Daniil Medvedev’s game is unorthodox but effective and in my opinion good on the eye. Some have said his tennis isn’t attractive but how can you argue with a formula that has him with the most tour wins this year? He has a Masters 1000 title and a major final under his belt of late and I see him causing trouble and competing at the highest but is there a slight issue with his game? I wouldn’t call it an issue but a room for improvement. I think he can take his backhand to the next level. If many were … Continue reading Daniil Medvedev guides his backhand well but would he find more joy & authority with a ripped approach?
Rafael Nadal is the US Open champion. I think I owe a slight apology as I did write off his chances right after his Rogers Cup win but as the best fell short he continued to deliver. A match that looked to be plain-sailing for the Spaniard up two sets to love and a break in the third suddenly got tricky. Daniil Medvedev pulled it out, he left it all out there throughout the fortnight and I was shocked but pleasantly surprised to see how he coped with the relentless hitting from Rafa and turned the tables on the 19 … Continue reading Nadal’s night in New York despite a spirited Medvedev fight!
The slow courts have meant Daniil Medvedev can loiter around the baseline pretty unscathed however the toughest challenge is here, the man who plays to his rhythm and his only. Rafael Nadal. If I were to describe how both play but song, Medvedev would be Heroes by David Bowie (slow but effective) and Nadal’s would be Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting by Elton John (steady then rampant). I don’t think you’ll read a more bizarre sentence than that previewing a Grand Slam final but hey, what better way to kick off? I do worry for Daniil Medvedev in this one, … Continue reading Slow courts suit Daniil Medvedev but now you’re playing to Rafael Nadal’s rampant rhythm!
128 down to 4. On Friday, four will become two and on Sunday two will become one but were far off there yet. A usual suspect, two new names and a man who has been in a major semi-final before but has surprised us all so who will be battling it out on Sunday? Rafael Nadal v Matteo Berrettini Two players with completely contrasting records. This is Matteo’s first Grand Slam semi-final. It is only his second career appearance at Flushing Meadows having gone out in the first round last year. For Rafael Nadal, this is business as usual as … Continue reading The Final Four 🗽 Rafa 🇪🇸 Matteo 🇮🇹 Grigor 🇧🇬 Daniil 🇷🇺
Sunday was not a day of rest at Flushing Meadows. Comebacks, surprises and for some business as usual ahead of the second week of the final major of 2019. Federer’s 56th Major Quarter Final! Quite the record for Roger Federer, he may not have won at Flushing Meadows for 10 years but the former world number one has grown into the tournament. He began with a couple of difficult four set wins but in the last two rounds has bulldozed through Dan Evans and David Goffin to make the second week once again. Next up for Federer is a match … Continue reading Djokovic 🚑 Federer’s 56th QF 🏅 JoKo’s comeback 🤩 Serena’s 99th win ✅ No Barty party 🎉 Wang Qiang’s form 📈 Stan’s still the man 💪🏻 & Medvedev’s still making friends 👀
Daniil Medvedev may be the favourite outside of the usual suspects to cause an upset in New York but he isn’t making many friends. The Russian who won his first Masters 1000 title in Cincinnati recently had a bit of a run-in with the crowd on Louis Armstrong in his four set win over Feliciano Lopez. It what was quite a close encounter between Daniil and Feli there was a moment where Daniil tried to slyly show the crowd the middle finger… Here on Armstrong where the boos were just raining down on Medvedev after they showed this on the … Continue reading Making Friends? 😬 Daniil Medvedev booed off after fiery encounter with Louis Armstrong Stadium crowd!
To win a major you need to win in a best of five sets scenario. This is something the younger players are getting less exposure too. The format now only exists in the four majors having been pulled out of Masters 1000 finals, Olympic Games, Davis Cup & Tour Finals. For a while we have been waiting for the next big breakthrough at a major in men’s tennis for some time. The last first time winner was Marin Cilic at the US Open in 2014. Since the beginning of 2004 there have been 63 Grand Slam events and the breakdown … Continue reading Is a lack of exposure to best of five sets scenario in men’s tennis a problem for upcoming stars?