Tagged with Rafael Nadal

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

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

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

The Season Draws to a Close

The Season Draws to a Close

The ATP World Tour Finals are just around the corner. In fact, they begin next week at London’s O2 Arena. Unfortunately there will be no Andy Murray as he continues his recovery, hopefully in time for the Australian Open in January. However there are plenty of players on show to get excited about as another exuberating … Continue reading

Classic Match of the Week

Classic Match of the Week

Andy Murray’s US Open title defence took a premature end with a straight sets defeat to Stan Wawrinka on Thursday. This week we look back at the first team he reached a slam final. Cast your mind back to New York in 2008. Nadal had won the two previous slams on the clay of Paris … Continue reading

The Big US Open Preview

The Big US Open Preview

The US Open gets underway in one week’s time. TPFTennis’s bloggers preview the men’s singles event here. TPFTennis: Do you anticipate there being any surprise packages in the tournament, if so who? Nathan: A man outside the ‘big four’ hasn’t won a slam since del Potro did at this tournament in 2009, which proves how … Continue reading

Classic Match of the Week

Classic Match of the Week

Last night Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic serves up a superb match that had it all – so much so that we’ve decided it warrants being this week’s classic. Sit back and enjoy some quality tennis below. In the end, Rafa emerged as the winner with a 6-4 3-6 7-6 but the match wasn’t without … Continue reading

Montreal Masters Preview

Montreal Masters Preview

It seems quite a while ago now that Andy Murray lifted the Wimbledon title, nearly one month ago. Since then we’ve awaited for a big tennis event to return to provide us with all the thrills and excitement that they offer, the US Open returns later this month but before that there are two Masters events … Continue reading