TR Retro: Nadal vs. Nalbandian, Indian Wells 2009

Nalby had Rafa's back up against the wall

FROM THE BNP PARIBAS OPEN AT INDAIN WELLS – In the end, it looked nothing like the middle, which was almost the end of Rafael Nadal at Indian Wells. Then, David Nalbandian was having his way with the Spaniard, caning the ball with such force off both wings that he was one point away from going up two breaks in the second set.

But there are reasons why Nadal has won six Slams and the multi-talented Nalbandian is 0 for the majors: one is that Nadal never believes he

Wozniacki revives a little; Radwanska gets her claws out

Julia will go for 3 straight over Caro.


On Friday, Caroline Wozniacki will see whether or not she can get revenge from the two beatdowns that Julia Goerges threw at her last season clay when they face off in sparsely attended Dubai. A match up against current No. 1 Victoria Azarenka would have been a bit more spicy, but the Belarusian pulled out with an ankle injury before her second match, so the chips fell where they did with Wozniacki taking out an erratic Ana Ivanovic 6-3 7-5?, and Goerges hitting through Daniela Hantuchova late 4-6 6-3 6-4, Goerges, who was pretty much a disaster on hard courts last year, seems to have found away to get her big forehand working on faster courts. Wozniacki played steady enough to best Ivanovic, who looked so unsettled once again in what was a winnable match. Even with coach Nigel Sears around, she still panics too much. Wozniacki cannot back off against the German and let her get confident. If “Caro” happens to win the tournament it will be her first real burst since New haven late last summer. She badly needs a title run.

The suddenly very outspoken Agnieszka Radwanska clubbed a sick Sabine Lisicki 6-2 6-1? and will face Jelena Jankovic, who ran past Samantha Stosur 6-4 6-2?. After the match, Radwanska criticized Azarenka for over exaggerating her ankle injury when they faced off in the Doha semis last week, which was pretty quick win for the new No. 1. I was a bit taken aback by Radwanska

Depending on Nalbandian

Ferrer will await Nalbandian if it gets to a 5th rubber.

After a frightful Friday for Argentina when Rafa Nadal crushed Juan Monaco and David Ferrer pulled off perhaps the most significant victory of his career when he stopped Juan Martin Del Potro in a delicious nearly five-hour. five-setter, South America

A sizzling Saturday at SW19

Caro is headed into the land of heavy hitters

Who and what to pay attention to, Wimbledon, Saturday, Day 6

Centre Court: Caroline Wozniacki faces Jarmila Gajdosova in a contest which will largely be determined by how accurate the Aussie is when she’s aiming for the corners, and how ambitious the Dane is willing to be if Gajdosova happens to zone for while. This contest will be a good warm-up for Wozniacki for next week, as now there is no end to the big hitters on her side of the draw, and the quality of the powerballers will continue to improve. I realty cannot imagine how David Nalbandian is going take three sets from Roger Federer unless the Swiss has an awful day. Yes, if the Argentine serves great, returns well and clocks his backhand ,he may be able to grab two sets, but Federer is a better all round player, moves more quickly and clearly is more fit. This is not 2002-2003 when Nalbandian was still a significant Slam threat. This is 2011, when the Argentine is coming off a good dozen stints on the disabled list. I

Out of the Chair for a Date With Date-Krumm

MELBOURNE – There wasn’t a more intriguing backcourt match on Tuesday morning than Aga Radwanska vs. Kimiko Date Krumm, matching a cagey 40-year-old former top 10 player against a wily 21-year-old former top player. It was Radwanska’s first match since October as she underwent foot surgery and somehow, made it back on tour nearly two months before she though she’d be able to.

The contest could have been prettier, but it was so intense and super competitive that ever though neither woman was at her best. It was worth taking in and the court was packed solid with Japanese fans with a small group of Poles sprinkled in. As the Japanese pulled Date in and out of trouble the Poles alternatively cheered and that send silent when Radwanska would either pull off a smooth winner or crack her racket in disgust after making an uncharacteristic error.

Although Radwanska is nowhere near her top form and will unlikely go deep in the tournament, she showed just how much she missed the sport over the past few months and served notice that she will be heard from again this year.

Photocredit Malt

After she underwent foot surgery in October, she was told that it was likely that she wouldn

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