The Big 4 Play Risk

Global Domination With the top 4 players in the  world sweeping all 4 Grand Slam titles and all 9 Masters 1000 events, it is clear that a gap exists between the top 4 and the rest of the tour.  In fact, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and David Ferrer were the only 2 players outside of the big…

Federer since 2008

2004-2007 Roger Federer’s results from 2004-2007 are the most remarkable 4 year period any male player has compiled.   The accomplishments for these 4 years are too numerous to name in a single column, but 3 top highlights are Federer winning 11 Grand Slam titles, 3 Year End Championships and 41 total tournament titles.  This…

Youtube Tennis for 11-14-2011 through 11-19-2011

3 Good Tennis Videos 1.  Roger Federer d. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga  6-1, 7-6 (3) to win the Paris Indoor – Highlights of Federer winning his 18th Masters Series Shield.  2.  Roger Federer vs. Andy Roddick Wimbledon 2004 – Roddick won the set featured in this video, but this video focuses on Roger’s shot-making skills. 3. Jimmy…

Tsonga v. Federer

Federer is the Easy Pick Roger Federer is playing for history and won last week in Basel.  Fed had the easier semifinal.  Federer clobbered Tsonga at the US Open.  This all points toward Roger winning in Paris. Not So Fast – Tsonga Has Reason for Hope Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has had a strong 2011 especially from…

Tough Stretch for Andy Roddick

Puncher’s Chance Andy Roddick has normally always had a puncher’s chance in an individual match against anyone on surfaces other than clay.  The odds may not have been great for him to beat Federer or Nadal, but he was good to hold serve 3-6 times per set.  This would give him a shot to win…

Youtube Tennis 11-7-2011 through 11-12-2011

4 Good Tennis Videos 1.  Basel Final Highlights – Federer picks up title #68 2.  Valencia Final Highlights – Marcel Granollers wins vs. Juan Monaco 3.  Lleyton Hewitt’s Come On! – Hewitt’s Run to the 2005 Australian Open Final.  Rusty had a few tough encounters on this run.  One gets the feeling Hewitt and Argentina…

Federer’s 68th Title

Roger Federer d. Kei Nishikori 6-1, 6-3 All is Bonus Roger Federer, as I said elsewhere, could rub two rackets together in an attempt to start a fire as a bit of performance art and be defaulted on time violations at every event he enters until he retires and still be considered one of the…

Does Tennis Need Inspirational Speeches?

As a tennis player, I have to say there is something about these motivational speeches that is almost laughable. Jim Courier once roughly said that the hard thing about being a tennis coach is that most tennis players chose tennis because they did not want to constantly be told what to do.