Sometimes you just have to exist out there

By Matt Cronin


Splendid on the grass

Murray will face Roddick who once knocked him out at Wimbledon

The tours have been back on grass for five days now and it took that long for Rafael Nadal to almost redline in Queens when he went down to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-7 6-4 6-1 in the quarters. Give credit to Nadal for honoring his commitment by contesting Queens after an exhaustive title run to the RG final but really, was it a wise idea to play.

“Probably after losing the second set mentally I lost my concentration,” he said. “The negative thing is I lost; the positive thing is I have few days off and can stop a little bit mentally. I can be a little bit more relaxed, because every day I play with pressure. “That’s what happened for me the last four months every day.”

Tsonga will face British wildcard James Ward who took down defending champion Sam Querrey 3-6 6-3 6-4 and then France


Federer is really an underdog this time.

Djokovic and Nadal Miles Ahead of Field Murray, Federer, DelPo Capable, but Longshots

Two men stand out here, and we all know who they are. If anyone other than Novak Djokovic or Rafa Nadal reaches the final it will be a stunning development unless one of both of them are hurt.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Djokovic has never reached the final at Roland Garros and totally choked against Jurgen Melzer last year, but in so many ways we may well toss out his entire career prior to the 2010 US Open when he really picked up steam and nearly won the tournament, falling to Rafa Nadal in the final. Jump to December 2010 and the man hasn

Roddick Survives, to Face Stan

MELBOURNE – Andy Roddick is pure scrapper these, days, holding is serve at ATP record levels (91 % of the time in 2010) and maneuvering the ball around until he coaxes an error out of his foe, or happens to get a ball he can charge in on, or occasionally, that he can put away with his forehand. He was in substantial trouble for most of two sets of his 2-6 7-6(2) 6-2 6-2 win over the talented yet still green Robin Haase of the Netherlands in the third round, but Haase played an atrocious tiebreaker, began to have ankle problems and Roddick simply stayed the course. He

Top-Seed Wozniacki Draws Dulko in First Round

The Aussie Open draws have been released. Here

Who Can Stop the Rafa Slam?

The following is my top 10 picks in order for which men will fare the best at the AussieOpen, which is not totally based on ranking.


The Spaniard has been ill but should be fine by the time he strikes the first ball in Melbourne. Rod Laver Arena is a bit slower than the US Open and that will play more in Nadal