Six contenders? Seems about right. Novak is chasing down more history as well as Rafa who is looking at chasing down Roger who would like to pull away a bit more but Daniil, Dominic and Stefanos have their sights on a first major title, but how realistic are there six’ chances? Novak Djokovic Overwhelming favourite, hands down. That doesn’t mean we should put our feet up and let it just happen at all. He is playing at an unmatched level right now. The way his season ended wasn’t great at all but the way he played during the ATP Cup … Continue reading Three usual contenders and three hopeful contenders, but who is a genuine contender at Melbourne Park?
The question doesn’t change but the year does. Will we finally get a new male Grand Slam champion in 2020? Dominic Thiem was triumphant at Indian Wells, Daniil Medvedev had a exceptional run in America as well as both fighting in a Grand Slam final and Stefanos Tsitsipas ended the year with the World Tour Finals trophy in his bag but now to go a step further, who will? Dominic Thiem No one has come closer than Dominic Thiem. Second year running he was runner-up at Roland Garros at an event that feels like a matter of time before he … Continue reading A new name on a major honours list in 2020?
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
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!
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!
The match on Thursday afternoon between Dominic Thiem and Matteo Berrettini was never going to change much. Dominic Thiem would top the group no matter what would happen on Thursday and Matteo Berrettini would go home. The Italian can walk away from his time in London with his head held high following progressive improvement throughout the week and his attitude was outstanding as he ended his run in London with a win. Dominic Thiem has resurfaced some questions. He took Roger Federer apart and went toe to toe with Novak Djokovic securing two massive wins however his performance against Matteo … Continue reading Saving himself? Dominic Thiem puts on a flat display ahead of Saturday’s semi-finals!
Round two in Group Bjorn Borg was an incredible day of tennis at the quest for a place in the semi-finals opened up. Roger Federer 7-6 6-3 Matteo Berrettini Roger Federer has kept his hopes of qualifying alive. The former champion who is playing in his 17th tour finals saw off debutant Matteo Berrettini in what was a close followed by straight forward match for the third seed. The first set required a tie-breaker to separate the two and from there on in there was only going to be one winner. Federer took it 7-2 against the Italian who has … Continue reading Thiem defeats Djokovic in a thriller as Federer finds his groove too!