Tennis

Om Federer ska vinna

 

Fotbolls – EM får ursäkta. Idag vänds blickarna mot betydligt större idrottsmän. Inför semifinalerna på Roland Garros är förutsättningarna som de flesta känner till följande: Vi har en liten underdog i Roger Federer mot Novak Djokovic - och en gigantisk i David Ferrer mot Rafael Nadal. Det här är vad Roger Federer måste göra för att optimera sina chanser idag. Den absolut viktigaste faktorn kommer att vara Federers procent förstaservar. I förra årets redan klassiska … [Läs mer...]

Några notiser från Paris – del 1

  

Franska Öppna 2012 närmar sig alltmer sitt klimax. De tre stora har gjort jobbet och är tillsammans med Davis Ferrer klara för semifinal. Underhållning av högsta klass väntar alla tennisintresserade. Innan vi vänder blicken mot dessa matcher vill jag dock dela med mig av lite reflektioner och analyser av det som hittills hänt under årets upplaga. Tommy Haas passion för tennis demonstrerades eftertryckligt. Efter skadeproblem började tysken från scratch med noll poäng förra … [Läs mer...]

Nadal´s serve – a comment

 

Tennis commentators may now and then be struck by delivering incorrect statements. One of these statements occurred yesterday, when the spectators were told that Rafael Nadal´s serve had improved a lot in the recent 1.5 years.  In reality it´s exactly the opposite – Nadal´s serve was at its best about 1.5 years ago, and has since then deteriorated again. In my comprehensive analysis of the Spaniard, which can be studied here, I strip down the evolution of Nadal´s serve – an exercise … [Läs mer...]

Roland Garros – the draw

 

The main draw for the upcoming French Open is ready. Needless to say the grand question was Roger Federer´s position in the draw? As we know he only managed to keep his recaptured position as number two for a week. Rafael Nadal´s victory in Rome allowed him immediately to take back his position after Novak Djokovic. The draw shows Federer and Djokovic on the upper part, which of course makes Nadal rubbing hands. Being unloaded of the claim to win back to back matches against his two … [Läs mer...]

King of Clay rules again

 

The slight tailwind directly made its imprint on the match. Both players were plainly dominating from that side, and succeeded in breaking each other in the middle of the first set. The match quality and the tempo were awesome. It might be argued that Djokovic´ backhand errors appeared somewhat more frequently, which is also explained by the fact that no other player compels you to hit so many strokes at high altitude as Nadal. At 4-5, Nadal served against the wind. In the ensuing rally … [Läs mer...]