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Robredo Denies Tennis Fans Fedal 32

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

A lot of people in, and around, Flushing Meadows in New York yesterday would have been gasping and shaking their heads in disbelief at the fourth round defeat of five-time US Open champion Roger Federer to the 31 year old Spaniard Tommy Robredo, most tennis fans were eagerly waiting the anticipated 32nd showdown between Federer and his great rival Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals, however nobody let Robredo in on the script, the Spaniard has previously been ranked as high as world No.5 and yesterday it looked as though he was the higher ranked player instead of Federer, Robredo’s shock straight sets defeat of the Swiss maestro denied all tennis fans the expected Fedal 32.

It wasn’t just the loss that people were surprised about, it was the manner in which Roger went down to Robredo, Federer had beaten the Spaniard in all ten of their previous encounters and Tommy had only managed to win 3 sets out of the 27 they had previously played, Robredo made up for ten years worth by winning three sets in one day against the player many people still believe to be the best to have ever held a racquet, if Federer fans were worried about Roger’s decline in 2013 before the US Open started, then they will certainly be very concerned now, the cries of retirement will start coming through once again on many tennis forums but the biggest disappointment for many will be no match-up between two of the best players of all time.

The Grand Slam events have certainly produced their fair more »

 

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 Wins In New York And Officially Makes The Big 4!

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

Scotland’s Andy Murray has finally secured that elusive maiden Grand Slam title and in doing so he has finally put to rest the argument about whether we have a Big 4 in men’s tennis or not, prior to his victory in Flushing Meadows, New York I did not consider Andy to be among the so called Big 4, until Murray nailed his first major title I believed we only ever had a Big 3 in the men’s game, but with his exciting five set victory on Arthur Ashe Stadium against his friend and rival Novak Djokovic the 25 year old Brit has now confirmed his place among the elite quartet in the men’s game.

Surely the pressure valve on the Scot would have now been released completely with his US Open victory and that can only benefit the man many were previously considering calling the best player to have never won a major title, he is now free from having to answer the age old question of “do you think you can win a Grand Slam title?” It will be interesting to see if this success now gives Andy the confidence to go on and win more major titles in the years ahead, I for one think that it will, how many title’s though I wouldn’t like to guess because he will still be battling the likes of Djokovic, Federer and Nadal in the foreseeable future.

I expect that Murray will now be talked about as a serious contender before each Grand Slam event in 2013 and it’s certainly apparent that he enjoys the hard courts in both Melbourne and New York, on top of that he has an adoring fan base at SW19 which 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 »

 

Will Anyone Other Than Federer Or Djokovic Win The US Open?

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

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 »