How’s that for a signal of intent for the season ahead? Could Sascha Zverev’s brilliant Tour Finals victory yesterday culminate in greater slam success next year? It certainly looks that way. No offence to the Bulgarian, but this feels completely different to Dimitrov’s heroics this time last year, talented though he is, one feels that […]Read More NEWS: ATP Tour Finals 2018 sees arrival of Alexander Zverev proper
On Sunday I reflected on the lack of strength in depth on the men’s tour once the Big Four finally bid farewell. In his Paris Masters victory over the all-conquering Novak on Sunday Karin Khachanov added himself into the fray. The 21 year old Russian was good enough to be mentioned before this milestone, but […]Read More NEWS: Khachanov breathes life into ATP future
Along with Rafa, in Roger Federer we have the elder statesman and role model for the sport. Professional on the court and knowingly vanilla off it, the Swiss knows to be tactile and safe when expressing his views on any given tennis talking point. Now, as his career end nears maybe a little more rapidly […]Read More NEWS: Is this the beginning of an explicit Federer?
Not sure how much this constitutes news now but nevermind. Inevitably I am going to try and draw parallels with Halep’s slipped disc and my own, but of course I have no idea how bad the Romanian’s injury really is. I imagine, as mine was down to a lethal concoction of poor posture, incorrect weightlifting […]Read More NEWS: Take no risks with that disc Simona
The much hyped Federer-Kyrgios clash proved to be but a side note yesterday as some big names came a tumbling. Roger’s win showing that for all of his bravado, Kyrgios is still lacking on the big stages. Instead we lost Zverev (Kohlschreiber), Bertens (Vondrousova), Kerber (Cibulkova), Garcia (Suarez-Navarro), Kvitová (Sabalenka) and Pouille (Sousa). I haven’t […]Read More US Open 2018: Day 6 shocks as Day 7 promises more awe
First, I join BBC’s David Law and other experts and tweeters in praising Daniela Hantuchova’s honest and humble analysis. The former no.5 and two-time quarter finalist here is quickly establishing herself as an essential pundit combining her regular duties on Amazon Prime with her own daily series on the Tennis Channel and now appearing on […]Read More US Open 2018: Day 3 picks and more praise for star pundit
I’ll freely admit that my love for this sport is often skewed by wholly biased favouritism. If a player beat Hantuchova at a major (most frequently Sharapova or Serena but most significantly Ivanovic in the 08 Aussie SF), denied Federer another slam (Nadal and Djokovic), or simply replaced Tim in the timeline (Murray) then they’d […]Read More Djokovic’s latest record reignites debate and scrutinises the hate