Yet another “La Decima” for Rafael Nadal on the Red Dirt

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The 2021 Italian Open final was a stupendous visual treat for the most discerning of tennis enthusiasts. Rafael Nadal, the indisputable greatest of the sport on this surface, thwarted all efforts made by the formidable No.1 seed to clinch the ATP Masters 1000 in Rome for a record-extending 10th–a feat known as “La Decima,” which […] READ MORE


WTA Italian Open Third Round Matches to Watch

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The Italian Open is well underway, and it has given us plenty of surprises in the WTA matches. Numerous seeded players have stumbled along their path and have been eliminated from the tournament. Now that these top seeded players are gone, the field has open up for unexpected players to make major moves in a […] READ MORE


Iga Swiatek: This Week’s Player To Watch (May 12-May 18)

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Every week, LastWordOnTennis will highlight a player to keep an eye on as tournaments are played around the world. This week’s selection is Iga Swiatek. Though the Madrid Masters finished at the hands of Aryna Sabalenka only last Saturday, the tennis calendar is so tightly packed that the Italian Open has already begun. The field […] READ MORE


ATP Rome Masters Final Prediction Novak Djokovic vs Diego Schwartzman

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The Rome Masters final is upon us, Novak Djokovic, seeking an ATP record 36 Masters titles (including a 5th in Rome alone), takes on Diego Schwartzman, a first time Masters finalist. Here is your preview of the finals match. Novak Djokovic vs Diego Schwartzman Embed from Getty Images While Djokovic had a relatively routine win […] READ MORE






Coronavirus and a Lost ATP Tour Season?

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Due to the global spread of the coronavirus pandemic, the ATP Tour has suspended play for the next six weeks, wiping out the Sunshine Double in Indian Wells and Miami as well as a number of smaller tournaments. But with 56 tournaments remaining on the ATP calendar and the pandemic showing no signs of abating […] READ MORE


Rafael Nadal: The King of Clay

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It was back in 2005 when Rafael Nadal first broke through in a big way and began his dominance on the clay courts. The then-teenager from Manacor, Spain, won 24 matches in a row on clay. During that stretch he won marquee tournaments in Spain, Monte Carlo, and Italy. And shortly after his 19th birthday, […] READ MORE