The rivalry between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer was renewed at the Australian Open the minute Rafa opened his mouth to the media about player issues and Federer’s lack of interest in them.Tonight Federer and Nadal fought for a finals position and a chance to claim another Grand Slam and it is Rafael Nadal who will play either Novak Djokovic or Andy Murray in his bid for his 11th Grand Slam.
Rafa was forced to fight for his fourth consecutive Grand Slam final but after three hours and minutes Nadal won 6-7, 6-2, 7-6, 6-4
Roger came out firing looking like he planned to slaughter Nadal with his aggressive accuracy from the first point. He quickly found himself at 1-4 before Rafa finally found his range and got back on serve at 3-4, his forehand finding its mark. Read more
In a strange, yet high quality, match that saw Rafael Nadal robbed of vital points by poor line calls repeatedly, Rafa has battled the huge serves and powerful, flat ground strokes of Tomas Berdych to book a place in the Australian Open semi finals. It took Nadal four hours and 16 minutes but he eventually walked away with the 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 6-3 win that finished right at midnight.
Both players had early break point opportunities but were unable to convert, Nadal fighting against the booming serve of Berdych and incredibly flat ground strokes.
The 12th game of the first set went for over 8 minutes with Berdych having triple set point. His incredible defensive skills saved the second break point as he somehow stayed alive in a point he should have lost multiple times. Despite a fourth point for Berdych, Rafa dug deep and forced a tiebreak. Read more
There was never any doubt that one of tennis’ most psychologically strong men, Lleyton Hewitt, would give everything he had against Novak Djokovic and he did. After a rough first set Hewitt changed his tactics and gave Novak more of a fight.
Hewitt was handily battered by Djokovic in the first two sets and then put his body on the line to get the third. After feeling a chance to go up 4-3 Hewitt was left frustrated as the opportunity went wanting.
Lleyton struggled to scramble everything back as it became obvious he was even compensating as he walked to keep the pressure off his degenerated big toe. Then he started shaking out his hands as he struggled to block out his screaming body. Read more
Andy Roddick was forced to retire from his match against Lleyton Hewitt as he trailed 6-3, 3-6, 4-6 after injuring what appeared to be his hip or his groin early in the match. It was another tough blow for Roddick who has battled his health and various unlucky injuries over the past two seasons.
During the early stages of the match Jim Courier revealed he has implored Roddick to return to his younger days when he ripped his forehand violently around the court, ending points quickly and aggressively. Strangely it was Lleyton who seemed to have more bite on his ground strokes. Read more
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Defending champion Rafael Nadal has been forced to work by Andrey Golubev to make it through to the second round of the US Open. Nadal won 6-4, 7-6, 7-5 and set up a second round meeting with Nicolas Mahut.
After falling behind 2-3 in the first set Nadal lifted and broke back immediately before producing an incredible thread the needle style backhand on the run winner to break for a 5-3 lead and a chance to serve for the first set. His improved faster, harder serve from last years Open reappeared but wasn’t enough when his ground strokes lacked consistent depth. Read more
Novak Djokovic has ended the nearly decade long run of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon by beating the Spaniard 6-4, 5-1, 1-6, 6-3 and taking his top ranking in the process. The Djokovic fairy tail now means that Djokovic has beaten Nadal in five consecutive finals this year, claimed two Grand Slams and lost at only one tournament he has played in all year. This is, without doubt, the year of Novak Djokovic with the Serb claiming his 8th title of the season on the sacred grounds of Wimbledon. Read more
Petra Kvitova has powered past former Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova to win her maiden Grand Slam title after an incredible year. Kvitova beat Maria 6-3, 6-4 comfortably displaying her power and composure as her idol Martina Navratilova looked on. By winning Kvitova has now won a title on every surface this year. Read more
Novak Djokovic has climbed to the summit of men’s tennis. By beating Jo Wilfried Tsonga 7-6, 6-2, 6-7, 6-3 he has not only gained a place in the finals at Wimbledon but he has also taken over, officially, as the best tennis player in the world.
Tsonga came out blasting, flaunting his power and breaking Djokovic in the opening game. Despite facing some break points Tsonga stood and prepared to serve for the first set at 5-4 before meekly handing it over. Read more
In a match that had fans holding their breath Rafael Nadal has triumphed over Juan Martin del Potro 7-6, 3-6, 7-6, 6-4. During the match both players appeared to suffered significant injuries. Nadal will now have an MRI to see if he can continue playing in the tournament.
In their previous round both players had awkward falls, Nadal leaving the court for treatment on his right thigh before rain halted the match. Read more
Feliciano Lopez has broken Andy Roddick’s heart at his beloved Wimbledon by beating him in the third round in straight sets 7-6, 7-6, 6-4. Lopez was always going to be a huge danger for Roddick and with the American seemingly all out of luck lately it was a match up that was going to be favouring the more-in-form Spaniard (here). Read more