Novak Djokovic is good at staging splits at the moment. Last season Vajda, Gritcsh and Amanovic all departed 12 months ago and the other day it was announced Andre Agassi has left the camp and today that was confirmed on Novak Djokovic’ website as well as announcing that good friend Radek Stepanek has also left the camp but will continue to be good friends. This is the second time in 12 months there have been a mass exodus in the camp and it leads to a question what does Novak want? After a tough period last season he split with … Continue reading Djokovic splits with his entire coaching team… again!
During the final of Miami between Jelena Ostapenko and Sloane Stephens the Latvian called on her coach mid-way through the first set and he gave her advice but there was one bit of advice I didn’t get and didn’t think gave her the right message, he said; ‘That’s your game. You won Roland Garros hitting 54 errors but you hit 54 winners” This advice in my opinion wasn’t ideal in the final especially as the errors were running off her racket. He went on as well about commitment but it should have been about finding a way to take control … Continue reading Why Ostapenko’s style of tennis is unsustainable if you want to stay at the very top.
Winning titles doesn’t get easy than that. After exchanging break after break in set one the advantage went to the American who took a 5-3 lead but was pegged back to 5-5 before breaking again and then being broken again and we finally got to a tie-break which Sloane dominated and from there on in it was one way traffic. The match was tense right from the off with the crowd all over every error Jelena produced cheering double faults from the Latvian who managed to keep her cool but her tennis left a lot of questions. Jelena plays with … Continue reading Sloane Stephens 7-6 6-1 Jelena Ostapenko – Just 6 winners in 20 games enough for Sloane to take Miami title!
Nick Kyrgios isn’t messing about. In his first two matches in Miami he has dropped 22 points on serve, hasn’t been broken and hasn’t been on court for 2 hours combined and is looking good. Many expected fireworks during the match between Nick and Fabio but it was anything but. There was a moment in the second set when Nick led 40-15 a ball was called out before Nick hit a return, he then won the game. Fabio was then allowed to challenge the call after Nick had sat down. Hawk-eye showed the ball to be in and the umpire … Continue reading Kyrgios 6-3 6-3 Fognini – Nick efficient in dispatch of Fabio
Juan Martin Del Potro is a man in form. The Argentine is on a 13 match winning streak which includes his first Masters 1000 title at Indian Wells last week and his performance against a below-par Kei Nishikori this even has fully put his name in winners circle once again. Del Potro was quick out of the blocks, there was no messing about or let off by the Argentine who served big and found his feet pretty quickly as he continued his great form to see off Nishikori 6-2 6-2. Kei didn’t look sharp at all, he looked lost and … Continue reading All smiles! Del Potro secures 13th consecutive win with demolition of Nishikori!
It’s been one hell of a comeback so far and Victoria Azarenka put on a hell of a performance something I’d call a ‘champions performance’. The first set was all Sevastova and you have to give credit to the Latvian, she has had a very good last year or so on the tour climbing inside the top 20 and her tennis is so commitment and expressive I wasn’t surprised by her quick start, I was slightly surprised by the slow start Vika made. The forehand of the Latvian kept the ball away from the former champion and Vika just couldn’t … Continue reading ‘A Champions Performance’ from Vika sets up clash with Aga!
2018 has been tricky for Johanna Konta but her third round match against Elise Mertens was anything but. The Brit had only won back to back matches twice this year coming into her title defence here in Miami and was up against a player who made the semi-finals in Melbourne but had struggled of late. The beginning of the match took a while to get going, service games were a bit messy especially from the Belgian who continued to hit double faults. Mertens hit 6 double faults in the whole match and all of which were in the first 5 … Continue reading Konta finds her much needed top gear as Miami defence continues!