Roger Federer v Casper Ruud Casper Ruud is a player I have been watching a lot of this year. His dad is a former tennis player and the man from Oslo who has done a lot of training at the Rafael Nadal academy as well. Casper is currently playing some of his best tennis on the clay and now faces his biggest challenge to date in Roger Federer. I’ll be honest, I was not convinced too much about Federer’s level against Otto from Germany in the previous round. He got the job done in straight sets against the German but … Continue reading Roger v Casper, Grigor v Stan & Rafa v David
Whatever happens from here on in Grigor Dimitrov can walk away from Roland Garros with his head held high. In round one he led Tipsarevic by two sets and slipped up and recovered in the 5th set to advanced to a much needed win but this win against Marin Cilic felt like a more important win for the Bulgarian. I love Dimitrov and his tennis has suffered of late but his personality hasn’t changed. He wears his heart on his sleeve and I think he’s great for tennis because people will say he’s underachieved in his career but for me … Continue reading Grigor fights to a much needed win!
Last year in Toronto the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov won a match against Fernando Verdasco and had to fight really hard for the win. Following this match he gave an interview to Sky Sports and said three words; “Hope dies last” Now, Grigor is 28 years old, he’s changed his coach and it’s about now for him. Up 6-3 6-0 against Janko Tipsarevic many were getting ready for the second match on Court 1 however we suddenly found ourselves at two sets each and Janko just held for a 1-0 lead in the fifth with Grigor suddenly behind. Grigor made the … Continue reading Grigor Dimitrov just about holds on for a very important win!
6 months ago we watched Grigor Dimitrov lift the ATP World Tour Finals trophy in London and the conversation of Slam success began with his relentless tennis in 2017 however from relentless to passive the Bulgarian has struggled and with Wimbledon around the corner and being such a strong grass court player he needs some form. Grigor came into Roland Garros with a win/loss of 16/10 and without a title to his name. I heavily praised Grigor for his ruthlessness in matches especially against Thiem in London I was so impressed now it’s the complete opposite. The performance against Jared … Continue reading Grigor Dimitrov 6-7 2-6 4-6 Fernando Verdasco – Passive performance sums up year to date for Bulgarian
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!