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A battle of generations on the ATP tour

In the past week at the Rolex Monte Carlo Master’s 1000 tournament, big things were expected of the next wave of young tennis stars coming through in Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev, and Stefanos Tsitsipas, but instead they all exited before the quarter-finals. The current grumblings and criticism of this young group are that they are […]

Of the field – I think Medvedev has the best chance but that’s not saying that he will win just that he has the best shot. The smart money will still be on Djokovic to win.

2021 Australian Open: Men's final preview

I wish the tennis coverage would be given back to Channel 7 haha.

A preview of the men’s draw at the 2021 Australian Open

Thanks Hugo! Agree with your points – especially regarding Evans as he won the Melbourne tournament yesterday so should be coming in firing.

A preview of the men’s draw at the 2021 Australian Open

Thanks Jono!

A preview of the men’s draw at the 2021 Australian Open

Thank you – hope you enjoy the Open!

A preview of the men’s draw at the 2021 Australian Open

For sure, Djokovic is the favourite at Melbourne Park.

A preview of the men’s draw at the 2021 Australian Open

Thanks for reading Josh and appreciate your thoughts.

What does Nadal’s 13th French Open mean for the GOAT race?

Thanks for reading mate. Absolutely I understand all your points, I think Federer does have one more slam left in him (Wimbledon) but I do believe it is a long shot but if he was to win another it would be Wimbledon. The grass allows him to play quicker points and he was very close to beating Djokovic last year.
But yes, with age on the side of Djokovic and Nadal, logic says they should overtake Federer but we never know in tennis.
I absolutely agree with you that 3 slams is significant for Djokovic to make up ground on. As I stated in my article I think people underestimate that it will only get harder for all of the big 3 especially with the chasing pack in Thiem, Tsitsipas, Medvedev and Zverev getting closer.
Personally I also agree with you that Slams are the MAIN metrics in which we measure the GOAT debate.

What does Nadal’s 13th French Open mean for the GOAT race?

Hi Niranjan, thanks for reading my article and you make great points which I completely understand and acknowledge. I think the overall GOAT debate will always be subjective and different people will believe in different metrics which could all arguably be completely viable.
I think one thing we can all agree on is that, as a lover of tennis, I’m just happy to live in a time where we have three players who could even provide us with this debate, it’s just unbelievable.

What does Nadal’s 13th French Open mean for the GOAT race?

Thank you for reading!

What does Nadal’s 13th French Open mean for the GOAT race?

Thanks for commenting Brian. It’s quite interesting isn’t it in that there are so many aspects to this debate.
Bring on the 2021 slams!

What does Nadal’s 13th French Open mean for the GOAT race?

Solid article Nelson! I love that you acknowledged De Minaur as a talented player. Sometimes people assume that just because a player works hard he is not as talented.

Alex de Minaur is motivated to own the present and not the future

Thank you for reading and your kind words!
I do recall that earlier in Novak’s career that he was somewhat popular or at least not as polarising as he is now with crowds. I’m not sure what the specific root cause of why that fell away but if I had to guess then it would be that simply Novak got better as a player and posed a threat to Nadal and Federer.
Before that he was just an up and coming challenger so it was easier for him to get on his side but as he got better and started beating Nadal and Federer regularly – he became an obstacle to them.

Novak Djokovic: His own worst enemy

Hey Connor, thanks for reading and commenting! It was very very tough for me to pick certain moments for each players and arguments could be made for Rafa winning Wimbledon 08 and FO 13 semi and you would be justified! That FO 2013 semi against Novak for Rafa was very crucial as he was coming back from a long injury layoff and Novak was closer than ever up until that point to taking the french open.
I think the silver lining is that these great players have created so many memorable moments for us to discuss and choose from!

The career-defining tournaments for Federer, Nadal and Djokovic

Thanks bud! Glad you enjoyed it!

The career-defining tournaments for Federer, Nadal and Djokovic

Thanks champ!

Where is Australian men's tennis going over the next decade?

Thank you!
I get what you mean about Thompson – he is definitely the least talented one and I would have ranked Kokkinakis higher if not for his injuries.

Where is Australian men's tennis going over the next decade?

Thank you!

Where is Australian men's tennis going over the next decade?

Thanks Jono!

Where is Australian men's tennis going over the next decade?

Loved this article – great insight into into what it’s like to be be a passionate Australian tennis fan growing up.
I think the Australians were at their peak when Rafter, Hewitt and Philippoussis were all fit and firing. Should have probably won more than just the 2003 Davis Cup with those 3 and the Woodies in our Davis Cup team.

Where do tennis loyalties lie: Team Australia or Team World?

I agree with you. I think this is the breaking point between the Australian public and Nick Kyrgios. He’s reached an age (24) where he should be mature enough to understand the baggage that comes with being a professional tennis player, he may not enjoy what he does but there are millions of people out there who are stuck in jobs that they don’t love yet they go in each day and still perform.
In Nick’s case, his job is viewable in the public eye and whether he likes it or not, he is an ambassador for the sport especially for the younger fans who might look up to him. The ATP need to take action not just for Nick’s own sake but for the sake of tennis as well.
You want to nip this behaviour in the bud and restore respectability to the sport, it’s not good to have a player who constantly talks the sport down and brings the game into disrepute week in and week out.

Kyrgios’ camp must throw in the towel

I know what you mean. I think that’s why when people talk about the most memorable tennis matches, they think of Grand Slam contests like Wimbledon 08 men’s final or 2012 Aus Open final. They’re tough physical battles. Let’s hope for more great Grand Slam matches I say!

A battle of generations on the ATP tour

Thank you!
I agree with your point regarding the gruelling nature of Grand Slam play. Hence why players like Zverev and Kyrgios can chalk up wins over the big 4 but cannot replicate these wins into consistant Grand Slam performances.
You’re right, Masters tournaments used to have their only finals as best of 5 sets but now they have changed it to 3 sets.

A battle of generations on the ATP tour

Thanks Vu!

A battle of generations on the ATP tour

Thanks Jono!

A battle of generations on the ATP tour

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