The Tennis Galaxy is abuzz with action both on and off the court. Let us take a quick look at what is happening in the tennis world.
All paths in the ATP converge to the Big 4. In this section let us see what the Big 4 are up to.
Rafael Nadal did not have much time to celebrate his ascent to the number 1 ranking. Such is the nature of the busy world that a world class athlete like Nadal exists in. He has bigger and more important things to deal with and the topics Nadal discussed during his interviews at Shanghai ranged from the PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma therapy) treatment he received for his knees to his views on too many hard court tournaments being played. Rafa also joined Djokovic in voicing their support for Victor Troicki regarding the doping case Troicki has been dealing with. His week went from bad to worse with the “beat down” [as Brad Gilbert would put it] he received from Juan Martin Delpotro. Nadal next plays in Roger Federer’s home town event Basel.
Novak Djokovic continued his white-hot fall season run by adding the Shanghai crown to his Beijing title. In a final that was filled with supreme shot making from both sides of the net, by Djokovic and his opponent, Delpotro, Djokovic hit that all-important last shot to claim his 2nd ATP Masters 1000 title of the season. The year end no.1 is almost a done deal, can Nole do some last minute magic like he tends to do in his tennis matches? The Tennis Galaxy eagerly awaits. Please take a look at some of the magical display from Djokovic and Delpotro, below.
Roger Federer continued to stumble and falter in what is officially his worst tennis season in a decade. He lost to Gael Monfils at Shanghai – his first event since the US Open. Federer’s biggest shot for the week came off-court where he decided to end his 3-years coaching relation with Paul Annacone.
Juan Martin Delpotro deserves a honourable mention in our Big 4 as Andy Murray is recuperating from his back injury [Good Luck and hope to have you back soon Andy!]. His tennis in Tokyo and Shanghai has been in Big 4 league and it would be hard to find anyone who has anything negative to say about this gentle giant from Tandil. His racquet and shot-making have been far from gentle, as you must have seen in the video above.
Rest of The ATP
The rest of the ATP head to tournaments in Moscow, Stockholm and Vienna. Of note, will be Richard Gasquet, Milos Raonic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who are 3 of the 5 players in contention for 3 possible spots in London. Federer and Wawrinka being the other two. Gasquet is in Moscow, Raonic in Stockholm and Tsonga in Vienna, to make sure they can seal one of the spots in London.
Also, of special mention is a brief return for Joachim Johannason – the guy I thought would be the next big thing in Swedish Tennis, if not ATP – back in 2005 that is. Talking about Swedish Tennis, Robin Soderling has started his own brand of tennis balls – RS
Enjoy Tennis and Life, folks…………..