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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. ...

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.  ...

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. ...

Wimbledon 2012: update
Wimbledon 2012: update

For those who read my latest post and then followed the first day of action at Wimbledon, you will have noticed that two of the names mentioned previously are already out of the competition. In my defence, it's quite a surprise that both Tomas Berdych and John Isner have been beaten by their first round opponents! So, I'm going to suggest two more potential threats to the top four's chances and keep my fingers crossed that day two will not upset any more of the Play with Flair predictions. ...

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? ...