Johan Kriek Making a Difference: Past Australian Open Champions Part 1

Past Australian Open Champions Part 1 – Johan Kriek Note: Leading up to the 2012 Australian Open, I am going to take a look back and some of the Australian Open champions from previous eras and report anything interesting that I find.  South Africa’s Johan Kriek may be one of the most anonymous tennis players…

Lendl and Sampras’ Impact on Federer’s 6 Year End Championships

A Major Accomplishment Winning 6 Masters/ATP World Championships/Masters Cups/World Tour Finals (Year End Championships hereafter)* is not an accomplishment on the same level as winning 16 Grand Slams.  It is however no small task.  To win a tournament that is only comprised of elite players is difficult.  To win a tournament in which one has…

Youtube Tennis 11-27-2011 through 12-3-2011

3 Good Tennis Videos 1.  Highlights from the ATP World Tour Finals Roger Federer d. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 6-7, 6-3  2.  Highlights of Petra Kvitova’s Wimbledon Title Call me old fashioned,but I find it reassuring having a Wimbledon champion who is Czech and a lefty. 3.  Boris Becker diving volley vs. Ivan Lendl in the…

A Quick Thanksgiving Note

Thanks to all of the great readers of this blog.  Family travel obligations in the US and the World Tour Finals in London have not meshed in terms of me posting as much as I would like for such a large event.  Do not worry however several posts are coming your way this upcoming week. …

Federer Sweeps and Tsonga Advances

Roger Federer d. Mardy Fish 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 Roger did not play his best tennis in completing a 3-0 sweep of his pool.  Even in the one-sided 1st set Roger faced a lot of challenges while serving.  Still, Roger brushed back Fish in the 3rd set after Fish found his range in an impressive 2nd…

Federer d. Nadal 6-3, 6-0 – Are You Kidding Me?

The Indoor Setting Matters Before I make too much out of this match, it should be noted that Roger was 3-0 versus Rafael Nadal at the World Tour Finals/Masters Cup.  Roger had won 6 of 7 sets the two had played in this event prior to today.  Now, Roger stands 4-0 vs. Rafa at this…