The point at 5:45 was one of the best points all year.
This was a cat-and-mouse exchange that lasted way longer than any live spectators anticipated.
To see all the video’s – CLICK HERE
- Are These The 10 Best Shots Of The 2012 ATP Season? [Video] (tennis-x.com)
Bleacher Report just did an interesting slide show listing what they felt is the biggest one hit wonders – people with one Grand Slam Title to their name. Here are two of the one hit wonders. Click on the link at the end of the article to see the slide show or CLICK HERE
Andres Gomez – 1990 French Open
The 1990 French Open was the only time in his career that Gomez made it past the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam.
The No. 4 seeded Gomez did not have to face a seeded player until the semifinals. He defeated future No. 1 and future French Open champion Thomas Muster in straight sets in the semifinals and then defeated Andre Agassi in four sets in the final to capture his only Grand Slam title.
Chris O’Neil – 1978 Australian Open
O’Neil’s run to the Australian Open title in 1978 is the most unlikely Grand Slam title in the Open Era. There were only 32 players in the women’s field that year. This required the players to win only five matches in a row compared to the seven wins that it takes now with 128 players. She had a career singles record of 19-52, and the Australian Open was her only career singles title. Her career-high ranking was 80.
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“Here’s a look at the young players on both sides of the sport that seem to have the best chance at winning a Slam title.” While the article includes Bernard Tomic – who is on everyone’s list of players who will someday win at least one slam, it is hard to guarantee anything in tennis, or in sports for that matter. That sentiment is echoed in one of the comments to this article. “Guaranteed is too strong a word for these guys. None of them are as talented as Djoko or Murray. Remember Murray was already a clear No.4 at Raonic‘s current age of 21, and has already beaten the likes of Federer at the masters level by that age. Raonic’s talent, to me, looks as good as Delpo‘s, but is below the Big 4.” Click above to view the slide show and see if you agree with the author.
If you are a regular reader of this blog you know I have been highlighting players that the Challenger Tennis Blog chose as “Ones to Watch”. These players were chosen at the end of last December and were ALL ranked outside of the the top 150 in the World. According to the Bleacher Report this list of 15 players on the WTA tour ” who seem poised to make an impact on women’s tennis come 2012. For this particular slideshow, the term “unknown” will be used loosely…” I would have to say, any list that has the #2 player in the world – Petra Kvitova – the reigning Wimbledon Champion and the WTA Player of the Year, listed as an “unknown” is certainly using the word loosely. And what about the phrase poised to make an impact? Hasn’t the player with the second highest ranking made an impact already. I wish there was a site like Challenger Tennis for the Women. If anyone knows of one, let me know (there is a great Women’s Tennis Blog called On The Baseline but it does not cover the lower ranked players and lesser tournaments like Challenger Tennis does). To be fair,one of the players covered by this slideshow is #92 in the world – Heather Watson of Great Britain, but the list also includes several top 20 players – Agnieszka Radwanska (#8), Shuia Peng (#17) and Dominika Cibulkova (#18). To see the entire slideshow – CLICK HERE
Bleacher Reports has a slide show on players who they feel will break onto the scene next year. This is not the same bold predicting that we have been highlighting from the Challenger tennis blog. Some of these are really fairly established players, already in the top 30 or who have already made some kind of a mark (such as Kevin Anderson, Bernard Tomic and Ryan Harrison). Then, there is Jack Sock and Thiemo de Bakker – both of whom are on the Challenger Tennis list. Here is the link to the Bleacher Report slideshow/articles. We will continue with our articles from the Challenger Tennis series and will soon be compiling a master list of how they have fared (even before we finish doing the individual player articles).