It has been an incredible couple of days down in New York. With round one now over who has caught the eye down at Flushing Meadows? Vasek Pospisil 4-6 7-5 7-5 4-6 6-3 Karen Khachanov Vasek has his first main draw win in a year following a rough time with injury. Karen Khachanov will be gutted to go home so early in a major following a good run of performances but he didn’t get going. Karen played ok but that was it. I never saw him take the initiative and try and go for it against the Canadian, instead he … Continue reading Who stole the headlines at the opening round matches at US Open?
Round one at Flushing Meadows has some incredible line-ups but the attention will be on one meeting in-particular… Serena Williams v Maria Sharapova A rivalry continued. Since 2004 there have been 21 meetings. 22 if you count the walk-over at Roland Garros last year with Serena’s withdrawal. The head to head was once led by Maria at 2-1 but 18 wins in a row leaves Serena with a 19-2 record against the Russian. The tour domination these two are use to is no more. Both are in a state of finding their best. Serena has found a very good level … Continue reading All eyes on 👀
The US Open is just around the corner, for the majority of players this is the last calling card before a trip to New York. Cincinnati always draws the crowds and has done again this year with the best due to play. Following Cincinnati a week in New Haven (ladies) and Winston Salem (men’s) is on offer but most of the top players will want to be on site a week before so will head over to Flushing Meadows. Roger Federer is back having not competed since Wimbledon, how are his New York preparations going? He will play either Sousa … Continue reading The last stop (for most) before New York 🗽
Andrey Rublev was one of the stars of the show in Milan last year at the inaugural NextGen Finals and in my opinion has potential to go far on the tour but does need to tune up his game. Andrey’s game is built on being aggressive and we did see this against Dominic Thiem in Monte Carlo. Nine times out of ten he wants to go for the forehand and step inside the baseline and there is nothing wrong with that. Image Credit – Sky Sports You can see he is looking for the cross court most of time and … Continue reading Rublev‘ game is solid but he needs to let the second serve go a little
Dominic Thiem is one of the big challengers to Rafael Nadal on a clay court however the Austrian hasn’t been involved in the action as much as he would like over the last month or so with this ankle injury that forced him to miss Miami. No one should expect miracles from Thiem over the week as this is his first tournament back but there were some things that impressed, improved throughout the match and will naturally come with game time. Improvement throughout the match is something I like to see as it’s easier to continue to do the same … Continue reading Thiem steps it up just in time to stay in at Monte Carlo!
Acapulco is a tournament that continues to grow on the tour. Once again it has attracted some of the biggest names in men’s tennis to the Mexican coast with some cracking round one matches in store as the fight begins for the Sombrero won last year by Sam Querrey. Rafael Nadal v Feliciano Lopez Two friends meet. Acapulco is a setting for a match up like this. Rafa will be looking to find form again ahead of a busy few months on the tour and Feliciano will prove a tough test. He will come and play his game and that’s … Continue reading Acapulco 2018 – who is taking home this years Sombrero?
The Australian Open never fails to deliver and on day 1 we saw some surprises and of course upsets as the seasons major opener got under way at Melbourne Park American Wipe-out! The day began with 13 American’s taking court in Melbourne and the number 13 ended up being unlucky for with only 3 American’s progressing to round two. Incredibly the day saw Jack Sock, Coco Vandeweghe, John Isner, Sloane Stephens and Venus Williams amongst others lose with the only winners being Ryan Harrison, Nicole Gibbs and 22 year old qualifier Mackenzie McDonald! Venus out! Bencic through! Belinda Bencic’ comeback … Continue reading Australian Open Day 1 – Bencic stuns, Grigor and Rafa cruise but top American’s fall!