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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

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

Double Trouble?

Double Trouble?

Yesterday I read John McEnroe’s comments in The Times on that state of the doubles game. So, has doubles outlived its usefulness? Doubles doesn’t nearly achieve the same glow to it as singles. In the piece, McEnroe tackles some of the reasons why. During his illustrious playing career, the American was equally as successful in both the … Continue reading

Classic Match of the Week

Classic Match of the Week

Last Monday was the twelve-year anniversary of Lleyton Hewitt first crashin on to the tennis stage as world no.1, by by winning the 2001 year-ending ATP Masters Cup in Sydney. In the final he face Sebastien Grosjean of France, whom he dispatched in straight sets 6–3, 6–3, 6–4. Highlights below (20 mins). The Aussie went on … Continue reading

Murray’s operation could shape his year

Murray’s operation could shape his year

Another year and another Grand Slam from Andy Murray. A habit? Yes please! The Brit provided us with an historic moment to cherish at Wimbledon this year. A word or two on that first; it was a huge achievement of hard work. The watching public purveyed relief of 77 years of pain, woeful misses and … Continue reading

Late season glimmers show Fed has still got it

Late season glimmers show Fed has still got it

Roger Federer has experienced a somewhat turbulent year and one he’ll be looking to forget in a hurry. To illustrate that, it was the first time since 2002 that he finished outside the top 3. Tournament exits to lower-ranked players showed he was struggling. The US Open saw the 32-year-old defeated in straight sets by … Continue reading

Classic Match of the Week

Classic Match of the Week

With the season-ending Tour Finals in full swing we look back on an exciting match from the same event in 2009. This one is one of the occasions that Federer did NOT reach the final of the year-ending tournament, being beaten by Nikolay Davydenko in the semi-final, with the Russian going on to be crowned … Continue reading

Djokovic triumphs in gruelling Paris final

Djokovic triumphs in gruelling Paris final

Novak Djokovic won his 16th Masters title with a 7-5 7-5 win over David Ferrer in Paris today. Like in yesterday’s semi-final against Roger Federer, Djokovic fell behind to a break in the opening stages. Despite Ferrer taking the early ascendancy it could have gone either way. The tide turned soon after. At 5-4 up, … Continue reading

Classic Match of the Week

Classic Match of the Week

Every so often we are treated to matches of the highest order. This firmly fits into that. There are matches where neither player deserves to lose. I can safely say that this accords with that. In this case, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray, both vying for their first Tour Finals title, battled out an extraordinary … Continue reading