REVIEW: The 2014 ATP World Tour

TENNIS – The 2014 ATP World Tour officially ended with Switzerland’s first ever win in the Davis Cup final. With this win, Roger Federer added another price to his trophy case and finished his season on an incredible high. Click on continue reading to see how the big guns in tennis performed in 2014. Continue reading

ANALYSE THIS: Is the ‘Big Four’ dominance over?

TENNIS: Marin Cilic won his first Grand Slam title last Monday by beating Kei Nishikori in the 2014 US Open. This was the first Grand Slam in nine years (since 2005 Australian Open) no member of the ‘Big Four’ reached the final. Since that final in Melbourne four players have been dominating men’s tennis: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. In only three of the last 39 Grand Slams the title has NOT been won by a ‘Big Four’ player: Juan Martin Del Potro (2009 US Open), Stanislas Wawrinka (2014 Australian Open) and Marin Cilic (2014 US Open). It is remarkable that two of those wins came in 2014 which raises the question if the dominant spell of the ‘Big Four’ is over. Continue reading

PREVIEW: 2014 US Open Men’s Singles Final (8 September)

TENNIS – On Monday 8 September Kei Nishikori and Marin Cilic will battle it out for the last Grand Slam title of the year, the US Open. In the semifinals both the number 1 seed, Djokovic, and the number 2 seed, Federer, were stopped in their quest to add another Grand Slam title to their honours. It was for the first time since 2005 that no player of the Big Four was in the final of a men’s Grand Slam. Continue reading

PREVIEW: 2014 US Open Men’s and Women’s Singles (25 August – 7 September)

Tennis – The following is a preview for the 2014 US Open men’s and women’s singles. Rafael Nadal not be defending his title, Novak Djokovic aiming for back-to-back Majors and Serena Williams for her third consecutive US Open title.

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REVIEW: Veteran Wawrinka needs 36 attempts for 1st final

TENNIS – Stanislas Wawrinka reached the men’s singles final at the Australian Open in his 36th participation in a Major. Only one player in Open era needed more attempts to reach a GS final. David Ferrer reached the final at Roland Garros last year in his 42nd Grand Slam. Only one player has needed more than 36 attempts to WIN a Grand Slam. Goran Ivanisevic prevailed at Wimbledon in 2001 in an incredible 48th shot at glory.

RECORD: Ironman Federer about to set Open era GS record

TENNIS – On Day 2 of the 2014 Australian Open, Roger Federer will start his campaign for an 18th Major crown, appearing in his 57th successive Grand Slam men’s singles championship, by which he establishes an Open era record. The Swiss ace surpasses South Africa’s Wayne Ferreira, who reeled off 56 straight participations between 1991 and 2004. Federer has not missed a beat since foregoing the 1999 US Open.

PREVIEW: Date-Krumm (43) to face 16-year-old at AO

TENNIS – At 43, Japan’s Kimiko Date-Krumm is the oldest participant in the 2014 Australian Open women’s singles by almost 10 years. The draw has linked her to Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic, who is the second youngest player in the tournament behind Croatia’s Ana Konjuh. The age difference between Date-Krumm and Bencic, more than 26 years, is the biggest ever in a women’s singles match at the Australian Open.