Tennis

Australian Open: Men’s final

January 25, 2014
WawrinkaNadal

The accepted wisdom in the British sporting press is that as far as tennis is concerned it is majors rather than ranking points most players both care about, and will be remembered for. In actual fact a quick listen to any recent interview with Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic reveals quite the opposite, that the pair really do care a lot about who has that magical 1 by their name at the beginning of each week and the past fortnight has seen the Spaniard steal an early advantage over his Serbian nemesis in the race for supremacy. Being the defending […]

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Australian Open: Women’s final

January 24, 2014
Cibulkova

Being the first Grand Slam of the year os a double-edged sword for the Australian Open organisers, who on one hand have the thrill of unpredictability that follows the brief break pre-season but on the other must deal with the potential for unexpected results and less commercially attractive names in the final. This year you might argue we’ve seen just that happen in the women’s side of the draw, with Li Na of China facing Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova in the final of the singles event, but in many ways that might turn out to be a blessing in disguise if […]

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Australian Open: 4 men left

January 22, 2014
WawrinkaNadal

Prior to the first round of the Australian Open it is fair to say there were a number of pundits not expecting Andy Murray to win the competition due to his continuing rehabilitation from back surgery, but if you’d asked those same ladies and gentlemen about Novak Djokovic you’d have got a different answer. Possibly the most impressive player in Australia over the last three years came to the tournament with Boris Becker in his corner and the media at his back, but Stan Wawrinka is revelling in the shortened shadow of Roger Federer and beat the Serb in five […]

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Australian Open: The Sheilas

January 14, 2014
Radwanska

Oh, the humanity! Men and women being forced (well, actually volunteering in an attempt to win millions) to take part in dangerously warm conditions, at the possible risk of dehydration, or maybe death. The Australian Open is so far making headlines for a lot of the wrong reasons, with the incredible heat top of the agenda for a lot of the media and certainly concerning many players, but the organisers will be hoping for a few top matches and upsets before too long to take the focus off the unusually warm weather. We’ve already seen a chap collapse on court, […]

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Australian Open: The best blokes

January 14, 2014
DjokAus

The opening Open of the tennis year is always an arduous and physically testing event for the competitors, many of whom are coming in off a relatively short run up in terms of recent top-level play and are probably unsure as to where exactly they currently are in their form and fitness. For someone like Andy Murray, who underwent back surgery at the end of last season and has been in rehabilitation that sense of the unknown is only heightened as he is also feeling his injury and discovering new, pain-free ways to move, and as a result the Australian […]

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The New Nadal

October 6, 2013
NadUSServe

Half a decade or so ago there was a titanic two-way struggle for the number one ranking in men’s tennis worldwide between Roger Federer, arguably the greatest player ever to play the game, and a young Spaniard who started off as David Ferrer on speed and ended up beating the Swiss master on his own ‘home’ turf of Wimbledon. Times have changed, and Federer’s is drawing to a close by all accounts but the name Nadal still hovers around the pinnacle of the game and this week was restored to the very top of the rankings, where its owner will […]

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