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


What does Nadal’s Rome Victory Mean for the French Open?

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What’s the Story? Going into the Rome Masters, many were eyebrows raised over Nadal’s season up to that point. Losing the Australian Open final to Novak Djokovic was one thing. Pulling out of Indian Wells on the eve of a semifinal clash against Roger Federer was another. However, as has been so typical of Nadal’s […] READ MORE



Nick Kyrgios Loses Over $65,000 for Actions in Rome

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There are surely few, if any, figures in the tennis world as divisive as Nick Kyrgios. There is no doubting that the Australian is a gifted player when he is at his best. The four aces in a row he served to seal a 6-3 3-6 6-3 win over the dangerous Daniil Medvedev is evidence […] READ MORE


All Italian Open Matches Cancelled Due to Rain in Rome

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If the rain in Spain stays mainly on the plain, where does the rain go in Rome? Well, smack dab in the middle of the clay courts of the Italian Open, of course! All scheduled matches on Wednesday have now officially been cancelled. While the tournament director hoped to get the night session underway, the […] READ MORE


Roger Federer In 2019: Clay Feet or Capable of Great Clay Feats?

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With the start of the French Open now just a fortnight away, the “state of clay” in the men’s game in general and that of Roger Federer in particular is absolutely fascinating. So far, it has probably been the most competitive and hence most memorable clay-court season in recent years. The defending French Open champion, […] READ MORE


Tsitsipas stuns Nadal in Madrid

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There are certain moments in sporting contests that live long in the memory, a backhand that drops just in, greeted by stunned silence, to set up break point. The simple volley that kisses the net and drops back, agonisingly, instead of over. That sequence of shots saw Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas take a decisive double break […] READ MORE


WTA Italian Open 2019 Preview

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Home favourite Camila Giorgi’s withdrawal due to a wrist injury surely dents Italian hopes of a first titlist in Rome since Raffaella Reggi in 1985. Particularly as such a strong field has assembled for the Italian Open, a Premier 5-level event. What is certain, is that some high-quality clay-court tennis is in the offing at […] READ MORE



Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal: Five of the best

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Every sport has its rivalries, whether it be Messi vs Ronaldo, Senna vs Prost or the Yankees vs the Red Sox. However, there is one rivalry that has captivated not just the tennis world, but the whole world of sports like few others. So, ahead of their 39th career meeting tonight in Indian Wells, here is […] READ MORE