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Monday, 13 June 2011

Murray wins an extraordinary final at Queen's

After the the final was postponed on sunday because of the traditional English weather, monday was the D-Day for Murray and Tsonga. With most of the spectators set on Murray destroying the frenchman, Tsonga had a tough job to reverse the odds. However that didn't even worry him one bit. He came out like the man who just beat the world No1. The crowd in London was happy at last to see the long awaited sun but they had a surprise as it was Tsonga who took the first set 6-3 with some amazing play at the net. Murray dazzled by his performance tried his best but his famous return didn't break the Frenchman and a tie-break was the way in the second set. Murray with some alpha male instincts crushed Tsonga and was one set all. The frenchman was now over shadowed by Murray and the home crowd. It quickly became a show off match for Murray as he won the 3rd set 6-4.

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Final stages at Queens

So another day at London's Queens with two semi-finals which include two British players. I think it's been a while since two British players have been in the semi-finals of a tour event. So this was a real pleasure for the home crowd of the likes of Murray and Ward. The latter was actually 216th in the world before the tournament started so you can understand the surprise of the british fans to see a british player in the later tour stages well except Murray which I think played sublimely today against Roddick and crushed him under an hour. However Ward's chances seemed slim to go through to the final and join his fellow countryman as he was playing against Tsonga for which the surface seem to be working with him at last after years of failures on the grass. Although in the match Ward seemed to have a very good backhand and a consistent game overall which you don't really associate a 216th player in the world to have. However Tsonga played a good match and that seemed to be enough be beat the unknown player that had to come through the qualifier. Even though Tsonga seem to have a much better season I still think Murray will destroy him if he will play to the same level he swiped Roddick of the grass. So yeah an unusual thing to not see Nadal in a final but still it'll be very interesting.

Friday, 10 June 2011

3 reasons why Nadal might never suppress Roger Federer

1) Rafael Nadal’s Game Will Not Age Well
With Nadal winning his tenth Grand Slam title this past week, he is now tied for sixth on the all-time list with Bill Tilden, leaving him six Grand Slams shy of Federer’s 16 titles. Whether he catches Federer may ultimately be decided by their differing play styles.
Federer has an all-around game that is predicated on technique. Nadal’s game, in contrast, is deeply rooted in his supreme athleticism. Nadal actually has a below-average serve and an inconsistent backhand, but he gets by because of other factors in his game, such as his unparalleled movement, defensive ability, stamina, and mastery of spin.
Nadal flies around the court, and as was evident in last week’s French Open final against Federer, the Spaniard was able to keep forcing the Swiss to make that one extra shot, taking a toll on Federer both physically and mentally. But relying on speed and agility is dangerous, as those are two of the first things that most athletes in any sport tend to lose as they age.
The staggering amount of topspin that Nadal is able to generate is a function of his superior strength, which allows him to produce more rotations on the ball than most others can. While strength deteriorates more gradually than speed, Nadal will still see his strength wane, resulting in less spin on the ball.
Durability is a foremost concern as Nadal’s playing style is very hard on the body. As he ages, he will be more susceptible to injury and will be less able to recover stamina during and in between matches.
2) Novak Djokovic, the New Rival in Town
Nadal recently hit his 100th cumulative week as the world No. 1 player. But he still has over three-and-a-half years at No. 1 to go if he wants to approach the amount of time that Federer has spent at No. 1 during his career.
Knocking at the door is Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, who is currently just 45 points behind Nadal in the world rankings. Djokovic has defeated Nadal four times in 2011, two of those wins coming on clay.
While Djokovic’s winning streak came to an abrupt end against Federer in the French Open semifinals, the meteoric improvement in his game is undeniable. Oddly enough, whether Djokovic succeeds at overtaking Nadal in the rankings is probably out of the Spaniard’s control, as the Serb has more room for improvement this year than does the Spaniard, who will enter Wimbledon as the defending champion.
Moreover, Djokovic will continue to stand firmly as a significant threat to Nadal in Grand Slams in the foreseeable future.
3) Roger Federer Isn’t Done Yet
Federer’s legacy isn’t even complete yet. One thing Federer proved over the past couple of weeks is that he is still able to compete at the highest level on the big stage. With his marked consistency in the Grand Slam tournaments, Federer gives himself ample opportunity to further increase his record of Grand Slam titles and perhaps open up another chance to move back up the rankings.

Nadal crashes out of Queens!!

Looking through the news at the end of the day today I saw the results from the Queens turnament in London and a headline grabbed my eye. The headline read that Tsonga has defeated Nadal in 3 sets!!!
This came a shock to me even though I suspected that he was tired from the French Open and wasn't up to his best I expected him to win against any player in the tournament well maybe except Murray which the grass suits very well. This I think is another piece of evidence that Nadal is not a very good grass player and that he always struggles in the first few rounds at Wimbledon because the grass is very fast at that time but he's much better later on in the finals and semi-finals as the grass has eroded away and the whole surface is much slower. I think with Wimbledon coming up I see Federer being the favorite with Djokovic being my second bet. So the next couple of weeks is gong to be interesting for tennis fans.


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I'm going to be talking about tennis and all it's aspects.
In my opinions tennis is full of variety which makes it a great game that has some of the best athletes in the world like Federer and Nadal. Now with Djokovic being in the top 3 in the world it couldn't be more interesting with two best players ever having matches of their life and a young contender which is trying to break into the cage of the masters which has been unreachable for the last few years.
So yeah what do You think of tennis?