal in Miami?
    Enjoy the fun.

  102. Nima Naderi on March 18th, 2008 11:50 am

    Great match to end off the day yesterday with Lee taking down Ferrer to reach the 4th round. 7-6, 6-7, 7-6 was surely a crowd pleaser. As well Canas took out countrymen Monaco in an exciting match in Stadium 3, Monaco was upset by 2 bad line calls in the beginning of the 3rd set and that took his focus away as well as the match.

  103. StallionDan on March 18th, 2008 1:07 pm

    Isn’t it time for Carlos to retire and focus 100% on being Nadal’s hitting partner?

  104. zach on March 18th, 2008 2:41 pm

    Roger federer is gonna win and will face either novak or nadal

  105. zach on March 18th, 2008 2:44 pm

    nope if moya is 19 in the world and can be a great threat i think he should keep on going becuase he has the love and the fitness to carry on

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  108. StallionDan on March 19th, 2008 10:47 am

    awesome pics man! Dude you tell Lopez we were calling him the player with the worst backhand in the world at last years US Open?

  109. zach on March 19th, 2008 2:14 pm

    nice pics

  110. Shahin on March 19th, 2008 8:18 pm

    Nice pics…. what a week…..

  111. Nima Naderi on March 20th, 2008 10:56 am

    Nadal edges past Tsonga, will try and figure out the riddle that is James Blake. R-Fed in the quarters, as well as Djokovic, Mardy Fish, Stan Warwinka, and Tommy Haas. FYI, the round of 16 is the day to go, best day of the tournament by far!

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  113. Nima Naderi on March 21st, 2008 2:30 am

    Nadal and Djokovic win their matches against Blake and Warwinka respectivley. This results in a block buster semi, with the loser, not gaining ground in the rankings as Rafa and Novak were the finalist last year. Nadal’s 1st win other Blake should give him some confidence going into this match. On friday,
    M Fish (USA) vs [7] D Nalbandian (ARG) in the 1st quarter final followed by world number 1] R Federer (SUI) vs T Haas (GER), to round out the last 4. Looks like a R-Fed king David semi is on the horizon.

  114. Nima Naderi on March 21st, 2008 10:17 pm

    Mardy fish upsets Nalbandian in the quarters, 7-6 in the 3rd, faces Fed next. Djokovic and Nadal square off in the other semi. Will be interesting to see if Nadal can get past Djokovic who is playing very well this week.

  115. Nima Naderi on March 22nd, 2008 5:56 pm

    Huge upsets in the Desert today as 98th ranked Mardy Fish tunes top seed Roger Federer in just over an hour. I really have no defense for R-Feds loss as Fish clearly has holes in his game that Roger could get to. In the finals Fish will play the hottest player on the ATP circuit this year Novak Djokovic, who brushed aside Rafa Nadal by the same score 6-3 6-2. If Fish can take out Djockovic in the finals, it will be one of the all time tournaments for any player, anywhere. Good luck Mardy, your gonna need it, I do not think Novak will falter.

  116. zach on March 23rd, 2008 7:21 am

    Federer got out!!

  117. Nima Naderi on March 23rd, 2008 9:26 am

    Huge upset! Fed is in trouble for sure!

  118. Nima Naderi on March 23rd, 2008 6:18 pm

    Djokovic WINS Indian Wells, leaves no doubt that he is the top player of 2008 so far……. to be continued in Miami.

  119. alex on March 26th, 2008 3:10 pm

    I believe Djokovic has to be considered the favourite to walk out of Miami with a title. Though Federer is always favoured in every tournament except the French Open, Novak is playing better than everybody else in the field and his confidence continues to grow. I think this will be one of Federer’s greatest tests in a long time because if he doesn’t win this tourny, he’ll find himslef in big trouble heading into his dreaded clay court season.

  120. Nima Naderi on March 28th, 2008 7:44 am

    Marat Safin falls in the 1st round in Miami, his 2008 singles record in 1-5. Rafa and Novak head day 3 in Sunny Key Biscayne!

  121. Nima Naderi on March 28th, 2008 5:36 pm

    Djokovic out in the 1st round of Miami, will lose 500 points as a result. Nadal and Blake move through to the 3rd round easily.

  122. zach on March 28th, 2008 5:38 pm

    I disagree with Alex. I believe that he is the second best player in the tournament, but federer looks pretty good. If federer gets through his early matches with ease, i think federer will have a great chance of winning the tournament. Although Novak is playing the best tennis currently, Federer was not 100 percent when he lost to mardy fish. I think that Federer had a harder draw last tournament and this one he wil be ready. It will probably be a Federer-Novak final.

  123. zach on March 28th, 2008 5:39 pm

    WOW!!! Novak is out. Big surprise.

  124. Nima Naderi on March 29th, 2008 9:02 pm

    Federer and Roddick through to round 3, Murray and Robredo fall in round 2.

  125. Nima Naderi on March 31st, 2008 11:43 am

    Nadal and Blake win again, move on to round 4. Federer Roddick and Davydenko all are in action on Monday.

  126. Nima Naderi on April 1st, 2008 7:22 pm

    Federer, Nadal, and Blake move on in Miami, Roddick will look to join them later tonight. Theatpblog.com will be LIVE from Miami as of Wednesday, to cover the tournament. Blake/Nadal at 3pm should be a good one! Please check back.

  127. Alex on April 2nd, 2008 3:32 pm

    Blake and Nadal have the potential to be one of the best matches in the tournament. However, I see Nadal crushing Blake to advance. Even though Nadal has been struggling somewhat lately, Blake has not done anything of any sort of significance on the court in a very long time.

  128. Alex on April 2nd, 2008 3:39 pm

    Did anybody see what Mikael Youzny (pardon the spelling) did on the court a couple of days ago? He hit his head with his raquet until his head started bleeding. What a wierdo!

  129. rod senehi on April 2nd, 2008 6:23 pm

    nima hope your having fun at your trip. if you have any problems with the stuff just e-mail me.

  130. Alex on April 3rd, 2008 3:21 pm

    I think it may be time for James Blake to find a new coach. After all, he hasn’t gone reached the sem-finals of a major tournament in a very long time. He is becoming one of those players that is just out there. It’s like he is a threat because of his name, but he really isn’t a guy you really have to worry about if your ranking is higher than his. He continues to try to win each match the same way and clearly it is not working anymore.

  131. Alex on April 3rd, 2008 3:24 pm

    There is absolutely no way Federer loses to Roddick. Mono or no mono, Roddick just cannot defeat Roger Federer. Everytime they play, it is an opportunity for Federer to improve his head-to-head record against Roddick. Andy is lucky he got this far in the tournament to begin with because he has been an upset machine for all the unknowns out there, trying to make a name for themselves.

  132. Alex on April 4th, 2008 2:01 pm

    This is a huge opportunity for Davydenko to win a major tournament. It is no secret that he has monstrous problems defeating players ranked higher than him, and now that Federer is out of the tournament, and Nadal still struggling on hard court, that would leave Nikolay with a huge chance to win out. Even with Roddick in his way, I believe Davydenko has a major opportunity to pick up some ranking points and take home a championship trophy from Miami.

  133. Nima Naderi on April 7th, 2008 10:26 am

    Davydenko WINS MIAMI, takes out Nadal in straight sets and collects $590,000 for his efforts. Review for this tournament will be up shortly!

  134. Alex on April 7th, 2008 6:10 pm

    Huge win for Davydenko. He doesn’t get many opportunities like he did in Miami, so when he does get an opportunity it is crutial for him that he takes advantage.

  135. Sam Holakoozadeh on April 8th, 2008 9:34 am

    you are bang on alex. davydenko needs to strike when given these opportunities if he wants to be viewed as relevant in the mens game.

  136. Nima Naderi on April 8th, 2008 10:37 am

    I agree with you guys, but you have to remember that he really didnt have an opportunity here. I mean Fed was out but he still took out Roddick and Nadal is straights. Two players that are in form at the moment. I know Niko is 4 in the world but he had never beat Roddick before Miami 0-5 and he had never beat Nadal 0-2. So I think it just comes down to the fact that he played a brillant tournament. Plain and simple.

  137. Alex on April 8th, 2008 1:56 pm

    Sure it was a great month for Mardy but c’mon; there is a reason this guy was 98 in the world. I give Mardy all the credit in the world for his play this past month. However, it would shock me if this guy duplicates his results in another month for the rest of the year.

  138. Nima Naderi on April 8th, 2008 3:31 pm

    Well your right he was 98, now hes 41. Mardy wont do anything for the next two months because its the clay court season. Look for him to pick it up towards the end of June and onwards. Again we are not saying Fish is the best tennis player in the world. All we are saying is that his tournament and the quality of players that he took out on his way to the finals were all ranked ahead of him and of good quality.

  139. Alex on April 10th, 2008 3:12 pm

    Although tennis has evolved into as Brad Gilbert refered to it “big serve followed by a big forehand”, I find it fascinating that it is still Roger Federer who has dominated this era, and although Federer has a great serve and forehand, he doesn’t have the hardest serve or hardest forehand in the game. At the end of the day, I still believe it comes down to who places the ball better. Federer has showed Roddick and Blake many times that big shots don’t win championships, great players with great poise and patience do.

  140. StallionDan on April 14th, 2008 1:32 pm

    possible one of the best tennis videos ever. Tennis news to be more like hockey. I say, lets allow fights to determine calls and the players in the top ten all have 3 cheerleaders on the sideline for evey match provided by the country they are playing in. Kind of like the models in Madrid as ballgirls. Anyone else agree? Vamos!!!!!

  141. Alex on April 14th, 2008 2:37 pm

    I agree that Federer’s main goal for this year is to win the French Open. I was thinking that part of the reason he has struggled lately is due to the fact that he has been preparing himself more for the French Open and the clay court season. I think it’s possible Federer has not practised as much on hard court as he usually does.

  142. Nima Naderi on April 14th, 2008 11:56 pm

    Fifteen-year-old Ryan Harrison beat Pablo Cuevas in the 1st round of Houston today. Great win for the young American upstart. Donald Young also won his 1st round but fellow American Robbie Ginepri was not as lucky.

    Gael Monfils moved into the second round of Valencia as well as Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.

    Finally, in a quiet opening day at the Estoril open, Gilles Simon and Marc Gicquel moved into round 2 French tennis fans must be delighted. Tuesday will see top seeded Roger Federer in action against Oliver Rochus.

  143. zach on April 15th, 2008 1:51 pm

    it was really funy to see him like that…he must have anger management problems

  144. Nima Naderi on April 15th, 2008 9:33 pm

    Federer wins his 1st round at the Estoril Open.

    Safin beats Ferrero in a 1st round match in Valencia.

  145. Sam Holakoozadeh on April 16th, 2008 10:51 am

    i am down for hot ball girls and fighting. make mcenroe the commissioner of the atp aka the rebirth of rock and roll tennis!

  146. Nima Naderi on April 16th, 2008 10:14 pm

    James Blake wins his 1st round in Houston, plays 15 year old Ryan Harrison in round 2.

    Davydenko wins his second round match in Estoril.

    Finally Monaco wins his 1st round in Valencia.

  147. Alex on April 21st, 2008 1:15 pm

    I think Federer has the momentum heading into the tournament after winning on clay last week in Portugal. With Nadal still struggling, this is a big opportunity for Federer to gain some confidence on clay before the French Open, as Monte Carlo is a much more signifcant tournament than the one last week.

  148. honey on April 22nd, 2008 5:17 pm

    Tomas Berdych has a hip injury he got while playing in the Davis Cup recently. He can win tournaments- he already has.

  149. Alex on April 23rd, 2008 5:57 pm

    So far it looks like Federer’s decision about trying out his new coach is helping. He is certainly building some momentum and putting pressure on the other top players to keep up with his results if not better them because Federer is beginning to once again mount some ranking points. Other players must be very cautious of this because they know that if they have a bad result, Federer will make them pay.

  150. Nima Naderi on April 24th, 2008 10:38 am

    Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Ferrer, and Davydenko, all in the quarters of Monte Carlo. Looks like the rest of the tournament will have some blockbuster tennis!

  151. Nima Naderi on April 25th, 2008 6:42 pm

    Semi-finals are set; Federer vs Djokovic and Nadal vs Davydenko. Should be a great day of tennis. Looking forward to seeing a Fed/ Rafa final but Novak has looked really solid this week.

  152. StallionDan on April 28th, 2008 7:53 am

    Great article. I couldn’t agree with you more. I try to be that power hitter but I realize I have much more success when I focus on placement rather that power.

  153. StallionDan on April 29th, 2008 1:25 pm

    The only way Fed can beat Nadal on clay is if Nadal has diarrhea and is afraid of dirtying his white capri/board shorts. I do not doubt Fed’s greatness, but lets be serious, he cannot beat Nadal if Nadal was playing 70% of his ability on clay. I watched the entire final (when I could see the ball off of that stupid Monte Carlo camera angle) and in the second set I see Fed up 4-0 and playing off his breasts! I was like “wow, at least it will go three.” Then I saw him go from Federer to Karol Kucera in 10 minutes! The weather was good, he wasn’t tired and most importantly Nadal wasn’t playing well! Before all the Fed groupies get on me (Oreo), I am not knocking the guy’s game on clay but please do not say he will beat Nadal at the French because it just ain’t gonna happen. Best of 5, usually tough conditions and ummm and history of getting tuned will prevent him from beating Nadal. But Fed fans, there is always hope. Maybe that mystery guy in Feds box (his banker….hahah, makes me laugh) can pull a Tonya Harding and hit Nadal in the knee. Can you see any other way he can win? Stallion 4 life.

  154. Alex on May 2nd, 2008 2:12 pm

    I give Nadal a lot of credit because everytime we as fans begin to count him out, he always comes back. The amazing thing is that he continues to dominate on clay even when he seems to be struggling on other surfaces. It’s like on clay, he is a whole new player. You can just see the confidence he plays with on clay compared to any other surface.

  155. Alex on May 5th, 2008 2:04 pm

    I don’t think Marat Safin will ever be what he once was not too long ago. If he could, he probably would have by now. The guy never pulls off an upset and gets upset more times than not. It’s a shame because he has the talent to compete with the “Big Three” of Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic, but clearly he doesn’t have what it takes mentally. We always hear about the hours that the Big Three put in and all the hard work they spend to be where they are, yet we never hear the same about Safin. If not for his run a few years ago, we would treat him as a no-name player, and honestly, he should be treated as a no-name player.

  156. Alex on May 6th, 2008 3:33 pm

    I know Almagro has had great showing over the last month, but I disagree with the decision to make him Player of the Month. Rafa Nadal was dominant in April and as you mentioned, even defeated Almagro in Valencia. As well, I don’t see Almagro being able to crack the top 10 by the end of May. He is playing well right now and he does have a claycourt advantage, but looking at the current rankings, I don’t think we will see a new name in the top 10 by May’s end. I think Tsonga, Monaco, and Mathieu all have better chances of making the top 10 compared to Almagro. All this being said, it still was a great month for Nico.

  157. Nima Naderi on May 6th, 2008 11:15 pm

    Although Nadal did have a great month, I believe that he will have an even better May, therefore do not be suprised if June is Rafa month. You have to understand that I’m trying to give everyone a fair shot here at some press and recognition. Almagro is a fine claycourt player and I feel as though he will make a deep run at Roland Garros. But your point is valid Alex.

  158. Nima Naderi on May 7th, 2008 9:23 am

    Federer wins 1st round in Roma, plays some of the best claycourt that Ive seen him play in years.
    Nadal and Djockovic playing in Wed. order of play.

  159. Alex on May 7th, 2008 3:36 pm

    Huge shocker that Nadal is done after just the first round. Federer must be licking his chopps!

  160. Nima Naderi on May 9th, 2008 12:36 am

    Federer, Roddick, Blake, Djockovic, Wawrinka, Stepanek, Robredo, and Almagro all through to the quarter-finals in Roma.
    Great result for the Americans as they are usually not prone to great results on clay. Moving on from here in the tournament will be hard however as Roddick plays clay court expert Robredo and Blake plays in form Wawrinka in his quarters.
    Federer will look to gain even more valuable points over Nadal has I think the only two guys he really has to worry about are Djokovic or Almagro for the rest of the tournament.

  161. Alex on May 9th, 2008 2:28 pm

    What a shame for Federer – out in the quarters after Nadal fell so early in the tournanment. Must be so frustrating for Federer because he can never seem to get over that hump that is the clay court. You got to wonder if it has become more mental with him than anything else. Obviously he has phenominal mental toughness, but this has to be devastating for any top player – especially when your one of the best of all time!

  162. Nima Naderi on May 9th, 2008 7:54 pm

    Truely a shame that Fed went out today. Seems as though the tournament is Novak’s to win or lose at this point. Semi-finals should be interesting as Andy Roddick, yes Andy Roddick makes the semi-finals with a great win over Tommy Robredo. A-Rod faces Wawrinka in the semis on Sat. Djokovic takes on Fed winner Stepanek in the other semi.

  163. Nima on May 12th, 2008 4:27 pm

    Hamburg Masters men’s singles first round
    results on Monday:

    Michael Llodra (France) beat Guillermo Canas (Argentina)
    7-6(7) 6-2
    Andreas Seppi (Italy) beat Michael Berrer (Germany) 6-3 6-0
    Nicolas Kiefer (Germany) beat 16-Paul-Henri Mathieu (France)
    6-4 6-4
    Marat Safin (Russia) beat Marin Cilic (Croatia) 7-5 6-2
    Albert Montanes (Spain) beat Mardy Fish (U.S.) 6-1 6-3
    15-Andy Murray (Britain) beat Dmitry Tursunov (Russia) 6-4 6-1
    Juan Ignacio Chela (Argentina) beat Jose Antonio Sanchez de
    Luna (Spain) 6-3 6-3
    Olivier Rochus (Belgium) beat Gianluca Naso (Italy) 7-6(11)
    2-6 6-4
    14-Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France) beat Nicolas Mahut (France) 0-6
    7-6(5) 6-2
    Simone Bolelli (Italy) beat Marcel Granollers (Spain) 7-5 6-2
    Ivo Minar (Czech Republic) beat Feliciano Lopez (Spain) 6-3 6-4
    Fernando Verdasco (Spain) beat 10-Mikhail Youzhny (Russia) 6-3
    6-2
    12-Juan Monaco (Argentina) beat Filippo Volandri (Italy) 6-1
    4-0 (Volandri retired)

  164. Nima Naderi on May 13th, 2008 10:12 pm

    Tuesdays results:

    Second Round
    Nikolay Davydenko (4) def. Ivan Ljubicic, 6-4, 6-1
    David Ferrer (5) def. Ivo Minar, 6-3, 6-3
    Andreas Seppi def. Richard Gasquet (8), 6-3, 6-2
    Fernando Verdasco def. Michael Llodra, 6-2, 6-0

    First Round
    Carlos Moya (11) def. Julien Benneteau, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (9-7)

    Tommy Robredo (13) def. Philipp Kohlschreiber, 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3
    Potito Starace def. Luis Horna, 6-3, 4-2 retired
    Jarkko Nieminen def. Rainer Schuettler, 6-1, 6-3
    Jose Acasuso def. Kristof Vliegen, 5-2 retired
    Janko Tipsarevic def. Andreas Beck, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1

    Stanislas Wawrinka def. Alberto Martin, 6-3, 6-3
    Robin Soderling def. Igor Andreev, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3

  165. Nima Naderi on May 15th, 2008 12:43 am

    Wednesday results:
    Second Round
    Roger Federer (1) def. Jarkko Nieminen, 6-1, 6-3
    Rafael Nadal (2) def. Potito Starace, 6-4, 7-6 (8-6)
    Novak Djokovic (3) def. Juan Ignacio Chela, 6-3, 6-1
    Janko Tipsarevic def. James Blake (7), 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
    Marat Safin def. Tomas Berdych (9), 7-5, 6-4

    Carlos Moya (11) def. Olivier Rochus, 7-5, 6-3
    Juan Monaco (12) def. Simone Bolelli, 6-2, 6-1
    Ivo Karlovic def. Tommy Robredo (13), 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3)
    Robin Soderling def. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (14), 6-2, 7-5
    Andy Murray (15) def. Gilles Simon, 6-3, 6-3

    Nicolas Kiefer def. Stanislas Wawrinka, 7-5, 7-5
    Albert Montanes def. Jose Acasuso, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3

  166. Nima Naderi on May 16th, 2008 1:32 am

    Third Round
    Roger Federer (1) def. Robin Soderling, 6-3, 6-2
    Rafael Nadal (2) def. Andy Murray (15), 6-3, 6-2
    Novak Djokovic (3) def. Ivo Karlovic, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3
    Nicolas Kiefer def. Nikolay Davydenko (4), 7-5, 6-3
    Fernando Verdasco def. David Ferrer (5), 7-6 (7-4), 6-2

    Carlos Moya (11) def. Marat Safin, 6-2, 6-7 (3-7), 6-1
    Andreas Seppi def. Juan Monaco (12), 6-0, 6-3
    Albert Montanes def. Janko Tipsarevic, 6-2, 6-1

  167. Alex on May 16th, 2008 3:17 pm

    Even though it is true that the schedule is pretty crazy, it makes it all more important for players to wisely pick and choose which tournaments they enter, and which ones they sit out. It is important for players to anticipate times of year when they know they will be playing a ton, and therefore, should take a couple of weeks off before. As well, conditioning and training has become extremely important as a result of the schedule. Look at Federer; who knows the last time he was injured (not including mono which cannot be controlled)? You have be lucky to avoid injuries, but then again, you also need to be good to be lucky. None of the top 3 players have missed extended periods of time due to injury.

  168. Sam Holakoozadeh on May 16th, 2008 3:50 pm

    you are kind of right alex, the problem comes for the guys who make their career on clay. this year they had back to back masters (with some major clay court tournaments in between). the problem comes when they used to have 7-8 weeks for all these tournaments, this year they 5. lots of points to defend in such a short period of time.

  169. zach on May 16th, 2008 4:08 pm

    It was a disappointment for federer to be out in one of the clay tourneys, i think he has a chance to win rland Garros but he needs to be back to normal.

  170. zach on May 16th, 2008 4:09 pm

    however the schedule is crazy and players need to play these events so they can renew their sponsers

  171. Nima Naderi on May 17th, 2008 1:31 am

    Quarterfinals
    Roger Federer (1) def. Fernando Verdasco, 6-3, 6-3
    Rafael Nadal (2) def. Carlos Moya, 6-1, 6-3
    Novak Djokovic (3) def. Albert Montanes, 6-2, 6-3
    Andreas Seppi def. Nicolas Kiefer, 6-3, 5-7, 7-5

  172. Nima Naderi on May 18th, 2008 6:40 am

    Semifinals
    Roger Federer (1) def. Andreas Seppi, 6-3, 6-1
    Rafael Nadal (2) def. Novak Djokovic (3), 7-5, 2-6, 6-2

  173. Nima Naderi on May 19th, 2008 6:03 am

    Finals Review:

    Nadal beats Federer, 7-5, 6-7, 6-3 to win the Hamburg masters. Federer again wastes huge leads in the 1st two sets, as Nadal battles through to take his 11 masters series title and captures the last of the 3 masters series titles which are held on clay.

  174. Nima Naderi on May 20th, 2008 11:48 pm

    Grand Prix Hassan II Casablanca, Morocco

    Second Round
    Agustin Calleri (3) def. Olivier Patience, 6-2, 7-5
    Marc Giquel (4) def. Guillermo Coria, 6-1, 2-6, 7-6 (7-2)
    Younes El Aynaoui def. Dominik Hrbaty, 6-3, 7-5
    Gilles Simon def. Boris Pashanski, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3

    First Round
    Frank Dancevic def. Oscar Hernandez, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)

    The Hypo Group Tennis International The Hypo Group Tennis International Poertschach, Austria

    First Round
    Juan Monaco (2) vs. Carlos Berlocq
    Ivan Ljubicic (3) def. Jan Hajek, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3
    Mardy Fish (4) vs. Igor Kunitsyn
    Sam Querrey (5) def. Oliver Marach, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
    Mario Ancic (7) vs. Robby Ginepri

    Robin Haase (8) vs. Sergio Roitman
    Dudi Sela vs. Mischa Zverev, 6-5
    Teimuraz Gabashvili vs. Blaz Kavcic
    Olivier Rochus vs. Michal Przysiezny
    John Isner def. Simone Vagnozzi, 6-3, 6-2

  175. Nima Naderi on May 23rd, 2008 10:20 pm

    Grand Prix Hassan II Casablanca, Morocco

    Semifinals
    Gilles Simon def. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (1) walkover
    Julien Benneteau (5) def. Agustin Calleri (3), 1-6, 6-1, 6-3

    The Hypo Group Tennis International The Hypo Group Tennis International Poertschach, Austria

    Semifinals
    Nikolay Davydenko (1) def. Igor Kunitsyn, 6-3, 6-2
    Juan Monaco (2) def. Ivan Ljubicic (3), 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-4)

  176. Nima Naderi on May 25th, 2008 7:31 pm

    Day one winners at the French Open May 25, 2008.

    First Round
    Novak Djokovic (3) def. Denis Gremelmayr, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-2
    David Nalbandian (6) def. Carlos Berlocq, 6-2, 6-4, 6-1
    James Blake (7) def. Rainer Schuettler, 6-4, 6-1, 7-6 (7-3)
    Andy Murray (10) def. Jonathan Eysseric, 6-2, 1-6, 4-6, 6-0, 6-2
    Eduardo Schwank def. Carlos Moya (16), 7-6 (7-4), 6-2, 6-7 (1-7), 4-6, 6-3

    Paul-Henri Mathieu (18) def. Gustavo Kuerten, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2
    Nicolas Almagro (19) def. Boris Pashanski, 6-4, 7-5, 6-1
    Nicolas Lapentti def. Janko Tipsarevic (32), 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (9-7)
    Jeremy Chardy def. Frederico Gil, 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (7-1)
    Jose Acasuso def. Dominik Hrbaty, 6-4, 6-2, 6-4

    Maximo Gonzalez def. Roko Karanusic, 6-3, 7-5, 4-6, 3-6, 6-2
    Juan Martin Del Potro def. Josselin Ouanna, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3
    MiguelAngel Lopez Jaen def. Frank Dancevic, 7-6 (8-6), 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-2)
    Sebastien Decoud def. Olivier Rochus, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-7 (8-10), 6-1
    Ernests Gulbis def. Simon Greul, 6-4, 6-0, 6-4

    John Isner vs. Juan Ignacio Chela suspended

  177. john on May 26th, 2008 5:14 am

    This competition will present Argentina’s best ever chance to win a Grand Slam title. The biggest hope has to David Nalbandian. Juan Monaco & Willy Canas are good bets too.

    I’ll be focusing on all the progress made by Argentine players on my blog. Would appreciate if you could drop by and give your thoughts as well…..

    http://mundoalbiceleste.blogspot.com/2008/05/roland-garros-could-this-be-our-year.html

  178. Sam Holakoozadeh on May 26th, 2008 9:10 am

    sad to see kuerten get worked over like that. i was hoping a final serious run, a la ivanisevic at wimbledon a few years ago.

  179. StallionDan on May 26th, 2008 9:24 am

    Two words for everyone:

    VAMOS RAFA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  180. nima on May 26th, 2008 6:05 pm

    Monday, May 26 Resutls:

    First Round
    Roger Federer (1) def. Sam Querrey, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3
    Rafael Nadal (2) vs. Thomaz Bellucci suspended
    Richard Gasquet (8) vs. Florent Serra
    Stanislas Wawrinka (9) vs. Philipp Kohlschreiber suspended
    Tomas Berdych (11) def. Robert Smeets, 6-1, 6-0, 6-0

    Tommy Robredo (12) def. Guillermo Coria, 5-7, 6-4, 6-1, 6-4
    Mikhail Youzhny (15) vs. Benjamin Becker suspended
    Simone Bolelli def. Marcos Baghdatis (17), 6-2, 6-4, 6-2
    Fernando Verdasco (22) def. Santiago Ventura, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (6-8), 6-1
    Fernando Gonzalez (24) def. Pablo Cuevas, 6-3, 6-3, 6-1

    Jarkko Nieminen (26) vs. Marc Lopez suspended
    Wayne Odesnik def. Guillermo Canas (29), 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (10-8)
    Dmitry Tursunov (30) vs. Daniel Brands suspended
    Andreas Seppi (31) vs. Mario Ancic suspended
    Victor Crivoi vs. David Marrero suspended

    Dudi Sela vs. Victor Hanescu, 3-1 suspended
    Bobby Reynolds vs. Thierry Ascione, 7-6 (7-2), 4-6 suspended
    Michael Llodra def. Olivier Patience, 3-6, 7-6 (7-1), 6-3, 7-5
    Hyung-Taik Lee def. Jonas Bjorkman, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3
    Martin Vassallo Arguello vs. Feliciano Lopez suspended

    Marin Cilic vs. Robin Haase suspended
    John Isner vs. Juan Ignacio Chela, 6-2, 6-3, 5-7, 1-4 suspended
    Florent Serra def. Santiago Giraldo, 6-4, 6-3, 6-2
    Oscar Hernandez def. Ivo Minar, 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3, 7-5
    Guillermo Garcia-Lopez def. Sergio Roitman, 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)

    Albert Montanes vs. Kristof Vliegen, 7-6 (7-5), 3-2 suspended
    Pablo Andujar def. Filippo Volandri, 6-7 (6-8), 6-2, 6-3, 6-3
    Viktor Troicki vs. Marc Gicquel, 4-6, 3-2 suspended
    Marcel Granollers def. Michael Berrer, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
    Nicolas Devilder def. Chris Guccione, 6-4, 6-1, 6-4

  181. Luke on May 26th, 2008 9:59 pm

    Your predictions are ever so far off:

    “James Blake: Credit goes to the American as has he played a pretty full clay court schedule. He made the finals in Houston and the quarter-finals in Roma. James has a few comfortable matches to look forward to on paper, but on clay nothing is easy for Blake. Look for a hard fought match against veteran Rainer Schuettler right off the bat.”

    Yet, he won in straight sets; hmm.

  182. Nima Naderi on May 26th, 2008 10:25 pm

    Predictions are not far off my friend, James beat the ever aging “where have you been” Rainer Schuettler, in round one. Could have been more complicated but good for James that he came through. Lets see how James does against Ernests Gulbis, in the next round. Gulbis has a Safin type game and if he is on it will be very hard for Blake to advance. But like I said in the review James can certainly make it to round 3.

  183. Alex on May 27th, 2008 2:21 pm

    I think Fernando Gonzalez is a guy to watch out for. He has had some success on clay in the past, and there is really no pressure on him to advance very far. He seems to be under the radar, but he shows flashes of brilliance every once in a while. It wouldn’t surprise me to see him reach the quarters.

  184. Sam Holakoozadeh on May 27th, 2008 3:00 pm

    i’m just not sold on gonzalez for some reason. he hits big, but i’m not sure he has what it takes on clay.

  185. Nima Naderi on May 27th, 2008 9:15 pm

    Tuesdays Results: Rain continues to disrupt play

    First Round
    Rafael Nadal (2) vs. Thomaz Bellucci, 1-1 suspended
    Nikolay Davydenko (4) def. Thomas Johansson, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3
    David Ferrer (5) vs. Steve Darcis
    Stanislas Wawrinka (9) def. Philipp Kohlschreiber, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3
    Robin Soderling def. Juan Monaco (13), 6-2, 6-3, 6-1

    Mikhail Youzhny (15) vs. Benjamin Becker, 1-1 suspended
    Ivo Karlovic (20) vs. Alejandro Falla
    Radek Stepanek (21) vs. Gilles Simon
    Radek Strpanek (21) vs. Gilles Simon
    Juan Carlos Ferrero (23) vs. Marcos Daniel

    Lleyton Hewitt (25) vs. Nicolas Mahut
    Jarkko Nieminen (26) vs. Marc Lopez, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, 2-2 suspended
    Igor Andreev (27) vs. Potito Starace
    Ivan Ljubicic (28) vs. Eric Prodon
    Dmitry Tursunov (30) vs. Daniel Brands, 5-2 suspended

    Mario Ancic def. Andreas Seppi (31), 6-2, 7-6 (7-1), 6-2
    Robby Ginepri vs. Donald Young
    Vincent Spadea vs. Julien Benneteau, 3-4 suspended
    Mardy Fish vs. Agustin Calleri
    Jesse Huta Galung vs. Jiri Vanek

    Dudi Sela vs. Victor Hanescu, 6-4, 1-2 suspended
    John Isner vs. Juan Ignacio Chela, 6-2, 6-3, 5-7, 3-6, 1-1
    Scoville Jenkins vs. Luis Horna
    Albert Montanes vs. Kristof Vliegen, 7-6 (7-5), 3-2 suspended
    Marin Cilic vs. Robin Haase, 7-6 (8-6), 6-2, 6-5 suspended

    Martin Vassallo Arguello vs. Feliciano Lopez, 7-6 (7-1), 6-4, 3-6, 2-1 suspended
    Fabrice Santoro vs. Evgeny Korolev
    Jurgen Melzer vs. Peter Luczak
    Gael Monfils vs. Arnaud Clement
    Marat Safin vs. Jean-Rene Lisnard, 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, 1-2 suspended

    Marc Gicquel vs. Viktor Troicki, 6-4, 6-3, 2-1 suspended
    Bobby Reynolds vs. Thierry Ascione, 7-6 (7-2), 4-6, 5-3 suspended
    Diego Junqueira vs. Adrian Mannarino
    Victor Crivoi vs. David Marrero, 3-6, 3-6, 7-5, 3-5 suspended
    Paul Capdeville def. Mischa Zverev, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2

  186. Erling Tenvik on May 28th, 2008 12:00 pm

    Almagro hit 38 aces during his first 2 maches at rolland garros08. Impresive consider that he have only played 6 sets. I think its a shame he missed hamburg.
    He wil be a top 10 player at the end of 2008. He hit the ball extremly powerfull and has a big serve, and he doesent do to many mistakes.

  187. Nima Naderi on May 28th, 2008 10:41 pm

    Wednesday May 28, 2008 results:

    Second Round
    Novak Djokovic (3) def. MiguelAngel Lopez Jaen, 6-1, 6-1, 6-3
    Andy Murray (10) def. Jose Acasuso, 6-4, 6-0, 6-4
    Michael Llodra def. Tomas Berdych (11), 6-3, 4-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4
    Paul-Henri Mathieu (18) def. Oscar Hernandez, 2-6, 1-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-2
    Nicolas Almagro (19) def. Sebastien Decoud, 7-6 (7-2), 6-2, 6-1

    Eduardo Schwank def. Marcel Grannollers, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 6-4, 6-4
    Wayne Odesnik def. Hyung-Taik Lee, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
    Simone Bolelli def. Juan Martin Del Potro, 3-6, 7-6 (7-0), 7-5, 6-2

    First Round
    Rafael Nadal (2) def. Thomaz Bellucci, 7-5, 6-3, 6-1
    David Ferrer (5) def. Steve Darcis, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3

    Mikhail Youzhny (15) def. Benjamin Becker, 6-1, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)
    Alejandro Falla def. Ivo Karlovic (20), 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (8-6), 5-7, 6-4
    Radek Stepanek (21) def. Gilles Simon, 6-2, 6-4, 6-1
    Marcos Daniel def. Juan Carlos Ferrero (23), 6-7 (5-7), 2-2 retired
    Lleyton Hewitt (25) def. Nicolas Mahut, 6-4, 6-2, 6-4

    Jarkko Nieminen (26) def. Marc Lopez, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3
    Igor Andreev (27) def. Potito Starace, 6-1, 6-7 (3-7), 6-1, 6-4
    Ivan Ljubicic (28) def. with Eric Prodon, 7-5, 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (8-6)
    Ivan Ljubicic (28) vs. Eric Prodon, 4-4
    Dmitry Tursunov (30) def. Daniel Brands, 6-2, 6-4, 7-5

    Robby Ginepri def. Donald Young, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2
    Jiri Vanek def. Jesse Huta Galung, 6-3, 7-5, 6-2
    Jurgen Melzer def. Peter Luczak, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
    Luis Horna def. Scoville Jenkins, 6-4, 5-7, 6-3, 6-0
    Martin Vassallo Arguello def. Feliciano Lopez, 7-6 (7-1), 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3

    Marin Cilic def. Robin Haase, 7-6 (8-6), 6-2, 7-6 (7-4)
    Mardy Fish def. Agustin Calleri, 6-7 (6-8), 6-4, 6-2, 6-4
    Fabrice Santoro def. Evgeny Korolev, 7-6 (7-3), 6-1, 6-4
    Bobby Reynolds def. Thierry Ascione, 7-6 (7-2), 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
    Juan Ignacio Chela def. John Isner, 2-6, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4

    Gael Monfils def. Arnaud Clement, 7-5, 6-3, 6-1
    Julien Benneteau def. Vincent Spadea, 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 3-6, 6-3
    Marat Safin def. Jean-Rene Lisnard, 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, 6-3, 6-2
    David Marrero def. Victor Crivoi, 6-3, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4
    Victor Hanescu def. Dudi Sela, 4-6, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3

    Marc Gicquel def. Viktor Troicki, 6-4, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5
    Albert Montanes def. Kristof Vliegen, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-2)
    Diego Junqueira def. Adrian Mannarino, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2

  188. Nima Naderi on May 29th, 2008 10:41 pm

    Thursdays results:

    Second Round
    Roger Federer (1) def. Albert Montanes, 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, 6-0, 6-4
    Rafael Nadal (2) def. Nicolas Devilder, 6-4, 6-0, 6-1
    Nikolay Davydenko (4) def. Marat Safin, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2, 6-2
    David Ferrer (5) def. Fabrice Santoro, 6-0, 6-1, 6-0
    Jeremy Chardy def. David Nalbandian (6), 3-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, 6-2

    Ernests Gulbis def. James Blake (7), 7-6 (7-2), 3-6, 7-5, 6-3
    Stanislas Wawrinka (9) def. Marin Cilic, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-4), 6-1
    Tommy Robredo (12) def. Marc Gicquel, 6-7 (7-9), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4
    Mikhail Youzhny (15) def. Maximo Gonzalez, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2
    Radek Stepanek (21) def. Jiri Vanek, 6-1, 6-0, 6-7 (7-9), 6-3

    Fernando Verdasco (22) def. Juan Ignacio Chela, 7-5, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5
    Fernando Gonzalez (24) def. Pablo Andujar, 7-5, 6-0, 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-3)
    Lleyton Hewitt (25) def. Mardy Fish, 6-4, 6-3, 6-2
    Jarkko Nieminen (26) def. Martin Vassallo Arguello, 7-5, 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (7-2)
    Robby Ginepri def. Igor Andreev (27), 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2

    Ivan Ljubicic (28) def. Diego Junqueira, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2
    Dmitry Tursunov (30) def. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, 7-6 (7-4), 6-0, 6-0
    Jurgen Melzer def. Marcos Daniel, 4-6, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3
    Mario Ancic def. David Marrero, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, 6-2
    Robin Soderling def. Paul Capdeville, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4

    Julien Benneteau vs. Alejandro Falla postponed
    Gael Monfils def. Luis Horna, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, 7-5
    Victor Hanescu vs. Florent Serra, 4-6, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5) suspended
    Nicolas Lapentti def. Bobby Reynolds, 7-5, 6-4, 5-7, 7-5

  189. Nima Naderi on May 30th, 2008 4:22 pm

    Fridays results:

    Third Round
    Rafael Nadal (2) def. Jarkko Nieminen (26), 6-1, 6-3, 6-1
    Novak Djokovic (3) def. Wayne Odesnik, 7-5, 6-4, 6-2
    Nicolas Almagro (19) def. Andy Murray (10), 6-3, 6-7 (3-7), 6-3, 7-5
    Fernando Verdasco (22) def. Mikhail Youzhny (15), 7-6 (7-5), 5-7, 7-5, 6-1
    Paul-Henri Mathieu (18) def. Eduardo Schwank, 6-2, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (11-9)

    Jeremy Chardy def. Dmitry Tursunov (30), 7-6 (7-1), 6-3, 6-4
    Ernests Gulbis def. Nicolas Lapentti, 6-3, 7-5, 6-2
    Michael Llodra def. Simone Bolelli, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)

    Second Round
    Julien Benneteau def. Alejandro Falla, 6-1, 6-7 (5-8), 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-0
    Florent Serra def. Victor Hanescu, 6-4, 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-5)

  190. Nima Naderi on May 31st, 2008 4:03 pm

    Saturdays results:

    Third Round
    Roger Federer (1) def. Mario Ancic, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2
    Ivan Ljubicic (28) def. Nikolay Davydenko (4), 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
    David Ferrer (5) def. Lleyton Hewitt (25), 6-2, 3-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
    Fernando Gonzalez (24) def. Stanislas Wawrinka (9), 5-7, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4
    Radek Stepanek (21) def. Tommy Robredo (12), 6-3, 6-2, 6-1

    Julien Benneteau def. Robin Soderling, 1-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-0, 6-1
    Gael Monfils def. Jurgen Melzer, 4-6, 7-5, 4-6, 6-0, 6-2
    Robby Ginepri def. Florent Serra, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4

  191. Nima Naderi on June 1st, 2008 5:30 pm

    Sundays results:

    Fourth Round
    Rafael Nadal (2) def. Fernando Verdasco (22), 6-1, 6-0, 6-2
    Novak Djokovic (3) def. Paul-Henri Mathieu (18), 6-4, 6-3, 6-4
    Nicolas Almagro (19) def. Jeremy Chardy, 7-6 (7-0), 7-6 (9-7), 7-5
    Ernests Gulbis def. Michael Llodra, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3

  192. Nima Naderi on June 2nd, 2008 1:47 pm

    French Open Paris, France

    Fourth Round
    Roger Federer (1) def. Julien Benneteau, 6-4, 7-5, 7-5
    David Ferrer (5) def. Radek Stepanek (21), 4-6, 6-2, 1-6, 6-3, 6-3
    Fernando Gonzalez (24) def. Robby Ginepri, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, 6-1
    Gael Monfils def. Ivan Ljubicic (28), 7-6 (7-1), 4-6, 6-3, 6-2

  193. Nima Naderi on June 3rd, 2008 11:44 am

    Quarter-final results:

    Rafael Nadal (2) def. Nicolas Almagro (19), 6-1, 6-1, 6-1
    Novak Djokovic (3) def. Ernests Gulbis, 7-5, 7-6 (7-3), 7-5

  194. Nima Naderi on June 3rd, 2008 11:44 am

    Quarter-final results:

    Rafael Nadal (2) def. Nicolas Almagro (19), 6-1, 6-1, 6-1
    Novak Djokovic (3) def. Ernests Gulbis, 7-5, 7-6 (7-3), 7-5

  195. StallionDan on June 3rd, 2008 11:51 am

    Wow that Nadal score is scary. I know Almagro didn’t play well but still. Good luck Djoko, you will need it. Vamos Rafa!!!!

  196. Nima Naderi on June 4th, 2008 6:29 pm

    French Open

    Roger Federer (1) def. Fernando Gonzalez (24), 2-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4
    Gael Monfils def. David Ferrer (5), 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1

  197. Nima Naderi on June 4th, 2008 6:31 pm

    French Open

    Quarter-final results:

    Roger Federer (1) def. Fernando Gonzalez (24), 2-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4
    Gael Monfils def. David Ferrer (5), 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1

  198. Nima Naderi on June 4th, 2008 6:32 pm

    French Open

    Quarter-final results:

    Roger Federer (1) def. Fernando Gonzalez (24), 2-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4
    Gael Monfils def. David Ferrer (5), 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1

  199. Shahin on June 5th, 2008 2:33 pm

    As a fellow countryman, I feel that Roger has a great chance to complete his 4 grand slam set. We are all cheering for him. Go Roger Go.

  200. Nima Naderi on June 6th, 2008 7:54 pm

    Semifinals
    Roger Federer (1) def. Gael Monfils, 6-2, 5-7, 6-3, 7-5
    Rafael Nadal (2) def. Novak Djokovic (3), 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3)

  201. Nima Naderi on June 6th, 2008 7:54 pm

    Semifinals:
    Roger Federer (1) def. Gael Monfils, 6-2, 5-7, 6-3, 7-5
    Rafael Nadal (2) def. Novak Djokovic (3), 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3)

  202. Nima Naderi on June 6th, 2008 7:56 pm

    Semifinals:
    Roger Federer (1) def. Gael Monfils, 6-2, 5-7, 6-3, 7-5
    Rafael Nadal (2) def. Novak Djokovic (3), 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3)

  203. Nima Naderi on June 8th, 2008 10:03 am

    Final
    Rafael Nadal (2) def. Roger Federer (1), 6-1, 6-3, 6-0

  204. Nima Naderi on June 8th, 2008 10:03 am

    Final
    Rafael Nadal (2) def. Roger Federer (1), 6-1, 6-3, 6-0

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  207. Nima Naderi on June 9th, 2008 8:25 pm

    Gerry Weber Open Halle, Germany
    Type: Men’s Surface: Grass

    First Round
    Tomas Berdych (3) def. Thomas Johansson, 6-3, 7-5
    Mischa Zverev def. Jarkko Nieminen (7), 2-6, 6-4, 6-2
    Philipp Kohlschreiber def. Julien Benneteau, 6-4, 6-1
    Andreas Beck def. Marc Gicquel, 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-4), 6-3
    Robin Soderling def. Philipp Petzschner, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4

    Benjamin Becker def. Denis Gremelmayr, 6-4, 6-2

    Orange Prokom Open Orange Prokom Open Sopot, Poland
    Type: Men’s Surface: Clay

    First Round
    Potito Starace (6) def. Dawid Olejniczak, 6-2, 6-3
    Jiri Vanek def. Carlos Berlocq, 1-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5)
    Evgeny Korolev def. Victor Hanescu, 6-4, 6-2
    Marcos Daniel def. Filippo Volandri, 6-3, 6-4
    Florent Serra def. Guillermo Coria, 6-3 retired

    The Artois Championships The Artois Championships London, England
    Type: Men’s Surface: Grass

    First Round
    Hyung-Taik Lee vs. Fernando Verdasco (9)
    Janko Goodall vs. Lleyton Hewitt (11)
    Ivan Navarro vs. Janko Tipsarevic (13)
    Nicolas Lapentti vs. Mario Ancic, 3-2
    Flavio Cipolla vs. Roko Karanusic

    Dudi Sela vs. Viktor Troicki, 3-3
    Alex Bogdanovic vs. Joseph Sirianni
    Chris Guccione vs. Yen-Hsun Lu
    Robby Ginepri vs. Vincent Spadea, 4-4
    Jonas Bjorkman vs. Igor Kunitsyn

    Alejandro Falla vs. Kei Nishikori, 4-2
    Marat Safin vs. James Ward
    Sebastien Grosjean vs. Rik de Voest
    Kristof Vliegen vs. Ernests Gulbis
    Marin Cilic vs. Jurgen Melzer

  208. Nima Naderi on June 10th, 2008 6:34 pm

    Gerry Weber Open Halle, Germany
    Type: Men’s Surface: Grass

    First Round
    James Blake (2) def. Bjorn Phau, 6-4, 6-1
    Mikhail Youzhny (4) def. Dmitry Tursunov, 6-3, 6-1
    Marcos Baghdatis (5) def. Jan Hernych, 6-4, 7-5
    Tommy Haas def. Radek Stepanek (6), 6-7 (0-7), 7-6 (7-3), 6-4
    Michael Llodra def. Ivan Ljubicic (8), 6-7 (6-8), 7-6 (7-5), 7-5

    Nicolas Kiefer def. Robin Haase, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
    Jan Vacek def. Scott Lipsky, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
    Fabrice Santoro def. Rainer Schuettler, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4
    Steve Darcis def. Olivier Rochus, 6-1, 6-4

    Orange Prokom Open Orange Prokom Open Sopot, Poland
    Type: Men’s Surface: Clay

    First Round
    Nikolay Davydenko (1) def. Pablo Cuevas, 6-3, 6-2
    Tommy Robredo (2) def. Michal Przysiezny, 7-5, 6-2
    Juan Monaco (3) def. Jerzy Janowicz, 6-4, 6-3
    Christophe Rochus def. Gilles Simon (4), 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
    Guillermo Canas (5) def. Luis Horna, 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4

    Marcel Granollers (7) def. Michal Mertinak, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4
    Albert Montanes (8) def. David Skoch, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4
    Fabio Fognini def. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, 7-5, 0-6, 6-4
    Wayne Odesnik def. Ricardas Berankis, 6-4, 6-3
    Santiago Ventura def. Boris Pashanski, 6-4, 6-2

    Oscar Hernandez def. Sergio Roitman, 3-6, 6-4, 6-0

    The Artois Championships The Artois Championships London, England
    Type: Men’s Surface: Grass

    Second Round
    Andy Murray (6) vs. Sebastien Grosjean
    Paul-Henri Mathieu (7) vs. Marin Cilic
    Ivo Karlovic (8) vs. Joesph Sirianni
    Fernando Verdasco (9) vs. Mario Ancic

    First Round
    Fernando Gonzalez (10) vs. Richard Bloomfield

    Andreas Seppi (12) vs. Arnaud Clement
    Feliciano Lopez (14) vs. Nicolas Mahut
    Mardy Fish (15) vs. Edouard Roger-Vasselin
    Sam Querrey (16) vs. Olivier Patience
    Bobby Reynolds vs. Ivo Minar

    Frank Dancevic vs. Simone Bolelli
    John Isner vs. Kevin Anderson
    Daniel Evans vs. Xavier Malisse

  209. Alex on June 12th, 2008 3:19 pm

    Great points. I agree that Roddick does not deserve to be predictied to play in the finals, or even the semi-finals for that matter of a grand slam tournament. I have been saying for a couple of years now that Roddick does not have the all round game to compete with the Federers, Nadals, and Djokovics of the world. Still, fans (especially Americans) want to look at him as a legitimate threat in each slam except Roland Garros. I find it pretty funny that when he loses in the early part of the second week of a Grand Slam tourny, Americans treat it as an upset.

  210. Alex on June 12th, 2008 3:22 pm

    Can’t argue with this month’s selection. I was hoping that Federer could finally win the French Open, but Nadal proved to be too much. Nadal really did dominate the month, even though I thought he would be vulnerable to an early upset in a couple of the tournaments in May.

  211. zach on June 12th, 2008 5:48 pm

    It was too much for federer to take, and it was Nadal’s month, nevver seen Nadal beet federer that bad.

  212. Nima Naderi on June 12th, 2008 10:47 pm

    Gerry Weber Open Halle, Germany
    Type: Men’s Surface: Grass

    Second Round
    Roger Federer (1) def. Jan Vacek, 7-5, 6-3
    Nicolas Kiefer def. Mikhail Youzhny (4), 6-2, 5-7, 6-3
    Marcos Baghdatis (5) def. Fabrice Santoro, 6-4, 6-3
    Michael Llodra def. Steve Darcis, 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-3)

    Orange Prokom Open Orange Prokom Open Sopot, Poland
    Type: Men’s Surface: Clay

    Second Round
    Tommy Robredo (2) def. Wayne Odesnik, 6-4, 1-1
    Guillermo Canas (5) def. Santiago Ventura, 6-2, 1-6, 6-3
    Oscar Hernandez def. Albert Montanes (8), 6-3, 6-2
    Fabio Fognini def. Christophe Rochus, 5-4 retired

    The Artois Championships The Artois Championships London, England
    Type: Men’s Surface: Grass

    Third Round
    Rafael Nadal (1) vs. Kei Nishikori
    Novak Djokovic (2) vs. Janko Tipsarevic (13)
    Andy Roddick (3) def. Mardy Fish (15), 7-6 (7-5) retired
    David Nalbandian (4) vs. Nicolas Mahut
    Richard Gasquet (5) vs. Mario Ancic, 7-6, 0-1

    Andy Murray (6) vs. Ernests Gulbis, 5-7, 2-1
    Paul-Henri Mathieu (7) vs. Lleyton Hewitt (11)
    Ivo Karlovic def. Fernando Gonzalez (10), 6-3, 7-5

  213. Kevin Chow on June 13th, 2008 12:02 am

    Haha wonderful article. I used to be a Roddick fan and still kinda am. You do bring out many good points in this article. Hopefully Andy will pick it up but then again I don’t know what else he can try and do!

  214. Alexia on June 13th, 2008 11:57 am

    I love Andy but this article is right. Sometimes the truth hurts :_(

  215. John on June 13th, 2008 2:03 pm

    Roddick has always been a contender at slams. It’s obvious that the writer doesn’t know anything about tennis or Roddick as a top ten player if he thinks he isn’t. Roddick’s backhand has improved a lot under Connors’ tutoring (see this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iym4Dj1K-as ) also his volleys may not great but they are good enough to get the job done. Roddick has evolved nicely into a more rounded player, plus he’s beaten the top three players this year alone.

    I have to say that for anyone to question Roddick’s fitness is laughable. His hard working dedication to training and fitness is well known in tennis circles (read the new article about his fitness routine in Outside magazine).

  216. Alex on June 13th, 2008 2:54 pm

    I don’t think that Blake is such a big underachiever; I think that he simply is not good enough. He usually makes it to around the quarters of significant hard court tournaments. He just lacks in too many areas to be a great player. The expectations on him are just too high and that isn’t his fault. Blake is a good player, but not great.

  217. Nima Naderi on June 13th, 2008 5:33 pm

    Gerry Weber Open Halle, Germany
    Type: Men’s Surface: Grass

    Quarterfinals
    Roger Federer (1) def. Marcos Baghdatis (5), 6-4, 6-4
    James Blake (2) def. Andreas Beck, 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-5)
    Philipp Kohlschreiber def. Robin Soderling, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
    Nicolas Kiefer def. Michael Llodra, 4-0 retired

    Orange Prokom Open Orange Prokom Open Sopot, Poland
    Type: Men’s Surface: Clay

    Quarterfinals
    Nikolay Davydenko (1) def. Evgeny Korolev, 6-4, 6-2
    Tommy Robredo (2) def. Oscar Hernandez, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
    Juan Monaco (3) def. Marcel Granollers (7), 6-4, 6-3
    Fabio Fognini def. Guillermo Canas (5), 7-5, 7-5

    The Artois Championships The Artois Championships London, England
    Type: Men’s Surface: Grass

    Quarterfinals
    Rafael Nadal (1) def. Ivo Karlovic (8) 6-7 7-6 7-6 (35 aces for Karlovic)
    Novak Djokovic (2) def. Lleyton Hewitt (11) 6-2, 6-2
    Andy Roddick (3) def. Andy Murray (6) walkover
    David Nalbandian (4) def. Richard Gasquet (5) 6-4, 3-6, 7-6

  218. Nima Naderi on June 14th, 2008 12:41 pm

    Gerry Weber Open Halle, Germany
    Type: Men’s Surface: Grass

    Semifinals
    Roger Federer (1) def. Nicolas Kiefer, 6-1, 6-4
    Philipp Kohlschreiber def. James Blake (2), 6-3, 7-5

    Orange Prokom Open Orange Prokom Open Sopot, Poland
    Type: Men’s Surface: Clay

    Semifinals
    Nikolay Davydenko (1) def. Fabio Fognini, 6-2, 6-3
    Tommy Robredo (2) def. Juan Monaco (3), 6-4, 6-4

    The Artois Championships The Artois Championships London, England
    Type: Men’s Surface: Grass

    Semifinals
    Rafael Nadal (1) def. Andy Roddick (3), 7-5, 6-4
    Novak Djokovic (2) def. David Nalbandian (4), 6-1, 6-0

  219. Nima Naderi on June 15th, 2008 3:27 pm

    Gerry Weber Open Halle, Germany
    Type: Men’s Surface: Grass

    Final
    Roger Federer (1) def. Philipp Kohlschreiber, 6-3, 6-4

    Orange Prokom Open Orange Prokom Open Sopot, Poland
    Type: Men’s Surface: Clay

    Final
    Nikolay Davydenko (1) def. Tommy Robredo (2), 6-3, 6-3

    The Artois Championships London, England
    Type: Men’s Surface: Grass

    Final
    Rafael Nadal (1) def. Novak Djokovic (2), 7-6 (8-6), 7-5

  220. Dan Rumeo on June 15th, 2008 6:45 pm

    John, thanks for taking the time to comment. If you read through the entire you would see that I am not bashing Roddick only stating the obvious. As the big fan that you are you must have seen his past few matches against Federer where Andy has seemed to run out of gas. Also, you are entitled to your opinion about my knowledge of tennis but Roddick, a multiple time winner of the Queen’s Club tourny, lost to Nadal 75 64. If ever Roddick should be beating Rafa it should be at the Stella. If you saw the match you would have seen that Roddick’s backhand let him down. We at The ATP Blog wish Roddick then best but we have to call the shots the way we see them. Please post a reply if you wish.

  221. Dan Rumeo on June 15th, 2008 8:10 pm

    good points Alex but to us here at TheATPBlog.com Blake has a great game with some of the fiercest weapons including a forehad that is second to none. Maybe he is a late bloomer but at the same time we think he needs a new coach or some kind of life change.

  222. Nima Naderi on June 15th, 2008 9:07 pm

    First Round
    David Ferrer (1) def. Jesse Huta Galung, 6-2, 6-3
    Igor Andreev (5) def. Grigor Dimitrov, 6-1, 6-3
    Mario Ancic (6) def. Ivo Minar, 6-1, 7-6 (7-0)
    Rainer Schuettler def. Michael Berrer, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 6-4
    Jurgen Melzer def. Victor Hanescu, 6-7 (11-13), 6-2, 6-4
    Steve Darcis def. Florent Serra, 7-5, 6-3

  223. nima on June 16th, 2008 5:58 pm

    Ordina Open ’s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands
    Type: Men’s Surface: Grass

    First Round
    Richard Gasquet (2) def. Olivier Rochus, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3)
    Ivan Ljubicic (4) def. Robin Haase, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5)
    Guillermo Canas (7) def. Mischa Zverev, 5-7, 6-3, 6-3
    Juan Martin Del Potro def. Fabrice Santoro (8), 6-3, 6-1
    Rohan Bopanna def. Martin Verkerk, 6-7 (8-10), 7-6 (7-2), 6-4

    Viktor Troicki def. Denis Gremelmayr, 6-3, 7-5
    Marcel Granollers def. Kristof Vliegen, 6-0, 1-0 retired
    Massimo Dell’Acqua def. Fabio Fognini, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2
    Arnaud Clement def. Benjamin Becker, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
    Marc Gicquel def. Matwe Middelkoop, 6-4, 6-1

  224. Rebs on June 17th, 2008 4:20 am

    I have to go with Alex on Blake. He’s really not that good. Monfils? I think Nalbandian should be on the list instead. Haas should also make the honorable mention. Marat should be #2 and I am in total agreement about the #1

  225. Rebs on June 17th, 2008 4:27 am

    Reeshard is a total waste of talent (so far). I saw his match against Fed in Monte Carlo and against Arod in SW19. 2 sets to love down and he just started hitting BH winners all over the place. All I can say is Amazing!!!

  226. Nima Naderi on June 17th, 2008 9:35 am

    Ordina Open ’s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands
    Type: Men’s Surface: Grass

    Second Round
    David Ferrer (1) def. Massimo Dell’Acqua, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3)
    Marc Gicquel def. Richard Gasquet (2), 7-5, 7-6 (8-6)
    Jurgen Melzer def. Igor Andreev (5), 6-4, 1-6, 6-1
    Mario Ancic (6) def. Steve Darcis, 6-2, 6-4

  227. Nima Naderi on June 18th, 2008 6:37 pm

    Wednesday, June 18, 2008

    Nottingham, England

    Singles – Second Round
    [Q] V Spadea (USA) d [1] R Stepanek (CZE) W/O (ribs)
    [3] F Verdasco (ESP) d B Reynolds (USA) 62 63
    [4] I Karlovic (CRO) d S Querrey (USA) 76(3) 76(14)
    [5] G Simon (FRA) d [Q] S Groth (AUS) 67(1) 64 64
    [7] A Seppi (ITA) d E Schwank (ARG) 61 46 76(7) – saved 1 M.P.
    [8] G Monfils (FRA) d J Benneteau (FRA) 36 64 62
    M Cilic (CRO) d [Q] A Bogdanovic (GBR) 64 64

    Wednesday, June 18, 2008

    ’s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands

    Singles – Second Round
    [Q] V Troicki (SRB) d [4] I Ljubicic (CRO) 57 64 76(5)
    [7] G Canas (ARG) d [Q] R Bopanna (IND) 62 64
    A Clement (FRA) d M Granollers (ESP) 67(8) 63 63
    J Del Potro (ARG) d R Schuettler (GER) 76(3) 76(5)

  228. Sam Holakoozadeh on June 19th, 2008 3:21 pm

    leave nalbadian out of this! he is a perennial force on the tour. without any real weapon, he has managed to give federer fits in major tournaments. underachiever assumes he has all the tools to win majors but doesn’t, nalbandian sadly only has the heart, not much else.

  229. Nima Naderi on June 19th, 2008 6:02 pm

    Ordina Open ’s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands

    Quarterfinals
    David Ferrer (1) def. Mario Ancic (6), 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
    Guillermo Canas (7) def. Viktor Troicki, 6-2, 6-2
    Marc Gicquel def. Jurgen Melzer, 6-3, 6-4
    Juan Martin Del Potro def. Arnaud Clement, 2-6, 6-3, 6-1

    The Slazenger Open The Slazenger Open Nottingham, England

    Quarterfinals
    Fernando Verdasco (3) vs. Gilles Simon (5)
    Ivo Karlovic (4) vs. Andreas Seppi (7)
    Gael Monfils (8) vs. Vincent Spadea
    Thomas Johansson vs. Marin Cilic

  230. Nima Naderi on June 20th, 2008 5:45 pm

    Ordina Open ’s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands

    Semifinals
    David Ferrer (1) def. Juan Martin Del Potro, 7-6 (7-4), 6-1
    Marc Gicquel def. Guillermo Canas (7), 3-6, 6-0, 6-4

    The Slazenger Open The Slazenger Open Nottingham, England

    Semifinals
    Fernando Verdasco (3) vs. Marin Cilic
    Ivo Karlovic (4) vs. Gael Monfils (8)

  231. IvanAndreevich on June 21st, 2008 3:12 pm

    Sam are you aware that Nalby’s backhand is one of the best on tour? If anything, Nalby is like a stronger version of Agassi without the mental strength.

  232. Nima Naderi on June 21st, 2008 5:31 pm

    Ordina Open ’s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands

    Final
    David Ferrer (1) def. Marc Gicquel, 6-4, 6-2

    The Slazenger Open The Slazenger Open Nottingham, England

    Final
    Ivo Karlovic (4) def. Fernando Verdasco (3), 7-5, 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (10-8)

  233. Alex on June 22nd, 2008 10:22 am

    I know Federer has not had a good year, and Nadal has gotten better on surfaces besides clay. I also know that Djokovic is a strong contender to win this tourny and a major force (no pun intended) on grass. Still, Federer is kind of like Tiger Woods. Not to turn this into a golf conversation, but you can never bet against Tiger at Torey Pines no matter what condition he is in physically, and you can never go against Federer at Wimbledon.

  234. Kevin Chow on June 22nd, 2008 11:30 am

    Ivan, please don’t make me laugh by comparing Nalbandian’s anthing to the great Agassi. Nalby is lucky to be a ball boy of Andre.

  235. Sam Holakoozadeh on June 22nd, 2008 12:37 pm

    his backhand is strong, i don’t deny it, but one of the best on tour might be a reach. and i have to agree with kevin, comparing him to agassi is ridiculous.

  236. Nima Naderi on June 22nd, 2008 10:11 pm

    Ordina Open ’s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands

    Final
    David Ferrer (1) def. Marc Gicquel, 6-4, 6-2

    The Slazenger Open The Slazenger Open Nottingham, England

    Final
    Ivo Karlovic (4) def. Fernando Verdasco (3), 7-5, 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (10-8)

  237. Nima Naderi on June 23rd, 2008 8:17 pm

    Wimbledon London, England

    First Round
    Roger Federer (1) def. Dominik Hrbaty, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2
    Novak Djokovic (3) def. Michael Berrer, 7-5, 2-6, 6-3, 6-0
    David Ferrer (5) def. Sergiy Stakhovsky, 7-6 (8-6), 6-3, 1-3 retired
    Frank Dancevic def. David Nalbandian (7), 6-4, 6-2, 6-4
    Marcos Baghdatis (10) def. Steve Darcis, 6-3, 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3

    Tomas Berdych (11) def. Evgeny Korolev, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5
    Stanislas Wawrinka (13) def. Marcos Daniel, 6-3, 6-2, 7-5
    Fernando Gonzalez (15) def. Robby Ginepri, 7-6 (7-3), 7-5, 7-5
    Simon Stadler def. Ivo Karlovic (18), 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, 7-5
    Lleyton Hewitt (20) def. Robin Hasse, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-3, 6-7 (1-7), 6-2

    Juan Carlos Ferrero (21) def. Sam Querrey, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4
    Fernando Verdasco (22) def. Philipp Kohlschreiber, 6-4, 6-3, 6-2
    Andreas Seppi (29) def. Tobias Kamke, 5-7, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
    Gael Monfils (30) vs. Chris Guccione
    Feliciano Lopez (31) def. Brian Dabul, 7-6 (7-1), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4

    Mario Ancic def. Michael Llodra (32), 6-4, 7-6 (9-7), 2-0 retired
    Thomas Johansson def. Vincent Spadea, 6-7 (8-10), 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-4, 6-3
    Florent Serra def. Yen-Hsun Lu, 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (3-7), 6-3
    Marat Safin def. Fabio Fognini, 6-1, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3)
    Philipp Petzschner def. Hyung-Taik Lee, 6-7 (4-7), 6-1, 6-4 retired

    Thomaz Bellucci def. Igor Kunitsyn, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 6-2
    Bobby Reynolds def. Filippo Volandri, 6-2, 6-2 retired
    Robin Soderling def. Kevin Kim, 7-5, 0-6, 6-3, 6-4
    Olivier Rochus def. Dudi Sela, 6-4, 7-5, 6-4
    Simone Bolelli def. Alex Bogdanovic, 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)

    Juan Martin Del Potro def. Pavel Snobel, 6-4, 6-2, 6-3
    Victor Hanescu def. Alejandro Falla, 6-3, 6-7 (2-7), 6-0, 6-4
    Mischa Zverev def. Alexander Peya, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
    Roko Karanusic def. Luis Horna, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, 6-1
    Marc Gicquel def. Kei Nishikori, 4-6, 7-5 retired

    Igor Andreev def. Jiri Vanek, 6-7 (6-8), 7-6 (7-2), 6-2, 6-2
    Albert Montanes def. Carlos Berlocq, 6-3, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4
    Ilia Bozoljac def. Chris Guccione, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3

  238. Nima Naderi on June 23rd, 2008 8:17 pm

    Wimbledon London, England

    First Round
    Roger Federer (1) def. Dominik Hrbaty, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2
    Novak Djokovic (3) def. Michael Berrer, 7-5, 2-6, 6-3, 6-0
    David Ferrer (5) def. Sergiy Stakhovsky, 7-6 (8-6), 6-3, 1-3 retired
    Frank Dancevic def. David Nalbandian (7), 6-4, 6-2, 6-4
    Marcos Baghdatis (10) def. Steve Darcis, 6-3, 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3

    Tomas Berdych (11) def. Evgeny Korolev, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5
    Stanislas Wawrinka (13) def. Marcos Daniel, 6-3, 6-2, 7-5
    Fernando Gonzalez (15) def. Robby Ginepri, 7-6 (7-3), 7-5, 7-5
    Simon Stadler def. Ivo Karlovic (18), 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, 7-5
    Lleyton Hewitt (20) def. Robin Hasse, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-3, 6-7 (1-7), 6-2

    Juan Carlos Ferrero (21) def. Sam Querrey, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4
    Fernando Verdasco (22) def. Philipp Kohlschreiber, 6-4, 6-3, 6-2
    Andreas Seppi (29) def. Tobias Kamke, 5-7, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
    Gael Monfils (30) vs. Chris Guccione
    Feliciano Lopez (31) def. Brian Dabul, 7-6 (7-1), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4

    Mario Ancic def. Michael Llodra (32), 6-4, 7-6 (9-7), 2-0 retired
    Thomas Johansson def. Vincent Spadea, 6-7 (8-10), 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-4, 6-3
    Florent Serra def. Yen-Hsun Lu, 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (3-7), 6-3
    Marat Safin def. Fabio Fognini, 6-1, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3)
    Philipp Petzschner def. Hyung-Taik Lee, 6-7 (4-7), 6-1, 6-4 retired

    Thomaz Bellucci def. Igor Kunitsyn, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 6-2
    Bobby Reynolds def. Filippo Volandri, 6-2, 6-2 retired
    Robin Soderling def. Kevin Kim, 7-5, 0-6, 6-3, 6-4
    Olivier Rochus def. Dudi Sela, 6-4, 7-5, 6-4
    Simone Bolelli def. Alex Bogdanovic, 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)

    Juan Martin Del Potro def. Pavel Snobel, 6-4, 6-2, 6-3
    Victor Hanescu def. Alejandro Falla, 6-3, 6-7 (2-7), 6-0, 6-4
    Mischa Zverev def. Alexander Peya, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
    Roko Karanusic def. Luis Horna, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, 6-1
    Marc Gicquel def. Kei Nishikori, 4-6, 7-5 retired

    Igor Andreev def. Jiri Vanek, 6-7 (6-8), 7-6 (7-2), 6-2, 6-2
    Albert Montanes def. Carlos Berlocq, 6-3, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4
    Ilia Bozoljac def. Chris Guccione, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3

  239. Alexia on June 24th, 2008 8:49 am

    Love this article. I know it is kinda tough to choose the best strokes. I would take Rafa’s backhand over Novak’s though. His spin is crazy!

  240. Karl on June 24th, 2008 8:51 am

    That video is crazy! After watching it you have to say that Federer does have the best overhead ever! Poor Andy. Always gonna be Federer’s pigeon.

  241. Nima Naderi on June 24th, 2008 9:17 pm

    Wimbledon London, England

    First Round
    Rafael Nadal (2) def. Andreas Beck, 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (7-0)
    Benjamin Becker def. Nikolay Davydenko (4), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4
    Andy Roddick (6) def. Eduardo Schwank, 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (7-0)
    Richard Gasquet (8) def. Mardy Fish, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2
    James Blake (9) def. Christophe Rochus, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-4

    Andy Murray (12) def. Fabrice Santoro, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)
    Paul-Henri Mathieu (14) def. Oscar Hernandez, 3-6, 6-2, 6-0, 6-2
    Radek Stepanek (16) def. Jan Hernych, 6-3, 7-5, 6-0
    Mikhail Youzhny (17) def. Sergio Roitman, 6-1, 6-4, 6-0
    Nicolas Almagro (19) def. Marcel Granollers-Pujol, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-2

    Tommy Robredo (23) def. Kristof Vliegen, 6-1, 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4
    Jarkko Nieminen (24) def. Wayne Odesnik, 6-3 retired
    Dmitry Tursunov (25) def. Nicolas Mahut, 6-4, 6-7 (8-10), 7-6 (9-7), 3-6, 7-5
    Jurgen Melzer def. Ivan Ljubicic (26), 6-4, 7-6 (9-7), 4-6, 2-6, 6-3
    Nicolas Kiefer (27) def. Julien Benneteau, 6-1, 7-5, 6-3

    Gilles Simon (28) def. Dawid Olejniczak, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2
    Stefano Galvani def. Jamie Baker, 6-4, 6-2, 6-3
    Rainer Schuettler def. Santiago Ventura, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
    Xavier Malisse def. Denis Gremelmayr, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2
    Ernests Gulbis def. John Isner, 7-5, 7-5, 6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (8-6)

    Guillermo Garcia-Lopez def. Izak Vander Merwe, 7-5, 6-2, 6-2
    Sebastien Grosjean def. Potito Starace, 6-2, 7-5, 6-1
    Jesse Levine def. Donald Young, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4
    Jeremy Chardy def. Frederico Gil, 7-5, 6-7 (1-7), 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
    Janko Tipsarevic def. Thierry Ascione, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4, 6-2

    Agustin Calleri def. Kevin Anderson, 4-6, 7-5, 7-5, 6-1
    Arnaud Clement def. Jonas Bjorkman, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
    Marin Cilic def. Edouard Roger-Vasselin, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)
    Viktor Troicki def. Nicolas Lapentti, 6-3, 4-0 retired
    Chris Eaton def. Boris Pashanski, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6), 6-4

    Martin Vassallo Arguello def. Ivo Minar, 6-4, 2-6, 2-6, 6-2, 6-2
    Tommy Haas def. Guillermo Canas, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4

  242. Nima Naderi on June 24th, 2008 9:18 pm

    Wimbledon London, England

    First Round
    Rafael Nadal (2) def. Andreas Beck, 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (7-0)
    Benjamin Becker def. Nikolay Davydenko (4), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4
    Andy Roddick (6) def. Eduardo Schwank, 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (7-0)
    Richard Gasquet (8) def. Mardy Fish, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2
    James Blake (9) def. Christophe Rochus, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-4

    Andy Murray (12) def. Fabrice Santoro, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)
    Paul-Henri Mathieu (14) def. Oscar Hernandez, 3-6, 6-2, 6-0, 6-2
    Radek Stepanek (16) def. Jan Hernych, 6-3, 7-5, 6-0
    Mikhail Youzhny (17) def. Sergio Roitman, 6-1, 6-4, 6-0
    Nicolas Almagro (19) def. Marcel Granollers-Pujol, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-2

    Tommy Robredo (23) def. Kristof Vliegen, 6-1, 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4
    Jarkko Nieminen (24) def. Wayne Odesnik, 6-3 retired
    Dmitry Tursunov (25) def. Nicolas Mahut, 6-4, 6-7 (8-10), 7-6 (9-7), 3-6, 7-5
    Jurgen Melzer def. Ivan Ljubicic (26), 6-4, 7-6 (9-7), 4-6, 2-6, 6-3
    Nicolas Kiefer (27) def. Julien Benneteau, 6-1, 7-5, 6-3

    Gilles Simon (28) def. Dawid Olejniczak, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2
    Stefano Galvani def. Jamie Baker, 6-4, 6-2, 6-3
    Rainer Schuettler def. Santiago Ventura, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
    Xavier Malisse def. Denis Gremelmayr, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2
    Ernests Gulbis def. John Isner, 7-5, 7-5, 6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (8-6)

    Guillermo Garcia-Lopez def. Izak Vander Merwe, 7-5, 6-2, 6-2
    Sebastien Grosjean def. Potito Starace, 6-2, 7-5, 6-1
    Jesse Levine def. Donald Young, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4
    Jeremy Chardy def. Frederico Gil, 7-5, 6-7 (1-7), 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
    Janko Tipsarevic def. Thierry Ascione, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4, 6-2

    Agustin Calleri def. Kevin Anderson, 4-6, 7-5, 7-5, 6-1
    Arnaud Clement def. Jonas Bjorkman, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
    Marin Cilic def. Edouard Roger-Vasselin, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)
    Viktor Troicki def. Nicolas Lapentti, 6-3, 4-0 retired
    Chris Eaton def. Boris Pashanski, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6), 6-4

    Martin Vassallo Arguello def. Ivo Minar, 6-4, 2-6, 2-6, 6-2, 6-2
    Tommy Haas def. Guillermo Canas, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4

  243. Nima Naderi on June 24th, 2008 9:19 pm

    I have to agree with Alexia, Rafa to me right now has the best backhand in the game. His defense off of that side is next level right now!

  244. Alex on June 25th, 2008 11:14 am

    Safin and Gasquet have pretty nice backhands as well. Nadal has a good one, but I wouldn’t say it is the best in the entire game quite yet.

  245. Nima Naderi on June 26th, 2008 9:07 am

    Wimbledon London, England

    Second Round
    Roger Federer (1) def. Robin Soderling, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3)
    Marat Safin def. Novak Djokovic (3), 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2
    David Ferrer (5) def. Igor Andreev, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2
    Marcos Baghdatis (10) def. Thomas Johansson, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4
    Tomas Berdych (11) def. Victor Hanescu, 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (8-6), 6-1, 6-2

    Stanislas Wawrinka (13) def. Juan Martin Del Potro, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3, 7-5
    Simone Bolelli def. Fernando Gonzalez (15), 7-6 (10-8), 7-6 (9-7), 3-6, 7-6 (7-4)
    Lleyton Hewitt (20) def. Albert Montanes, 7-6 (7-4), 6-0, 6-2
    Mischa Zverev def. Juan Carlos Ferrero (21), 6-4, 6-4, 2-1 retired
    Fernando Verdasco (22) def. Olivier Rochus, 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, 6-1

    Andreas Seppi (29) def. Florent Serra, 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4
    Feliciano Lopez (31) def. Roko Karanusic, 6-3, 6-3, 6-4
    Bobby Reynolds def. Frank Dancevic, 4-6, 7-6 (12-10), 6-4, 6-4
    Simon Stadler def. Thomaz Bellucci, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-7 (5-7), 8-6
    Marc Gicquel def. Ilia Bozoljac, 4-6, 5-7, 7-6 (7-1), 7-6 (7-0), 6-3

    Mario Ancic def. Philipp Petzschner, 6-1, 6-4, 6-7 (1-7), 4-6, 6-3

  246. Nima Naderi on June 26th, 2008 9:08 am

    Wimbledon London, England

    Second Round
    Roger Federer (1) def. Robin Soderling, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3)
    Marat Safin def. Novak Djokovic (3), 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2
    David Ferrer (5) def. Igor Andreev, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2
    Marcos Baghdatis (10) def. Thomas Johansson, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4
    Tomas Berdych (11) def. Victor Hanescu, 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (8-6), 6-1, 6-2

    Stanislas Wawrinka (13) def. Juan Martin Del Potro, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3, 7-5
    Simone Bolelli def. Fernando Gonzalez (15), 7-6 (10-8), 7-6 (9-7), 3-6, 7-6 (7-4)
    Lleyton Hewitt (20) def. Albert Montanes, 7-6 (7-4), 6-0, 6-2
    Mischa Zverev def. Juan Carlos Ferrero (21), 6-4, 6-4, 2-1 retired
    Fernando Verdasco (22) def. Olivier Rochus, 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, 6-1

    Andreas Seppi (29) def. Florent Serra, 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4
    Feliciano Lopez (31) def. Roko Karanusic, 6-3, 6-3, 6-4
    Bobby Reynolds def. Frank Dancevic, 4-6, 7-6 (12-10), 6-4, 6-4
    Simon Stadler def. Thomaz Bellucci, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-7 (5-7), 8-6
    Marc Gicquel def. Ilia Bozoljac, 4-6, 5-7, 7-6 (7-1), 7-6 (7-0), 6-3

    Mario Ancic def. Philipp Petzschner, 6-1, 6-4, 6-7 (1-7), 4-6, 6-3

  247. Nima Naderi on June 26th, 2008 4:47 pm

    Wimbledon London, England

    Second Round
    Rafael Nadal (2) def. Ernests Gulbis, 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (7-2), 6-3
    Janko Tipsarevic def. Andy Roddick (6), 6-7 (5-7), 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
    Richard Gasquet (8) def. Sebastien Grosjean, 6-2, 6-2 retired
    Rainer Schuettler def. James Blake (9), 6-3, 6-7 (8-10), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
    Andy Murray (12) def. Xavier Malisse, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2

    Paul-Henri Mathieu (14) def. Jeremy Chardy, 6-3, 7-5, 7-6 (7-1)
    Radek Stepanek (16) def. Viktor Troicki, 6-7 (1-7), 6-7 (3-7), 6-3, 6-1, 6-2
    Mikhail Youzhny (17) def. Stefano Galvani, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
    Guillermo Garcia-Lopez def. Nicolas Almagro (19), 6-3, 3-6, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2
    Tommy Haas def. Tommy Robredo (23), 6-4, 6-4, 6-3

    Marin Cilic def. Jarkko Nieminen (24), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 (6-8), 7-5
    Dmitry Tursunov (25) def. Chris Eaton, 7-6 (7-2), 6-2, 6-4
    Nicolas Kiefer (27) def. Martin Vassallo Arguello, 6-0, 6-3, 6-1
    Gilles Simon (28) def. Agustin Calleri, 5-7, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4
    Jurgen Melzer def. Jesse Levine, 4-6, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1

    Arnaud Clement def. Benjamin Becker, 7-6 (9-7), 7-6 (7-3), 6-3

  248. Nima Naderi on June 26th, 2008 4:49 pm

    Wimbledon London, England

    Second Round
    Rafael Nadal (2) def. Ernests Gulbis, 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (7-2), 6-3
    Janko Tipsarevic def. Andy Roddick (6), 6-7 (5-7), 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
    Richard Gasquet (8) def. Sebastien Grosjean, 6-2, 6-2 retired
    Rainer Schuettler def. James Blake (9), 6-3, 6-7 (8-10), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
    Andy Murray (12) def. Xavier Malisse, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2

    Paul-Henri Mathieu (14) def. Jeremy Chardy, 6-3, 7-5, 7-6 (7-1)
    Radek Stepanek (16) def. Viktor Troicki, 6-7 (1-7), 6-7 (3-7), 6-3, 6-1, 6-2
    Mikhail Youzhny (17) def. Stefano Galvani, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
    Guillermo Garcia-Lopez def. Nicolas Almagro (19), 6-3, 3-6, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2
    Tommy Haas def. Tommy Robredo (23), 6-4, 6-4, 6-3

    Marin Cilic def. Jarkko Nieminen (24), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 (6-8), 7-5
    Dmitry Tursunov (25) def. Chris Eaton, 7-6 (7-2), 6-2, 6-4
    Nicolas Kiefer (27) def. Martin Vassallo Arguello, 6-0, 6-3, 6-1
    Gilles Simon (28) def. Agustin Calleri, 5-7, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4
    Jurgen Melzer def. Jesse Levine, 4-6, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1

    Arnaud Clement def. Benjamin Becker, 7-6 (9-7), 7-6 (7-3), 6-3

  249. zach on June 27th, 2008 1:00 pm

    that was upsetting both roddick and james out in the first round. sharapova is out many big people are gone, now maybe we cna seee some youngsters but i wish blake stayed in—under achieved in this tourney

  250. zach on June 27th, 2008 1:01 pm

    i cant leave out novak either. one commentator said it would be novak and nadal final i disagree but would like to see novak and fed go at it on grass, i might have a heart attack in the middle though

  251. zach on June 27th, 2008 1:04 pm

    feds forehand is better then nadals i dont see why thats even a toss up

  252. zach on June 27th, 2008 1:05 pm

    nadal’s backhand is probably the best, becuase of its amazing spin, however if u had to go one handed it might be gasquet alex

  253. zach on June 27th, 2008 1:07 pm

    how can someone’s overhead be better tehn someones else, like some peopple’s overhead just sucks, but whats the difference between feds adn novak’s or roddicks and i think fed has a pretty nice serve to he disguises it nicely

  254. Chris on June 27th, 2008 4:32 pm

    I Just got info from my coach Chris Haggard (lost 1st round doubs in wimbledon 7-5 in the fifth) that the security had to restrain Safin after the press conferences from beating up on Djokovic because of the stupid /rude things Djokovic said about safin in the press conference.

    just thought it would be a funny piece of info:D

  255. Nima Naderi on June 27th, 2008 8:26 pm

    Wimbledon London, England

    Third Round
    Roger Federer (1) def. Marc Giquel, 6-3, 6-3, 6-1
    Mario Ancic def. David Ferrer (5), 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-3)
    Marcos Baghdatis (10) def. Simon Stadler, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4, 6-2
    Fernando Verdasco (22) def. Tomas Berdych (11), 6-4, 6-4, 6-0
    Stanislas Wawrinka (13) def. Mischa Zverev, 7-5, 6-1 retired

    Lleyton Hewitt (20) def. Simone Bolelli, 6-1, 6-3, 7-6 (7-2)
    Marat Safin def. Andreas Seppi (29), 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4
    Feliciano Lopez (31) def. Bobby Reynolds, 6-4, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4

  256. Nima Naderi on June 27th, 2008 8:26 pm

    Wimbledon London, England

    Third Round
    Roger Federer (1) def. Marc Giquel, 6-3, 6-3, 6-1
    Mario Ancic def. David Ferrer (5), 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-3)
    Marcos Baghdatis (10) def. Simon Stadler, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4, 6-2
    Fernando Verdasco (22) def. Tomas Berdych (11), 6-4, 6-4, 6-0
    Stanislas Wawrinka (13) def. Mischa Zverev, 7-5, 6-1 retired

    Lleyton Hewitt (20) def. Simone Bolelli, 6-1, 6-3, 7-6 (7-2)
    Marat Safin def. Andreas Seppi (29), 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4
    Feliciano Lopez (31) def. Bobby Reynolds, 6-4, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4

  257. Nima Naderi on June 27th, 2008 9:03 pm

    Thanks for the insight Chris, we always welcome your thoughts or insight into into the game, Cheers.

    Nima

  258. Nima Naderi on June 27th, 2008 9:19 pm

    After Roddicks second round exit at Wimbledon, seems as though Dan was on to something here……..

  259. Nima Naderi on June 29th, 2008 2:43 am

    Wimbledon London, England

    Third Round
    Rafael Nadal (2) def. Nicolas Kiefer (27), 7-6 (7-3), 6-2, 6-3
    Richard Gasquet (8) def. Gilles Simon (28), 6-3, 6-3, 6-7 (3-7), 6-3
    Andy Murray (12) def. Tommy Haas, 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-2
    Marin Cilic def. Paul-Henri Mathieu (14), 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (8-6)
    Mikhail Youzhny (17) def. Radek Stepanek (16), 7-5, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3

    Janko Tipsarevic def. Dmitry Tursunov (25), 7-6 (7-1), 7-6 (7-3), 6-3
    Arnaud Clement def. Jurgen Melzer, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
    Rainer Schuettler def. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4

  260. Nima Naderi on June 29th, 2008 2:43 am

    Wimbledon London, England

    Third Round
    Rafael Nadal (2) def. Nicolas Kiefer (27), 7-6 (7-3), 6-2, 6-3
    Richard Gasquet (8) def. Gilles Simon (28), 6-3, 6-3, 6-7 (3-7), 6-3
    Andy Murray (12) def. Tommy Haas, 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-2
    Marin Cilic def. Paul-Henri Mathieu (14), 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (8-6)
    Mikhail Youzhny (17) def. Radek Stepanek (16), 7-5, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3

    Janko Tipsarevic def. Dmitry Tursunov (25), 7-6 (7-1), 7-6 (7-3), 6-3
    Arnaud Clement def. Jurgen Melzer, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
    Rainer Schuettler def. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, 6-2, 6-3, 6-

  261. Dan Rumeo on June 30th, 2008 5:24 pm

    Zach, the overhead is a big part of tennis. People underestimate it but when push comes to show one bad overhead could cost the match. As I said in my article, Fed moves better than anyone else to the overhead.

  262. Nima Naderi on July 1st, 2008 8:52 pm

    Wimbledon London, England

    Fourth Round
    Roger Federer (1) def. Lleyton Hewitt (20), 7-6 (9-7), 6-2, 6-4
    Rafael Nadal (2) def. Mikhail Youzhny (17), 6-3, 6-3, 6-1
    Andy Murray (12) def. Richard Gasquet (8), 5-7, 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2, 6-4
    Feliciano Lopez (31) def. Marcos Baghdatis (10), 5-7, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 8-6
    Marat Safin def. Stanislas Wawrinka (13), 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1

    Mario Ancic def. Fernando Verdasco (22), 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 13-11
    Rainer Schuettler def. Janko Tipsarevic, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
    Arnaud Clement def. Marin Cilic, 6-3, 7-5, 6-2

  263. Nima Naderi on July 1st, 2008 8:53 pm

    Wimbledon London, England

    Fourth Round
    Roger Federer (1) def. Lleyton Hewitt (20), 7-6 (9-7), 6-2, 6-4
    Rafael Nadal (2) def. Mikhail Youzhny (17), 6-3, 6-3, 6-1
    Andy Murray (12) def. Richard Gasquet (8), 5-7, 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2, 6-4
    Feliciano Lopez (31) def. Marcos Baghdatis (10), 5-7, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 8-6
    Marat Safin def. Stanislas Wawrinka (13), 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1

    Mario Ancic def. Fernando Verdasco (22), 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 13-11
    Rainer Schuettler def. Janko Tipsarevic, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
    Arnaud Clement def. Marin Cilic, 6-3, 7-5, 6-2

  264. Alex on July 2nd, 2008 5:09 pm

    Wow, Federer looked awful impressive against Ancic. Nadal is pretty much guarenteed a spot in the finals, and with all due respect to Safin, Federer should get there too. I can’t wait for the Federer-Nadal Wimbledon Finals (Vol III). Should be a great one!

  265. Nima Naderi on July 2nd, 2008 10:57 pm

    Wimbledon London, England

    Quarterfinals
    Roger Federer (1) def. Mario Ancic, 6-1, 7-5, 6-4
    Rafael Nadal (2) def. Andy Murray (12), 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
    Marat Safin def. Feliciano Lopez (31), 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-1), 6-3
    Rainer Schuettler vs. Arnaud Clement, 6-3, 5-7 suspended

  266. Nima Naderi on July 2nd, 2008 10:58 pm

    Wimbledon London, England

    Quarterfinals
    Roger Federer (1) def. Mario Ancic, 6-1, 7-5, 6-4
    Rafael Nadal (2) def. Andy Murray (12), 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
    Marat Safin def. Feliciano Lopez (31), 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-1), 6-3
    Rainer Schuettler vs. Arnaud Clement, 6-3, 5-7 suspended

  267. Nancy Fitzgerald on July 3rd, 2008 3:36 pm

    I am a Nalbandian fan because of his style of play. It is much more exciting that watching the exhibitions of a Roger Federer. nalbandian’s play at Wimbledon (first round exit) was horrific. I do not think that he is in good physical shape, and he is disappointing his many fans who feel he has talent. I hope he shows us that talent during the US Open series and the Open Grand Slam.

  268. Shane on July 4th, 2008 12:30 pm

    Dude, good article. You might want to read it over again and fix it up, specially the last paragraph. I hope RF wins.

  269. Dan Rumeo on July 4th, 2008 12:51 pm

    Thanks Shane. Fixed.

  270. Nima Naderi on July 5th, 2008 1:42 am

    Semifinals
    Roger Federer (1) def. Marat Safin, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4
    Rafael Nadal (2) def. Rainer Schuettler, 6-1, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4

  271. Nima Naderi on July 6th, 2008 10:52 pm

    Final
    Rafael Nadal (2) def. Roger Federer (1), 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-7 (8-10), 9-7

  272. Shane on July 7th, 2008 3:33 am

    Honestly, Nadal is a warrior!!! Some of the shots that Federer was hitting should have never come back. The angles the Nadal was creating were out of this world. Now we will see just how god Federer really is. A true champion, one that is to be considered the best ever, needs to adapt and change his game in order to beat the best of the best. One thing is for sure, Federer return backhand is much better now, considering he got a steady dose of serves to that side.

  273. Shane on July 7th, 2008 3:35 am

    Is Fed not playing this week?

  274. Nima Naderi on July 7th, 2008 7:28 am

    Federer is off this week and will return to action at the Canadian Open in 2 weeks time.

  275. dstingrayj on July 7th, 2008 9:51 am

    For the past 2 years, I was left sorely disappointed rooting for Federer in the French Open finals. Especially in 2007, where for one set, at least, he seemed to have a handle over Nadal. In this year’s Finals, the less said the better.

    This Wimbledon loss will be good for Federer.

    For far too long, Federer is uncontested as he reigned supreme. If he models himself after Sampras, who also have never won the French Open, it is not too illogical to induce that Federer have a bit less motivation to win at Roland Garros – read his comments during the press interview after the Wimbledon loss.

    For too long, his mental strength and how he reacts under pressure at critical points were not severely tested. Many a times during the Wimbledon finals, he HAD Rafa – e.g. that 13th game in the fifth set, the old Roger would have grabbed his chance and nailed it.

    I am a fan of Federer. I hope this loss rekindles the fight in Federer – just like Sampras’ second half of his amazing career.

    Especially against Nadal, I feel Federer still thinks that he can beat Nadal at his own game – from the baseline. But now brute strength alone is not enough as Nadal gets more consistent and competitive during big points. A little magic and wizardry is in order – how many times during that Wimbledon final a simple drop shot would suffice as Nadal stands three feet behind the baseline to counter punch Federer’s rocket-like approach shot…?

    So I await with baited breath for the Champ to respond in a way he only can. Only then can Federer surpass Sampras, possibly the only other tennis player in history greater than the Fed Express.

  276. Nima Naderi on July 7th, 2008 8:42 pm

    Allianz Suisse Open Gstaad, Switzerland

    First Round
    Igor Andreev (7) def. Marcos Daniel, 6-4, 7-5
    Guillermo Canas (8) def. Ivo Minar, 7-6 (11-9), 6-3
    Marin Cilic def. Josselin Ouanna, 6-3, 6-4
    Florent Serra def. Daniel Gimeno-Traver, 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-5)
    Guillermo Garcia-Lopez def. Michael Lammer, 5-7, 6-3, 6-2

    Kristof Vliegen def. Martin Vassallo Arguello, 6-3, 6-4

    Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships Newport, Rhode Island, USA

    First Round
    Donald Young (6) def. Woong-Sun Jun, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
    Mikhail Ledovskikh def. Kristian Pless, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4
    Alexander Peya def. Philipp Petzschner, 6-7 (3-7), 6-3, 7-5
    Vincent Spadea def. Simon Stadler, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4
    Rohan Bopanna def. Kevin Kim, 6-3, 6-4

    Brendan Evans def. Paul Capdeville, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1

    Catella Swedish Open Catella Swedish Open Bastad, Sweden

    First Round
    Jarkko Nieminen (7) vs. Sergio Roitman, 5-4 suspended
    Boris Pashanski def. Nicolas Massu, 6-2, 6-3
    Bjorn Rehnquist def. Michal Przysiezny, 7-5, 6-2
    Filippo Volandri vs. Ervin Eleskovic postponed

    Mercedes Cup Mercedes Cup Stuttgart, Germany

    First Round
    Albert Montanes def. Jose Acasuso (7), 6-3, 7-6 (7-5)
    Juan Martin Del Potro def. Evgeny Korolev, 6-3, 7-5
    Oscar Hernandez def. Santiago Ventura, 6-1, 6-4
    Santiago Giraldo vs. Pablo Cuevas, 4-6, 6-4, 3-0
    Michael Berrer def. Eric Prodon, 6-3, 6-4
    Andreas Beck def. Daniel Brands, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4

  277. Nima Naderi on July 7th, 2008 9:57 pm

    Great comment dstingrayj. I do not think Fed can beat Rafa from the baseline anymore. His best shot is to attack but that needs to be altered as well. Roger needs to slice his backhand more and not allow Nadal to feed off the pace of his forehand approach shot. Federer will have to go back to the drawing board, and I sure he will come back with some good stuff.

  278. Kazeldbj on July 8th, 2008 1:02 pm

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  279. Nima Naderi on July 8th, 2008 10:02 pm

    Allianz Suisse Open Gstaad, Switzerland

    First Round
    Dominik Meffert def. Andreas Seppi (5), 6-2, 5-7, 6-4
    Nicolas Kiefer (6) def. Gianluca Naso, 6-3, 6-2
    Victor Hanescu def. Olivier Patience, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2
    Flavio Cipolla def. Jiri Vanek, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4
    Jeremy Chardy def. Luis Horna, 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (6-8), 7-5

    Stephane Bohli def. Robin Roshardt, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4

    Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships Newport, Rhode Island, USA

    First Round
    Jesse Levine def. John Isner (5), 6-3, 6-1
    Frank Dancevic (7) def. Taylor Dent, 3-6, 7-5, 6-1
    Kevin Anderson (8) def. Gilles Muller, 6-7 (3-7), 6-3, 6-3
    Prakash Amritraj def. Joseph Sirianni, 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, 6-4
    Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi def. Benjamin Becker, 7-5, 7-6 (7-5)

    Catella Swedish Open Catella Swedish Open Bastad, Sweden

    First Round
    Potito Starace def. Carlos Moya (5), 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (8-6), 6-4
    Jarkko Nieminen (7) def. Sergio Roitman, 6-4, 6-2
    Robin Soderling (8) def. Fabio Fognini, 6-1, 6-7 (4-7), 7-5
    Michael Ryderstedt def. Tim Goransson, 6-1, 6-2
    Olivier Rochus def. Marc Giquel, 6-3, 6-4

    Thomas Johansson def. Filip Prpic, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3
    Jonas Bjorkman def. Marcel Granollers, 6-3, 6-1
    Steve Darcis def. Daniel Koellerer, 7-6 (7-4), 6-0
    Marat Safin def. Marc Lopez, 7-6 (8-6), 7-5
    Ervin Eleskovic def. Filippo Volandri, 6-4, 6-4

    Mercedes Cup Mercedes Cup Stuttgart, Germany

    First Round
    Simone Bolelli (5) vs. Mischa Zverev, 6-7 (6-8), 6-4 suspended
    Agustin Calleri (6) def. Jurgen Melzer, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4
    Eduardo Schwank (8) def. Guillermo Coria, 0-6, 6-1, 6-2
    Yuri Schukin def. Carlos Berlocq, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3
    Lukas Rosol def. M Fischer, 6-2, 6-4

    Brian Dabul vs. Denis Gremelmayr, 6-3, 5-5 suspended

  280. Nima Naderi on July 9th, 2008 11:04 pm

    Wednesday, Jul 9

    Allianz Suisse Open Allianz Suisse Open Gstaad, Switzerland

    Second Round
    Stanislas Wawrinka (1) def. Stephane Bohli, 7-6 (8-6), 5-7, 7-6 (7-3)
    Marin Cilic def. Paul-Henri Mathieu (2), 6-3, 6-4
    Igor Andreev (7) def. Florent Serra, 7-5, 6-4
    Guillermo Canas (8) def. Kristof Vliegen walkover

    Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships Newport, Rhode Island, USA

    Second Round
    Rohan Bopanna def. Mardy Fish (1), 7-6 (8-6), 7-5
    Igor Kunitsyn (4) def. Mikhail Ledovskikh, 6-1, 6-1
    Frank Dancevic (7) def. Brendan Evans, 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3)
    Prakash Amritraj def. Jesse Levine, 7-5, 6-3

    First Round
    Ivan Navarro def. Rik de Voest, 7-5, 6-4

    Mercedes Cup Mercedes Cup Stuttgart, Germany

    Second Round
    Richard Gasquet (2) vs. Lukas Rosol
    Nicolas Almagro (3) vs. Michael Berrer
    Agustin Calleri (6) def. Pablo Cuevas, 5-7, 7-5, 6-1
    Albert Montanes vs. Oscar Hernandez

    First Round
    Simone Bolelli (5) vs. Mischa Zverev, 6-7 (6-8), 6-4, 3-2

    Brian Dabul def. Denis Gremelmayr, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3

  281. Nima Naderi on July 10th, 2008 5:50 pm

    Allianz Suisse Open Gstaad, Switzerland

    Second Round
    Mikhail Youzhny (3) def. Flavio Cipolla, 6-3, 6-2
    Victor Hanescu def. Ivo Karlovic (4), 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (13-11)
    Guillermo Garcia-Lopez def. Nicolas Kiefer (6) walkover
    Jeremy Chardy def. Dominik Meffert, 6-7 (1-7), 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-4)

    Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships Newport, Rhode Island, USA

    Quarterfinals
    Frank Dancevic (7) def. Igor Kunitsyn (4), 7-5, 6-3
    Prakash Amritraj def. Rohan Bopanna, 6-4, 6-3

    Second Round
    Fabrice Santoro (2) def. Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2
    Vincent Spadea def. Nicolas Mahut (3), 6-2, 6-3
    Alexander Peya def. Donald Young (6), 7-6 (7-4), 6-3

    Ivan Navarro def. Kevin Anderson (8), 7-6 (7-3), 3-6, 6-4

  282. Nima Naderi on July 11th, 2008 7:46 pm

    Allianz Suisse Open Gstaad, Switzerland

    Quarterfinals
    Stanislas Wawrinka (1) def. Guillermo Canas, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2)
    Guillermo Garcia-Lopez def. Mikhail Youzhny (3), 4-6, 7-5, 6-3
    Igor Andreev (7) def. Marin Cilic, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3
    Victor Hanescu def. Jeremy Chardy, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3)

    Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships Newport, Rhode Island, USA

    Quarterfinals
    Fabrice Santoro (2) def. Ivan Navarro, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)
    Vincent Spadea def. Alexander Peya, 7-6 (7-3), 7-5

    Catella Swedish Open Catella Swedish Open Bastad, Sweden

    Quarterfinals
    David Ferrer (1) def. Robin Soderling (8), 7-5, 6-7 (3-7), 6-1
    Fernando Verdasco (2) def. Bjorn Rehnquist, 2-6, 6-1, 6-0
    Tommy Robredo (3) def. Jarkko Nieminen (7), 6-2, 7-6 (7-4)
    Tomas Berdych (4) def. Potito Starace, 6-3, 6-2

    Mercedes Cup Mercedes Cup Stuttgart, Germany
    Type: Men’s Surface: Clay

    Quarterfinals
    Eduardo Schwank (8) def. Jan Hernych (1), 6-0, 4-6, 6-3
    Richard Gasquet (2) def. Albert Montanes, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5)
    Juan Martin Del Potro def. Philipp Kohlschreiber (4), 7-6 (7-3), 6-3
    Agustin Calleri (6) def. Michael Berrer, 6-4, 6-2

  283. Katarina on July 15th, 2008 5:22 pm

    love the article. I am going to pick it up tonight! Chicks play games too you know :)

  284. Rafa Wannabe on July 16th, 2008 5:39 pm

    Wow, thanks for posting this! This line is definitely taking a different direction. Regardless I will buy whatever those guys wear. I know I am a poser but I am proud of it!

  285. Tommy on July 16th, 2008 5:46 pm

    I just realized my lesson by playing with Adidas shoes (turned my ankle). I bought them because they were a bit cheaper than the Nikes but I wish I didn’t. Nadal’s new kicks look kind of cool cuz they are retro-ish. Can’t wait to rock’em.

  286. rod on July 16th, 2008 9:03 pm

    nima the new site is sick

    GOOD JOB!!!!!

  287. Nima Naderi on July 17th, 2008 12:00 am

    Kitzbühel, Austria
    Wednesday, July 16, 2008

    Singles – Second Round
    [4] P Starace (ITA) d [WC] D Koellerer (AUT) 64 63
    [5] E Schwank (ARG) d [Q] D Brands (GER) 61 64
    V Hanescu (ROU) d G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 62 61
    B Dabul (ARG) d I Minar (CZE) 64 63

    Amersfoort, The Netherlands

    Wednesday, July 16, 2008

    Singles – Second Round
    [1] M Gicquel (FRA) d [WC] T de Bakker (NED) 76(6) 63
    [3] S Darcis (BEL) d A Martin (ESP) 61 76(5)
    T Gabashvili (RUS) d [7] M Vassallo Arguello (ARG) 64 60
    C Rochus (BEL) d P Petzschner (GER) 63 64

    Umag, Croatia
    Wednesday, July 16, 2008

    Singles – Second Round
    [1] F Verdasco (ESP) d [Q] M Montcourt (FRA) 76(5) 61
    [3] C Moya (ESP) d V Troicki (SRB) 36 76(2) 75
    [7] F Fognini (ITA) d F Volandri (ITA) 64 64
    M Zverev (GER) d [8] M Daniel (BRA) 64 62

    Indianapolis, Indiana
    Wednesday, July 16, 2008

    Singles – Second Round
    [2] G Simon (FRA) d B Becker (GER) 75 36 60
    [3] D Tursunov (RUS) d W Odesnik (USA) W/O (back)
    P Capdeville (CHI) d [Q] J Sirianni (AUS) 63 64
    [5] [WC] T Haas (GER) vs J Isner (USA)

  288. Nima Naderi on July 18th, 2008 1:04 am

    Thursday, July 17, 2008

    Austrian Open Austrian Open Kitzbuhel, Austria

    Second Round
    Rainer Schuettler (2) vs. Jan Hernych, 2-6, 6-4, 2-3 suspended
    Jurgen Melzer (6) def. Leonardo Mayer, 6-4, 6-2
    Juan Martin Del Potro (7) vs. Sergio Roitman, 6-2, 2-2 suspended
    Nicolas Devilder vs. Alexander Peya, 6-4, 4-2 suspended

    Indianapolis Tennis Championships Indianapolis Tennis Championships Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

    Second Round
    James Blake (1) def. Woong-Sun Jun, 6-3, 7-5
    Sam Querrey (4) vs. Vincent Spadea, 0-1
    Bobby Reynolds def. Alejandro Falla, 6-1, 6-1
    Yen-Hsun Lu def. Rajeev Ram, 6-1, 7-6 (7-1)

    Amersfoort, The Netherlands
    Singles – Second Round
    [2] J Acasuso (ARG) d E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) 63 64
    [4] M Granollers (ESP) d I Navarro (ESP) 64 64
    [5] A Montanes (ESP) d P Cuevas (URU) 64 64
    O Hernandez (ESP) d [WC] J Huta Galung (NED) 63 62

    Umag, Croatia

    Singles – Second Round
    R Karanusic (CRO) d [5] I Ljubicic (CRO) W/O (back)
    [6] G Canas (ARG) d B Pashanski (SRB) 67(3) 63 75
    M Gonzalez (ARG) d [2] I Karlovic (CRO) 36 63 64
    [4] I Andreev (RUS) d D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 62 76(3)

  289. Angel Dust on July 18th, 2008 1:01 pm

    I am so pumped for the tourny. Hopefully Nadal shows up but I will be there regardless. How sick would another Nadal/Federer final?

  290. Natasha on July 18th, 2008 4:30 pm

    Thank you for posting those pics. For next time, I don’t like seeing shirts.

  291. Daniel Rumeo on July 18th, 2008 7:13 pm

    Ok Natasha. I will make sure I get shirtless photos of Nikolay “the body” Davydenko for you :)

  292. Tania on July 19th, 2008 10:19 am

    Thanks for the pics and vids! Yes please, I would love to see shirtless Rafa pics/vids :)

  293. Goose Love on July 19th, 2008 10:23 am

    I am so jealous of you guys! That is such a nice club and being that close to the players must be amazing..

  294. angie on July 19th, 2008 4:38 pm

    may success atend you, Rafa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  295. aci on July 19th, 2008 6:48 pm

    Where are the updates?

  296. anna on July 19th, 2008 6:54 pm

    the draw ceremony has started and has technically been going on for nearly an hour and you’ve posted zero things. what gives?

  297. zola on July 19th, 2008 7:30 pm

    you are just awesome. thanks for the pics and videos. keep it up!
    thanks also to the kind posters at rafaelnadal.com forum who provided the link to your blog otherwise I could’t have find it.

  298. Daniel Rumeo on July 19th, 2008 8:48 pm

    We were waiting for the draw to be done. It took them nearly an hour to finalize it.

  299. Laura from Argentina on July 19th, 2008 8:50 pm

    I need more pics of Rafa!!

    Great blog!

  300. anynomous on July 19th, 2008 9:27 pm

    Any pics of Nadal’s girlfriend?

  301. Tania on July 21st, 2008 9:48 pm

    Nice blog :)
    Wish I could see the entire Rafa press conference!

  302. whisper on July 25th, 2008 3:17 pm

    Any pictures yet :) ?….. I found a few at atp.com but would love more. Hardly anyone ever posts the parties outside of the tennis court.

    PLEASE ;)

    Thanks

  303. Daniel Rumeo on July 25th, 2008 6:16 pm

    ^^Whisper^^

    I should be receiving all the pics from Ultra Supper Club hopefully by today. If not I will post the shots I do have by tomorrow morning. There are some cool ones especially of Safin.

  304. whisper on July 26th, 2008 12:10 am

    THANK you Daniel, cannot wait ;) :)

  305. Alex on July 27th, 2008 9:28 pm

    This is obviously a huge week for Federer. After seeing being in attendance for his fist round exit in Toronto, I could tell that Roger seemed very ticked off about his recent struggles. How did Rafa do in Cincinatti last year, and if he does pull out, how many points would he lose?

  306. Nima Naderi on July 28th, 2008 1:36 am

    Rafa lost in the frist round last year, as he had an injury against Monaco. He only has points to gain, Number one coming right up!

  307. Olympic games updates » Blog Archive » Preview for the week of July 28th-August 4th, 2008, Cincinnati Masters on July 28th, 2008 6:26 am

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  308. Angel Dust on July 28th, 2008 1:31 pm

    are those Adidas shoes Andy is wearing?

  309. Angel Dust on July 28th, 2008 1:44 pm

    Cool article. I never looked at it that way. I don’t think it will ever change but then again who knows. It is appreciated that you take chances with your editorials. Good read.

  310. Nima Naderi on July 28th, 2008 2:21 pm

    Angel Dust that is the great debate between the crew at theATPblog.com, I dont think Andy is wearing Adidas but some of the boys at the site think that he is. We will look into this.

  311. Hmm on July 28th, 2008 4:52 pm

    If that’s the case then the only people who should be umpiring a match is those who have played tennis before. Forget about the actual abilities of an individual, only those who have played tennis should be able to ump.

    Ridiculous right? So is this argument. I’m going to assume an umpire is above the age of 14. Most of us over that age realize that men and women are different. I’m pretty sure a female umpire can tell that some male players have more testosterone (or more likely adrenaline) going through them then others. And as for women and their physiology (as you put it), how are women umps suppose to know whether or not the players are lying? As a woman unless someone tells you it’s that time of the month no one knows. I promise. We don’t have a big red dot hanging above our heads for a week or anything. And just because it’s a female umpire doesn’t mean she’ll be more understanding. Some of us realize that using that excuse is just that, an excuse. The female ump might just become a bit more harsh because the player is using that excuse.

    And to put this on a purely logical stance-how do you know there are enough umps in one gender to officiate all the matches? You think there are enough female umps to officiate every women’s match in the world? Same with the men.

    Anyway, I applaud you for putting your opinions out there, just disagree with them. Keep up the great work!

  312. Tommy Skyline on July 29th, 2008 2:44 am

    We just saw Safin and Tursunov in the first round at the Cincinnati Masters. Both seemed to lack energy, frankly, and at one point it looked like they’d go 36 games without a break.

    We arrived just a little late, in the third game, and as we walked in Safin was beefing with the chair umpire. He got more distracted as the game went on, arguing and muttering to himself, and finally melted down completely when called for a foot fault at 4-4 in the second set. He had a two-minute wrangle with the umpire, took a potshot at the line judge, and then flung his racket in the direction of the umpire’s chair when he lost the game.

    Admittedly it was a very tough call — a foot fault, on the second serve, at deuce (I think it was) in a very close match. Replays showed his foot just barely on the line; it wasn’t six inches across. I don’t know if he was being watched particularly for that, or if there’s some history there, but it was a pretty harsh call for that moment.

    Still, it had been a pro-Safin crowd and he lost them with his vitriol.

    He ended the match on a very sour note. Tursonov was serving for the match at 40-0, and his first serve was close but called a fault by the line judge. But Safin was already headed off the court and instead of returning to take the second serve he just waved his hands in disgust and left the court — apparently willing to give up the match to score a petty point over the line judges. The umpire gave Tursonov the point and the match, and that was that.

    They were both huge servers, that’s for sure. It seems like Tursonov may need to pick up his energy and his game to keep moving. Safin, unfortunately, came away looking like a jackass.

  313. Angel Dust on July 29th, 2008 12:54 pm

    that match was like 2 under 12 children playing each other. Both are whinny babies but great to watch when on.

  314. Frankie on July 29th, 2008 1:00 pm

    Thanks for composing these. I love the “Where is Federer” sign. Who is that guy with the knee highs? Is he a pro?

  315. Tommy Skyline on July 29th, 2008 1:03 pm

    This morning’s Cincinnati Enquirer has more details on the match, with Tursunov defending Safin.

    “Safin conceded the final point, even though Tursunov’s serve was called out. In an effort to just finish off the match, Safin called the serve in. Tennis players are permitted to reverse calls that are originally made in their own favor, although Safin’s move was met with booing from the fans at the Lindner Family Tennis Center.

    ‘He didn’t do anything unsportsmanlike,’ Tursunov said. ‘It did seem like he walked off the court, but it wasn’t like that. If I had challenged it, they would have called it in, and he still would have lost the match.’”

    So, good for Tursunov for his honest and positive comments. (And for recognizing that it looked bad.)

    As an aside, I Googled the umpire, Cedric Mourier; I was curious about his background. Turns out he’s the guy who told Nikolay Davydenko to “try your best” in that incident last November. He’s also the guy who gave Nadal a time warning in Toronto last weekend. So maybe there’s some history of conflict there I don’t know about.

    But none of that really changes the sour tone of Safin’s appearance.

  316. Nima Naderi on July 29th, 2008 2:16 pm

    That guy is Rob Steckley, he is a former touring pro, played Davis Cup for Canada, he is good friends with Federer, has we have pics and video of him hitting with him as well. He warmed up Nadal on finals day, video’s to be posted shortly.

  317. Alex on July 29th, 2008 9:19 pm

    I would like to think that Novak would be able to take out Nadal in a potential semi finals match; but the way Rafa has been playing lately…… I mean it’s not like Novak played great tennis in Toronto last week. With all due respect to Andy Murray, if Djokovic couldn’t get past him, how on earth would he be able to beat Nadal considering how well Rafa has been playing lately?

  318. rod on July 30th, 2008 10:35 pm

    sick shoes

    i think nadal’s earned it

  319. lala on July 31st, 2008 5:40 pm

    Hi
    Where are the more Safin pics you promised about?? LOL

  320. peroz on August 3rd, 2008 10:20 pm

    Nadal has to improve his service and for more aces. It would accrue more service power game.

  321. pnlnjyol on August 5th, 2008 9:14 pm

    pnlnjyol…

    pnlnjyol…

  322. Charlie on August 6th, 2008 7:03 pm

    Nice review, i was just wondering about the points system (in game) i have heard that instead of it going 15-0, 30-0, 30-15…etc it jus goes 1-0, 2-0, 2-1 is this true or is someone yanking my chain?
    Either way i will buy it!

  323. Daniel Rumeo on August 7th, 2008 12:39 am

    Charlie,

    I don’t know where you heard that. The scoring system is the same. When in career mode,in the first couple of matches the sets are up to 3 but that is the only difference in terms of scoring. It is amazing and I love the game.

  324. Xtremerunnerars on August 8th, 2008 4:49 am

    Great post! Heres how i see it:

    Originally Posted by xtremerunnerars View Post
    upsets I’ve got:

    Round 1:
    Hrbaty over bellucci
    Gulbis over davydenko
    Tipsarevic over ferrer
    hanescu over bolelli
    monfils over almagro
    nishikori over schuettler
    querry over andreev

    second round:
    Gulbis over mathieu

    third round:
    simon over blake
    gulbis over kiefer
    monfils over nalbandian

    quarters:
    gulbis over gonzalez
    MURRAY OVER NADAL!

    and then I have fed beating gulbis, djokovic beating murray, and then fed winning it all over djokovic. Murray beats gulbis in the bronze medal match.

    Gold: Federer
    Silver: Djokovic
    Bronze: Murray

  325. latvian on August 8th, 2008 8:38 pm

    Hey, nice to see your opinion, cuz, of course, my fav is Gulbis as he is my fellow LATVIAN ! I really hope he beats Nalbandyan

  326. latvian on August 8th, 2008 8:41 pm

    wooopa, my bad, i mean Davydenko,ofc, although he is a very tough oponent to meet.

  327. Alex on August 8th, 2008 8:56 pm

    For some reason, I think that some mediocre player is going to win the gold. I think it will be somebody that people have heard of, but most probably don’t even know what he looks like. Somebody like………Julian Benneteau (and I’m not even french).

  328. Alex on August 8th, 2008 9:00 pm

    I know that Simon had a terrific month; but I mean come on! Andy Murray beat the No. 3 ranked player in the world twice including in the Cincy finals. Murray stepped up his game and accomplished more than Gilles Simon in the month of July. With all due respect to Simon, I could probably beat Roger Federer right now!

  329. latvian on August 8th, 2008 9:39 pm

    That would be nice, anyway, if Gulbis beats Davydenko, which will be extremely hard to do, although i havent seen Davydenko for a while, but the last image of him is that he played outstandingly, dont remember where though, then, imho, Gulbis would accomplish the main task.

    After all, he ahs managed to leave a bit of an impression on the whole tennis world, he just needs experience, which must eliminate his ups and downs during play, making his game smooter, if we can say so.

  330. John Reed on August 9th, 2008 1:45 pm

    Thanks! Really interesting. I wish i could spend my time on writing articles…just have no time for it.

  331. Nima Naderi on August 9th, 2008 11:21 pm

    The obvious are not always the chosen, Alex. Again our decision to choose the player of the month takes into account many factors. Juan Martin Del Potro also won two clay court tournaments in July, and with Murray was a top contender for the player of the month honors. Our final decision for picking Simon came down to the fact that his game is not as “big” as the other players such as a Del Potro or Murray, therefore making his 9 match winning streak and defeat of Federer all the more impressive. As well as stated in the article, Simon has played well all year and on all surfaces. Finally he is up to 13 in the world so he does deserve so recognition for his hard work.

  332. shane on August 11th, 2008 7:07 am

    RF 6.4 6.2

  333. Noon on August 11th, 2008 12:28 pm

    Thanks! Really interesting. Big ups!

  334. shane on August 11th, 2008 7:50 pm

    No need to put emphasis on the changing of several shirts by Rafa…. Unless you like it like that.

  335. Nima Naderi on August 11th, 2008 10:29 pm

    I’m merely putting emphasis on the fact that it was so hot that Rafa needed to change shirts. So yes it is important to state weather conditions and how hot it is in Beijing. As always your insight into your comments is greatly appreciated.

  336. NatPbT on August 11th, 2008 11:07 pm

    no more sleeveless for Nadal ?

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  338. shane on August 14th, 2008 8:37 am

    Its going to be a tough match for RF. Too bad that it is rained out. who do you think is going to win the match when play resumes?

  339. Nima Naderi on August 14th, 2008 12:37 pm

    Blake is currently up a set and break, stay tuned…….

  340. Frankie on August 14th, 2008 8:09 pm

    How do you say “Vamos Rafa” in Chinese?

  341. DreLover on August 14th, 2008 8:10 pm

    It looks like Nadal’s Nike sleeveless will have a bit more gold on it come the finals. Just the way Nike wanted it.

  342. Alex on August 15th, 2008 9:02 pm

    Federer and Wawrinka not only defeated the Bryan bros, but they have advanced to the finals, thus, clinching a medal. I feel happy for Roger, since he has had a terrible year, and a guy with as much class as Federer certainly deserves it. Switzerland is lucky to have an athlete like Federer represent them, and I just wanted to give Roger some props heading into the doubles finals.

  343. shane on August 16th, 2008 11:47 am

    I feel that more should be said about the effort that RF has made thus far in his Doubles matches. After his loss to Blake, he could have easily wrapped it up and drowned himself in his own sorrow. But he didn’t. Not only did he win his next match, he is now in the Finals. So, a gold metal might just come to him, just not the way he intended it to happen. He has kept it positive thus far, which will help him in the near future. Go Roger Go. Not to mention that he seems to be having a lot of fun on the court.

  344. shane on August 16th, 2008 3:39 pm

    RF wins his GOLD!!! I don’t think you should call it “desperate”…. I think a better word to use is DETERMINATION!!! The confidence is back. GUARANTEED!!!

  345. Goose Love on August 20th, 2008 3:20 am

    wow, amazing article man! Rob, do you realize how fortunate you are? People would die to have done what have done! You must be very good! Congrats man and here’s to hope to seeing you on tour one day!

  346. TennisPlyr on August 20th, 2008 3:21 am

    Love this article. Out of all the articles I read you don’t get something so behind the scenes as this. Thanks for this article man and I hope we can read more of your stuff soon.

  347. TennisPlyr on August 20th, 2008 3:22 am

    C’mon Roger, you can do it mate! I love this article. It almost made me cry because I felt so bad for him. Hopefully he gets his game back but thanks for writing this.

  348. Randy Nichols on August 20th, 2008 3:30 am

    You know, I have to tell you, I really enjoy this blog and the insight from everyone who participates. I find it to be refreshing and very informative. I wish there were more blogs like it. Anyway, I felt it was about time I posted, I?ve spent most of my time here just lurking and reading, but today for some reason I just felt compelled to say this.

  349. Nima Naderi on August 20th, 2008 5:58 am

    Thank you Randy for your kind words. We are always trying to put fresh and exciting information up for our readers. We will continue to do so. Enjoy.

  350. Horacio on August 20th, 2008 11:27 am

    Very interseting post and it points in the right direction.
    I’m sure Roger and Marcelo get along well, admire, respect and most important than everything: UNDERSTAND each other, exactly beacause of what you are saying.
    I am Chilean. While Marcelo played we had magnificent times but many aweful as well…now, 10 years on since he became the first latin american N 1 player, Rios has become sort of the leyend and myth he deserves to be, due to his personality traits and his pure and unique talent.

  351. ButterChurnerrr 101 on August 20th, 2008 12:45 pm

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  353. DreLover on August 20th, 2008 4:50 pm

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  354. RileyOne on August 22nd, 2008 1:50 pm

    I am not a Federer fan but this article did make me appreciate what he has done for the game. Hopefully the guy can bounce back but I am really not sure.

  355. FedEx on August 22nd, 2008 6:10 pm

    Its time to bounce back baby!!! And be crowned the Champ!!! see your A** in NYC!!!

  356. FedEx on August 22nd, 2008 6:15 pm

    Sweet article…. but make sure Rafa doesn’t get to comfortable cause this reign at the top won’t last too long.

  357. Connie Con on August 23rd, 2008 7:39 pm

    Wow. Great article. Everyone in the world wants to ask Roger how he feels after Wimby and you did.

    I want to read the rated R version.

    Keep dodging those German Missiles you cute boy.

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  364. claudia celestial girl on August 26th, 2008 1:16 am

    wonderful article! It’s a keeper. A better summary of Rafa’s career than many a bio I’ve seen. I would love to watch that Andy Roddick Davis Cup match from 2004. Also – would sure love to see tape of that Pat Cash match when Rafa was 14. Cash talked about it yesterday (I think) on the London Time Sports page. He was sure taken by surprise, as was Roddick, probably. Vamos Rafa! You’re going to be at the top for a very long time. ;-) You’ve already left your mark and changed the game of tennis.

  365. NatPbT on August 26th, 2008 12:00 pm

    can we get those one in France ?

  366. FedNadal on August 30th, 2008 2:09 pm

    awesome article man. I really hope Fed can bounce back but he hasn’t looked good so far at the open. A Nadal vs Federer final would be a dream.

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  376. Mad Professah on September 6th, 2008 6:02 pm

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  380. Raging on September 12th, 2008 7:59 am

    Great articles.
    Let us enjoy these great players- Federer and Nadal, they are only 2 men but the contrast makes them even greater champions. they are pushing the level up and forcing Djokovic, Murray and all the others …to improve too. keep raising the level and showing these players and tennis fans that there are no limits..on any one day..you can be a champion too!
    Federer has proved that letting the energy flow and go is not necessarily bad for him. He can evolve and take the crowd with him, people want to see athletes who care. it may not be in his nature but it can help him ride the crowd’s energy wave when he is down.
    If he can do this then he is even better than we imagined.
    Being a champion takes a lot more thought than just hitting a ball.

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  382. Henry on September 14th, 2008 7:12 pm

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  383. Nima Naderi on September 14th, 2008 8:22 pm

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  386. Mr Hard Courts on September 17th, 2008 2:09 pm

    I agree with this article a lot. The Davis Cup should be a lot cooler and more important than it is right now. The unforunate part is that I don’t see anything changes anytime soon.

  387. DreLover on September 17th, 2008 2:45 pm

    Cool article. I think as long as it does well in Europe and semi decent in the US then the Davis Cup will not change anything. The ATP doesn’t really care about the event since it is not directly associated with them. Keep up the good work guys!

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  389. cucio on September 18th, 2008 9:45 am

    Just to be precise, Spain’s DC proper captain is Emilio Sánchez-Vicario, not Nadal. You could call Nadal the flagship, though.

  390. john on September 19th, 2008 2:30 am

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    I’ve got a good feeling that Argentina should overcome the Russian, especially with the strong local fans backing them. Russia will be dangerous that’s for sure.

    But Argentina should have the extra edge to win this tie.

    I feel sad that Marat Safin did not make the trip. I’m sure his presence will add glitter to the whole event.

  391. robbie on September 19th, 2008 11:14 pm

    nice article thanks for that.

  392. Rob on September 22nd, 2008 12:32 pm

    Good to see Jo-Wil has been productive since making the Finals of the Aussie Open…

    I wonder if he got his finalist cheque in singles?

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  394. JoshDragon on September 23rd, 2008 7:34 pm

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  395. tennisfan2 on September 24th, 2008 1:12 am

    the Nadal tennis t-shirt is UGLY. Why is NIKE doing this to him? Dont’ they like him?

  396. tennisfan2 on September 24th, 2008 1:16 am

    TimeForce commercial is hilarious!!!!! Vamos!

  397. Apply food stamp on September 24th, 2008 8:54 pm

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  404. Alex on October 13th, 2008 9:03 pm

    With no major tournament having been played recently, you would think that most of the top ranked players will have had time for a nice mental break, and even a minor physical one as well. Should be an interesting tournament.

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  406. shane on October 17th, 2008 9:58 pm

    do you have these colours in Canada?

  407. Daniel Rumeo on October 20th, 2008 2:26 am

    no only in the US.

  408. St Petersburg travel on October 21st, 2008 2:53 am

    I wonder how they play in Russia at this time of the year, it is freezing there from what I know. Do they plain indoor?

  409. Pat on October 21st, 2008 2:35 pm

    I HATE all the shoes except the 2nd white ones but then I am not 21 any more!!!!!!!!……..I LOVE the Agassi/Roddick video!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  410. Daniel Rumeo on October 21st, 2008 9:52 pm

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  411. theGuy on October 22nd, 2008 3:16 pm

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  412. mark watt on October 22nd, 2008 9:05 pm

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  414. Alex on October 26th, 2008 3:57 pm

    So how does Shanghai work? Is it some kind of round robin, or what?

  415. Nima Naderi on October 26th, 2008 8:55 pm

    Shanghai is an 8 player tournament, consisting of the 8 top players in the world. They are divided into two groups, where each player plays everyone else in the group once, with the top two players from each group advancing to the semi-finals. At that point the tournament become a knock out format.

  416. ali on November 1st, 2008 5:18 pm

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  417. Henry on November 2nd, 2008 9:18 pm

    these posts are class, im not allowed to wear adidas but still nice to see what the new stuff looks like.

  418. matthew baker on November 4th, 2008 3:13 pm

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  419. Tennis Observer on November 5th, 2008 9:59 am

    Verdasco is sitting in Ana’s box with Mom and Dad at Doha… Not a typical playboy thing, maybe he’s settling down

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  421. Carlos on November 6th, 2008 3:30 pm

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  422. Carlos on November 6th, 2008 6:07 pm

    What about the adidas racquets?

  423. mark on November 7th, 2008 8:44 pm

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  425. Bobby on November 9th, 2008 4:23 am

    What kind of junk has nike gotten their mind into? These are supposed to be meant for tennis, not skateboarding…

  426. Bobby on November 9th, 2008 4:25 am

    It was probably a joke mark…

  427. bunny on November 9th, 2008 4:33 am

    You didn’t mention that Ferrero had to miss more than three months in summer due to an abductor injury, which largely contributed to a big fall in his ranking in the autumn. He was playing fairly good tennis before the injury.

    Also, if you seriously believe Madrid Masters gave WC to Fognini over Ferrero because they thought Ferrero was no longer popular, that is very wrong.
    Likewise, do you seriously think Manoro Santana has a say over Ion Tiriac, the tournament’s proprietor???
    According to Spain’s Marca newspaper, Tiriac promised the Italian tennis federation that if they granted a WC to Marat Safin, who he represents, they would be rewarded a WC for an Italian player in Madrid. That’s why Safin and Fognini both received WC in Madrid over Spanish players.
    Ferrero was a victim in this Tiriac conspiracy.
    In May, I thought it was strange when Safin received WC in Rome because normally they give WCs to Italian players only.
    The third WC in Madrid went to Moya, which was decided by a fan poll on the Marca. Ferrero was not in the poll because when the selection of the players for it was made he was still ranked high enough to enter Madrid directly.

    But thank you for writing about those three players I like. They tend to get ignored these days. Well, maybe except for Safin, but often for his pressers and racket throwing.

  428. tyler on November 9th, 2008 8:11 pm

    I really hope all the shoes come to the U.S. A lot of the good stuff is sold in Europe only. Damn the French! lol

  429. Nima Naderi on November 10th, 2008 12:52 am

    Great post “bunny”. The context of the article was to bring forward the notion that no matter what the reasons, these three former number ones are in big trouble. I was aware of the Italian wild card situation as well, but again, if Ferrero was good enough to get into Madird he would have no matter what. Another guy like Hewitt will have to also be included in this article very soon.

  430. KRK on November 12th, 2008 7:01 am

    Lleyton always was a fighter. I hope he comes back strong and competes at the highest level – he still has the game to do serious damage.

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  434. Alex on November 18th, 2008 10:04 pm

    How old is Marko? Like……………….13!?!?!? And also what is the Djokovic tourny going to be called?

  435. Pat on November 20th, 2008 4:08 pm

    The only thing that Djokovic does better than Federer is bounce the ball.I hope he NEVER outranks Roger and Nadal.

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  440. Sophie on November 29th, 2008 8:11 am

    Interesting article. I think that Ferrer has a bit more talent than you although he may not have the gifts of some other players. But I think his utter lack of self belief this year has been one of the most interesting stories of the year. I do agree with you that if he can not find his belief again- it will continue to be off the rails. But I hope that he does find it- because his scrap in 2007 was enjoyable to see. Sometimes in tennis it can be fun to root for the short scrappy player.

  441. N on December 1st, 2008 5:14 pm

    This joker can never outrank Roger. He will even lose points, as early as in AO 2009. He needs to defend 1000 points in AO. It is impossible for him to win AO as the pool will be with Roger, Rafa, Murray, Tsonga…. a long list.

  442. suzanne on December 3rd, 2008 5:31 am

    Love Rafa’s current look. Please do not mess with his trademark oncourt sleeveless shirts!

  443. Raps Fan on December 3rd, 2008 8:53 pm

    mark should stay away from tennis. he couldn’t win big when he was in peak shape, now coming back in ‘donut’ form will surely be a disaster.

  444. mark on December 3rd, 2008 9:58 pm

    Nike stuff is cool, whats with all the yellow Rafa!

  445. venice valdez on December 4th, 2008 3:37 am

    I bet it will bring you good business if you allow rafa to wear that sleeveless polka dots. on court. Yes. Dont mess around with his trademark.

  446. crisanna on December 4th, 2008 12:51 pm

    lmao i love the ending. “A lot of ball bouncing awaits us!”

    Adje Nole!!

  447. nancy on December 4th, 2008 11:58 pm

    that brown color is disgusting…..looks like the “Fedex man”. Nike should leave Rafa’s image alone…..he is unique…..he should wear tight piratas with fitted sleeveless shirts in very bright colors….Spanish matador….get it, Nike? Stop trying to turn him into a Federer-clone!

  448. Tim on December 6th, 2008 12:08 pm

    Wow, I’ve never heard that you should use your forehand grip for your serve – I was always taught to use a slice backhand grip.

  449. Jessey on December 6th, 2008 12:28 pm

    To use an eastern or even western grip for the serve?! Isn’t that a big NO NO?

  450. Anne on December 6th, 2008 2:17 pm

    After all these years with no sleeves, it seems the shirts with sleeves will be hard to adjust to — for Rafa and for his fans… Let’s hope he continues his 2009 campaign without sleeves!

  451. Anne on December 7th, 2008 4:34 pm

    They make a great couple. Hope they last a long time. :-)

  452. sabrina on December 8th, 2008 8:49 am

    go rafa

  453. mark on December 8th, 2008 6:12 pm

    I like the blue, nice colour the shoes are awsome!!!!!!!!!

  454. RICH on December 9th, 2008 4:27 am

    Good to know there’s other people out there who enjoy Andy’s off-court training…and sun tanning…

  455. mark on December 11th, 2008 3:33 pm

    I thought Nadal against Karlovic would be in the top five. The score was 7-6 6-7 7-6 to Rafa.

  456. mark on December 11th, 2008 3:33 pm

    I thought Nadal against Karlovic would be in the top five. The score was 7-6 6-7 7-6 to Rafa.

  457. Alex on December 11th, 2008 9:57 pm

    Those 2 Wimbledon matches are ones for the ages. I will never forget that Finals match and where I was when Rafa finally closed it out. In fact, when Federer lost the first 2 sets, I remember saying to my brother as a joke, “hey wouldn’t it be something if Roger won the next 2 sets, only to lose the last one?” Who knew it would actually happen?

  458. Terri on December 12th, 2008 2:29 am

    Rafa should keep his sleeveless look. Nike is trying to change his image and it’s not necessary. He is an ICON in sleeveless. Not broke? Don’t fix it!

  459. nana on December 14th, 2008 3:00 am

    Si il vous plais ne toucher pas à l’image de Rafa et ne changer pas son look.

  460. Nick on December 15th, 2008 4:20 am

    You’re hoping on the Nadal bandwagon. Yes the Wimby final was quite good, but you mistake the fact that he only won 1 set two years ago (on a tiebreak, and then he dropped the next one (and the match) at love) and 2 sets last year (only to drop the last 6-1). Hardly classic stuff. Surely there were some other matches that didn’t involve Nadal that were of higher quality than his match against Moya. Come on, you can do better…

  461. David on December 16th, 2008 9:17 am

    Hi.

    I think I can see Robin Soderling, Philip Kholschreiber and Jarko Nieminen in the third photo. Maybe the rest are also tennis players but I don’t know them

    Am I wrong?

  462. fedfan on December 17th, 2008 3:00 pm

    “That move surprises some (including me) since the two have had a bit of a history but I guess they can put this aside in the name of charity. ”

    Can you tell us more about this ‘history’? I don’t seem to recall anything.. I’m intrigued :)

  463. Patrik on December 21st, 2008 4:01 pm

    And Söderling is switching to Lotto! He already started wearing their shoes and he will start wearing their clothes in Brisbane.

  464. Bob Lewis on December 24th, 2008 12:55 pm

    Uh, you forgot to include what those three events will be. What am I not getting here?

  465. Daniel Rumeo on December 24th, 2008 3:56 pm

    corrected. Thanks.

  466. Roger That on December 26th, 2008 9:52 pm

    Would make sense. I was looking at the pro lineup listed on the Head page at TW yesterday and thinking about their men – and it’s not pretty. They still showed guys who are retired – Agassi and Guga; a few guys in the twilight of their careers – Safin, Youzhny and Ljubicic; a huge underachiever in Gasquet. Only Murray is on the rise. Not sure Head would give Djokovic his own line – might have to become #1 for that to happen.

  467. Dale on January 3rd, 2009 2:53 am

    I like Shakira very much so… It was a shock as well as a breath of fresh air when I saw her on Sky Sports News.

  468. James Curran on January 5th, 2009 5:00 pm

    What is the name of the song in the australian open commercial?

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  470. Nev1 on January 6th, 2009 7:54 am

    I think Nike want Nadal being more hated by french people than he is actually ( if Nadal is going to wear pink t-shirt ). Really hope he will wear the black one.

  471. Contessa ChiChi on January 6th, 2009 8:13 am

    I’m with you guys on your #1 & #2 picks, but I think Fed is gaining in strength and confidence as evidenced by his last matches. He’s not being too hard on himself and has a good attitude. I think Fed will gain #3 place in 2009, with Novak Djokovic coming in #4. I’m going to take the plunge and knock both your #5’s outta the sky and predict Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will take it. So sue me. I’m a novice among giants here..;> I like your blog, guys!

  472. mark on January 8th, 2009 10:18 pm

    I never suspected that Novak was using a head stick all along, I don’t like the white. I think his racket need’s a paint job!

  473. Alex on January 15th, 2009 1:37 am

    It makes a lot of sense for both Fila and Nike. Nike has so many other athletes, and Blake hasn’t really been good enough for Nike to market so much. Fila on the other hand, doesn’t have many top athletes at all (at least in North America) so this gives them somebody to market their products around.

    For Blake though, he can’t be too happy. After all, who would you rather be sponsored by: Nike or Fila? Hmmm………..

  474. JoshDragon on January 19th, 2009 10:55 pm

    I agree, that would be awesome.

  475. keenan on January 21st, 2009 4:17 pm

    that’s Ballistecs with an ‘e’

  476. Daniel Rumeo on January 21st, 2009 4:40 pm

    thanks for keeping us in check. It has been corrected.

  477. Chris on January 23rd, 2009 3:32 pm

    I have no idea what they feel or play like, but they look like Breathe Cage knockoffs to me, and cheap ones at that (perhaps I’m just anti lamé). The Barricade V’s are much more aesthetically pleasing by my lights.

  478. Bobby on January 23rd, 2009 3:57 pm

    at least Moya and Monfils were sporting the real thing

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    the question is that nadal didn´t feel well with the new model, so nike made the same model than last year for the australian ,but with the new colors!

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  487. Isabel on September 17th, 2009 5:41 pm

    he’s an awesome tennis player, and Shakira is great, her and her boyfriend Antonio are soooo cute together!!

  488. Sam on January 3rd, 2010 9:29 pm

    Solid interview

  489. The Fan Child on January 4th, 2010 4:05 pm

    Very solid indeed – sounds like a nice guy – I’ll be sure to look for him when clay season starts again.

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  492. The Fan Child on March 13th, 2010 1:40 pm

    Seems like an awesome guy. And having quite a bit of success this year.

  493. The Fan Child on March 23rd, 2010 10:05 pm

    Nice interview – I’ll be looking for him on the clay. Sounds like a nice guy.

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  495. Sofie on April 8th, 2010 1:24 am

    I really love this interview, maybe because Brad is my favy commentator.. He’s the only Commie I unmute to hear what he has to say. thanks Nima for this, always great to hear what he thinks, about the coaching, he should look into helping Rafa I think.. look into it Brad!

  496. The Fan Child on April 8th, 2010 6:42 pm

    BG rocks – I always love to hear what he has to say, and I really respect and admire his infectious enthusiasm for the sport of tennis.

  497. tennis_diva on October 10th, 2010 12:58 pm

    Good interview!

  498. Sam on November 17th, 2010 4:00 pm

    Classy send-off for a classy player, really enjoyed reading this bro; thanks for that.

    His inside-out forehand was ridiculous:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lzWl1TZQzU

  499. jenny domane on December 27th, 2010 6:26 am

    I just heard about you through jenny burnet friend of jose granollers. We have known jose since 1971/2 and are very pleased to learn that his nephew is doing so well with tennis.
    we hope to see him at wimbledon in 2011 jenny and jack

  500. George on January 19th, 2011 11:19 pm

    Good Luck Milos in Australia,, Your living the Dream,,

  501. Aus der Fern on March 8th, 2011 6:31 am

    Petzsche, congrats, fantastic play, you are a genie – waiting for your breakthrough, this is your year, GO for it !!!!!

  502. Daniel Andrews on December 6th, 2011 3:26 pm

    The only issue I have with your rankings Nima is the drop of David Ferrer. Expecting him to drop from 5 to outside the top 10 is a bit of a stretch. He produces consistent results and maintains his body very well, so unless something major happens such as an injury, I see him ending the year around 8 or 9, with a small drop. I like Isner in the top 10, but perhaps at 9 or 10, the jump from the teens to the top 10 is huge. I also agree with Milos making a large jump, but I see him finishing the year around the 12 or 13 range.

  503. Amy Bee on December 6th, 2011 6:45 pm

    “the week-to-week grind and consistency required to finish top 3 [isn't there anymore] ” Didn’t Federer just do precisely that?

    Where’s David Ferrer and exactly when is Rafa going to beat Djokovic? Isner has no return game, how is going to be top 10? Dolgo and Raonic are also highly questionable. I predict that the top 10 will basically remain the same in 2012.

  504. Aryani on December 6th, 2011 10:36 pm

    um, what do you think David Ferrer will do next year? Retire? He will definitely finish the year in the Top 10!

  505. stefan ramjag on December 7th, 2011 7:54 am

    Hey I definately see the possibilty of this happening. Everything you said does make sense. Some players you have should improve and step up while some are going to fizzle out. But however, I do think ferrer will be in the top ten for his last year……..I think this year could be rogers last chance to get back at number one, or two. I feel that delpo is going to however be higher than five and maybe kick murray out of the four position. But we shall see in time. But anyway the only way to find out is to wait……………: )

  506. Randy Burgess on December 7th, 2011 3:14 pm

    My quibbles:

    Dolgopolov: Too fragile in body. I forget which chronic illness he has, but whatever it is, he’s said that it makes it very hard to travel & to prep for tournaments. And he’s so inconsistent, which seems unlikely to change.

    Isner: Hard to see where noticeable improvement is going to come in a 6′10″ man who is already pushing the boundaries of what his body can do and who predictably runs out of gas late in matches (strange to say given his Wimbie marathon, but still true). And I question whether the forehand is really all that good a shot – it is OK when he is not flubbing it, but given his poor movement, it’s not nearly the weapon that other top players possess.

    Relative positions of the top 4: I think this is very hard to predict. Djokovic may or may not have a problem shoulder – shoulders are hard to fix and his serving motion looks to be inherently more stressful than is the norm. Nadal should have his usual strong clay season, but he won’t be able to bring a Davis Cup mentality to the grind – his best hope is if Djokovic fades. Federer and Murray are question marks.

    The unknown: Can Delpo move not just to #5, but into the top 4? Hard to say here, because he too is a question mark given his comeback from injury has yet to get all the way there.

  507. Kris on December 7th, 2011 6:30 pm

    No Ferrer? No dice. I think Isner will be in the Top 10 during 2012 but not end the year there, due to having few points in the first half of the year. Raonic will fall initially due to the stack of points but get past that stretch to finish in the Top 10. I can’t see Dolgopolov there, especially since he’ll drop early due to his AO run. Once players get used to him, there is a clear strategy.

    I also have one question: you say that there won’t be a breakthrough Slam winner but immediately say the top 4 dominance stays. I would have been curious if you were implying Murray will win a Slam or not.

  508. Mr. Peanuts on December 16th, 2011 3:14 pm

    Dude, seriously?? Where is Agassi or Sampras? I think Courier may make a run and will probably finish around 9. Mac is riddled with injuries but if he gets his temper under control he is a definite top 5.

  509. Britt on December 16th, 2011 3:15 pm

    I believe it´s open matter
    Rafa: out of shape end of the year – hadnt been playing well
    Nole: has a hard time finding his shape after the injury, but I believe his getting there
    Fed played well end of the year, but got his victories was because both Rafa and Nole was out of shape

    Where´s Ferrer???
    Where´s Mardy Fish???
    And I believe Tipsarevich is on his way up.

  510. Sebastian Candioti on December 25th, 2011 5:41 pm

    My 2012 year-end rankings:

    1. Federer
    2. Nadal
    3. Djokovic
    4. Ferrer
    5. del Potro
    6. Murray
    7. Tsonga
    8. Berdych
    9. Roddick
    10. Soderling

  511. jer468 on January 5th, 2012 10:22 am

    I can’t imagine Ferrer out of the top 10 completely (although I think he will fall a couple of notches for sure). I also can’t imagine Isner in the top 10 … he doesn’t move well enough to beat the big guys and he’s too inconsistent. He relies too much on winning tie breakers. Raonic will be interesting … If he gets through Jan/Feb in decent shape then he has real potential to pick up lots of points since he more or less did not pick up any points from the FO ’til late fall. That whole summer hardcourt season in N. America could be good for him … not to mention Wimby.

  512. Junior on January 9th, 2012 12:05 am

    Unless Rafa solves the Djoker’s riddle, he is not going to reclaim the number 1 ranking. He can tweak his schedule all he wants, but until he beats Novak, his mental inferiority will always show up on the scoreboard. You are correct in saying that Rafa has been a model of consistency the past few years. He was also very consistent last year in losing to the Djoker. His six losses to Novak were very telling of his consistency. It got really bad as the year went on; so bad that there was no doubt who was going to win Wimbledon and the USO.

  513. Magician on May 21st, 2012 11:08 pm

    I think this is interesting how it’s panned out. What you have to remember is that Murray had overtaken Federer but at the end of the season, Murray, Djokovic & Nadal were injured and pulling out of tournaments. Federer won a lot of tournaments in the last few months but he wasn’t playing any of the top guys in the semi-finals or finals.

    Also, Murray has a new coach,

    Djokovic has lost his invincibility.

    Radal has a new raquet and is playing with a new serve against Djokovic so have to Fancy Rafa to regain the number 1 spot and Murray to move to 3rd. Also, one of these guys has to get injured for a slam at one point.

    French – Rafa
    Wimbledon – Rafa
    US – Murray

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  515. Vgs on June 2nd, 2012 4:20 pm

    Serena very disappointed that we want have the pleasure of watching you win your second French open. I’m just thankful to God that you are well and alive. You are already a winner in my book. I absolutely loved the pastel green. So classy, simply lovely. I will be praying for your continue good health and hopefully many more wins.

  516. Alex on June 3rd, 2012 12:25 pm

    Crazy day of tennis so far!

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  518. Stephanotis on June 10th, 2012 4:06 pm

    So who is going to broadcast the match tomorrow? Is that 4-AM on the west coast?

  519. Steven Gray on June 13th, 2012 5:55 am

    Kudos to Nadal for achieving what he did. And what a match this was. Both players brought out their best.

    Looks like Roland Garros is all people are talking about. Another great blogpost I read was http://www.onlinesports.com/blog/french-open-2012/ . Pretty interesting read.

  520. kung fu on June 22nd, 2012 11:39 am

    Last year you also predicted Federer would win.

    http://tennisconnected.com/home/2011/06/17/2011-wimbledon-mens-draw-preview-and-analysis/

    Fanboys. *rolleyes*

  521. mike h. on June 23rd, 2012 7:09 am

    I can’t hear the guy on the phone.

  522. Geoff on June 23rd, 2012 3:13 pm

    Rafa will win Wimbledon. I don’t think you are aware that grass is djoker’s least favourite surface. Yes he prevailed last year against an out of form Nadal. This is 2012!!

  523. tennis' on June 24th, 2012 7:29 pm

    Hi, enjoyed reading your analysis. Unlike reading the “new” wimbedon.org website.

    Am I the only one that is shocked that they broke the ability to enlarge content on their webpages? In the 25 years I’ve been on the web, I’ve never seen anyone break things like the ability to scroll left and right.

    Maybe it’s time to sell my IBM stock.

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  525. puput on June 25th, 2012 6:17 am

    tsonga defeats nadal????
    you wissssh…

    Well ,,winning the french open actually motivates him even more,,
    he doesn’t linger on that RG victory…

    this is wimbi,,he will take the spirit of winning to the grass event..

    mark my words.

  526. Aruna on June 25th, 2012 9:01 pm

    Keep dreaming…. Rafa will prove u & all other doubters wrong…

    vamos!!

  527. Aruna on June 25th, 2012 9:03 pm

    Also ur 2 Qtr final picks ….dead wrong as of day 1…

  528. Nick on June 27th, 2012 12:09 am

    Djokovic dropped his Serve 25 times in 7 matches at Roland Garros. He made the Final mostly because of choking by Tsonga on one of his Match Points, and what has to be the supreme tanking by Federer in the French SF. The Swiss “lost” his Serve 7 times in three sets! If Djokovic doesn’t shore up the Serve issues ASAP, he might not make the 2nd week. On clay it’s easy to break if you drop your Serve to get back in the match. You can’t break often enough on grass to compensate for bad serving.

    Federer? The fact he lost the Halle Final to Haas without taking at least a set is troubling. Sampras won Wimbledon 7 times but was rarely a winner at Queen’s Club – he only won that twice. Federer owned the Halle tournament. But he’s lost the Final the last two times he’s played there. His Wimbledon chances really depend on whether Djokovic ends up as his SF opponent. If he does, it means Djokovic has the Serve problem righted for the moment. Federer still has a big ask in front of him. He’s 1-4 against Djokovic in their last five meetings in a Best of Five match. Even if Federer managed to get through that, the brutality of that match won’t help in a Best of Five Final. Federer has underperformed at Wimbledon the last two years over the other Majors. The low bounces are much tougher on your back and hamstrings. And those are areas that feel the aches more acutely at 30 than at 25 or 26.

    As Nadal plays his way into the event, he generally gets better with each match. And 2012 finds him in a far better state than this time last year when he was fully in The Djokovic Vice Grip. No such grip exists anymore. In fact, such a turnaround has occurred in their matches this year that in their last two meetings, Djokovic has had to stare across at Nadal down Championship Point. And both time Djokovic coughed up a Double Fault. That’s just choking – plain and simple. Nerves, nothing else. What a difference a year makes. If Nadal reaches the Final again, and ends up against Federer, then it’s very hard for Federer to keep up what he needs to do for 5 sets. Especially now. Nadal is expert at keeping his own Error count low. That alone forces Federer to got for more Winners from low percentage positions. Federer cannot hit a high enough net-positive Winners-to-Errors ratio to compensate for Nadal’s measly Error count. So Federer always looks One Shot Short when he has to play Nadal in a Best of Five. Which explains why he hasn’t beaten Nadal in a Best of Five in 5 years. nadal, conversely, is riding high on confidence having won 4 titles, has watched the rival he feared last year Double Fault 2 Championship Trophies to him this year, and could emerge from Wimbledon as World #1 again. Should make him very formidable.

  529. Max on July 8th, 2012 1:53 pm

    The sweater doesn’t seem to be available anymore – it’s not on tennis warehouse or anywhere else. Can only see the jacket.

    Any further information?

    Cheers

  530. Luigi on July 14th, 2012 2:18 pm

    ‘Mark my words’
    ‘Fanboys. *rolleyes*’

    Well I guess he proved you wrong haha…

  531. Christine on September 3rd, 2012 9:27 pm

    wow, you were a bit off, weren’t you? Nadal, with his early exit from Wimbledon, and his current fake knee injury will have him at #4 at best.

  532. natali on September 25th, 2012 4:41 pm

    quisiera comprar el sweter, soy de la argentina, que posibilidades tengo?

  533. Nima Naderi on October 2nd, 2012 11:30 am

    That Sweater was a big seller and we still get requests for it even now. Sorry if you missed out.

  534. Nima Naderi on October 2nd, 2012 11:31 am

    I would try Ebay at this point.

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  536. Kate on December 4th, 2012 12:44 pm

    I’d be surprised if Ferrer finishes as low as number 8. He’s made real improvements to his game – serve, court positioning, transition game to the net, more aggressive groundstrokes. These improvements have enabled him to have a dominant record over Del Potro, Berdych, Tsonga, Tipsarevic and Gasquet this year. Whilst it’ll be hard to repeat the 7 titles, I think he will have another successful season. I think he and Del Potro will end the year ranked 5 and 6, in any order.

  537. Shalomo on December 4th, 2012 1:05 pm

    I predict Nishikori will make it into Top 10 – not Cilic. Raonic will probably be 8-9. Nadal will have 0 points to defend for half the year so he’ll rebound to number one.

  538. Yanik Deschenes on December 4th, 2012 9:37 pm

    Fair predictions. Novak and Murray should rule the Tour for the next few years. Milos is the one to watch. All the others are going one way: down!.

  539. Nancy Fieder on December 4th, 2012 11:24 pm

    I am the biggest Rafa fan ever but cannot see him in the top four next year. As much as I dislike Djoker, he will be there – likely #1. Murray will be close behind. I don’t think Fed can hang in there for another year. Ferrer will overtake Nadal and I see him having his best year this coming season. Don’t count on Raonic (and this is coming from a Canadian) unless he can seriously get his game together. He is going to have to start defending points this year and then he could be in trouble. Dimitrov could rise to top 10. Tomic is too inconsistent and full of himself. I think Delpo will continue to improve and possibly Berdych could rise a little higher. I am very interested to see how Jerzey Janovic plays this year. I was VERY impressed with him in his last tournament. I say Isner and Tsonga and Tipsaravic will be out of the top ten for sure. My predictions:

    1. Djokovic
    2. Murray
    3. DelPotro
    4. Ferrer
    5. Nadal
    6 Federer
    7. Berdych
    8. Monaco
    9. Dogopolov
    10.Dimitrov

  540. Tennis Tournament Software on December 7th, 2012 8:11 pm

    I have nothing else to add to this topic other the need to further understand it. You put a nice twist to it. Very valuable information Nima.

  541. Akhilesh Khopkar on December 12th, 2012 4:13 pm

    Great article and predictions. Every time I have ever doubted Ferrer he has proven me wrong. I would put him at #6 and have Berdych ahead of Tsonga. Also I do agree with you about how much potential Cilic has, but I can’t see him in the top 10 due to his mental limitations (that meltdown against Murray in the ‘12 US Open comes to mind).

  542. Nima Naderi on December 13th, 2012 1:16 pm

    Thanks for the comments, everyone. Next year should be filled with more diversity in the grand slam winners department and some new players should enter the top 10. Let’s see what happens.

  543. Curtis on December 13th, 2012 3:29 pm

    I think Milos has what it takes to make it to the top 10 easily. He does have a 2-1 record over Murray and his serve is the best there is. Here are my predictions for end-year 2013:

    1- Novak Djokovic
    2- Andy Murray
    3- Juan Martin Del Potro
    4- Rafael Nadal
    5- Roger Federer
    6- Tomas Berdych
    7- David Ferrer
    8- Milos Raonic
    9- John Isner
    10- Kei Nishikori

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  546. Aliaksandr on December 23rd, 2012 11:26 am

    Tsonga’s always a bit of an unknown quantity so I wouldn’t be surprised if he outshines Ferrer on some big occasion but over the course of the year the Spaniard will be far more consistent (injuries permitting). No way does JWT finish above him in the rankings.

    The top 8 will be this, I think:

    1. Novak Djokovic
    2. Andy Murray
    3. Roger Federer
    4. Rafael Nadal
    5. Juan Martin Del Potro
    6. David Ferrer
    7. Tomas Berdych
    8. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

    Rafa is the wildcard. If he’s fit for most of the year, he has a good chance at reaching #2.

  547. Steve on January 10th, 2013 2:33 pm

    I think Gasquet will end up #8 or #7. His coach has him on the right track.

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  549. Chinwe on November 29th, 2013 4:13 pm

    As a huge Rafa fan I read your picks with great enjoyment and really wish you’ll end up being spot on at the end of 2014 but my head tells me Djokovic will reclaim the No 1 position before the year ends. I don’t see Del Potro ending above Murray if both players stay injury-free thoughout the year. I think Ferrer will go down to 7th or 8th at the year end.
    My list is
    Djokovic
    Nadal
    Murray
    Del Potro
    Wawrinka
    Berdych
    Ferrer
    Raonic
    Tsonga
    Federer

  550. Amy Bee on November 29th, 2013 8:03 pm

    If Tsonga’s best days are behind shouldn’t he finish 2014 lower than 2013? Ferrer’s will have difficulty defending those RG F points and even though he reached 3 consecutive finals at the end of the season, I think overplaying in 2013 catches up with him in 2014 and he’ll fall out of the top 10. I hope you don’t take offense but is your unbreakable belief in Raonic due to him being Canadian? I’m still not sold on him as a slam contender. Janowicz is also still a question mark for me.

  551. Kyle Sy on November 29th, 2013 10:01 pm

    1. Nadal
    2. Djokovic
    3. Delpotro
    4. Ferrer
    5. Murray
    6. Wawrinka
    7. Berdych
    8. Nishikori
    9. Federer
    10. Raonic/Haas or Janowicz

    My prediction is no. 6 for wawrinka but he can go higher

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  553. v.arunachalam on November 29th, 2013 11:42 pm

    I beg to fiffer on the proj.rankings of 2014. my rankings are:
    1.Rafael Nadal
    2Djokovic
    3Roger Federer
    4Del Partro
    5Berdich
    6 Tsonga
    7Ferrer
    8Richard Gasquet
    9Wawrinka
    10Raonic or Isner or Dmitrov orAlmagro or Verdasco
    10Isner or Dmitrov

  554. Nima Naderi on November 30th, 2013 12:32 am

    Amy Bee: Regarding Tsonga: His game will be in decline IMO, but I think he’ll do well enough in the lower level events, ala Berdych to stay in the top 8. For Ferrer, I wrote him off last year and if you take into account Federer falling, I think Ferrer has to only play solid to stay in the top 5. He’s super fit and will fight for every ball. I agree that he can’t stay a the top much longer however. As for Raonic, the bottom line is that he has the best serve in tennis and that should make for a top 10 player. I think with Ljubicic telling him to go for it will only help.

    Thanks Chinwe, v.arunachalam and Kyle for your comments. Keep them coming.

  555. John on December 1st, 2013 10:36 pm

    Disagree with some of the predictions, here are mine:

    1. Djokovic
    2. Nadal
    3. Del Potro
    4. Murray
    5. Federer
    6. Wawrinka
    7. Berdych
    8. Raonic (or switched with Berdych)
    9. Tsonga
    10. Ferrer

  556. Dave on December 2nd, 2013 12:41 pm

    I don’t necessarily fault you for your picks, but I do find your reasoning as to why Rafa’s going to be number one a little odd. When you’re talking about the whole year, how many points a player has to defend doesn’t really matter anymore. Yes, Rafa has a good shot at being number one for the next several months because he missed Australia last year. But if Djokovic wins Aus and/or Roland Garros and Nadal doesn’t do as well on hardcourts, it’s still anyone’s ranking. When it comes to the 2014 ranking, everyone is starting with a blank slate. It doesn’t matter what they’re defending.

  557. Kwaku on December 2nd, 2013 12:54 pm

    “The Mallorcan could very well seal the year-end ranking in January if he can win the Aussie Open. Why? Because he has zero points to defend Down Under…”

    WTF? I’ve read enough. The race starts January 1, everybody equal at 0, until December 31 (so to speak). Points to defend are totally irrelevant! Why should I continue reading after sucha glaring a proof of lack of understanding?

  558. Erez on December 2nd, 2013 7:28 pm

    Federer will be in the top 10 at least until he’s 35. If he were to continue playing until the age of 40 he will be in the top 20. I think he’ll win wimbledon or the us open next year.
    My rankings for next year are:
    Djokovic
    Nadal
    Federer
    Murray
    Del potro
    Berdych
    Tsonga
    Ferrer
    Wawrinka
    Raonic

  559. Hoiha on December 2nd, 2013 11:49 pm

    Like your picks – as a Rafa fan especially – I think the 1 and 2 spots will be a toss up and the rest a little more predictable. The 3 spot for Del Potro assumes he plays to his capability. In fact my entire list makes that assumption:

    1. Rafa

    2. Djokovic

    3. Del Potro

    4. Murray

    5. Ferrer

    6. Wawrinka

    7. Federer (his problem is only partly the back – the physicality of the game has caught up to him and his reflexes and foot speed just are not there and will only get worse)

    8. Berdych

    9. Raonic

    10. Gasquet

  560. HoiHa on December 3rd, 2013 2:18 am

    “Points to defend are totally irrelevant! Why should I continue reading after sucha glaring a proof of lack of understanding”

    I think you migh be the one to not understand.

  561. Alex on December 5th, 2013 1:50 am

    Nima, where’s the love for my boy Gael Monfils ;)

  562. Nima Naderi on December 5th, 2013 3:40 pm

    Alex: There’s no love for Monfils because his knees are shot and it doesn’t appear that he will recover fully.

    Hoiha: Points to defend are not irrelevant. If that was the case, players wouldn’t drop or gain in the rankings as a result of winning or losing. Yes, I know everyone starts from zero in January but they are still defending points and trying to pick up more points where they lost early the year before. If that wasn’t the case, Djokovic would be No. 1, especially after the USO where he won 22 straight matches. However, because Nadal had no points to defend from the previous year, he was a positive every week.

    Kwaku: The above is a response to you as well. Defending points are very relevant because if they weren’t why do players fall in the rankings if they lose every one week or if they’re injured? Nadal has points to gain in Oz, Miami and Wimbledon next year. If he can win Australia, go deep in Miami and reach the final four or better at Wimby, then his chances of keeping the No. 1 ranking are much better because he’ll likely do well everywhere else. If Djokovic has a year like 2011 then that’s just too good.

    The bottom line to Kwaku and to HoiHa, if defending points weren’t relevant, then no one should have a ranking at the beginning of the year. But, because that’s not possible, point defense is very important.

    Also, thanks to John and Dave for your comments :)

  563. Josh Diaz on December 7th, 2013 8:55 pm

    This is a great website full of interesting news about the tennis world. I like coming here and just wasting time because I could be here for hours! Also, I like the Tennis Connected Podcast. If anyone has time to check out their podcast you should!

  564. Sandra on December 20th, 2013 7:36 am

    I love Federer, but Wawrinka deserves to be the Swiss nr 1, he is simply better than Roger right now

  565. Jared Pine on December 20th, 2013 5:42 pm

    Nima, do you understand how rankings work? All points from 2013 will go away by the end of 2014. They are completely renewed every 12 months, so when determining what the rankings will be 12 months later, how many points a person has to defend is completely irrelevant. So if Nadal wins AO (unlikely) he will be no better off than anyone else who has won it in previous years. Your whole argument for why Nadal will be No. 1 is based on what he has to defend, but that is not a factor at all. That’s how the rankings work. Because of your inability to understand how rankings work, your predictions are way off. Janowicz lacks the consistency, which is so crucial, to reach the top 10. He has lived off one or two big results to carry his ranking every year. If he gets into the top 20, it will be a great year for him. Also, having Roger off the list is almost as bad as not understanding the ranking system. Roger had a great finish to 2013, he skipped the offseason exhibitions to prepare, he got rid of his coaching and racket issues, and his back is no longer a problem. All signs are good for Roger to having a better season than last year. The worst I could see him doing is No. 5. To say he won’t even get top 10 is beyond silly. I also think you have Wawrinka and Ferrer too high. Based on your picks, I would think you only watched the majors. Outside of his epics against Djokovic at AO and USO, Wawrinka had just an average year. He could easily drop out of the top 15 next year. His 2014 could be similar to Tipsarevic’s or Monaco’s 2013. Ferrer’s ranking is built on his 1200 points from the French Open, which he will not be repeating. He will probably finish just shy of 4000 ranking points for 2014, which would land him at around seven or eight. I do have to say though, I loved your pick of Murray at No. 4. I didn’t have the guts to do that, so if it works out for you, that would be an impressive prediction.

  566. Jared Pine on December 20th, 2013 6:08 pm

    I’m glad some people know that what a player has to defend does not matter for their ranking 12 months in the future. Still shocked though that some people don’t understand. What do you think the YTD rankings are for? Nima, you made the point that “if defending points weren’t relevant, then no one should have a ranking at the beginning of the year.” The reason for a ranking the beginning of a year is to determine the seeds of tournaments. Beyond that, the ranking at the beginning of a year has no bearing on the ranking at the end of the year. It’s called a 52-week ranking system for a reason.

  567. Nima Naderi on December 27th, 2013 3:23 pm

    Jared Pine, It’s interesting that you say this because I spoke with Greg Sharko, who is a freind of mine and works for the ATP and he said that I’m correct. If Nadal wins the Aussie Open, does he increase his point total on Djokovic? Yes. I understand that there is a Race standing as well, but defending points, the pressure that comes with defending those points are important. Nadal has two zeros and two W’s in grand slams that he will have to defend in 2014. There’s a reason why players like Nadal and del Potro wanted a 2-year ranking system so that when players get injured they don’t drop out of the top 100. (In Delpo’s case, the top 400). I agree with what you’re saying in terms of 2014 results, but players are compared with their previous year’s results. There’s no doubt about that. Finally, if players didn’t have to defend points, why do they drop in ranking positions when they lose earlier than they did last year?

  568. Amy Bee on December 28th, 2013 7:07 pm

    When did Del Potro call for the 2 year ranking? As far as I’m aware, it was only Nadal who was calling for that. Given Nadal returned to #1 after 7 months off, I’m not sure he’s behind that change anymore.

  569. Nima Naderi on January 9th, 2014 1:29 pm

    Hi Amy Bee, I believe Delpo said that during his injury layoff a few years back. I’ll try to find the article. Cheers.

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  571. quid on January 15th, 2014 5:39 pm

    Congrats to both Bouchard and Pospisil for reaching R3 in Melbourne!

    Great determination from Bouchard to keep figthing for that elusive matchpoint under such difficult conditions and with a rather unreliable 1st serve, when Razzano finally moved both her tennis and her focus to higher levels in the 2nd set.

    Impressive courage displayed by Pospisil – WOW ! Sincerely hope his back improves a bit for his next match. Not sure it would be reasonable for Pospisil to risk playing 2 long matches back-to-back given both his injury and weather related issues.

  572. Alex on January 16th, 2014 12:45 am

    Bouchard also got her own TV commercial. You know you’ve made it when…

  573. CARLOS on January 18th, 2014 3:11 pm

    Fun RAFA Nike 2014 outfit fact…..he’s gone back to wearing the older Court Ballistec 4.3s instead of the new NIKE Lunar Ballistecs…….guess the new model was too light for him after all?

  574. Tsz Chun Lau on February 3rd, 2014 10:37 pm

    No,Roger is back in form now. 2014 will be a great year for him.

  575. Maureen on February 4th, 2014 5:03 pm

    What’s all this talk about defending points having no meaning??? Those points mean EVERYTHING!!

    That’s why Roger being #1 as long as he was, was utterly remarkable, because he HAD to keep winning 3 Slams a year, etc., just to stay at the same points! He never got more points for winning, if it was something he’s won the year before, but, if he did NOT win what he’d won the year before, he LOST points! Defending your points means you get ZERO extra points if it’s what you’ve done the year before, you DO get more points if you win something you did NOT win the year before, and you LOSE points if you don’t win something you won the year before…

    Defending points is everything!! Why do people say they don’t matter?

  576. Matt on February 23rd, 2014 12:00 am

    Replace Janowicz with Federer. The Polish is a great player yes, but he seems to one dimensional for my liking. Federer, doesn’t have that many points to defend, especially after the clay court swing, so I think he will come good. Del Potro’s wrist seems to be worsening as well.

  577. alexa on February 26th, 2014 5:48 pm

    as of this week

    1.S. Wawrinka(SUI) 2,290
    2.R. Nadal(ESP) 1,950
    3.T. Berdych(CZE) 1,375
    4.M. Cilic(CRO) 910
    4.R. Federer(SUI) 910
    6.D. Ferrer(ESP) 900
    7.F. Fognini(ITA) 750
    8.K. Nishikori(JPN) 620
    9.A. Murray(GBR) 550
    10.E. Gulbis(LAT) 520
    11.N. Djokovic(SRB) 510
    12.G. Monfils(FRA) 490
    13.R. Gasquet(FRA) 435
    14.G. Dimitrov(BUL) 425
    15.J. Tsonga(FRA) 415

    Delpo & Raonic due to injuries are out of YE Top 10 (only winning GS or multi ms1000 can get them in,but that can be said for all ATP players)

    Federer with 90p from Dubai(1/4 today) is already at 1000p after 2,5 tournaments and with 14 tournaments left in his schedule it safe to say that he is in YE Top 10 (3000p mark for YE Top 10)

    Janowicz & Tsonga do not look very hot in first two months

    all in all your projection 70% same as every other tennis fan/expert
    would made, injuries have derailed your special pics (Delpo, Raonic & somewhat Janowicz)

    what i find strange is your view on Federer situation,because in this Weak Era of Tennis outside of 8 top players (Nadal,Djokovic,Wawrinka,Ferrer,Del Potro,Murray,Berdych,Tsonga) nobody can be get even close to him,yes he can lose to some of them (41Hewitt,16 Robredo,12 Haas,) but no way they can keep up on his level through the whole year…….

    ps
    sorry about “after the battle” comments,but in my defense its only 1/5th of season gone and its not bad idea to have some updated views on your prediction every few months and see how everything play out at the and of year
    pps
    Football World Cup will hurt tennis this year…..

  578. Nima Naderi on February 27th, 2014 11:14 am

    Thanks for your comments, Matt and alexa. It’s going to be an interesting year. Perhaps I’ll revisit the projected top 10 after Miami. Thanks again for your comments and talk soon.

  579. Otch on March 4th, 2014 2:30 pm

    You are such a fool to think Federer will drop out of the top 10

  580. Otch on March 4th, 2014 2:40 pm

    @ Nima, i think you are biased against federer. He has little points to defend compared to the Big 4. Points to defend matter a lot. Now assuming Nadal does not win the French (which I see happening) and also doesn’t win US Open, maybe finishes with poor results, this automatically opens the competition for the year end No 1.
    I see Ferrer and DelPo not matching up this year. Murray will struggle through and someone from the top 15 will join the top 10 by the end of the year.
    Federer finishes top 4 or better if he is able to wrap his arms around 1 or 2 slams.
    Before predictions, a lot of Mathematics around points and how the players trained in off-season need to be considered.

  581. Otch on March 4th, 2014 2:47 pm

    And I apologise for calling you a fool, i was stunned to see that prediction when there is actually a 2013 season to compare points with…apologies

  582. Matt on March 16th, 2014 7:21 am

    CMon Fed’s. If we wins the final, it will set up the rest of the year for him nicely. Great win over Dolgopolov

  583. Amy Bee on March 19th, 2014 7:14 pm

    David Ferrer??

  584. Merchant of Tennis on March 21st, 2014 6:31 pm

    Definitely think Pospisil has the potential to move up on the rankings, but his confidence is limiting his potential. We predict Raonic should push to the quarters to meet Nadal.

  585. Mariana Moraes on April 13th, 2014 4:31 pm

    I think you are wrong about Azarenka. She will wear Nike Women’s Summer High Waisted Print Short pink and Nike Women’s Summer Touch Sleeveless Polo pink.

  586. Arvis on April 15th, 2014 10:51 am

    I think Parsa is underestimating Raonic’s clay movement. He moves way better on clay than any other surface, and his easy power does him a lot of favors. I think he’ll have his best results over the next couple months.

    Having now seen Djokovic’s 1-and-Love destruction of Montanes, it’s hard to defend Parsa’s “routine straight-set win for Nadal in the final” prediction. Djokovic beat Rafa pretty easily here last year and is arguably in even better form now. If Rafa routines him, it will be a pretty big surprise.

    Looking forward to a wrap-up podcast at the end of the tournament from you guys! :)

    -Arvis

  587. alexa on April 17th, 2014 7:28 pm

    so is this the best ever tennis “era” ?
    results
    6-0,6-1,6-2…..

    match times
    45min,47min,52min….

    players age
    31years,32yers,32yers again

    cheers mate

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    Hi guys,

    Love the podcast. But regarding the comments about Murray being weird in the latest edition, you should have reflected that days earlier his friend since childhood, Elena Baltacha, died.

  590. Nima Naderi on May 15th, 2014 10:08 am

    Hi Andrew,

    Great point regarding Murray. He should’ve mentioned that as well. Thank you for your comment. RIP to Elena Baltacha.

  591. Amy Bee on May 20th, 2014 7:53 pm

    Raonic and Dimitrov, over best of 5 sets are still question marks for me. I don’t think they will get to the SF this year.

  592. Arvis on May 23rd, 2014 11:16 am

    Nice Raonic prediction. I also am feeling pretty good about him. I’ve been especially impressed with his consistency: multiple tournaments, multiple surfaces, he just keeps winning and beating the guys he’s “supposed” to beat. Still doubt his ability to get wins on grass, though. I’ll believe that when I see it.

    Raonic’s RG Draw is brutal, though.

    -Arvis

  593. Amy Bee on May 25th, 2014 6:24 pm

    I think Gulbis suffers from stage fright at the slams. Plus, playing the week before a slam usually results in the winner of those events losing early so I don’t think he’ll get very far in the tournament.

  594. Mostafa Eshra on May 26th, 2014 11:35 am

    The Problem with the Wet Surface is that it is much Easier for Djokovic’s ball to penetrate through it than Nadal’s , if Nadal is to beat Djokovic this year it has to be a Sunny Day like last year and another thing is that i think Rafa knows that he can’t defend aganist Djokovic anymore,and he is not, he needs a fast court to disturb Him.

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    Nadal has respect for all of his opponents? Rosol would probably disagree.

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  600. Lalith on July 7th, 2014 9:49 pm

    Vamos rafa

  601. Alex on August 2nd, 2014 3:40 pm

    Nima, congrats on the marriage!! Looking forward to a fun Rogers Cup, hope it’s not too spicy out there :)

  602. Ken Lukasik on August 15th, 2014 2:36 am

    Your link to players & order play for men for August 15th did not display- very often happens.

  603. Nima Naderi on August 15th, 2014 4:15 pm

    Hi Ken, It’s working very well for us. Hopefully it works for you.

  604. Nima Naderi on August 15th, 2014 4:16 pm

    Thanks Alex. Hope all is well mate.

  605. Muttee on August 21st, 2014 4:11 am

    Well well well, you couldn’t be more wrong about the king Fed, look where he is at and what you thought. i don’t think Nadal will be in top 2 by the end of the year either.

  606. Tim Snoddon on September 1st, 2014 10:05 pm

    Not Bouchard’s summer after all. Sad.

  607. Matthew on October 10th, 2014 3:53 pm

    Haha you talkn o fed is old , o fed is done , retire you fat slow loser well what you smart guys and gals got too say for yourself now?

    Who lets up

  608. Matthew on October 10th, 2014 3:54 pm

    Fed gonna boss joker 2marrow , 4 rm the back of the court mark my wrds straight sets.

  609. Matthew on October 11th, 2014 9:51 am

    Wow homerun

  610. Arvis on October 22nd, 2014 11:10 am

    Great podcast as always, gentlemen. :)

    The WTF is going to be really exciting this year! Anything could happen!

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  612. Amy Bee on December 18th, 2014 8:46 pm

    I predict Murray returning to the top 5 but Dimitrov, Raonic and Cilic finishing outside of the ten. They’ll be replaced by Del Potro, Lopez and either Monfils or Simon.

  613. Amy Bee on December 30th, 2014 3:33 am

    Thanks for sending sometime on the WTA.

  614. Nima Naderi on December 30th, 2014 6:05 pm

    No problem. Anytime!

  615. Nima Naderi on December 30th, 2014 6:08 pm

    Murray is a strong pic as he has the experience but Raonic will stay and Dimitrov and Cilic have a enough game as well. Del Potro has a long way to go, Lopez is playing well but is not consistent and I’m not sure about Simon at this stage. Monfils could make something happen however.

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  617. antonio sagansay on January 9th, 2015 9:36 pm

    federer will win another grand slam he still so very fit coz he is very cool and iffortless and less injury and he is counter puncher

  618. Mr tennis on January 27th, 2015 2:52 pm

    It’s a well known fact that the majority of pros do not use the rackets they are promoting. Babolat is even facing a class action lawsuit over this issue. Stop spouting lies just to sell rackets

  619. Y on February 23rd, 2015 6:39 pm

    This is a sorry excuse even for an Internet article. Do Canadians even understand tennis? Who is this Emmett guy? Why is he given press time? Was he the closest mouthpiece by location the “writer” of this article could walk to or call on the phone for sound bites?

    First of all, for this “director” of a tennis club to compare Sharapova’s decision to play for Russia this month to that of Bouchard’s to not play for Canada is at best willful ignorance and at worst, distortion. Sharapova, who will be 28 in April and has been a pro tennis player for more than a decade, has an overall career Fed Cup record of 5 and 1. Yes, 5 and 1. Look it up. By contrast, Bouchard, who is seven years younger, has a career Fed Cup record of 11 and 2. That’s right, 11 and 2. Sharapova was playing Fed Cup to qualify for a spot on the Russian Olympics team for the Rio Games. She has been living in the USA since about age 7 but still claims her Russian nationality. Tennis players’ personal decisions are just that, their own. They are self-employed athletes. They have to do what is best for themselves because no one, especially this Emmett person who clouds the debate in phony nationalism, will care if they get hurt or their careers shortened by injuries. Bouchard has probably given Canada a better international image than anyone has in years.

    For those Canadians who drape themselves in flags over fake national pride, they should learn more about tennis and see the Fed Cup and Davis Cup as what they are – job security for tennis federation officials world-wide. That is one of the reasons why playing these events are tied to Olympics qualification – arm-twisting players who want to be Olympians as well.

    And it is dishonesty on the part of Tennis Canada and its Fed Cup captain to let Bouchard take all the heat for their failure to produce anything but a farm team at best, and tried to push the team off against major-league tennis powerhouses such as the Czech Republic, which only sent its B-Team for the recent tie. Instead of blaming Bouchard for not playing every tie in every year, Canadians should ask Tennis Canada why with all the resources and money thrown at players development, that this is the best they can produce for the buck.

    Tennis in Canada is still in its infancy. People need to get a grip and chill. Bouchard alone cannot win the Fed Cup for Canada. Roger Federer may be the G.O.A.T., but he could not have won the Davis Cup alone without Stan Wawrinka, or another top player. Canada may have a better chance at making deep runs in the Davis Cup competition with three world-class players in Raonic, Pospisil, and Nestor. Until there is more depth in the Fed Cup team, World Group 2 is where Canada belongs realistically.

    If Canadians want national glory, they have to stand behind their players through thick and thin. They need to know that tennis players represent their countries every time they step on a tennis court in any competition.

  620. Leon Braun on February 23rd, 2015 7:31 pm

    This is a garbage blog, plain and simple. It was due to Bouchard’s last several wins that even got Canada to world group one in the first place and no one involved in Tennis Canada questions her patriotism.

    First, with respect to Maria Sharapova playing for Russia, she has played in less Fed Cups in her entire career than Genie has up to this point, so she is hardly an example to use.

    Secondly, Genie played the last Fed Cup injured and still won her matches. Those nagging injuries from that Fed Cup persisted through that latter part of last season and resulted in less than stellar results in the last half of 2014. Why would Genie risk injury again at the start of the 2015 season, when not only her, but our second and 3rd best Canadian female player also out of Fed Cup? Canada stood very little chance to win this round to begin with, and everyone involved knew that.

    Finally, this is not like Hockey and if a player gets injured, they don’t go on some team’s IR list while rehabbing with a team doctor, collecting a paycheck all the while. If they go down, they don’t play, they lose money, they lose ranking.

    Cherry picking information for blogs and news articles, while still can show a side of a story, just does not do a situation justice. A little journalistic integrity is always something for writers to side with.

  621. Leon Braun on February 23rd, 2015 8:07 pm

    This is a garbage blog article, plain and simple. It was due to Bouchard’s last several wins that even got Canada to world group one in the first place and no one involved in Tennis Canada questions her patriotism.

    First, with respect to Maria Sharapova playing for Russia, she has played in less Fed Cups in her entire career than Genie has up to this point, so she is hardly an example to use.

    Secondly, Genie played the last Fed Cup injured and still won her matches. Those nagging injuries from that Fed Cup persisted through that latter part of last season and resulted in less than stellar results in the last half of 2014. Why would Genie risk injury again at the start of the 2015 season, when not only her, but our second and 3rd best Canadian female player were also out of Fed Cup? Canada stood very little chance to win this round to begin with, and everyone involved knew that.

    Finally, this is not like Hockey and if a player gets injured, they don’t go on some team’s IR list while rehabbing with a team doctor, collecting a paycheck all the while. If they go down, they don’t play, they lose money, they lose ranking.

    Cherry picking information for blogs and news articles, while still can show a side of a story, just does not do a situation justice. A little journalistic integrity is always something for writers to side with.

  622. John kiehl on March 10th, 2015 11:05 pm

    Looking to buy a hat for the bnp paribas open to match the shirts I purchased.
    Thanks,
    John

  623. Cary on March 20th, 2015 5:31 pm

    Watched almost all the coverage this week. Same as last year…get to the last few days and NOTHING IS TELEVISED!!! Is it on another station other than Tennis CH. ? Not in “Cable Guide”….Why would they do that to us? We want to see the semi’s and the final’s. What gives? Frugal is dropping the ball on this. If he hasn’t figured out how to keep his loyal viewers happy with televising the complete tournament, then don’t bother with any of it. I will pay no attention to this tournament next year if it is not televised in its entirety. Was actually thinking of attending, now I have a negative feeling about the management of this thing.

  624. Amy Bee on March 24th, 2015 8:49 pm

    Bad matches are not exclusive to women.

  625. Nima Naderi on March 25th, 2015 11:22 am

    You are right, Amy Bee. But at this level, you will seldom see the men disappoint at the finals stage. In the case of the IW women’s final, both players played poorly for the entire match.

  626. Amy Bee on March 25th, 2015 10:29 pm

    Ferrer v Murray, Miami 2013 F, wasn’t a particularly good final.

  627. Nima Naderi on March 31st, 2015 9:25 pm

    It wasn’t that good but there was still a lot of grit out there. Jankovic knew she was lucky to even be in the final and that her skills have diminished over the years. Plus, the physicality of that men’s final was far tougher than the IW 2015 women’s final.

  628. Jones on April 4th, 2015 11:28 am

    I have some news that Bouchard will missed against Romania.

  629. Amy Bee on April 6th, 2015 11:20 am

    Good discussion on the clay season.

  630. Nima Naderi on April 6th, 2015 4:38 pm

    Thank you Ms. Bee.

  631. Alain Castonguay on April 6th, 2015 8:55 pm

    We have to admit that the alleged “Big 4″ is now down to a “top 2″, formed by Djokovic and (hard to believe, but yes) Federer. With Nadal recurrent health problems and Murray unable to win against the three others, it seems that only our old friend Roger will be able to challenge Novak in bigger events, like he should do at Wimbledon and US Open. At Rolland-Garros, we should never bet against Rafael Nadal, but we would be sure at the end of this starting clay court season.
    Murray doesn’t have to be ashamed; David Ferrer was number 5 for several years behind those guys and made a well-living career.
    For the rest of the field, Nishikori had good results during 2014 clay season 2014: he won in Barcelona (ATP500) and lost in final in Madrid (Masters1000) to Nadal. Raonic did well also in Masters1000 tournaments: QF in Monte Carlo, SF in Rome and R16 in Madrid. It will be fun to see if Wawrinka is able to repeat his win in Monte Carlo, which is doubtful at the moment.
    Djokovic missed Madrid last year, made SF in Monte Carlo and won in Rome. We could assume he will defend his rankings until Rolland-Garros, and for the rest of the year also. I predict Novak will won two more GS this year, and three again in 2016. At the moment, he reminds me the dominance showed by Federer from 2004-2007, on every surfaces apart clay.

  632. Alain Castonguay on April 6th, 2015 8:56 pm

    We have to admit that the alleged “Big 4″ is now down to a “top 2″, formed by Djokovic and (hard to believe, but yes) Federer. With Nadal recurrent health problems and Murray unable to win against the three others, it seems that only our old friend Roger will be able to challenge Novak in bigger events, like he should do at Wimbledon and US Open. At Rolland-Garros, we should never bet against Rafael Nadal, but we would be sure at the end of this starting clay court season.
    Murray doesn’t have to be ashamed; David Ferrer was number 5 for several years behind those guys and made a well-living career.
    For the rest of the field, Nishikori had good results during 2014 clay season 2014: he won in Barcelona (ATP500) and lost in final in Madrid (Masters1000) to Nadal. Raonic did well also in Masters1000 tournaments: QF in Monte Carlo, SF in Rome and R16 in Madrid. It will be fun to see if Wawrinka is able to repeat his win in Monte Carlo, which is doubtful at the moment.
    Djokovic missed Madrid last year, made SF in Monte Carlo and won in Rome. We could assume he will defend his rankings until Rolland-Garros, and for the rest of the year also. I predict Novak will won two more GS this year, and three again in 2016. At the moment, he reminds me the dominance showed by Federer from 2004-2007, on every surfaces apart clay.

  633. Charles Gascon on April 13th, 2015 9:45 am

    Alain, thank your for reading and for your comment. Against all odds it is, yes, Federer who looms as the biggest threat to Djokovic. Of the other up and comers, I believe Nishikori has the best odds to challenge, though it may not happen until Djokovic has retired.

    Your predictions of GS titles for Novak is music to my ears really, as I don’t believe he can expect a 2nd prime like the one Federer is currently enjoying. Give the Djoker another 3-4 years and then, it’s up to someone else. (God, we’ll miss the Golden Era so, so much!)

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  635. Curtis Kaye on April 17th, 2015 8:41 pm

    Charles, Alain and company. Please stop making predictions on matches. They are usually so off. Please don’t jinx Novak. Let him continue to quietly make history. Please don’t be offended.

  636. No on April 24th, 2015 3:38 pm

    EB wanted some super-easy come back and some super easy image gains, playing for Canada in The Fed Cup against WTA “amateurs”. Remember, she joined the team in the very last moment and after two top players from romanian team gave up. This strategy is looking like a pretty safe bet to revive her tennis, in home town – nothing fancy and nothing unselfish, just pure math. Fed Cup was the perfect moment to stop her fall and to say after: “I played for Canada and i didnt played in Stuttgart for money. Canada is more important then money for me bla bla bla”.

  637. Kusriyanto on May 2nd, 2015 7:03 pm

    i will buy Nike products how to buy?nike is good quality

  638. JD on May 3rd, 2015 2:52 pm

    I usually buy my Nike tennis gear from http://www.tenniswarehouse.com – good selection and they usually keep up with the latest releases.

    Been looking for the Federer/Jordan AJ3’s but they are impossible to find. Really wish Nike would release those again. Don’t want to pay $600 on eBay for them…

  639. Nima Naderi on May 5th, 2015 5:01 am

    Nike Tennis products for both men and women can be purchased at TennisWarehouse.com. Cheers.

  640. Alain Castonguay on May 18th, 2015 9:07 am

    Since Rome 2014, Novak had lost only 7 times. In 2015 vs Karlovic (Doha) and Federer (Dubai). In 2014 vs Federer (Shanghai), Nishikori (US Open), Robredo (Cincinnati), Tsonga (Toronto), Nadal (RG). He lost only 3 more times in 2014, against Federer twice and Wawrinka in Melbourne. You have to go further, until US Open 2013 where he lost to Nadal, to find another loss. Apart that bad sequence during summer 2014, especially in Toronto and Cincinnati, he was flawless for 21 months. No big 4 anymore, he’s alone on top.

  641. jamie jeanes on May 25th, 2015 9:34 am

    lindell had no chance from the beginning

  642. Amy Bee on June 7th, 2015 9:29 pm

    Isner plays Nice because the tournament is owned by Lagardere, his agency, not for any need for technical improvement. He plays Winston-Salem because it’s his hometown.

  643. Nima Naderi on June 7th, 2015 9:34 pm

    Yes that’s correct, but regardless of those reasons, if he’s serious about going deep in a Major, he shouldn’t be playing those events and his agency should understand.

  644. als90 on June 8th, 2015 9:01 pm

    I think you guys are being very inconsistent when it comes to Fed. I mean a few weeks ago, one of you previewed that Fed would beat Djoker in the final? And now your’re saying he doesn’t produce the winners on the court like he used to? That’s nonsense.

    Fed is still world #2. I think you should wait for the next half of the year to play out, especially on the grass and hardcourt/indoor season where his attacking style bears more rewards. He is defending a lot of points though so it will be interesting to see when and if Murray overtakes him in the rankings. I think Wimbledon will be contested between Roger and Andy this year- but where Nadal ends up in the draw could have a huge impact on that prediction.

  645. Amy Bee on June 27th, 2015 5:03 pm

    Nima, playing the week before a slam seemed to work for Wawrinka…just saying. Sometimes, I think we forget that tennis is also a business. There’s money to be made and perhaps Isner believes that he has no chance of winning a slam. Maybe just reaching the second week is or should be his main goal.

  646. Amy Bee on June 27th, 2015 6:19 pm

    If Murray gets to the final against Djokovic, I think it’s another loss for Murray.

    Azarenka has no chance. Grass is her worst surface and she had to withdraw from Birmingham with the same foot injury that took her out last year. The biggest threats to Serena in her half are her nerves and Venus. No mention of Karolina Pliskova or Mladenovic?

  647. Nima Naderi on June 28th, 2015 12:20 pm

    Agree on Murray. Wanted to mention Mladenovic but the clock was ticking. Hopefully a good fortnight for her.

  648. Nima Naderi on June 28th, 2015 12:24 pm

    Amy Bee, I believe that a guy with a top 3 serve in the world in Isner can’t reach the quarters or better of slams is sad, really. I don’t think he would invest in a new coach if he didn’t want to progress deep in majors.

    als90, Federer is No. 2 in the world but hasn’t won a slam since Wimby 2012. Parsa picked him to make the finals but that was because Federer continues to receive workable draws and doesn’t convert. I have him for Wimbledon winner this year.

  649. muhammad nizam on July 5th, 2015 12:40 am

    always vote for roger federer , champion and forever the legend

  650. Amy Bee on July 5th, 2015 10:09 pm

    If you want about to talk about Wozniacki being a slamless #1, that’s fine but I’m not sure where comparing her to Kournikova comes from.

  651. muhammad nizam on July 8th, 2015 5:21 am

    stunning and amazing federer… hopefully the maestro will claim the wimbledon title this year.. forever legend roger federer

  652. Alain Castonguay on July 8th, 2015 5:20 pm

    Gasquet vs Wawrinka was entertaining a lot, at least for the last set which lasted almost as long as the 3 other QF. Considering the fact that the Frenchman has a poor H2H record against Djokovic, the Serb will be highly favorite in SF, but who knows? After all, if Rainer Shuttler made the final in Melbourne in 2003. Gasquet certainly deserves to push his luck a round further, but he wlll need to play an agressive game like he did today, and not doing any gift like Kevin Anderson did to Novak on Monday (and in the 5th set Tuesday).

  653. muhammad nizam on July 8th, 2015 8:01 pm

    Stunning federer.. amazing performace.. hopefuly the maestro claim the wimbledon title

  654. Andrew on July 21st, 2015 2:10 pm

    Given the subject of this piece, not sure why Nadal is included. Clearly not one of the best five whereas the other four should I agree be listed.

  655. Charles Gascon on July 27th, 2015 12:58 am

    Andrew, thanks for the comment. I included Nadal because he has been such a force throughout his career, at Grand Slams and elsewhere, and that in lieu of any player being so dominant or surprising, what has been noteworthy in 2015 is a lack of results for Nadal.

  656. Linda Johnson on August 8th, 2015 9:29 pm

    And the quest goes on for the greatest in the world Serena.It will be a very sad day when Serena exit the stage of tennis as well as the sports world. So let us celebrate her greatest?

  657. Leslie on August 14th, 2015 1:42 pm

    Yes he will always be the one and only Rafael Nadal! A true Champion in every sense of the word. And for me, the best and most exciting player to ever set foot on a tennis court. We will never see another like him. Vamos Rafa!

  658. Amy Bee on August 16th, 2015 11:44 pm

    I’m getting mixed messages. How come Serena gets condemned but Kyrgios is exciting for the game? Fognini has made racial slurs on court, do we really want that?

  659. Mary on August 19th, 2015 3:59 pm

    What a bunch of bull crap!!! You already lost big time, as Isner and Kyrgios fell in the first round, hahahahaha!
    Nadal will make it to the Quarters again at least!
    Djokovic will NEVER in his career win Cincinnati. As a Cincinnatian frequenting the tournament, I will make sure of that!
    I’d rather have Andy Murray win it fair and square since Djerko took that away from him in the Final in 2011. (WHO RETIRES IN A FINAL WITH FAKE INJURY AND THEN WINS THE US OPEN RIGHT AFTER????)

  660. Nima Naderi on August 20th, 2015 9:39 am

    Serena’s action are more about her saying she doesn’t play well when she loses. She can say whatever she wants when she’s on court. Kyrgios always says his opponent’s have played well when he loses. What he said on court wasn’t right and he was fined 10K. Also, he may be further punished for his actions. I think Kyrgios will learn from this and move forward.

  661. Nicole on August 21st, 2015 12:23 am

    Why the women competition of Cincinati masters open is not broacasted . All they show is the men. Frustrating.

  662. Amy Bee on August 23rd, 2015 10:30 pm

    I’ve heard Djokovic similar things to what Serena has said. Never heard any complaint about that. I think players are entitled to express their feelings about their loss any way they want. People complain the lack of characters in tennis but when they express themselves, they get condemned. Perhaps there are some deeper issues regarding the criticism of Serena but perhaps this is not the right forum to discuss them. Because Kyrgios is being enabled by his team, I don’t think he will learn from this incident.

  663. Amy Bee on August 24th, 2015 12:09 am

    Kyrgios has to work on his fitness first before he’s a contender for a slam. You omitted Azarenka as a contender.

  664. Charles Gascon on August 26th, 2015 6:01 pm

    Yes, that is why they are called predictions. Thank you for your comment and for reading, Mary. LOLz

  665. Nima Naderi on August 28th, 2015 6:09 pm

    Kyrgios does have work to do on his fitness but he’s still one of the best players out there without question. Azarenka is playing good ball but I don’t think her confidence is where it needs to be in order to win the title. A little like Rafa Nadal.

  666. Nima Naderi on August 28th, 2015 6:11 pm

    There are no deeper issues about Serena at all. Djokovic has said many stupid things as well and we’ve talked about them too. Serena is the greatest women’s players ever in my mind but I think she needs to ease up on saying she never plays well. I also don’t like it when Nadal says everyone is the best player in the world and he’s the underdog. In saying that, Nadal is also one of the greatest players ever. Period.

  667. Amy Bee on August 29th, 2015 10:14 pm

    I agree with Parsa re. Bouchard and her weight. I think the weight loss or loss of muscle mass has also contributed to her many injuries this year.

  668. Achbar Hasibuan on September 6th, 2015 9:16 pm

    I do hope that Ms. Serena and Mr. Jokovic are able to be the winners for US Open 2015.

  669. James Murray Simlson on September 27th, 2015 10:05 am

    Who is the TV announcer for the St. Petersburg Open? I’m watching it on Rogers Sportnet in Toronto, thanks.

  670. Nima Naderi on October 23rd, 2015 9:58 pm

    Not sure but if you find out, kindly let us know.

  671. Alain Castonguay on November 9th, 2015 12:31 pm

    As Tom Tebbutt from Tennis Canada wrote last week, I still think Djokovic’s run at the start of 2011 (64-2 after the US Open) was a much better achievement then what he has done in 2015. But this season proves that the “Big Four” is no longer relevant.

  672. Amy Bee on November 15th, 2015 1:26 am

    I think Nadal has a mental block when it comes to this tournament. Regardless of his season, he doesn’t believe he can win this tournament because it’s on indoor hard.

    Going back to NY would be a retrograde step, imo. If the tournament moves it needs to go to a new place but I’m not sure Rio would sell out. Istanbul might be good place given it has experience hosting the WTA Finals and had sell out crowds for the 3 years it was held there.

    I would have loved to hear some discussion of the doubles tournament.

  673. Nima Naderi on November 21st, 2015 4:45 pm

    Great point, Amy Bee. As Rafa showed in this event, he still has some work to do regarding winning the title. I think he did show a good level of play this Fall overall.

    Perhaps you’re right regarding the WTF being held in NYC, but I still think the market is strong enough to pull off a successful event. We shall see.

  674. Amy Bee on November 24th, 2015 11:48 pm

    I disagree that the ATP has depth. At this point, the ATP is in the same position as the WTA where one player dominating the tour with no challengers. Nevertheless,I think the bigger story of the WTF was the Bryan Bros/ losing the #1 ranking after so many years of dominance.

  675. c on November 27th, 2015 9:45 pm

    And the end result?

    Djokovic 1
    Nadal 5
    Federer 3
    Nishikori 8
    Raonic 14
    Murray 2
    Berdych 6
    Dimitrov 28
    Cilic 13

  676. Amy Bee on December 8th, 2015 9:12 pm

    I suspect you’re going to be wrong about Ferrer again. Bernard Tomic in the top 10? I’d replace him with Tsonga and not sure that Raonic is there either. I think one to watch is Dominic Thiem, he’s been quietly and steadily making progress and I think 2016 is going to be a big year for him.

  677. Nima Naderi on December 9th, 2015 2:34 pm

    Great call on Dominic Thiem. He’s a player for sure. I haven’t been of Ferrer for 3 years now; hopefully I’ve made the right pick for 2016. Tomic is a great talent but a head case as we know. Tsonga may be past his prime and I think Raonic still has lots to offer.

  678. Martin @Tennismessage on December 15th, 2015 9:08 pm

    This story has a two points of view.
    1. As a parent of a young tennis player its her future so…i am not sure what I would do but have a sympathy for Bouchard family
    2. As a parent of a young american tennis player…I feel if USTA settles We parent will pay for it in yearly memberships and a little higher tournament fees in 2016.

  679. John Rampias on February 17th, 2016 8:17 pm

    Problem is only your SFX are wide enough. Propluse are too narrow, Why do you think Americans have narrow feet? You’re missing out on Millions of sales. I don’t get it. You should have 2E shoe also for thicker sock wearers. Blue SFX fits now but I’m sure the next batch probably won’t.

  680. Amy Bee on March 9th, 2016 10:58 pm

    Sharapova got warned a total 5 times by the WTA/ITF and WADA that the drug was going to banned in 2016. She ignored all communication. Also the Russian authorities were telling athletes since October to stop taking the drug. So she got ample notification. The responsibility lay with her and her team. No excuses.

  681. Nima Naderi on March 10th, 2016 3:49 pm

    Couldn’t agree with you more, Amy Bee.

  682. Amy Bee on March 29th, 2016 6:19 pm

    Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy this podcast but one thing that is bothersome is that I always hear criticism of the other WTA players when discussing Serena’s dominance but I don’t hear similar criticism of the other ATP players when discussing Djokovic’s dominance. If you’re going to talk about the lack of challengers to Serena on the WTA, you have to talk about the lack of challengers to Djokovic on the ATP.

  683. Nima Naderi on March 29th, 2016 6:26 pm

    Amy Bee, I certainly hear what you’re saying and I totally agree. However, I believe that in this podcast I did say that Djokovic doesn’t have a lot of competition as Nadal and Federer are getting older; Murray hasn’t improved his game and Stan is not as consistent. Then there are younger players with promise that still need to improve. All in all, Djokovic doesn’t have a lot of competition right now.

  684. DecadentBehaviour on April 7th, 2016 8:29 am

    Nadal is only 1 year older than Novak….

  685. Amy Bee on May 9th, 2016 8:53 pm

    No recap of the women’s final in Madrid?

    Federer’s number two because he earned more points than Murray at the mandatory events, Grand Slams and WTF.

    The Australian team has not been selected yet. Tomic and Kyrgios have been warned that if they don’t behave they won’t be selected. Tomic has signed on to the new tournament in Cabos San Lucas which is happening the same week of the Olympics and he hinted earlier that he may go to Rio because there are no points on offer. He’s the defending title points for winning Bogota last year.

  686. Nima Naderi on May 9th, 2016 9:12 pm

    Thank you for the insight, Amy Bee. As our focus does continue to be with the ATP, we do make every effort to include the WTA as well. With that said, this was one of our longest podcasts at 38 minutes because of back to back weeks. Thanks again and we’ll address the WTA next week in more detail.

  687. Geoff Christe on June 1st, 2016 7:37 pm

    Curious to know whether you think this frame owns its origins to the Pure Storm line that was dropped by Babolat a couple of years ago (big mistake in my opinion). The Storm line was well regarded on tour for touch, feel and control and neither the subsequent Pure Strike and Pure Control lines (soon to be updated and merged) were true evolutions of the Pure Storm. If Babolat is designing a frame for rising star Dominic Thiem, who hits a heavy ball off both sides, and uses a kick serve (ala Sammy Stosur), then I would assume this frame will have some low powered control characteristics of the former Pure Storm Tour (18×20). Thoughts????

    -Geoff

  688. Nima Naderi on June 1st, 2016 7:44 pm

    Hey Geoff,

    As you said very well: Thiem does have a lot of fire power but this racket is a 16×18 string pattern and does have more pop than the Pure Storm. I personally have never liked 18×20 string patterns but I believe that Thiem’s frame is also currently 16×18. At any rate, it’s a great racket and I’m enjoying the play-test. Thanks again and talk soon.

  689. Geoff Christe on June 2nd, 2016 2:55 pm

    Nima: Dominic is using an 18×20 pattern on his ProjectOne 7 during this years French Open.

    For sure, final retail versions Babolat releases for sale will likely come in two or three string pattern and weight (tour, normal and team) versions. As a side note, I too never liked the 18×20 pattern frames for the longest of times, especially on frames 95 sq” or smaller head-wise, but once I started putting braided Kevlar in the mains as a hybrid, I have found 18×20 patterns can produce easy spin, yet still maintain their control. Anyways – enjoy your ProjectOne 7, it sounds like Babolat may have a really nice new frame in their line-up soon.

  690. Nima on June 4th, 2016 4:31 pm

    Thanks for the insight, Geoff! Will do. Talk soon.

  691. Corban on July 10th, 2016 5:35 pm

    Does anyone know the balance on this racket? I am looking at new rackets and trying to decide whether to wait for the ProjectOne7 or just go ahead and get a Wilson Blade. Thanks for any insight!

  692. Nima Naderi on August 20th, 2016 3:01 pm

    I don’t have the specs on hand but the racket is launching to retail shortly & all of that info will be available. Thanks again.

  693. Rupert on August 22nd, 2016 5:49 am

    The vile Andy Murray, so DULK, THICK, and BAD TEMPERED, manages to get through again, luck luck luck..

  694. Angela Binnie on August 22nd, 2016 1:37 pm

    Excellent article. Just one serious mistake which will infuriate all Scots. Andy is Scottish, not English. I am sure we will see Andy at No. 1 some time soon.

  695. Lynn on August 25th, 2016 3:49 pm

    What about Denis Shapovolov (winner of the boys Wimbledon championship – shouldn’t he be allowed in as a wild card?

  696. John on August 30th, 2016 6:09 am

    Did you actually verify the accuracy of the Qlipp?

  697. Nima Naderi on August 31st, 2016 8:04 am

    Yes for sure.

  698. Nima Naderi on August 31st, 2016 8:05 am

    Denis is not at a point where he will receive a wildcard from the USTA. Especially because he’s not American.

  699. Bogdam Viskovich on September 5th, 2016 7:05 pm

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    Thank you.

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  700. René on September 18th, 2016 2:27 am

    what about one- handed backhand?

  701. Roger on September 20th, 2016 7:07 am

    the sole is not a tennis sole is it? and the knitting? very bad for red sand isnt it?

  702. Nima Naderi on September 20th, 2016 2:48 pm

    This is not a tennis shoe. This is a running shoe. It should never be used for tennis. But for running it’s a fantastic shoe as well as some gym work.

  703. wilson on September 22nd, 2016 3:49 pm

    Its great to see this post, really updated news for every tennis fan. Thanks to the author.

  704. Mike Castelluccio on September 25th, 2016 4:49 pm

    Hi Nima, thanks for an excellent review on the Project One. I’m sold! Can’t wait to get one. Any idea on when it will be available and for how much. And don’t say…”if you have to ask you probably can’t aff one”. Hahaha

  705. Nima Naderi on September 25th, 2016 5:03 pm

    Hi Mike,

    All good. The link to purchasing the rackets is in the article. It’s available now. Good luck and thanks again.