Tennis Prose




Final jockeying for positioning and mental strengthening and peaking is happening this week in Rome as the world’s best players get ready to show their best tennis at Roland Garros. Rafa Nadal needs a strong showing to regain some lost aura in Monte Carlo and Madrid, as does Novak Djokovic who scored a fiery win vs rising force Taylor Fritz. Djokovic summoned his best tennis to thwart the ambitious American 63 76. The performance included an angry outburst at the chair umpire for not stopping the match because of rain earlier. Djokovic closed it out after the delay at 5-5.

Nadal just won the first set vs Jannik Sinner 75.

Serena Williams lost to the Argentine 44 ranked 24 year old Nadia Pororoska 76 75 but spun the defeat as good, much needed match play to help her get ready for her next quest for major no. 23 in Paris.

Naomi Osaka also lost to Jess Pegula but did show off her bikini modeling with a new modeling ad campaign for Frankie’s Bikinis. Osaka is a marketing gold mine, everybody wants to be a part of the Osaka bandwagon.

Su-Wei Hsieh and Elise Mertens are the top seeds in Rome and they will try to get their first win as a new team (they lost in Barcelona in their one match there). Hsieh isn’t playing singles this week but Mertens was defeated by Victoria Kudermetova.

Angelique Kerber scored her best win in quite some time by beating Halep 61 33 retired.

Also Coco Gauff is on a roll, she beat two players who had previously both beaten her – Maria Sakkari and Yulia Putintseva – to set up a showdown with Aryna Sabalenka who just won in Madrid.

The struggles continue for the now coachless Sofia Kenin who lost to Barbora Krejcikova 61 64.

2020 French Open queen Iga Swiatek looks strong to defend her major, she bested Madison Keys today in the R 32 75 61.

Vera Zvonareva, the ageless wonder, beat Christina McHale and Petra Kvitova to set up a R16 match with Karolina Pliskova.

Reilly Opelka has had a bad year so far but he’s suddenly back on track with two good wins over Richard Gasquet and Lorenzo Musetti, both in straight sets.

Aslan Karatsev continues to score sensational results, today he beat Daniil Medvedev in straight sets 62 64. The amazing Russian is now ranked 27 in the world.

Dominic Thiem is working his way back to top form after a short hiatus, today he bested Marton Fucsovics 36 76 60.

Stefanos Tsitsipas took care of business with the fading Marin Cilic 75 62.

Alexander Zverev, the Madrid champ, posted another routine win today vs. Hugo Dellien 62 62.

Andrey Rublev, a serious contender to do major damage in Paris, downed JL Struff 67 61 64.

And Felix Auger Aliassime got his best win of the year by pummeling Diego Schwartzman 61 63.


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