Round one at Flushing Meadows has some incredible line-ups but the attention will be on one meeting in-particular… Serena Williams v Maria Sharapova A rivalry continued. Since 2004 there have been 21 meetings. 22 if you count the walk-over at Roland Garros last year with Serena’s withdrawal. The head to head was once led by Maria at 2-1 but 18 wins in a row leaves Serena with a 19-2 record against the Russian. The tour domination these two are use to is no more. Both are in a state of finding their best. Serena has found a very good level … Continue reading All eyes on 👀
Novak Djokovic v Philip Kohlschreiber I suppose opening rounds don’t get tougher than this. Novak will be looking at this one and the first thing that will be on his mind will be the defeat to Kohlschreiber at Indian Wells 6-4 6-4 earlier on this year. The good news for Novak is that since then they have met twice with Novak coming through on both occassions. They did meet at this stage of Wimbledon four years ago with Novak going through in straight sets and I expect Philip to really give him problems but over five sets I only see … Continue reading Wimbledon Round 1 – Novak v Philip, Naomi v Poots, Coco v Venus & many more!
4 months ago Lucas Pouille produced some inspired tennis as he made it to his first ever Grand Slam semi-final. Over the years the Frenchman has improved a lot and this signalled another big improvement but what has happened since no-one would have predicted. Confidence has gone for the Frenchman who has won one match in his last nine since that quarter final in Melbourne towards the end of January. It is a shame as a season that began offering so much has gone this way and the second major of the year about to begin on home soil for … Continue reading Lucas Pouille; Australian Open semi-finalist, 1 win in 4 months, challenger tennis, pressure in Paris & resetting his season
Borna Coric will leave Madrid thinking what could have been? Lucas Pouille came to Madrid without a main draw win on the ATP circuit since the 23rd of January in Melbourne a streak of over three months which forced him to decide to take a step down last week as he played a challenger at home in Bordeaux walking away with the title. Lucas played very well. He seemed very focused and determined early on and his hitting from the baseline and especially the forehand which the Croat struggled to deal with time and time again with the sheer power … Continue reading Borna Coric left frustrated as Lucas Pouille snaps losing streak!
I watched the draw in pure disbelief! What a draw we have and the opening round match-ups even without the top eight in action is stunning! Denis Shapovalov v Felix Auger-Aliassime Wow. Two Canadians who are good friends and have explosive games! Felix is big off the forehand as we know and if he can get that time to unleash then he will be difficult to play against. I like Denis’ game it is full of imagination but there is one thing that bothered me. I saw a video on Twitter of Denis’ best shots from Barcelona and they were … Continue reading Madrid; Men’s round one match-ups 😯🤩
January and the Australian Open may have been about the achievements of Naomi Osaka and Novak Djokovic but also some shouting about what Milos Raonic and Lucas Pouille. Milos Raonic has had a tough time, a couple of Wimbledon finals to his name but injuries have not helped over the last couple of years but I think he deserves great credit for his performances in Melbourne. Wins against Kyrgios, Wawrinka, Herbert and Zverev really did start up the conversation again about his chances for the season and where the year could take him. Not only were the wins impressive on … Continue reading No one surprised us in January better than these two, can they keep it going?
Not too long ago we had what was called as the ‘Super Coaches’ on the tour as top men were coached by; Becker, Lendl, Norman etc… but the women have taken the lead in Melbourne helping their respective players progress to the latter stages of the tournaments. Rennae Stubbs (Pliskova) Conchita Martinez (Pliskova) and Amelie Mauresmo (Pouille) with their players making their first Melbourne semi finals. Amelie has been on board of team Pouille for a few months having opted against taking over the French Davis Cup team to instead take over as Pouille’s coach. Mauresmo is a former coach … Continue reading Lucas Pouille – ‘She (Mauresmo) knows everything about tennis, it’s not about being a woman or a man’