Month: May 2016

RG 2016: Musings Ahead of Day 6

There are a lot of interesting matches scheduled to play out today. Let’s look at the potentially interesting ones as well as an interesting and largely unnoticed fact. Kyrgios vs Gasquet (H2H: 2 – 5): This one sure feels like a firecracker of a match in the making.  They’ve played seven times with Gasquet coming out the victor in five of them, but Kyrgios won their last match easily.  He bageled Gasquet in one of those sets.  Roland Garros and the pressure it []

Roland Garros: Day 2 Musings (Women)

It was a topsy turvy day for the women at Roland Garros as well.  Here are a few matches that caught my interest. Roberta Vinci (7)  1 3 Kateryna Bondarenko  6 6 If you missed my article on Roberta Vinci’s upset of Serena Williams last year, you’ll find it in my blog listings. It is titled “The Vinci Element”. As I said in that article, Roberta hasn’t done anything of note since. That trend continues with a first round loss to Kateryna []

Roland Garros: Day 2 Musings (Men)

Hey guys.  I know we are in day three of the French Open, but here are my thoughts on yesterday’s concluded matches.  The ones that caught my eye anyway. Milos Raonic (8)  6 6 7 Janko Tipsarevic  3 2 6 This may have looked easy from the results, but I’m sure for Milos it was anything but. He’s coming off some recent bad form and Tipsarevic, while making a return, is always a dangerous customer. While I don’t consider Raonic a dirtballer []

Day One Musings on Interesting Results (Women)

Let’s take a look at the women for day one.  There was only one solid talking point… Petra. Danka Kovinic  2 6 5 Petra Kvitova (10)  6 4 7 Petra Kvitova is a two time grand slam (Wimbledon) champion.  As such you’d expect her opponents to feel a certain amount of champion’s aura around her when they step on the same court.  Either they don’t feel it, or she doesn’t use it to her advantage often enough, because Kvitova is usually a []

Day One Musings on Interesting Results (Men)

Hey guys!  The French Open is underway and already we’ve got some catchy talking points from the first day – yesterday.  I’m gonna skip a few of the big headlines and talk about the results that piqued my interest, and my take on them.  Alright let’s begin. Andrey Kuznetsov  6 6 6 Benjamin Becker  2 2 4 Remember Benjamin Becker?  The second coming of Boris?  He who sent the great Andre Agassi into retirement in Andre’s house?  He hasn’t done much since []

17 Years

The man lazily lumbered into the locker room.  His ever thinning hairline and gruff beard, a far cry from the shock of []

Breaking Point

Roger Federer, Serena Williams, and Victoria Azarenka. What do these three tennis players have in common?  They all pulled out of Madrid, citing some injury or ailment.  Tennis might not be a contact sport, but it is an athletic sport; demanding a fine mixture of explosiveness, power, multi-directional changes, repeated limb – hip rotations and the occasional aerial leaps.  Bottom line, there are bound to be injuries every now and then.  Yet the recent spate of withdrawals due to injuries has to []