Where did Belinda Bencic, the 17 year old Wunderkind come from? She lost in the Junior US Open event last year in the quarterfinals. Last night she took out Jankovic in a thrilling battle (wait, did I say “thrilling” in regards to a women’s match?!) of ground strokes, nerve, stamina and youthful stubbornness. It wasn’t […]

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The Biofile: Tommy Robredo Interview 2004

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This is the first interview I ever did with Tommy Robredo, it was in 2004 at the US Open player lounge cafĂ©, I still remember this interview because Jelena Dokic was sitting at our same table while Tommy ate and answered my questions simultaneously. This Biofile is in serious need of an update interview, but it’s still an interesting read about a still evolving champion at the early stage of his professional career.

DOB: May 1, 1982 In: Barcelona, Spain

Childhood Heroes: “I like different things of everyone. Sampras forehand and serve. Agassi’s return. The volley of Edberg. Things like this.”

Hobbies/Interests: “I like to do a normal life like a kid. Going out, cinemas, the mountains, doing activities in the sea also. Fun things like this.”

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IMG_1523I assume Izzie and Qball are the only two American men still left. I don’t know if Smyczek won or lost, but I’m assuming he lost. When looking at men’s American tennis, in this slam in particular, but pretty much overall, the only player who has/had a realistic chance to make the second week is Izzie. Qball with his limited game and laissez-faire psychological framework has exceeded all expectations by reaching the 3rd Rd. Of course, he faces Djoko today, so Qball is catching the evening flight back to Las Vegas or the Valley.

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10574534_758529080855082_8120944214187410389_nIt’s interesting how a tournament, particularly a slam, starts taking on this life of its own. At first, for those who attend the Qualis, it’s all about getting into the tournament and for the Main Draw players, getting ready for the event. But by the 5th day, we’ve seen most of the combatants already for two matches and the engine for the event starts churning with the unknown or little-known players standing out. So far, still alive, the tournament has revolved around Victor Estrella Burgos, a 34-year-old journeyman, built like a jockey, who responds to his fellow Dominicans chanting and clapping and yelling “Vamos” at him.

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The Biofile: Zarina Diyas Interview

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Status: WTA #48 from Kazhakstan.

First Tennis Memory: “I was watching the tennis on TV when I was six years old. It was Australian Open and I don’t remember who it was…I think maybe Martina Hingis.”

Tennis Inspirations: “I like Serena Williams. She’s a role model for me.”

Current Car: “I don’t drive. I don’t have driver’s license [laughs].”

Last Book Read: “Jane Green, Fault In Our Stars.”

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Hewitt Falls To Berdych But Will Soldier On

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Lleyton Hewitt looked like a fading former champion boxer as he desperately tried to overcome the fearsome challenge of the towering Tomas Berdych but there was not enough in his limited arsenal. Berdych prevailed 63 64 63.

It seemed Berdych could raise his game any time he needed to. He saved early break points in the first set and overcome a 03 deficit in the second.

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Day 4–Not Too Sexy A Day

10609691_1480496585543349_1863515510243016356_nOk you’ve got Djoko playing and Murray and Izzie and Raonic playing today, but there isn’t a match that stands out and says to me, “Dan, you’ve got to watch this match!” If there is tell me about it.

Of all the second-rounders, the Raonic-Gojo match looks the best to me. Gojo is a brute. I don’t think he’s going to go the way of Taro Daniel in the first round and look like he doesn’t belong on the court with Big Boy Raonic (Come to think of it, doesn’t Raonic look like the boy at that fast food burger restaurant with the little dark lock of curlicue hair on his forehead.

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Day 3 Picks

IMG_1517Ok, I haven’t been doing very well in my own pick’em competition so I thought I’d change things around a bit and pick the matches after they’ve been played. I think I can do much better this way. So that being said, I pick Peng over Radwanska, Larsson over Stephens and I’ll go on the line here, even though the match isn’t over and pick Cuevas over Anderson.

No, actually, these matches have not been played and here’s my picks and why:

Frank “Dancy” Dancevic v Joao Sousa

Dancy’s one of my favorite players. Like Groth and DBrown and Llodra and maybe a little Steve Darcis, he’s one of the few guys around any more who hits a sweet one hander and comes up to the net a lot. (Maybe DBrown should hit a one hander. It might help him.) Also, I can’t pick a guy in the US Open names Joao.

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The Biofile: Sam Groth Interview

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Status: ATP # 104.

First Tennis Memory: I grew up in a country town which is on the New South Wales and Victorian border in Australia. I remember I used to ride my bike down to the courts every day. My parents couldn’t get me off the courts. I didn’t have a coach my first year. I was ten years old and just loved it.

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Day 2 Tennis-Prose.com Pick’em Competition

Sorry I’m late with the matches to pick today, as a result there will only be 3 matches today, all late afternoon affairs so you can get your picks in hopefully before the matches start. 1. Dustin Brown-Tomic Who is the real Dustin Brown and who’s the real Tomic. This match probably won’t tell us, […]

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