ZVEREV HAPPY WITH COMMENDATION FROM FEDERER AND NADAL

Top rated tennis rising star Alexander Zverev is excited that established colleagues are commending his career achievements so far.


The recent Washington title winner is playing in Montreal where he is expected to go far.

Zverev is happy that Roger Federer and Rafael Nadalbelieve he could be world no. 1 someday. However, he acknowledges that he has to improve his game to get there.

“It’s always nice to hear stuff from Roger and from Rafa, that they think I can become the world no. 1. They know what it takes.

“A lot of journalists say: ‘He might be a world No.1, he mightbe a Grand Slam champion.’ But coming from fellow tennis players, it’s something that I see as more value because they know how to do it,” he said. Read more »

RAONIC AND GASQUET TO MISS MONTE CARLO MASTERS

Milos Raonic, the current world No. 6, will not be participating in the upcoming Monte Carlo Masters event.


This is due to a hamstring injury that has been troubling the Canadian star player since sometime in February.

Just before his Delray Beach final event and the Miami Open third-round match respectively, the Canadian was forced to pull out of the events. At the opening Masters 1000 event of the season of Indian Wells, Raonic did not participate at all.

The 26-year old therefore will not be making his seventh main draw appearance this year at the Monte Carlo event. His Monte Carlo campaign came to an abrupt end in the quarter final stage and has been so in the last three years.

Also, France’s Richard Gasquet has equally been ruled out of the first clay court Masters 1000 event so far in this season. This is due to a hamstring issue that has been troubling the player since February. Read more »

ZVEREV WINS TO OPEN SUD DE FRANACE

Alexander Zverev has shocked the tennis world as he defeats two-time defending champions Richard Gasquet to the Open Sud de France title. Zverev stunned to lift his second career title, beating the third seed 7-6 (4), 6-3.


The teenager had lifted his first last year, defeating three-time Grand Slam and respected tennis star Stan Wawrinka at the Saint Petersburg Open in Russia. He made the headlines yet against this time with Gasquet, stopping the star from lifting his career 15th title.

The achievements of the youngster have pushed him to the top echelon of tennis stars – he ranks in the ATP top 50 players as the youngest.

Zverev kept on breaking Gasquet’s serve in each set before making the break in the eight game of the second set. He then served out the match on his way to winning the title. He hit eight aces in the competitive match aside winning 80 percent of his points. He was the fourth seed for the tournament and he ended up proving his worth. Read more »

HALYS HOPES TO BECOME FRANCE’S FIRST MALE GRAND SLAM WINNER

For France, it has been a long period of no Grand Slam jinx since 1983 and Quentin Halys is hoping to be the first male player to win one, thus ending it.


The title was last won by Yannick Noah at the Roland Garros in 1983 and Halys is determined to show that he for one is not a one-trick pony.

The 20-year old, who possesses sublime shot-making skills, is the latest in a long list of the next big things for French tennis.

On a two-day course in the ATP University in London, where young players were introduced formally to the challenges present on the main Tour, Halys had been asked if France’s Slam jinx weighs heavily on his shoulder.

The Parisian had replied saying,

“I feel no pressure because it’s very tough.

“There are so many players like Tomas Berdych or David Ferrer who have never won a slam. It’s not just because you’re French you can’t do it.” Read more »

Richard Gasquet Improves His Ranks

This year has been challenging for Richard Gasquet.

It showed him having reached the semifinals at Wimbledon, a feat that he had not reached before. As he played to get to the last four positions he has been able to upset many major rank holders that included names like Nick Kyrgios, Grigor Dimitrov as well as Stan Wawrinka who has been a champion in the French Open. He even faced Novak Djokovic. The game ended in straight sets. It was the best run that he has had since the year 2007. That year he also managed to reach the semis. It definitely takes a lot to keep up the competitive edge and he has been able to do so nearly over a decade. Read more »

Andy Murray made it to the Round of 4 in BNP Paribas Open

Andy Murray made it to the Round of 4 in BNP Paribas Open by getting the better of the local boy Richard Gasquet in a hard fought contest earlier today.

Murray was far from being in his best form in the first couple of sets, but, he cranked it up in the decider and eventually, managed to topple Gasquet to move to the semis of yet another major.

Talking to one of the broadcasters later on, Murray said, “It’s not that easy to compete when your opponent has got all the support of the crowd. But, I guess I will find myself in similar sort of environment in a few days’ time in Davis Cup final. So, from that point of view, you can say I might have had a good preparation playing Richard over here. He is a fantastic player.”

Murray was in pain coming into the second set. He was limping a little bit and was looking frustrated too with every mistake he was committing. He ended up losing control as Gasquet bounced back in the match by winning the set 6-3.

But, luckily in the third set, the Scot found two early breakthroughs which sealed it in his favour totally.

It was the 7th time that Gasquet, who was given the 10th seed in the tournament, lost against Murray on the tour.

Murray will now take on David Ferrer of Spain in his next match. Read more »