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The first two days of the 2015 US Open have thrown up plenty of surprises already with twelve of the 64 seeded players in singles competition going out in the first round, most notable among the men’s seeds falling early was the 4th seed and 2014 US Open runner-up Kei Nishikori who went down in five sets to the Frenchman Benoit Paire, the French duo of Gilles Simon (11th seed) and Gael Monfils (16th seed) followed suit losing to Donald Young and Illya Marchenko respectively, Monfils was unfortunate however suffering an injury and having to retire, the women’s singles draw however has seen plenty of carnage in two days, nine of the top 32 seeds have fallen already with the popular Czech Lucie Safarova (6th seed), Ana Ivanovic (7th seed), Karolina Pliskova (8th seed) and Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro (10th seed) being the most notable among them.
With the Grand Slam events having 32 seeded draws now, there will always be upsets which include players seeded between 16-32 but what is surprising this year in New York is the number of higher ranked players bowing out so early, three players (Nishikori, Simon, Monfils) on the men’s side and an incredible five (Safarova, Ivanovic, Pliskova, CSN, Timea Bacsinsky) on the women’s side of the draw are among the top sixteen seeds for this tournament, things may settle down and the draw could still produce most of the seeded players going deep, but I can’t recall an exodus of higher seeds in the first round like this for some time. more »
Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams underlined their respective domination of world tennis again this fortnight by claiming the men’s singles championship and women’s singles championship respectively at SW19 in London, Djokovic beat the sentimental favourite Roger Federer in a high quality men’s final while Williams proved too strong for first time finalist Garbine Muguruza in the women’s decider, Nole and Serena have been the two dominant figures in world tennis this season and it looks set to maybe continue into next month also as both will head to New York as the title favourites at the US Open, Djokovic will look to win his third major title and reach his fourth consecutive Grand Slam final in New York while Serena will try and complete the tough task of a 2015 calendar Grand Slam, with the form both players are currently showing, Novak and Serena will again be hard to beat at Flushing Meadows next month.
Djokovic and Williams have been the standout performers on their respective ATP and WTA Tours this season, the Serb seems to be at the peak of his powers at the age of 28 while Serena still awaits a regular title threat at the grand old tennis age of 33, Djokovic claimed his 9th Grand Slam title with his four set win over Federer while Williams racked up Grand Slam title No.21 with her straight sets victory over Muguruza, it is hard to believe that neither player will add to their Grand Slam haul in the next twelve months, Djokovic seems to be one of the favourites at more »
Roger Federer has reached yet another Grand Slam singles final at Wimbledon and this time the Swiss maestro might even start as the favourite to win it all after a dominant display of tennis against the British hope Andy Murray in their semi-final clash, the majority of tennis pundits thought Murray would ride his 2015 form and the home crowd into another SW19 final in London but the Fed Express had other idea’s about that, Roger was simply sublime against Andy and the straight sets victory was even more impressive by Fed because Murray actually played pretty good tennis himself, Federer will face Novak Djokovic in a repeat of the 2014 final in which the Serb got up to beat Federer in five sets, unlike last year though, most are predicting that Federer will start as the favourite against Novak this time around due to his ultra impressive semi-final victory over Murray, Wimbledon great Bjorn Borg was quoted as saying “it is the best tennis he has seen from Federer for a decade” and John McEnroe stated that “it might have been the best serving display he has ever seen at SW19″, while it’s easy to make statements after such a fine performance from Federer, the great man himself will know that he will need to continue his dominant form against the No.1 ranked player in the world if he is to claim Grand Slam title No.18.
Djokovic has reached the final of all three Grand Slam events this year and is clearly the undisputed world No.1 right now, the Serb suffered his last more »
Stan Wawrinka and Serena Williams were crowned the respective men’s and women’s singles champions at the end of a fantastic two weeks of tennis at Roland Garros in Paris, Wawrinka’s win over the world No.1 and pre-tourney favourite Novak Djokovic was somewhat unexpected, however there were clear signs throughout the fortnight that Stan the man was playing at a similar level to when he won the 2014 Australian Open final against Rafael Nadal, Williams on the other hand struggled to get her ‘A’ game going throughout the event and a virus also kept the world No.1 from performing in peak condition from about the third round onwards, both players claimed the respective silverware for winning their respective events in Paris, but each player achieved success in completely different ways.
Wawrinka lost in the first round of the French Open last year and most would have scoffed at the thought of Stan adding another Grand Slam title leading into the tournament at RG in 2015, although Stan clearly enjoys playing on the red dirt, his lead up performances before the French Open left a lot to be desired, however this proved to be a positive thing for Stan as he came into the tournament completely under the radar with many tipping him to be bundled out before the quarter-finals, he started well in round one and never looked back, Wawrinka stated himself that he felt things all coming together when he arrived in Paris and started practicing on the famous clay courts of Roland Garros, nobo more »
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is the toast of the town in Paris at the moment, the 30 year old Frenchman has continued his dream run in the 2015 French Open at Roland Garros by ousting the 5th seed Kei Nishikori in a five-set quarter-final, Tsonga has had an injury plagued season so far in 2015 but the popular native from Le Mans has put all that behind him by blazing his way to the semi-finals of his home event for the second time in his career, it remains to be seen whether Jo-Willy has what it takes to progress through to his second ever Grand Slam final but the Parisian faithful will certainly be spurring their man on loudly and proudly in an effort to get him across the line.
Tsonga will square off against the 2014 Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka in the French Open semi-finals after the Stanimal brushed aside his friend and No.2 seed Roger Federer in a rather one-sided quarter-final clash, Wawrinka defeated Federer in straight sets to end the Swiss maestro’s hopes of another deep run at Roland Garros, the last four match-up between Tsonga and Wawrinka should be a colourful and entertaining match for the French crowd to really get their teeth and voice into, could the Parisian crowd play a significant role in helping Jo become the first Frenchman to make the big dance in Paris since Henri Leconte back in 1988, perhaps they ca.
Tsonga has earned star billing with the local fans over the past 10 days and his star will shine even brighter if he can become the first French more »