Matt Cronin’s tennisreporters.net came up with it’s year end Top 50 Men. The top 5 were Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and David Ferrer. The article has two paragraphs on each player.
Here are few excerpts:
Novak Djokovic: Yes, in 2012, he only won one major, the Aussie Open, but he also reached the Roland Garros final, the Wimbledon semis, the US Open final and when a lot of chips were on the line heading into the fall over who the Player of the Year was, he grabbed Shanghai and the ATP World Finals to seal POY honors.
David Ferrer: Has there ever been a more beloved world No. 5 than the gritty and gusty Ferrer? Perhaps not. Everyone loves his hustle, the way he always fight to the last ball, how much he has improved his serve and has been willing to go on the attack more. But while he clearly had a better year than anyone ranked below him, he didn’t even end the year ranked higher than Nadal, who stopped playing in late June.
As Ferrer has said, it’s more than possible that every member of the Big 4 is simply better than he is. In 2012, he went 0-3 against Djokovic and Nadal, ran his record to 0-14 vs. Federer with two losses, and split matches with Murray. He needs to go after the ball more against those players, but it is altogether possible that outside of Murray, that even if he does, he will be pushed back. But here’s hoping he reaches his first Slam final in 2013 in great shape because it would be a lot of fun to see the 30 year old sprinting wall to wall to in an attempt to win his first major. That would cap off one of the most dedicated careers of any 21st century competitor.
Read the whole article – HERE
Another good article from Steve Tignor at Tennis.com.
Here are a few excerpts.
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This morning I could have sworn that I saw a quote from Roger Federer where he referred to early-round losers at the Grand Slams as “the left side of the draw.” I can’t find the line now in the interview he did with Swiss journalist Rene Stauffer, and he probably never said it, but I like the euphemism nonetheless.
If you’ve ever seen a practice session by one of the pros, you know that they pull off shots that they never even try during matches. On the one hand, it’s depressing to see how supernaturally skilled they are; on the other, you also realize that they get tight in matches just like we do. For instance, Andy Murray can often be seen ripping forehands without hesitation when he’s working out, and then playing them much more safely later the same day when he’s out there for real. I was curious to see today whether Murray would try, if he got ahead, to bridge that gap and work on being more aggressive during live points.
All of which, in its way, shows why Nadal is better in the big matches than Murray is: He can up his game in the later rounds. In the Monte Carlo final against Djokovic, Rafa went after all of his shots—serve, forehand, backhand, return—with more conviction and aggression than he did today.
Read the entire article – HERE
“Bleacher Reports picks 7 players it thinks could possibly break into the Big 4, if even for just a week, in it’s latest slide show. The players are Milos Raonic, Bernard Tomic, David Ferrer, Robin Soderling, Tomas Berydich, Jo-Wilfred Tsonga and Juan Martin Del Potro. To see the slideshow and read more about why they think these players have the potential to make it into the Big 4 – CLICK HERE
- Tennis’s Big Four Reigns in 2011 (blogs.wsj.com)
- Milos Raonic, Alexandr Dolgopolov: Future World Number Ones? (bleacherreport.com)
We are coming to the end of the Challenger Tennis Players to Watch list. Today’s featured player: Right hander Pablo Carreno-Busta of Spain has made a substantial move this year. He was ranked #344 when the article was published, he is currently ranked #136. His career win/loss record is 96/38 and he plays most of his matches on clay where he has a 68/30 record. If you do the math, you realize he actually does better on hard courts where he is 28/8. For his career he has 5 titles, all of them in ITF Futures events. In February of 2009 he was 6th on the ITF Junior Rankings.
HERE are some postings from the “MENS TENNIS FORUM”
19 years old and 22-3 on the year. Won 2 futures and reached 2 finals. Last week got to the QF of Rabat, winning against Korolev and Di Mauro.Anyone knows him better?
2007 U18 G5 1st Torneo ITF Junior Benicarlo (Clay)
2007 U16 Champion of Spain (Hard)
2007 U16 Eddie Herr Winner (Hard)
2008 U18 G3 6th SFAX ITF Junior Tournament (Hard)
2008 U18 G1 International Junior Tournament of Offenbach/Main (Clay)
2009 U18 G1 Optus Nottinghill International (Hard)In 2009 improved from unranked to 515. Currently at career high – 272.
Is he the new Nadal? No.
This is from the Men’s Tennis Forum.
I am talking about players like
and you can name some more if you want. Which player you feel out of these or any other other contender would surprise us or live to your expectation and win a grandslam in near future. It may be in 2013 or 2014, but you would bank on this player to win a grandslam.
My opinion – Andy Murray, Ryan Harrison, Milos Raonic
Add your two cents at the Men’s Tennis Forum.
- Novak Djokovic – Shoulder and general fatigue. Has had some issues with patella tendinitis this season
- Rafael Nadal – Large burn blisters on fingers and left foot
- Andy Murray – Sore arm
- Mardy Fish – Heel
- Tomas Berdych – Shoulder
- Robin Soderling – Wrist – he has announced he will travel to NYC
- Jo Wilfried Tsonga – Arm. Ultrasound showed no muscle tear after he withdrew in Montreal.
- Andy Roddick – Recently pulled out of Montreal with an oblique but played in Cincinnati.
- Milos Raonic – Recovering from hip surgery
- David Ferrer – Recovering from hairline fracture in left hand
- Tommy Robredo – Withdrawn – Ongoing groin issues
- Sam Querrey – Withdrawn – Recovering from elbow surgery (spurs)
- Juan Carlos Ferrero – Recovering from multiple injuries
Womens injuries so far:
- Serena Williams – Aggravation of toe injury
- Andrea Petkovic – Torn meniscus
- Kim Clijsters – Withdrawn – Abdominal muscle tear
- Venus Williams – Recovering from virus
From the Posting at “The Tennis Times”
Tennis court dimensions are more complex than you may think. All official tennis courts must follow the exact tennis court dimensions as they have been laid out by the International Tennis Federation. Even though it looks like a big green rectangle with some white chalk lines drawn around it, the size and shape of a tennis court are actually quite specific.
According to the tennis court dimensions of the ITF, a regulation tennis court must be precisely 78 feet in length.
For singles matches, the court must be exactly 27-feet wide.
For doubles matches, the court has to be exactly 36-feet wide.
The tennis court is divided evenly through the middle by a white net, which is held up on either side of the court by a 3-foot tall post.
The net must be exactly 3 feet tall at its center and is held down by a white strap. A band must cover the metal cable or cord at the top of the net, and this band must also be white.
The net must fully extend to fit the entire width between the two posts, with no gaps, and it must be made out of mesh with holes small enough to prevent the tennis ball from passing through it.
In a doubles match, the center net posts on each side have to be exactly 3 feet outside of the doubles court.
When using a doubles net, you support the net by using 2 singles sticks. The singles sticks have to be 3-feet tall, with their centers placed exactly 3 feet outside on each side of the singles court.
The net posts have to be less than 6 inches square or less than 6 inches in diameter.
The singles sticks cannot be bigger than 3 inches square or bigger than 3 inches in diameter.
Both the net posts and the singles sticks cannot rise any more than 1 inch over the top of the net cord.
The white chalk lines at each end of the tennis court are the baselines, and the long white lines at either side of the tennis court are the sidelines. These lines are all 2 inches wide, but the baseline can be as wide as 5 inches.
There are two lines drawn between the singles sidelines, called the servicelines. Each of the servicelines must run parallel to and be exactly 21 feet from the net.
The center serviceline evenly divides the space between the serviceline and the net into two equal parts on both sides of the tennis court. The center serviceline runs parallel to the singles sidelines and is located halfway between those two lines.
A 4-inch long mark is drawn at the center of each baseline. This center mark, or hash mark, is drawn inside the tennis court and runs parallel to the singles sidelines.
Both the center serviceline and the center mark have to be exactly 2 inches in width.