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.

Greatest male/female tennis players who would make headline in US Open 2011

US Open 2011

Male tennis players to make headline: 

The US Open Championship 2011 will commence from August 29, 2011 and will entertain the spectators through the month of September. This tournament will be played at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York. The USTA announced the names of the some of the most famous and greatest male tennis players who would make the headline in the 2011 US Open tournament. The names are:

  • World No. 1 tennis player 2011 and reigning champion of Australian Open 2011 and Wimbledon 2011, Novak Djokovic.
  • Reigning US Open 2010 and French Open 2011 champion, Rafael Nadal.
  • Five-time US Open champion, Roger Federer
  • Former US Open champions and considerably the most popular among the other 101 tennis players who made a direct entry into US Open 2011, Andy Roddick and Juan Martin Del Potro.

Female tennis players to make headline: 

The US Open 2011 will experience the colors in the Women Singles tournament as many greatest female tennis players are going to perform after a series of injuries and health crisis. Both men’s and women’s US Open single champions will receive $1.8 million. Tempting! In 2011 US Open, 37 countries will be represented by women. The USTA has announced the names of some of the famous female tennis players who will walk the hard court of US open 2011. Here are their names:

The greatest tennis rivalries: Pete Sampras vs Roger Federer

The greatest tennis rivalries: Pete Sampras vs Roger Federer

One of the best comparisons of tennis history can be between the greatest players of all time, Roger Federer and Pete Sampras. Looking at their career records, their career achievements are almost same. The biggest edge that Swiss tennis player Roger Federer has is that, he is still continuing his career where as Sampras got retired in 2002. Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam tournament where Sampras has an edge over Federer, other than that, Federer has either equaled or had broken record in rest of the three tournaments. Although these two players never really got the chance to play against each other that often but Federer by breaking all possible records of Sampras turned it into a rivalry. Over all performances of both the players are somewhat same yet proving the great capabilities of both the players to the maximum. Here is some general information about Pete Sampras and Roger Federer:

 

Federer

Sampras

Date of Birth:

August 8, 1981

August 12, 1971

Country:

Switzerland

United States

Career Singles Titles:

63

64

Career Doubles Titles:

7

2

Turned Pro in:

1998

1988

Career Prize Money:

$56.9 million

$43 million

Career record (singles):

717-171

762-222

Highest ranking (singles):

1

1

Career record (doubles):

40-42

64-70

Highest ranking (doubles):

123

27

 

Sampra’s career statistics:

 

Federer’s career statistics:

Sampras claimed 14 Grand Slam titles whereas Federer claimed 16 Grand Slam titles. In Federer’s 16 titles marathon, he won a French Open title as well which Sampras failed at achieving. One of the noticeable things about this French Open title is that Federer won this title to break the grand slam title record of Sampras. No wonder Federer is known as the King Federer.

 

How to play tennis like Roger Federer?

How to play tennis like Roger Federer?

The king of tennis and greatest male tennis player Roger Federer, is an inspiration for everyone. Every tennis lover aspires to be Roger. Fans and critics recognize the absolutely amazing potential of Roger Federer and his game play in tennis. They recognize him as the best thing that has ever happened to tennis world. Roger Federer’s vision and power make him an incredible player and attacker. With his speed and determination, he has turned out to be a tenacious defender. You cannot play exactly like Federer but there are some basic rules you can follow. These rules are:

1)      Buy a Wilson (K)Factor (K)Six-One Tour 90 tennis racket. Federer customizes this racket with his own hybrid strings and weights.

2)      One thing you need to develop in yourself is to keep yourself cool, clear-headed and controlled over your temper. These are the trademarks of Federer.

3)      You need to fix your grips. Federer uses a semi-western grip for his forehand, eastern-backhand grip for topspin backhand along with continental and slice backhands.

4)      Focus on serve accuracy instead of power. It’s the spin and placement of Roger’s serves that makes it hard for the opponents to break the serve.

5)      Roger’s real asset is his ability to innovate on the court; his creative skills make him play in angles that are never expected by the opponents.

In Roger’s game, one aspect is always dominant and that is his cool and calm temperament. If you excel at not panicking and keeping it calm through the game, the ability to innovate and play will show up automatically.

Top ten male tennis players with the most Australian Open titles

Federer, Agassi, Top ten male tennis players with the most Australian Open titles

The famous Melbourne Park in Australia arranges the Australian Open event every year in the closing weeks of January. Since 1988, the Australian Open has been played on hard courts. One of the most prominent features of Australian Open is the retractable roof in the two main courts of the Hisense Arena and Rod Laver Arena. The Australian open has been a stage to greatest tennis players who have set records in this grand slam. Not every tennis player enjoys success on hard court, especially players who are masters of the clay surface. Sampras, famous for numerous records, wasn’t able to show his convincing skills on the hard court of Australian Open which definitely showed his limitation. However American Agassi and Swiss Federer with their 4 Australian Open titles depicted their excellent grip on hard court as well. 

The top ten best male tennis players with the most Australian Open titles are as follows:

1)      Kenneth Robert Rosewall

2)      Roy Stanley Emerson

3)      Mats Wilander

4)      Andre Agassi

5)      Roger Federer

6)      Rafael Nadal

7)      Rod Laver

8)      Stefan Edberg

9)      Jim Courier

10)   Ivan Lendl

These best tennis players have been successful in winning the most titles in the Australian Open.  Among these stars, Roy Emerson is leading with his record of six Australian Open titles, which is still to be conquered by second-leading tennis star Roger Federer with four Australian Open titles. Stefan Edberg and Jim Courier were famous for their hard court performances and managed to win the Australian grand slam too. However, Roy is the only name that has been successfully ruled the Australian Open championship. 

History of Wimbledon

by on September 18, 2010
in Grand Slam: Wimbledon

Wimbledon

Vintage and prestigious are the words that could be used for the oldest tennis tournament, Wimbledon. The championship has been played in All England Club since 1877 and is the most happening tournament of summer. Wimbledon has been retained in its real essence by allowing the games to be played on original grass surface since the beginning. The tournament entertains the audiences for two weeks, starting in late June and ending in early July. The unique feature of this tournament is that it starts on a Monday and ends on Sunday.This pattern has been the same since the start of Wimbledon.The main events are of Wimbledon are Gentlemen’s singles (128 draw), Gentlemen’s Doubles (64 draw), Ladies singles (128 draw), Ladies doubles (64 draw) and Mixed doubles (48 draw)

Till now, 124 Gentlemen’s Singles Championships have been played in Wimbledon while 116 belong to the category of the Ladies’ Singles Championships which were added in 1884. Even though Wimbledon is a British tournament, it used to be ruled by the American legendary player, Pete Sampras. He won seven Wimbledon titles. As for women, M. Navratilova, with her elegant and tremendous play, won nine Wimbledon titles. Wimbledon is the tournament which is now discussed in the context of entertaining people with the never ending 11 hours 5 minutes match spread over three days in 2010 Championship. It was the longest match ever played in the history of tennis. The epic combat took place between Isner and Mahut who played 70-68 games in the fifth set. Interestingly, the aces world record was also set in this match where John Isner stroke 112 aces.

Wimbledon has been offering much excitement due to the rivalry of King Federer and Nadal. Let’s see who proves to be the next King of Wimbledon !

5 Most memorable Finals at Wimbledon

5 Most memorable Finals at Wimbledon, Federer vs Nadal

133 – Year history of Wimbledon has given many memorable moments to tennis fans to cherish and talk about even now. Starting from Boris Becker winning of his first title at the age of 17 and unseeded Sampras lifting his 7th title trophy, Wimbledon has been entertaining the world around. Here are some of the classic and marvelous finals of Wimbledon:

Federer won his 15th Grand Slam title (2009)

King Federer is known to limit his game within 3 sets and win it. But in 2009, Federer played till the last set against Roddick and claimed his 15th Grand Slam and 5th Wimbledon title. Federer claimed an amazing 5-7, 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-5) 3-6, 16-14 win while leaving Roddick exhausted.


Roger vs. Rafa (2008)

It was the most remarkable match for its being the longest battle between Federer and Rafa. It took them 288 minutes to win the five sets final match of Wimbledon. On top of it, rain shower added a delay in the match. While being 2 sets lower, Federer got back into the game, but Nadal with his play claimed his first Wimbledon title.


Super Star Federer (2007)

The all time rivals of the 21st century, Roger and Nadal played the final of Wimbledon 2007. Federer had a chance to equal Borg’s record of five straight Wimbledon titles. Federer took the lead in first set by 3-0 but Nadal had a come-back and this game continued till it reached the last set. Federer claimed this title by saving four break points. It sure was an amazing match.


Glorious Ivanisević (2001)

Ivanisević finally got a chance to win the Wimbledon title in 2001 after being a runner up in the previous three finals. But fate had something else for him as he got a shoulder injury. He entered the tournament with a wild card to make his way to the final of Wimbledon 2001. Ivanisević defeated Patrick Rafter in an epic five set final and claimed the title.


Edberg at his best against Becker (1990)

For some reason, Becker took sleeping pills before 1990 Wimbledon final against Edberg. This made Becker a sleepwalker in the first two sets. Edberg played at his best and his flawless play made him win the first two sets. Becker somehow got a wakeup call and stormed back into the match but Edberg claimed the victory by the end.

Wimbledon offered these and many other memorable moments of enthralling play. Let’s see what Wimbledon 2010 has in for us and players!

Tennis skills and techniques: Forehand

by on February 27, 2010
in General Information

Noval Djokovic, Tennis skills and techniques: Forehand

Tennis is a game of sheer skill requiring power and mental toughness. One needs to master all the shots including forehand in order to become a champion player. If one of the shots is a weakness of any player, it will be exploited by the opposition. Let us master the art of playing forehand shots tennis. A forehand shot is such a shot played by swinging across the racquet against the body and in the direction where the player wants the ball to go. For the right-hand players, forehand shot starts at the right hand side of the body, swings across while making the contact with the ball and ends at the left hand side of the body. For the left-hand player, this is exactly opposite as it starts on the left hand side of the body, swings across and ends at the right side.

The forehand shot is known to be one of the very easy shots in tennis which is not hard to master. There are two types of forehand shots, single-handed and double-handed. Single-handed forehand shots are played with a single hand and it applies less power where as double-handed forehand shot applies the full power of the body while playing the shot.

Some of the players with great forehand include Sampras, Borg, Nadal. Federer, Djokovic, Becker, Courier and Lendl. One of the most astounding name in the forehand excellence is Robin Soderling who within a limited time has become a threat due to his excellent forehand skills.

Famous male tennis player: Roger Federer

by on February 24, 2010
in Famous/Best Tennis players

Famous male tennis player: Roger Federer

There is no need to introduce the world’s greatest tennis player who has won the highest number of Grand Slams (16) in the entire history of the world of tennis. The 29 year old Swiss tennis player, Roger Federer has proved his metal by making an appearance in twenty two Grand Slam finals, winning 16 of them. He also holds the record of reaching twenty seven Grand Slam semi finals and 23 consecutive Grand Slam semi-finals. Roger Federer is one of six players who have won all the Grand Slams in their career.He held the ATP No.1 rank for record 237  consecutive weeks. Federer has won a record 6 ATP World Tour Finals and 18 ATP Masters Series. He also won the Olypmpic Gold medal in doubles with his compatriot Wawrinka at the 2008 Summer Olypmic games. 

The Swiss legendary tennis player Roger Federer has one more record of reaching to ten consecutive Grand Slam finals and reaching the finals of seventeen out of the last eighteen Grand Slam tournaments. According to experts, he has nothing to prove now as he has shown his capabilities. For such a great achievement, the greatest tennis player Roger Federer has been awarded with the World Sportsman of the Year for four (2005-2008) consecutive years. Roger Federer has been also named in the list of top 100 important people of the year by Time Magazine in 2007. In 2009, Roger Federer has been named as ITF male tennis player of the year. Recently, Roger Federer has been named the second most reliable and trustworthy person, only second to Nelson Mandela.

Although Federer has lost his top rank and grand slam title deficient, but his achievements and respect in the world of sports are pouring in!

Tennis Serving tips

by on October 28, 2009
in General Information

Tennis Serving tips, Sampras serving

In order to win a game of tennis, you have to know how to serve technically. The serve is a vital part of the game that allows the player to gain points easily if done correctly. Some advice on serving follows.

Your serve has to be accurate and to the point in order to test your opponent by serving in the three main areas, namely, the forehand, backhand and body. The server needs to test the ability of the returner early and gain maximum advantage in his service games. You can determine which side is the opponents’ weaker return depending on the amount of mistakes they make and the quality of the return. You should obtain information on your opponent throughout the match by serving in each of the three areas, namely wide, middle (body serve) and down the middle.

You need to concentrate on your placement and make mental notes of the opponents’ strengths and weaknesses.

Your opponent will also be making notes of your weak returns and will be trying to gain the upper hand in his service games. You should focus on your opponent’s weaknesses when you need a point to win the game. Federer’s playing style shows this all the time. It is generally very important to notice a weak shot from your opponent and make sure to exploit this in order to win a crucial point.

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