It’s a funny old sport. Were only in February but it does have the feeling for Kei Nishikori of what could have been? Injury at the Australian Open ended his chances of competing with Novak Djokovic in the quarter finals at Melbourne Park. Now he is back and as the top seed in Rotterdam the pressure is on him to perform. Kei got the win in his first match in Rotterdam against Pierre Hughes Herbert who is one of the top doubles player on the tour but over the last few months has really been impressive in singles and this … Continue reading Kei got the win but that point against Herbert highlights the big flaw in his game
The final that offered so much delivered so little. All talk prior to the match was on Dimitrov and how he felt to get to the next level winning against Roger would help that but his 0-6 record is now 0-7 after a 6-2 6-2 thrashing in Sunday’s final but how can Dimitrov learn from Roger? Watching the match I tweeted to say this looks like a man who has put too much thought into a potential win and after the first game when he started so well it quickly de-railed. Grigor tried to go toe to toe in rallies … Continue reading Grigor Dimitrov may be ranked at No.4 but Rotterdam showed us his second serve needs a big improvement!
For Grigor Dimitrov his abysmal run against Roger Federer continues. The Bulgarian was out of sorts as he fell in straight sets to lose his seventh consecutive match against yes the world number one. Earlier on in the week Roger became the oldest world number one in history on the men’s tour and continues to edge his name into records in the history books with his 97th career title as well in Rotterdam. Grigor became the match like a steam train! He went after everything at 100mph and played a stunning opening and then it unravelled. I felt like this … Continue reading No.1 again and Title No.97 – Roger rules in Rotterdam!
Sometimes I use the phrase you never know what you are going to get and I think this applies to both Benoit Paire and Marin Cilic. I watched Marin at the Australian Open and his defeat against Dan Evans was a bit predictable in how his game or lack of game plan evolved and subsequently ending in defeat I think I called the performance wooden. On the other side of the court you have the unpredictable and either brilliant or frustrating Benoit Paire you don’t know what you will get! One thing that bothered me watching Marin Cilic against Dan … Continue reading Rotterdam Preview – Benoit Paire v Marin Cilic
After meeting four times last year they now begin their rivaly again. Two future stars on the tour but who will be going home early? Thiem has struggled so far this year and hasn’t really got going as of yet, it’s been a bit stop start where as for Alex he has continued to steadily improve and looks to be going to the next level after claiming two titles in Montpellier last week. Last year Thiem won three of their four meetings on the tour but with the way things are for both players at the moment coming into Rotterdam … Continue reading Rotterdam Preview – Dominic Thiem v Alexander Zverev