Miami Open observations today. Yoshihito Nishioka is just falt out amazing. He got trounced by Jordan Thompson in the first set -1 but then dominated 64 63 showing wizard-like tennis that had the Aussie shaking his head in awed frustration. At duece in the first game of the third set Jordan slammed a missed ball high into the air that Nishioka caught in his pocket Bahrami style.Continue to read full article...
Jim Courier shared an interesting anecdote on the Tennis Channel last week revealing that his arch-rival Andre Agassi employed a most ingenious method of collecting inside information about his opponents.Continue to read full article...
Stan Wawrinka has always shown a hesitancy and slight discomfort to beat his “big brother” Roger Federer. When Wawrinka plays Federer you rarely see the full fury of “The Stanimal.” You don’t see the ferocity unleashed in the form of full-fledged fist pumps. You don’t see the alpha male points to his brain power when Stan plays Roger.Continue to read full article...
Ht: 5-7 3/4 Wt: 130
DOB: August 1, 1986 In: Lvov, Ukraine
First Tennis Memory: “I remember when I was nine. And Yevgeny Kafelnikov came by practice. And I was practicing with his father at that moment. And he came for practice. And he was watching a little bit and he gave me some advices. I don’t remember what it was. He was kind of interested in that. And for me he was the best player in the world in that moment. And he was from my home city. He just won the French Open. Of course for me he was huge. Very inspiring moment for me.”
Tennis Inspirations: “I like challenges. I like competing against other players. And winning tournaments, raising the trophy, it’s something amazing. It’s kind of a high that you can get and winning as many matches as I can. Trying to get better. Trying to get stronger, faster, all things to be a better athlete on the court than I am right now.”Continue to read full article...
Ernie Gulbis is 28 years old and ranked 169 in the world He has not won an ATP main draw match all year. Sources in Indian Wells said Gulbis was seen around the practice courts in the desert after he lost in qualies but he was not looking overly impressive with his serve and new shortened forehand looking mediocre. At Indian Wells Gulbis practiced with David Goffin and then was bumped off a P court by Vasek Pospisil.Continue to read full article...
I have never seen Roger Federer playing better tennis than he is right now. The Federer backhand actually broke down the Nadal forehand in their one-sided duel three days ago. Today Federer “dominated nicely” (his words) from the baseline to dispatch the red hot Jack Sock 61 76. After the win today Federer said “I still have a lot of confidence from Australia.”Continue to read full article...
Juan Ignacio Chela
Roger Federer has never played better tennis than he did last night in totally destroying an in-form Rafael Nadal 62 63. For the first time in his magical career Federer’s backhand actually beat up the Nadal forehand. Federer was whistling winners all over the court with his backhand – up the line and cross court and even the match point was a jaw-dropping backhand return cross court winner that landed on the baseline/sideline corner.Continue to read full article...
I’m watching the brilliant match between the two Next Gen’ers, Kyrgios and Zverev, and what does Tennis Channel do, it switches to the ultra-boring match between Venus and Peng. Now this is high treason, my friends, and something must be done to stop it. Peng pushes the ball like a public parks pusher. Venus confounded, still hits serves in the bottom of the net. I can’t stand it. Last week I had to watch the nauseatingly boring display between Venus and Garbine until I got to see the scintillating Kyrgios and Sock.Continue to read full article...
Yoshihito Nishioka is officially now a force to be reckoned with after his recent quality duels against Jack Sock (three set win), Rafael Nadal (tight two set loss), and yesterday’s incredible win against Tomas Berdych (despite a 1-6 2-5 deficit). Here is a collection of quotes and facts about this new, 21 year old left-handed Japanese sensation.
Nishioka said Nick Bollettieri told him to model his game after former ATP No. 1 player Marcelo Rios, because the Chilean was short and left-handed like the five-foot-seven-inch tall Yonex sponsored athlete.
Asked if he eventually wants to lead Japanese tennis like Nishikori is currently doing, Nishioka responded, “No doubt.”Continue to read full article...