Jannik Sinner wasn’t even meant to be in Madrid but the 18 year old who had only played 16 tour matches before his wildcard in Milan at the NextGen Finals. He turned up and from day one meant business. Day by day he took apart games of everyone ranked higher than him in the ATP Rankings and finished with a perfectly executed game plan against top 20 Alex de Minaur. What aspects make up his game and the story behind his journey so far? Ski champion! Jannik could have taken a completely different path away from tennis.. Impossibile non riconoscerlo. … Continue reading Jannik Sinner 🇮🇹; ski champion ⛷ hard hitting 💪🏻 efficiency ✅ meteoric rise 📈
Jannik Sinner was never in Milan to just make up the numbers however little did we expect the Italian to walk away with the title. To put it into perspective Sinner had only played 16 tour level career matches coming into the event and after 21 has a title! Sinner who is 18 trains with Ricardo Piatti at his academy and there have been plenty of rumours he will join Sharapova in 2020. The Italian who made the semi-finals in Antwerp recently his best ATP run has been overlooked for the Davis Cup and they may regret that now. He … Continue reading Sinner the Winner! 8th seed & wildcard wins NextGen Finals in Milan!
Casper Ruud is someone I’ve watched a lot of this year and I was excited to see him come to Milan and a round robin exit will disappoint him but can walk away with positives and plenty to build on going into 2020. Ruud is from Oslo, Norway and will celebrate his 21st birthday just before Christmas. Ruud is a lifelong Liverpool supporter and his tennis idol is Rafael Nadal spending most of his time training at the Rafael Nadal academy in Majorca. Serve Very good serve, probably second best to De Minaur out of the eight guys in Milan … Continue reading Casper Ruud; serve ✅ too much topspin? 🤷🏼♂️ backhand needs work 👨🏼🔧 stats 📈 2020 🔮
For Frances Tiafoe his season has come to an end maybe earlier than he’d have hoped for. I said in a preview piece he had a point to prove in what was his final appearance at the NextGen finals and I feel like we are walking into 2020 with a few more questions than answers. Offering questions but not answers… I’ve watched a lot of Frances this week and I’ve liked what I have seen but I do feel he does face an uphill battle in matches. Frances isn’t going to hit you off the court and will offer questions … Continue reading Frances in Milan; Questions but little answers 🤷🏼♂️ standout shot 🧐 digging deep 💪🏻 2020 🔮
After the first couple of days it did look like we were heading this way and after topping their groups and dominating their semi-finals we will have a first meeting between Alex de Minaur and Jannik Sinner. Sinner who entered as a wildcard for the NextGen finals in his home country has entertained the locals in Milan winning three of his four matches on route to the final. De Minaur has delivered. Last years runner up and top seed really found his gear after a faltering start. The 20 year olds big breakthrough year has been exceptional. About to embark … Continue reading NextGen Final; highest ranked vs lowest ranked but it’s set to be a close encounter!
The NextGen Finals in Milan has been an epic watch so far. With one round robin match left each there is still much to play for on Thursday. Demon finding form! Alex de Minaur has been finding his form after a bit of a struggle during his first match against Davidovich Fokina. I was worried that the Australian was a bit tired following an intense few weeks on the tour and still quite a bit of tennis to play. Despite dropping one set he still looked in good form as he dominated the baseline much better today against Kecmanovic. Dropping … Continue reading Milan; Demon finding form 😈 Foki injury 🚑 Casper up & running 💪🏻 Frances edges past erratic Humbert ✅
Following a very close battle between Casper Ruud and Miomir Kecmanovic with the Serb coming through in straight sets it was time for Australia v Spain. Alex de Minaur who was runner-up here last year to Stefanos Tsitsipas is the top seed up against last minute inclusion Alejandro Davidovich Fokina from Spain who has made most of his noise on the challenger circuit and qualified following Shapovalov’s withdrawal. The Spaniard however knows how to cause an upset defeating Gael Monfils in Estoril earlier this year. De Minaur has gone from strength to strength and will finish the year inside the … Continue reading Alex de Minaur 4-2 3-4 4-1 4-1 Alejandro Davidovich Fokina