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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:

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!

Federer vs. Nadal Rivalry At Wimbledon

Federer vs. Nadal Rivalry At Wimbledon

When two great players meet in a historic tournament, and only one can walk away a winner, you are privileged to do more than watch some of the greatest tennis ever played. You are witness to the birth of yet another legendary tennis rivalry. Such was the case when the two greatest and famous tennis players,  Rafael defeated Roger Federer in 2008 to interrupt Federer’s string of Wimbledon triumphs. But, in truth, the rivalry had begun long before that fateful moment.

They are, you must acknowledge, both extremely talented athletes with the sort of drive and determination that it takes to succeed in this sport, and at Wimbledon. True, Nadal is five year’s Federer’s junior, but that can translate as easily into Federer having five years more experience as a top player. They are the only two men to ever have completed five consecutive calendar years as the two top-ranked players on the ATP tour. Federer was number one for a record-breaking 237 weeks starting in February of 2004. Nadal, was right behind him at number two for 160 weeks starting in July of 2005.

Then they met in Wimbledon in 2008. Famous Swiss tennis player Federer’s defeat by Nadal stripped him of his number one ranking and the roles were reversed. Nadal, however, didn’t keep the number one spot too long. He was injured and while recuperating, slipped to number three for a while and then returned to the number two spot after winning against Federer in the Madrid Open in May of this year. His win at the French Open rocketed Nadal into first place once more.

Overall, Spanish tennis player, Nadal leads the contest 14 to 7. Tournament seedings are based upon rankings and seventeen of Federer and Nadal’s meetings have been in tournament finals, including seven of them in Grand Slam Finals. They have played one another in every French Open and in the Wimbledon Finals every year from 2006 to 2008, and met in the Australian Open tennis tournament in 2009. Nadal came away with wins in five of the seven, only losing their first two meetings at Wimbledon.

Their meeting in the 2008 Wimbledon final has been referred to as possibly the greatest men’s single’s final match in Wimbledon history. Whether you agree with that or not, you have to agree that this brewing rivalry ensures two top players are at their best each time they meet, and allows us to be sure of some excellent tennis to view at this year’s Wimbledon Tournament.

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.