Relentless Russian’s backhand was exploited in London, is this a concern going into 2020?

With two Masters 1000 titles and a runners-up plate at the US Open Daniil Medvedev turned up at the O2 in London as the man to spoil the party. Instead the Russian ended up going home without a win. Defeats to Nadal (from a set up and 5-1 up in the final set), Zverev and eventual champion Tsitsipas sealed his fate despite turning up to London winning eight of his fourteen matches against top ten opponents. Is what happened in London something to be concerned about in 2020? Yes. There were a couple of things in his game in London … Continue reading Relentless Russian’s backhand was exploited in London, is this a concern going into 2020?

How Dominic Thiem is reaping the rewards after a reduction in topspin

Dominic Thiem’s 2019 season was one of his best. Big wins, big titles but also big changes to his game. A coaching change from Gunter Bresnik to Nicolas Massu has proved profitable as has the reduction in top-spin in his game on a whole. Top-spin looks good on the eye but its effectiveness can sometimes be questioned. Too much top-spin can make it difficult to gain control in rallies and take charge of matches but Thiem has changed that in his game. First serve The change up on the Ad side when serving has been monumental from the Austrian. Dominic … Continue reading How Dominic Thiem is reaping the rewards after a reduction in topspin

Thoughts from an incredible week in London!

A week at the O2 in London has really wet the appetite for the 2020 season. We had it all: upsets, debutants, brilliance, concerns and it has opened up some question for next year. What happened to Daniil? Probably the most disappointing performer from the week if I’m honest. We have seen Daniil take players apart from the baseline all year and since Wimbledon has been like a machine but in London burnt out. There wasn’t really part of his game which stood out for me and if anything has revisited that question about trying to generate more off the … Continue reading Thoughts from an incredible week in London!

Stefanos Tsitsipas, ATP World Tour Finals Champion!

The 50th final of the ATP World Tour Finals had two players who will be around at the top of the game for some time. They may not be the usual suspects at the very top of mens tennis but they will be here for some time. It is the first time since Miami in 2010 that an event entered by all of Federer, Djokovic and Nadal finished without one of them in the final which is quite spectacular. Debutant Stefanos Tsitsipas was the youngest finalist on debut since Del Potro in 2009 and Dominic Thiem finally after three attempts … Continue reading Stefanos Tsitsipas, ATP World Tour Finals Champion!

Herbert & Mahut win in London!

Getting to the final of the ATP Finals in London has been quite the journey from twelve months ago. Last year Michael Venus (32) and Raven Klaasen (37) made they debut in London. A round robin exit was a sad ending to their debut year together but a year of plenty of positives. For Mahut and Herbert the end of 2018 was a tough one to take. From 7-5 up they lost the final to Bryan/Sock 13-11 in the final tie-break as they looked to complete the ultimate set of all majors and the tour finals trophy. Venus and Klaasen … Continue reading Herbert & Mahut win in London!

Tsitsipas 6-3 6-4 Federer – Scintillating Stefanos is at it again!

There is just something about this man from Athens who just never gives in. For just 21 years of age the mental strength of Stefanos Tsitsipas is quite remarkable. Throughout the season I have seen him orchestrate his way past difficult opponents in tough settings. Whether it has been this week in London, Melbourne or Madrid it has been flawless and I take my hat off to him. To be performing like this at 21 years old and keeping all the emotions of the match in check is quite remarkable. He set out his stall very quickly and just seemed … Continue reading Tsitsipas 6-3 6-4 Federer – Scintillating Stefanos is at it again!

Federer advances to the semi-finals for a 16th time following demolition of Djokovic!

Novak Djokovic’ bid to be world end number one is over. A straight sets defeat to Roger Federer not only ended his bid for the year end number one but his bid for the World Tour Finals trophy. Novak began his week with a sharp performance against Matteo Berrettini however when Thiem and Federer threw pace at him he hasn’t dealt with it well at all. On what is such a fast indoor hard court you would fancy Djokovic to be the lead but he has been playing catch-up in matches. He hasn’t really been striking his groundstrokes with as … Continue reading Federer advances to the semi-finals for a 16th time following demolition of Djokovic!