France vs Spain Davis Cup semifinal recap

One year after the semi-final against Serbia, deprived of Djokovic, France hosts Spain … deprived of Nadal, injured. Nadal’s absence changes everything and the tie loses a lot of its interest. The French are now the clear favorites to reach the Davis Cup final for the second year in a row, the third time in five years. A feat that hides the catastrophic results of the French players in Grand Slams this year and somehow confirms the supporters of the Davis Cup reform.

Un an après la demie-finale contre la Serbie privée de Djokovic, la France reçoit l’Espagne … privée de Nadal, blessé au genou. Le numéro un mondial absent, cette rencontre perd beaucoup de son intérêt et les Français sont hyper favoris pour atteindre la finale pour la 2ème année consécutive, la 3ème fois en 5 ans. Un exploit qui masque les résultats catastrophiques des Français en Grand Chelem cette année et conforte les partisans de la réforme de la Coupe Davis.
Le fan club officiel de l’équipe de France a troqué samedi le maillot bleu pour un maillot noir, en signe de deuil et d’opposition au nouveau format. Qu’en pensez-vous? Etes vous pour ou contre ce changement?

Here’s the recap of my Davis Cup weekend:

Benoit Paire Roland Garros 2016 outfit

Lacoste unveiled its players outfits for the upcoming Roland Garros. As always, really classy and elegant. Here are a few pictures.

Recent Madrid runner-up, Dominika Cibulkova:

Dominika Cibulkova Roland Garros 2016 outfit

Lacoste Roland Garros 2016 outfit

Lacoste Roland Garros 2016 outfit
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Nicolas Almagro, Estoril Open 2016

Two Spaniards will face off in the final of the Estoril Open tomorrow. Pablo Carreno Busta beat Fernando Verdasco, Taro Daniel, Gilles Simon and Benoit Paire en route to his second ATP final. He reached his first ATP final in Bueno Aires last February and lost to Pablo Cuevas. His opponent in the final will be veteran Nicolas Almagro who upset number one seed Nick Kyrgios in the semifinals.

The Australian celebrated his 21st birthday with a win over Inigo Cervantes on Wednesday:

Estoril Open, 27.04.2016

Estoril Open - Nick Kyrgios' 21st birthday :-)

Estoril Open semifinal: Carreno Busta defeats Paire 6-3 6-3

Estoril Open, 30.04.2016
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Kei Nishikori and Benoit Paire, Barcelona Open 2016

Kei Nishikori stormed past Benoit Paire 6-3 6-2 to reach third consecutive Barcelona Open final. The two-time defending champion will face Rafael Nadal tomorrow.

Escort Kids de AFANOC, con el patrocinio de Banco Sabadell antes del partido Nishikori - Paire

Escort Kids de AFANOC, con el patrocinio de Banco Sabadell antes del partido Nishikori - Paire
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Andy Murray, Monte Carlo 2016

Andy Murray rallied from 6-2 3-0 down to defeat Benoit Paire 6-2 7-5 7-5 and set up a clash with Milos Raonic in the quarterfinals.

Benoit Paire

Andy Murray

Andy Murray

Andy Murray

Andy Murray

Benoit Paire

Photo credit: Marianne Bevis