Just about a year ago they were beginning to be written off. Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer both missed a large chunk of 2016 with injury and it did look like the end of an era. Roll on 12 months and they look fresh but also at this stage in their careers are doing one thing right and that is protecting their bodies. The tour is too gruelling most of the time to play week in week out and when the body gets older sometimes you have to say no to these tournaments. The first meeting was in Melbourne where … Continue reading A rivalry and friendship which unexpectedly took off once again this year
Marin Cilic is no stranger to London however the Croat was in all honesty one of the biggest disappointments of the world tour finals last month but where did it all go wrong? Trust is the issue. Most of the field in London were first timers and that put more pressure on someone as experienced Cilic as for them it was a free hit but at the same time the trusted what they were doing. You could argue one of his biggest weapons is the backhand. The two hander is such a strong weapon but he didn’t utilise it and … Continue reading How a lack of trust on the backhand led to Marin’s early exit
After his win in London against Pablo Carreno-Busta in London Dominic Thiem was talking to Leif Shiras at the SkyPad and it was fascinating to hear the Austrian open up about his performance more interestingly his overall game. He admitted to going for power as it feels safe to him but is it hindering his progress? I think so… Thiem’s game is like playing at 100mph throughout the whole match there isn’t much le-way and once plan A is out of the window it’s like watching a capitulation. Thiem is a very talented player and has shots on his racket … Continue reading Dominic Thiem admitted going “full power” is “safer” but will it win big titles?
In early June David Goffin unfortunately had to retire at Roland Garros serving for the first set against Zeballos. The Belgian was in great form going into the tournament and was tipped as an outsider but a horror fall rolling his ankle on the rain covers brought his tournament to an end. Following this he missed 7-8 weeks of tennis including Wimbledon and struggled to find form but in New York and travelling with his Belgian team-mates for Davis Cup he found form. Shortly after he won back to back titles in Shenzhen and Beijing as he looked to grab … Continue reading David Goffin – From his horror fall, defeating Roger and Rafa and a shot at making history!
Grigor Dimitrov started the season in fantastic fashion. Finishing the year as the world number three it began in January ranked at 17 in the world and his triumph in Brisbane sent waves through the tour. This looked like a man ready to fight at the top, it did fizzle as the season went on but he turned it on to show he does belong in the big time and there will be plenty more big time moments for him. To go a week undefeated in London is fantastic in such a competitive atmosphere against the best. Unfortunately people will … Continue reading Flair, elegance, variety and personality! A deserving debut champion!
Grigor Dimitrov treated us to some exceptionally elegant tennis this afternoon as he demolished David Goffin 6-0 6-1 to advance to the semi-finals in London on his debut at the tournament. He plays some beautiful tennis and this year at glimpses we have seen how brilliant he can be and I think I speak as a collective when I say everyone is happy to see him playing so well. In his press conference after his win against Thiem he said he’s been fighting his demons and it opens up what he has had to battle to get to where he … Continue reading Elegant Dimitrov cruises to 6-0 6-1 victory
Marin Cilic is on the verge of going home. Out of the eight players in London right now after Rafael Nadal’s withdrawal you’d say he’s the second most experienced player in the field with a Grand Slam, Masters 1000 title and a third appearance in London which looks like ending winless. Cilic will be disappointed and will know himself it will take something extraordinary to qualify for the semi-finals now. This is Marin’s third appearance in London and so far he has a win/loss ratio of 1-7 at the tour finals and now plays a player he has a win/loss … Continue reading Nervous Cilic on verge of going home after another defeat!