Time to sit up and notice…

Sit up and take notice. If a final at Roland Garros wasn’t enough to convince you last year then a title in Barcelona has really got people talking following a stunning week of tennis for Thiem. Dominic Thiem’s week panned out like this; Diego Schwartzman – 6-3 6-3 Jaume Munar – 7-5 6-1 Guido Pella – 7-5 6-2 Rafael Nadal – 6-4 6-4 Daniil Medvedev – 6-3 6-0 All inform and tricky opponents and without a set dropped and to get to those latter stages of the sets against Munar and Pella and then striking shows how focused he is … Continue reading Time to sit up and notice…

Deadly Dominic lays down the gauntlet!

Dominic Thiem is at it again. For the third year running he has defeated Rafael Nadal on clay. Dominic Thiem has firmly lay down the standards following his classy composed performance. He brought sexy tennis to the court. Clay court tennis is all about variety and my god didn’t he show us his full repertoire today. It is frustrating in the picture of the whole season as we only really see the very best of Thiem on the clay but today was just perfect. He played with intent from the first ball. He served big and strolled around that baseline … Continue reading Deadly Dominic lays down the gauntlet!

Final Four in Barcelona

No thrills, no spills. It was business as usual today as Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Kei Nishikori and Daniil Medvedev orchestrated their way through to the semi-finals in Barcelona in straight sets setting up some fascinating meetings on Saturday. Rafael Nadal v Dominic Thiem We will get a marker of where both players are at right now. Dominic Thiem looked strong in his win in the quarter finals and really relaxed in the second set and looked really good following his poor week in Monte-Carlo. Rafa likewise had a poor week in Monte-Carlo but he has looked focused throughout the … Continue reading Final Four in Barcelona

Diego is annoyed but isn’t he to blame?

Diego Schwartzman is not a happy man and here’s why; Diego messed up the sign up form for Barcelona and with wildcards already assigned he missed out so it meant he would have to play qualifying which began on Saturday. Diego was in Monte Carlo that week and played his last singles match was Wednesday after defeat to Taylor Fritz but still opted to hang around for the doubles, so if he was that committed to competing in Barcelona and wanted some time off before the tournament knowing full well he would have to play Saturday in Barcelona why did … Continue reading Diego is annoyed but isn’t he to blame?

Barcelona; Dominant Duo, Chasing Pack & Proving a Point

ATP Barcelona is around the corner. Nothing can be more daunting than playing on Rafael Nadal court when the Spaniard is there. Dominant Duo Nadal will be looking to win the title for a 12th time as the leader of the draw and of course the best clay court player this game has ever seen. Dominic Thiem is the apprentice to Nadal and is looking sharper and we’re in that period of waiting to him take that next step and of course he made the final of Roland Garros last year. Chasing Pack Stefanos Tsitsipas made a name for himself … Continue reading Barcelona; Dominant Duo, Chasing Pack & Proving a Point

Undecima en Barcelona!

The gift that keeps on giving. Rafael Nadal has now won 46 consecutive sets of tennis on clay after picking up another title in Barcelona. The world number one has been as ruthless as ever on the clay court so far this year. Wins against Klizan (who defeated Djokovic), Goffin and in the final the youngster Tsitsipas to seal another big week which saw him win his 400th career clay court win becoming the only player on the tour to have won 400+ matches on two separate surfaces. I do feel like I am just repeating myself at the moment. … Continue reading Undecima en Barcelona!

Top seeds fall across Europe!

Well, it has been quite the 24 hours on the ATP and WTA tour. Many players are beginning their clay court season this week whether it is in Barcelona, Istanbul or Stuttgart the top players have packed their bags early but who has gone home? Dominic Thiem Grigor Dimitrov Simona Halep Elina Svitolina Garbine Muguruza Angelique Kerber Caroline Wozniacki Svetlana Kuznetsova The fall outs have been big, some bigger than others! There will be concerns over Garbine Muguruza who in Stuttgart had to retire and it is the third time this year the defending Wimbledon champion has pulled out of … Continue reading Top seeds fall across Europe!