Schedule changes to 2020 as Novak searches for more consistency and something he hasn’t done since 2007…

What I like about Novak Djokovic is that he will look back at this season with probably a sense of disappointment on some levels despite some success. There were moments in March and coming into the US Open where there was a dip in form which he will look at improving in 2020. Titles in Melbourne, Madrid, London, Tokyo and Paris would usually signal an excellent year but for a player like Novak Djokovic some pieces to his season were missing. He began his year with an extraordinary fortnight of tennis down at Melbourne Park causing past Rafael Nadal in … Continue reading Schedule changes to 2020 as Novak searches for more consistency and something he hasn’t done since 2007…

Between them, Federer, Djokovic & Nadal have ended the year No.1 for 15 of the last 16 years but surely Andy’s 2016 was the standout?

It is quite incredible that for 15 of the last 16 years the year end world number one ranking has been held by Federer, Djokovic or Nadal with all three holding it five times. There have been standout years for all three players when they have finished the year as number one but one year stands out the most to me and that is 2016. 2016 was the year Andy Murray finished the year as world number one. Federer missed quite a bit of tennis that year injured but Rafa and Novak still won big. Djokovic won in Melbourne, Indian … Continue reading Between them, Federer, Djokovic & Nadal have ended the year No.1 for 15 of the last 16 years but surely Andy’s 2016 was the standout?

Thoughts from an incredible week in London!

A week at the O2 in London has really wet the appetite for the 2020 season. We had it all: upsets, debutants, brilliance, concerns and it has opened up some question for next year. What happened to Daniil? Probably the most disappointing performer from the week if I’m honest. We have seen Daniil take players apart from the baseline all year and since Wimbledon has been like a machine but in London burnt out. There wasn’t really part of his game which stood out for me and if anything has revisited that question about trying to generate more off the … Continue reading Thoughts from an incredible week in London!

Federer advances to the semi-finals for a 16th time following demolition of Djokovic!

Novak Djokovic’ bid to be world end number one is over. A straight sets defeat to Roger Federer not only ended his bid for the year end number one but his bid for the World Tour Finals trophy. Novak began his week with a sharp performance against Matteo Berrettini however when Thiem and Federer threw pace at him he hasn’t dealt with it well at all. On what is such a fast indoor hard court you would fancy Djokovic to be the lead but he has been playing catch-up in matches. He hasn’t really been striking his groundstrokes with as … Continue reading Federer advances to the semi-finals for a 16th time following demolition of Djokovic!

Federer v Djokovic; Loser goes home, it’s been a while since either left London this early…

The last time these two played each other was in London down at Wimbledon. Novak Djokovic won 9-7 in the fifth saving two match points in one of the most epic Wimbledon finals to date. Now, back in London a place in the semi-finals is at stake as both Djokovic and Federer crumbled under the brilliance of Dominic Thiem this week however it’s been while since either left London in the round robin. You have to go back to 2011 to when Novak Djokovic left the competition this early. Defeats to David Ferrer and fellow Serb Janko Tipsarevic who replaced … Continue reading Federer v Djokovic; Loser goes home, it’s been a while since either left London this early…

Thiem defeats Djokovic in a thriller as Federer finds his groove too!

Round two in Group Bjorn Borg was an incredible day of tennis at the quest for a place in the semi-finals opened up. Roger Federer 7-6 6-3 Matteo Berrettini Roger Federer has kept his hopes of qualifying alive. The former champion who is playing in his 17th tour finals saw off debutant Matteo Berrettini in what was a close followed by straight forward match for the third seed. The first set required a tie-breaker to separate the two and from there on in there was only going to be one winner. Federer took it 7-2 against the Italian who has … Continue reading Thiem defeats Djokovic in a thriller as Federer finds his groove too!

6-2 6-1 Djokovic, five time champion announces his arrival with a ruthless performance!

Novak Djokovic has his sights on the title and following his opening performance and first meeting with Matteo Berrettini he is in an unforgiving mood. It says something about the level of the Serb Berrettini didn’t serve badly at all but Novak was all over him like a rash! The Italian held his first couple of games and then it went away. He continued averaging a first serve speed of 133mph against Djokovic but he got back in play 81% of serves in the first set. Cushioned return Novak Djokovic has one of the best defences in tennis and best … Continue reading 6-2 6-1 Djokovic, five time champion announces his arrival with a ruthless performance!