Rafael Nadal has spoken about what it means to him to have ten Grand Slams under his belt, most particularly the relief he feels having won Roland Garros despite Novak Djokovic putting a significant dent in his confidence. Nadal has called winning Roland Garros ”one of my most beautiful dreams.” Read more
Lately I’ve become convinced there is something wrong with world number one Rafael Nadal the same way I was convinced there was something wrong with him in 2009 when he left Miami. Things just haven’t seemed right for the Spaniard and I’m ignoring the virus and the adductor tear that he started the year with.
In Miami he talked about Novak Djokovic superseding him as world number one. Then he lost the final in a tie break and complained of being very tired despite recently having four weeks off to recover from the virus and the adductor tear. Now he’s hitting horribly short balls again, the same way he did before Robin Soderling got the best of him at Roland Garros. Read more
When Novak Djokovic did WingTennis for Head racquets he said “Nothing can stop me now! Nothing!” and he was right. Not even world number one Rafael Nadal, who has played better this week than he did last week, could stop Nole from winning the Miami Masters crown – his fourth consecutive tournament win.
The match didn’t sound pretty that’s for sure but when the two famed screechers, Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova, took to the court to play their finals match in Miami and it was Azarenka who walked away with a straight sets victory and the trophy.
Azarenka had a hip problem that forced her to retire last week in Indian Wells and there was some doubt as to if she would even play in Miami, let alone win. Vika stepped up and confidently thrashed the former world number one 6-1, 6-4. Read more
Rafael Nadal has once again added to his lead in his head to head count against Roger Federer (now 15-8) beating him 6-3, 6-2 in Miami adding fuel to the fire that Federer can’t claim to be the greatest of all time if he can’t beat Nadal. Now Rafa has a chance to re-do the recent Indian Wells final against Novak Djokovic and claim his first Miami title.
If Rafa wins Miami he will have claimed his 19th Masters 1000 title, the most of any player ever (Agassi 17, Federer 17, Sampras 11), leaving Cincinnati as the only 1000 tournament he hasn’t won. Read more
Roger Federer he may not be playing his best tennis lately but it’s not like he’s chucking an Andy Murray and yet reporters are constantly questioning him about his ‘demise’. Even Martina Navratilova has been saying his glory days are over. Today, after loosing to Rafael Nadal 3-6, 2-6 in the semi finals in Miami, Federer could take no more.
“There is no bigger hassle than being asked all the time these questions. Read more
Maria Sharapova has battled back to win her 3-6, 6-0, 6-2 match against Andrea Petkovic for a place in the finals in Miami where she will face Victoria Azarenka after Vika beat Vera 6-0, 6-3.
To win the second set 6-0 Sharapova hit 12 winners to only 6 unforced errors before going on to win 11 consecutive games for a 5-0 lead in the third set. Read more
It was a strange match that saw Rafael Nadal complete the dream semifinal line up featuring himself and Roger Federer in what is sure to be a great match. Nadal overcame some shoulder pain as well as an occasionally grumpy patch on his way to beating Tomas Berdych in three sets 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. Read more
Roger Federer has been quite clear lately that he wants to return to the number one spot, currently occupied by Rafael Nadal. People have been talking about Federer’s ‘decline’, spurred on my his recent three consecutive beatings at the hands of Novak Djokovic. Now the Swiss Maestro is out to prove something. Read more
Gilles Simon has given Federer a free pass into the semi finals in Miami after retiring 3-0 with a stiff neck. The win means that the Miami crowd were one step closer to a blockbuster semi final between Roger and Rafa Nadal before a potential finals meeting with Novak Djokovic.
Poor Simon was booed off the court by the crowd after taking a medical time out after being broken twice. Simon later saying it hurt his shoulder to hit a forehand. “I tried to relax after the warmup. I tried everything. I mean, anti-inflammatories, hot cream, just trying to feel better. Just after the second forehand, I tried to hit it very hard; I felt it very hard also. I knew I had no chance to play today.” Read more