Australian Open Preview: Men’s Quarter Finals

Novak is after a eighth title, Roger is looking for major No.21 and other guys are looking for their first but as we approach who will go further and who will go home? Novak Djokovic v Milos Raonic Novak looks in the mood. He has gone from strength to strength over the course of the tournament. He now has 11 straight wins her in Melbourne and is unbeaten this season in his opening 10 matches. His opponent is Milos Raonic. The Canadian was a semi-finalist here last year and has struggled with injuries since but this run has been very … Continue reading Australian Open Preview: Men’s Quarter Finals

Australian Open Preview: Ladies Quarter Finals

The first week at Melbourne Park was pretty dramatic. Five former champions began and going into the quarter finals    ….. Round three took out the previous three champions with Serena, Wozniacki and Osaka going home but who from the final eight will prevail? Ash Barty v Petra Kvitova  Where better to start? These two meet at this stage last year and there is a great respect and love for each others’ game. At the end of her win against Alison Riske the Australian said she loves Petra but please don’t break my heart. Four wins in a row have … Continue reading Australian Open Preview: Ladies Quarter Finals

Nadal victorious in thrilling encounter with Kyrgios!

There wasn’t fireworks but it was a fun match between Rafa and Nick! Rafa was rampant out of the blocks but there was a bit of a slow down from the world number one who invested an awful lot in the opening set as Nick began to take charge. The third set did feel like a deciding set and the tension was quite incredible. Nadal serving at 5-3 lost serve. 5-5, Nick was serving for a set point and double faulted. 6-5, Nadal had a set point and double faulted. Nadal won the tiebreak and began to run away with … Continue reading Nadal victorious in thrilling encounter with Kyrgios!

Australian Open Day 8

A new week but the same goal, the last set of players were out at Melbourne Park looking to make the quarter finals of the first major of the year but who made it? Simona Halep 6-4 6-4 Elise Mertens Simona Halep was the first up on Day 8 and delivered in just over 90 minutes against a tough opponent. Elise Mertens form Belgium can pose such a tough game to deal with and Halep played the percentages incredibly well. Mertens hit an impressive 36 winners in 20 games and Halep only hit 21 but kept her in-play unforced errors … Continue reading Australian Open Day 8

Serena “I can’t play like that again” but was it actually that bad?

Serena’s crash out at the Australian Open was a surprise. Just four months before she had won 6-1 6-0 against Qiang Wang in what I described as one of the most awkward matches I have ever watched. Qiang played incredibly well in Melbourne and it was a fantastic performance from the Chinese number one who it’s fair to say learnt her lesson from New York. Serena in her press immediately after didn’t hold back on her performance. “I can’t play like that again” “I made too many mistakes to be an professional athlete today” Was it that bad? I don’t … Continue reading Serena “I can’t play like that again” but was it actually that bad?

Australian Open Day 7

Sunday at Melbourne Park was a pretty straight forward day, we now know half of the final eight as the top half of the women’s draw and bottom half of the men’s draw were in action. Novak Djokovic 6-3 6-4 6-4 Diego Schwartzman A good days work for Djokovic against the in-form Argentine. Diego has posed the biggest threat to Novak this week so far but once again the world number two showed why he is favourite to lift and eighth title at Melbourne Park. Novak did hit a few more errors than his opponent but he more than double … Continue reading Australian Open Day 7

Nick Kyrgios v Rafael Nadal: An eighth meeting, a first on Nick’s home turf as a place in the final eight awaits!

The Greatest Showman may be Hugh Jackman but on Saturday it was fellow Australian Nick Kyrgios who put on a hell of a show at Melbourne Arena on Saturday night. Melbourne Arena was electric and the noise amplified as after 4 house and 26 minutes Nick Kyrgios defeated Karen Khachanov. Now for the eighth time it is Nick Kyrgios v Rafael Nadal and this could get tasty. Almost six years ago they met for the first time a few thousand miles away from Melbourne in London. Kyrgios stunned the Spaniard in four sets with his trickery causing him heaps of … Continue reading Nick Kyrgios v Rafael Nadal: An eighth meeting, a first on Nick’s home turf as a place in the final eight awaits!