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Although the 2013 Australian Open men’s singles final was nowhere near a classic, I can’t help thinking that we are about to see Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray dominate the hard court season on the ATP World Tour in 2013, both players have similar styles of play which are ideally suited to the rigours of hard court tennis, only an injury or major loss of form and/or confidence appears likely to stop their charge this season, therefore, I believe, tennis fans can expect the duo to continue being the main contenders throughout the hard court season this year.
The final at Melbourne Park never really reached any great heights although there were some breathtaking rallies from time to time, Djokovic secured his place in history by defeating Murray in four sets and becoming the first man in the Open era to win three consecutive Australian Open titles, the 25 year old Serb has now accumulated six Grand Slam titles in his career with four of those coming on his favourite hard court inside Rod Laver Arena, for a while it seemed that Andy might create a piece of history himself by becoming the first man to win his maiden Grand Slam title and then follow it up with another straight after but it was not to be for the Dunblane native.
The speed and power both men possess from the baseline will be difficult for opponents to match on hard courts this year especially in the bigger events, it will be interesting to see which players rise to the challenge and take the hard hitting more »
The final match on the tennis calendar at the ATP World Tour Finals has concluded and world No.1 Novak Djokovic has been crowned the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Champion for the second time in his career, Novak’s feat in beating six time WTF champion Roger Federer has cemented his place at the top of the game for another year and his win over Fed has also made him my ATP Player Of The Year in 2012, on the women’s side of things it’s impossible to go past Serena Williams as my WTA Player Of The Year in 2012, Serena had a stellar season winning Wimbledon, Olympic Gold, the US Open and the season ending WTA Championships in Istanbul, although she finished the season ranked No.3, the 31 year old American was clearly the best women’s player on the tour in 2012.
Djokovic had a tremendous finish to the season winning three tournaments since the start of October, the 25 year old Serb was victorious in Beijing and the Shanghai Rolex Masters 1000 before he put some icing on his year with victory over Federer at the O2 Arena in London, Nole opened the year with that memorable five set marathon win against Rafael Nadal in Melbourne and followed that up with two Masters title runs in Miami and Toronto respectively before winning his trio of titles to end to the season, add to that his two runner-up finishes at Roland Garros and Flushing Meadows respectively and you have a season most players can only dream of.
It was always going to be difficult for Novak to repeat his more »
Scotland’s Andy Murray has finally secured that elusive maiden Grand Slam title and in doing so he has finally put to rest the argument about whether we have a Big 4 in men’s tennis or not, prior to his victory in Flushing Meadows, New York I did not consider Andy to be among the so called Big 4, until Murray nailed his first major title I believed we only ever had a Big 3 in the men’s game, but with his exciting five set victory on Arthur Ashe Stadium against his friend and rival Novak Djokovic the 25 year old Brit has now confirmed his place among the elite quartet in the men’s game.
Surely the pressure valve on the Scot would have now been released completely with his US Open victory and that can only benefit the man many were previously considering calling the best player to have never won a major title, he is now free from having to answer the age old question of “do you think you can win a Grand Slam title?” It will be interesting to see if this success now gives Andy the confidence to go on and win more major titles in the years ahead, I for one think that it will, how many title’s though I wouldn’t like to guess because he will still be battling the likes of Djokovic, Federer and Nadal in the foreseeable future.
I expect that Murray will now be talked about as a serious contender before each Grand Slam event in 2013 and it’s certainly apparent that he enjoys the hard courts in both Melbourne and New York, on top of that he has an adoring fan base at SW19 which more »
The big three names in both the men’s and women’s singles championships are still alive and on course for an eventual showdown at the 2012 US Open, as we embark on the championship week of the tournament Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray are still favoured in the men’s draw while in the women’s draw Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams are firm favourites also.
It would be a major surprise if the champion of each individual title is not one of those six players I have listed above, in the men’s tournament Federer and Djokovic have been impressive in the early rounds and most people are probably still predicting a grand final showdown between the world’s two top ranked players, Federer has been in sublime form and will take on Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinals, Murray has finally shown some form at the beginning of the second week by dispatching the dangerous Milos Raonic in straight sets and many, including me, will now be expecting a blockbuster semifinal between Andy and Roger on Super Saturday, Novak appears to have two things in his favour, he is in good form and potentially he has a more favourable looking semifinal draw against possibly David Ferrer.
In the women’s tournament Serena remains the hot favourite to win her 4th US Open crown as she faces Serb Ana Ivanovic in the quarterfinals and then either one of the Italian doubles partners Sara Errani or Roberta Vinci in the semifinals, on paper Williams looks odds on to reach her more »
With the 2012 edition of the US Tennis Open almost upon us all tennis fans will soon be discussing their favoured players and who they think will get their hands on the silverware this year, in the men’s singles competition the most pertinent question would seem to be “will anyone other than Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic win the US Open”? We have not had a Grand Slam men’s singles champion other than Federer, Djokovic or Rafael Nadal since Juan Martin Del Potro’s upset victory over the Swiss Maestro in the 2009 US Open final.
With Nadal unable to play in this year’s event due to injury, the likelihood of the champion once again being named either Federer or Djokovic seems highly probable, outside of the world’s top two players Olympic Champion Andy Murray appears to be fancied by most tennis pundits as having the best chance to dethrone the duo and claim his first Grand Slam title, but the big question on most people’s lips is “will he”? Winning the Olympic Gold Medal in London would have done wonders for the Scot’s confidence and he was rightfully praised for his victory and efforts at SW19 recently, however he is currently 0 from 4 when it comes to the big dance at Grand Slam events and glory at the Olympic Games will not guarantee his success in New York.
The next best contender seem’s to be Del Potro but he is trying to shake off the effects of an annoying left wrist injury that he picked up in Cincinnati and he will need to be at his very best to claim his more »