American female tennis player Serena Williams recently won the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year and many sports experts now consider her to be the world’s most dominant athlete. When fans check out her statistics it might be hard to argue against that statement. Let’s take a look at her numbers.
Williams has managed to win 23 out of her last 24 matches against top-10 ranked players. This means the other nine top female players have managed to beat her just a combined 4.1 per cent of the time over those contests. The only woman to beat her was Simona Halep at the WTA Finals last year. However, Williams still managed to win the event. In the men’s division, Australian Open winner and top-ranked Novak Djokovic has gone 21-3 against top-10 ranked players in his past 24 matches.
Croatian tennis player Marin Cilic went into the U.S. as the 14thseeded male tennis player in the world with the odds in the online tennis betting of winning the tournament stacked against him at 66-1. Two weeks later those who bet on him cashed in big time as he beat Kei Nishikori of Japan quite handily by scores of 6-3. 6-3. And 6-3 in New York City on September 8.
Hardly anybody expected the 25-year-old to win the event, including Cilic himself. Cilic wasn’t the lowest seeded player to win the U.S. Open, but he was probably the least expected to take it. In fact, the odds of a Cilic vs Nishikori final were very low indeed. When Andre Agassi won the event back in 1994 he was unseeded and when Pete Sampras captured it in 2002 he was seeded 17th.
Bring on the clay! Spring is in the air when you can hear feet sliding on red dirt. I am really looking forward to this year’s season which has a lot of interesting questions to answer.
- Will Nadal be as unbeatable as always?
- How will Djokovic perform after a spellbinding start to the season?
- Can Federer be able to convince the fans that he’s still a force or will the rivalry between Djokovic and Nadal tighten?
- Is it time for clay court demon Nicholas Almagro to step up and win a Masters title?
- Americans have suffered lately on the dirt, can they turn that trend around?
For Federer fans such as myself this is a pretty controversial or at least disappointing headline. What can the young Spaniard teach the Swiss maestro? Well maybe “teach” is the wrong word and maybe there isn’t a lesson to be learned about “wanting to win” but if there was, I could think of no better player to teach it than Rafael Nadal.
Because one of the problems in yesterday’s 6-3 6-2 beating in ATP Miami semi-finals was that Federer didn’t look comfortable from the second he stepped on court and after going down a break he didn’t seem to have it in him to fight back. We have seen this in Federer before, but it hurts every time. Sports is all about trying hard and giving your all and on this level you won’t get many games playing on 75 percent, even if you are the best player of all time.
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