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!
At just before half past eleven on Wednesday night in Paris the fate of Matteo Berrettini’s place in London was taken out of his hands. The last player you probably want to face in this situation of ‘must win’ at this time of the season is Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The good news for Berrettini is that he wasn’t the only London hopeful to have a nightmare before Halloween on a day that saw Schwartzman, Agut, Goffin and Fognini lose their chance. Alex Zverev’s place is pretty much confirmed leaving that one spot which is held by Matteo. Monfils, Wawrinka and De … Continue reading Out of his hands! Defeat leaves Berrettini waiting over his place in London!
The final Masters 1000 event of the year is here. We began in California before heading off to Miami. A trip to Europe to play on some clay took us around Monte-Carlo, Madrid and Rome in quick succession. A break then took us to Cincinnati followed by a trip to Canada. Once the final major of the year was done and dusted the tour diverted to Asia with the Shanghai Masters taking centre stage and now it comes to Paris for the 9th and final Masters of the year. After 3 years of Djokovic domination in the French capital we … Continue reading Destination London, but first a stop off in Paris!