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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 »
Wimbledon 2012 is now completed and after all the drama and excitement and a number of surprise results the two singles champions left standing after seven rounds of Grand Slam action were both over the age of 30, well in their 31st year to be exact, Serena Williams turns 31 in late September and Roger Federer celebrates his 31st birthday early next month, it ended up being a celebration for two of the greatest champions that the All England Club has seen in the modern era.
Williams has finally returned to Grand Slam glory to claim her 14th major title after suffering injury and health issue’s over the past year and Federer got to lift his 17th Grand Slam Trophy two and a half years after winning his last one in Melbourne, Australia in 2010, many people thought the two champions were in decline and that neither player would feature much on Championship Sunday at the major events anymore, their respective victories however in the most famous and traditional tournament of all the majors has reminded us all that age is indeed no barrier to Grand Slam success.
I heard John McEnroe stating that in his mind Serena could now lay claim to be the greatest women’s tennis player in the history of the game, while I respect immensely McEnroe’s knowledge and opinion on tennis I can’t agree with him on that statement, I believe that Williams probably has the greatest serve that the women’s game has ever witnessed but the honour of being the greatest women’s player, in my opinion, more »
As Wimbledon 2012 approaches I’m sure all tennis fans across the globe are eagerly anticipating another two weeks of enthralling Grand Slam action on the famous grass courts at The Championships in SW19, many of us will also be eager to see whether or not we have a change at the top of the women’s and men’s world rankings at the conclusion of the tournament.
Maria Sharapova reclaimed the world No.1 ranking from Victoria Azarenka after her fine victory at Roland Garros but her new status will be shortlived if Azarenka can claim her second Grand Slam title at the All England Club over the next few weeks, Sharapova made the final last year and will be defending those points whereas Azarenka was a beaten semifinalist losing to eventual champion Petra Kvitova in 2011, if Maria fails to reach the final this year and Vika goes one better and makes her first Wimbledon final then we will see the tall 23 year old Belarusian take back the top spot once again, if both players make the final then they will battle it out for the Championship and the No.1 world ranking.
The men’s side of things is even more interesting as we have the top three players in the world all mathematically capable of being world No.1 at the end of The Championships, Novak Djokovic secured the No.1 ranking when he won the 2011 Wimbledon title last year and he has held the position ever since then, Rafael Nadal was beaten by Djokovic in last years Wimbledon decider but his recent victories on clay against his more »
…but it pours.
That must have been how it felt for the poor organizers at Roland Garros. There they were, lying in an outer suburb of Paris at the beginning of June. Who would have thought rain would be a problem. For some reason when it happens at a tournament like the French Open, it’s not a quaint habit that adds to the whole atmosphere of the tournament, as it is in say Wimbledon. In France, it clogs up the clay, which goes on to ruin the balls, and the fact that it’s a less common occurrence just stumps match referees. To take the players off, or not?
Nadal certainly had a few things to say about the rain as Djokovic picked off no less than 8 games in a row against the King of Clay. For the first time since 1978 the French Open final was delayed by rain, but although it took its sweet time coming Rafa’s victory eventually hovered into view.
In the end, I doubt Rafa minded the rain. After all, his parade came much later, when Djokovic couldn’t pick up the fantastic run of form he was having going into the fourth set. Nadal – now without his sulky pout thanks to more decisive decisions about the rain – came out with the cleaner, more ruthless approach. He picked right up where he left off, whereas Djokovic appeared to need some more time to get back into his groove, rather like at the very beginning of the match back on Sunday.
A bit more rain trickled over Paris, but when it came down to it Rafa’s swing, nerve and dominance on clay saw him through. Not long more »
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal had seemingly very similar route into this year’s French Open finals. I say ‘seemingly’ because the score lines were roughly the same – straight sets victory with comfortable numbers – but the opponents couldn’t be more different. Rafael Nadal’s victory was always predictable against David Ferrer. This is not an insult to the other Spaniard, but an acceptance of the fact that Nadal is just simply brilliant, particularly at Rolland Garros.
Djokovic’s opponent was Roger Federer, a man whose very name has become the stuff of legends. Like a mythic beast of a fairytale he has dominated the Land Of Tennis for so many years that we as his loyal subjects have got used to him being there. So him being beaten by Novak Djokovic – a constant in the top 5 for a number of years sure but no Federer – was still something of a ‘what if’ or a ‘maybe’.
Turns out, Novak didn’t find it too hard. A debate about what this means for Federer will be relegated to its own post, but for now lets just praise the player that Djokovic has become. No longer the doormat for the top two players in the world, he has surpassed Andy Murray and the others who cling onto Roger and Rafa’s coat tails and reached the world number one spot.
Djokovic’s flexibility, fitness and finesse of shots won the day against Federer in this semi final. These are usually adjectives researched for the Swiss player, but today the Serb won the platitudes. He was everywhere at the base line, a more »