For the third time this year Roger Federer has been beaten by Dominic Thiem. In the previous two encounters at Indian Wells and Madrid the Austrian saved match points but this performance was well-thought and well executed. Federer in an interview with Prime Video before the match had this to say about facing Dominic Thiem; Federer on Prime; "When we played here last year, I thought he (Thiem) played a terrible match against me so I expect him to be better. Here again because he has had a wonderful season and I'm a big fan of Dominic, he is one … Continue reading Thiem 7-5 7-5 Federer; How the Austrian learnt from his 2018 drubbing & found his depth in a well executed performance!
Jannik Sinner wasn’t even meant to be in Madrid but the 18 year old who had only played 16 tour matches before his wildcard in Milan at the NextGen Finals. He turned up and from day one meant business. Day by day he took apart games of everyone ranked higher than him in the ATP Rankings and finished with a perfectly executed game plan against top 20 Alex de Minaur. What aspects make up his game and the story behind his journey so far? Ski champion! Jannik could have taken a completely different path away from tennis.. Impossibile non riconoscerlo. … Continue reading Jannik Sinner 🇮🇹; ski champion ⛷ hard hitting 💪🏻 efficiency ✅ meteoric rise 📈
Having featured in eight events in 2019 Maria Sharapova is set for a busy start to 2020 if all is well. The former world number one is due to play at least three events before the Australian Open with a big rumour of a fourth as well. Mubadala World Tennis Championships – 19th-21st December – vs Amanda Anisimova Hawaii Tennis Open – 26th-28th December – Bianca Andreescu, Angie Kerber & Misaki Doi in the event as well Kooyong Classic – 14th-16th January – Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki announced so far Quite a busy start to the season for Sharapova. … Continue reading Sharapova set for a busy start to 2020! Is a new coach on the cards? How she could head to Melbourne outside the top 300!
Novak Djokovic has his sights on the title and following his opening performance and first meeting with Matteo Berrettini he is in an unforgiving mood. It says something about the level of the Serb Berrettini didn’t serve badly at all but Novak was all over him like a rash! The Italian held his first couple of games and then it went away. He continued averaging a first serve speed of 133mph against Djokovic but he got back in play 81% of serves in the first set. Cushioned return Novak Djokovic has one of the best defences in tennis and best … Continue reading 6-2 6-1 Djokovic, five time champion announces his arrival with a ruthless performance!
On Saturday it was a quick 2 hour and 8 minute journey to the bakery in Perth but on Sunday we went to the wire with an incredible 5 hours and 20 minutes of tennis. It ended in heartbreak for the hosts Australia as France battled to their first Fed Cup victory since 2003 with Australia’s 45 year wait going on… Ash Barty 6-2 4-6 7-6 Kristina Mladenovic Kiki Mladenovic had a very big day in Perth leading her side to glory in Fed Cup. Both of these players have had success recently at the WTA Finals picking up the … Continue reading To the wire! France win the Fed Cup in Perth!
Jannik Sinner was never in Milan to just make up the numbers however little did we expect the Italian to walk away with the title. To put it into perspective Sinner had only played 16 tour level career matches coming into the event and after 21 has a title! Sinner who is 18 trains with Ricardo Piatti at his academy and there have been plenty of rumours he will join Sharapova in 2020. The Italian who made the semi-finals in Antwerp recently his best ATP run has been overlooked for the Davis Cup and they may regret that now. He … Continue reading Sinner the Winner! 8th seed & wildcard wins NextGen Finals in Milan!
Casper Ruud is someone I’ve watched a lot of this year and I was excited to see him come to Milan and a round robin exit will disappoint him but can walk away with positives and plenty to build on going into 2020. Ruud is from Oslo, Norway and will celebrate his 21st birthday just before Christmas. Ruud is a lifelong Liverpool supporter and his tennis idol is Rafael Nadal spending most of his time training at the Rafael Nadal academy in Majorca. Serve Very good serve, probably second best to De Minaur out of the eight guys in Milan … Continue reading Casper Ruud; serve ✅ too much topspin? 🤷🏼♂️ backhand needs work 👨🏼🔧 stats 📈 2020 🔮