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?
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!
There is just something about this man from Athens who just never gives in. For just 21 years of age the mental strength of Stefanos Tsitsipas is quite remarkable. Throughout the season I have seen him orchestrate his way past difficult opponents in tough settings. Whether it has been this week in London, Melbourne or Madrid it has been flawless and I take my hat off to him. To be performing like this at 21 years old and keeping all the emotions of the match in check is quite remarkable. He set out his stall very quickly and just seemed … Continue reading Tsitsipas 6-3 6-4 Federer – Scintillating Stefanos is at it again!
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!
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…
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!
For the third time this year Roger Federer has been beaten by Dominic Thiem. In the previous two encounters at Indian Wells and Madrid the Austrian saved match points but this performance was well-thought and well executed. Federer in an interview with Prime Video before the match had this to say about facing Dominic Thiem; Federer on Prime; "When we played here last year, I thought he (Thiem) played a terrible match against me so I expect him to be better. Here again because he has had a wonderful season and I'm a big fan of Dominic, he is one … Continue reading Thiem 7-5 7-5 Federer; How the Austrian learnt from his 2018 drubbing & found his depth in a well executed performance!