Sascha Zverev didn’t have a 2019 to write home about but his season did end better than expected. A weekend in Laver Cup seemed to do him the world of good as he found some form in Beijing and Shanghai. Paris and Basel was a quick hello and goodbye but he showed some of his best but some of his worst in London. Brisbane for ATP Cup, could not have gone worse. Zverev will head to Melbourne Park without a win in Brisbane as he fell to De Minaur, Tsitsipas and Shapovalov and against the latter two it wasn’t a … Continue reading Sascha Zverev will head to Melbourne with plenty to think about after a torrid time in Brisbane!
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?
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!
Wednesday was a wild day and night in London. Only Stefanos Tsitsipas has confirmed his place in the next round of the competition following his excellent performance against Alex Zverev in straight sets. It was a very competitive start to the match from both players but it was only the 21 year old who could sustain his level during the match with the German struggling and completely dropping off. The pressure was on the defending champion as he came into this meeting with Stefanos having lost their previous three with two of them this year but the Greek won in … Continue reading Stefanos turns on the style again as Rafa comes back from the brink but his fate is out of his hands!
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!
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 Masters 1000 event of the year has come to an end. Not only is it the final one of the year but also of the decade. At the home of the Cirque Du Soleil in Paris the ATP tour made it’s final stop of the year as the players look to end their season on a high. Who left Paris on a high and who left with something to think about going into the off season? Khachanov’s early exit Defending any title is a tough thing to do on the tour. I didn’t expect Karen to but I … Continue reading A week in Paris always leaves us with plenty to think about as the season edges towards the finale!