Archive for June, 2013

 

Did Federer’s Loss Finally Signal The End Of An Era?

Friday, June 28th, 2013

In the aftermath of Roger Federer’s four set loss to Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky at The Championships in SW19, a large number of tennis fans are now saying it either looked like or felt like the end of an era when the Swiss maestro walked off the court a dejected figure, we have seen this happen time and time again to The Fed Express over the past few years and he has always answered the question in emphatic fashion by winning some big events quickly.

This stunning result has sent shockwaves around the tennis world and it must surely have even the normally cool, calm figure of Federer concerned too, apparently those who witnessed his media interview reported a solemn and dejected tone in his voice when answering questions from the throng of media present, that’s hardly surprising though because Roger has made the second week of the past 36 Grand Slam tournaments until he was ousted by Stakhovsky in round two at Wimbledon 2013.

Federer will drop down to No.5 in the world rankings at the conclusion of Wimbledon and he could even end up world No.6 if Tomas Berdych gets his hands on the trophy, the 31 year old Swiss superstar is not used to shielding tricky questions from the media and he certainly would not have been used to the feelings he must have had after his shock loss to Stakhovsky either, whether Roger can now lift himself off the canvas remains to be seen.

If Federer remains seeded outside the top 4 at all the major tennis events remaining on the calendar this more »

 

Rafa & Serena Continue To Dominate Season 2013

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

The 2013 French Open that concluded at Roland Garros recently again reminded all of us that the two leading players on their respective tours this season are indeed the respective French Open champions, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams, the two superstars of world tennis are both on impressive winning streaks with Rafa currently sitting on 21 matches unbeaten and Serena having won her last 31 matches, they are both cleary now favoured to end the season ranked No. 1 on their respective rankings but as well know the season is long and can take many twists and turns.

Nadal has been super impressive since his return from injury this season, the champion Spaniard has a 43-2 match record this year and has made all nine finals of the tournaments he has played this season winning an impressive seven of them, he is the first man on the ATP World Tour to qualify for the season ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals and if he continues his current form then he will very likely end the year as world No.1, Rafa has practically no points to defend for the remainder of the season so unless the 27 year old is beset by injury it’s hard to see how the King of Clay will not vie for the top spot at seasons end.

Williams has been just as impressive on the women’s tour holding a 43-2 match record in 2013 and claiming six titles on the way, the 31 year old native from Michigan is now the undisputed No.1 women’s player in the world and with Wimbledon just around the corner it’s difficult to more »

 

Will We See Roger In Another Grand Slam Final?

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

In the aftermath of Roger Federer’s quarter-final loss to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at Roland Garros this week many tennis fans are now questioning whether we will ever see Roger in another Grand Slam final, it is true that Federer was not at his best against Jo-Willy but it also appears very factual that the Swiss maestro is now clearly past his best, the fact Tsonga beat Federer in straight sets for the first time at a major championship could mean that we have seen the last of Federer duking it out in a Grand Slam decider.

It may well be foolish to write off the player most people refer to as the greatest to have ever played the game but Federer’s form and statistics this season don’t lie, the 17-time Grand Slam champion is yet to win a title in 2013 and out of the seven tournaments that Roger has played this season he has only been in one championship decider, that was recently in Rome where Fed was routined in the final by Rafa in straight sets 6-3, 6-1.

Roger looked bitterly disappointed with his effort against Tsonga in Paris but he has already turned his attention to the grass court season which comes hard on heels of the clay court swing, how Federer fares on his beloved grass courts should give us all the real answer to whether or not we are witnessing the final decline of the great Swiss champion, Roger’s greatest success has always come on the green turf and more disappointment at Halle and Wimbledon in the next month may well answer the question for more »