A masterclass. No one had beaten Nadal on clay for almost a year, the last person was Dominic Thiem back in Rome but in Madrid the 50 consecutive sets won on a single surface came to an end as the world number one was put to the sword by the Austrian. Dominic is so talented on the clay and we saw this as he took Rafa apart. Getting time against Rafa on clay is super difficult but Thiem did it perfectly by playing it his own game. Rafa is the master at hitting those powerful and bouncy forehand and backhand … Continue reading Thiem 7-5 6-3 Nadal – a masterclass against the clay king!
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
This afternoon saw the first match up between the rising Canadian Denis Shapovalov and the more experienced Milos Raonic. Canadian tennis has for so long has waited for someone to take the lead. Milos Raonic hasn’t, Eugenie Bouchard hasn’t and Vasek Pospisil hasn’t despite all being very talented but now it’s Denis’ time I believe to take over and more than anyone I do think it will help Milos Raonic. Before the match on SkySports Leif Shiras was talking about a lost generation and you’d certainly put Raonic in that category right now. I said in a piece the other … Continue reading Shapovalov 6-4 6-4 Raonic – Does Raonic need Shapovalov to take the spotlight?
Kyle Edmund’s improvement over the last couple of years has been great to watch. During his early career the Brit was known for having a big serve and a big forehand but has improved and adapted his game immensely to compete at a high level on a demanding tour. After his run to the semi-finals in Melbourne last week he picked up his first ATP title (doubles with Cam Norrie) and now he is into the third round of a Masters 1000 for the first time in his career and in the live rankings up to a career high of … Continue reading Edmund’s improvement on show as he takes down Djokovic in Madrid
British number one Johanna Konta is not having a great season. I remember watching Jo back in 2015 at Roland Garros in the first round as she came through qualifying and it was by far one of the biggest rollercoasters I’ve ever saw as she lost the first set 17-15 on the tie-breaker to Denisa Allertova and went on to lose the match. Johanna’s rise in the women’s game has been magnificent since then and she has sustained it until this year. This time last year she was ranked at 6 in the world, now she is at 23 and … Continue reading What’s up with Johanna Konta?
Who is Bernarda Pera? 23 year old Bernarda Pera was ranked outside the worlds top 300 this time last year at 324 in the world. Now the American-Croat is on course to finish this week ranked inside the top 75 in the world. I’ve watched Bernarda a couple of times this year and on both occasions I have been left impressed but also disappointed. Both matches I have watched her play in were against British number one Johanna Konta. The first was at the Australian Open in Melbourne at the beginning of the year. She played a very strong and … Continue reading Bernarda Pera, The American on the rise!
Injuries have been a big issue for Milos Raonic throughout his career. The Canadian has suffered over the last 12 months or so with injury after injury halting any progress he could make leading to the question “what if?” Milos has eight career titles to his name (7 250’s and 1 500) and is 0-4 on Grand Slam/Masters Finals combined and it could be looked back on in years to come as opportunity missed. In this early round in Madrid the draw put him up against Grigor Dimitrov and this was a meeting where we would find out a lot … Continue reading Raonic records his biggest win of the year as Dimitrov misses the benchmark again!