Yesterday Lleyton Hewitt was beaten by Nicolas Mahut in the Newport final. The Australian was serving for the title at 7-5, 5-4 against the world no 127 when his game fell apart.
Lleyton, one of the most fierce competitors around, made excuses after the match and blamed his more difficult draw and fatigue for not crossing the finish line and it was this that Michael Russell took issue with.
Michael Russell’s Facebook page soon displayed a rant directed at Hewitt in which he called the Australian a “douche bag” and a “racist”. Read more
The last of the great fiery giants, Fernando Gonzalez, has retired from professional tennis, widening the gap left by Marat Safin. The owner of one of the most powerful forehands in the game played his final match today in Miami losing to Nicolas Mahut, the Frenchman winning 7-5, 4-6, 7-6.
It can’t have been an easy match for Mahut knowing you’re ending someones career but true to form Fernando went down in style after defending three match points. Unfortunately the match ended on his double fault after years plagued with injury but Fernando seemed to lost in the moment as the crowd went wild to really care how the last point went down. Read more
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
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
Posted in Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick, Billie Jean King, Bjorn Borg, Boris Becker, Goran Ivanisevic, Jimmy Connors, John Isner, John McEnroe, Legends, Martina Hingis, Martina Navratilova, Media, Nicolas Mahut, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Roland Garros, Stefan Edberg, Steffi Graf, Wimbledon
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
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This years men’s Roland Garros draw has the potential to produce a great tournament with some really interesting match ups if the seeds perform. The fluctuating recent form of the top male players doesn’t give me much hope of this happening but lets look at the draw anyway.
The really interesting first round matches are: Read more
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>The absolute highlight of the Hopman Cup has to be when Nicolas Mahut, a history making man, stood with John Isner and Bethanie Mattek-Sands on the opposite side of the court. In 2010 Nicolas Mahut and John Isner stepped onto an outside court at Wimbledon where they did battle for 11 hours and 5 minutes in what became the longest match in the history of tennis.
While their Hopman Cup meetings were slightly shorter, their meeting for the mixed doubles kept the crowd entertained as the Frenchman borrowed a dress from partner Kristina Mladenovic and donned a headband and some of Bethanie Mattek-Sands’ long socks.
As you can see from the video bellow everyone was entertained by his display.
Last night players who are participating in Perth’s annual Hopman Cup attended the ‘Peace, Love and Tennis’ ball. Amongst the players arriving, who play for their country, was Ana Ivanovic and Novak Djokovic who were reuniting to play for Serbia.
Lleyton Hewitt who has recently returned to play after suffering from a broken hand also attended the party along with Nicolas Mahut, John Isner and Justine Henin. Read more
It’s the end of the season and people are always talking about what the best match of the season was and I can’t pick one. For some reason most people’s favourite, the Murray V Nadal Barclays Tour Finals match, just doesn’t do it for me. Murray was struggling to control his anger, Nadal letting good leads slip… It just wasn’t it for me. There’s no doubt it was a match with huge intensity but for me the best match I’ve ever seen remains Nadal V Verdasco at the 2009 Australian Open, followed by Nadal V Federer at Wimbledon in 2008. Read more
Posted in Andy Murray, Australian Open, Fernando Verdasco, Injury, John Isner, Kim Clijsters, London, Monte Carlo, Nicolas Mahut, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, Wimbledon