Summer Review

BACK IN TOWN after a long 2010 Summer!  What an amazing US Open for Rafael Nadal and Kim Clijsters. Rafa – after struggling in Montreal and Cincinnati, tweaked his service grip and added an amazing 7 – 10mph on his first serve and peaked at absolutely the perfect time! 

He dominated the US Open and joined the elite group of players to have won all four majors. Throw in Davis Cup Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist and you’re looking at the most accomplished 24 yr old tennis player of all time in my opinion. He started the year at 6 majors to Roger’s 15, now 9-16, the gap is closing big time. Potentially, we’ve had the Serena Slam, could be looking at the Rafa Slam in Aussie Open.

Looking forward to the Fall Swing in Asia. Let’s give some love to Novak Djokovic for turning around his year. Let’s see what’s in his bag to build on his great US Open results and finish off the year with success. Great attitude and seems to be getting his swagger back that went MIA for awhile.

Kimpressive – A 3 time US Open winner, clearly a Hall of Fame player, has become a much better player since coming out of retirement.  Added so much more pop to her forehand and ground game in general. Nice transformation from more defense and that split sliding on the court which is pretty much being eliminated and used on an as needed basis only. The defense and slide wore her body down pre-retirement.  Since her comeback, she has become more economical and more offense minded to her credit. Hence has improved her game all around, but you don’t need me to tell you that, it’s easy to see.

Gotta feel really bad for Vera Z. as she makes her second consecutive Slam Final but suffers an absolute blow-out on prime time. Had to leave a bit of a bad taste after the two weeks. Hopefully, she can put this behind her – She needs to focus on the positives: without question she had a great year.  I like watching her, she’s fun value and she gives some emotion and wears her heart on her sleeve.

Remember this name:  Grigor Dimitrov from Bulgaria.One young player to watch, been tearing up the Challenger circuit of late, with a lot of expected promise. He’s a career high 146 this week – up 200 spots within the last 3 months. Look for this 19 yr old with a Fed-Like game to close the year in the top 75 and really make his mark in 2011. Go Grigor!

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5 Responses to “Summer Review”

  1. Nykia says:

    What do you have to say about Wozniacki? I love her game but why do you think she lost it so close to the finish line at the USO? Was it because she was out hitting with Djoker the day before with the different tennis balls? Or is she the next Ivanovic or Vaidisova? Lots of hype but few good results. I actually think Melanie Oudin has a better game than Wozniacki but doesn’t yet have the mental fortitude to be a top ten player. However, I will say Ivanovic’s form and serve was looking much better at the USO. My two cents!

  2. Master Ace says:

    Agree about Rafael and his accomplishments at 24 being the best player at that age but he still has a little work to do before becoming GOAT. He still has to win a season ending title and win at least 2 Slams before entering that discussion with Roger. I know that Rafael leads 14-7 H2H but Roger has done some things that Rafael has yet to do(and vice versa)
    I do not think Novak will repeat his 2009 fall season because his number 1 priority is going to be win Davis Cup for his nation. If he wins anything before December, it will be “gravy’ for him.
    Agree on Grigor and his results have improved since he split with Peter Lundegren who is Stanislas’ coach now.

  3. Master Ace says:

    Yes, Kim has rewritten her legacy winning 2 USO titles since her return to the tour. She has some inconsistent results but won 2 of the bigger titles in 2010 which is the USO and Miami defeating Venus along the way to win both of them. On Vera, I wonder will she be able to repeat those performances in 2011 or beyond. Elena has not made a Slam final since 2004. Now, will Vera overtake Elena as the best player not to win a Slam?
    Serena will be ready to try to 3-peat AO in 2011 which has not been done since Martina Hingis from 1997 to 1999.

  4. Brealmore says:

    Nice post. How many years do you think Rafa can keep dominating? His style is so physical, how much mileage can those knees take? Agassi was able to extend his career with total dedication to fitness, but he kept the points much shorter and did not twist up his body nearly as extremely as Rafa. Can Rafa last?

  5. Rob says:

    For sure, on Rafa’s accomplishment. Simply awe-inspiring how the kid continues to improve. Delpo will be back, so that may make for some interesting times. Rafa has proven to himself that he can handle the big hitters on the big stage so it’ll be fun to see if he can handle the biggest hitter of them all. My opinion, he doesn’t have to catch Roger’s 16 to be GOAT: three more, or a true Grand Slam will do it, I think. Good summer review and I’ll keep my eyes peeled for Grigor!

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