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Denis Shapovalov has withdrawn from the NextGen finals in Milan for the second year in a row. Last year the Canadian had withdrawn citing exhaustion after a long year this years withdrawal has been badly timed.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or so after his quarter final win against Gael Monfils in the quarter finals of the Masters 1000 in Paris that he has withdrawn from the event in Milan citing fatigue.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… 📉
I think it is fair to start off with the fact that no one was expecting Denis Shapovalov to defeat Novak Djokovic in Shanghai with a 1-11 top ten win record since the beginning of last year but was that performance worrying? In a word, yes. 6-3 6-3 to Djokovic, score-lines can be deceiving but this wasn’t a contest and the theme was set early with erratic hitting. From the opening 6 games or so I picked up some ground strokes which were as I said, erratic. Blue is backhand and red is forehand, yellow is where the ball bounced. … Continue reading Erratic hitting from Shapovalov left himself a mountain to climb against Djokovic in Shanghai
That was flat. A few weeks ago I said Denis’ performance against Felix Auger-Aliassime was what we had been waiting for and this was far from it. Even against his defeat to Monfils in New York it was better. Denis was the highest seed left in Chengdu and now he will head to Beijing thinking what could have been as he awaits his first ATP semi-final win falling to a 0-7 record. The serving numbers from Denis were good; 71% first serve in 72% first serve won (21/29) 83% second serve won (10/12) 12 aces 0 double faults Good? That’s … Continue reading Denis Shapovalov continues to struggle with the return down the T on the ad side as he still awaits a first tour semi-final win!