The final Masters 1000 event of the year has come to an end. Not only is it the final one of the year but also of the decade. At the home of the Cirque Du Soleil in Paris the ATP tour made it’s final stop of the year as the players look to end their season on a high. Who left Paris on a high and who left with something to think about going into the off season? Khachanov’s early exit Defending any title is a tough thing to do on the tour. I didn’t expect Karen to but I … Continue reading A week in Paris always leaves us with plenty to think about as the season edges towards the finale!
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?
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?
Rain brought an early end to play at London and Birmingham yesterday with not one match completed in London. Today saw a better day for both but first round play in London is still not complicated on a big day across the UK and Europe as the grass court season continues. Jo out! Bit of a shock but Johanna Konta is out. The British number one never really got going and if you compare the performance today to the one against Ostapenko it was night and day. The Latvian was ruthless against Swiatek in round one and looked so composed … Continue reading Konta ❌ Venus ✅ Barty ✅ Del Potro’s knee 🙏🏻 Boys battle in Halle 💪🏻
The top players continue to fall in Stuttgart. Going into the quarter finals on the grass in Germany the top remaining seed is Milos Raonic who hasn’t hit a ball in some time following a complete bow out of top players as you can see below. The players not in Stuttgart QF's; ZverevTsongaShapovalovKohlshchreiberMedvedevKyrgiosKhachanovMonfils — Iain Fordyce (@IainFordyce) June 13, 2019 Felix Auger-Aliassime is through to that stage on a day of upsets with a pretty strong performance against Giles Simon. Gilles has been a problem player on the grass during his career but despite a slight stumble in form during … Continue reading Felix finds his way as Sascha, Gael & Karen lose their way…
It is that time of the year, time to rate their Roland Garros. Who impressed, surprised and didn’t really turn up over the course of the fortnight in Paris? Kei Nishikori – 5 Harsh? Maybe. Good to a point but to be honest I’m a bit bored of the theme at the moment for Kei. At majors it seems to be a case of make things difficult for yourself early on and when it comes to a top player it turns into a walk-over. It should be and needs to be better. Amanda Anisimova – 9 Very good tournament from … Continue reading Rating they’re Roland Garros; who impressed and who didn’t?
This part of the post is a little bit late out following the conclusion of Del Potro and Thiem but who will be looking for the that semi-final place in the top half of the draw? Novak Djokovic (1) v Sascha Zverev (5) Novak has been flawless where as Sascha has rode his luck. Novak has played some in-form opponents and has been like a bulldozer but he has got here without facing a top 40 ranked player so it will be a tougher challenge. He was let off the hook lets be honest against Jordan Thompson and Dusan Lajovic … Continue reading Djokovic, Thiem, Khachanov & Sascha, who will make the final four?