Despite precious little shock results and with all main contenders safely through to round 2, it has been a drama-drenched opening two days in Melbourne. As the world continues to confidently (but I fear prematurely) call time on his career, Andy Murray ensured he would exit in trademark battling fashion. DAY 1 saw the former […]Read More Australian Open 2019: Round 1 review and Round 2 picks
I had predicted Federer to lose again, just as i had incorrectly done so for the QF with Berdych and the SF with Chung. I had become convinced that – unless he again replicated last year’s unbelievable form – that his age would finally become a factor, and we could be assured that he is […]Read More Australian Open 2018: More tears as a relieved Roger escapes Cilic’s devastation.
What a thrilling final that was, a match of high drama and several momentum shifts at crucial junctures. In hot and humid conditions both players had to call for medical timeouts as a gruelling fortnight of graft took its toll. In the end, it was another great advert for the women’s game offering a forever-shifting […]Read More Australian Open 2018: Wozniacki outlasts Halep in classic
As we near what promises to be two showcase finals this weekend, it was unfortunately via an anticlimactic semi final today. Arguably the star of the tournament (sorry Kyle) Hyeon Chung has already barged his way to the top of everyone’s ‘next big thing’ lists. His elasticity, all-court game and roster of victims here is […]Read More Australian Open 2018: Federer benefits from poor Chung’s blistering form on Day 12. Plus Finals predictions.
I’m always amazed by the ignorance shown towards women’s tennis, so many otherwise knowledgeable people dismiss it as inferior to the men’s side. Granted some matches are over before you know it and can be very one sided, but this is true of the men too – you just might not notice it so much […]Read More Australian Open 2018: Halep and Kerber star in showstopper, but it’s the end of the road for Edmund on Day 11.
Before I predict the semi-finals (not a glittering start to my Nostradamus 2018 campaign), let’s look at those last quarter finals. Kerber so impressive against Keyes Madison Keyes has been echoing her U.S Open form from last year all fortnight, round after round the talented and likeable American would power through with minimal fuss. But […]Read More Australian Open 2018: Federer flies flag for favourites as Kerber looks unstoppable on Day 10. Plus a look at the semi-finals.
Before we get onto the story and performance of the tournament so far in Hyeon Chung’s brilliant victory over Novak, let me be clear. Roger Federer will not retain his title, and most likely won’t have enough to beat a Tomas Berdych playing his best stuff for years. The Swiss was as good as he […]Read More Australian Open 2018: Chung charges, Berdych blazes and top women stay true on Day 8