David Goffin and Belgium’s run in ATP Cup may have come to an end but his 6-4 7-6 victory against Rafael Nadal to take the tie to a decisive doubles was pure class. I’ve always like Goffin and since Roland Garros last year he has found some great form. After his run at Roland Garros his win/loss for the year was 14/14. Since then he went onto finish the season winning 22 and losing 13 matches. This good run of form saw him make the Cincinnati final and took his ranking from 33 to top 15 and in the race … Continue reading David Goffin’s menacing performance against Rafael Nadal wasn’t enough to see Belgium through but he deserves high praise!
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?
With Denis Shapovalov these electrifying performances are few and far between. Over the course of the last two years I’d say the Canadian has played maybe a little too much tennis when he needed to hold back. Since the beginning of last year he has played 176 matches with 101 of them in 2019 which quite some number! The performance against fellow Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime was what I described as the performance we’ve been waiting for but then the level dropped off. Towards the end of the year he added Mikhail Youzhny to his team and in Paris at the … Continue reading Shapovalov’s Paris showcase which has whet the appetite for 2020!
In Tennis it is too easy to get involved in statistics without looking at the play and the patterns in a match. If you look at Stefanos Tsitsipas’ stats from the ATP World Tour Finals in London it does open up one question… Aces – 32 Double Faults – 5 Forehand Winners – 51 Forehand Errors – 38 Backhand Winners – 18 Backhand Errors – 30 Net Points Won – 60/74 Break Points Won – 10/20 Break Points Saved – 23/27 What about the backhand? Stefanos is known for having one of those Hollywood one-handed backhands but he has become … Continue reading Stats can be deceiving as Tsitsipas’ backhand does more damage than numbers suggest!
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
Daniil Medvedev came into this first round robin match against Stefanos Tsitsipas with a perfect 5-0 record against the 21 year old. Tsitsipas is the youngest competitor in London this year but put on one of the most mature performances on debut but was helped out by a Russian who seemed to rely on previous success to see him through. Following their meeting in Shanghai, Stefanos described his game as boring to play against. How did the effective style of Medvedev become problematic and for only the second time in 78 matches this year how did he not create a … Continue reading Did Daniil rely too much on previous success as Stefanos put on a mature display in London?
For the third time this year Roger Federer has been beaten by Dominic Thiem. In the previous two encounters at Indian Wells and Madrid the Austrian saved match points but this performance was well-thought and well executed. Federer in an interview with Prime Video before the match had this to say about facing Dominic Thiem; Federer on Prime; "When we played here last year, I thought he (Thiem) played a terrible match against me so I expect him to be better. Here again because he has had a wonderful season and I'm a big fan of Dominic, he is one … Continue reading Thiem 7-5 7-5 Federer; How the Austrian learnt from his 2018 drubbing & found his depth in a well executed performance!