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So, who will play the final match of the 2015 Australian Open has been decided and it will be between world No.1 Novak Djokovic and the current world No.6 Andy Murray, it wasn’t that long ago that Murray was considered as among the big four in men’s tennis, with his impresive run to the men’s singles final in Melbourne during the past fortnight, the 27 year old Scot will soon make a return to the top quartet in men’s tennis and once again be considered one of the big four in the game, he will face off against his long-time Serbian friend and rival Djokovic in the championship decider, the two men have squared off 23 times in their respective career with Djokovic holding a distinct 15-8 advantage currently over Murray, it’s interesting to note that Murray’s two previous Grand Slam victories both came against the Serb, his first in the US Open final of 2012 and his second at Wimbledon in 2013, Novak and Andy have both shown glimpses of their best form on Rod Laver Arena but the champion will be the guy who can summon up their “A” game when it is needed the most.
Djokovic has been the dominant figure in men’s tennis since the end of last season, winning the Paris Masters in Bercy in November before going on to once again be crowned the end of season ATP world No.1 at the ATP World Tour Finals in London, Murray appears to be over his back issue’s from late 2013 and he now seems poised to make a return to the top echelon of the game, his recovery will no doubt be complete if more »
The 2015 Australian Open is here, and the start of a new tennis season always provides us tennis fans with a multitude of questions as the Grand Slam of Asia Pacific kicks off the major events for the season, even though there are plenty of Grand Slam contenders, it appears that the big four in the respective men’s and women’s singles championship are once again favoured by most pundits in 2015, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and defending AO champ Stan Wawrinka stand out as the most likely contenders among the men, similarly the world’s top four ranked women’s players Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep and Petra Kvitova appear to be the favoured quartet among the women, the men’s and women’s competitions also mirror one another with the next tier of players ranked just below the big four also good chances of making a deep run in Melbourne throughout the next fortnight, in the men we have Kei Nishikori, Andy Murray, Tomas Berdych and Milos Raonic, while in the women we see the likes of Ana Ivanovic, Agnieszka Radwanska, Eugenie Bouchard and Caroline Wozniacki all hoping to push for Grand Slam glory.
I believe it would come as a major surprise if anyone outside the respective groups of eight named above claimed their individual title in Melbourne, however Spaniard David Ferrer and world No.11 Grigor Dimitrov might beg to differ when it comes to discussing potential men’s champions, and Angelique Kerber and Ekaterina Makarova could argue the point more »
Marin Cilic and Serena Williams reigned supreme and were recently crowned the respective men’s and women’s US Open champions at Flushing Meadows in New York, while Williams’ title was certainly no surprise to most tennis fans and experts, the title run of Cilic was not only surprising but also very refreshing for the men’s game in general, the Australian Open of 2005 (Marat Safin d Lleyton Hewitt) was the last time we saw a Grand Slam decider not involving the big three of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, the men’s final between the dominant Croat Cilic and Japan’s Kei Nishikori was a breath of fresh air for the men’s game, but was it simply an aberration or is it a sign that we are near a new paradigm shift in men’s tennis?
The form of Cilic and Nishikori throughout the fortnight on Arthur Ashe stadium was so dominant that it would be easy to get carried and think that the reign of Djokovic, Nadal and Federer at the majors is over, but we have heard all this before and Nole, Rafa and Fed have always responded both strongly and quickly to those suggestions, the Australian Open in Melbourne in early 2015 will now be keenly anticipated though by most tennis fans, the results there could be a good gauge to see whether or not the changing of the guard in men’s tennis is in fact upon us, the next Grand Slam probably can’t come soon enough for most of us now.
In the women’s championship, Serena created her own piece of history in New York by notching up Grand S more »
After two weeks of enthralling and exciting tennis, the two men left standing to do battle for the men’s singles championship on Monday are not the pair of gentlemen that most tennis fans thought they would be, 25 year old Croat and world No.12 Marin Cilic will square off against the Japanese 24 year old and world No.8 Kei Nishikori in the US Open men’s final, that’s not a typo people, it will be definitely be Cilic versus Nishikori doing battle on Arthur Ashe stadium and one of these young men will write their name into tennis history by winning their maiden Grand Slam crown in New York.
Most tennis pundits picked the tournament top seeds Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer to once again be vying for Grand Slam glory at Flushing Meadows on the final day of the tournament, that looked highly likely too as we reached the semi-final of the men’s championship with Djokovic favoured to beat Nishikori and Federer favoured to beat Cilic, lightning struck twice on semi-final Saturday in New York however as first Djokovic was ousted by Nishikori in four sets and then Federer was dismantled by the big-serving Cilic in straight sets.
In a refreshing change of pace, we will see for the first time since 2005 no Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Federer or Andy Murray in a Grand Slam final, regardless of how their nerves might affect them, either Cilic or Nishikori will become a Grand Slam champion on a Monday evening in New York unless weather intervenes, so how will the first final minus the more »
The new breed of tennis talent appears to now be on the horizon, ready to push on in 2015 and announce themselves fully on the respective ATP and WTA World Tours, Milos Raonic, Grigor Dimitrov and Kei Nishikori have all made great strides this season with Raonic and Dimitrov both claiming semi-final spots at Wimbledon earlier in the year, Nishikori now has a chance to make the last four at Flushing Meadows against Stan Wawrinka while the new breed of women have also announced their arrival on the scene.
Canadian Eugenie Bouchard made the Wimbledon final this year at the tender age of 20 and in New York we have seen 21 year old Serbian Aleksandra Krunic and 17 year old Swiss Belinda Bencic reach the round of 16 and quarter-finals respectively, it remains to be seen whether the above-named players can push on to grab their own piece of Grand Slam glory in the future but they have at least announced themselves as future possible contenders.
As tennis fans, we have been blessed throughout the past decade to enjoy the numerous champions of our sport, the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have been dominant in the men’s events for what seems like a very long time, and the women’s major events have often been the playground of Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova, Li Na and Petra Kvitova.
Season 2015 could finally see a changing of the guard but it probably won’t happen all at once I’m guessing, look for the status quo to more »