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?
On Sunday Rafael Nadal will bid for his 12th Roland Garros final. He has an unmatchable 97.87 win percentage at Roland Garros winning 92 of his 94 matches. A 6-3 6-4 6-2 win against Roger Federer will leave to battle for another crown in Paris. The tennis was impeccable from the Spaniard who once he got going was not going to be matched at all. They had to battle the odd rain shower without any delays and some persistent 45mph+ winds but got through safely to the final. The first six games were close with breaks of serve either way … Continue reading Wind, Rain & Roger; Rafa see’s it all off and will battle for No.12 on Sunday!
For the 39th time we have another episode of Roger Federer v Rafael Nadal. A place in the Roland Garros final is up for grabs and is their first meeting on clay in some time. Rafa leads the head to head at 23 wins to Roger’s 15 however the Swiss number one has won their last 6. Nadal hasn’t beaten Roger for five years. On clay Rafa has 13 wins in their head to head compared to Roger’s 2. I can only see one winner here. I think what Federer has done over the course of the clay court season … Continue reading Episode 39 of Fedal; surely there is only one winner?
The bottom half of the draw are set for their quarter finals as the battle for the title intensifies. On the top half of the draw we still await our last quarter finalist with Del Potro and Khachanov having to come back to finish. Stan Wawrinka (24) v Roger Federer (3) A Swiss off! Roger hasn’t had a major test yet in her first tournament here since 2015 and Wawrinka has battled like a warrior to be here. Stan has seen off Kovalik, the in-form Garin, Dimitrov and of course that five hour meeting with Tsitsipas just to be here. … Continue reading Nishikori, Wawrinka, Federer & Nadal; who will make the final four?
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
The draw for this years French Open has been made. We now know the projected paths for the top players where so much is expected of them and the potential early obstacles they could face. Novak Djokovic R1 – Hubert Hurkacz R2 – Sam Querrey R3 – Gilles Simon / Jaume Munar R4 – Borna Coric / Denis Shapovalov QF – Fabio Fognini / Alex Zverev SF – Dominic Thiem F – Roger Federer / Stefanos Tsitsipas / Rafael Nadal On paper, Novak has the toughest draw in my opinion. Hubert has been one of the form players of late … Continue reading Roland Garros; The Draw
Following last week in Madrid I have come to a conclusion that there are four contenders for Roland Garros this year but who are they and who do I just not think will contend? Dominic Thiem Favourite? Strong word to use. Who has played the best clay court tennis so far this year? Thiem has. There are some flaws in his game in all honesty which were picked up in a good week in Madrid where he made singles semi-finals and was runner-up in doubles final. His first set against Federer it was erratic and messy, I didn’t enjoy what … Continue reading Four contenders; Dominic, Rafa, Novak & Stefanos