So much is on the line today. Nadal is playing his fifth consecutive Grand Slam final and hunting for his seventh Roland Garros crown in an attempt to over take Bjorn Borg in the history books. Djokovic is looking to defeat the King of Clay on his home turf and in doing so complete a career Grand Slam and a Novak Slam – holding all four Slams at the same time (but not in one calender year).
Nadal has been in top form leading into the final, repeatedly bageling opponents, and consistently winning in straight sets. Physically Nadal should have the advantage after Novak was pushed to five sets twice but as we saw in Australia, Novak has a knack for recovering and rising to the occasion against Rafa. Read more
As a part of the celebrations for the 125th year of the Wimbledon Championships an extensive collection of match footage has been released on iTunes. The footage ranges from interviews with past and present players, behind the scenes footage and some match play from some of the greatest matches ever played at Wimbledon. As they say in the documentary Wimbledon is a place where legends are born and memories are created. Read more
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Take a walk down memory lane and watch some of the greatest winning moments at Wimbledon. How incredible is the court during 1987′s Pat Cash win… Wow!
Rafael Nadal has equaled Bjorn Borg’s record of six Roland Garros titles, claiming his tenth Grand Slam title after beating Roger Federer 7-5, 7-6, 5-7, 6-1. It was the eighth Grand Slam final between two of tennis’ greatest champions, Nadal leading 5-2, having thumped Federer in their last French final in 2008 . Rafa was coming into the match with a 44-1 win to loss record in Paris and simply refused to back down despite the fact that it was Federer who came out swinging. Read more
Rafael Nadal has secured a place in yet another Roland Garros final where he will play either Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic for a chance to win his sixth French Open title and tenth Grand Slam title after defeating Andy Murray 6-4, 7-5, 6-4. It took three hours and 17 minutes for the Spanish world number one, who is battling to hold on to the top spot, to give himself a chance to equal Bjorn Borg’s record in Paris. Read more
Try as I might I will never be able to pick a top ten that pleases everyone.
Over time we’ve had some pretty good looking tennis players to watch on our screen, both male and female. Sure in the 80′s there were some good looking players we may not have noticed because they had the fluffy hair, scary eyebrows and strange fashion sense but some things get better with age (think George Clooney).
So here’s my top ten men and women of all time .
To all those out there like my mum who harbour a deep unending love for Stefan Edberg… I’m sorry. Read more
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Novak Djokovic has a very real opportunity to become world number one in Rome. Nadal may have already declared the race over, that the number one ranking is no longer his, but there are still a few wins required before it becomes official.
At the moment Rafael has 12, 470 points to Djokovic’s 10, 665 points but because Nole didn’t perform particularly well during last years clay court season he only stands to gain on Nadal if he does well. On the other hand, to have any hope of staying in the top spot Nadal must defend every title – Rome and Roland Garros – that remain on the dirt. Read more
According to the ATP Novak Djokovic is now part of a very exclusive group. Novak has now equaled Ivan Lendl’s best ever season start in 1986 when he won 29 consecutive matches. Only two other men have had a more successful start to a season.
In 1980 Bjorn Borg won 33 consecutive matches and John McEnroe leads the way with a 42 match unbeaten streak. Djokovic and Ivan are now tied for the best season starts in the last 25 years. Read more