Novak Djokovic may have battled through illness this week but the Serb has found a way day by day as he picks up his 34th Masters 1000 title, just one behind Rafael Nadal now. In three of the opening four rounds the four time former champion needed to orchestrate his way through a tricky opening set on all won on tie-breaks despite his opponents seeing set points. Novak was in no mood to give away anything today. I’ve felt that the way he has gone about his week in Paris has shown a reinvested motivation in his game something that … Continue reading No Mercy in Bercy. Djokovic wins his fifth Paris title!
Twelve months ago I watched Stefanos Tsitsipas take on Frances Tiafoe in Milan at the Next Gen Finals. The American lost the match 3-4 3-4 2-4 against the Greek in a performance I described as having too much swag and not enough steel. Frances Tiafoe now heads to Milan once again and I’m still yet to see it come together for him. I criticised the mid-match arm pump celebrations because he didn’t back it up with a win, celebrate when you win. He reached a career high of 29 following his good run to the quarter finals of the Australian … Continue reading Following a disappointing year does Frances Tiafoe have a point to prove in Milan especially as the most experienced player?
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!
Well on Wednesday we were flirting with the idea of Novak Djokovic potentially leaving Paris early. The four time former champion has been a little under the weather and it has impacted his tennis during his opening two matches. Tie-breaks were needed to see off both Corentin Moutet and Kyle Edmund in the first set of their encounters with both players squandering chances to serve for the set against the world number one. That is what makes him the best on the tour, he has gone from potentially an early exit to what was today an unstoppable performance. He raced … Continue reading Djokovic 6-1 6-2 Tsitsipas; Novak delivers a ruthless display in 58 minutes!
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!
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!
Coming into your last tournament of the year on the back of eight straight defeats and potentially finishing the year outside the top 80 was a scary prospect for Kyle Edmund but the Brit has looked so invested in his opening two matches at the Paris Masters. Tuesday saw an impressive 6-4 6-3 win against Ricardas Berankis who came through qualifying. The Brit looked strong and at home on the court which is something we haven’t seen this year. It was one of those performances where you say if you could bottle it then it would be great. Role on … Continue reading Edmund see’s off Schwartzman and you wouldn’t rule him out against an unconvincing Djokovic!