Sunday, January 26th, 2014 at
Nadal back treatment @ATPWorldTour.com
Ok, so we all know that Rafa lost to the new Swiss numbero uno, Stanislas Wawrinka 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. To me, it is refreshing to see another player that’s not named Nadal, Federer, Murray, or Djokovic hoisting a major trophy over their head; Stan Wawrinka earned every single point in his final match against the world #1. But I’m starting to see that Wawrinka’s AO win is being tainted by Rafa’s “injury” already.
Rafa got beat…
…but not because he was injured. Rafa got beat because Stan outplayed him and finished points exactly when he needed. He played an amazing final match that he should remember for the rest of time; he played a “Perfect” match in Australia. Read the rest of this entry
Tuesday, January 14th, 2014 at
Seriously, the Australian Open heat is ridiculous. It’s day 2 of the “Happy Slam” but there’s really nothing “Happy” about it if you’re competing at the beginning of a coming Australian heatwave.
On the start of Day 2 at the 2014 Australian Open, the heat started to rise, then it rose some more; during the middle of the Paire vs. Dancevic match out on Court 6, the air temperature rose to about 108 degrees Fahrenheit. That air temperature coupled with the strong sun, drove the temperature of the tennis court to closer to 146 degree Fahrenheit! It’s ridiculous to think that players were battling it out in that kind of heat without officials offering more than a few ice pack, a ball kid with an umbrella, and extra bottles of water.
Here’s a GIF of Canadian Frank Dancevic falling over and fainting from the extreme heat (courtesy of The Tennis Channel):
Frank Dancevic passes out
Monday, January 13th, 2014 at
Roger Federer has insisted he is ready to put a forgettable 12 months behind him and become a major force in tennis once again. The 17-time grand slam champion has long been regarded by many as one of the game’s greatest ever players, but the Swiss star appeared to be on the slide in 2013 after winning just one title and slipping to sixth in the world rankings.
While Federer struggled with his form throughout the year, rivals Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray all continued to take their games to the next level, making the 32-year old’s job even harder if he is going to add to his haul of grand slam titles. The Betfair odds might not support Federer’s belief he can get back among the mix at the top, although the Swiss star has shown throughout his career that it’s never wise to ever really write Federer off.
After a disappointing 2013, Federer made the decision to add former world number one Stefan Edberg to his coaching set-up during the winter. Following Federer an-injury winter working with the Swede, Federer now believes he is now in a strong position heading into the new season.
“I probably trained harder in the off-season than all the guys ahead of me in the rankings. They went off to play exhibitions, like I did last year, so that [counts in my favour]. I did a full-on month [of training], which I haven’t done in a long time.”
“I really feel like I’m on the way back. Who knows? Maybe I’ll play my best in March or April. I just want to get back to a good level and then, hopefully, I can start winning tournaments again,” insisted Federer.
Tuesday, January 7th, 2014 at
Juan Martin del Potro is looking forward to enjoying an injury-free year and challenging the leading players on a regular basis in 2014.
The 25-year-old Argentinian, who won the US Open in 2009, had his career put on hold by a wrist injury the following year, but has now moved back up to five in the world rankings for the first time in more than three years.
Del Potro, who has a career-high ranking of four, has struggled to return to the top after plummeting to number 485 in the world, but is now looking to put pressure on the likes of Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, David Ferrer and Rafael Nadal.
He believes he can do well at the Australian Open, where he has never got past the quarter-finals before, after showing people who bet on tennis what he can do in Grand Slams by reaching the semi-finals of last year’s Wimbledon, before eventually being edged out in a five-set thriller by Djokovic.
Del Potro said: ”I was close to reaching the final in Wimbledon but it wasn’t enough to win there. I have to be ready for the moment, like I was in 2009 when I beat Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer in semis and finals. I think I’m ready to keep fighting with them in Grand Slams but they are still so good and the biggest favourites. I’m in the top five again and I see a good opportunity to keep improving my ranking, I’m looking forward to playing most tournaments healthy. That could be my biggest goal for this year.”
Del Potro’s career highlight came at Flushing Meadows in 2009 when, as the sixth seed, he beat the likes of Juan Carlos Ferrero, Marin Cilic, and the perennial favourite in the tennis betting, Nadal, before recovering from a set and a break down to defeat Federer in the final.
Sunday, December 29th, 2013 at
After we got word that tennis superstar Roger Federer had split ways with longtime coach Paul Annacone, there was a lot of speculation as to who was going to fill the coaching position for the Federer camp.
A couple of weeks ago, I posted a list of potential coaches; the majority of my visitors chose Andre Agassi as the person to fill in the blank. Agassi would have been the ideal choice in my book, instead Roger Federer employed Stefan Edberg as his new coach moving into the 2014 tennis season. Roger Federer recently announced on Facebook:
Roger Federer announces Stefan Edberg as new coach via Facebook
Stefan Edberg as Roger Federer’s new coach
Stefan Edberg, also a former world #1, is no stranger to winning and competing. Edberg, not only was a skilled singles player by winning 6 major titles; he also was a very accomplished doubles player, reaching world #1 and winning 3 major doubles titles.
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Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 at
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