Daniil Medvedev’s game is unorthodox but effective and in my opinion good on the eye. Some have said his tennis isn’t attractive but how can you argue with a formula that has him with the most tour wins this year? He has a Masters 1000 title and a major final under his belt of late and I see him causing trouble and competing at the highest but is there a slight issue with his game? I wouldn’t call it an issue but a room for improvement. I think he can take his backhand to the next level. If many were … Continue reading Daniil Medvedev guides his backhand well but would he find more joy & authority with a ripped approach?
Semi-finals at Wimbledon and US Open have made a difficult season with injuries and inconsistencies a good one. Eli Svitolina is now in a race for Shenzhen where she is defending champion. Eli is world number three right now but tenth in the race to Shenzhen which won’t do. Her runs to semi-finals of the last two majors have been fantastic but have out-lined a problem in her game. 1-6 3-6 defeat to Serena at Flushing Meadows and a reverse 3-6 1-6 defeat to Simona Halep at Wimbledon lead to questions. I think saying someone in tennis is a ‘good … Continue reading Elina Svitolina may have had her greatest Grand Slam runs of late but it’s eluded to some issues in her game!
Rafael Nadal is the US Open champion. I think I owe a slight apology as I did write off his chances right after his Rogers Cup win but as the best fell short he continued to deliver. A match that looked to be plain-sailing for the Spaniard up two sets to love and a break in the third suddenly got tricky. Daniil Medvedev pulled it out, he left it all out there throughout the fortnight and I was shocked but pleasantly surprised to see how he coped with the relentless hitting from Rafa and turned the tables on the 19 … Continue reading Nadal’s night in New York despite a spirited Medvedev fight!
As a fan of Serena Williams I was sad that she lost the US Open final. As of fan of tennis I am pleased for Bianca Andreescu she continues to amaze. Saturday night after the match, I had Celeb’s Go Dating on Netflix and had quick scroll through Twitter and saw a tweet which criticised Serena. The tweet said she failed once again and outlined the fact that she has yet to win a title or a set in a major final since returning from giving birth to her daughter Olympia. That doesn’t sit well, that’s a lack of respect. … Continue reading Has the hunt for No.24 become an ‘if’ and not a ‘when’ ? Either way, four major finals since returning deserves respect and shouldn’t be deemed as a failure!
Breakthrough year’s don’t get better than this. I honestly think we won’t see anything quite like it again. The scary thing? The season isn’t done yet. I really don’t know where to begin, it’s been an incredible journey so far and Bianca has rewritten history. She leaves New York with 43 wins and 4 defeats over the course of the season which is quite outstanding which includes qualifying too. It seems a lifetime ago now that Bianca began her season qualifying in Auckland and once she made her way into the main draw didn’t look back which was her theme … Continue reading Bianca’s breakthrough year; Indian Wells 🏆 Miami 🏝Toronto 🏆 152 to 5 📈 Four months injured 🚑 US Open 🗽 45 wins ✅ 4 defeats ❌ 8-0 v Top 10 😲
Number 24 is going to have to wait. A season of incredible results has delivered another memorable moment this time at Flushing Meadows. 12 months ago Bianca Andreescu was deep outside the 100 in the world and lost in the first round of qualifying at the US Open. Now, in her main draw debut she is the champion. photo credit – Getty images It was quite the performance from the Canadian who goes from strength to strength on the tour and her fearless approach is admirable. It was a US Open final which will go down as one of the … Continue reading US Open debutant Bianca Andreescu victorious in New York!
The slow courts have meant Daniil Medvedev can loiter around the baseline pretty unscathed however the toughest challenge is here, the man who plays to his rhythm and his only. Rafael Nadal. If I were to describe how both play but song, Medvedev would be Heroes by David Bowie (slow but effective) and Nadal’s would be Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting by Elton John (steady then rampant). I don’t think you’ll read a more bizarre sentence than that previewing a Grand Slam final but hey, what better way to kick off? I do worry for Daniil Medvedev in this one, … Continue reading Slow courts suit Daniil Medvedev but now you’re playing to Rafael Nadal’s rampant rhythm!