Top 10 Gentlemen’s Championship Matches #7 – #5

7.  1998 Pete Sampras d. Goran Ivanisevic 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 If only breaking Sampras were always that easy Pete won due to shots like these Goran also lost the 1994 Wimbledon Final to Sampras, but this was a much better match.  Both men served exceptionally well.  Pete survived a scare in the second…

The State of US Men’s Tennis

 The Big Four Help The US Open is obviously a Grand Slam event.  One third of the ATP’s Masters 1000 events reside inside of the United States.  The Wimbledon and French Open championship start times are designed to get access to some of the television market in the US.  Yet, the US does not currently…

Who Needs a 5th Major?

Four or Five or? The Indian Wells-Miami section of the tour is a great stretch for tennis fans.  Most of the top players on the ATP and WTA play both events and great matches abound.  It also leads to talk of a “Fifth Major” status for one or the other event.  This talk is not…

Hall of Fame Talk as Roddick and Ferrero Retire

New Balls We Hardly Knew Ye The New Balls generation has for the most part been replaced by a few new cans.  Marat Safin and Gustavo Kuerten did not last as long as I would have liked.  Lleyton Hewitt and Tommy Haas are still hanging around.  David Ferrer and of course Roger Federer are still…

Andy Roddick in Retrospect

Roddick Start to Finish I first heard of Andy Roddick during the 2000 US Open final when the announcers mentioned the winners of the junior US Open events.  I saw Andy Roddick’s final match as he lost to Juan Martin del Potro.  I will miss seeing Roddick in major draws.  It became apparent after some…

What is the Story of the US Open? POLL

I almost had the feeling that Tipsarevic would ride negative energy a la Lleyton Hewitt in 2001 after his bout with controversy.  I am glad that did not happen and that tennis, rather than sexism, will be the story of the weekend.

US Open Day 7 Men’s and Women’s Picks

Predicted Winners in BOLD Fourth Round Samantha Stosur (7) vs. Laura Robson – Robson has been on a roll; Stosur is the defending champion.  I Robson keeps winning. Victoria Azarenka (1) vs. Anna Tatishvili – Vika should advance. Maria Sharapova (3) vs. Nadia Petrova (19) – 2-3 years ago Petrova would have been a slight favorite, but today Maria advances. Petra Kvitova (5) vs. Marion Bartoli (11)…

US Open Day 5 Men’s Picks

Predicted Winner in BOLD Second Round Fabio Fognini vs. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez – Momentum from beating Monaco carries over for Garcia-Lopez. Juan Martin del Potro (7) vs. Ryan Harrison – I could see Harrison win a set, but JMDP should advance. John Isner (9) vs. Jarkko Nieminen – This should be a similar match to John’s…

US Open Day 2 Men’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD There are a lot of great matches today – I wish I was in Flushing Meadows First Round Rogerio Dutra da Silva vs. Teymuraz Gabashvili Alexandr Dolgopolov (14) vs. Jesse Levine – An upset here would not shock me, but I am going with Dolgopolov. Milos Raonic (15) vs. Santiago Giraldo – He needs a good result here to…

Power Ranking for the Week of July 23 – July 29, 2012

Dan Martin’s 2012 Power Rankings for the Week of July 23 through July 29 1.  Roger Federer – Fed has spent 288 weeks at #1 with at least a 289th week in the works. 2.  Novak Djokovic – Novak won bronze in 2008.  A gold medal would come with the #1 ranking. 3.  Rafael Nadal – Rafa…