Rafael Nadal has a title, on clay and before Roland Garros. The talk all week had been about potentially ending up at Roland Garros without a clay court title but his 9th title in Rome could not have come at a better time. This title in Rome of course lays down a big marker before the second major of the year where he is an incredible 11 time champion in Paris but is also a tennis record of 34 Masters 1000 titles over taking Djokovic who was on 33 as well and Federer on 28. The question we all had … Continue reading Nadal 6-0 4-6 6-1 Djokovic – Novak’s revival not enough to halt Rafa
For the 54th time since their first meeting in 2006 we have Novak Djokovic against Rafael Nadal, the number one in the world against the number two. Quite remarkable that questions have been asked of these two over the season but they are still on top of the pile and following a monumental and rain delayed week in Rome these two gladiators are the final two. Novak Djokovic leads the head to head at 28-25 with their last meeting being at the Australian Open in January where Novak strolled to a 6-3 6-2 6-3 win against the Spaniard and he … Continue reading 54th edition of Rafa v Novak; both in search of a record 34th Masters 1000 title
And breathe! It’s 10 past 1 in the morning in Rome, over 3 hours on court and we have our winner! If you were looking for relentless tennis, you came to the right place. When Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin Del Potro meet on the tour it is always a tiring but exceptional battle to witness and this didn’t disappoint. Despite it being Del Potro’s seventh match of the year the level of tennis he has shown in Madrid and in this match against Djokovic to be honest put some to shame. Both players expressed their unhappiness at points during … Continue reading Djokovic & Del Potro play out a thriller in Rome!
It isn’t often that a day is a wash-out on the tennis tour but Wednesday in Rome was exactly that! This meant Thursday would be chaos as matches were backed up and 55 due to take place on Thursday with both men and women in action and many potentially taking to court twice. So, what happened? Dominic Thiem’s tournament is over. The Austrian who was so impressive in Madrid has fallen short in Rome with a three sets defeat against Fernando Verdasco. Fernando certainly had his day on the court as he followed up his 2hr 43 minute win against … Continue reading Who survived chaotic Thursday following washout Wednesday?
On a day which saw an incredible 55 matches played out at the Foro Italico the final one to take to court just before 10pm local time was Stefanos Tsitsipas against Fabio Fognini for a place in the quarter finals against Roger Federer. Both players had already been in action during the day following Wednesday’s wash-out with Stefanos winning 6-3 6-2 against wildcard Sinner and Fognini saw off experienced Albot 7-6 6-3. Fabio just didn’t get really going at the beginning of the first set as the runner up in Madrid raced to a 3-1 lead. The Italian began to … Continue reading Tsitsipas silences Pietrangeli crowd with Fognini win
On a day which saw no play in Rome due to a wash-out it was Nick Kyrgios who took the headlines with an interview he gave where he blasted both Nadal and Djokovic. The Australian said Novak is obsessed with everyone liking him and he doesn’t like him and called Nadal ‘salty’ following losses. Today he made the headlines on court for all the wrong reasons. After being broken during the beginning of the first set against Casper Ruud to level for 1-1 he was once again warned by the umpire which resulted in a game penalty with Ruud taking … Continue reading Nick Kyrgios throws chair before walking off court Rome
Were about half way through the clay court season now and nothing is certain following entertaining weeks in Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Estoril and Munich with quite a few upsets and some creating headlines making them players you’d like to avoid in these big up-coming weeks in Madrid, Rome and Roland Garros but who are they? Filip Krajinovic – 27 – Ranked 77 A very good player, has the skills to be top 30 which is where he has been before. He has had some injury issues but some good runs and results at Indian Wells in March and has followed … Continue reading The men who could have a lot to say in Madrid, Rome and Roland Garros