Daniil Medvedev – The Next Australian Open Champion?

Daniil Medvedev is achieving supreme levels of consistency. The quarter-final win over his good friend Rublev was his 19th straight one on the tour. Incredibly, he is 11-0 against top-10 players since USO 2020. Medvedev had earlier enjoyed such consistency during and after the North American hard-court swing in 2019, when he had reached six…

The Fedal Final @ Rome 2006: The Greatest Clay Court Match of 2000s

Roger V. Rafa had already achieved marquee status. The scenario at the top had become tense. Nadal seemed to have a measure of Roger, and Roger knew not why or how was he regularly losing to the Spaniard. Roger still found him ‘one-dimensional’ despite losing four losing four times to him in their five meetings….

A Long Rant – On Djokovic Being Ruled Out (A Poem)

Footage finds the crime but did the ‘perp’ intend? Oh! so grievously hurt ,the lady didn’t pretend! Such better ways to fake it, Neymar left ashamed, Rules mean rules only if they cannot be bent. (4) Serena is never asked why she’s obliged to offend, Don’t get me wrong, I’m not here to defend Novak,…

DJOKOVIC- 17 & Counting 

  “Nobody beats Vitas Gerulaitis 17 times in a row.” Vitas had beaten Jimmy Connors the first time they played at New York in 1972. In the next 7 years, Jimbo thrashed him 16 times in a row. After he  finally overcame Connors in January 1980 at Masters, New York, Gerulaitis had exclaimed the famous…

A LONG RANT – AGAINST CROWDS BOOING NOVAK DJOKOVIC

Crowds don’t owe anything to anyone. Novak is a great champion , one who has won 17 Grand Slams and has been Number One for 276 weeks , and counting. Yet crowds cheer for Roger and boo him when the two play  final at Wimbledon , applaud when he commits faults or misses points at…

NO FIZZ NOVAK

  If and when he gets over his constant whinging over feeling unloved, Novak must ponder over the necessity and timings of his injury revelations. If mass popularity is the prize he seeks, it would pay to be seen as slightly more forthright about his ailments, and a tad more gracious in defeat. Gamesmanship never…

DRAGONS in the DRAW : Checkmate Djokovic @RolexParisMasters

    Roger Federer has a clean record against Medvedev (3-0), as does Rafa (2-0). Daniil did manage to take the US Open final to the fifth set, but the result never seemed in doubt. But the Russian has defeated Djokovic in their last two match-ups (Monte Carlo, Cinicinnati) and had earlier given  him quite…

Novak Djokovic Vs Everyone Who Matters

NOVAK FACES STAN-MEDVEDEV-ROGER-RAFA in NEXT FOUR MATCHES   No one has ever conquered a Grand Slam by overcoming a field of opponents whose combined Grand Slam tally is more than 26. Novak Djokovic defeated Roger (then 16 Slams winner) in the semis and Rafa (then at 10) in the US Open final in 2011.  …

Daniil Medvedev – The Next US Open Champion ?

Anger seems deeply rooted inside Daniil Medvedev.  Whether it comes from being born in the Yeltsin era of the Russian shame, one cannot say. Occasional venting used to give him much grief earlier. Eruptions from this man mountain of six-foot-six used to mirror Putin’s Russia – sporadic ,shocking and disruptive. In 2016, at a Challenger…

A Long Rant – Against Novak’s Need to Feel Loved

Roger Federer transfixes audiences with the exhibition of his racket skills with the ball . Rafael Nadal earns their respect by resorting to ‘shock and awe’ tactics. Roger is an artist, Rafa  a warrior. At one time ,the master had lulled the tennis world into sweet slumber by playing his sonatas and symphonies . Alone…