Suspended Play: Will It Be Good for Tsonga and Del Potro?

on June 04 2012 1:47 AM

Supended play can either be a curse or a benefit to a tennis player, especially in the Grand Slam events.  French Open play today has been suspended and Tsonga leads in the 5th set 4 to 2 over Wawrinka whereas Del Potro is leading 2 sets to 1 over Berdych.

Who will benefit from the suspension, really depends on their own psychological make up and whether it is rest they need or a regrouping of strategy.

It clearly appears that Tsonga likely will take the match unless for some reason he is tight or over confident when the play starts. Wawrinka has nothing to lose by giving it his all and could make Tsonga's win difficult or not at all.

Del Potro is in a completely different with winning the first set in a tie breaker, losing the second decisively, then winning the third. He needs to maintain his rhythym, focus and psycological edge but Berdych has time to regroup and focus on his strategy and he has the advantage of being ranked higher, having more recent finals events and won the last two sets.

That's why we play tennis matches. We don't know who wins until the end.  Day 9 at the French Open will be an interesting day.

Roger Federer: What Makes the Swiss Star So Great

on May 29 2012 1:59 PM
Roger Federer: What Makes the Swiss Star So Great

There are two people alive in the world right now of whom it can be said that everything that could have been said has in fact already been said. Bob Dylan and Roger Federer. There was a time when it was hip to write about a Swiss tennis player who was obviously going to conquer the world.

But now that he has, the adulation tends to get repetitive. You can of course talk about the way he moves his body while hitting a forehand down the line, which for a tennis fan is akin to a dancer watching MJ perform the Moonwalk for the first time.

Or the tiniest amount of frustration that owes its quasi-existence to a point won without putting to use some superhuman shot that for a moment removes him from the court and puts him squarely inside your head. You start imagining that what just happened was just your imagination.

French Open: Federer Ties Connors Grand Slam Record

on May 28 2012 4:05 PM
French Open: Federer Ties Connors Grand Slam Record

Roger Federer may not be atop the tennis world anymore but he still has an unshakeable habit of shattering tour records.

On May 28, Federer tied American Jimmy Connors' record of 233 grand slam match victories at the French Open en route to potentially, his 17th major tennis title.

Federer beat German Tobias Kamke 6-2 7-5 6-3 in the first round and can surpass Connors's professional-era record with a win in the second round.

The 16-time grand slam title winner is now 233-35 lifetime at the major tournaments.

 "I think that's a big one, because that was longevity. Jimmy is obviously one of the greats of all time, and was around for 20 years," Federer said about his latest record. "I love the big tournaments. I have been so successful for such a long time and to already tie that record, at 30 years old, is pretty incredible, so I'm very happy.''

Federer also revealed his goal of eclipsing Connors's record of 109 tournament titles although he is 36 titles away at the moment with 74 titles.

Federer Stands Between Djokovic and History

on May 25 2012 3:57 PM
Federer Stands Between Djokovic and History

Novak Djokovic might have to get past Roger Federer if he is going to win a fourth consecutive Grand Slam title in the 2012 French Open.

Just as in 2011, the draw has a potential Federer-Djokovic semi-final in Roland Garros. The road to the semis won't be easy for Djokovic, as he may have to face local boy and No. 5-ranked Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Djokovic, a three-time finalist at Roland Garros, may also face former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt in the early rounds.

In 2011, Djokovic lost to Federer in four epic sets, which ended the Serb's 43-match winning streak, and turned Djokovic's last loss at a major. Since then, he won Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and the Australian Open.

If Djokovic wins this time, he would become the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to win four Grand Slam trophies in a row.

The journey will probably not be easy for Federer, either. The 16-time Grand Slam champion could face Argentine Juan Martin del Potro, the 2009 U.S. Open champion in the fourth round.

Rafael Nadal Gains on Novak Djokovic in ATP Rankings With French Open Looming

on April 30 2012 12:17 PM
Rafael Nadal Gains on Novak Djokovic in ATP Rankings With French Open Looming

Rafael Nadal made history once again by capturing his seventh Barcelona Open title with a marathon 7-6 (7-1) 7-5 victory over David Ferrer.

Nadal is now the only man to win two different events at least seven times each.

Last week, he claimed an unprecedented eighth-straight title in his spiritual home of Monte Carlo when he defeated top-ranked Novak Djokovic.

This is Nadal's 34th victory in a row at Barcelona after being defeated by Alex Corretja in 2003, and improved his finals record on clay to 34-4. This is also Nadal's fifth straight title at Real Club de Tenis.

The clay-court specialist has a 14-4 record against Ferrer after winning the 48th trophy of his career.

Up next for Nadal is the Madrid Masters, which is his least favorite clay tournament, as he only has a 24-7 record.

Nadal holds the all-time best winning percentage on clay 241-18 (93%), and will be gearing up to make more history at the French Open. Nadal has been almost unstoppable at Roland Garros with a 45-1 record, and he can surpass Bjorn Borg's total of seven titles if he comes out on top this year.