It has been an incredible 10 days of tennis. Played across Perth, Brisbane and the final eight coming together in Sydney the new format has proved incredibly popular with fans and players alike with over 220,000 fans attending the event. To begin the day Roberto Bautista Agut extended his winning record to 6-0 for the event with a straight sets win against Dusan Lajovic. Another 100% record was kept as the super impressive Novak Djokovic also boasted a faultless 6-0 record in singles with his 6-2 7-6 domination of Rafael Nadal. It meant the first ATP Cup title would come … Continue reading Serbia win the ATP Cup!
124 players were nominated to represent their country over the course of the inaugural ATP Cup in Perth, Brisbane and Sydney. It is a team game after all but bare from the usual suspects, which individuals stood out? Casper Ruud – Norway Casper has been one of my favourite players to watch come up through the rankings over the last 12 months or so. Even I was surprised by his start to the season but he really took the game to his opponents. His main weapon is his forehand and he was so strong in his wins against Fognini and … Continue reading ATP Cup is a team game but which individuals stood out?
Novak Djokovic v Philip Kohlschreiber I suppose opening rounds don’t get tougher than this. Novak will be looking at this one and the first thing that will be on his mind will be the defeat to Kohlschreiber at Indian Wells 6-4 6-4 earlier on this year. The good news for Novak is that since then they have met twice with Novak coming through on both occassions. They did meet at this stage of Wimbledon four years ago with Novak going through in straight sets and I expect Philip to really give him problems but over five sets I only see … Continue reading Wimbledon Round 1 – Novak v Philip, Naomi v Poots, Coco v Venus & many more!
Were about half way through the clay court season now and nothing is certain following entertaining weeks in Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Estoril and Munich with quite a few upsets and some creating headlines making them players you’d like to avoid in these big up-coming weeks in Madrid, Rome and Roland Garros but who are they? Filip Krajinovic – 27 – Ranked 77 A very good player, has the skills to be top 30 which is where he has been before. He has had some injury issues but some good runs and results at Indian Wells in March and has followed … Continue reading The men who could have a lot to say in Madrid, Rome and Roland Garros
The Masters and Premier draws are always packed and as ever some of the best singles players in the world will also be doubling up this week in Madrid but who is playing? The first big name on the sheet is Simona Halep. The former champion here will be with fellow Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu and up against a fellow Romanian in Olaru who is with Jurak. Either team will play top seeds Siniakova and Krejcikova in round two. Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka have also doubled up again and their ranking means they receive a BYE for round one and … Continue reading The single stars who are doubling up in Madrid!
Some do and some don’t go to Monte Carlo but for the rest their clay season will now begin in full swing with the first of two Masters 1000 in quick succession but what questions do we have ahead of Madrid? Forget defending title! Every time he steps on court or is seen in Madrid he will be referred to as defending champion. Zverev has been very open about his personal life of late and his tennis and he needs to forget he is defending a title in Madrid and just play. The worst thing about being a top player … Continue reading The questions ahead of Madrid, Part 2.
Well, Wednesday has proved a manic day in Madrid. As the week goes on the draw shortens and nothing like it has done today with big names out, future stars shining and the usual suspects up to their tricks! Thiem has announced himself! Dominic Thiem had to do it this week, no excuses. He has now set up a meeting with Nadal and it will be a good marker to see how far he is away from Rafa as right now he is his biggest challenger on this surface. Down a set and a break with Coric serving for the … Continue reading Madrid Madness! Del Po stunned, Sharapova + Halep out, Thiem announces himself and business as usual for No.1