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?
I owe Stan Wawrinka an apology. In April I said I don’t think we will see his best again. Do I think Stan could win another Grand Slam? I’m not sure. Do I think Stan can challenge deep at majors and in masters events? Absolutely. Did I think that earlier on in the season? Absolutely not. I like being proved wrong and I’m happy to admit I was. I’ve always been a fan of Stan, I remember when he won that first major in Melbourne. I almost cried. We talk about skill a lot in tennis but something we don’t … Continue reading Resilient Stan showed he’s still the man!
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?
Wow. What more could you ask for? They gave it all and a little bit more. Stefanos Tsitsipas and Stan Wawrinka have just battled out the match of the year on Suzanne Lenglen. An emotional ending and it’s one of those where we could have watched the pure brilliance all night and wouldn’t have got bored, it was that good! It’s a shame someone has to go home and I am pleased for Stan but also gutted for Stefanos. This will hurt Stefanos that is no doubt but he has to look back and be happy with what he has … Continue reading 5 hours of scintillating tennis, thank you Stan & Stefanos!
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
Last month Stan turned 34 and his career of late has been halted with injuries. At the end of 2017 he had a knee injury which bothered him at Wimbledon and last year missed over 3 months of tennis and struggled with the comeback to the tour. This year has likewise been a struggle so far. Going into Madrid in a couple of weeks time he is ranked outside top 35 and has a win/loss record of 13/8 for the year. Personally I don’t feel like we will see his best again. I don’t like to write a player off, … Continue reading Will we see Stan’s best again?
Stan Wawrinka is down to play at Queens Club and Wimbledon during the grass court season which begins post Roland Garros but after a first round exit in the French capital should he skip grass and beginning training on hard courts? For me it would make total sense for Stan to skip the grass court season. He’s never done too well on grass and picked up this injury last year at Queens and was an early exit at Wimbledon as well against Daniil Medvedev so the ranking won’t take a bigger hit than it already has as with his round … Continue reading Should Stan skip Wimbledon?