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August 13th, 2008

Federer, Nadal, Williams Sisters All Just Three Wins From Gold

We are getting down to nitty-gritty across the way at the Beijing Olympics. Later today the quarterfinals get underway with a line-up loaded with star power.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 10:54 pm in No. 1 ranking, Olympics | 142 Comments »

August 12th, 2008

Federer Gets a Win over Rafael at Beijing Olympics

Okay. So it was the wrong Rafael. It wasn’t Rafael Nadal that Roger Federer beat 6-2, 6-4 earlier today at the Beijing Olympics second round. It was Rafael Arevalo.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 12:34 pm in No. 1 ranking, Olympics, Tennis, Tennis on TV, US Open, US Open Series | 91 Comments »

August 7th, 2008

Federer Bids for Olympic Tennis Gold in Beijing

I have to admit, I’m pretty lukewarm when it comes to pro tennis being part of the Olympics and the Beijing games which open tomorrow.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 11:46 am in No. 1 ranking, Olympics | 111 Comments »

August 3rd, 2008

Nadal Gets No. 1, Then Gets Clobbered by Djokovic; Jankovic New WTA No. 1?

First congratulations to Rafael Nadal and his legion of supporters. The Spaniard has waited a long, very long time to get the top of tennis and he’s finally done it.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 1:43 pm in Cincinnati, No. 1 ranking, Olympics, US Open, WTA, Year-End No. 1 | 65 Comments »

July 31st, 2008

Federer Craps Out to Karlovic in Cincinnati

I gave Roger Federer a pass for his performance at the start of year, buying into his mono as a reasonable explanation for his poor play.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 5:21 pm in Cincinnati, No. 1 ranking, US Open, Year-End No. 1 | 110 Comments »

July 31st, 2008

Rafael Nadal Rolls On in Cincinnati While Federer, Djokovic Struggle

Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Roddick continue to have their struggles while Rafael Nadal looks better than ever in Cincinnati.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 10:39 am in Cincinnati, No. 1 ranking | 89 Comments »

July 29th, 2008

Roddick, Federer, Djokovic Out to Find Form in Cincy; Nadal Out for No. 1

Disbelievers, Rafael Nadal won Toronto, and he won it emphatically losing just one single set. The guy has now won 29 straight matches spanning three different surfaces.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 11:06 am in Cincinnati, No. 1 ranking, Olympics, US Open, US Open Series | 162 Comments »

July 27th, 2008

Breaking Down the No. 1 Ranking Between Federer, Nadal

What a surprise, Rafael Nadal wins again, beating Nicolas Kiefer 6-3, 6-2 to claim the Toronto Masters.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 5:12 pm in ATP, Canadian Open, Cincinnati, No. 1 ranking, Olympics | 230 Comments »

July 26th, 2008

Nadal Weathers Gasquet, Murray Finally Gets Over on Djokovic

Make it 27 straight wins and climbing now for Rafael Nadal after last night’s impressive 6-7(12), 6-2, 6-1 performance over Richard Gasquet at the Rogers Cup in Toronto last night.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 11:45 am in Canadian Open, Cincinnati, No. 1 ranking, US Open, US Open Series | 169 Comments »

July 25th, 2008

Federer Gets Decker From Roddick in Exchange for Mirka, Higueras

Obviously I’m joking. Such a scenario would unfortunately never, ever happen. And that’s too bad, though. Because in my mind, based on recent results both Roger Federer and Andy Roddick would both benefit from such a trade.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 11:15 am in Canadian Open, Coaching, No. 1 ranking, US Open, US Open Series | 155 Comments »

July 23rd, 2008

Agitated Federer Unravels in Toronto First Round Loss to Simon

I guess calling Roger Federer’s Toronto draw “dicey” was being kind after the Swiss got bounced just a short while ago in three sets by Frenchman Gilles Simon.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 10:03 pm in Canadian Open, No. 1 ranking | 163 Comments »

July 23rd, 2008

Federer, Nadal Get First Taste of Summer HardCourt Season Today in Toronto

Top dogs Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal return to action today in Toronto for the first time since their epic at Wimbledon.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 11:12 am in Canadian Open, No. 1 ranking, US Open Series | 148 Comments »

July 20th, 2008

Nadal, Federer: What Lies Ahead?

In sports, a measure of greatness is seeing just how a champion responds after getting hit. Well, Roger Federer got hit by Rafael Nadal in the French Open final, then five weeks later Nadal knocked him down in the Wimbledon final.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 5:00 pm in Canadian Open, French Open, No. 1 ranking, Olympics, US Open, US Open Series, Wimbledon | 128 Comments »

July 4th, 2008

A Match 1 Year in the Making

Nadal is not facing a radically depleted or wounded Roger Federer in the final. Federer won all 10 sets he played in picking up his 5th Halle title. Marcos Baghdatis and Nichols Kiefer stand out as solid wins in the quick transition from clay to grass. The Fed has also posted straight set wins over Robin Soderling, 2002 Wimbledon Champion Lleyton Hewitt, 2004 Wimbledon semifinalist Mario Ancic, and the enigmatic talent of Marat Safin. Nadal made a similarly quick and impressive transition from clay to grass, but he did so with the wind of victory at his back not the sting of humiliation. Federer has looked sharp at Halle and at Wimbledon.

Posted by Dan Martin @ 10:05 pm in French Open, Grass season, Halle, Hamburg, No. 1 ranking, Queens, Wimbledon | 58 Comments »

April 3rd, 2008

Poll: Did You See Federer vs. Roddick on Thursday? Probably Not

If the powers-that-be are trying to raise the popularity of tennis in the U.S., they’re not getting a lot of help from the ATP.

Posted by Richard Vach @ 9:39 pm in American tennis, ATP, ESPN, Etienne de Villiers, Miami, No. 1 ranking, Tennis on TV, TV | 55 Comments »