A final fit for Dubai royalty. If you ever had doubts over what Stefanos can do I think what he has achieved so far this season is magnificent and no matter what happens now in Dubai he has laid down a serious marker. Roger Federer is no stranger to laying down markers and is now after a big milestone which we’ve been talking about for some time… his 100th singles title. Victory in Dubai against Stefanos would secure that. I haven’t seen much of Stefanos live this week but have been watching back and he’s been mightily impressive in the … Continue reading Roger Federer v Stefanos Tsitsipas – Markers and Milestones, who will win?
Borna Coric is a man finding form. Extended season in Davis Cup and illness meant that his pre-season didn’t really get going until after Melbourne where his pre-season begun and says he has been working on everything. His performances so far in Dubai have been inspiring. You could look at the performances of Borna so far this week and look either way congratulate for grinding results or be picky. I’m more on the grind out results however it has been good so far this week to see how he has improved his game in each match. He has been a … Continue reading Borna grinds it out once again!
Down 0-5 it looked like being a quick evenings work for Tomas Berdych as Borna Coric was not alive in the match. Borna has been talking a lot this week and mentioned he didn’t really have a pre-season training block longer than 10 days due to being unwell and hence why after Melbourne he had a bit of a break from tennis and his season has started late in comparison others. Early defeat in Marseille last week would have hurt him and he looked flat. In his first match against Vesely he did have to call on his experience to … Continue reading Borna Coric 1-6 6-1 7-6 Tomas Berdych – Borna recovers from passive start to secure a big win!
Grigor Dimitrov’ stint in Dubai is over. The man who won the world tour finals in November put on a simply bizarre and poorly planned performance as he lost to 34 year Malek Jaziri who recorded the biggest win in his career. Early on in the match I was tweeting and I said this is bad, it was a bit of a mess and it continued to spiral and only took the first set after a few double faults from Jaziri. The stats were not good from Dimitrov and they read like this; 46% of second serves won (theme throughout … Continue reading Dimitrov off to Indian Wells with thinking to do after poor performance in Dubai defeat!
Preparations for Indian Wells could not have gone better for Andy Murray. The British number one announced at the beginning of the week he had been suffering from shingles but was fit and firing once again as he lifted his 45th career title. During the first couple of games the two exchanged breaks until the Spaniard found a 3-1 lead but after then the world number one found his feet there was no looking back as he won 6-3 6-2. Fernando’s biggest weapon is the forehand but Murray did a good job in targeting that corner with the backhand. … Continue reading Murray wins in Dubai to seal 45th career title!
It’s not the first time I’ve watched Lucas Pouille and thought he’s ran out of ideas. The Frenchman has come far over the last year or so but when the pressure moments came panic settled in and went for shots that in all honesty weren’t on. Murray edged ahead in the first set immediately but credit to Pouille he continued to fight and was strong off both wins and got the break back against the world number one but in the pressure moment he tried something pretty unusual and it ended up costing him the set before Murray went on … Continue reading Murray 7-5 6-1 Pouille – Pouille ran out of ideas as Murray raced to victory after close first set
Defending champion Stan Wawrinka’s run in Dubai ended before it got going. The Swiss number one fell short to Damir Dzumhur with a lack lustre performance ahead of Indian Wells. Anywhere but there! How many times do you watch a tennis match and see a player approach the net and think hit the ball anywhere but right at your opponent? Annoyingly you can’t actually see Dzumhur which shows as well how deep he is on the court but up until this point it was a perfectly constructed point by Stan until he approached the net, anyway but down the middle … Continue reading Wawrinka falls short in Dubai!