Performances at a Masters 1000 final don’t get better than that. The most incredible year continues for the Russian who described his recent run as outrageous making six finals in a row picking up his fourth title this year. He set out his intentions quite early as you’d expect winning 10 of the first 12 points and finding an early break. A messy service game from the Russian did peg us back level but Sascha Zverev in what was another very good week for the German. At 5-4 the German was serving to stay in the set and threw up … Continue reading Daniil’s day once again as the Russian cruises to another title!
The man from Athens has found some form over the last few weeks. After five defeats on the bounce on the tour he has found some form once again since the Laver Cup. Runner up in Beijing defeating Zverev and Isner and so far in Shanghai has seen off Auger-Aliassime, Hurkacz and now Novak Djokovic. He now sits with Dominic Thiem as the only players to have beaten Djokovic, Nadal and Federer this year. When Stefanos is in this mood, it’s a delight to watch him. He is so focused and just oozes confidence. His thought is just one point … Continue reading Tsitsipas 3-6 7-5 6-3 Djokovic – How one brave backhand winner swung momentum in the faultless Greek’s favour!
I think it is fair to start off with the fact that no one was expecting Denis Shapovalov to defeat Novak Djokovic in Shanghai with a 1-11 top ten win record since the beginning of last year but was that performance worrying? In a word, yes. 6-3 6-3 to Djokovic, score-lines can be deceiving but this wasn’t a contest and the theme was set early with erratic hitting. From the opening 6 games or so I picked up some ground strokes which were as I said, erratic. Blue is backhand and red is forehand, yellow is where the ball bounced. … Continue reading Erratic hitting from Shapovalov left himself a mountain to climb against Djokovic in Shanghai
Debutant in Shanghai having come through qualifying Juan Ignacio Londero set out his stall early on. The Argentine having a break through year on the main tour gave Andy Murray plenty to think about in the opening game of the match which took 14 minutes for the former champion to hold. His stubbornness and confidence from the baseline continued to cause issues for Murray and the break that looked inevitable did come as he fell 2-3 and then 2-4 down in the early exchanges. At 40-0 it looked like a routine hold for Murray following the break in the previous … Continue reading Andy Murray wins a fun and intense battle with Juan Ignacio Londero in Shanghai!
He was British number one but Kyle Edmund is set to fall out the top 70 in the world after his sixth defeat on the bounce. The former world number 14 has had a tough year which began with an injury at the Australian Open and just hasn’t kicked on since. He has had a lot of changes with his main coach Frederik Rosengren retiring in February and has recently split with Mark Hilton too. Colin Beecher who worked with Kyle between 2011-2014 and has been a coach on the Davis Cup team has joined him on a temporary basis. … Continue reading 6th defeat on the bounce, Kyle Edmund’s exit in Shanghai and no show in Antwerp leaves him potentially outside the top 70!
The season is heading to it’s finale but as ever there is plenty of tennis and news hitting the headlines as the tour finished it’s stint in Asia heading back to Europe for now. Sharapova out of Linz! Maria Sharapova’s season is not over yet but I will be surprised if we see her again this year. The Russian was due to play in Linz next week a place she hasn’t featured for over a decade but this shoulder problem has forced her out once again. Maria is expected still on site in Linz on Tuesday at an autograph session … Continue reading Osaka, Djokovic & Thiem 🏆 Sharapova out of Linz 🤕 Shanghai 🇨🇳 Murray in action 💪🏻 Rafa’s wrist 🚑 Last chance in Linz? 🇦🇹
Another week of flawless tennis. His pre June struggles with form and recovery have long gone and without doubt no one is playing better tennis than the Serb right now. He has now won 31 of his last 33 matches as he marched through the field in Shanghai and is just 215 points off Rafael Nadal at world number one. The tennis was a delight to watch and to see him at this level is scary and right now I don’t see who will stop him from now until the end of the season as Rafa and Roger have put … Continue reading Djokovic reigns in Shanghai 💪🏻