US Open: grading the pros


This was written before the women

Angst in Austin: Spain gives US lesson in confidence

Ferrer played the hero in Nadal's absence

From the reaction of the very international group of knowledgeable fans I chat with on Twitter, I guess I was more surprised than most that Spain downed the U.S. 3-1 in the Davis Cup quarters Austin. Perhaps I

Davis Cup: U.S. looks for a miracle vs. Spain


Roddick is praying he'll get a chance to wave the flag again.

The United States Davis Cup team hasn

Restless for real Roddick

Andy has gone two years without reaching a Slam final four.

If he can get fully healthy again, Andy Roddick has to be given at least an outside shot of winning Wimbledon in 2012 and 2013, but given that his body has begin to break down, it would be foolhardy to say that he would have a reasonable shot at the title at the age of 31, which is what he will be in 2013. His 7-6, 7-6, 6-4 loss to Feliciano Lopez was without a doubt disappointing, maybe not so much to him because the dangerous Spaniard did play about as well as he’s capable of, but to his fan base, because most of his savvy supporters realize that outside of the Big W and the US Open – the tour’s fastest Slams – that his chances of going deep at the Aussie Open, which is slower, have seriously diminished, unless he gets a triple fudge cake draw. And we all know that Roland Garros is a wash for him.

Right now, he is well behind the Big 4 and is more or less ranked where he should be, somewhere around Nos. 10-12 after Wimbledon. Dress him up with any accolade you want: that he competes extremely well, that he is still one of the tour

Wimbledon mens’ draw breakdown

Rafa will go for his third double-double


Rafael Nadal will go for his third Roland Garros-Wimbledon double and regardless of his mentally tiring Roland Garros and sporadic play in Queens, he has to be seen as the favorite until someone knocked him off. he opens against US veteran Michael Russell, could play the big hitting Ryan Sweeting of the US in second round and maybe confront the dangerous Milos Raonic in the third round; that

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

Fish makes move on top US ranking

Clijsters fights off 5 MPs vs Ivanovic , Sharapova survives Dulgheru

Mardy Fish
Fish is one win away from top US ranking.
MONDAY, MARCH 28 – Mardy Fish is just one win away from becoming the highest ranked American for the first time and while he says that he

Wawrinka Smokes Roddick, Petra-fied by Kvitova

MELBOURNE – The expectations for Sam Stosur here in Australia were pretty high coming into the tournament and for those of you who read me regularly know I didn’t share them. I certainly thought she had a shot at the semis when the draw was released, but I also thought that what occurred to last night — a decisive 7-6 (5) 6-3 loss to Petrova Kvitova — was a real possibility.
The lefty Czech has tremendous talent, significant power off her forehand side, a tough to read backhand, a fine hooking first serve when she gets it in and decent hands at the net. Due to her struggle with English (and my obvious ignorance of Czech) it

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