Three usual contenders and three hopeful contenders, but who is a genuine contender at Melbourne Park?

Six contenders? Seems about right. Novak is chasing down more history as well as Rafa who is looking at chasing down Roger who would like to pull away a bit more but Daniil, Dominic and Stefanos have their sights on a first major title, but how realistic are there six’ chances? Novak Djokovic Overwhelming favourite, hands down. That doesn’t mean we should put our feet up and let it just happen at all. He is playing at an unmatched level right now. The way his season ended wasn’t great at all but the way he played during the ATP Cup … Continue reading Three usual contenders and three hopeful contenders, but who is a genuine contender at Melbourne Park?

Australian Open – five mens matches to watch in round one!

Another year of records to be broken. The big three will be looking to add to their tally where as the Next Gen will be finally hoping to change that trend and some opening round matches could derail things… Daniil Medvedev v Frances Tiafoe Daniil will probably be one of the favourites to win here. We saw him in Flushing Meadows and in ATP Cup perform extremely well after a fantastic 2019 season. His run in London didn’t go to plan but I expect him to have too much for Tiafoe. Frances of course is defending some big points in … Continue reading Australian Open – five mens matches to watch in round one!

The flawless final hour that saw Novak Djokovic dispatch a stubborn Daniil Medvedev

Novak Djokovic just defined what he is all about in 167 minutes of exceptional tennis but the final 60 were flawless. Novak Djokovic had it on his racket but we know something about Daniil Medvedev is that he never goes away and forced a third set. Following his win Novak Djokovic had this to say about the Russian: “Daniil Medvedev is one of the best players in the world and today he showed why. He is very difficult to break from the baseline.” Back to that third set. The momentum was swinging, there was a greater impact coming from the … Continue reading The flawless final hour that saw Novak Djokovic dispatch a stubborn Daniil Medvedev

Were Tsitsipas and Medvedev lucky not to be disqualified in ATP Cup?

Tempers at times have reached boiling point. We have seen plenty of smashed rackets over the course of the ten days but two players sailed very close to the wind but should they have been disqualified? Let’s look at the two situations! Stefanos Tsitsipas Stefanos was not too happy at being broken in his match against Nick Kyrgios that his racket took a bit of a beating. In the process of hitting his racket he also hit his dad accidentally. Here’s Tsitsipas injuring his dad while smashing his racket 📸 @atptour @TennisTV pic.twitter.com/flw165gTs8 — Olly 🇪🇸🎾🇬🇧 (@Olly_Paton2020) January 7, 2020 … Continue reading Were Tsitsipas and Medvedev lucky not to be disqualified in ATP Cup?

Relentless Russian’s backhand was exploited in London, is this a concern going into 2020?

With two Masters 1000 titles and a runners-up plate at the US Open Daniil Medvedev turned up at the O2 in London as the man to spoil the party. Instead the Russian ended up going home without a win. Defeats to Nadal (from a set up and 5-1 up in the final set), Zverev and eventual champion Tsitsipas sealed his fate despite turning up to London winning eight of his fourteen matches against top ten opponents. Is what happened in London something to be concerned about in 2020? Yes. There were a couple of things in his game in London … Continue reading Relentless Russian’s backhand was exploited in London, is this a concern going into 2020?

A new name on a major honours list in 2020?

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?

Thoughts from an incredible week in London!

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!