At just before half past eleven on Wednesday night in Paris the fate of Matteo Berrettini’s place in London was taken out of his hands. The last player you probably want to face in this situation of ‘must win’ at this time of the season is Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The good news for Berrettini is that he wasn’t the only London hopeful to have a nightmare before Halloween on a day that saw Schwartzman, Agut, Goffin and Fognini lose their chance. Alex Zverev’s place is pretty much confirmed leaving that one spot which is held by Matteo. Monfils, Wawrinka and De … Continue reading Out of his hands! Defeat leaves Berrettini waiting over his place in London!
The final Masters 1000 event of the year is here. We began in California before heading off to Miami. A trip to Europe to play on some clay took us around Monte-Carlo, Madrid and Rome in quick succession. A break then took us to Cincinnati followed by a trip to Canada. Once the final major of the year was done and dusted the tour diverted to Asia with the Shanghai Masters taking centre stage and now it comes to Paris for the 9th and final Masters of the year. After 3 years of Djokovic domination in the French capital we … Continue reading Destination London, but first a stop off in Paris!
The race for London has not been as tight as this for some time. Nadal, Djokovic, Federer, Medvedev and Thiem are in. Stefanos Tsitsipas’s qualification is all but confirmed. The top eight qualify which leaves two spaces left. A week in Shanghai should put a little daylight between some and there is still plenty of tennis to be played but it might come down the wire at the Paris Masters. Who is in contention for final two spots? Roberto Bautista Agut He is in one of the lead positions right now. His season has dipped and retirement in Beijing hasn’t … Continue reading With Tsitsipas all but confirmed, who are the seven possible players battling for last two spots in London?
The top players continue to fall in Stuttgart. Going into the quarter finals on the grass in Germany the top remaining seed is Milos Raonic who hasn’t hit a ball in some time following a complete bow out of top players as you can see below. The players not in Stuttgart QF's; ZverevTsongaShapovalovKohlshchreiberMedvedevKyrgiosKhachanovMonfils — Iain Fordyce (@IainFordyce) June 13, 2019 Felix Auger-Aliassime is through to that stage on a day of upsets with a pretty strong performance against Giles Simon. Gilles has been a problem player on the grass during his career but despite a slight stumble in form during … Continue reading Felix finds his way as Sascha, Gael & Karen lose their way…
The draw for Wimbledon is out! The draw gods have thrown up some matches you cannot miss on the first opening days. Borna Coric v Daniil Medvedev Borna Coric’ resurgence has been a joy to watch this season and I will link to a piece I did on it below! Even at such a young age the fact he has done and learned so much and before his appearance in Halle won 2 career tour matches on grass and then went and defeated Roger Federer in the final! Daniil is a player who has achieved over the last year but … Continue reading The R1 Wimbledon matches you cannot miss! 😯
Week one is almost over. Day 7 saw normal service resume for the majority of the top players on the tour and some surprises once again! Sharapova and Serena win! When the draw came out we all saw a potential R4 match up between Sharapova and Serena on the cards and I think it is fair to say we didn’t see it materialising but following respective wins against Georges for Serena and Pliskova for Sharapova with both ladies winning in straight sets. A preview will be up! Kontaveit confidently dispatches Kvitova Anett Kontaveit’s win against Petra Kvitova was a surprise … Continue reading Roland Garros Day 7 – Sharapova & Serena win, Kvitova out! Normal service and Goffin’s marathon!
The Roland Garros draw is out and my hasn’t it thrown up some interesting battles and stories as two weeks of world class tennis is set to begin in the French capital so let’s have a look at the talking points; there is only one player in Rafael’s Nadal quarter of the draw ranked inside the top 10 in the world, Kevin Anderson! Juan Martin Del Potro is in the bottom half of the first draw and is up against Nicholas Mahut in R1 with Britain’s Kyle Edmund in this quarter up against Alex De Minaur. In the third quarter … Continue reading Roland Garros 2018 – The Draw