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!
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!
With just over four days until the ATP World Tour Finals get underway, the draw has been made for the season finale. Rafael Nadal who had to withdraw from his Paris Masters semi-finals with an abdominal injury is in the draw and is expected to train on Thursday and Friday. The groups names this year will be; Singles Andre Agassi Bjorn Borg Doubles Max Mirnyi Jonas Bjorkman After over a 40 minute delay we had our draw get underway! Group Andre Agassi Rafael Nadal Daniil Medvedev Stefanos Tsitsipas Alex Zverev Group Bjorn Borg Novak Djokovic Roger Federer Dominic Thiem Matteo … Continue reading ATP World Tour Finals Draw
The final Masters 1000 event of the year has come to an end. Not only is it the final one of the year but also of the decade. At the home of the Cirque Du Soleil in Paris the ATP tour made it’s final stop of the year as the players look to end their season on a high. Who left Paris on a high and who left with something to think about going into the off season? Khachanov’s early exit Defending any title is a tough thing to do on the tour. I didn’t expect Karen to but I … Continue reading A week in Paris always leaves us with plenty to think about as the season edges towards the finale!