Hyeon Chung making a name for himself once again!

Hyeon Chung was one of the stand out performers in Melbourne now the South Korean is at it again with wins against Berdych and Cuevas the 21 year old is now in his first Masters 1000 quarter final.

I first seaw Hyeon play at the backend of last year when he took part in the inaugural Next Gen finals in Milan. I was impressed with his movement and shot selection to have his game what I would call stable at this stage in his career is great.

Quite a lot of players when they burst onto the scene are fearless and everything works but for Hyeon over the past year he has steadily improved his game and does look the real deal.

He made his name in Melbourne at the beginning of the year with a beautiful performance against Novak Djokovic winning 7-6 7-5 7-6.

Chung 7-6 7-5 7-6 Djokovic – A masterclass against one of tennis’ masters!

I said in the piece I don’t like comparing up coming players with those on the tour as they all bring something different the court but with the greatest of the respect what caught my eye was the movement, it was some of the best movement I have ever seen on a tennis court.

He has an array of weapons at his disposal and can mix up the forehand, explore a two handed backhand and a slice as well as anticipation at the net as well!

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This was one of my favourite shots in his win against Djokovic; the movement, the stretch and that forehand it was unplayable!

Quarter finals of Indian Wells, Miami next and then onto clay where with his movement and game can be very effective on what is set to be a big year!



Borna Coric finding form in the desert!

Borna Coric is one talented tennis player. It feels like the 21 year old has been around for so long. He has multiple wins over Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal and last year picked up his first ATP tour title in Morocco and his biggest Grand Slam win against Alex Zverev in New York.

I would say he has been steady over the past year or so. He had this burst and did well but as ever it will fizzle and it’s a tough road back.

I don’t think Coric sometimes gets the credit he deserves. He hasn’t been at his best but has kept a good ranking and seems to have channelled his game.

When you burst onto the scene as a youngster you try every trick in the book,Β  it is natural and now you can start to see what type of player he is.

He is using the backhand more smartly to get himself into a controlling position but without going too much for it. He looks to back into the forehand centre of the court which is more natural, the top spin he gets on it allows him to move forward if the time is right and he takes chances better now.

If i had to be a little picky I think the backhand could be more of a weapon, despite seeing off Agut easily there were a few times you saw him in the middle of the court and think to yourself go down the line with the backhand (he did once and produced a stunning winner) which would complete his game and with consistency I see no reason why he can’t break into the top 25 by the end of the season.



‘Very weird’ Djokovic’ assessment of his 6-7 6-4 1-6 defeat

Yesterday Novak Djokovic posted a picture on Twitter which said ‘more flexible than ever’ however I have never seen the former world number one move quite like that.

Novak is the best mover the game has ever seen in my opinion, his ability to move and slide on a hard court is amazing to watch and this was a tough watch.

Even from early on the movement wasn’t there and there were a couple of moments in the match that showed a lack of fitness I assume.

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The one on the left is a backhand down the line by Daniel at 4-5 in set one and you can see Novak not even ready to move he just looks at it and the second one is in the third set with Daniel breaking Novak to love and he isn’t even looking.

A usually fit Djokovic would be chasing these down. Questions were asked over his shoulder in Melbourne and he had to withdraw but I feel like we’ve walked away with more questions than answers after a tough and bizarre performance hitting a quite incredible no less than 60 unforced errors…

Credit to Daniel, he stuck to it. It is soo easy to become distracted when a player is visible being bothered by something but he maintained what he had to do to get the win and did it in style to defeat the 5 time Indian Wells champion!


Back to the drawing board – Dimitrov, Muguruza & Konta all out of Indian Wells

It’s fair to say this isn’t a surprise. In the last 48 hours we have seen Grigor Dimitrov, Garbine Muguruza and Johanna Konta’s campaign come to an early end in what turned out to be not tennis paradise for the three players. So, what went wrong and where do they go from here?

Grigor Dimitrov

Dimitrov’ performances of late have not been great. His second serve is taking a beating and it isn’t getting better. I didn’t think Dimitrov actually played too badly in his defeat against Fernando Verdasco but the tricky Spaniard is never easy to play against especially so early on in a tournament. Smallest of margins took the biggest impact. Verdasco saved 7/10 break points on his serve so Dimitrov created but couldn’t capatalise on chances but the Bulgarian faced 1 break point a set and failed to save all 3 in the match. His second serve was slightly more effective winning 19/35 points at 53% but isn’t top 5 level.

There is work to do to get back to that level we saw last year and that serve I’ve said a lot this year needs improving quick!

Garbine Muguruza

For the first set and a half she was unplayable, honestly it was the best tennis I had seen from her all year. She was hitting the ground strokes well, timing the ball and using her net play to her advantage to take a 6-2 3-0 40-0 lead and lost…

Before you know it Muguruza loses the set 7-5 and completely unravels in the third to lose 6-1. She looked shell-shocked! I don’t know how she managed to let that go the concentration wasn’t there and it was a similar story against Daria Kasatkina lately in Dubai.

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Johanna Konta

It hasn’t happened for Konta this year. Early exits have been in a theme in Melbourne, Dubai and now Indian Wells. I watched Jo in Melbourne and I remember saying at the time she started the match looking erratic and full of panic! This was a close match at Indian Wells losing the two sets in 2 hours 15 but questions remain over her serve and also her ground strokes.

Konta plays a style of tennis I call ‘risky’ she goes for the lines and when the confidence isn’t high then it does suffer and it becomes messy. Jo does a lot of good in matches but it’s unravelled by these errors which will take time and confidence to eradicate something she does seem short on at the moment.


Brit double at the doubles in Acapulco!

Not one but two British players walked away with a Sombrero in Acapulco after title wins for Jamie Murray and Heather Watson.

Jamie and Bruno picked up their first title since Queens last year resulting in Jamie’s 20th career doubles title as he and his partner put on a good week in the Mexican heat to secure their first silverware of the season.

Heather Watson teamed up with Tatjana Maria for the week in Acapulco and it turned out to be one to remember with them also picking up the women’s doubles title.





The gentle giant sends out a emphatic reminder ahead of the sunshine double!

The men’s field in particular at Indian Wells isn’t very strong. With Nadal, Wawrinka and Murray missing and concerns over the form and preparation of other top stars one gentle giant has sent out a gentle reminder that he will be at Indian Wells and Miami to compete.

This week in Acapulco was by far one of the best since his injury nightmare. This is his biggest title since Basel 2013 winning the ATP500 in AcapulcoΒ  During this week he didn’t drop a set and when you think he had to defeat;

Mischa Zverev
David Ferrer
Dominic Thiem
Alex Zverev
Kevin Anderson

on route to this win is a magnificent achievement. Three top 10 wins in a week and also a win against a seasoned veteran in David Ferrer makes it a very successful likewise as well for Kevin Anderson who has been so good this season continuing his form from last year.

Del Potro knows what it takes to go deep at Indian Wells with two quarter finals, a semi-final and a final under his belt is another long week in desert on course for the Argentine?



Indian Wells 2018 – The $1,000,000 giveaway!

This afternoon a big announcement was made by Indian Wells. With the tournament set to begin in about 48 hours a big give-away has been announced which has a whiff of desperation.

If you win the singles and the doubles title you will walk away with an extra $1,000,000 meaning you’d take $2,780,210 in prize money which isn’t bad for two weeks work but why do I sense desperation?

Indian Wells is often called the fifth Grand Slam but in the first week it’s pretty quiet to be honest and the main stand doesn’t even half fill.

This year especially on the men’s side there is no Murray, Wawrinka, Nadal, Goffin, Tsonga, Gasquet and also concerns over Raonic, Novak and Nishikori going into this one plus some questions regarding players’ form so pulling the crowd in and the remaining top players to play as much as possible is key!

With so many top male players missing in particular I do believe this has been put in place to draw these singles players to compete in doubles as quite a few do including Nadal and Wawrinka who were due to before their withdrawals from Indian Wells and getting more of them playing should increase the footfall around Indian Wells however is it disrespectful to week in week out doubles players?

I think it is… some of these players play week in week out and work extremely hard and I’ve never liked singles players just turning up for a jolly to be honest and maybe the $1,000,000 would be better spent on doubles prize money?