I think we can all stop kidding ourselves that anyone but Novak Djokovic deserves the enduring player of the month nomination. Even if he doesn’t play this month what he has achieved this year is so mind blowing that it dwarfs any other players achievements.
As Novak has been so strong this year, beating Nadal in 6 consecutive finals, winning 3 Grand Slams and five Masters 1000 titles, we can stop searching for players of the month and just call it the year of Novak. Read more
The heartbreaking plight of Virginie Razzano showed at the end of her first round match against Jarmila Gajdosova at Roland Garros. Razzano bravely attended the French Open just days after the death and subsequent burial of her fiance and former coach Stephane Vidal.
“I felt a lot of emotion, a lot of pain on court today. The pain is permanent within me. It’s very hard. But it felt good to be surrounded by so many people and to be here.
I tried to pay tribute to Stephane today. It was almost a ‘mission impossible,’ but I did my best.”
There is simply no debating that Novak Djokovic is the player of the month for March… and well really the player of the year. Djokovic is unbeaten this season. He won the Australian Open, Dubai and Indian Wells and is now in the semi finals in Miami where he awaits Mardy Fish.
Djokovic has beaten Federer in all three of the tournaments he has won this season. He beat Nadal in the finals in Indian Wells and he destroyed Andy Murray’s game and contributed to the downfall of his psyche in the Australian Open final. Read more
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I know I’m slightly late with this one but the player of the month of February has to be Nicolas Almagro. After winning in Buenos Aires and Brasil, the Spaniard came up one match short for the Golden Swing, losing the final of Acapulco to David Ferrer.
His brilliant play has then been somehow over-looked for the Spanish Davis Cup team because of the abundance of high quality, highly ranked, consistent Spanish players and so I can not over look him as player of the month.
In January we were blessed with a lot of great candidates for player of the month. Novak Djokovic produced some incredible, near groin splitting, moments during the Australian Open as he slid around the court, defending like I’ve never seen him do before. Kim Clijsters cried as she became Aussie Kim. Francesca Schiavone and Svetlana Kuznetsova produced some truly incredible fighting spirit to battling to 16-14 in the third set. Despite the amazing efforts of these players I have to give it to Li Na. Read more
It’s been a while since we’ve named a player of the month here at Tennis Perspective, mostly because since the July naming of John Isner and Nicolas Mahut it has been all one way traffic. One man has dominated tennis and claimed more titles than anyone on either the men’s or women’s circuit. One man has claimed three consecutive Grand Slam titles. Rafael Nadal has become not only the year end number one but indisputable player of the year.
After winning the US Open in a few weeks ago, Nadal became the youngest man in the Open Era to claim a career Grand Slam. He also became the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to win 3 consecutive Grand Slams in one calender year. The only set Rafa lost on route to the title was in the final against Novak Djokovic.
Since claiming the US Open Nadal has gone on holiday and made the semi’s in Thailand, won Toyko and has been plastered all over magazines and websites around the world while fans and viewer marvel at his recent form.
When asked if he agreed with the opinion that he was the best athlete in Spain, Nadal replied: “I really can’t say I’m the best, I don’t think so. Saying that would sound very arrogant from my behalf and there are tons of other athletes that are also very successful in their respective disciplines. There are guys like Alonso, Gason, then look at what Indurain did or what Contador has done. To be included in that group and be compared with them it’s a huge honour already.”
Rafa has also talked about the importance of his titles in while immersed in the recent media frenzy. “Each tournament is important in it’s own way depending on the timing. My first Wimbledon title was very special to me; firstly because of the match against Federer and secondly, because it was a huge dream of mine. My first Roland Garros title was very special because it was it was my first Grand Slam ever and that’s everyone’s dream. You work real hard to win your first Slam and when you finally get it it’s an indescribable feeling.
My first Australian Open was very exciting because I arrived to the final completely destroyed and now to complete the full cycle with the one title that I was never supposed to win and that has given me the most challenges all my life, it’s very special.”
There is simply no debate that Rafa has been the best of the bunch this month (and a few previously).
June has seen an incredible month of tennis from Nadal reclaiming Roland Garros, the emergence of Thiemo De Bakker and Alexandr Dolgopolov but who could look past the players who created history: Nicolas Mahut and John Isner.
The two deserve to share the title after playing for over 11 hours over three days and going to 70-68 in the fifth set. The statistics for the match were incredible and there is simply no way to look passed them as the players of the month.
Rafael Nadal’s accomplishments over the last few weeks go without saying but it is, to a certain extent, expected that he will dominate the clay court season.
Aside from Rafa there are a few players who have stood out this month (May), such as Ernests Gulbis, who’s flashy play made Federer go home with his tail between his legs. Sam Stosur has been in fine form as she moved inside the top ten and won a title in Charlestown.
Fernando Verdasco has played an incredible clay court season and deserved to be player of the month. Verdasco was a winner at Barcelona, finalist at Nice and Monte Carlo and a semi-finalist in Rome. The Spanish number two blasted winners and serves all over the clay courts of Europe and managed to star in FHM and head across the water to New York for the MET Gala.
When he’s had his clothes on Fernando has played so well, and so frequently that he was only really beaten by Nadal or fatigue, recently looking gaunt at Roland Garros. Sure, he may have made a mistake in accepting a a wild card to Nice when he should have been resting ahead of Roland Garros, but he has played brilliantly on clay and produced some awe inspiring shots and is more than worthy of the tile of Player of the Month.
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Once again the player of the month has to be Rafael Nadal. It’s impossible to look past the Spanish number one after he created history in the month of April, creating so many headlines that he almost took over Tennis Perspective. Incredibly during April Rafa won his sixth consecutive Monte Carlo title, his fifth Rome title in six appearances and he tied Andre Agassi’s record for 17 Masters 1000 tournaments. Read more
>For the month of April Rafael Nadal will be Tennis Perspective’s player of the month. He takes over from Juan Carlos Ferrero who had an incredible February, winning consecutive tournaments and being runner up in Acapulco.
Rafa has once again surged back from injury, showing incredible form in Indian Wells, winning the doubles with childhood friend Marc Lopez. He also participated, for the second time, in the Hit for Haiti charity match in Indian Wells. Rafa is also the only member of the ATP’s top 5 still standing in Miami.
The main reason for Rafa’s nomination as player of the month is his exceptional sportsmanship. In his match against Ferrer, Rafa had a point called in his favour that would have evened the score 6-6 in the first set, forcing a tie break. Rafa then called out to friend David Ferrer and told him it looked good and he should challenge. The ball clipped the line by 2mm and the call was in favour of Ferrer, leading to a replay.
While this behaviour is nothing new for Nadal, it is unusual and worth commending.