Shifting focus past Madrid & Rome? Djokovic – “Roland Garros is the ultimate goal on clay”

Melbourne magic was followed by sunshine double sadness and this last week Monte-Carlo meltdown as he fell to Daniil Medvedev but the world number one is not worried. He currently holds the last three majors and has said the ultimate goal is Roland Garros taking a bit of pressure on what will happen in Madrid and Rome but no matter what he says people will talk if there is an early exit and he knows that. Djokovic has said in light of his defeat to Medvedev; “Roland Garros is the ultimate goal on clay” It is but are we worried … Continue reading Shifting focus past Madrid & Rome? Djokovic – “Roland Garros is the ultimate goal on clay”

The best have been left with plenty to think about…

Who would have said on Monday that we’d get to the Monte Carlo final without; Rafa, Novak, Kei, Thiem, Zverev or Tsitsipas? Well that was the case and following the tournament everyone has plenty to think about going forward Rafa ‘worst clay court match in 14 years’ Well, that says it all! He said it was his worst performance in 14 years when he lost to Fognini. I would say during the course of the week that he looked sharp but rusty and that is expected but he looked lost against Fognini. We see him at his best and his … Continue reading The best have been left with plenty to think about…

How Fabio Fognini executed the perfect performance against Rafael Nadal

Pure dis-belief. Even at 4-6 0-5 I still didn’t quite believe what was happening in Monte-Carlo. A man who has only lost 36 career matches on clay until now picked up defeat number 37 as Fabio Fognini perfected his way to a first Masters 1000 final. The performance was sexy, this is clay court tennis at it’s spellbinding best. 24 hours ago he was down 1-6 to Borna Coric and has now just recorded his 3rd top ten ranked win in 3 days and now in a Masters 1000 final, truly remarkable! His whole game connected, I can’t tell you … Continue reading How Fabio Fognini executed the perfect performance against Rafael Nadal

Medvedev 6-3 4-6 6-2 Djokovic – Deep hitting & Unbreakable backhand

Daniil Medvedev knows how to cause an upset. His first top 10 win in 2017 against Wawrinka at Wimbledon and has followed it up this week with wins against Tsitsipas and nowΒ  Djokovic. Daniil is one of the players on the tour that has gone under the radar but with four titles (all since beginning of 2018, 1 this year) Impressive wins and a fourth round in Melbourne he has started to come out of the shadows. I remember previewing his match against Stan and I said I fancied him to win it and I called his game β€˜predictable’ which … Continue reading Medvedev 6-3 4-6 6-2 Djokovic – Deep hitting & Unbreakable backhand

Jamie & Bruno cruise into semi-finals

Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares are safely through to the semi-finals in Monte-Carlo. The third seeds who have needed all three sets so far in their opening two victories down in Monte-Carlo only needed two sets to see off Joao Sousa and Diego Schwartzman who usually play their trade on the singles tour. For the first ten games it was even. There was nothing to separate either teams who held service games easily but you could see that the Schwartzman and Sousa pairing don’t play as much because some balls got left for each other but when Murray and Soares … Continue reading Jamie & Bruno cruise into semi-finals

Thursday in Monte-Carlo; Novak 🀩 Nadal 😏 Medvedev 😎 Thiem, Sascha, Tsitsipas πŸ€”& Borna πŸ₯³

The quarter finals are set. It was another day of stunning clay court tennis in Monaco as 16 became 8 as the first clay Masters event of the season delivered once again. Djokovic 6-3 6-0 Fritz A very good performance from Novak, once he got going he really got in the groove and began to impose and look confident on the court. That win previously against Kohlschreiber has done him major favours as he looks ahead to his quarter final match against a difficult Medvedev. Nadal 6-4 6-1 Dimitrov Another good performance from Rafa, backing up his 6-1 6-1 against … Continue reading Thursday in Monte-Carlo; Novak 🀩 Nadal 😏 Medvedev 😎 Thiem, Sascha, Tsitsipas πŸ€”& Borna πŸ₯³

Borna Coric 6-4 5-7 7-5 Hubert Hurkacz

Borna Coric has managed to orchestrate his way into round two in Madrid. The Croat was under pressure throughout as the Pole kept coming back despite in all honesty not being near his best and through in some surprise rain down at the Country Club really did add to the issues for the 9th seed. It took 2 hours 46 minutes for Borna to get the job done in Monte Carlo but will be pleased to find his way past Hurkacz who has proved to be tricky for many. Borna will not be too happy with the amount of unforced … Continue reading Borna Coric 6-4 5-7 7-5 Hubert Hurkacz