There was some questions about if Novak Djokovic’s shoulder would be able to recover enough to allow him to play in Paris. There were even more questions wondering if the Serbian star would put in a serve, or maybe even risk further damage to his shoulder for $1.6 million. Novak has already won $10 million in prize money this year but stood to receive the hefty bonus-pool payout if he showed up in Paris.
As Djokovic was having an injury time out during the recent Shanghai Masters $400,000 was deducted from the initial $2 million offer. Read more
I almost don’t believe it. The headliner names at this years Rogers Cup in Montreal and Toronto have been all but culled in their opening matches. The first to roll out the door was defending champion Andy Murray. Murray was comprehensively beaten 6-4, 6-4 by Kevin Anderson.
Then came the huge shock that Ivan Dodig had beaten Rafael Nadal 1-6, 7-6, 7-6. Juan Martin del Potro fell easily to Marin Cilic in straight sets 6-3, 6-4. Read more
Posted in Andy Murray, Caroline Wozniacki, Injury, Ivan Dodig, Kevin Anderson, Kim Clijsters, Marin Cilic, Montreal, Rafael Nadal, Rogers Cup, Roland Garros
Things just aren’t improving for Rafael Nadal. After losing his way in the Wimbledon final and losing his number one ranking Rafa was hoping for a smooth transition to the American hard courts as he attempts to prepare to defend his US Open title. Instead he was beaten in the type of physical battle he normally excels in.
Ivan Dodig, who gave Novak Djokovic a push in the Australian Open, beat Rafa 1-6, 7-6, 7-6 in three hours and nine minutes, adding to Nadal’s less than stellar record in tie breaks this season. Read more
To break the lengthy draw analysis in two parts I have separated the explanation about what’s at stake for the big boys Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic and what to look for in the early rounds into another post (click here).
If we look at the draw as a whole it’s hard to look beyond Federer as champion. Read more
Posted in Alejandro Falla, Andy Murray, Andy Roddick, David Ferrer, Dudi Sela, Ernests Gulbis, Fabio Fognini, Feliciano Lopez, Fernando Verdasco, Gael Monfils, Gilles Simon, Injury, Ivan Dodig, Ivan Ljubicic, Ivo Karlovic, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, John Isner, Juan Martin Del Potro, Juan Monaco, Marcos Baghdatis, Mardy Fish, Milos Raonic, Nicolas Almagro, Nicolas Mahut, Novak Djokovic, Pete Sampras, Radek Stepanek, Rafael Nadal, Richard Gasquet, Robin Soderling, Roger Federer, Roland Garros, Thomaz Bellucci, Tomas Berdych, Viktor Troicki, Wimbledon
Given the recent form of some of the higher ranked players (Berdych I’m looking at you here) and the significant number of highly ranked fatigued (Djokovic, Federer, Nadal) and injured players (Simon, Fish) looking at the first round match ups took longer than it normally does. Recently players like Ivan Dodig, Andreas Seppi, Philipp Kohlschreiber and Janko Tipsarevic have stepped up and played some great tennis on grass and should make for an interesting Wimbledon. Read more
Posted in Andy Murray, Fabio Fognini, Fernando Gonzalez, Fernando Verdasco, Gilles Simon, Injury, Ivan Dodig, Ivan Ljubicic, Ivo Karlovic, Janko Tipsarevic, John Isner, Marin Cilic, Milos Raonic, Nicolas Mahut, Novak Djokovic, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Philipp Petzschner, Radek Stepanek, Rafael Nadal, Robin Haase, Robin Soderling, Roger Federer, Roland Garros, Wimbledon
After spending his career making, breaking or equaling records Rafael Nadal has now joined an elite group of players with more 500 or more career wins after his 6-3, 6-2 win over Ivan Dodig in the Barcelona semi finals. Nadal, who arrived in Barcelona looking to gain some extra points to try and secure his number one ranking, is now on the hunt for his sixth Barcelona title. Prior to last year, which he missed due to injury, Nadal had won five consecutive titles at the Barcelona club. Read more
Rafa Nadal needed just 75 minutes to comfortably beat Gael Monfils 6-2, 6-2 and progress to the semi finals in Barcelona. Next up Nadal faces Ivan Dodig for his 500th scalp.
The match was a better one from the Spaniard who only surrendered 8 points on serve. His first service percentage was still well off the mark at 57% but at least he was able to consolidate breaks. The world number one still has a long way to go if he wants to perform a clay court sweep like he did last year winning all three Masters 1000 events and Roland Garros. Read more
The only player to take a set off Novak Djokovic at the Australia Open, Ivan Dodig has come announced himself, overcoming fellow Croatian Ivan Ljubicic 6-4, 6-4 in the Zagreb quarterfinals. Dodig, who is ranked number 84, managed to avoid being broken and close out the match in one hour and 49 minutes. Read more