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! 👮🏼♂️
I think it’s a fact of life that when Grigor Dimitrov smiles everyone else does. Well, I’m smiling 🙂 Three words. If you read this regularly you are sick of them by now. Three words that Grigor spoke on Sky last year after a difficult spell. “Hope Dies Last” From world number three to almost falling outside the top 80 in less than two years. No matter what has come his way he just keeps going. His attitude has been fantastic. Grigor as we know spent some time at the Mouratoglou Academy in the past and it was interesting to … Continue reading All smiles 😁 Grigor Dimitrov is back in a major quarter final!
Three words I knew I wouldn’t forget. “Hope Dies Last” These words came from Grigor Dimitrov following a win against Frances Tiafoe in Toronto in an interview with Sky. He knew there was work to do to hit his heights and he’s not going to give up. Even now I know he isn’t. The story will be another round one exit for Grigor is going to plummet to his lowest ranking outside the top 70 in the world somewhere he hasn’t been since June 2012. Yes it’s another early exit but he played well and that is the bigger picture … Continue reading Grigor Dimitrov’s three words that still matter 12 months on as he falls outside the top 70 for the first time in 7 years!
A trip to Canada always kicks off the hard court season in full swing! The tournaments alternate destinations each year. This year the ladies will be back in Toronto and the men will be in Montreal. The draw is packed with many exciting round one match ups! So let’s take a look… Milos Raonic v Taylor Fritz Taylor is the form player, he has had some great results of late with wins in Nottingham and finalist in Atlanta. Everything has come together for the American whose game does look much more combined now. Raonic is looking for some momentum, he … Continue reading Montreal & Toronto ready for a week of intense battles 🍿🇨🇦