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 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!
Novak Djokovic has his sights on the title and following his opening performance and first meeting with Matteo Berrettini he is in an unforgiving mood. It says something about the level of the Serb Berrettini didn’t serve badly at all but Novak was all over him like a rash! The Italian held his first couple of games and then it went away. He continued averaging a first serve speed of 133mph against Djokovic but he got back in play 81% of serves in the first set. Cushioned return Novak Djokovic has one of the best defences in tennis and best … Continue reading 6-2 6-1 Djokovic, five time champion announces his arrival with a ruthless performance!
It has been quite the season for Matteo Berrettini. The Italian began his year ranked at 54 in the world and after 8 events had 6 wins and 7 defeats to his name, not the ideal start. After a round one exit at Indian Wells he needed wins on the board so headed off to Arizona where he dropped down to challenger level but won the title there. He returned to Masters 1000 level with back to back straight set defeats in Miami and Monte-Carlo but then found form. He won his first title of the year in Hungary and … Continue reading Next stop London; Berrettini set for tour finals debut in what should be seen as a learning curve and not season defining!
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 showdown in London is around the corner. Debutants, defending champion, history makers, history chasers and the future of tennis will battle to end the season with the last piece of silverware but who is in London? Novak Djokovic Well, he is the favourite right? He is the five time champion but has won the tour finals since 2015 and has lost on his last two appearances in the final to Murray and Zverev. It has been a good year for Novak picking up two majors and the Masters event in Madrid as well as title in Tokyo. He … Continue reading London Calling; The top 8 are on route to the O2!