Day three down at Melbourne Park was pretty much straight. The top players orchrested themselves through to the next round and others went the long way round. Caroline Wozniacki is keeping her run going with a very comprehensive 7-5 7-5 win against the seeded Dayana Yastremska who herself had some goals for the event really wanting to face Serena again. We are a few days but potentially if Caroline and Serena win their third round ties they would play each other in round four. Elsewhere on the women’s draw there were wins for: Petra Kvitova 7-5 7-5 Paula Badosa Ash … Continue reading Aus Open Day 3; Comebacks, capitulations and normal service!
At the back end of last season I spoke about how Grigor Dimitrov resurrected a difficult season. Some good wins in New York and Paris saw him finish the year back in the top 20 and has started his year as he left off. In a previous piece I said how that Grigor’s performance against Dominic Thiem in Paris was much more significant than that of Federer in New York. I felt the perfect performance from Dimitrov agains the Austrian. He began to find his rhythm and set out his stall immediately. He backed into that forehand finding top spin … Continue reading Grigor Dimitrov’s impressed against players with something in common but can the former No.3 find his groove to get back towards the top?
No one has been on quite a rollercoaster this season than Grigor Dimitrov. Having began his year just inside the top 20 poor form and results to match saw him fall as far down as 78 in the world but will finish his season back inside the top 20. This is quite an achievement from Grigor to have rebuilt his ranking in the same season it took a drubbing. Until a few months ago it would be fair to say we hadn’t seen his best tennis for some time but he ended his season in good form. The story of … Continue reading Grigor Dimitrov resurrected a difficult season late on, but can he kick on in 2020?
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!
Over the last couple of months, Grigor Dimitrov has played some very good tennis on the tour. That victory against Roger Federer at the US Open was of course a highlight of this period but his execution of his game plan against Dominic Thiem was exceptional. Bold, brave and full of trust is a perfect way to describe the game the Bulgarian brought to the court on Thursday afternoon. Grigor Dimitrov came into Paris with a couple of early exits but impressive performances against Ugo Humbert and David Goffin put him in a good position for the test of Dominic … Continue reading Grigor Dimitrov 6-3 6-2 Dominic Thiem; Bulgarian brought out his well-thought-out front foot tennis to Paris!
128 down to 4. On Friday, four will become two and on Sunday two will become one but were far off there yet. A usual suspect, two new names and a man who has been in a major semi-final before but has surprised us all so who will be battling it out on Sunday? Rafael Nadal v Matteo Berrettini Two players with completely contrasting records. This is Matteo’s first Grand Slam semi-final. It is only his second career appearance at Flushing Meadows having gone out in the first round last year. For Rafael Nadal, this is business as usual as … Continue reading The Final Four 🗽 Rafa 🇪🇸 Matteo 🇮🇹 Grigor 🇧🇬 Daniil 🇷🇺
Ok, I’m smiling. There is just something about nights in New York isn’t there? Maybe my choice of phrase will be a bit unfair but Grigor was close to rock bottom. The Bulgarian was on the verge of slipping out of the top 80 in the world, recently had his worse loss to world 407 Kevin King in Atlanta and came into New York with one win in eight matches. How he bought time… When I say he bought himself time, he utilised his backhand slice smartly. I thought this was something against Alex De Minaur which got over-shadowed. I … Continue reading Grigor Dimitrov 3-6 6-4 3-6 6-4 6-2 Roger Federer; How Grigor bought time ⏱ let his forehand do the talking 🗣 & patrolling the baseline! 👮🏼♂️