By no stretch of the imagination was Rafael Nadal at his best during this week in Toronto but the world number one has assured us of his hard court powers ahead of the US Open with wins against Paire, Wawrinka, Cilic, Kachanov and Tsitsipas. Rafa should and will take plenty of positives from this match and the tournament. There will be things he will be looking at improving on and now has a big turn around with a 48 hour switch up to now get on site in Cincinnati and will play Tuesday night. Tactically Nadal got it spot on, … Continue reading Rafa reigns once again in Canada!
For the second match running the Bulgarian has survived. As tight as his match was against Verdasco less than 48 hours ago this time against the young American Frances Tiafoe he was heavily tested once again and past the test but as tournaments progress the tests will ask bigger questions! Early on he looked locked in and ready and both players went toe to tow and could only be divided by a tie-breaker which he completely dominated. We saw the side of Dimitrov we don’t usually see too much of and that was that anger after a time violation and … Continue reading Grigor Dimitrov 7-6 3-6 7-6 Frances Tiafoe – Bulgarian survives once again but the tests will get tougher!
In Montreal and Toronto it was a very busy day on Wednesday. Both sites were hit with rain but all men’s matches got completed whereas for the ladies four of them will have to play twice on Thursday as four match are still yet to be completed. What were the stories from the day? Stan the man! If Stan’s tournament does end against Nadal in the next round it will still be considered a success. In his opening two matches he has fought from a set down twice and against Fucsovics he found himself 6-1 down quite quickly but remained … Continue reading Canada round-up! Wawrinka battles 💪🏻 Kiki’s big win 😁 Buzarnescu 🚑Raonic out ❌ Thiem’s unsurprisingly quick exit 🤔
There is no hiding from the fact that 2018 has been a tough year for Grigor Dimitrov. A player I have followed closely throughout his career I have been vocal on issues with his game whether it is his ground strokes or second serve however one thing I’d never doubt is his desire to be as good as he can or his ability to dig deep. We are now at that stage of the year where for me Dimitrov is most dangerous. The hard court season coming into US Open is usually a little slow to begin with and then … Continue reading Time to kick on? Grigor Dimitrov shows his desire to dig deep with a big win in Toronto!
The first big tournament on route to New York is a trip to Canada for the Rogers Cup, this year the men will be in Toronto and the woman in Montreal. What are those early matches you cannot miss? Victoria Azarenka v Kiki Mladenovic A big tournament for both. Gathering momentum has been a big issue for both. Vika has only won two matches on the bounce twice this year and had to withdraw from San Jose with a back problem so hear is hoping things are better now otherwise she wouldn’t have come to Montreal? Kiki has struggled for … Continue reading Those Toronto and Montreal round one matches you cannot miss!
Andy Murray last night withdrew from the Rogers Cup in Toronto next week as he continues his return to the tour. As expected the Brit also pulled out of his quarter final with Alex De Minaur which was expected as the he hinted that he could following a 3 am finish which was not ideal for his body to recover in time for the next match especially so close to returning to the tour. This decision has amazingly been criticised by the tournament director for the Citi Open. When asked about Murray potentially pulling out of his quarter final after … Continue reading Andy Murray withdraws from Washington & Toronto as he recovers from his marathon week in time for Cincinnati and New York
Stan Wawrinka turned 33 earlier this year. The three time major champion has had two knee surgeries over the last 12 months missing most of last year with injuries and rehab from knee surgery is nothing easy. His comeback has proved that. A win/loss of 6/11 for the year shows that for Stan. I’ve watched a lot of Stan this year and in all the matches from his first in Melbourne where he was not ready to return by a mile and in Wimbledon a few weeks back he did not look ready. Stan played Donald Young in R1 in … Continue reading Why Toronto qualifiers might not be a bad thing…