It has been an incredible 10 days of tennis. Played across Perth, Brisbane and the final eight coming together in Sydney the new format has proved incredibly popular with fans and players alike with over 220,000 fans attending the event. To begin the day Roberto Bautista Agut extended his winning record to 6-0 for the event with a straight sets win against Dusan Lajovic. Another 100% record was kept as the super impressive Novak Djokovic also boasted a faultless 6-0 record in singles with his 6-2 7-6 domination of Rafael Nadal. It meant the first ATP Cup title would come … Continue reading Serbia win the ATP Cup!
Roberto Bautista Agut is Mr Reliable. There seems to be something about the month of January that brings out the very best in the Spaniard. Four of his last seven titles on the tour have some in the month of January and last year made the quarter finals in Melbourne for the first time. What you see is what you get from Roberto Bautista Agut. Clever, hard working and as I said reliable. It’s been quite the journey over the last year or so. The Spaniard ended up missing his bachelor party due to his run at Wimbledon but his … Continue reading Reliable Roberto unbeaten at ATP Cup as he begins his season in perfect fashion!
124 players were nominated to represent their country over the course of the inaugural ATP Cup in Perth, Brisbane and Sydney. It is a team game after all but bare from the usual suspects, which individuals stood out? Casper Ruud – Norway Casper has been one of my favourite players to watch come up through the rankings over the last 12 months or so. Even I was surprised by his start to the season but he really took the game to his opponents. His main weapon is his forehand and he was so strong in his wins against Fognini and … Continue reading ATP Cup is a team game but which individuals stood out?
For two sets of tennis Alex De Minaur was the better player. The 20 yearly was simply relentless in his shot making as he continued to press the world number one. All the traffic was coming off the racket of the Australian who gave Rafa nothing to work with. It was a very good performance in defeat. He hit a lot of flat balls towards Rafa and kept traffic away from his forehand in the opening couple of sets. Alex’ tactics were really good but there was a couple of problems. Rafa began to hit cleanly off the backhand find … Continue reading Rafael Nadal turns it on late to see off a relentless Alex de Minaur!
Tempers at times have reached boiling point. We have seen plenty of smashed rackets over the course of the ten days but two players sailed very close to the wind but should they have been disqualified? Let’s look at the two situations! Stefanos Tsitsipas Stefanos was not too happy at being broken in his match against Nick Kyrgios that his racket took a bit of a beating. In the process of hitting his racket he also hit his dad accidentally. Here’s Tsitsipas injuring his dad while smashing his racket 📸 @atptour @TennisTV pic.twitter.com/flw165gTs8 — Olly 🇪🇸🎾🇬🇧 (@Olly_Paton2020) January 7, 2020 … Continue reading Were Tsitsipas and Medvedev lucky not to be disqualified in ATP Cup?
David Goffin and Belgium’s run in ATP Cup may have come to an end but his 6-4 7-6 victory against Rafael Nadal to take the tie to a decisive doubles was pure class. I’ve always like Goffin and since Roland Garros last year he has found some great form. After his run at Roland Garros his win/loss for the year was 14/14. Since then he went onto finish the season winning 22 and losing 13 matches. This good run of form saw him make the Cincinnati final and took his ranking from 33 to top 15 and in the race … Continue reading David Goffin’s menacing performance against Rafael Nadal wasn’t enough to see Belgium through but he deserves high praise!
A win for Roberto Bautista Agut earlier on in the day left a mountain to climb for Team Belgium. Only a win for David Goffin against Rafael Nadal would be enough to keep the tie alive. Goffin has been like a new person since Roland Garros last year and his performance against Nadal was flawless taking the tie between Spain and Belgium into a decisive doubles encounter. It was between Gille and Vliegen for Belgium and for Spain, Carreno Busta and Nadal took to court. It was the Spanish pair who prevailed and will take on Australia on Saturday evening … Continue reading Spain survive in Sydney but face a quick turnaround to play Australia!