Without Andy Murray and Serena Williams, will the Australian Open 2018 be a classic Federer-Nadal showdown?
Over the years, the Australian Open has effectively been the perfect curtain raiser for the year, as it serves up some pretty special matches to captivate the audience. The last edition of the prestigious event proved to be memorable, but 2018 has all the ingredients to be an even better one! Let’s take a look at what this year’s event has to offer thus far: No Murray or Serena If you are still uncertain as what this game means to the players, Andy Murray is the player one should set his or her eyes on. Unable to feature in the Australian ...Read Full Post
Resurrection 2017: Rafael Nadal proves once again why he is one of the greatest athletes tennis has ever seen
As far as tennis goes, my allegiance has always been with Rafael Nadal (Rafa). While many are in awe of the brilliant Roger Federer, I have always been inspired by the sheer grit, determination and hard work of the Spaniard. Majority of the tennis fraternity had written Nadal off after a wrist injury brought an untimely end to the season in 2016. This, along with the longstanding knee issues that have plagued him for most of his career, made it seem as if the illustrious career for the Mallorcan was drawing to a close – but Nadal had other ideas. ...Read Full Post
When a young, youthful and long-haired Rafael Nadal debuted at Roland Garros (French Open) in 2005, Carlos Moyá, former world number one and currently Nadal’s coach, predicted that this kid would be a tennis prodigy. Younger days: Nadal kisses the trophy after his first French Open triumph at the age of 19 in 2005. Photo: AFP Fast-forward 12 years into 2017, this physically gifted kid from Mallorca has managed to do something that has never been done in tennis before – he just won his 10th Roland Garros Championship, defeating the third seed Stan Wawrinka 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 in the final. Yes, you ...Read Full Post
In another era Andy Murray would have been recognised as a ‘tennis great’ but such is the dominance of Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer – probably the two greatest players in tennis history – that even winning Wimbledon twice does not guarantee you a place amongst the pantheon of racket legends. Throw in Rafael Nadal and it is clear that Murray has been dealt a tough hand.
Just as the dust settles on Court Philippe Chatrier from an exhilarating French Open, all eyes now shift their focus to Centre Court, home of the Wimbledon Championships. Starting from Monday, June 27, 128 of the world’s most talented players will descend upon the championships with aspirations to hoist the glittering silver gilt cup on July 10. The bookies’ favourite by a long shot at the beginning of this tournament has been Novak Djokovic. Djokovic has steamrolled all his opponents this year having captured not just the first two grand slams of the year (a feat accomplished for the first time ...Read Full Post
After around 60 tournaments in about 30 countries, the finest eight of the tennis world battle out the Barclays ATP Tour finals in London. The top eight are divided into two groups – Stan Smith and Ilie Nastase. The group names instead of Group A and Group B are added as a way of recognising and paying tribute to players who have done exceptionally well in the past. Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Tomáš Berdych and Kei Nishikori are put in Group Stan while Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka, Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer are put in Group Ilie. World number one, Djokovic comes to London with a bag full of wins. With victories in Paris, Beijing, Shanghai and New York, Djokovic came as a favourite. But he finds ...Read Full Post
As expected, Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer in the US Open final in four sets. I wasn’t surprised. However, what astonished me was when Croatian Marin Cilic and Japanese Kei Nishikori made it to the final of the same tournament in 2014. The former easily won in a three-setter, but before that, eight US Open titles were won by one of the big four (Djokovic, Federer, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal) in the last nine years. In 2009, Juan Martin del Potro beat Federer in an amazing five-setter to show a glimpse of hope that the dominancy of tennis’s four prodigal ...Read Full Post
Halfway through the season, Grand Slam tennis has returned to its roots at Wimbledon, the oldest and most prestigious of all slams. It’s the holy lawns of tennis where everything else takes a backseat for a while, except old traditions and the fiercely competitive nature of the game. The place where strawberries dipped in cream along with Pimm’s cup (drink of gin, mint, cucumber and apples) go hand in hand with tennis, all symbolising the summer’s arrival and adherence to dress code assume far more significance than star values or sponsors’ interests. A fortnight of tennis which every player dreams to be part ...Read Full Post
In the last couple of weeks, Pakistanis have been preoccupied by the petrol crisis and power shortages, and hence, only a few managed to notice the early exit of Roger Federer from the Australian Open. Federer lost to Italy’s Andreas Seppi in a closely fought four-set match, out of which two sets were tie-breakers. Let’s not scrutinise Federer’s loss too much as even the mightiest fall at times. Staying in the top three at the age of 33 is an achievement in itself. When Federer was broken to love in the first set, giving Seppi a 5-4 lead, it was clear something was ...Read Full Post
Around this time last year, Roger Federer had entered the US Open 2013 as an ailing old man (32 years) and had found it hard to battle against the young blood during the tournaments. Fast forward to 2014 and Roger has already bagged 49 wins, four more than the whole of 2013. With his back fully recovered, a wider racket and some insightful coaching tips from Stefan Edberg, Roger now reminds us of the glory days of 2006. Roger Federer of Switzerland (L) speaks with his coach Stefan Edberg during a practice session at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in ...Read Full Post