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November 14th, 2010

Soderling, Rafter Win Titles; Tennis-X Notes

The 26-year-old Soderling stopped a sluggish Monfils, who defeated Roger Federer in a three-set semifinal. “I’m in a learning process. Every time I get to a final like this something goes wrong, and this time it was the preparation. I had to rush too much,” Monfils said. “And also, at one stage in the match I tried to change my plan. I should maybe not have done that and keep with simple things…Yesterday I used up a lot of energy, and today I wasn’t able to find the extra stamina that I would have needed to be more competitive.”

Posted by Staff @ 3:50 pm in Tennis | 115 Comments »

November 13th, 2010

McEnroe v Rafter in Seniors Sydney Final

“Going into the final against Pat I know he’ll have the home crowd on his side so of course it will be tough,” McEnroe said. “I feel like I’m tough to beat at the moment though and I’m fitter now than I was 15 years ago.”

Posted by Staff @ 1:40 pm in Tennis | Comments Off

October 6th, 2010

Tennis-X Funk/Trunk: Fed Sits, McEnroe Kicks Ass

Three way tie for the guy who broke his arm biking while trying to avoid a squirrel, the tour event that is about to disappear, and the magazine that no one reads that is circling the drain.

Posted by Staff @ 12:16 am in Tennis | 9 Comments »

October 1st, 2010

Lendl Loses in ATP Senior Tour Debut

“I think we’ve missed him,” said the Swede. “He’s the epitome of a professional athlete. He’s the guy that showed the way for people to become really fit. He changed his psychology in the game by becoming strong physically, and then mentally. He’s an unbelievable example. Everyone who plays now has him to thank for what they are doing, probably more than anyone else.”

Posted by Staff @ 4:29 pm in senior tour, Tennis | Comments Off

August 28th, 2010

A Short History of Hard Court Grand Slam Play

Due to Lendl winning Down Under to start 1990, Pete Sampras became only the sixth man to win a hard court slam at the 1990 U.S. Open. It may just be me, but for Sampras to be only the sixth man to win a slam on hard courts despite 15 grand slam events having been contested on hard courts prior to the 1990 U.S. Open seems odd. Even more astounding to me is Patrick Rafter becoming only the tenth man to win a Grand Slam on a hard court when he won the 1997 U.S. Open title.

Posted by Dan Martin @ 10:05 am in French Open, Grand Slams, US Open, Wimbledon | 22 Comments »

August 11th, 2010

Tennis-X Notes: Roddick has Mono? Oudin, U.S. Men Hitting Bottom

Andy Roddick’s early-round exit in Washington dropped him out of the Top 10, making for the FIRST TIME IN THE HISTORY OF THE RANKINGS there are no American’s in the Top 10. RIP, U.S. tennis, we were big fans back in the day…

Posted by Staff @ 2:43 pm in Tennis | 10 Comments »

March 12th, 2010

Edberg Saves Match Points to Beat McEnroe at Zurich

“I started playing pretty good at the end and it’s too bad I blew it,” he said. “Any time you’re up 5-0 in a tiebreak you should certainly win it. It was a pretty exciting match though and fun to be part of it. To me what’s important is to feel like I’m playing good and at the end there I felt like I had him on the ropes so I ended stronger than I started which was good.”

Posted by Special @ 11:41 am in Tennis | 1 Comment »

February 24th, 2010

Rafter Edges McEnroe in ATP Seniors Delray Beach Final

Pat Rafter was pushed all the way before completing a 7-6(4), 7-6(1) victory in a thrilling final against John McEnroe at the ATP Champions Tour event in Delray Beach on Tuesday night.

Posted by Special @ 9:51 am in Tennis | Comments Off

February 17th, 2010

John McEnroe — Fighting Fit at 51

“I try to go to the gym three days a week and then spend another three days per week on the court, with one day of rest,” said McEnroe. “A big part for me is recovery, particularly if I’ve got to play three or four days in a row. I’ve been able to maintain a consistent workout programme for the last ten years so hopefully I’m not that far off where I was back then.”

Posted by Special @ 2:40 pm in Tennis | 3 Comments »

December 31st, 2009

Abu Dhabi Day One, Ideas for Improving Your Tennis Commentary in 2010

Capitala World Tennis Championship: The 2010 tennis season is finally underway and even though two exhibition matches have been played, we already have a surprising result. David Ferrer beat Nikolay Davydenko 2-6 6-2 6-4 in Abu Dhabi to set up a meeting with compatriot Rafael Nadal. This is absolutely shocking to be because Ferrer was [...]

Posted by Ben Pronin @ 2:31 pm in 2010 Season, Tennis, TV | 67 Comments »

August 24th, 2009

5 US Open Dream Matches

Just for fun, I am trying something different. As the 2009 hard court season heads toward the finish line, I came up with some hypothetical matches between former U.S. Open champions.

Posted by Dan Martin @ 10:49 pm in 2009 Season, American tennis, Australian Open, No. 1 ranking, US Open, US Open Series, Year-End No. 1 | 119 Comments »

June 17th, 2009

Forget Debating Tennis GOATS, Track Paradigm Shifts

The sport has changed enough in a short period of time to ask if tennis fans can accurately compare eras right next to one another.

Posted by Dan Martin @ 11:26 am in 2009 Season, ATP, Miami, Tennis | 159 Comments »

June 14th, 2009

Federer Breaks the Curse; Sampras as Pioneer

Pete Sampras sent the message that if a player were talented, self-disciplined and professional, he could exceed the seven or eight majors that seemed to be the best one could hope for in a career.

Posted by Dan Martin @ 10:35 pm in 2009 Season, Australian Open, French Open, Grand Slams, US Open, Wimbledon, Year-End No. 1 | 168 Comments »

February 16th, 2009

Fish Snaps at San Jose Winner Stepanek; Sampras Beats McEnroe

“John McEnroe turns 50 tomorrow — it’s incredible how well this guy still plays,” Sampras said following the match. “I’m in awe of it actually. At 50, it’s amazing to move that well. It’s pretty incredible.” McEnroe beat Sampras last year en route to the Boston title. Todd Martin won the third-place match when Jim Courier pulled out with a bad back.

Posted by Staff @ 12:04 am in Tennis | 16 Comments »

November 25th, 2008

Tennis-X Notes: Argentine Fight Club; Mauresmo Not Done

If China is so “crazy for tennis” as one ESPN writer put it, how come there were so many empty seats at the Masters Cup matches, even the final? Fans are so crazy they forgot to go to the event?…

Posted by Staff @ 10:51 am in Tennis | 140 Comments »

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