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Another Prodigal Pictorial: Anna Chakvetadze Graces Portoroz

So for the second time this week I have a prodigy on my plate. Anna Chakvetadze once held the number five position of the world but has fallen to 111. Though many of us are waiting for a prodigal return of Anna to the top 10,  I don’t see it happen for now.  She is only 23 so keep in mind that she could bounce back at any point but I am not holding my breath.

And even though I don’t expect a comeback anytime soon, she still looks good on photo. And photographer Ralf Reinecke thinks so too.

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A PICTURE IS A 1000 WORDS: ROGER FEDERER VS DAVID FERRER SEMIS PICTORIAL

It’s true what they say: A picture is a 1000 words. And with our photographer Ralf Reinecke still running around in Madrid to send us pics, I am left wondering how many words I won’t have to write. Ralf possesses the uncanny talent to capture world’s finest at their best!

Roger Federer beat David Ferrer 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 to set up the dream finale against archnemesis Rafael Nadal.

Now on with the pics, this is after all a pictorial.

Oh and please do check out Lisa’s Fan Watch on Rafael Nadal.

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ROGER FEDERER ON TARGET IN MADRID

Roger Federer made it the to semis at the Madrid Open beating Ernests Gulbis 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.  Last month Ernests Gulbis turned into Federer’s “bête noir” beating Federer in Rome and Gulbig was looking to repeat. However, Federer got himself together and ensured victory in Madrid.

“I think it’s one of the toughest things in tennis if you lose against a player and you have to play against him in the next couple of weeks,” Federer said. “I was very happy with the way I was able to return and mix up the game a bit, and at the end I thought it was a really great performance.”

The renewal of the rivalry between Federer and Nadal is coming closer with Nadal also reaching the semis. Nadal faced Gael Monfils and beat him 6-1, 6-3.

“In the first set I played at a very high level,” said Nadal, who compared the high-altitude conditions of Madrid with his previous two tournaments.

“In Monte Carlo I played one of the best tournaments of my life on clay. In Rome, I played very well, too. This is the toughest tournament for me. The conditions are the most difficult of the year for me on clay, but I’m fine. Yesterday I played quite well (against John Isner), today better. I’m very happy.”

Roger Federer faces David Ferrer in the semis while Rafael Nadal plays fellow countryman Nicolas Almagro.

Ralf Reinecke was on the scene taking pics of the Roger Federer / Ernests Gulbis match.

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HENIN WINS FIRST TITLE SINCE COMEBACK

Justine Henin has won her first title since her return to the courts. And that’s on clay and three weeks before the start of the French Open.  Ralf Reinecke provided us with photos of the final at the Porsche Grand Prix, Stuttgart. Enjoy the pictorial!

“It’s very emotional to be back here because one year ago at this time I never expected to be back,” Henin said. “It’s been a fantastic week, everything was just perfect.”

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ALL ACCESS HOUR IN STUTTGART

So we managed to get credentialed for the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix tournament in Stuttgart. We sent in our funky photographer who goes by the name of Rollin’ Ralf Reinecke (guys I just love alliteration) to the tournament and he gave us some really good stuff.

We got photos of Caroline Wozniacki, Victoria Azarenka, Ana Ivanovic and Dinara Safina at the All Access Hour.

Enjoy the photos! I sure did…

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Ain’t nothing like the real thing…

Our funky photographer, rollin’ Ralf Reinecke, visited the Internazionali BNL d’Italia.  He shot some great photos of Radwanska, Chakvetadze and Ana Ivanovic. Ofcourse I am uploading the pictures because I wouldn’t want to keep you guys from them.  Shouts fly out to Ralf Reinecke and I hope you will enjoy the pics.

Regarding our downtime, we sincerely apologize for that. Are we forgiven ?  Is that a yes? Good good. To make a long story short:  We migrated our site to a new location.  And I would like to thank  Joe Mittler from XC-host.com for providing us with an excellent service in the past years and I wish him the best.  If any of you need webspace then just click on the link above and let XC-hosting take care of you!  And for a referral put up TennisGrandstand.

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