Sunday was not a day of rest at Flushing Meadows. Comebacks, surprises and for some business as usual ahead of the second week of the final major of 2019. Federer’s 56th Major Quarter Final! Quite the record for Roger Federer, he may not have won at Flushing Meadows for 10 years but the former world number one has grown into the tournament. He began with a couple of difficult four set wins but in the last two rounds has bulldozed through Dan Evans and David Goffin to make the second week once again. Next up for Federer is a match … Continue reading Djokovic 🚑 Federer’s 56th QF 🏅 JoKo’s comeback 🤩 Serena’s 99th win ✅ No Barty party 🎉 Wang Qiang’s form 📈 Stan’s still the man 💪🏻 & Medvedev’s still making friends 👀
Following a difficult grass court week in Nottingham the tours now move to Birmingham and London as the men and women on the look to enhance their Wimbledon chances but what opening round match-ups do we have early on? Queens Club – Stefanos Tsitsipas v Kyle Edmund You probably couldn’t have drawn a tougher opening round. Kyle will be up against it in Stefanos who didn’t get off to a good start in Stuttgart. He played in Halle this year last year but is a pretty unknown on the grass as it’s only around for a couple of weeks a … Continue reading The Queens & Birmingham first round matches you cannot miss!
Only three former champions are here at Queens Club. Defending champion Marin Cilic who has had a rough season is in the draw as is 2017 winner Feliciano Lopez and 2014 winner Grigor Dimitrov. Former finalist Kevin Anderson and Milos Raonic who have been hit by injury this year are also back in action. Stefanos Tsitsipas Top seed. First time in his career that Stefanos has been a top seed at an ATP 500 event. There is big pressure on. He is always so vocal and inspirational on social media but after his early loss in Rosmalen will be hoping … Continue reading Who will be the King at Queens?
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