It’s no secret that there is an “eye candy” component to tennis as a sport. By that we mean that there are plenty of players that even non-fans of the actual game will tune in to check out.
Often the players at the very top of the game are making huge sums of money but those lower down, even in the top thirty, can struggle to make ends meet by the time they’ve paid coaches and trainers as well as covering travel and accommodation costs. There are a huge number of lower ranked players who make most of their money through sponsorship/appearance deals of various kinds. Read more »
Here’s a little something for the Spanish fans out there. These videos are from the 2011 Davis Cup celebrations and as you can see the boys were perhaps…. a little dusty.
You’ve got Nadal busting a few moves that make me think he really wasn’t lying when he said he’s now not as shy as he used to be as he snuggles up to Marc Lopez and Felicano Lopez – at one point looking like he was practicing some clumsy pick pocketing on Feli.
But it’s all for fun so lets have a giggle as we see these boys let their hair down.
Rafael Nadal was too good for his countryman and good friend Feliciano Lopez today, handily beating him 6-4, 6-4, 6-2. Lopez was crippled by his own errors, his backhand repeatedly breaking down
Despite an exchange of breaks early in the second set Nadal steadied, reducing his unforced errors and cruised to the finish line as a frustrated Feliciano struggled to make in roads in the match. Read more »
It was 8-8 in the fifth set and David Nalbandian and John Isner had been doing battle for over four and a half hours leaving minimal hope that either player will still be walking tomorrow let alone playing well against Feliciano Lopez on Friday.
Isner was serving at 30-40 and Nalbandian looked like he might break when French umpire Kader Nouni stepped in and ruined a brilliant match. Isner served down the middle and the ball was called long by the linesperson but Nouni overruled. A confused Nalbandian took a moment to register, the crowd screaming loudly, and requested a challenge.
David Nalbandian is one of the most motivated Davis Cup players in the history of tennis. He has played through painful injuries including a hernia to give Argentina hope such is his sense of national pride and so it was no surprise that the famous Argentine was pumped up for his doubles rubber with Eduardo Schwank against the Spaniards most famous pretty boys Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco.
With the Spaniards leading the final 2-0 it was a must win rubber for the Argentines who got the job done 6-4, 6-2, 6-3. Read more »
Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer, Spain’s top two, have given Spain a 2-0 lead against Argetina in the Davis Cup finals. First came Spain’s golden child, Nadal, who needed almost two and a half hours to beat good friend Juan Monaco 6-1, 6-1, 6-2.
Next up was Ferrer who did what he does best and played a grinding match for almost five hours against Juan Martin del Potro ultimately winning 6-2, 6-7, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3. Read more »
Rafael Nadal has been bundled out of the Shanghai Masters in the third round by Florian Mayer. Mayer played an incredibly varied, intelligent game to throw the Spaniard off his game, winning 7-6, 6-3 in just an hour and 48 minutes.
Mayer credited his improved mental toughness for the win, but the truth is he played an incredible match. “I just am maybe a little bit fitter mentally and physically. Maybe that’s two per cent or three per cent more. I’m serving very well. Mix it up with serve and volley.” Read more »
The night match between Feliciano Lopez and Andy Murray had potential, particularly with Lopez being in reasonably good form lately. The Spanish pretty boy has game, the problem is that he often forgets to turn the switch on. Tonight was one of those nights. Murray toppled the Spaniard easily 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 as Lopez struggled to consistently string points together.
Before I walked out in disgust at Lopez’s – I’m going to say it – pathetic performance, I found Andy Murray’s body language interesting. Much like Novak Djokovic yesterday Murray was comfortably leading and yet his head was hung, he was smacking his thigh and thumping his racket into his shoes. Read more »
Andy Murray would have been looking for a smooth transition to the third round of the US Open, instead he had to fight back from two sets down against Robin Haase to eventually win 6-7, 2-6, 6-2, 6-0, 6-4.
Haase outplayed Murray in the second set but the Scot was less than impressive, winning just one point on his second serve in that set. Finally the momentum switched as Haase seemed to become increasingly disinterested in the match which allowed Murray back in. Read more »
Robin Haase has won his first ATP level title beating Albert Montanes 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 in Kitzbuel in Austria in his first final. Haase felt the fatigue from his efforts earlier in the tournament during the final but managed to regroup to claim the title.
Haase had to beat Feliciano Lopez and Andreas Seppi in one day after rain delayed his progress. Read more »