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!
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!
Novak Djokovic is still waiting for his first ever win in Barcelona. Before appearing this year the former world number one had only one appearance in Barcelona back in 2006 and his second appearance was a surprise a short lived one. The performance from Novak lacked conviction early on. He was hitting the backhand wide, slow moving around the court and looked fatigued however surely conversations were had whether travelling to Barcelona was wise? I didn’t think the decision at the time was a good one and should have taken a leaf out of Nadal’s book. Nadal could have easily … Continue reading Clinical Klizan dumps Djokovic out of Barcelona
Kei Nishikori still confuses me! When he made the final of the US Open in 2014 this seemed like the start however it hasn’t kicked off. Injuries have played a big part in his career haltering his progress however is there only so much you can put down to injuries? Just look at Juan Martin Del Potro, no-one would have thought he’d return as he has but he’s always been a determined player and of course everyone’s bodies are different! I watched a lot of Kei during the week in Monte Carlo as he saw off Seppi, Rublev, Cilic and … Continue reading Despite a run to the Monte Carlo final the usual questions are still there!
2017 ended as good as it could for Grigor Dimitrov. The Bulgarian played some of the best tennis we saw on the tour which saw him end the season picking up the World Tour Finals trophy in London but this season he hasn’t found momentum. The defeats have raised questions, his game does look like it lacks trust at times and that usual ruthless streak which was so frightening to play against but this year we have seen his second serve taking a pelting especially in Rotterdam; Dimitrov may be ranked No.4 but his second serve needs big improvement I … Continue reading A much needed good week for Grigor!