I’ve always been an advocate for players who win the coin toss to choose to serve.
Particularly if you’re a good returner. It just seems so obvious that if things go according to plan and both players hold serve, being the returner at 5-4 is a useful advantage. Earlier in the set, whoever serves second can drop his/her serve and know there will be a few chances to get the break back. On the flip side, the person who serves first always has the peace of mind of knowing that if they get broken at any point in the set, they will have at least one return game to attempt to get their serve back.
We pick the winners for the Paris Masters final between Jerzy Janowicz and David Ferrer, and Fed Cup final matches featuring Petra Kvitova vs. Ana Ivanovic, and Lucie Safarova vs. Jelena Jankovic.
I was very tempted to make this a “How the Match Was Lost”. I really was. After all, Michael Llodra dominated the first set. Actually, “dominated” might be an understatement. Just look at the stats:
Despite all the the aces, the forehand winners and yes, those beautiful drop shots, what struck me the most about this particular semifinal was the difference in composure of the two men set to compete in it. Jerzy Janowicz played this match as if deep down he knew his time had finally arrived.
The story of how Polish qualifier Jerzy Janowicz beat World No. 9 Janko Tipsarevic at the Paris Masters, as told in animated GIFs.
We pick the winners for matches on November 3, 2012 at the Paris Masters and Fed Cup final.
I am so excited about the Fed Cup Final this weekend. I mean, just look at this line-up…
Let’s look at the head-to-heads: Ivanovic-Safarova: 2-3; Jankovic-Kvitova: 0-1; Ivanovic-Kvitova: 3-1; Jankovic-Safarova: 5-1
Lucie Safarova, Petra Kvitova, Jelena Jankovic, and Ana Ivanovic. All of them are awesome in their own unique and special ways. I mean what could possibly go wrong?
Okay, so the truth is that a lot could go wrong. And I mean A LOT.
“I beat the Olympic champion, US Open champion. I beat Andy Murray. Unbelievable feeling for me. Still, I have the feeling that in a few minutes I’m going to wake up and it will all be gone.” – Jerzy Janowicz A name. That’s all Jerzy Janowicz was to me before this week: a name. […]
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The WTA year is technically already over. How do I know that? Well, the WTA Year End Championships featuring the top players on tour has already been completed. A Champion has been crowned. All that is supposed to be left is Fed Cup, a team competition. Then… off-season!!
BUT NO. There’s more. Let’s look at your website:
Recent news reports from Australia have Bernard Tomic in the headlines, and not for anything he’s done on a tennis court. The reason? Naked rooftop wrestling. No, we’re not kidding. There’s even a video of it.
This got us thinking, what does the future hold for Bernard Tomic in the ATP? Welcome to the inaugural Changeover Chats, a quick back and forth between the writing staff at The Changeover.