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Federer Turns 18 To Seal His Place As The Greatest

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January 29, 2017

Roger Federer dropped down on one knee, hardly knowing whether to laugh or cry, realising his remarkable comeback was complete. No one in their right mind would have predicted it at the start of the year, but that’s the funny thing about sport. The more you want glory, the harder it is to get your […]

Serena Becomes The Greatest Player Of The Open Era

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January 28, 2017

As she served on match point it looked as though she could hardly breathe with all the excitement. Yet Serena Williams steadied herself and moments later she had sealed her place as the greatest tennis player of the Open era, defeating her sister Venus 6-4, 6-4 in the Melbourne final. She moved ahead of Steffi […]

It’s On! Rafa Wins Through To Face Roger!

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January 27, 2017

The dream final, the one the world wanted, is on. Rafael Nadal will play Roger Federer on Sunday to roll back the years and bring us thrills beyond measure. Memories of Wimbledon in the dark, Rafa triumphant and Roger in tears after quite possibly the most dramatic tennis match of all time. So many more […]

Fantastic Federer Through To Final…And Venus Too!

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January 26, 2017

A disbelieving Roger Federer almost had to pinch himself after he survived a superb Stan Wawrinka fightback to book a place in his 28th Grand Slam final – and his sixth in Australia. He will play either Rafael Nadal or Grigor Dimitrov. But the entire world, apart from fans of the enigmatic Bulgarian, seems to […]

Surely Only CoCo Can Deny Serena Now?

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January 25, 2017

Who can stop Serena Williams from making history now? Can anyone seriously stand in her way? After Serena disposed of the in-form Brit, Johanna Konta with relative ease, it seems likely that the younger Williams sister will edge ahead of the great Steffi Graf within days. She looks set to become the most decorated Grand […]

How Can Roger Federer Beat Stan Wawrinka?

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January 24, 2017

Roger Federer’s dream comeback continues, after he took just 92 minutes to defeat Mischa Zverev 6-1, 7-5, 6-2. That leaves the 35-year-old plenty of fuel left in the tank to face his younger compatriot, Stan Wawrinka. Federer has won five of their last six meetings, and yet Wawrinka is fancied by many to win the […]

Rampant Rafa Fends Off Comeback From Flamboyant Monfils

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January 23, 2017

Rafael Nadal has reached the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time since 2014. Now he faces Milos Raonic, who beat him only a few weeks ago. Gael Monfils provided sparkling entertainment as always. And he probably should have taken Nadal to a fifth set, at which point anything could have happened. But […]

Incredible Federer Downs Nishikori In Five

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January 22, 2017

Roger Federer jumped for joy after reaching his 49th Grand Slam quarter-final with yet another scintillating display. And that spontaneous demonstration of child-like delight told an important story. For it is Federer’s boyish enthusiasm for the game that has driven him to fresh heights, just when we thought he was almost ready to call it […]

Andy Murray Is Knocked Out Of Australian Open In Huge Shock

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Andy Murray has squandered his best ever chance of winning the Australian Open. ‘It’s a tough one to lose,’ he admitted. ‘I wanted to go so far.’ The Brit became the first world number one to be dumped out of the tournament at such an early stage since Lleyton Hewitt fouteen years ago. Tennis legend […]

Magnificent Nadal Refuses To Be Upstaged By Wunderkind

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January 21, 2017

Rafael Nadal dug deep to win an extraordinary war of attrition against Alexander “Sascha” Zverev, the 19-year old German described by Rafa himself as ‘the future of tennis.’ The entire match revolved around a 37-shot rally in the fifth game of the fifth set. The crowd gasped and murmured in disbelief, even as the brutal […]

Federer Fans In Dreamland As The Greatest Hits Fresh Heights

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January 20, 2017

It had to be seen to be believed. Even then it was hard to take in. Roger Federer fans and all Wimbledon tennis fans are in dreamland. The great man is back. No, not the 35-year-old version, though that is undeniably Federer’s biological age. This is the return of the real Federer. The one who […]

Djokovic Out In Melbourne Stunner After Five-Hour Onslaught

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January 19, 2017

Novak Djokovic is out of the Australian Open, beaten by a 117-ranked, wild card Uzbek called Denis Istomin. Andy Murray will never get a better chance to win this Slam at last and add to his collection, while consolidating his position as world number one. After four hours and fifty minutes, Djokovic succumbed as the […]

Federer Battles Through To Face Berdych in Round Three

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January 18, 2017

Roger Federer rolled back the years with flashes of effortless brilliance to overcome American hot-shot Noah Rubin at the Australian Open. But he won’t want to remember the earlier stages of the third set too often – even though he eventually  fought his way through a mini-crisis to win through 7-5, 6-3, 7-6(3). The great […]

Vulnerable Murray Progresses in Melbourne

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January 16, 2017

Andy Murray struggled to find his best form in a wobbly opening match at the Australian Open in Melbourne. Just as well he could still crack a joke as he warned Kim to mind her language during his matches, now that he has been knighted. Not that he had taken his own advice during a […]

Novak Edges Murray In Doha Thriller To Sound Aussie Open Warning

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January 9, 2017

Novak Djokovic ended Andy Murray’s 28-match winning run and fired out a warning in the build-up to the Aussie Open by playing his best tennis for months. If Murray thought he could finally pick up an Aussie Open title without having to down an in-form Djokovic in the final, he will probably have to think […]

Happy New Year To You From Lucy Shuker!

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With a new year comes new feelings and new chances. I start 2017 with the same dreams but I am looking forward to the fresh start and the opportunities ahead of me. The Christmas period was a real opportunity to reset and reflect. Christmas can be about whatever it means to you personally, and for […]