The first five months of the season was a car crash. Djokovic fell to Hyeon Chung in the fourth round of Melbourne and following then he had a break. What followed went from bad to worse. First round defeats in Miami and Indian Wells were followed by poor showings in Monte-Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid and at this point his season win/loss was 6/6. Djokovic then arrived in Rome. He had a good week making the semi-finals after seeing off Nishikori but losing to Nadal ended his run. Roland Garros came and it was a challenge for the Serb who had … Continue reading A phenomenal year by the worlds best!
Sascha Zverev has had his biggest day in his tennis career. Following a routine rout by Novak Djokovic earlier on in the week the German spoke about how he’d been tired for the last two months and that the calendar was too long. Fast forward a few days he see’s off Isner, Federer and Djokovic in straight sets to win the ATP World Tour Finals in London. This was a major surprise, following his comments after his defeat to Novak he sounded defeated but it had the noise of a frustrated player rather than someone who was believing what he … Continue reading Sascha’s best week yet, however it would be unfair to say he ‘must’ win a major in 2019!
Alex Zverev has said he is tired. He has claimed he has felt like it for the last two months and says the calendar is too full, that I agree with but you choose your tournaments. Obviously there are tournaments where you have to play in like Masters and Majors unless you have a very good reason but other tournaments you can prioritise. Last year Zverev finished 2017 participating in 26 events where as this year will end with 23 events but still it’s a little all over the place. As someone who is ranked at number 5 in the … Continue reading Zverev’s right the calendar is full, but you chose your tournaments
8 have now become 4. Off goes Dominic Thiem, Kei Nishikori, Marin Cilic and John Isner to begin their off season. For Novak Djokovic, Kevin Anderson, Roger Federer and Alex Zverev the week is still alive. Over the coming days 4 will become 2 and then as the Spice Girls say, 2 becomes 1 but before we think that far ahead we have the semi-finals to contend with. So, what to expect? Alex Zverev v Roger Federer This has the possibility to be a classic but on the weeks performances so far this could be a disaster. I think the … Continue reading ATP World Tour Finals – Semi-Finals Preview
Well, it’s been an odd week of tennis. Kei Nishikori performed well to see off Roger Federer in straight sets to begin the week setting the cat amongst the pigeons but that win seems a lifetime ago now following a 6-0 6-1 defeat to Kevin Anderson and a 6-1 6-4 defeat to Dominic Thiem. Dominic Thiem has left me scratching my head. I felt he competed well against Anderson but was missing variety and was pretty predictable. The performance against Roger Federer was even more bizarre, it once again was predictable and even though he tried be aggressive it was … Continue reading Thiem finally arrives, Nishikori with no surprise… work to do for both!
My title is What was Dominic trying to do? The answer? I don’t know! The performance from Dominic Thiem was simply bizarre, I just didn’t get it. Before the match his coach Gunter Bresnik was talking to SkySports following a practice earlier on that day and said the plan is to be aggressive and I thought yes this is it, were in for a match! What did we get? Aggression with no plan. It was horribly predictable, you could tell from one shot to another where Dominic was going. Where was the variety? Where was the drop shot? Where was … Continue reading Thiem – 2-6 3-6 Federer – What was Dominic trying to do?
The only British representative this year in London is Jamie Murray and he and his Brazilian teammate Bruno Soares have qualified for the semi-finals following their straight sets win seeing off Cabal and Farah from Colombia 6-3 6-4 in just over an hour. The match began with an exchange of breaks between the fourth and second seeds but it was Jamie and Bruno who really took control of the match and didn’t really look back at all winning big points and when they managed to get ahead kept that position against the second seeds who are debuting in London this … Continue reading Jamie & Bruno into the semi-finals at the O2