Four Non-Grand Slam Singles Winners Remain In New York

Sep 7, 2016

We have reached the semi-final stages of the 2016 US Tennis Open Championships and there still remains four singles players, two among the men and two among the women, who are yet to taste Grand Slam glory, enigmatic Frenchman Gael Monfils and the Japanese world No.7 Kei Nishikori are through to the last four in the men’s championship as are the 10th seeded Czech Karolina Pliskova and the unseeded former world No.1 Caroline Wozniacki in the women’s championship, can one of this quartet win two more matches in New York to achieve Grand Slam success?

Monfils (No.10 seed) will face the defending men’s singles champion and world No.1 Novak Djokovic in one semi-final while Nishikori will square off against the 3rd seeded Swiss Stan Wawrinka in the other semi-final, Djokovic will definitely start as favourite against Monfils and Wawrinka would also be a slight favourite in his last four match up with Nishikori, can Monfils topple the undisputed world No.1 and make his first GS final or will we see Djokovic reach yet another major final, the second semi-final will be intriguing also, Nishikori has been to the big dance in New York before, losing in straight sets to the 2014 champion Marin Cilic, Kei will be keen to try and go one better this year and get his name etched on the trophy but he must first beat Stan the man to advance to the final.

Pliskova has arguably the toughest challenge in women’s tennis right now in her semi-final, beating Serena at a major championship,  more »

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Is Rafael Nadal Now Officially In The Twilight Of His Career?

Sep 5, 2016

The 2016 edition of the US Open at Flushing Meadows has seen a number of extremely close matches so far which could have gone the way of either player, however the most notable of all those close matches was the fourth round men’s singles clash between 14-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal and the rising young Frenchman Lucas Pouille, Nadal had been playing well throughout the tournament and was expected to beat the 22 year old Pouille to make yet another major quarter-final but the Frenchman had other ideas.

Rafa’s unexpected loss at the round of sixteen stage in New York begs the question then, is the champion Spaniard now officially in the twilight of his career? Based on what we have been used to seeing from Nadal over many years of competition at the majors, one would have to conclude that Rafa is indeed commencing the twilight of his career or he may even be some way into that stage of his career, Rafa’s best tennis is now definitely behind him and although he will still remain a force on the red clay at Roland Garros, it is difficult to see the King of Clay winning another Grand Slam title unless he gets a fortunate break in the draw.

Nadal has a great legion of fans who all love him for the champion he is, but the native from Mallorca now looks to be beatable in those closer matches when previously he was not, Nadal always seemed to find a way to get across the line in the tight ones and he even looked like doing so again against Pouille after saving three ma more »

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Can A New Major Champion Emerge In New York?

Aug 29, 2016

The 2016 US Open is now underway and all tennis fans will be looking forward to plenty of exciting and drama filled tennis over the next two weeks in New York, will we see the usual names emerge once again at a Grand Slam event or will we see the emergence of a new Grand Slam champion at Flushing Meadows in New York?

Most pundits are tipping the usual contenders once again, the likes of Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray among the men and Serena Williams, Angelique Kerber and Garbine Muguruza among the women, however there is reason to believe that we can indeed see a new major champion emerge once again in either the men’s singles championship or the women’s singles championship in 2016.

New York has provided many first time Grand Slam singles champions in recent years, Marin Cilic (2014) and Juan Martin del Potro (2009) among the men and Flavia Pennetta (2015) and Samantha Stosur (2011) among the women, perhaps it is too soon to see another new first time Grand Slam champion emerge once again in New York, let’s take a look at the likely possibilities.

The top four seeds among the men (Djokovic, Murray, Stan Wawrinka & Rafael Nadal) have all won multiple Slams and they are the favoured quartet once again, only one other player (Cilic) among the remaining seeds has tasted Grand Slam success previously, so who out of the remaining seeded players is a possible maiden GS winner in 2016 then, perhaps previous major finalists Milos Raonic (No.5 seed) and Kei Nishikori more »

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Murray & Williams Crowned Champions At Wimbledon

Jul 10, 2016

After two weeks or exciting Grand Slam tennis at SW19, the 2016 Wimbledon singles champions have been found, British man and world No.2 Andy Murray and the women’s world No.1 and dominant figure in the women’s game, Serena Williams, have been crowned singles champions of the respective gentlemen’s singles and ladies singles championship at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, Murray defeated first-time major finalist Milos Raonic in straight sets in the men’s final while Williams was also a straight sets winner over Germany’s Angelique Kerber in the women’s decider, Andy claimed his third Grand Slam title and second career Wimbledon crown with his win, while Serena equalled the open era record of Steffi Graf by completing her 22nd Grand Slam singles victory on the green grass courts in London.

Murray has been Mr consistent this year in the majors making the final of all three events so far, but unlike the previous two championship decider’s in Melbourne and Paris, the 29 year old Dunblane native got to enjoy the spoils of victory in London this time around with no Novak Djokovic up against him to spoil the party, instead Andy had the big-serving Canadian and Grand Slam final debutant Raonic to deal with and deal with him he did, the 25 year old Raonic couldn’t repeat his five-set semi-final heroics over Roger Federer against Murray, the Scot utilised his excellent return of serve prowess to blunt any hope Milos may have had of winning a major event at his first attempt, more »

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Sam Querrey Produces The Upset of 2016

Jul 3, 2016

Sam Querrey, the tall 28 year old native from California in the USA has produced the biggest upset of the 2016 tennis season in the third round of The Championships at Wimbledon, the 6’6″ American served and blasted his way to his best ever victory over the seemingly unstoppable world No.1 Novak Djokovic 7-6 (6), 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (5), this will surely be the biggest upset of he season as it will take another extraordinary performance from somebody this year to beat the effort by Querrey in beating the red hot Djokovic.

Upsets do occur in all sport of course, but when we see one of this magnitude in the world of tennis it is certainly worth writing about, almost all tennis pundits were picking Djokovic to have a decent shot at a calendar Grand Slam in season 2016, however nobody told Querrey and almost nobody would have expected the Serb to not make it into the second week at SW19, if Novak was going to lose on the grass courts of Wimbledon then most of us would have picked it to be at the hands of either Andy Murray, Roger Federer or perhaps Milos Raonic, the way Nole has been playing this season meant that even a loss to one of that aforementioned trio would have been surprising and an upset of sorts.

The fact that it was Querrey, the current world No.41, has come as a shock, we were all starting to feel that Djokovic was close to unbeatable when on form, however tennis is a physical game that requires plenty of mental effort and fortitude, so just how much did that rec more »

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