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Rafael Nadal has won his 2nd US Open title and his 13th major title. Now he is 3rd on the all-time major winner’s list with only Pete Sampras (14 titles) and Roger Federer (17 titles) ahead of him. With this he also has won his 10th title this year, and his second major of the year, after having won French Open in June. In terms of titles won this year can be regarded as probably his best year, especially since he was coming out of a 7 month injury period and had to miss the Australia Open as well. 

Also, now he inches closer to the no.1 ranking and is in the striking distance. He should definitely achieve the ranking this year unless he is not able to compete in the remaining tournaments this year due to injury or anything. Though he could have achieved the No.1 ranking had Djokovic not made it to the finals of the tournament. But that is something that is not in his hands. And whatever was possible for him to do, he did by defeating Djokovic in the finals.

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And like I had written in one of my previous posts, what next should be on the agenda for Nadal?  Equal Martina Navratilova’s record of 9 major titles at a single event or Sampras’s 14 major titles is something to watch out for. Though he can and should achieve both of them in the French Open next year, but in the form he is in I would hope he wins the Australian Open as well early next year and then go onto win the French Open and in the process achieve another record of becoming the only player in the open era and only the third player ever to win every major at least twice. (He now has 1 Australian Open, 8 French Open, 2 Wimbledon, and 2 US Open titles).

In the end I would like to congratulate Nadal for his achievement, and I hope he gives many more such instances for us to be happy of.

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Andy Murray won Wimbledon 2013, his second slam title (he won his first major at the US Open last year). With this he ended a 77 year title drought of the British Men’s tennis at the Wimbledon.

And with this title he increases the prominance of the big four of tennis. Over the past three-four years the top four (Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, and Murray) have been very prominent winning most of the big tournaments (including grand slams, masters 1000, world tour finals; infact Murray was the only one of the top four not to win a slam till September last year, and Del Potro is the only player to win a slam apart from these top four since 2005 French open). They have generally taken the 4 semifinal spots of most of the slam tournaments. However, till last Murray was the only one of the top four to not win a slam title, which changed at the US Open last year. And now this Wimbledon title should offcially shut the mouths of all the people who were doubting whether it is the top four or just the top three.

It is just amazing how these top four have dominated this era of men’s tennis. They have won 33 of the last 34 slam majors between them, a streak since 2005 Frech Open. These 33 slam titles can broken down into Federer winning 13, Nadal 12, Djokovic 6, and Murray 2

Of the last 8 Australia Open titles Djokovic has won 4, Federer 3, and Nadal 1
Of the last 9 French Open titles Nadal has won 8 and Federer 1
Of the last 9 Wimbledon titles Federer has won 5, Nadal 2, and Djokovic and Murray have won 1 each
Of the last 8 US Open titles Federer has won 4, while Nadal, Djokovic, and Murray have won 1 each (with Juan Martin Del Potro being the only other slam winner who won in 2009)

Such has been the situation of the Men’s tennis of almost the last decade. They have won the 37 slam titles between them of which they have won 36 out of the last 40 slams (with Del Potro winning the 2009 US Open, Andy Roddick winning 2003 US Open, Marat Safin won 2005 Australian Open, and Gaston Gaudio won 2004 French Open being the other four slam winners; of which Roddick, Safin, and Gaudio all won the slam before the emergence of Nadal, Djokovic, and Murray as stars on the court).

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It is one of the toughest phases ahead that Roger Federer would have faced in past few years. He enters into Wimbledon 2013 as the defending champion, and if he fails to defend it he might just slip down to 4th rank in the ATP rankings which would be the first in close 10 years (has been in top 3 for the past 514 weeks). Also, if  Ferrer and Nadal manage to reach the quarter-finals stage (which probably they should) and Federer is unable to defend the title then he would move out of the top 4 to the 5th rank (he has been in the top 4 for the past 520 weeks- 10 years). But that is not the worry for him. The biggest challenge for him would be that, if he fails to make it to the finals at Wimbledon, he would surely move out of top 4, irrespective of how anyone else fares at the tournament, especially since he has a threat of facing Nadal in as early as the quarterfinal stage. Again, since he is also chasing history to become the first male player to win Wimbledon 8 times, there would be a lot of pressure on him.

Well this Wimbledon could not have got bigger for David Ferrer, as his consistent play over the past 1 year coupled with the absence of Nadal from the tourney has helped him accumulate a lot of points, and has given him a chance to rise in the rankings. His career-highest rankings have been 4th rank so far and this Wimbledon would give him a chance to rise to world number 2 if he finishes the tournament on a high. This also gives Nadal to get back in top 3 rankings this year. He has made a positive return since his injury winning 7 titles and reaching all the finals of the 9 tournaments he has played since comeback. A title win for Andy Murray can help inch closer to the number 1 ranking, so there is a lot up for stake for him as well.

Only Djokovic who stands as world number 1 would sit comfortably in the tournament, with his ranking to stay intact after the tournament ends. Though he would be skeptical of Nadal who has already taken a lot of strides towards the number 1 year-end rank.

Also, with Federer not getting any younger, is this the beginning of the end of a legendary career? Or would this have a sceond life?

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Over the past one – one and a half year, I guess everyone is fed up of watching a Nadal and Djokovic final. Now this is their 4th consecutive grand slam final. In between they have also played 7 ATP Masters finals. I guess this is some kind of a record for sure. And definitely this is getting bigger than the Nadal-Federer rivalry.

Nadal has lost the past three grand slam finals to Djokovic, and now when Djokovic is on the verge of completing his slam and making history by winning 4 slams in a row, will Nadal be able to stop him? Well being a huge Nada fan I hope he does. In fact Djokovic has had huge trouble in the fourth round and quarter final matches of the tournament, where he was pushed to the limit. On the other hand Nadal is yet to drop a set in the tournament. I believe this is best chance of Nadal defeating a Djokovic in a grand slam final, something that he has not been able to accomplish the last three times, although he did come very close in the Australian Open.

Currently Nadal has beaten Djokovic twice in the ATP Masters tournament recently on Clay, so I believe he should be able to do so again, especially when he on verge of history too by winning the 7th French Open title. No one has ever won 7 French Open titles before, and only Pete Sampras has 7 Wimbledon titles (the only other player to win a grand slam 7 times).

In the meanwhile I really do not know what has happened to Roger Federer. The 16 time grand slam champion is yet to win a title in 9 slams over the past two years. And the way Nadal and Djokovic are playing it looks very difficult for Federer to add slams.

Will it be a Nadal’s 7 or a Djokovic’s slam is yet to seen. So all we can hope is to watch an exciting final on Sunday. I hope that it is a 5 set final, similar to the Australian Open, but hopefully the winner this time will be Nadal.


Rafael Nadal made history by winning the 2012 Monte Carlo Open, and now he has only increased his record at 2012 Barcelona Open. He won his eight consecutive Monte Carlo championships a record in itself. The only person to come close to it Guillermo Villas who won eight Buenos Aires titles in ten years. Nadal now has seven Barcelona Open titles in eight years (though it is 7 out of 7 attempts, as he chose to not participate in 2010), and six French Open titles (he would like to improve on it this year), and has five Rome Masters title. Having won three ATP tournaments more than six times is a record in itself. He has won four tournaments at least five times, which is only bettered by Roger Federer who has won six tournaments at least five times.

What is great is Nadal has won both the tournaments without losing a set. Winning the Monte Carlo Open surely must have been a huge relief for Nadal as that was his first singles title since last years’ French Open and this is also his first win against Novak Djokovic after losing seven consecutive finals to him previously which included three grand slam final losses.

These titles probably justify why everyone calls Nadal “King of Clay”! As a huge Nadal fan all I can Hopeis that this year he will be able to complete the clay slam as he did in 2010, and also probably win the Wimbledon and the Olympics.


Novak Djokovic is as close of the ATP number 1 rank, as he would have ever expected. He has had an unbelievable year so far. He has played 42 matches and has been undefeated. And now he is just one victory away to become the new world number 1 player. But the problem is that it is Roger Federer who stands in that way to number 1.

Djokovic will be playing Federer in the 2011 French Open semifinals. If he wins and enters the finals, he will become world number 1 from 6th June no matter what the result of the tournament is.  It is not very easy to defeat Federer in a grand slam match. Grand Slam takes the best out of Federer, and to defeat him there is not very easy. So, it is really a tough task in hand for Djokovic, but seeing his form over the last 5 months, it does not seem very difficult either. He had defeated Federer in the semifinals of 2011 Australian Open and before that in 2010 US Open, and surely will be a favorite to repeat that feat again this time in 2011 French Open.

But the biggest advantage Djokovic has at the moment is that even if he loses this match he still can claim the number 1 ranking if Nadal fails to win the tournament. And it is not going to be easy for Nadal to defend his title, as he has to face Soderling in quarters, probably Murray in semis, and then either of Federer or Djokovic in the finals.

To be very fair, I believe that Djokovic will claim the number 1 rankings, if not after French Open, then definitely after the Wimbledon. But for sure, it looks like Nadal will lose his number 1 spot very soon, and we will see a new world number. Either of Nadal or Federer has held this rank since February 2004. So it is a nice time to see a change.

However I am not very happy with this change since it is coming at the cost of my favorite player, Nadal, but I have to say that the kind of Tennis Djokovic has played in the past 5 months, he very well deserves this rank. This is possibly the first time ever that I have wished Federer to win a match, and that is really something unimaginable (this does not mean that I don’t like Federer or Djokovic, in fact I do admire them a lot, but I really like Nadal, and don’t like to see him loosing). But all I can hope that Nadal will be able to claim his number 1 rank back very soon.


Nadal with US Open 2010 trophy

Finally Rafael Nadal has won the US Open championship by winning it here in 2010. He defeated Novak Djokovic in four sets 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2. And what was even more convincing was that he was serving very well during the course of the match. Though his serve was broken three times in the match today, but he has lifted his game to a very high level since his serve was broken only five times during the course of the tournament. The second set was the first set that Nadal had dropped in this tournament and had he not dropped it he would have become the first player to win the US Open without dropping a set. Nevertheless the victory is more important and it came in not much difficulty (just four sets). This is his first win at US Open and his ninth Grand Slam win, and also his third Grand Slam win this year and that too third consecutive grand slam win. And the biggest of all he has completed his career Grand Slam, becoming the youngest to do so in the open era, and the third youngest all time to do so. Also he has also won the Golden Grand Slam that is that now he has all the Grand Slams and also the Gold Medal at the Olympic Games.

But one must say that Novak Djokovic played well in the match and it would have been really tough as he was coming after a great five setter win against Novak Djokovic. Well it does not happen many times that a player defeats Roger Federer in a Grand Slam. Well now for the third consecutive Grand Slam a player who defeated Federer in the tournament has not gone onto win the slam, and ironically it was Nadal who defeated that player in the finals (well this is the third time I am writing this as well, had written it in my previous posts of Nadal’s French and Wimbledon victories). So far for a record, Nadal has featured in as many as 11 Grand Slam finals and no one except Roger Federer has been able to defeat him. In fact Federer has defeated him twice but has lost to him five times in the finals. This was Djokovic’s third Grand Slam final, and he has lost twice, both the times here at US Open, once to Federer in 2007 and now to Nadal in 2010.

Nadal has been playing an unbelievable kind of tennis in this tournament winning all his matches till the finals convincingly in straight sets. In the finals also he won convincingly though he did drop a set but only at the score of 5-7. And now he has finally he proved why he is world number 1, and also that this time he is at the top to stay for a long time. With the win he completed his career Grand Slam and also has become the first player since Rod Laver (1969) to win Grand Slam on all the three types of court in the same year.

With this tournament also over it is confirmed that Federer again drops down to world number 3 (something that happened after Wimbledon as well), when the rankings change tomorrow. And with a very good run in the tournament Djokovic will be back at world number 2, from where he just dropped to number 3 before the start of the US Open.

As I had written earlier, now probably Nadal will end the year as world number 1, and with big wins under his belt, it will be a very tough next year where he will have to defend three titles. But yes it will not be very easy to replace him from the top that soon.

In the end I would like to congratulate Nadal for his win, and I hope that he wins the Australian Open next year and make it four Grand Slam wins in a row. And with the kind of tennis he is playing it does not really look that difficult. Also I am putting some of the images from his memorable win at the US Open here.

US Open runners up (Novak Djokovic) and winner (Rafael Nadal)


It is going to be Rafael Nadal versus Novak Djokovic in the US Open men’s final today. Yesterday (or rather today early morning) Djokovic managed to defeat Roger Federer in the semi-finals of the tournament. Though the victory came in 5 sets where he saved two match points in the final set, and then later went onto win the match. Djokovic has defeated Federer for the first time in the US Open. In fact for the last three years he has been going down to Federer itself. It was in the finals in 2007 and then in the semi-finals the last two years. So this victory definitely must be special for Djokovic and will now be looking forward to win his first US Open title.

On the other hand Nadal even though being no.1 was not the top contender for the title until the quarter finals stage even though he was coming on a high with a French Open and Wimbledon victories. His run in the tournament has been exceptional so far, something that was not expected from him. He has suddenly improved the level of his game to a great extent that I guess now everyone will start putting his name as the top contender in all grand slam events and not just French Open and Wimbledon. He so far has not dropped a single set in the tournament, in fact his serve was broken for the first time in the tournament in the quarter finals stage by Fernando Verdasco, and for only the second time in semi-finals by Mikhail Youzhny. This is something great because I always considered the service as the only weak point he has in his game. And now that he has lifted the level I don’t think they will be many who would doubt him winning his first US Open title, though I would not really like to write of Novak Djokovic, especially since he is world number 3 (will become no.2 tomorrow no matter what the outcome of final is). Also one thing I did not like was that before the semi-finals started hardly anyone gave Djokovic a chance to make it to the finals, even though he is world number 3. And yes now I am really happy that he has proved everyone wrong.

For Djokovic the road till the finals has been like a roller coaster. He managed to save few match points in the first round and won the match in a 5 setter, and then from there on won all his matches in straight sets, and again in the semi finals against Federer he saved two match points to win in a 5 setter. Now with this victory against Federer he has managed to push him down the rankings as well moving to the second rank.

For the stats Nadal is playing his first ever US Open final, his third final this year and now is the sixth man in the Open Era and second youngest to reach the finals of all the Grand Slams. A victory could see him win his 9th Grand Slam, he would complete his career grand slam, in fact a career golden slam, and also become the first player since Rod Laver to win the French, Wimbledon and the US Open title in the same year.

Few things that can go against Nadal is that this is his first US Open final and its Djokovic’s second. Djokovic is coming into the finals defeating Federer while Nadal has defeated only Verdasco as a top 10 player. Also though no one except Del Potro has defeated both Nadal and Federer in the same slam, but Potro did that the last year in US Open itself, which can look as an opportunity for Djokovic to repeat that. And the big thing will be the extra pressure on Nadal as he is playing his first US Open final and has a big opportunity to complete his grand slam.

Meanwhile in the tournament, in the women’s section Kim Clijsters won the finals defending her title successfully. She has played very good tennis so far and deserved to win, but again surprisingly even after winning she has dropped to number 5 in the WTA rankings. In fact Vera Zvonareva the losing finalist has jumped 4 places to world number 4, and the losing semi-finalist to Clijsters, Venus Williams has replaced her at world number 3. But I am happy that Ana Ivanovic and Maria Sharapova played really well, especially Ana and that now she should be able to break into the top 40 if not the top 30 rankings.

In the end I wish best of luck to Rafael Nadal for the final match. I hope he wins today.


Federer has dropped to world number 3 in the ATP rankings. This is the first time in almost seven years that he has dropped out of the top two ranks.

Meanwhile Novak Djokovic climbed to world number 2 eclipsing Roger Federer. Rafael Nadal strengthened his position at the top after his win at the Wimbledon. Already ranked world number 1 before the start of the tournament, Rafael Nadal, gained a lot of points because he missed this Grand Slam the last year. He has managed to make a mark able difference in points between his and Novak Djokovic the present world number 2, a difference that will need some taking to eclipse in next month’s to come.

Though Federer has dropped to world number 3, there is hardly any difference between his points tally and that of Novak’s. I don’t think Federer would like or will stay on this rank for a long time.

Apart from these Andy Murray maintained his rank of 4 after his semi final appearance at the Wimbledon. Robin Soderling managed to climb to world number 5 position, his highest ever while Davydenko dropped one place to world number 6. Juan Martin del Potro moved 1 place up to number 7 while the Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych moved five places to world number 8. Andy Roddick dropped 2 places to world number 9 while Spanish Fernando Verdasco dropped one place to world number 10. French player Jo-Wilfred Tsonga dropped out of the top ten rankings that were generated today. Somdev Devvarman is the highest ranked Indian at 104.

I hope that Nadal continues his form so that he can end the year as world number 1.


Nadal vs Berdych

It is going to be Rafael Nadal versus Tomas Berdych in the Wimbledon men’s final today. I was without the internet connection for more than a week so I could not post any update of the tournament. Though it is late still I would give in a few details here.

In the quarter finals round Berdych defeated the world number 2 and the defending champion Roger Federer in four sets. It was a very shocking exit for Federer, as with big seeds for his half had already been defeated his road to the finals looked very easy. But Berdyech had other plans, and with his good service games managed to do what no one except Nadal could manage to do in the past eight years in this tournament (that is defeat Federer in Wimbledon). With this Federer for the second consecutive grand slam could not make it to the semi final stage. But for the record, he did manage to make it to his 25th consecutive grand slam quarter final appearance. Although one can say that he should not have evn made it to the second round of Wimbledon this year.

On the other hand Nadal did not look a favourite to win Wimbledon before the start of the tournament even though he was coming on a high with a French Open victory and also regaining the world No. 1 spot (in fact no one was looking as a clear winner except maybe Federer but just because of the fact that he has won this six times before). His run in the tournament has not been great except for the last two matches where he defeated Soderling and Murray (top seeds and top contenders for the title) in four and straight sets respectively. I guess he is peaking at the right time. Now he faces Berdyech to win his 2nd Wimbledon and 8th Grand Slam title. Though again as earlier I had written, it has only been once (that to just last month) that the player who defeated Federer in the grand slam tournament has not gone onto become the eventual winner of the grand slam. I hope that nadal can do this again and win the title, though he will have to show some great skills to counter the big serves of Berdych which in a way just swallowed up Federer and Djokovic.

Also surprisingly for the first time, I was hoping to see a Nadal – Djokovic final (after Federer was out), and even more surprisingly was hoping Djokovic to win. This was because it would have dropped Federer out of the top 2 rankings in the ATP for the first time in the last 4-5 years. But now with Djokovic losing in the semis, I hope that Nadal wins the title and increases the difference of the points to an extent that would make it difficult for Federer to catch up with in this year. Although if my calculations are correct I think even after losing in the semi finals Djokovic has managed to move to the second rank, pushing Federer out of the top two, though just by a very small margin (which can easily be eclipsed back again). But I will still wait for tomorrow morning to confirm the standings.

Meanwhile in the tournament, in the women’s section Venus Williams too was ousted very early (again not expected by many). Though not very surprisingly, it was Serena Williams who eventually won the tournament yesterday. Again as a shocker the William sisters could not make it to the semi final stage of the women’s double section as well.

Also as a personal interest I am very happy that Leander Paes has made it to the finals of the mixed doubles. I hope he wins the title, especially after his early exit in the men’s doubles section.

In the end I wish best of luck to both Rafael Nadal and Leander Paes for their respective final matches. I hope they both win today.


Day 1 at the Wimbledon turned out to be very dramatic, as many high seeded player in both men’s and Women’s section either lost or almost got a scare. In men’s round, Marin Cilic was the biggest casualty, while Ivan Ljubicic, Stanislas Warwinka, and Tommy Robredo also lost in the first round of the tournament itself. What was more surprising was that Roger Federer, Nikolay Davydenko, Novak Djokovic all were pulled up to five set games. Both Federer and Davydenko in fact were two sets down, before they came back to win. Warwinka lost in a five setter game while Cilic lost in straight sets.

In the women’s round, the biggest casualty was Francessa Schiavone, the one who won the French Open earlier this month. The only other seed to lose out was Kateryna Bondarenko. Ana Ivanovic also crashed out in the first round. And also the only Indian contingent Sania Mirza did not surprise many by losing in the first round. Schiavone played well in the first two sets, but was completely outplayed in the decider set. Bondarenko also lost in a three setter match while Ivanovic and Mirza lost in straight sets.

If we come to the wins, Andy Roddick was the only player in men’s round in the top seeds to win very comprehensively. While Venus Williams, Shahar Peer, Marion Bartoli, Nadia Petrova, and Kim Clijsters in the women’s round in the top seeds won their matches very comprehensively. But I must say that Clijsters looked in top form and so did Venus Williams. Though one must say that Venus Williams is always in top form at the Wimbledon.

Today Rafael Nadal will play his match, and I hope he wins very comprehensively.  Not like Federer, who could have become the only defending champion ever to lose out in the first round. I hope that Nadal goes deep in the tournament as that would help him increase the lead in points to keep him at the top for a longer time.