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?
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!
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 showdown in London is around the corner. Debutants, defending champion, history makers, history chasers and the future of tennis will battle to end the season with the last piece of silverware but who is in London? Novak Djokovic Well, he is the favourite right? He is the five time champion but has won the tour finals since 2015 and has lost on his last two appearances in the final to Murray and Zverev. It has been a good year for Novak picking up two majors and the Masters event in Madrid as well as title in Tokyo. He … Continue reading London Calling; The top 8 are on route to the O2!
The greatest compliment you can pay someone is no one wants to play them. That is the case for Daniil Medvedev. It has been one of the most incredible breakthrough seasons on the ATP Tour for the relentless Russian. It kicked off with a first Masters 1000 semi-final in Monte-Carlo followed by back to back to back final appearances at Masters level too winning two of his three finals in Cincinnati and Shanghai. Titles in St. Petersburg and Bulgaria have added to a stellar year as well as appearances in nine finals overall this calendar year including the US Open … Continue reading The inform Russian that no one wants to play in London!
Denis’ first! It has been coming and I’m pleased it did. After seven semi-final defeats on the trot for Denis Shapovalov the Canadian went not one but two better. Not only did he make his first ATP tour final but he won his first title against Filip Krajinovic in Stockholm ending his week without a set drop. This is a big milestone for Denis in what is set to be a busy end of season for him with him expected to take part in Paris, Next Gen Finals and Davis Cup finals. Unfortunately he fell at the first hurdle in … Continue reading Denis’ first 🏆 Sascha’s slip 🤦🏼♂️ Who is Jannick Sinner? 🇮🇹 Daniil’s rest 😴 & why Jack Sock could end 2019 without a ranking… 📉
Performances at a Masters 1000 final don’t get better than that. The most incredible year continues for the Russian who described his recent run as outrageous making six finals in a row picking up his fourth title this year. He set out his intentions quite early as you’d expect winning 10 of the first 12 points and finding an early break. A messy service game from the Russian did peg us back level but Sascha Zverev in what was another very good week for the German. At 5-4 the German was serving to stay in the set and threw up … Continue reading Daniil’s day once again as the Russian cruises to another title!