He made the improbable happen. Roger Federer came back from 6 months away from tennis to win the Austrailan Open, Indian Wells and Miami but now the former world number one is set to take a two month break from the tour as he will skip the preparation for Roland Garros and will arrive in the French capital ready for the second major of the year. This season has just been pretty unbelievable, no one and probably not even Roger himself could imagine to make such an immediate impact on tour and to be winning title after title he is … Continue reading 19 wins, 1 defeat and 3 titles but Federer is set to take a 2 month break!
There seems to be more variety and options on serve at the moment however I’ve been keeping an eye on many serves but I think Nick Kyrgios has the best serve on the tour right now but what makes it great? Let’s have a look… Power The power is ridiculously good. On the tour it is difficult to generate power but to do it effectively and consistently at the highest level and as well some of the toughest conditions on the tour. We see first serves knocking about a 130+mph and also we have been witnessing a second serve aces … Continue reading Nick Kyrgios has the best serve in tennis right now but it isn’t all down to power!
Elena Vesnina and Svetlana Kuznetsova may not be the most recognisable names in the sport but hey, they deserved to be shout about so let’s do it. On Monday I was on my way home from seeing Emeli Sande in Birmingham so I missed the Indian Wells finals went onto BBC website and no headlines at all. Only headline was about Federer, they do realise that a women’s match did take place right? I don’t doubt for one moment if it were Serena Williams or Angie Kerber in the final they would write about it but just because it may … Continue reading Vesnina’s win at Indian Wells deserves to be shouted about, so let’s do it!
The other day I was listening to Martina Navaratilova on BT Sport and she said something along the lines of sometimes it takes players who have more weapons to find that consistent high level where you can trust all your shots but for Kristina Mladenovic things are falling into place fast and she is looking a big threat on the tour but what makes her so dangerous? Her game has everything to reach the top. In the past it was based a lot on the serve and the forehand but she has adapted and improved and it’s something required these … Continue reading Everything is coming together for dangerous Mladenovic!
Thousands turned up and millions tuned in as Roger Federer put a display only he could be capable of as the 18 time Grand Slam champion crushed the 14 time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal at Indian Wells but how did he do it? Top gear Sometimes against any player on the tour it can take a few minutes to get up the gears and find rhythm but it was top gear from the first point to the last and Nadal recognised this and he played his game as he would but the shake of the head in appreciation at … Continue reading Only Federer could pull off such a precise and punishing performance against Nadal!
With Serena Williams withdrawal from Indian Wells before the tournament began it meant that only a couple of wins were needed for Angelique Kerber to regain spot as world number one which she has done but has exited Indian Wells early and big question marks hang over her form this year. I watched Angie play against Pauline Parmentier this week and I tweeted this… With Serena Williams withdrawal from Indian Wells before the tournament began it meant that only a couple of wins were needed for Angelique Kerber to regain spot as world number one which she has done but … Continue reading Kerber regained No.1 spot but hasn’t been convincing this year
Sometimes in sport you just have to sit there and say “too good”. After their marathon in Melbourne no one really expected a quick walk in the desert but that’s what we got as Federer strolled past the Spaniard to record his third win in a row against Nadal which is something he had never done before. No time! Nadal has been so dangerous this week in Indian Wells as he has had time, he’s played against players happy enough to sit on the baseline and compete for a certain amount of time but inevitably Nadal had been breaking down … Continue reading Federer 6-2 6-3 Nadal – From the marathon in Melbourne to the sprint in California