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?
Tempers at times have reached boiling point. We have seen plenty of smashed rackets over the course of the ten days but two players sailed very close to the wind but should they have been disqualified? Let’s look at the two situations! Stefanos Tsitsipas Stefanos was not too happy at being broken in his match against Nick Kyrgios that his racket took a bit of a beating. In the process of hitting his racket he also hit his dad accidentally. Here’s Tsitsipas injuring his dad while smashing his racket 📸 @atptour @TennisTV pic.twitter.com/flw165gTs8 — Olly 🇪🇸🎾🇬🇧 (@Olly_Paton2020) January 7, 2020 … Continue reading Were Tsitsipas and Medvedev lucky not to be disqualified in ATP Cup?
The question doesn’t change but the year does. Will we finally get a new male Grand Slam champion in 2020? Dominic Thiem was triumphant at Indian Wells, Daniil Medvedev had a exceptional run in America as well as both fighting in a Grand Slam final and Stefanos Tsitsipas ended the year with the World Tour Finals trophy in his bag but now to go a step further, who will? Dominic Thiem No one has come closer than Dominic Thiem. Second year running he was runner-up at Roland Garros at an event that feels like a matter of time before he … Continue reading A new name on a major honours list in 2020?
In Tennis it is too easy to get involved in statistics without looking at the play and the patterns in a match. If you look at Stefanos Tsitsipas’ stats from the ATP World Tour Finals in London it does open up one question… Aces – 32 Double Faults – 5 Forehand Winners – 51 Forehand Errors – 38 Backhand Winners – 18 Backhand Errors – 30 Net Points Won – 60/74 Break Points Won – 10/20 Break Points Saved – 23/27 What about the backhand? Stefanos is known for having one of those Hollywood one-handed backhands but he has become … Continue reading Stats can be deceiving as Tsitsipas’ backhand does more damage than numbers suggest!
Stefanos Tsitipsas has the game to get to the very top of mens tennis. The man from Greece isn’t afraid of producing an upset. His well executed game and his incredibly strong personality will make him a force to reckon with over the coming years. We have some incredible mental strength from Stefanos over the course of the season. Federer in Melbourne, Nadal in Madrid, Djokovic in Shanghai and Federer in London. It has been the most captivating year from Stefanos. I was there in Melbourne and the mania he created with his results especially that 6-7 7-6 7-5 7-6 … Continue reading The captivating, tenacious & puzzle solving Greek from Athens has all the attributes to be the best!
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!
The 50th final of the ATP World Tour Finals had two players who will be around at the top of the game for some time. They may not be the usual suspects at the very top of mens tennis but they will be here for some time. It is the first time since Miami in 2010 that an event entered by all of Federer, Djokovic and Nadal finished without one of them in the final which is quite spectacular. Debutant Stefanos Tsitsipas was the youngest finalist on debut since Del Potro in 2009 and Dominic Thiem finally after three attempts … Continue reading Stefanos Tsitsipas, ATP World Tour Finals Champion!