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Victorious Djokovic Inspired By Wimbledon, GB’s Hewett Triumphs Too

US Open

September 10, 2018

It was almost sadistic yet strangely beautiful, this masterful exposure of a great player’s weakness by Novak Djokovic. “Djokernole” showed such confidence, such control, such resistance…and then he waited. He took his time, before exposing the imposing giant’s lack of mobility. Make no mistake, Juan Martin del Potro is more mobile than almost any tall […]

Delpo Faces Novak After Nadal Bows Out

US Open

September 8, 2018

It isn’t the final we were expecting. But Novak Djokovic believes it will be ‘thrilling’ nonetheless. And if Juan Martin del Potro can use brain as effectively as brawn, we will have a very special US Open final. Rafael Nadal was supposed to be Novak’s opponent, of course. Fight A repeat of their glorious Wimbledon semi-final, regarded […]

It is Serena v Osaka In US Open Final

US Open

September 7, 2018

Can we mention the number 24 to Serena Williams? Will she like it? Don’t talk about 24 in relation to Gramd Slam titles. That’s the number Margaret Court won. The most any woman has ever won. Equal That’s the number Serena was trying to equal when she tightened so badly and lost the Wimbledon 2018 […]

Japan Enjoys History With Nishikori and Osaka

US Open

September 6, 2018

Kei Nishikori and Naomi Osaka created history for their country on a remarkable day at Flushing Meadows. For the very first time, Japan has two semi-finalists at a Grand Slam event. Nishikori defeated Marin Cilic in five sets and faces Novak Djokovic for a place in the showpiece. Beamed Osaka had it easier against the […]

Nadal Wins Cruel Epic, Serena Triumphs

US Open

September 5, 2018

There was no need to apologise. Not after four hours and 49 minutes of piercing arrows and pure theatre. But Rafael Nadal did so anyway. He jumped over the net to console his heartbroken friend, Dominic Thiem and told him: ‘I’m very, very sorry. Keep going.’ That’s exactly what Thiem had done after his own […]

Federer and Sharapova Crash Out of US Open

US Open

September 4, 2018

Roger Federer served like a novice and looked hopelessly jaded as he succumbed to the magnificent John Millman. Of course, it helps if you can breathe in fresh air and stay cool. The normally super-cool Federer found he couldn’t do either when it mattered. Sweating The favourite couldn’t breathe, he couldn’t stop sweating and he […]

Federer’s Miraculous Shot Says Everything

US Open

September 2, 2018

Let’s only talk about one shot. Just this once. Let’s not talk about the impressive progression of Novak Djokovic towards his seemingly-inevitable quarter-final clash with Roger Federer. Let’s forget Sascha Zverev and his typically-early Grand Slam exit. (Boy does he have to start stepping up at the really big events). Irrepressible We don’t even need […]

Nadal Wins Thriller, Serena Beats Venus

Locker Room

September 1, 2018

Rafael Nadal took four hours and 23 minutes to beat the talented young Russian, Karen Khachanov. But he might not have won at all. The underdog led 7-5, 5-4 and 30-0 on his serve as Nadal flirted with US Open oblivion. But somehow the pugnacious Spaniard turned and tide and took the biggest points in […]

Umpire Helps Kyrgios Set Up Federer Showdown

US Open

August 31, 2018

It could only happen to Nick Kyrgios. But this time not even Roger Federer is very happy about the way events unfolded. So what did Kyrgios do this time? Well this time it wasn’t so much what Krygios did – we have seen it so many times before. It was the chain reaction Kyrgios caused. […]

Murray Is Out, Serena Plays Venus At US Open

Locker Room

August 30, 2018

Andy Murray fell in four sets to Fernando Verdasco; after more recriminations about the way players use the ten-minute break they are given to help cope with the extreme New York heat and humidity. In truth the outspoken Brit, a former US Open winner, spent too much time on and off court complaining that Verdasco […]

Federer and Djokovic Discover Perils of Humour

Locker Room

August 29, 2018

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are through to the second round of the US Open – though not without incident. For Federer the task on court was more straightforward than for Novak, who dropped a set and had to see the tournament cardiologist in oppressive heat and humidity. Although Roger was broken as he tried […]

Murray Back In The Grand Slam Groove

Locker Room

August 28, 2018

Andy Murray won his first Grand Slam match since Wimbledon 2017 in what he described as a ‘new beginning.’ Meet the new Scot. Just the same as the old Scot. Well not quite. Not yet anyway. But at least he is feeling his way steadily and moving in the right general direction. Crashed Other big […]

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