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Archive: Sep 2014

Rafa’s Back In Style!

Rafael Nadal made an impressive return to action at the China Open in Beijing by beating the flamboyant Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-0. It was the ever-popular Spaniard’s first match since Wimbledon, after problems with an injury to his right wrist. Looking a little heavier but proving as aggressive as ever, Nadal broke early in the […]

Murray Wins A Title At Last!

When you’ve gone 14 months without winning a tournament it doesn’t matter when, where or how you finally break your barren run. As it happened, this long-awaited triumph was born out of seemingly insurmountable adversity at the Shenzhen Open, in the form of five match points brilliantly saved, the turning point in a thrilling tie-break […]

Did Sachin Twist Federer’s Arm?

Is it just a coincidence that Roger Federer has been persuaded to join a tennis team hosted by cricket-crazy India, home to his friend and fellow legend, Sachin Tendulkar? If you had been walking through the Competitors’ Lounge at Wimbledon a couple of years ago, you would have been astonished to see Federer taking tea […]

WTA Must Make Li Na World Ambassador

So the rumours were true, Li Na duly retired last week and tennis lost one of its great characters. But must it really be like this? No one doubts that she had to call it a day, following months of knee trouble. ‘Will I feel regret?’ the 32-year-old asked herself at a recent news conference. […]

How Many Players Compete at Wimbledon?

Wimbledon is widely regarded as the world’s most prestigious tennis tournament, and for good reason. With royal attendance and many of the world’s top players on the roster, few tennis tournaments can match The Championships. One question that tennis fans often have about Wimbledon regards the number of players involved. From men’s singles to mixed […]

Joyful Federer Books Swiss Spot In Davis Cup Final

An ecstatic Roger Federer was paraded shoulder-high in front of thousands of fans on a truly memorable day for his country.  Switzerland have reached the Davis Cup final for only the second time in their history.  They can now look forward to their first showpiece occasion for 22 years, a much-anticipated  contest against France, away […]

France Reaches Davis Cup Final with 3-0 Lead Over Czechs

Richard Gasquet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga completed a sparkling two days for the French pair, as they edged what became a decisive doubles clash against Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek. In doing so they sent Roland Garros into Davis Cup raptures. Now France could host Switzerland in the final. Having won their respective singles matches on […]

Ice-Cool Cilic Wins US Open

With mind and body in perfect harmony, Marin Cilic won his first Grand Slam final as though he had been playing them all his life.  Former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic, his fellow Croatian, looked close to breaking down as he saw all his coaching pay off so handsomely. Cilic hardly put a foot wrong as […]

Serena Equals Navratilova and Evert

Serena Williams made history at Flushing Meadows as she swept aside her friend Caroline Wozniacki with effortless power. In truth, the Dane brought little to the final, completely failing to get mean against someone she adores and reveres, losing the psychological battle so comprehensively that the result was never in doubt.  Wozniacki simply had to […]

Federer Falls To Colossal Cilic

Roger Federer ran out of steam against a brilliant Marin Cilic, who  joined Kei Nishikori in what will be a first Grand Slam final for both men.  The Cilic serve was so powerful, his returns so deep, that even a tactical master such as Federer simply ran out of ideas. The crowd was in shock […]