Showing commitment

BNP Paribas Masters, Paris [CR33] Fernando Verdasco (ESP) looks to be finding some of his old form. In today’s match against [CR19] Gilles Simon (FRA), Verdasco stayed mentally focused when he lost the second set, showing his willingness to commit and fight for the victory, something he has not done consistently in recent years. Verdasco’s performance…

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THE SERVE – PART II

STEP IV: STICK WITH YOUR CHOSEN SERVE. Once you have decided on your serve, do not change your mind mid-toss. Changing your mind can result in a fault or possibly a double-fault, losing you the point and potentially the match. STEP V: GET PHYSICALLY FITTER AND STRONGER. Do exercises that strengthen your arms, legs, and focus…

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In a hurry

BNP Paribas Masters, Paris [CR25] Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR), seemingly in a hurry to get off the court, was distracted the entire match. He played with the same impatience and lack of focus, rushing his serves and groundstrokes and making too many errors to have had a realistic chance of winning. [CR37] Dominic Thiem (AUT) won the…

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Sweet revenge for Serena

BNP Paribas WTA Finals, Singapore Championship Match: [CR1] Serena Williams (USA) vs. [CR4] Simona Halep (ROU) Serena had memories of her recent horrendous loss to Halep in this tournament and when she got broken in her second game, there must have been a moment of panic.  Yet, nerves were also present on the other side of the…

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The drama continues

BNP Paribas WTA Finals, Singapore Semifinal: [CR1] Serena Williams (USA) vs. [CR8] Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) Serena was not alert at the start of this match and her frustration was evident as she smashed her racquet on the court.  Serena was not only battling an opponent but also her best friend on tour, and she struggles whenever she…

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A debacle!

Swiss Indoors Basel, Switzerland [CR3] Rafael Nadal (ESP) got off to an abominable start against [CR124] Borna Coric (CRO) and he never recovered. It was an issue of confidence, a lack of in Nadal’s case and an abundance of for Coric.  As with most players, their results reflect their level of confidence.  Nadal’s recent results…

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