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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. ...

The Master of Monaco
The Master of Monaco

This afternoon, tennis fans at the Monte Carlo Masters will be thrilled to see eight-time champion Rafa Nadal go for a ninth title at his stomping ground. He looks set to rule in Monaco again. Of course, it is only the world number one Novak Djokovic who stands in his way. The scene in Monaco is set. The heavenly backdrop of the Mediterranean sea is apt as the two tennis idols get ready to show their divine powers on the tennis court.  ...

Wimbledon 2012: Who can stop the top four?
Wimbledon 2012: Who can stop the top four?

The start of men's draw at Wimbledon 2012 has been met with great anticipation. The developing rivalry between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal has dominated discussion as well as the inevitable debate about Roger Federer's chance of winning 7 titles at SW19. On top of this, Wimbledon will provide the British press with the chance to scrutinise every aspect of Andy Murray's game before asking if it is finally his time to win. So, the men in the top four are grabbing all of the headlines and will continue to do so, but who else can stand in their way? ...

French Open reaches fever pitch
French Open reaches fever pitch

Since my last post, the French Open 2012 has already provided us with unbelievable matches and plenty of splendid displays from the tennis elite. In the women's draw, the biggest shock was the exit of Serena Williams in the first round. Since entering her first Grand Slam event in 1998, she had never lost at this stage in a major tournament. Virginie Razzano, the French number four, completed this astonishing victory after eight match points in an incredible 25-minute final game. After my comments on Monday, saying that Maria Sharapova's biggest obstacle in winning the career slam is Serena Williams; it should follow that Sharapova is now the outright favourite. If her first round demolition of Alexandra Cadantu, which ended in a 6-0 6-0 scoreline, is replicated on Friday then this must be the case. ...

Can Maria Sharapova win at Roland Garros?
Can Maria Sharapova win at Roland Garros?

 As one of the favourites to win the French Open title this year, Maria Sharapova has seriously put herself in contention to win the only Grand Slam that has eluded her. After a gutsy victory in Rome, against the reigning French Open champion Li Na, Sharapova yet again displayed the battling spirit that has made her a three-time Grand Slam winner. Yet, the question remains as to whether the former Wimbledon champion can conquer Roland Garros. ...