Daniil Medvedev came into this first round robin match against Stefanos Tsitsipas with a perfect 5-0 record against the 21 year old. Tsitsipas is the youngest competitor in London this year but put on one of the most mature performances on debut but was helped out by a Russian who seemed to rely on previous success to see him through. Following their meeting in Shanghai, Stefanos described his game as boring to play against. How did the effective style of Medvedev become problematic and for only the second time in 78 matches this year how did he not create a … Continue reading Did Daniil rely too much on previous success as Stefanos put on a mature display in London?
Stefanos Tsitsipas ended his match against Daniil Medvedev by writing on the camera ‘keep loving keep fighting’ and fight he did! Having lost all of the last five to the US Open finalist following their meeting in Shanghai recently which the Russian won 7-6 7-5, Stefanos branded his style of game as boring. There was nothing boring about today at all. Stefanos came out with a solid and inspired approach to the match. I love the intensity he plays with and the way he approaches every shot. I saw him live in Melbourne and Madrid this year and the way … Continue reading Tsitsipas 7-6 6-4 Medvedev; Greek finally gets one over on the Russian!
With just over four days until the ATP World Tour Finals get underway, the draw has been made for the season finale. Rafael Nadal who had to withdraw from his Paris Masters semi-finals with an abdominal injury is in the draw and is expected to train on Thursday and Friday. The groups names this year will be; Singles Andre Agassi Bjorn Borg Doubles Max Mirnyi Jonas Bjorkman After over a 40 minute delay we had our draw get underway! Group Andre Agassi Rafael Nadal Daniil Medvedev Stefanos Tsitsipas Alex Zverev Group Bjorn Borg Novak Djokovic Roger Federer Dominic Thiem Matteo … Continue reading ATP World Tour Finals Draw
The final showdown in London is around the corner. Debutants, defending champion, history makers, history chasers and the future of tennis will battle to end the season with the last piece of silverware but who is in London? Novak Djokovic Well, he is the favourite right? He is the five time champion but has won the tour finals since 2015 and has lost on his last two appearances in the final to Murray and Zverev. It has been a good year for Novak picking up two majors and the Masters event in Madrid as well as title in Tokyo. He … Continue reading London Calling; The top 8 are on route to the O2!
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!
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!
It’s been a fantastic week of tennis in Beijing. This time of the year there is a lot on the line as players look to end their season on a high. Many come into early October with aspirations of making their tours final events in London and debuting in Shenzhen respectively and many will walk away very happy. Kiki Bertens Kiki has found form at the right time. It got a case of potentially save her season. This is just the third time since winning in Madrid in May that the dutch player has won four matches in a row … Continue reading Five who found some much needed form in Beijing!