Spain have won the Davis Cup for a fifth time, and the third time in four years, after Rafael Nadal recovered from dropping the opening set to defeat Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro in Sunday's penultimate singles rubber in Sevilla.
What does it say about the quality of the women's game right now that the Williams sisters, off long injury layoffs, can make it all the way to the fourth round of a major? I mean, before being summarily drummed out. A sad statement, really. -- Adam Kamp, Sturgeon Lake, Minn.
The women's tour may be in a chaotic stage just now, with so many top players either injured or off-form, but the men's draw in this week's Madrid event has the look of a major. It's easy to project a Rafael Nadal-Novak Djokovic final, and that's definitely what everyone wants to see, but consider the other storylines:
The men's tour stopped by my neighborhood last week. It also stopped by Brazil and the Netherlands in its never-ending quest for global outreach, but San Jose's SAP Open drew an excellent field and made some headlines. Among them:
1. Someone other than Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal will win a major title. Here is tennis' most preposterous stat now that Federer's streak of 23 Grand Slam semifinals is over: Since the 2005 French Open, only two men not named Nadal and Federer have won a major title (Novak Djokovic at the 2008 Australian Open and Juan Martin del Potro at the 2009 U.S. Open). Ridiculous. Yet it's about time another player broke through. Whether it's Djokovic, Robin Soderling, a healthy del Potro (remember him?), Andy Murray or a total shocker, the ATP is due for at least one unexpected Slam winner in 2011.
I dreamed last night I was some sort of amoeba, capable of splitting myself into independently functioning pieces. Some difficulties arose -- it took me two hours to decide between trail mix and Froot Loops -- but there was one enormous benefit. For the first time, I was able to stay in touch with the men's tennis tour.
It's Saturday. It's Sunday. It's April. Regardless of what time it is in your precinct, here in Melbourne we're halfway through with our first major. Which means it's time for our 2010 Australian Open midterm grades
I feel as though tennis has never been so popular. Lead segments on the news, hot topics in the blogosphere, hundreds of questions rolling in here. Were it not for Kanye West, we might have even had the president weighing in on Serena-gate. We may as well ride the wave with a quick post-U.S. Open mailbag.
NEW YORK -- The U.S. Open felt like two separate tournaments. The first was an exciting, spirited 10-day party, played amid ideal conditions. The second was a soggy circus. But in the end, the sun came back out and we were treated to some compelling finals. Herewith, some scattered observations and opinions:
SI.com caught up with Sports Illustrated senior writer S.L. Price, who is covering the U.S. Open in New York, after the men's semifinals Sunday. Top-seeded and five-time defending champion Roger Federer will play sixth-seeded and first-time Grand slam finalist Juan Martin del Potro for the title at 4 p.m. ET Monday.
NEW YORK -- Rafael Nadal's defensive displays can resemble Jackie Chan's in style and improbability. Fans today half expect the magician from Majorca to climb the court's back walls, flip in the air and breezily land line-painting winners.
History was made last Friday at the Rogers Cup in Montreal, when the world's top eight players took part in the quarterfinals of the same tournament for the first time since the ATP Tour starting the rankings in August 1973.
Has there been a more fun time in men's tennis than now? Rafael Nadal is definitively on top, Roger Federer is still in the mix with a will to regain his form, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have officially arrived, Juan Martin del Potro is continuing to make strides, and Andy Roddick seems to be right on the verge this season. With variations for surface, there seem to be six players in the mix to some extent for any major tournament right now. Let's hope they all stay healthy. -- Dan, Atlanta