Question. Describe Borna Coric’ game in one word? Nice. It’s nice tennis, it isn’t tennis which will hurt you or tennis which with all due respect will get you off your seat, it is just nice. Borna began his year with a win against Dominic Thiem, there was a point separating them. Fine margins, let’s not get carried away. With Borna I feel like the key facts have fallen beneauth trivia. Everyone made a big deal about his best of three record last year winning 17 of 27 matches that went to a deciding set but it screamed issues. If … Continue reading Querrey 6-3 6-4 6-4 Coric; Borna’s going to have to pull up trees as the ‘nice’ tennis is causing himself more harm than good!
Caty McNally at one point was looking down the prospect of dumping out Sam Stosur 6-1 6-1 but despite a one-sided scoreline of 6-1 6-4 it was anything but straight forward for the American. Sam Stosur as you would expect did put up a good fight against the American qualifier McNally. The American like her good friend Coco Gauff looks fearless in their approach despite taking on some of the tours most experienced players and being so composed whilst at it. More than anything in the match the variety and the mental strength of the 18 year old impressed me. … Continue reading Caty McNally 6-1 6-4 Sam Stosur – American teenager forced to dig deep as she extends her winning run!
Rain fall down at Melbourne Park may of delayed proceedings a bit but the stories still came quick and fast as the first day of the first major of 2020 got underway. Serena Williams was not messing about as she won 6-0 6-3 against Anastasia Potapova in what was a landmark win for the American. Not only is the hunt for 24 underway but Serena’s win against Potapova was her 350th Grand Slam singles win. Dan Evans on the other hand didn’t look like he was going to survive his first major as a seeded player. The British number one … Continue reading Aus Open Day 1: Serena’s landmark win, Dan survives, Naomi’s happy but Coric and Shapovalov fall!
Looking through the records I was quite surprised to see that during his career Novak Djokovic has missed just one Grand Slam event since January 2005. The one he missed was the 2017 US Open due to injury. Novak is about to embark on his 16th consecutive year at Melbourne Park and has won a quite incredible six times in the last nine years. He heads there this year as undoubtedly in the best form out of the top guys following an unbeaten and ruthless ten days at the ATP Cup but he won’t be number one but this time … Continue reading Novak Djokovic has never won the Australian Open as 2nd seed but he has set the standard for others to follow after impressing at ATP Cup
Over the course of the next couple of weeks 256 players will battle for the Australian Open titles. Out of the 256, 6 of them are Brits so who is playing down under? Kyle Edmund v Dusan Lajovic Kyle had a good week in Hobart making the quarter finals before losing to John Isner in a match where he played the better tennis. The issue for Kyle who is of course a former Australian Open semi-finalist is that Dusan Lajovic is in very good form right now. I would have to say one of the most valuable players during the … Continue reading Brit’s in Melbourne, how will the seven singles players get on?
Andrey Rublev was one of those who spoke about his disappointed at having to miss the ATP Cup. Rules state that the top two player in singles and doubles leaving Rublev just outside the top 20 as the third highest ranked Russian but the 22 year old has had the best start out of the lot! Two weeks, one in Qatar and one in Adelaide and two pieces of silverware. Andrey just recently hit 100 wins on tour and will head to Melbourne Park in perfect form winning eight out of eight matches and titles against Corentin Moutet and Lloyd … Continue reading Two weeks, two titles! Andrey Rublev heads to Melbourne in a ruthless mood!
A round one exit to Jennifer Brady in Brisbane was Ash Barty’s earliest exit from a tournament for over twelve months. Just over a week later following four wins on the bounce the world number one has picked up her first title of 2020 in the augural event in Adelaide. Ash has now become the first Australian woman to win a singles title on home soil since 2011 and it’s the perfect preparation for the Aussie. Now the pressure will ramp up on Barty. I was there at Melbourne Park last January and the Barty Party fever was in the … Continue reading Bumpy start in Brisbane, title in Adelaide and now it’s time for Melbourne!