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!
With Denis Shapovalov these electrifying performances are few and far between. Over the course of the last two years I’d say the Canadian has played maybe a little too much tennis when he needed to hold back. Since the beginning of last year he has played 176 matches with 101 of them in 2019 which quite some number! The performance against fellow Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime was what I described as the performance we’ve been waiting for but then the level dropped off. Towards the end of the year he added Mikhail Youzhny to his team and in Paris at the … Continue reading Shapovalov’s Paris showcase which has whet the appetite for 2020!
Novak Djokovic may have battled through illness this week but the Serb has found a way day by day as he picks up his 34th Masters 1000 title, just one behind Rafael Nadal now. In three of the opening four rounds the four time former champion needed to orchestrate his way through a tricky opening set on all won on tie-breaks despite his opponents seeing set points. Novak was in no mood to give away anything today. I’ve felt that the way he has gone about his week in Paris has shown a reinvested motivation in his game something that … Continue reading No Mercy in Bercy. Djokovic wins his fifth Paris title!
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!
Denis Shapovalov has withdrawn from the NextGen finals in Milan for the second year in a row. Last year the Canadian had withdrawn citing exhaustion after a long year this years withdrawal has been badly timed. It was announced 30 minutes or so after his quarter final win against Gael Monfils in the quarter finals of the Masters 1000 in Paris that he has withdrawn from the event in Milan citing fatigue. Poor timing this announcement as tomorrow the Canadian will be up against either Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or Rafael Nadal in the Paris Masters semi-finals. Update on Milan 😔 thanks … Continue reading Denis Shapovalov withdraws from NextGen Finals in Milan
The final eight are on route. A chance to finish the season with some silverware at the Next Gen Finals in Milan but who will reign champion at the championships? Stefanos Tsitsipas will not be at the event as he has qualified for the ATP World Tour Finals in London. Felix Auger-Aliassime was due to play but an injury has ruled him out of the event. Alex De Minaur Ranked – 28 Age – 21 Nationality – Australian A very good year for Alex, if anything an underrated year from the Australian. Three titles this year in Sydney, Atlanta and … Continue reading Which NextGen stars are heading to Milan for the season finale?
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… 📉