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Fantastic Finish To Week One In Melbourne

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

After seven days of exciting tennis action at Melbourne Park, the first week of the 2013 Australian Open couldn’t have been capped off any better than by the fantastic fourth round night match between world No.1 Novak Djokovic and Stanislas Wawrinka from Switzerland, both men battled each other for just over five hours which in itself is remarkable considering the first set won by Wawrinka was over in twenty five minutes, Djokovic found a way to edge Wawrinka in a classic five setter, 12-10 in the fifth, and it was clearly the match of the tournament so far and one that will have the Australian Open fans thirsting for more as the second week gets underway later today.

With the Grand Slam tournaments now allotting thirty two seeded players at the big events, we often don’t get to see too many significant upsets in the first week of a major event anymore, sure there will always be some of the top thirty two seeds in both the men’s and women’s draw who fall early and create a good storyline for the press but more often than not we see a procession of the top seeds, especially the men, making it through to the round of sixteen where the real action usually begins, Sara Errani (7th seed) and Petra Kvitova (8th seed) both fell early in the women’s draw but neither player was considered a major threat before the tournament begun, sixth seeded man Juan Martin Del Potro’s five set third round loss to Frenchman Jeremy Chardy was the biggest upset in week one of the 2013 Aussie Open more »

 

Novak & Serena My Players Of The Year In 2012!

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

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 »

 

The Big Three Still On Course In New York!

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

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 »

 

A Double Celebration For The Over 30′s!!

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

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 »

 

Many Storyline’s After Week 1 At SW19!

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

After the completion of the first week of Wimbledon 2012 the tournament has thrown up numerous storylines to put a smile on every journalists face, the court conditions and the inclement weather has been talked about, the use of the roof on centre court has been up for debate, the All England Club has seen numerous upsets occur in both the men’s and women’s singles competitions with the most popular discussion point from week 1 being the shock early exit of two time former champion Rafael Nadal in the second round, I would like to take a look at Rafa’s early demise and the early exits of two other former world No.1′s in Caroline Wozniacki and Andy Roddick.

Nadal was many people’s pick to either win the men’s title this year of finish runner up, the fact he was bundled out so early in the tournament ┬áis still somewhat hard to believe but Lukas Rosol from the Czech Republic certainly made a believer out of all of us in watching him dispatch the King of Clay in five sets in one of the biggest Grand Slam upsets in recent memory, now that we have had time to digest the loss of Nadal I think if we look closely enough then we will uncover the probable reasons for the Spaniards demise.

Rafa would have expended so much mental energy on winning his record 7th title at Roland Garros that he was always going to be susceptible to an upset in the early rounds at SW19, his first match against Tomaz Bellucci was hardly convincing but nobody was prepared for what was to come against  more »

 
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