This part of the post is a little bit late out following the conclusion of Del Potro and Thiem but who will be looking for the that semi-final place in the top half of the draw? Novak Djokovic (1) v Sascha Zverev (5) Novak has been flawless where as Sascha has rode his luck. Novak has played some in-form opponents and has been like a bulldozer but he has got here without facing a top 40 ranked player so it will be a tougher challenge. He was let off the hook lets be honest against Jordan Thompson and Dusan Lajovic … Continue reading Djokovic, Thiem, Khachanov & Sascha, who will make the final four?
The second major of the year has come to an end. The season is over the half way point but how did some players rank over the course of their stay in Paris? Simona Halep – 10 There is nowhere else to start than with Halep. The tennis has been stunning and the mental strength she has shown has been out of this world. A true testament to hard work, determination and never giving up! Novak Djokovic – 7.5 I think Novak had a good tournament and after his defeat by Cecchinato the dissection of his performance was unfair in … Continue reading Rating their Roland Garros – who impressed and who didn’t?
Semi-finals are edging closer. Day 10 saw us confirm the first line-ups of semi-finals due to take place on Friday but who will be there? Marco Cecchinato 6-3 7-6 1-6 7-6 Novak Djokovic Well, it is the story of Roland Garros. Marco Cecchinato who never won a Grand Slam match in his career is into the semi-finals of Roland Garros. First he saw off David Goffin and now Novak Djokovic to re-write history. The former world number one had chances and even blew a 4-1 lead in the fourth set with the Italian pegging him back to 4-4 and of … Continue reading Roland Garros Day 10 – Cecchinato, Thiem, Keys & Stephens into semi-finals
Zverev survives again! For the third match running Alex Zverev has won in five sets. The number two seed has found himself under a lot of pressure and once again this time against Karen Kachanov found himself two sets to one down and had to recover to make his first ever Grand Slam quarter final! The pressure has been big on him and the attention from the media as well has been unfair. The fact he is winning hasn’t been praised but the fact it’s taking five sets is being scrutinised. Where is the praise for his mental toughness? Thiem … Continue reading Roland Garros Day 8 – Keys, Thiem and Novak through. Goffin out and Sascha survives (again)!
I do apologise for no writes over the last 24 hours, unfortunately I did have an accident with my eye but thankfully am completely ok! So back to the tennis! The last 48 hours have produced some stunning matches and upsets as the second week of the second slam edges closer. Elina Svitolina out! I fully expect Eli Svitolina to head back home to London now and prepare on the grass courts as she is set to join the field in Eastbourne in a few weeks time. The disappointment is massive for her, after what she did in Rome she … Continue reading Roland Garros Day 5 & 6 – Svitolina & Dimitrov out! Super Spaniards, Zverev survives (again), Wozniacki quietly progresses.
Day by day the field gets smaller and Day 4 ended with matches still to be completed with Dominic Thiem, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Lucas Pouille and Cameron Norrie returning to court around 1pm local time. Cruising Trio! Petra Kvitova, Elina Svitolina and Caroline Wozniacki were all in a rush today as they cruised to the next round. Caroline was the quickest on court taking 51 minutes to secure her 6-0 6-1 victory against Garcia-Lopez. Kvitova also dished out a bagel as she saw off Lara Arruabarrena 6-0 6-4. Svitolina only dropped 5 games the most out of the trio as she … Continue reading Roland Garros Day 4 – Caro, Elina and Petra cruise! Djokovic fights, Halep fights back and Goffin impresses again!
Well the men’s draw at Roland Garros nearly took a big hit this afternoon as Alex Zverev, Grigor Dimitrov and Kei Nishkori all went to five sets but walked away with the win. Grigor Dimitrov was the final player to finish his marathon of the three against the American Jared Donaldson who made the headlines for all the wrong reasons in Monte-Carlo. The American gave it his all to his credit but as the final set progressed past 6-6 his body couldn’t carry him which is leg a big issue which Grigor pounced on as he secured himself the win … Continue reading Going five? All three survive!