Arts and Culture
More from Google
Add by RSS Feed
Get the Android app
Get the iOS app
A brief look at insightful stats, trends, and trivia in the world of tennis. A daily podcast with Jeff Sackmann from @tennisabstract.
Jul 12, 2021
A Familiar List of Grand Slam Winners
Novak Djokovic adds to the long list of players he’s beaten three times, Ashleigh Barty gets the most out of a small package, and Elise Mertens lays more groundwork for a remarkable doubles career.
Jul 9, 2021
The Impenetrable Matteo Berrettini
Berrettini and Novak Djokovic make the most of their first two shots, Karolina Pliskova finds some magic out wide, and the Croatian doubles team of Mektic and Pavic chases the Bryan brothers.
Jul 8, 2021
Aryna Sabalenka Lights Up the Radar Gun
Sabalenka serves faster than many men, Denis Shapovalov steps up his return game, and Jule Niemeier is the hottest player you’re not watching this week.
Jul 7, 2021
Novak Djokovic Usually Beats These Guys
Djokovic holds an encouraging record against the rest of the quarter-final field, Ashleigh Barty has gotten here without many top-ten wins, and a Swedish doubles specialist excels in his first grand slam.
Jul 6, 2021
Karolina Muchova Doesn’t Need Warmups
Muchova brings almost no grass-court experience to today’s battle with Angelique Kerber, Karen Khachanov advances despite a serve gone missing, and Ons Jabeur leaves a raft of high-profile losers in her wake.
Jul 5, 2021
Alexander Zverev’s Favorite Matchup
Hubert Hurkacz has been unbreakable, Madison Keys is poised for a grass-court breakthrough, and Zverev couldn’t ask for a better fourth-round draw.
Jul 2, 2021
Angelique Kerber, Iron Woman
Kerber pulls out a marathon second-round win, Cam Norrie lines up with another top-ranked opponent, and Sorana Cirstea gets some long-awaited revenge.
Jul 1, 2021
Madison Brengle Is Happy To Wait
Everything is going Karolina Pliskova’s way, Denis Kudla pushes his grass-court experience to the max, and Brengle finds a pair of opponents willing to beat themselves.
Jun 30, 2021
Kyrgios and Humbert Race To the Finish
Nick Kyrgios has outplayed Ugo Humbert through four and a half sets, Garbine Muguruza is your bottom-half favorite, and Kiki Bertens plays her final match at Wimbledon.
Jun 29, 2021
Novak Djokovic Is Unreturnable
Djokovic posts his best-ever ace mark at Wimbledon, Veronika Kudermetova bows out early of another major, and Dominik Koepfer is a savant when it comes to breaking monster serves.
Jun 28, 2021
Jelena Ostapenko Controls Her Aggression
Ostapenko swings big and wins big, Sam Querrey needs his second serve back, and the women’s field at Wimbledon sets a new record.
Jun 25, 2021
The Many Paths To the Eastbourne Semi-Finals
Marc Polmans and Ramkumar Ramanathan fight out an old-school Wimbledon marathon, an unlikely unseeded foursome remains in the Eastbourne women’s draw, and African tennis is alive in Brazzaville.
Jun 24, 2021
Alize Cornet is So Close
Cornet keeps almost beating Victoria Azarenka, Max Purcell is the season’s most surprising quarter-finalist, and the women’s field at Wimbledon is so deep that there are contenders in qualifying.
Jun 23, 2021
Matteo Berrettini Works Fast
Berrettini’s serve-plus-one is made for grass, Sam Querrey has a penchant for narrow margins, and Eastbourne needs to reconsider its prize pools.
Jun 22, 2021
Daniil Medvedev Tries Another Natural Surface
Medvedev is the favorite in Mallorca despite sparse grass-court results, Dan Evans is flying beneath the radar, and Karolina Muchova can’t go to Tokyo.
Jun 21, 2021
Ludmilla Samsonova Serves Her Way To Wimbledon
Samsonova puts on a week-long service clinic, Ugo Humbert wins all the break points, and the newly-enlarged WTA winner’s circle isn’t likely to keep growing anytime soon.
Jun 18, 2021
The Grand Old Man of Halle
Garbine Muguruza leads the remaining pack in Berlin, Philipp Kohlschreiber is the unlikely veteran success story in Halle, and a Belarussian duo preps for Tokyo.
Jun 17, 2021
Pliskova. Pegula. Again.
Karolina Pliskova opens the grass court season against her least favorite opponent, Richard Gasquet holds a unique Challenger-level winning streak, and it’s been 60 years since Margaret Court started winning titles in Britain.
Jun 16, 2021
CoCo Vandeweghe is Serving Big
Marin Cilic keeps winning on his favorite surface, Vandeweghe is deep sleeper pick for Wimbledon, and Sebastian Korda joins an impressive list of multi-faceted stars.
Jun 15, 2021
The Man Who Almost Beat Both Federer and Nadal
Ilya Ivashka posts another career-best performance in a losing effort, Barbora Krejcikova has risen the ranks with unusually good clutch play, and Jannik Sinner suffered a dose of his own medicine.
Jun 14, 2021
The Evolution of Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic continues to win without a dominant down-the-line backhand, Barbora Krejcikova is a throwback to earlier generations of two-event stars, and Felix Auger Aliassime has played a lot of late-round matches by age 20.
Jun 11, 2021
Not Quite Peak Pavlyuchenkova
Anastasia Pavlyuchenova is into her first grand slam final despite not playing her best-ever tennis, Alexander Zverev needs a good day on return, and this year’s French Open mixed doubles title didn’t require much work.
Jun 10, 2021
Experience Wins In the French Open Quarters
The women’s final four has paid their dues, Rafael Nadal keeps the bakery open, and Tamara Zidansek has a knack for winning matches during the second half of the French Open.
Jun 9, 2021
Matteo Berrettini Seeks Revenge
Berrettini was crushed by Novak Djokovic last time they played, today’s women’s quarterfinals feature a quartet of players who cruised through their last matches, and the WTA ranking system is barely rewarding this week’s stars.
Jun 8, 2021
The Return of Diego Schwartzman
Schwartzman is once again negating the server advantage, Elena Rybakina beat Serena by playing like Serena, and Daniil Medvedev aims to remain unbeaten in clay-court quarter-finals.
Jun 7, 2021
Rafa and Novak Take On the NextGen
Djokovic and Nadal face off against a pair of Italian prospects, Iga Swiatek uses her singles off-days for doubles heroics, and Tamara Zidansek is the latest sporting hero from her tiny homeland.
Jun 4, 2021
Iga Swiatek Races Into the History Books
Iga sets her sights on an impressive record held by Justine Henin, Philipp Kohlschreiber might just make it to Tokyo, and a pair of extreme longshots set up lopsided battles in the men’s third round.
Jun 3, 2021
A Glimmer of Hope for Team USA’s Men
Serena advances past a pair of Romanians, a bunch of North American men survive to see the third round, and the era of the Four Musketeers winds down.
Jun 2, 2021
A Path Opens Up for Veronika Kudermetova
The draw has become much more inviting for the underrated Kudermetova, Andrey Rublev suffers another clay-court loss he barely deserved, and Aleksandra Krunic forces Coco Gauff to play marathon set.
Jun 1, 2021
Pedro Martinez Stands Athwart Potential
Martinez stops Sebastian Korda, Garbine Muguruza suffers a rare loss to a low-ranked player on clay, and Jelena Ostapenko once again heads home early.
May 31, 2021
Go Ahead, Dropshot a Dropshotter
Qualifier Alex Molcan finds a chink in Novak Djokovic’s armor, Barbora Krejcikova follows an unusual career trajectory, and Alexander Zverev gets some extra practice on Lenglen.
May 28, 2021
The Draw Gods Smile on Stefanos Tsitsipas
Tsitsipas is the favorite to reach the Roland Garros final from the bottom half of the bracket, Aryna Sabalenka leads a long list of women with a good shot to win a first major title, and Carlos Taberner looks to ride a dominant qualifying performance into the main draw.
May 27, 2021
Marco Cecchinato is the Last Italian Standing
Barbora Krejcikova has a chance to win her first singles title, Cecchinato has escaped an Italian losing streak in Parma, and Naomi Osaka sets a new standard for earning power in women’s sports.
May 26, 2021
An Unorthodox Title for a French Tornado
Bianca Andreescu continues her long-running clay-court winning streak, Alex Molcan gets an easy road to the Belgrade quarter-finals, and Corentin Moutet draws and quarters his way to an exhibition title.
May 25, 2021
Vera Zvonareva Aims To Qualify Like It’s 2002
Casper Ruud will be a top-16 seed with a top-10 game in Paris, Zvonareva is the top seed in Roland Garros qualies, and the development of Diane Parry’s game is taking place is full view.
May 24, 2021
Denis Shapovalov Serves Big On Clay
Shapo falls short of the Geneva title despite some outstanding first-strike tennis, Ana Konjuh takes an unlikely step in her comeback, and it was a big weekend for the Shelton family at the NCAA championships.
May 21, 2021
A Rough Patch for Diego Schwartzman
Schwartzman struggles on his favorite surface, Qiang Wang joins an exclusive club, and Pablo Andujar doesn’t discriminate based on age.
May 20, 2021
The Rise of Paula Badosa
Badosa could be the most dangerous floater in Paris, Pablo Cuevas looks to get his game back on track, and Caty McNally is a doubles wizard regardless of who she partners.
May 19, 2021
A First-Rounder For the History Books
A round-of-32 match in Lyon sets a high standard of quality, Katerina Siniakova reminds us she can be dangerous once every year or two, and a small army of qualifiers make a mess of the draw in Belgrade.
May 18, 2021
Coco Gauff is Almost There
Gauff is even better than her ranking suggests, Benjamin Bonzi is the only true wild card at a French tournament that uses their freebies wisely, and at another men’s tournament this week, a 39-year-old is the top seed.
May 17, 2021
A Close One for Nadal-Djokovic LVII
The Rafa-Novak final in Rome is tighter than usual, Iga Swiatek delivers an extremely unlikely result, and Baby Fed turns 30.
May 14, 2021
The Opportunistic, One-Dimensional Reilly Opelka
Opelka’s success in Rome suggests he has skills that the stats don’t bear out, and 60 years ago this week, an armada of past and future stars gathered on hard courts in Los Angeles.
May 13, 2021
The Reckless, Rising Alejandro Davidovich Fokina
Sofia Kenin’s losing streak continues, Davidovich Fokina steadily climbs the ATP ranks, and a few men are raising hopes for an eventual Italian titlist in Rome.
May 12, 2021
The Remarkably Resilient Sara Sorribes Tormo
Sorribes Tormo fights through another marathon to face a familiar foe today, Dusan Lajovic struggles on his best surface, and we take a look back at a Norwegian multi-sport athlete from the 1910s.
May 11, 2021
The Marvelous Meandering Petra Kvitova
P3tra comes back for a roller-coaster battle with Magda Linette, American men have faded even on hard courts, Serena Williams looks ahead to an opponent with clay-court experience.
May 10, 2021
The Almost Unbreakable Alexander Zverev
Zverev barely gives his opponents a chance, Aryna Sabalenka forces the clay to play her way, and the 2021 ATP Masters Series is a young man’s game.
May 7, 2021
Casper Ruud Ekes His Way to Opportunity
Ruud narrowly upsets Stefanos Tsitsipas, Aryna Sabalenka posts a series of eye-popping winner totals, and Nuno Borges is back down to ITF 15Ks.
May 6, 2021
Diego Schwartzman Can’t Keep Up
Schwartzman loses another lopsided battle against Aslan Karatsev, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova finally benefits from the luck of the tiebreak, and Rafael Nadal finds new opponents to beat on clay.
May 5, 2021
Aryna Sabalenka Makes It Look Easy
Sabalenka has barely broken a sweat in Madrid, Benoit Paire breaks a dreadful losing streak, and Barbora Strycova says goodbye to the tour.
May 4, 2021
Albert Ramos Dominates His Own Kind
Ramos wins his third ATP title against left-handed competition, Petra Kvitova guns for another upset in Madrid, and Marcos Giron is the hardest-working man on the Iberian peninsula.
May 3, 2021
A First Meeting for Barty and Swiatek
Dominic Thiem is back on tour, Barty-Swiatek is one of several first time meetings in the Madrid round of 16, and Jan Lennard Struff reaches his first final.
Apr 30, 2021
Another Brit Wins on Clay
Cam Norrie is returning better than ever, the Madrid women’s draw is packed with qualifiers, and Dustin Brown is still standing in a tour-level doubles draw.
Apr 29, 2021
Positive Signs for Marin Cilic
Cilic has encouraging histories against his next opponents in Estoril, Roberto Carballes Baena puts the LL in Carballes, and it’s 70 years since Nancy Chaffee nearly beat Maureen Connolly--three times.
Apr 28, 2021
The Return of Naomi Osaka On Clay
Osaka’s clay-court results suggest greater things in store, Corentin Moutet takes a roundabout path to victory, and Alexander Zverev looks to catch back up with his peers.
Apr 27, 2021
Watch Out For Jenson Brooksby
Daniil Medvedev has overtaken Novak Djokovic on one important list, Sorana Cirstea adds to a long list of upsets, and Brooksby dominates two weeks of Challengers in Florida.
Apr 26, 2021
A Blockbuster Weekend on European Clay
Aslan Karatsev climbs another rung on the ladder, Rafael Nadal conquers Stefanos Tsitsipas—and yet another historic achievement, and Ashleigh Barty soaks up the power in an up-and-down final.
Apr 23, 2021
Elina Svitolina Turns the Tables
Elise Mertens is a favorite’s favorite in Istanbul, Barcelona’s final eight is dauntingly strong, and Svitolina tries to do to Petra Kvitova what she’s already done to Angelique Kerber.
Apr 22, 2021
Rafael Nadal Stumbles in Barcelona
Rafa needs an extra set to get through his Barcelona opener, Ashleigh Barty is back on the European clay, and the Sabanov twins are an overnight success--13 years in the making.
Apr 21, 2021
Simona Seeks Stuttgart Success
Halep hopes this is her breakthrough year in Stuttgart, Ivo Karlovic plays like he’s still 39, and Angela Mortimer celebrates a birthday.
Apr 20, 2021
A Showcase for the ATP’s Strong Serbians
Novak Djokovic leads a Serb-heavy field in Belgrade, a German qualifier wades into the adult pool in Stuttgart, and the ATP Race keeps getting younger.
Apr 19, 2021
A Dominant Performance From Stefanos Tsitsipas
Tsitsipas claims his first Masters 1000 title, Mihaela Buzarnescu is the BJK Cup’s first marathon woman, and Rafael Nadal will try again in Barcelona.
Apr 16, 2021
A Bump in the Road for Novak Djokovic
Djokovic loses early in Monte Carlo, Linda Fruhvirtova reaches her first WTA quarterfinal, and it’s a good day to remember the contributions of Dr Robert Walter Johnson.
Apr 15, 2021
A Quick Start For Casper Ruud
Ruud barely breaks a sweat to reach the Monte Carlo round of 16, Shelby Rogers excels in a tournament that Ash Barty skipped, and Rafael Nadal chases his 12th Monte Carlo title.
Apr 14, 2021
A Lucky Serb, and an Unlucky Serb
The draw gods smiled on Filip Krajinovic, while they handed Novak Djokovic an opening match with Jannik Sinner. Also: A tweak to the WTA ranking point structure is a small step in the right direction.
Apr 13, 2021
A Sad Day For French Tennis
Alex De Minaur loses another clay court match, France drops another rung in the WTA power rankings, and women’s tennis returns to Cleveland after almost half a century.
Apr 12, 2021
A New Russian #1 Spoils the Party in Charleston
Local heroes nearly run the table at tour events, Veronika Kudermetova wins her first title, and the draw gods in Monte Carlo deliver a tasty first-rounder.
Apr 9, 2021
Petra Kvitova Stumbles in Charleston
Kvitova’s serve deserts her in a third-round loss to Danka Kovinic, Jaume Munar keeps winning on the sweet, sweet clay, and the Charleston event’s history goes back to an unprecedented prize purse nearly 50 years ago.
Apr 8, 2021
Carlos Alcaraz Takes On His Elder
Alcaraz wasn’t born yet when his opponent today first cracked the top 100, Sofia Kenin suffers another disappointing loss, and the Bogota draw leaves me feeling light-headed.
Apr 7, 2021
Lara Arruabarrena, High-Altitude Clay Specialist
Arruabarrena is off to a flyer in Bogota, Dan Evans is the unlikely top seed at a clay event, and Nuno Borges tries to bring his winning ways to the Challenger tour.
Apr 6, 2021
A Clash of Counterpunching Saras
Errani and Sorribes Tormo play in Bogota, Sebastian Korda’s new career-best ranking underrates him, and Matteo Berrettini makes a rare appearance on the doubles court.
Apr 5, 2021
Jannik Sinner’s Room For Improvement
Sinner’s recent first serve numbers indicate untapped potential, Ashleigh Barty is finally facing top-ten opponents again, and Mate Pavic is your new ATP doubles #1.
Apr 2, 2021
Andrey Rublev’s First Serve Gets It Done
Rublev is climbing up the first-serve leaderboard, Bianca Andreescu escapes her closest Miami match yet, and a young Brit survives a four-hour match in India.
Apr 1, 2021
Two Greeks Take Aim at History in Miami
Maria Sakkari closes in on the best-ever WTA ranking for a Greek player, Daniil Medvedev’s loss opens the door to a new Masters titlist, and Iga Swiatek looks awfully good on the doubles court.
Mar 31, 2021
Sinner and Bublik Meet Again
Next week’s ATP rankings will feature a new American #1, Ashleigh Barty closes out Aryna Sabalenka in style, and Alexander Bublik needs to figure out how to return Jannik Sinner’s serve.
Mar 30, 2021
Aslan Karatsev is Human After All
Jessica Pegula fails to follow up a big upset for the third straight tournament, Karatsev hands an easy win to Sebastian Korda, and iron woman Sara Sorribes Tormo is learning to make the best of hard courts.
Mar 29, 2021
A Bumpy Third Rounder for Daniil Medvedev
Medvedev needs two and half hours to reach the round of 16, Ana Konjuh is picking up where she left off in 2017, and Dominic Stricker triggers comparisons with better-known Swiss tennis players.
Mar 26, 2021
The Stars Align For Azarenka-Kerber X
Aryna Sabalenka maintains her perfect record after losing a first-set bagel, Kristina Kucova takes not converting match point to a new level, and one of the best matchups in women’s tennis will be part of the Miami third round.
Mar 25, 2021
A Great Week For a Pair of Swiss Guys
Jelena Ostapenko overcomes both her opponent and her serve, Rendy Lu makes a long-awaited return to the winner’s circle, and a pair of prospects take a step forward at the Lugano Challenger.
Mar 24, 2021
A Star-Studded Doubles Draw in Miami
Simona Halep is one of the many singles stars who are doubling up in Miami this year, Marton Fucsovics is a race-to-Turin top tenner flying under the radar, and it was a rough opening day for American women yesterday.
Mar 23, 2021
A Tough Turnaround for Leylah Fernandez
Fernandez makes an early exit from Miami only one day after a triumph in Monterrey, Lorenzo Musetti joins a growing battalion of Italian men, and Juan Martin del Potro goes under the knife one more time.
Mar 22, 2021
Aslan Karatsev, Groundstroke Winner Machine
Karatsev outhits the field to win the Dubai title and improve his record on the season to 15-2, Daria Kasatkina is combining small-scale comebacks into a bigger one, and the Miami field will be just fine, if a little less glamorous than usual.
Mar 19, 2021
Denis Shapovalov the Unbreakable
Margarita Gasparyan charges into the St Petersburg quarter-finals behind an eye-popping one-handed backhand, El Shapo leaves his opponents helpless on return, and Wimbledon announces a timetable to finally move its qualifying tournaments on site.
Mar 18, 2021
A Marathon Day in St. Petersburg
Stefanos Tsitsipas leaves no doubt that he can handle the unique challenge of John Isner, Anastasia Gasanova and Vera Zvonareva get through their St. Petersburg matches the hard way, and it’s 98 years since the birth of a remarkable figure in Norwegian tennis.
Mar 17, 2021
A Breakthrough Win for Lorenzo Musetti
The Italian teen scores his first top-ten win, the WTA Monterrey field has an improbable favorite, and fans will have to wait for clay season for their next glimpse of Rafael Nadal or Dominic Thiem.
Mar 16, 2021
Russians in Command in St. Petersburg
The St. Petersburg draw leaves little room for foreign challengers, Cristian Garin prefers to keep his clay court points short, and the upcoming Miami Open will feature a global assortment of IMG clients.
Mar 15, 2021
Garbine Muguruza, the Top Five Player Ranked #13
Muguruza’s Dubai title makes her computer ranking look even more outdated, Nikoloz Basilashvili and Cristian Garin reverse their losing streaks in style, and the ATP is putting an impressive amount of prize money in the pockets of its players.
Mar 12, 2021
When Match Point Isn’t Quite Enough
An unconverted break point puts Roger Federer’s comeback on pause, Elise Mertens stops the momentum of another lower-ranked player, and Andrey Rublev rests his way into the Doha semi-finals.
Mar 11, 2021
WTA Wild Cards Gone Wild
A trio of wild cards are proving that they belong in Dubai and Guadalajara, Dominic Thiem is flying under the radar as the top seed in Doha, and Jessica Pegula has mastered the art of dismissing Karolina Pliskova.
Mar 10, 2021
Roger Federer is Back, and He's Older Than Ever
We’ll soon get a look at how 39-year-old Federer stacks up against veterans of the past, Coco Gauff is learning to love third sets, and Aryna Sabalenka joins an extremely crowded list of active doubles number ones.
Mar 9, 2021
Andrey Rublev, Master of the ATP 500
Rublev continues his winning ways just outside of the sport’s biggest stages, Misaki Doi is more than the usual lucky loser, and Frances Tiafoe comes through a nailbiter in Santiago.
Mar 8, 2021
Clara Tauson, the Next Danish Tennis Superstar
Tauson follows in the imposing footsteps of Caroline Wozniacki, Zizou Bergs leads a pack of qualifiers to unlikely feats, and Dubai becomes the first 1000-level event in the WTA’s puzzling new system.
Mar 5, 2021
Qualifiers Reach Quarterfinals in Doha and Buenos Aires
Jessica Pegula deals Karolina Pliskova her worst loss in recent memory, Francisco Cerundolo tries to keep up with his younger brother, and Marcus Willis officially says goodbye.
Mar 4, 2021
A Trio of Upsets Shift the Rotterdam Balance of Power
Garbine Muguruza and Aryna Sabalenka deliver a high-quality match, all the remaining seeds in the Rotterdam top half are gone, and Sumit Nagal goes where few Indians have gone before.
Mar 3, 2021
Garbine Muguruza Sets Up a Titantic Second-Rounder in Doha
Frances Tiafoe and Sumit Nagal make Buenos Aires an unusually international affair, Alex De Minaur needs 44 shots to put away John Millman, and Muguruza gets another round-of-16 draw worthy of a final.
Mar 2, 2021
Novak Djokovic is Poised to Break a Coveted Record
Clara Tauson scores a breakthrough victory in Lyon, Alexander Bublik sets a new standard for hopeless returning in Singapore, and Djokovic topples another one of Roger Federer’s all-time records.
Mar 1, 2021
A Weekend of Teenage Exploits
Juan Manuel Cerundolo makes Argentinian tennis history, Iga Swiatek proves she’s more than a one-hit wonder, and Rotterdam kicks off with a slightly depleted field.
Feb 26, 2021
Waiting for Diego Schwartzman’s First Argentine Title
Iga Swiatek cruises into her first hard-court final, Schwartzman is in position to finally hoist a trophy in his home country, and Simona Halep reaches another career milestone.
Feb 25, 2021
Coco Gauff Threads the Needle Into the Adelaide Semis
Benoit Paire gets back in the win column, Gauff wins her closest three-setter so far, and return king Lleyton Hewitt is headed to the Hall of Fame.
Feb 24, 2021
Danielle Collins Leads an American Charge in Adelaide
Collins ousts top-seed Ashleigh Barty down under, another teenager makes his presence known on the ATP tour, and Miami announces the pay cut awaiting their champions.
Feb 23, 2021
Nicolas Jarry Starts the Long Road Back
Jarry returns to tour-level competition with a win after an 11-month drug suspension, the ATP returns to Singapore with an uninspiring field, and former NCAA star Nicole Gibbs calls time on her tennis career.
Feb 22, 2021
Daniil Medvedev Almost Cracks the ATP Top Two
Rafael Nadal has a fight on his hands to retain a spot just behind Novak Djokovic in the rankings, Naomi Osaka’s second-week performance at slams defies historical precedent, and Coco Gauff is no standard-issue qualifier at this week’s Adelaide International.
Feb 21, 2021
Looking Beyond #18 For Novak Djokovic
Djokovic brushes aside Daniil Medvedev with a performance for the ages, Roger Federer should get comfortable with the idea of a lower place on the all-time slam list, and a flurry of younger prospects have excelled this week at Challengers around the world.
Feb 20, 2021
Naomi Osaka Wins Her Fourth Grand Slam Title
The 23-year-old Japanese star continues her dominance in the biggest matches, Rajeev Ram and Barbora Krejcikova are the king and queen of Melbourne doubles, and Daniil Medvedev enters tomorrow’s final with scary numbers.
Feb 19, 2021
Daniil Medvedev Defies Another Unfriendly Crowd
The fast-rising Russian extends his array of win streaks, Sabalenka and Mertens win a farewell title, and Naomi Osaka looks ahead to yet another match against a player ranked outside of the top ten.
Feb 18, 2021
Naomi Osaka Makes the Hardest Things Look Easy
Osaka continues to be the only active player with Serena’s number, Jennifer Brady advances to her first major final by the narrowest of margins, and Novak Djokovic is back in his happy place.
Feb 17, 2021
Stefanos Tsitsipas Climbs an Impossible Mountain
Rafael Nadal suffers a rare five-set defeat, Daniil Medvedev continues to beat the best in the game, and the 22nd and 25th seeds set up an unlikely women’s semi-final.
Feb 16, 2021
Novak Djokovic Unleashes Yet Another Weapon
The men’s top seed continues to battle through injury with an impressive display of serving, Serena Williams moves one match closer to her 24th slam, and no one is asking Aslan Karatsev the tough questions.
Feb 15, 2021
Russians Advance On a Day of Men’s Duds
The men’s fourth round concludes with two drubbings and two injuries, Karolina Muchova keeps on winning the close ones, and Bianca Andreescu leads the field in a de facto resuscitation of the grand slam consolation draw.
Feb 14, 2021
Simona Halep Survives a Scare and Stops a Streak
Iga Swiatek’s grand slam set streak ends, Aslan Karatsev goes from qualifier to quarterfinalist, and Hsieh Su Wei sets a new standard for what a 35-year-old doubles specialist is capable of.
Feb 13, 2021
Rafael Nadal Remains King of the Left-Handers
Rafa records another in a long line of victories against his fellow southpaws, Jessica Pegula takes another big step forward, and the Australian Open starts a five-day spell without fans
Feb 12, 2021
Dominic Thiem Out-Serves Nick Kyrgios
The third seed ousts a home favorite with a glittering serving display, the bottom half of the women’s draw is more than half full of former slam champions, and Su-Wei Hsieh wins an upside-down match against Sara Errani.
Feb 11, 2021
Kaia Kanepi Continues Her Giant-Killing Ways
Sofia Kenin’s Australian Open title defense ends at the hands of the Estonian upset master, Thanasi Kokkinakis offers four hours of evidence that he’s finally healthy, and Andy Murray toils 9,000 miles away at a Challenger in Italy.
Feb 10, 2021
Serena Williams on Cruise Control, Just Like Old Times
Serena takes two easy steps toward her 24th major title, Reilly Opelka fires another barrage of aces in a losing effort, and Barbora Krejcikova opens her pursuit of a first unmixed title in Australia.
Feb 9, 2021
A Perfect Opener for Ashleigh Barty
The women’s top seed records a flawless start to the tournament, the experienced Feliciano Lopez withstands belated newcomer Li Tu, and Sloane Stephens finds a new way to lose.
Feb 8, 2021
Andreescu and Kyrgios Post Strong Day 1 Results
Bianca Andreescu has a winning return after a 15-month layoff, Nick Kyrgios defies the odds with success on both sides of the ball, and almost everybody—even Bernard Tomic—gets through day one injury-free.
Feb 7, 2021
Time to Embrace the Russian Future
Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev place Team Russia at the top of the international heap, Felix Auger Aliassime’s final-round struggles continue, and Serena Williams chases a record that, adjusted for common sense, she has already passed.
Feb 6, 2021
Garbine Muguruza Destroys the Field
Garbine Muguruza posts her fourth-straight easy victory, Felix Auger Aliassime is hitting untouchable first serves, and Sofia Kenin will have to beat the odds to defend her Australian Open title.
Feb 5, 2021
A Two-Match Day Leaves Karen Khachanov the Top Man Standing
Some of the biggest names on the women's tour advance via the just-instituted third-set match tiebreak, Khachanov will play Jannik Sinner in the only meeting between seeds in Saturday's men's semi-finals, and Tony Trabert leaves a legacy of excellent play and longtime service to the game.
Feb 4, 2021
A Bad Day For Positive Tests
Thursday's action in Melbourne was canceled due to a positive coronavirus test, Dayana Yastremska won't be returning to action anytime soon, and Benoit Paire gets back in the swing of things with an ignominious service game.
Feb 3, 2021
Carlos Alcaraz Is Not Your Usual 17-Year-Old
We begin the countdown to Roger Federer's return, a teenager goes where only Richard Gasquet has gone before, and a passel of grand slam winners fail to reach this week's quarter-finals. The pilot episode of Expected Points from @tennisabstract.