Six contenders? Seems about right. Novak is chasing down more history as well as Rafa who is looking at chasing down Roger who would like to pull away a bit more but Daniil, Dominic and Stefanos have their sights on a first major title, but how realistic are there six’ chances? Novak Djokovic Overwhelming favourite, hands down. That doesn’t mean we should put our feet up and let it just happen at all. He is playing at an unmatched level right now. The way his season ended wasn’t great at all but the way he played during the ATP Cup … Continue reading Three usual contenders and three hopeful contenders, but who is a genuine contender at Melbourne Park?
The last time we saw Roger Federer on a tennis court (competitively) he was dumped out of the ATP World Tour Finals by Stefanos Tsitsipas in mid-November. The last time we saw Roger Federer in Melbourne he was dumped out by an emerging Stefanos Tsitsipas in a flawless and fearless display under the Melbourne sun. Roger hasn’t played a warm-up for the first time since 2013 as he approaches the first major of the year but has said he has had a good preseason with no setbacks. With no warm-up event and recent results declining I cannot see Roger winning … Continue reading Roger’s in Melbourne but admits he could have stayed at home!
From 2014-2016 Roger Federer began his year at the Brisbane International. Over the past three years he has been representing Switzerland at the Hopman Cup. Both events have now dropped off the calendar and Roger is set to head to Melbourne without a warm-up. The former number one was due to play in the inaugural ATP Cup which is in Brisbane, Perth and Sydney but pulled out meaning that Switzerland lost their place. Federer decided to pull out to spend more time with his family but at the end of the 2019 season did go on a South America travel … Continue reading For the first time since 2013 Roger Federer is heading to Melbourne without a warm-up. Good idea?
It is quite incredible that for 15 of the last 16 years the year end world number one ranking has been held by Federer, Djokovic or Nadal with all three holding it five times. There have been standout years for all three players when they have finished the year as number one but one year stands out the most to me and that is 2016. 2016 was the year Andy Murray finished the year as world number one. Federer missed quite a bit of tennis that year injured but Rafa and Novak still won big. Djokovic won in Melbourne, Indian … Continue reading Between them, Federer, Djokovic & Nadal have ended the year No.1 for 15 of the last 16 years but surely Andy’s 2016 was the standout?
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!
There is just something about this man from Athens who just never gives in. For just 21 years of age the mental strength of Stefanos Tsitsipas is quite remarkable. Throughout the season I have seen him orchestrate his way past difficult opponents in tough settings. Whether it has been this week in London, Melbourne or Madrid it has been flawless and I take my hat off to him. To be performing like this at 21 years old and keeping all the emotions of the match in check is quite remarkable. He set out his stall very quickly and just seemed … Continue reading Tsitsipas 6-3 6-4 Federer – Scintillating Stefanos is at it again!
Novak Djokovic’ bid to be world end number one is over. A straight sets defeat to Roger Federer not only ended his bid for the year end number one but his bid for the World Tour Finals trophy. Novak began his week with a sharp performance against Matteo Berrettini however when Thiem and Federer threw pace at him he hasn’t dealt with it well at all. On what is such a fast indoor hard court you would fancy Djokovic to be the lead but he has been playing catch-up in matches. He hasn’t really been striking his groundstrokes with as … Continue reading Federer advances to the semi-finals for a 16th time following demolition of Djokovic!