R32 Highlight Matches

The Cincinnati masters is in full swing and the first round of matches are already in the bag.  That takes us to round two where the top eight seeds come into the action.  Let’s take a look at the matches that hold promises of riveting entertainment and maybe just maybe an upset in the making. Rafael Nadal vs Richard Gasquet (H2H 14 – 0, Nadal) On paper and based on form, this match is just about as cast in stone as possibly []

Big Questions, heading into Cincinnati

WILL ROGER HEAL IN TIME? The ATP tour moves from Montreal, straight to Cincinnati this week and there are already budding story lines ahead of this year’s U.S Open.  Six out of the top eight men’s seeds are missing from this tournament, including Roger Federer.  He “tweaked” his back in Montreal and it showed throughout the tournament, particularly in the final.  The looming question – will he be fully rested in time for the U.S Open?  The tennis world sure hopes so. []

Previewing today’s matches

Semifinal day is here at the Roger’s Cup and most of the names in today’s lineup are far different from those touted to be here at this stage of the tournament.  If there’s ever been a Master’s tournament in recent memory that screamed the rise of the next gen, this is it.  Indeed, this tournament is guaranteed to provide something of a generational battle in the finals as two thirty-somethings battle each other on one side, while a pair of young upstarts []

Creating Ripples

Yesterday I predicted that Rafael Nadal would easily defeat his fellow lefty, Denis Shapovalov, in straight sets.  It was the safest bet.  []

The ‘Next Gen’ Saga

Yesterday I wrote a satirical piece on the failure of a group of tennis players dubbed The Next Gen, to push generation thirty-something – including the big four – off Tennis’s summit.  Today, I’d like to take a more serious and objective look at these group of players.  Since 2008 only three players outside of tennis’s fabled big four have managed to capture a Grand Slam title. Juan Martin Del Potro, Marin Cilic and Stanilas Wawrinka, hold special places in tennis history.  []