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Archive: Sep 2013

GB back in Davis Cup World Group

Amazing scenes in Croatia as the local crowd noisily interrupted Andy Murray for two minutes before he served on match point against their hero Ivan Dodig. They even tried to put him off by yelling and screaming just as he was about to hit the ball during the final, tie-clinching rally. A controversial line call […]

Rafa’s The Real Number One After Fairytale In New York

Rafael Nadal hit new, outrageous heights to win one of the greatest US Open finals in history. And few can doubt that Nadal – not Djokovic – is currently the greatest tennis player on the planet.  ‘He brings my tennis to a new level, I don’t know how I managed to beat him,’ said Rafa […]

Super Serena takes 17th Slam in three set thriller

Serena Williams overcame a feisty Victoria Azarenka and a rebellious dress to claim the US crown 7-5, 6-7 (6-8), 6-1 at Flushing Meadows. To tennis-lovers, this will live long in the memory as one of the great women’s showdowns. A sporting war of attrition, with neither gladiator willing to give up, even when they could […]

Wawrinka the Shrinker got Shrunk in US Open Semi

Farewell to Stan The Man. What a tournament he had. They’ll have to call him “Wawrinka The Shrinker” from now on. Why? He takes great players and makes them feel very small indeed. Fortunately for Novak Djokovic, Stan couldn’t keep it up. And the Serb, famous for his elasticity, found a way to grow again. […]

Wawrinka tramples Murray in US Open Quarters

Stan Wawrinka in this kind of form he presents a huge problem for Novak Djokovic. I still take Novak to beat him, but it could be just the kind of gruelling clash that Novak doesn’t want before facing a probable final against Rafa Nadal. The Spaniard should have a much easier time of it against […]

Allez Gasquet! (But don’t expect Rafa to show his friend any mercy)

It was refreshing to see the wonderful natural talent of Richard Gasquet shine through against David Ferrer. One of those strange five-setters when none of the sets was really close. The Frenchman prevailed 6-3, 6-1, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3 to reach his first US semi-final…and now he faces his good friend Rafa Nadal. That one is going to make […]

Serena v Victoria… or can Li Na and Flavia have a say?

Let me say up front that I don’t see anyone stopping Serena Williams from winning the US Open this year. But nothing’s ever that certain in tennis, and there are some fascinating battles coming up. On her day Li Na can beat anyone. She probably would have won the Australian Open if they hadn’t stopped […]

Nadal’s Slow Start Makes Novak Favourite

When Rafa lost that first set tie-break to Philipp Kohlschreiber, I wondered what odds you could have got on neither Federer nor Nadal making the US Open quarter-final. Rafa came storming back to win in four, as we suspected he would. But the more I see of this US Open, the more I’m convinced that […]

Sad To See This Shadow Of Federer

People called it a shock. What shock? To regular readers of this blog it will come as no surprise that Roger Federer is out of the US Open before he reached that much-anticipated showdown with Rafa Nadal. I suggested that British number three Dan Evans might beat the Fed at Flushing Meadows. In the end […]