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Exciting US Open In Prospect

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

The 2013 US Tennis Open is almost upon us and this year’s edition promises to be one of the more exciting and intriguing Grand Slam tournaments for a variety of reasons, unlike many of the previous Grand Slam events where picking the men’s and women’s champion usually came down to only a couple of players, there seems to be an air of expect the unexpected as we approach the big fortnight extravaganza in Flushing Meadows, New York.

It was only a few months ago that most fans and tennis media alike were deciding between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray on who would be the men’s champion in New York in 2013, and on the women’s side the same group of people probably already had the letter S of defending women’s champion Serena Williams engraved on the trophy, my how things have changed, the hottest player on the men’s tour this year is clearly world No. 2 Rafael Nadal and although Williams has been the dominant figure this season on the women’s circuit, her loss last week in Cincinnati to world No. 2 Victoria Azarenka and the withdrawal of Russian superstar Maria Sharapova has certainly added some intrigue to the women’s championship.

Is it now a three-way go for the men’s US Open crown between Djokovic, Nadal and Murray or does making that statement disrespect the chances of former champions Roger Federer and Juan Martin Del Potro, on the women’s side it appears to be a two-horse race between Williams and Azarenka but does stating that fact disrespect 2011 champion Sam more »

 

Murray Ends The British Drought….Arise Sir Andy?

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

With Andy Murray finally ending the 77 year long wait for a British men’s singles champion at Wimbledon, the question on many people’s lips is now whether or not the 26 year native from Dunblane in Scotland will be knighted for his efforts, Murray’s impressive performance in beating world No.1 Novak Djokovic in straight sets to win his first Wimbledon title will probably not go unnoticed in the Queens New Years honours list at the start of 2014, with Fred Perry being the last British man to win at the prestigious All England Club in 1936 it certainly would not surprise too many if Andy officially becomes Sir Andy Murray next year.

Murray now currently holds two of the four Grand slam titles on offer and the Brit will defend his US Open title at Flushing Meadows in New York commencing 26 August 2013, aside from a seemingly inevitable knighthood due in the not too distant future, Andy could also start to contemplate the possibility of becoming world No.1 before this season is done, the Scot is still some 3000pts behind Djokovic in the Emirates ATP rankings but if Murray continues his form for the majority of the season and Novak loses some of his then it is quite possible that the British press could have another celebration at the O2 Arena in London at season’s end.

Many agree that the catalyst for Murray winning at SW19 was built on his success at the 2012 Olympic Games which was held at the same venue, of course history now shows that Murray went on to claim his first more »

 

Did Federer’s Loss Finally Signal The End Of An Era?

Friday, June 28th, 2013

In the aftermath of Roger Federer’s four set loss to Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky at The Championships in SW19, a large number of tennis fans are now saying it either looked like or felt like the end of an era when the Swiss maestro walked off the court a dejected figure, we have seen this happen time and time again to The Fed Express over the past few years and he has always answered the question in emphatic fashion by winning some big events quickly.

This stunning result has sent shockwaves around the tennis world and it must surely have even the normally cool, calm figure of Federer concerned too, apparently those who witnessed his media interview reported a solemn and dejected tone in his voice when answering questions from the throng of media present, that’s hardly surprising though because Roger has made the second week of the past 36 Grand Slam tournaments until he was ousted by Stakhovsky in round two at Wimbledon 2013.

Federer will drop down to No.5 in the world rankings at the conclusion of Wimbledon and he could even end up world No.6 if Tomas Berdych gets his hands on the trophy, the 31 year old Swiss superstar is not used to shielding tricky questions from the media and he certainly would not have been used to the feelings he must have had after his shock loss to Stakhovsky either, whether Roger can now lift himself off the canvas remains to be seen.

If Federer remains seeded outside the top 4 at all the major tennis events remaining on the calendar this more »

 

Rafa & Serena Continue To Dominate Season 2013

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

The 2013 French Open that concluded at Roland Garros recently again reminded all of us that the two leading players on their respective tours this season are indeed the respective French Open champions, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams, the two superstars of world tennis are both on impressive winning streaks with Rafa currently sitting on 21 matches unbeaten and Serena having won her last 31 matches, they are both cleary now favoured to end the season ranked No. 1 on their respective rankings but as well know the season is long and can take many twists and turns.

Nadal has been super impressive since his return from injury this season, the champion Spaniard has a 43-2 match record this year and has made all nine finals of the tournaments he has played this season winning an impressive seven of them, he is the first man on the ATP World Tour to qualify for the season ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals and if he continues his current form then he will very likely end the year as world No.1, Rafa has practically no points to defend for the remainder of the season so unless the 27 year old is beset by injury it’s hard to see how the King of Clay will not vie for the top spot at seasons end.

Williams has been just as impressive on the women’s tour holding a 43-2 match record in 2013 and claiming six titles on the way, the 31 year old native from Michigan is now the undisputed No.1 women’s player in the world and with Wimbledon just around the corner it’s difficult to more »

 

Will We See Roger In Another Grand Slam Final?

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

In the aftermath of Roger Federer’s quarter-final loss to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at Roland Garros this week many tennis fans are now questioning whether we will ever see Roger in another Grand Slam final, it is true that Federer was not at his best against Jo-Willy but it also appears very factual that the Swiss maestro is now clearly past his best, the fact Tsonga beat Federer in straight sets for the first time at a major championship could mean that we have seen the last of Federer duking it out in a Grand Slam decider.

It may well be foolish to write off the player most people refer to as the greatest to have ever played the game but Federer’s form and statistics this season don’t lie, the 17-time Grand Slam champion is yet to win a title in 2013 and out of the seven tournaments that Roger has played this season he has only been in one championship decider, that was recently in Rome where Fed was routined in the final by Rafa in straight sets 6-3, 6-1.

Roger looked bitterly disappointed with his effort against Tsonga in Paris but he has already turned his attention to the grass court season which comes hard on heels of the clay court swing, how Federer fares on his beloved grass courts should give us all the real answer to whether or not we are witnessing the final decline of the great Swiss champion, Roger’s greatest success has always come on the green turf and more disappointment at Halle and Wimbledon in the next month may well answer the question for more »