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Wawrinka wins in stunning style at Roland Garros
Wawrinka wins in stunning style at Roland Garros

The crowd on court Phillippe Chatrier was treated to a final to remember on Sunday afternoon as Novak Djokovic was denied his first French Open title and a chance of completing a career Grand Slam by the Swiss number two Stanislas Wawrinka. In a dominant display that was packed full of sublime shotmaking, Wawrinka beat the world number one in four sets of exhilarating tennis. If one single point represented the thrilling contest of the 2015 French Open final it came in the first game of the match. The battle between the unparalleled athleticism of Djokovic and the powerful one-handed backhand of Wawrinka immediately came to the fore in a gruelling 39-shot rally that the Swiss won in imperious fashion. ...

Wawrinka marks the return of the one-handed backhand
Wawrinka marks the return of the one-handed backhand

Watching Stanislas Wawrinka's stunning performance at this year's Australian Open has been one of the highlights of 2014 so far. If his victory in the final was arguably spoilt by the injury of Rafael Nadal, nobody could deny his brilliant win against four-time victor Novak Djokovic.

He has been a player in great form. Having seen Wawrinka play Nadal at the O2 finals in London at the end of last season, it was clear that he was a player brimming with self confidence. Nadal managed to beat him 7-6 7-6 on the day, but the Swiss clearly had the shots to really trouble the world number one. Just a couple of months on and Wawrinka has turned those missed chances into defining moments. ...

A little prediction… part 2
A little prediction… part 2

Last year, I laid my cards on the line and predicted who I thought would be victorious in the 2012 tennis Grand Slams (click here to read the post). It turns out that most of those predictions ran true, and, had I placed a bet at the time of writing I probably would have received a substantial amount in return. Now, with just over two days before the 2013 Australian Open begins I've decided to hedge my bets once again. To start with, I'm going to predict who will win in Melbourne and then attempt to choose the other Grand Slam winners in future posts. ...

Centre Court at Wimbledon
Centre Court at Wimbledon

There is no doubt that, for many tennis fans, Wimbledon is the most highly anticipated tournament in the tennis calendar. The pristine courts, royal visitors and unconditional support from the masses on Henman Hill make the tournament unmistakable. Amidst the great frenzy, the tennis at SW19 has always provided moments that will long remain in the memory; the 1980 final between John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg, the dramatic finals between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer and the 2001 victory of Goran Ivanisevic are firmly etched in tennis history. Yet, week one of Wimbledon 2012 has shown that the tournament is well and truly creating a new era; one with the Centre Court roof. Fans on Centre Court were no longer worried about the rain and fading light, but instead were treated to matches of the highest quality. ...