Tomas Berdych is to announce his retirement from tennis at the end of the week in London. The 34 year old has struggled with injuries of late having only featured in 22 matches in 2018 and 22 matches in 2019. It has been an excellent career for Berdych who has featured in 1197 career matches including 640 wins on the singles tour. During his career he picked up 13 career titles with his first back in 2004 in Palermo. Titles in Halle, Tokyo, Beijing, Munich, Montpellier, Stockholm (x3), Rotterdam, Shenzhen and also in 2005 a first and only Masters 1000 … Continue reading Tomas Berdych to announce his retirement on Saturday!
Round two in Group Bjorn Borg was an incredible day of tennis at the quest for a place in the semi-finals opened up. Roger Federer 7-6 6-3 Matteo Berrettini Roger Federer has kept his hopes of qualifying alive. The former champion who is playing in his 17th tour finals saw off debutant Matteo Berrettini in what was a close followed by straight forward match for the third seed. The first set required a tie-breaker to separate the two and from there on in there was only going to be one winner. Federer took it 7-2 against the Italian who has … Continue reading Thiem defeats Djokovic in a thriller as Federer finds his groove too!
Raven Klaasen & Michael Venus are into the semi-finals of the World Tour Finals on Tuesday! The South African/New Zealand duo have been in fine form this week and have looked super solid in their opening two matches. First up on Sunday they saw off Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram 6-3 6-4 and on Tuesday night put on a solid display winning 6-3 6-4 once again but this time against Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo. Not only was it their second 6-3 6-4 win of the week but also another match without being broken saving all five break points faced … Continue reading Raven Klaasen & Michael Venus into London semi-finals!
Former WTA Finals champion and Australian Open finalist Dominika has called time on her career. The Slovak turned 30 this year but has had some issues with injuries recently and an achilles injury which has kept her off the court. Dominika took to instagram to announce her news on a day her biography was released. In her post she said; “Today, with mixed feelings, I have special news to share with you all. As you know I haven’t been playing tournaments for several months. What started as a recurring Achilles injury, developed into one of the most difficult moments in … Continue reading Dominika Cibulkova announces her retirement following injury!
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?
2019 has not been a great season for Sascha Zverev but this was by far his best performance as he looks to defend his title in London. There were doubts over Nadal coming into this following the abdominal injury he picked up in Paris but all noise has been he is better. I didn’t think he dealt with the pace well and the pace Zverev generated kept pushing him back. After dropping the first set 6-2 it did look like being a quick night for Rafa who hasn’t come from a set down at the tour finals since 2015 and … Continue reading One way traffic! Zverev dominates in 6-2 6-4 win against Nadal!
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!