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 »
Fans of Rafael Nadal may be breathing a sigh of relief, their man having avoided the potential danger that was posed by big hitting Argentine Juan Martin del Potro. However it’s not all good news. Rafa didn’t so much side step the threat, Juan Martin withdrew citing a hip injury that had become too painful to continue on after his three set match against Mikhail Youzhny in the second round. Read more »
I have to admit when it comes to Roger Federer I’m not someone you would describe as objective. Firstly I’m a die-hard Nadal fan. Secondly I’m a member of a group of people who finds Federer’s, at times, near perfection and routine wins boring. His ‘decline’ has been more interesting to me because I love the battle, I love to hold my breath until the very end and I love, above all else, to see a player fight to the death, win or lose. In his recent seasons we’ve seen more of this type of play from Federer which has him more interesting to me. Read more »
If Rafael Nadal wanted to get through his first match in Madrid quickly to conserve his energy for Juan Martin del Potro he certainly did his job, overpowering Marcos Baghdatis 6-1, 6-3.
In front of a heavily Spanish crowd Rafa opened with break and then took a 4-1 lead as the errors off Marcos’ racquet multiplied. By his 18th unforced error the Cypriot had handed over the first set. Read more »
That mouth watering potential third round match up between Juan Martin del Potro and Rafael Nadal has arrived. The injured Argentine (the full extent of the injury is not known) will step up and attempt to show the Spanish crowd who he is – one of very few who can blast past Nadal and hit right through his impressive defenses.
The devastatingly lethal forehand of the former top five player has been on display and only growing over the last few weeks as Delpo has sprinted back up the rankings after almost a year off the circuit with injury. Read more »
Juan Martin del Potro has battled past Mikhail Youzhny, beating the Russian 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 to secure a second round
where he will now face Marin Cilic.
During the fourth game of the second set Juan Martin was bothered by a hip injury that first became a problem in Estoril. Despite receiving treatment for the left hip, JMDP was broken again and Youzhny worked to close out the set and level the match. Read more »