Category Archives: Radek Stepanek

Stepanek Makes Djokovic Work For Win

Novak Djokovic’s second round match against Radek Stepanek very nearly went to five sets, the Serbian world number two managing the wrap the fourth set up in a close tie break.

Novak, who is the tournaments top seed, beat the 35 year old Radek 6-4, 6-3, 6-7, 7-6 and will now face Frenchman Gilles Simon. Read more »

Carnage At Wimbledon As Injury Toll Mounts

Maria Sharapova fell over and complained that Court 2 was unsafe today not long before they started having Hawk Eye issues but that was just a small problem for Wimbledon today.

It started with an early morning announcement that there was essentially no point bothering to go down and line up for tickets. Some people waited in line for over six hours only to be irritatingly told they still had another 2-3 hours to wait. Others were entertained by Toni Nadal and Judy Murray serving coffee.

The players we not amused though. Read more »

Monfils And Stepanek To Face Off For Washington Title

After Radek Stepanek predictably toppled Donald Young it was left to John Isner and Gael Monfils to fight it out for the final spot in the Washington finals. Isner was the favourite heading in despite Monfils’ higher ranking because of his huge serve and Gael’s tendency to have significant mid-match form fluctuations. It was an inspired Monfils who saved a match point and then went on to win the third set tie break to book a place in the finals with the 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 win over the home crowd favourite. Read more »

Isner and Monfils To Fight For DC Final Spot

John Isner and Gael Monfils will face off in the semifinals in Washington for a chance to face the winner of Donald Young V Radek Stepanek. Monfils took Janko Tipsarevic 6-4, 6-4 while mighty John Isner needed three sets to pass Viktor Troicki 7-6, 3-6, 6-1. Read more »

Verdasco Rallies To Beat Stepanek

The first round match between Fernando Verdasco and Radek Stepanek had the potential to be a great match, an early five set match – but it almost wasn’t. The Spaniard took his time warming up and finding his way into the match but eventually walked away with a 2-6, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6, 9-7.

Fernando came out playing passively seemingly happy to just pock the ball back into court. He seemed to lack any intensity and seemed flustered by the breeze and as a result was broken in the opening game. Read more »

Men’s Wimbledon Draw Analysis

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 »

Wimbledon – What’s At Stake In Early Rounds

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 »

Nadal Slips But Stepanek’s There To Help

Just before Rafael Nadal dropped the second set, after attempting to serve for the match, in his match against Radek Stepanek he slipped running to retrieve a drop shot and landed flat on his backside under the net. In a show of phenomenal sportsmanship once the point was over Radek ran to Nadal’s side of the court and helped him up of his famous toosh. Read more »

Roland Garros Draw Analysis – Can Nadal Do It Again?

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 »

Roland Garros Draw Revealed

The Roland Garros draw is being done right now!

Some of the first round matches are:

  • Rafael Nadal V John Isner
  • Roger Federer V Feliciano Lopez
  • Fernando Verdasco V Juan Monaco
  • Novak Djokovic V Thiemo De Bakker Read more »