Rafa’s back! However bigger challenges lie ahead…

Rafael Nadal is back. The Spaniard’s form this season has continued to improve throughout the year and his performances on the clay this season have been near on perfect with title wins in Monte-Carlo and Barcelona. Suddenly anyone who thought they may have a chance against Nadal may want to think again. His performances against Murray, Wawrinka, Goffin, Thiem and Nishikori over these last couple of weeks has been exceptional! With just two Masters 1000 events to go before Roland Garros you’d probably say that right now Nadal maybe the favourite for the second major of the year however he … Continue reading Rafa’s back! However bigger challenges lie ahead…

Monte Carlo 2016 Review

Novak? Well, who saw this coming? Novak Djokovic being defeated in the second round of a Masters 1000 event? Having made it to atleast the semi-finals in his last 7 appearances I never saw that coming and probably neither did Jiri Vesely. This is technical Novak’s first defeat of the season and despite struggles against Tim Smyck and Kukuskin already this year I was shocked. It was a great performance from Jiri who became the first player in almost 6 years ranked outside the top 50 in the world to defeat Novak! The big question is, will Novak return to … Continue reading Monte Carlo 2016 Review

Will Monfils or Tsonga become only the 3rd Frenchman in the Monte-Carlo final in 53 years?

Since 1964 only two French players have made the final of Monte-Carlo. The last French male winner of a Grand Slam Yannick Noah made the final of Monte-Carlo back in 1986 but lost to Joakim Nystrom 6-3 6-2 however more recently 16 years ago Cedric Pioline defeated Dominik Hrbaty 6-4 7-6 7-6 becoming the first Frenchman to win the tournament since 1963 and the wait for another winner let alone a finalist goes on until now! Since that final in 1963 only two French players have made the final so will it be Gael Monfils or Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who will … Continue reading Will Monfils or Tsonga become only the 3rd Frenchman in the Monte-Carlo final in 53 years?

Tsonga defeats Federer in Monte Carlo!

Roger Federer’s wait for the title in Monte-Carlo goes on. He might not have stood a better chance with Novak out and question marks over Nadal’s form throughout the season but the Swiss number one leaves the tournament early. The headlines will be about Federer losing but Tsonga from 3-6 down produced a great performance to win 3-6 6-2 7-5 against Roger. The forehand of Tsonga was strong however I was surprised by the lack of conviction from Roger especially on shots you’d usually expect him to make at the net. Even after taking the first set 6-2 it didn’t … Continue reading Tsonga defeats Federer in Monte Carlo!

Monte-Carlo Quarter Finals Preview

A few days ago there were 64 players, now there are just 8 remaining. The number will half again after play on Friday but who will advance from the quarter finals to the semi-finals? Andy Murray v Milos Raonic The first quarter final of the day is between the British number one and the Canadian number one. I’d probably say that both players haven’t really been that convincing so far this week but have fought well to get to this stage. Andy Murray leads the head to head at 4-3 against the Canadian having won their last three meetings with … Continue reading Monte-Carlo Quarter Finals Preview

Monte-Carlo Preview – Rafael Nadal v Dominic Thiem

There once was a time that Rafael Nadal was invincible at Monte-Carlo between 2005 and 2012 the Spaniard won the tournament eight years in a row and then Rafael Nadal ran into Novak Djokovic in the 2013 final and lost his first match there in 8 years and since 2012 hasn’t won the title either winning just one Masters 1000 event in the last thirteen events he has played. The last time Rafael Nadal exited Monte-Carlo in round three was back in 2003 when he lost to Guillermo Coria after getting into the tournament through qualifying but this time looking … Continue reading Monte-Carlo Preview – Rafael Nadal v Dominic Thiem

Djokovic defeated by Vesely in Monte-Carlo!

Well, Monte-Carlos is the place to be however for Novak Djokovic the tournament has surprisingly ended before it really got going as the world number one lost 4-6 6-2 4-6 to Jiri Vesely ranked at 55 in the world. This defeat for Novak is a massive surprise! No one saw it coming at all but credit to Jiri for a solid performance and holding his nerve in the last set. I only got to see the final set on my break and with Novak on the court I felt an inevitability that Novak would get back into the match but … Continue reading Djokovic defeated by Vesely in Monte-Carlo!