Tennis Masters Roger Cup, Montreal: The Trivalry returns!

by on August 6, 2011
in ATP Tour

Tennis Masters Cup, Roger Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Andy Murray

They are back. Yes, the trio Djokovic, Federer and Nadal along with other top tennis names return to play the Tennis Masters Rogers Cup in Montreal. Although names like Robing Soderling, Andy Roddick and David Ferrer have pulled out of the biggest prize tournament of Canada but the tennis spectators will enjoy the greatest trivalry of greatest tennis players Federer, Nadal and Djokovic. As per the draws, following matches or clashes can be expected in the Montreal Tennis Masters Rogers Cup:

1) Serbian tennis player Djokovic, the current No.1 tennis player might face Nikolay Davydenko in the second round and Juan Martin Del Potro in the third round before a competitive match with Gael Monfils in the quarters.

2)      Del Potro will have to play Marin Cilic and Nieminen and win against them to play against Djokovic.

3)      For Monfils to face Djokovic, he will have to deal with American tennis player John Isner and Viktor Troicki.

4)      Andy Murray might face Kevin Anderson in the second round before coming on to Wawrinka who defeated Murray in the US Open 2010 however Wawrinka will play his first round match with Nalbandian.

5)      The king of clay, the Spaniard Rafael Nadal seems to be in least trouble as he would be opening against Chardy of Dodig before going on to Fernando Verdasco in the third round and then playing Tomas Berdych or Gilles Simon in the quarterfinals.

These are the predictions only as the Trio can be vulnerable to any upset while playing in the Rogers Cup 2011. Stay tuned for live action, scores and updates from August 6, 2011.

Male tennis players who are Best at Hard Court

Male tennis players who are Best at Hard Court, Andy Roddick, Andy Murray and Roger Federer

Tennis is a game of sheer skill, mental and physical toughness, and true effort of an individual. The game of tennis is played on different kind of courts and according to the court type, domination of players differs. It is observed that a player like Roger Federer is a champion at grass court whereas Rafael Nadal is good on clay. But, let us look at the players that are good at hard court or hard surface. The indoor tournaments offer hard surfaces along with Australian Open and US Open. Not every player has the potential to perform well on the hard court. 

Currently, Andy Murray is considered to be the best amongst the male players at the hard court with his best showings on hard surface. Andy has managed to win most of his games on hard court.

Juan Martin Del Potro is number two with his major career title on this surface. He defeated Roger Federer in the 2009 U.S. Open to win the maiden Grand Slam of his career and since then he has impressed in games on hard court.

Roger Federer is a champion player and he has also shown his abilities on hard court with winning major titles like the Australian and U.S. Opens several times. Even though, he hasn’t shown the best of results on hard surfaces but has managed to show strong skills.

Andy Roddick is another player who has shown his strong skills on a hard surface by winning the major title of the U.S. Open. Due to the hardness of the court, this surface suits him best with his natural attacking game.

Famous male tennis player: Andy Murray

Famous male tennis player: Andy Murray

Famous male tennis player Andy Murray, a professional tennis player from Britain, is currently ranked at number four by the World Tennis Association. Andy has achieved the highest rank of number two in 2009. in 2009, Andy Murray won the best six titles of ATP World Tour which earned him the highest ranking of his career. During this time, Andy lost the plot in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Grand Slam and was dropped back to third. He is the highest ranked British tennis player after Fred Perry. Andy Murray fought into the top ten ranking in April, 2007 and in 2008, he finished as runner up in the U.S. Open against Roger Federer. But, he hasn’t won any Grand Slams. In 2010, Andy Murray made to his first ever Grand Slam in Australian Open where he qualified due to the knee injury of Nadal as Nadal retired in the match.He became the only British tennis player after John Lloyd to reach the final of Australian Open. After Agassi, Andy Murray became the first player to win the Canadian titles back to back. In En route, Andy Murray became the 5th player to defeat famous male tennis players, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the same tournament.

Andy’s game is more suitable to the hard court (which has reflected in his results). But he has worked very hard to improve his performance on a clay court. Being a local British boy, he always gets huge fan support at Wimbledon. Andy Murray is known to play defensive counter punch and according to his coach “He is the best counter-puncher” on the tour. The greatest shot played by Murray is the ground stroke with a minimal error-rate and he has the uncanny ability to anticipate the ball. He has an ability to come from defense to offense with astonishing speed and that allows him to play winners from a defensive situation. He generally plays the slow game and suddenly changes the speed of the shot to give shock to the opponents. His first service is his greatest strength and he is known to construct points on the court.

Grand Slam: The Australian Open

Grand Slam: The Australian Open

The first of the four Grand Slam tennis events, the Australian Open, is played during the month of January, usually at the Melbourne Park, Australia. This is the time that the kings and queens of tennis, such as Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Maria Sharapova, and Venus and Serena Williams, showcase their skills to an admiring Australian public.

The Australian Open was originally contested on grass in 1905. The grass surface remained unchanged until 1987 when the surface was replaced with a hard court surface for tennis.

Matts Wilander is the only man to have ever won the event on both the grass and the hard court surfaces. Many courts makes up the Australian Open venue but the two main courts, the Rod Laver Arena and the Hisense Arena, are reserved for the high interest matches featuring the higher ranked tennis players. Both these courts have a retractable roof which can be closed to protect the players and the surface from rain or extreme heat.

The Australian Open comprises of a variety of competitions which make up the championship. These include the Men’s and Women’s singles, Men’s and Women’s doubles, the Mixed doubles and numerous junior events.

The Australian Open Tennis Tournament

by on April 1, 2009
in Grandslams

 

The Australian Open Tennis Tournament

One of the four Grand Slams to be held every year, the Australian Open, is held at Melbourne Park where the top tennis players from round the world compete with each other. The Australian Open tennis tournament is the first of the Grand Slams to be held in a calendar year. It is generally played every year in January in Melbourne Park where the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Maria Sharapova and the Williams sisters come out to play. The Australian Open tennis tournament was first played in 1905 and it has completed a 100 years of its existence. Up to 1987, over a period of 82 years, the Australian Open was played on grass courts. The revised format of the tournament saw the surface being changed to hard courts in 1988. There are a variety of competitions which are held at the championship. These include Men’s singles, Women’s singles, Men’s doubles, Women’s doubles and finally Mixed doubles, apart from the junior’s singles and doubles. 

Mats Wilander holds the distinction of being the only tennis player to win the tournament on both types of surface. The two primary courts where all the main tennis matches are played are the Rod Laver Arena and the Hisense Arena. They are the first tennis stadiums in the world which have retractable roofs which can be shut down and opened according to the weather. This tournament has seen a lot of high-quality tennis over the past few years with the main two contenders being Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in the men’s tourney.