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 Acapulcoย  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?



Who if anyone can stop this man at Indian Wells?

Whilst we freeze in Britain the top players on the ATP tour are heading off to the Californian desert of Indian Wells as the first Masters 1000 of the year is here but who if anyone can stop Roger Federer.

Roger the favourite?

Of course he is. No one has been to more finals than Roger at Indian Wells winning 5 of the 7 he has played losing just to Novak Djokovic but of course Roger is the defending champion here.


Who is missing?

Well, where do we begin? The ATP tour is like an episode of casualty at the moment with many missing but who won’t be there?


Will they? Won’t they?

Kei Nishikori, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are all down to play but have been having issues themselves.

Kei has returned but isn’t near match fitness to make him a contender here at all.

Djokovic hasn’t played since Melbourne so how fit and ready is his elbow?

Nadal once again either retired or withdrew from a tournament. He cited a sharp pain in his leg, the same that what made him withdraw from the Australian Open. Nadal has now withdrawn from his last four tournaments.

The Contenders?

So, who could make a name at Indian Wells?

Marin Cilic – Under-rated as the world number three. He did well in Melbourne making the final and is good at taking an opportunity when presented to him so I wouldn’t rule out a deep run here.

Grigor Dimitrov – Hasn’t really happened for him this season. His game has taken a dip since winning at the O2 especially his second serve which has taken a beating this year and in a word was awful against Jaziri in Dubai.

Alex Zverev – It hasn’t happened for him yet this year. He’s lost a lot of matches of late which you would put in the category of ‘should win’. Watching him a bit this year he does seem to be labouring through matches and those big performances haven’t resurfaced yet this year.

Dominic Thiem – Unpredictable and not in a good way! You never know what you will get from him. It’s been up and down for too long. I wouldn’t be too shocked on early exits, clay is where he should burst into life!

David Goffin – Dangerous player. Like to see him grab the chance by the neck if it were to come around. Not playing this week which is a smart move and of course had that freak eye injury a couple of weeks back so hopefully he will be back and ready!

Juan Martin Del Potro – I just have this feeling Juan Martin could be one the watch. He is a player for the big stage so I wouldn’t rule him out here especially with soo uncertainties about players.

The big man misses out at the final hurdle!

He makes the impossible happen but this time for Juan Martin Del Potro the dream is over. The Argentine had a chance to qualify for London but it was an outside chance but after a few very good months of tennis a win today against John Isner would have sealed a place at the O2.

The American took the first set 6-4 breaking at the death of the set and the second set was sealed in a tie-break with Isner double faulting down set point and then in set three both were obviously tired but the early break sealed the deal for the American who could make London but for Juan Martin unfortunately it’s over!

The tennis world wanted it to happen and at the end there was a collective unhappy face sweeping across Twitter but also a congratulations on an incredible unexpected and magnificent season for the Argentine who always delivers!




Basel, Paris and then maybe London!

What looked unlikely is now possible. One of the most popular names in men’s tennis is on course to reach the World Tour Finals in London for the fifth time in his career having been a former finalist back in 2009.

With it being Juan Martin’ first full year on the tour for quite some time the expectations were that of a finding your feet kind of season, he found them and has been solid ever since.

This year he has picked up his 20th career title and his form in this second half of the season has been very good recording wins against Federer, Thiem, Zverev and Dimitrov in the last few months all of which are London bound.

With his win over Dimitrov in Stockholm yesterday it now means that Del Potro really is within a chance of qualifying for London and despite the achievements of Federer and Nadal this year which have been outstanding but qualifying for London would top those in my opinion.

He will need to rely on favours from elsewhere. The main challengers are Goffin and Carreno-Busta who are also in action this week with ATP500 events in Basel and Vienna but the final field won’t be decided this week and the Masters 1000 in Paris is on the horizon as well!



Once again New York delivered and it was emotional!

The Grand Slams always create a feel good factor and year on year New York tops it, this it reached impeccable levels of emotion which will never be forgotten. Memories are made, tears are shed and history is created so letโ€™s recap the incredible moments from the fortnight.

An emotional return

Petra Kvitova pulled off some incredible tennis in New York. What she has done since returning from that horrific stabbing around Christmas is unbelievable. A crowd favourite wherever she plays she is just so humble and happy to be playing tennis and thatโ€™s what it is all about.


Juan Martin Del Potro

This man is something else, he continues to wow crowd across the world and his performances in New York were nothing short of exceptional especially the epic four set battle against Federer. This man is just infectious, his personality is beautiful and this is what makes him so liked worldwide.


Sloaneโ€™s story

957 to 17 in a month. Quite incredible from Sloane Stephens after almost a year out and wins her first major title. Some stories just tell themselves and this is one of those. Well done Sloane!


There were many other stories as well from New York. The run of Anderson, Keys, Double delight for Martina Hingis, Venus Williams rolling back the years once more.

New York delivered once again.


The Tower of Tandil rises to the occasion once again

His nickname is The Tower of Tandil and once again the former US Open champion has rising to the occasion in the city that never sleeps.

New York is like a home for Del Potro from what he did in 2009 seeing off Nadal and Federer on route to the title but what he is doing now might just be even more special.

Over the last few years he has had four surgeries on his left wrist missing years of tennis but has come back strong something many thought heโ€™d never be able to do again.

Last year he was the star in Davis Cup and picked up an Olympic medal in Rio and this year he has got better and better and his run in New York seeing off Thiem and Federer over a period of 9 sets is what he is about doing the unthinkable something others can only dream of.

He is loved worldwide and you wouldnโ€™t find anyone who dislikes him, his character is infectious and what makes him such a great champion is that he is humble, kind, respectful and he plays with a smile on his face.

A semi-final against Rafael Nadal is up next on Friday for the Argentine and it sets itself up to be a spectacular battle between two giants in what feels like a final but one will play either Kevin Anderson or Pablo Carreno Busta in Sundayโ€™s final.



Welcome back Del Potro but credit to Laaksonen

A welcomed return. One of the tournament’s favoured winners over the year returned to where he achieved his most incredible win back in 2009 and he had to fight but fighting on Ashe is nothing new to the former champion and it is so good to see him back in New York.

Del Potro had an unknown in round one against Laaksonen from Switzerland who to his credit played a cracking match and to lose in three straight sets 6-4 7-6 7-6 is tough but he can take a lot away from this afternoon’s work at Flushing Meadows.

Del Potro was halted from playing the dominating tennis off the forehand and it was his opponent who was finding the angles and credit to Del Potro to be a champion you need to adapt and he did that by playing on the back foot and remained patient despite rarely seeing a chance on Laaksonen’s serve throughout the whole match.

After losing the second set I did expect it to fall apart for Laaksonen but to his credit he kept going and was even a break ahead but it is the main man through in New York.