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The Impact of the Australian Open

Rankings Shakeup The 2014 Austrlian Open has set a different tone for the year with huge changes in the rankings, causing champion Stan Wawrinka to jump up to third, while Andy Murray slides down to sixth following his quarter-final exit. Below is the top 8 before and after the tournament. 1. Nadal (13130)     … Continue reading

Stan Stuns Nadal

Stan Stuns Nadal

Both contenders in the 2014 Australian Open final had a tough – but to be quite honest predictable – semi-final. Rafael Nadal beat Federer in straight sets, 7-6, 6-3, 6-3. Wawrinka’s was even tougher, coming up against Thomas Berdych just after beating Novak Djokovic in a gruelling five-setter. But the ‘Stanimal’ (as aptly named by … Continue reading

The Business End of the Australian Open

The Business End of the Australian Open

We’re now well into the final week of the Australian Open, and we’re down to the last four, incidentally with only one from the ATP top four ranked players – Rafael Nadal. It is very unusual for one in particular, Novak Djokovic to be absent from the final, not to mention the semi-finals, as over … Continue reading

#AusOpen: Heat, Murray, Fedberg & More

#AusOpen: Heat, Murray, Fedberg & More

After four days of action, I discuss the main talking points of the 2014 Australian Open. Heat Temperatures have soared into the mid 40s. Fortunately, they’re on their way down. I wouldn’t mind a fraction of those temperatures in the rainy UK. I’m always in awe of the unbelievable fitness levels of players but I … Continue reading

The Big Australian Open Preview

The Big Australian Open Preview

Can Nadal overcome Djokovic’s dominance down under?  I think that Novak Djokovic will triumph at this year’s Australian Open. Four times a champion and the winner in each of the last three years, he always produces in Melbourne and I can see that continuing. The draw has been kind to the Serb, another reason for … Continue reading

Stefan Edberg and Federer: what could possibly go wrong?

Stefan Edberg and Federer: what could possibly go wrong?

After the announcement that Djokovic hired six-time Grand Slam champion Boris Becker, probably not for his experience as a top-level coach (hardly any), but for the different sporting-mindset that only the very best possess. It appears Federer (who claims not to be bothered about his ranking anymore) has followed suit, sourcing another six-time Grand Slam champion … Continue reading

Becker and Djokovic join forces

Becker and Djokovic join forces

The announcement of Novak Djokovic’s appointment of Boris Becker as head coach sent shock waves crashing through the tennis world. It is one big gamble for the world number two, who is looking to win a fourth consecutive Australian Open. Will it pay off? When Andy Murray hired Ivan Lendl similar shock waves came crashing. … Continue reading

Murray Christmas

Murray Christmas

On Sunday Andy Murray was named as the BBC’s 60th Sports Personality of the Year, claiming an overwhelming 56% of the votes. He received more votes than the rest of top ten put together. A convincing win, you could say. Prior to the annual event it was announced that the Wimbledon champion would not attend … Continue reading