US Open Day 14: Djokovic Dismisses Federer to Win 10th Grand Slam Title

// Where do I begin? I can write 10 e-books about this result probably so this will basically be a summary. Congrats to the Djoker!!!!!! I am incredibly proud to call myself a fan today because of the immense composure Djokovic showed against a disgraceful crowd to win his 10th grand slam title. The stakes in this match were ridiculously high and the crowd was constantly shouting out when Djokovic was serving and cheering against him.It was classless behaviour as you would expect from the pro-Federer crowd but Djokovic kept his head down and heroically found a way and shut the crowd up. With everything that was at stake, the quality of the match was quite low compared to the Wimbledon final. But the scoreline was very similar and so was the pattern of play. Federer was the aggressor while Djokovic made his life hell.

Opening Set: 6-4 Djokovic
There was a three-hour delay to the start of the match due to rain which was highly frustrating and thank God this will be the last year without a roof at this cursed slam. It wasn’t the worst thing in the world from a Djoker fan perspective because the rain would slow down things and help him, but it also meant it was going to be a night match where Federer is at his best.When the players finally came out the very first game of this match showed that Federer was up against something entirely different than the rest of the losers he faced who folded like cheap tents. It set the tone for the match. The game went to several deuces before Federer finally held serve. Djokovic responded with a love service hold of his own. Another big statement. In Federer’s next service game, Djokovic already made his move.He did what I mentioned in my previous post which was to be aggressive and put Federer under pressure right off the bat when he hit a very aggressive forehand winner to go up 30-0. Federer saved the first break point at 15-40 but Djokovic took the second break point after an extended baseline rally for the break. That was obviously huge to set the tone for the match but in the next game Djokovic had a very bad fall after changing direction and slipping.

It was a bit of a scary moment but thankfully nothing serious apart from Djokovic leaving about half of his skin on the court. Not surprisingly that shook him up a bit and he dropped serve right away and then Federer held serve to love. Another big moment. Djokovic steadied himself in the next game though with a service hold to 15. And in the next service game he was at it again, breaking Federer with a precision backhand pass after trailing 0-30.Right back on top. In the next service game, Djokovic faced another break point but finally consolidated for 5-3. Federer held serve after going to deuce again and at 5-4 Djokovic held serve to love to win the all-important first set 6-4. From here on you liked Djokovic’s chances. It was absolutely imperative for Federer to make a strong start and not allow Djokovic to drag the match out, but as usual Djokovic proved he is Federer’s master in the big matches.The hype around Federer was immense as usual going into this final. Craig O’Shannessy, the lead analyst for the ATP Tour and many other big organisations listed 15 reasons why Federer is the favourite. Federer defeated Djokovic in Cincy, he didn’t lose a set up to the finals, the surface suits his attacking game, blah blah blah. It only took one set for these people to realize what a big mistake they made once again to jump on the Federer bandwagon.
Second Set: 7-5 Federer
Before I continue I have to bring up Luke Jensen who was the commentator for the ESPN broadcast here in South Africa who was an absolute disaster. His Federer bias and worship was so disturbing and evident that I had to switch off the sound for most of the match. But it is ESPN the worst tennis channel in the world after all so I guess that was not all that surprising. Back to the match.

The second set was a close affair and it was imperative for Federer to win it to stand any chance in the match. To his advantage, he served first which meant scoreboard pressure for Djokovic. At 5-4 and 30-30 on the Djokovic serve, Federer was once again piling on the pressure when he attacked the net with an aggressive backhand. Djokovic threw up a defensive backhand, but Federer went straight back to Djokovic who ripped the backhand straight at him forcing him into error.The Djoker erupted with a celebration that was just delicious to see. That game turned into a monumental struggle with Federer holding I don’t know how many set points. When Djokovic held serve to level at 5-5 it felt like another big moment. But with Djokovic serving at 5-6 and under more scoreboard pressure Federer brought up two more set points and finally took the second one. All squared.
Third Set: 6-4 Djokovic
I think in the first game of the second set Djokovic was threatening the Federer serve again but failed to break, and in the second game at 15-15 Federer began again with the SABR. He tried it several times in the match but this time Djokovic was up to the task. In some cases, it paid off but overall it failed so I now call it the FABR(Failed Attack By Roger). That said, I wasn’t overly convinced with the way Djokovic handled it.The one he did at 15-15 sat up waiting for Djokovic to drill it straight into the sitting duck at the net but he went for the pass and missed badly. Federer did it again on the very next point but this time Djokovic embarrassed Federer who couldn’t keep up with the pace of shot from Djokovic. Same as in the opening set, Djokovic broke serve in the third game. Ajde! But same as in the first set as well Federer broke straight back in the next game.Fuck! This match was beginning to wear on me. The tension was already unbearable. Djokovic appeared to be unbelievably nervous as well. Probably the crowd had a lot to do with that as well but since I had to silence Jensen I didn’t know at the time just how much the crowd was getting involved. And then of course there was an awful lot at stake so I can’t blame him really. As a fan, this was by far the most nervous I’ve ever been before a tennis match.

The tension was already sky high before the first ball was struck so I can’t imagine what the players must have felt. At 3-4 Djokovic squandered a 40-0 lead on his serve and faced several break points. This was not the Djokovic I knew. This was the old Djokovic who choked when things got tough. But somehow he found a way to hold onto his serve in which was probably the most important game of the match.There were several games that took ages to complete and which was absolutely nerve-wracking and this was certainly one of them. If Federer held his nerve and broke serve there he would probably have won the third set and been in a very strong position. But he didn’t. He choked. The same way he choked against Nadal in the 2009 Australian Open final in the third set when he had Nadal at his mercy.And since Djokovic is a killer like Nadal he came back from 15-40 in Federer’s next service game to break. You don’t give Djokovic second chances. He smells blood like a shark and rips you to shreds. Federer was still fighting hard but Djokovic held serve to win the third set and now the writing was all but on the wall. Could Federer come back from two sets to love down against Djokovic at age 34? It seemed unlikely.
Deciding Set: 6-4 Djokovic
Djokovic seemed more relaxed at the start of the fourth set as he broke Federer’s opening service game. He was still far from making things easy on himself, though. He was still struggling mightily on his own service game while he allowed Federer way too many easy service games. But I guess this is truer for the entire match. There wasn’t anything clinical about this performance and it was the hardest tennis match I ever had to watch.He also missed some ridiculously easy shots, while at the same times making some ridiculously difficult ones. In particular at 1-0 in the second set when Federer was trying to intimidate with the SABR again. He lobbed Federer consecutively for clean winners which were just delicious to see. At 4-2 and 30-40 on Federer’s serve came one of the points of the match which ended in Federer shanking an overhead into the crowd after another superb lob from Djokovic.

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Federer Receives Favorable Draw at US Open

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Wimbledon Draw – Murray in Federer’s Half

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DJOKOVIC, Novak SRB [1] vs KOHLSCHREIBER, Philipp GERNIEMINEN, Jarkko FIN vs HEWITT, Lleyton AUS (WC)HERBERT, Pierre-Hugues FRA (Q) vs CHUNG, Hyeon KORSTRUFF, Jan-Lennard GER vs TOMIC, Bernard AUS [27]MAYER, Leonardo ARG [24] vs KOKKINAKIS, Thanasi AUSTIPSAREVIC, Janko SRB vs GRANOLLERS, Marcel ESPILHAN, Marsel TUR vs JANOWICZ, Jerzy POLPOUILLE, Lucas FRA vs ANDERSON, Kevin RSA [14]CILIC, Marin CRO [9] vs MORIYA, Hiroki JPN (Q)HAIDER-MAURER, Andreas AUT vs BERANKIS, Ricardas LTUEBDEN, Matthew AUS (WC) vs ROLA, Blaz SLOSOEDA, Go JPN vs ISNER, John USA [17]CUEVAS, Pablo URU [28] vs KUDLA, Denis USA (WC)GABASHVILI, Teymuraz RUS vs ZVEREV, Alexander GERSOUZA, Joao BRA vs GIRALDO, Santiago COLBOLELLI, Simone ITA vs NISHIKORI, Kei JPN [5]WAWRINKA, Stan SUI [4] vs SOUSA, Joao PORESTRELLA BURGOS, Victor DOM vs BECKER, Benjamin GERKLIZAN, Martin SVK vs VERDASCO, Fernando ESPSELA, Dudi ISR vs THIEM, Dominic AUT [32]ROBREDO, Tommy ESP [19] vs MILLMAN, John AUS (Q)YOUNG, Donald USA vs BAGHDATIS, Marcos CYPBROADY, Liam GBR (WC) vs MATOSEVIC, Marinko AUSZEBALLOS, Horacio ARG (Q) vs GOFFIN, David BEL [16]DIMITROV, Grigor BUL [11] vs DELBONIS, Federico ARGLACKO, Lukas SVK vs JOHNSON, Steve USADE SCHEPPER, Kenny FRA (Q) vs SMITH, John-Patrick AUS (Q)SAVILLE, Luke AUS (Q) vs GASQUET, Richard FRA [21]KYRGIOS, Nick AUS [26] vs SCHWARTZMAN, Diego ARGMONACO, Juan ARG vs MAYER, Florian GERLAJOVIC, Dusan SRB vs HAAS, Tommy GERGIMENO-TRAVER, Daniel ESP vs RAONIC, Milos CAN [7]FERRER, David ESP [8] vs WARD, James GBR (WC)VESELY, Jiri CZE vs LORENZI, Paolo ITAPOSPISIL, Vasek CAN vs MILLOT, Vincent FRA (Q)SMYCZEK, Tim USA vs FOGNINI, Fabio ITA [30]TROICKI, Viktor SRB [22] vs NEDOVYESOV, Aleksandr KAZ (Q)STEPANEK, Radek CZE vs BEDENE, Aljaz GBRBROWN, Dustin GER (Q) vs LU, Yen-Hsun TPEBELLUCCI, Thomaz BRA vs NADAL, Rafael ESP [10]TSONGA, Jo-Wilfried FRA [13] vs MULLER, Gilles LUXISTOMIN, Denis UZB vs RAMOS-VINOLAS, Albert ESPDOLGOPOLOV, Alexandr UKR vs EDMUND, Kyle GBR (WC)YMER, Elias SWE (Q) vs KARLOVIC, Ivo CRO [23]SEPPI, Andreas ITA [25] vs KLEIN, Brydan GBR (WC)STAKHOVSKY, Sergiy UKR vs CORIC, Borna CROHAASE, Robin NED vs FALLA, Alejandro COL (Q)KUKUSHKIN, Mikhail KAZ vs MURRAY, Andy GBR [3]BERDYCH, Tomas CZE [6] vs CHARDY, Jeremy FRAKRAJINOVIC, Filip SRB vs MAHUT, Nicolas FRA (WC)GULBIS, Ernests LAT vs ROSOL, Lukas CZEANDUJAR, Pablo ESP vs GARCIA-LOPEZ, Guillermo ESP [29]MONFILS, Gael FRA [18] vs CARRENO BUSTA, Pablo ESPMANNARINO, Adrian FRA vs BERRER, Michael GER (Q)SUGITA, Yuichi JPN (Q) vs KAVCIC, Blaz SLOALMAGRO, Nicolas ESP vs SIMON, Gilles FRA [12]LOPEZ, Feliciano ESP [15] vs DARCIS, Steve BELBASILASHVILI, Nikoloz GEO (Q) vs BAGNIS, Facundo ARGPAIRE, Benoit FRA vs YOUZHNY, Mikhail RUSBEMELMANS, Ruben BEL vs BAUTISTA AGUT, Roberto ESP [20]SOCK, Jack USA [31] vs GROTH, Sam AUSJAZIRI, Malek TUN vs DUCKWORTH, James AUSQUERREY, Sam USA vs SIJSLING, Igor NED (Q)DZUMHUR, Damir BIH vs FEDERER, Roger SUI [2]
Bottom Half
The draw is out and while Federer got Murray in his half, he has no Nadal to contend with in his quarter. That misfortune fell to Murray who will meet Nadal in the quarterfinals if they both progress that far. I for one hope that match happens. Murray has a poor record against Nadal in slams and it would be a good opportunity for him to improve on that. If you look at Nadal’s quarter it is not that tough if he gets through the first couple of rounds. Murray has some potential stumbling blocks in Tsonga, Karlovic, Muller, and Dolgopolov.

The dream is alive

Murray has the toughest draw of the big four. Federer’s draw isn’t a cakewalk either. His first four rounds shouldn’t be much of a problem, but then he could play Berdych. Not that Berdych is that big a threat, but he has beaten Federer at Wimbledon before. In the semis, it looks like Murray or Nadal. Both would be very difficult opponents for him. I don’t think Nadal is getting that far but with him I guess you never know. Anyway, Murray would be very tough with the form he’s been in.
Top Half
In the top half, Djokovic has a tough first round with Kohlschreiber after three weeks off. If he survives that then he should make quarterfinals where Isner could be difficult. Who knows who will come through in Stan’s quarter. It’s probably between Stan, Kyrgios, and Raonic. In the end, you’d think Djokovic will probably make the final, but my stance on draws is that they are almost entirely meaningless. They are hardly worth a post. It’s just a rough framework of what could happen, and I don’t like speculation.

Murray to conquer London again?

Final Thoughts
I think Federer has a good draw, despite the fact that he got Murray. I think this is also his last realistic chance of winning a slam. It’s now or say goodbye to bel18ve forever. Personally, I don’t care whether he wins it or not. It would be a great story if he can do it no doubt, but I don’t expect it and it won’t bother me in the least if it doesn’t happen. Fedal have won enough. Djokovic already buried Nadal at the French and Murray could do the same to Federer at Wimbledon.I wouldn’t mind another Djokoray final at all. Murray has dominated the rivalry on grass but they’ve only had two meetings on the surface, and I think Djokovic was tired in the 2013 final after a very difficult match with Del Potro in the semis. He looked tired in the final and if they met in the final again this year I think it would be a much closer encounter. I think Djokovic is ready to defend his title too. He got a tough first round but if he gets past that I like his chances.

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Djokovic Wins Second Monte Carlo Title Over an Inspired Berdych

Hi folks. So today I couldn’t watch the whole final but as far as I was concerned the final had already been played. Actually today’s match turned out to be a way more competitive match than the Djokodal semi, as far as the scoreline goes anyway. The scoreline of the Djokodal match was somewhat deceiving because they always play at a very high intensity and high-quality tennis. Credit to Berdych though because from what I saw he played well and he can be a very awkward opponent.

He has also been very consistent this year and lies second in the race behind Djokovic. I think the fact that Djokovic led the head-to-head 18-2 going into this match actually counted in Berdych’s favor because the odds of getting a win over a player who has a huge lead in the head-to-head increase the bigger the lead gets. We saw what happened at the Australian Open this year when Nadal led Berdych 18-3 in the head-to-head and Berdych defeated Nadal in straight sets.

But Djokovic is just playing too well at the moment for that to happen and found a way to win.

Opening set

As was the case against Nadal, Djokovic dropped serve in the opening game and trailed 0-2 against an inspired Berdych. This time he didn’t break back straight away, but he did get the break in the sixth game to tie at 3-3. He then also broke in the eighth game to take a 5-3 lead and serve for the set. Berdych was not gonna watch Djokovic turn things around that easily though and this time it was him who broke back and then he leveled at 5-5. Djokovic held serve and at 6-5 and 40-15 he had two set points on the Berdych serve.

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Djokovic Wins 24th Masters Title Over Federer in Rome

// First of all my sympathies to Fedfans and second congrats to the Djoker and his fans. With his 4th Rome title, the Djoker surpasses Roger in Masters titles won and it looks very likely that he will surpass Nadal too to get the record. He has now also won every big tournament(Masters and up) that he played since losing to Roger in Shanghai last year.

Opening Set
There wasn’t much in his match until Roger set up a break point at 4-4 and deuce with a forehand drive down the line which forced the Djoker into error. The point that followed was definitely a key point. The Djoker played a rock solid point where he hit with great depth and finally forced Roger into error with an attacking inside out forehand. If Roger had won that point it is very likely he would have won the set, but the Djoker was just very clutch. In the next game, the Djoker played a very good return game to get the break and the set.

Roger went down 0-30 I think but reeled the Djoker in with some great net play to 30-30. At deuce, there was another key point as the Djoker came up with a US Open 2011-like return winner cross court to set up set point. He then made another very deep return off a first serve from Roger and kept great depth until dropping one short which Roger netted.
Second Set
After winning the first set, the Djoker was immediately the big favorite to win it. The Djoker held his serve in the opening game of the second set after which he set up a break point in the second game. Roger saved it with a tremendous backhand winner up the line, but the Djoker ended up breaking anyway. And then when he consolidated for 3-0 you figured the match was pretty much a done deal. The Djoker had a break point in the next game as well for the double break, but at least Roger avoided a possible bakery product.

Roger also did his part by making the Djoker serve out the match at 5-3 but this time there would be no miraculous comeback as Roger hit a routine forehand well wide to lose the match.
Closing Observations
In the end, it was a routine scoreline and it wasn’t a classic in any sense of the word, but it was still a high-quality match as you can see from the match stats. When both players hit more winners than unforced errors it is a sign of high-quality tennis. Both players had great serving days as well. The Djoker’s serve has improved recently and when he serves at 70% first serves on top of a rock solid baseline game then he becomes almost impossible to beat. The Djoker’s returns and passing shots is another big factor.

As you can see Roger didn’t win a big percentage of net points because of this. His second serve was also under loads of pressure. On a slower court like this it was always going to be an uphill struggle for Roger. The courts were playing faster than usual this week and today was probably the hottest day of the week, but it still wasn’t enough. The Djoker is just too solid and impenetrable from the baseline. You had the feeling if Roger won that break point and won the first set, the Djoker would have won in three sets anyway.
Federer’s Week
As far as Roger goes I think Fedfans should feel very good about his week. At the beginning of the week, we were just hoping he could make semis, but he surpassed that and made the final. Of course Fedfans always want more and yes it would have been nice if he won, especially after losing last year to Stan in the Monte Carlo final as well. This was another chance that got away to win one of the two elusive Masters he has never won. That said, I think it is great that he is making the Rome final at this stage of his career.Maybe not necessarily making the Rome final, because he did that in 2013 when he was playing poorly too, but the level of his play on clay. It is nice to see after that Davis Cup match against Gasquet last year that he is indeed so far resurrecting his clay tennis. The performances from Berdych and Stan were strange, but Roger still played very well. And this was exactly the kind of result he would have looked for after the early loss to Kyrgios in Madrid. So from my point of view this was another superb week for Roger.I can only speak for myself. I know many Fedfans get very disappointed after a loss like this and tend to look at the negatives. The way I see it Roger did as well as he could and lost to the better player in the final. Simple as that. He will go to the French Open with loads of confidence with a great shot of making semis. I don’t know what more you can ask as a Fedfan at this point.
Looking Ahead
As for the Djoker, he continues his utter dominance of the ATP Tour after looking vulnerable earlier in the week. You gotta respect the way he came up with his best tennis when it mattered the most in the semis and final. Today he was impeccable. I think it is fair for me to say he is the French Open favorite again, even after I made the wrong prediction last year. Nadal is always a danger and Roger actually said after the match that Nadal is still the favorite. I don’t know if there was any emotion involved in that comment, but he will say that until Nadal loses again at the French Open anyway, so I’m not sure how much to read into it.Personally I hope the Djoker wins the French Open. I certainly don’t want Nadal to win it again and I think the Djoker deserves the title by now, having come the closest of anyone to beating Nadal at the French aside from Nadal’s loss to Soderling of course. Nadal’s loss to Stan in Rome, on the other hand, can’t bode very well for his French Open hopes. If he is to win the French Open this year it will be the first time he does it without winning a Masters on clay during the clay season.

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Djokovic and Federer Win First Round Matches at Wimbledon

Before I continue with my post I just want to correct something from my previous post where I said that if Djokovic wins Wimbledon he will become the first man to win five consecutive slams. That is incorrect.

He will become the first man in the open era to do so if he does it because Don Budge won six consecutive slams in the amateur era from 1937-1938. It’s a minor detail but worth mentioning I thought.

Djokovic is currently on a historic run and every match he wins is more history. Today he defeated local player Ward 6-0, 7-6(3), 6-4 after leading 6-0, 3-0. It was a blistering start from the two-time defending champion but as soon as Ward got on the board he started playing with much more self-belief.

At 6-0, 3-0 the triple bagel looked possible but Ward won three consecutive games to level at 3-3. He even had a couple of break points at 5-5 on Djokovic’s serve but couldn’t convert. Djokovic all of a sudden looked vulnerable.


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Djokovic and Nadal to Meet for 47th Time in Doha Final

As expected, Djokovic and Nadal made it to the final of Doha but not without some trouble in the case of Nadal who went to three sets twice.

Djokovic hasn’t been at his best either needing a tiebreak in the second set today against Berdych and being 3-5 down in the second set against Mayer yesterday. As usual, though, Djokovic raised his game when it mattered most.

Djokovic was on the verge of losing his first set since the Paris semis last year when he trailed Mayer by 3-5 in the second set but reeled off four straight games to win 6-3, 7-5. It has to be said he had help from Mayer as well.

Today against Berdych in the second set tiebreak, however, he just raised his game to win the breaker 7-3 and the match 6-3, 7-6(3). But like I said, Djokovic has not looked like his old self so far in 2016.

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Nadal and Federer One Match Away from Basel Final Encounter

Hmmm, this is getting interesting. After Nadal dropped the first set against Cilic today I thought the dream had ended but it is still alive after both Nadal and Federer had three-set wins today. Nadal came back to defeat Cilic 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 while Federer defeated Goffin 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 in another less than convincing performance. Is it because Nadal is lurking in the draw or because Federer is still burned out?

Maybe a combination of the two. Who knows. The point is he has not been convincing and it will be interesting to see what happens tomorrow if Nadal defeats Gasquet, which is the first semi-final. Federer may even lose to Sock who defeated Young 5-7, 6-4, 6-2. At least Sock has a big serve and forehand as opposed to Goffin who lacks weapons. Federer should win, but the subconscious effect of Nadal can’t be underestimated.

I really wouldn’t be surprised at all if we don’t see a Fedal final, but one can dream. Gasquet today defeated Karlovic 6-4, 6-7(2), 7-6(6) which was a great win for him. It was also the ninth time Karlovic lost in a final set tie-break this year. I’m not complaining. I’m no serve bot fan. Nadal leads Gasquet 13-0 in the head-to-head. I like the way Nadal has been finding a way to win despite the surface not being suitable to his game.

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Nadal Calls Federer the Best

Q. I have a different question for you. Everyone in tennis loves Roger, respects Roger. He is said to be the best of all time. Yet two out of every three times you play him, you win. You’ve won six of the last seven times. Who’s a better player?
RAFAEL NADAL: You like this. You are focused on the Roger thing, eh? (laughter.)
Yesterday with the clay. Today with the if somebody says I am better than Roger, I think this person don’t know nothing about tennis. That’s my answer.

Q. How so?
RAFAEL NADAL: Why?

Q. Yeah.
RAFAEL NADAL: So you don’t know nothing about tennis.
You see the titles of him and you see the titles of me? It’s no comparison. So that’s the answer. Is difficult to compare Roger with me now, because he has 16 Grand Slams; I have 6. Masters 1000, yeah, I have more than him. But for the rest of the things the records of Roger is very, very almost impossible to improve.

Q. The question is: Still, for the fans, it is interesting when you step on the court with him, you usually win.
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I am No. 2 in the world for five years, so I think I am a good player, too. Sure, I can beat him. No. 2 can beat No. 1. That’s the thing. It’s not a lot of difference between No. 2 and No. 1 or between No. 1 and No. 10. That’s the tennis, and the tennis very close, the level, all the time.
But I can beat him, yes. The same time, the thing is I beat him a lot of times on clay. I beat him on other surfaces, too. But the most of the times I beat him on clay, so I played with him more times on clay than on the rest of the surfaces.

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If you’re almost mastering the sport and finally ready to take your training to the next level, it’s time to say goodbye to regular intermediate racquets and look for something that’s designed for professional tennis players.

We highly recommend the HEAD Graphene Touch Speed Pro because it’s not only for intermediate training but also for advanced competitions. No wonder it’s one of the best tennis racquets for intermediate players who have enough experience to compete.

This racquet is so effective for pros that even the iconic tennis player Novak Djokovic recommends it. Learn more about its features below.

Features and Specifications

New Graphene Technology

Since the HEAD Graphene Touch Speed Pro is one of the newer models of the brand, the technology it uses is better than previous versions in many ways. First off, its dampener is much more effective. This racquet is also lightweight, making it easier for your arms.

Specifically called the Touch technology, it involves having a shock-absorbent material combined with graphene to improve the feel and overall quality of the racquet. So don’t be surprised about how smooth your swings will be when you finally get to try this product. It won’t vibrate too much, enhancing comfort.

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If you want to be a more versatile tennis player so you can do a wide variety of shots, we recommend the HEAD Graphene Extreme MP. It’s an all-court racquet with sufficient spin and power, making it a first-class option especially for players who are still mastering the sport. Read on to really understand why this product is one of the good tennis racquets for intermediate players.

Features and Specifications

Graphene Technology

Incorporating this kind of technology into the overall design of the HEAD Graphene Extreme MP is the main reason why this option has impressive stability, making it easier for you to control it. Your motions are going to be smoother and swifter, improving your agility. That’s actually pretty amazing, knowing that the structure of this tennis racquet is quite firm.

Synthetic Gut

The strings of this racquet are synthetic gut with tension in the middle. That’s why you can use it straight from the package. This is helpful for people who need to train as soon as possible or even for regular players who need a replacement pronto after accidentally breaking a part of their racquet.

This feature also makes this racquet a decent option for beginners. If a person doesn’t have enough knowledge about adjusting or maintaining racquets, he won’t get frustrated with this product.

Lightweight Structure

Compared to a similar model from the same brand, the MP design is lighter. No wonder it’s easier to swing even if the strength of your arms isn’t enough. A more effortless swing can enhance power and maneuverability.

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Are you the type of person who finds it challenging to trust a product? You can start by knowing if any credible people have recommended it. Luckily for you, we’re excited to introduce one of the top tennis racquets for intermediate players that’s been partly designed and fully endorsed by the world-famous tennis player Rafael Nadal himself.

Find out other factors that make the Babolat 2018 Pure Aero remarkable by learning its features first.

Features and Specifications

String Designed by Certified Experts

A global organization, the United States Racquet Stringers Association (USRSA) has all the authority to certify which racquet technicians are the cream of the crop. The highest certification is called the Master Racquet Technician (MRT), and it’s only given to the best ones in the industry based on the results of multiple examinations.

Since the string of the Babolat 2018 Pure Aero is a product of USRSA MRTs, it undoubtedly has the highest quality possible. Compared to the older versions of this model, the middle pattern of its string is tighter.

The frame’s carbon fiber section also has a better layup. A good layup is crucial for a more secure and well-designed string.

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Do you have an aggressive junior tennis player struggling to be accurate in his shots? Does he take to all court style type of play? The best way to assist such a child to quickly horn his skills is to provide him the best tennis racquets for beginners.

So why not give the young player a tennis racquet that matches his skill as a birthday present? On the same note, Head Graphene Touch Extreme Lite makes a perfect choice for such a group of players. Take a look at the following specifications to learn why that is so;

Features and Specifications

Head Size

This racket employs a moderate head size of 100sq inches. It’s neither too big nor too small. When you compare it to the Babolat Boost Drive, it’s smaller in size. The reduced head size assists the player to practice how to make accurate hits on the sweet spot consistently. At the same time, such vast area covered by the head generates ample power that a young player requires.

Available in Different Grip Sizes

An ill-fitting racquet in your palms gives you a difficult time gripping the equipment. To avoid such an inconvenience, Head Graphene avails the racquet in four different grip sizes. That includes 4 ½, 4 ¼, 4 1/6, and 4 3/8 inches.

Accordingly, whether you have big or small fingers, you can get your perfect grip. That minimizes the strain of gripping the handle, thereby letting you concentrate on controlling the ball.

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Are you an aspiring tennis player in his foundational stages? While still learning, you might be struggling to make far-reaching shots. At the same time, hitting the sweet spot consistently might be a challenge. But it’s understandable.

However, if you wish to learn quickly, then you need good tennis racquets for beginners. Such a piece of equipment has all its features tilted towards your advantage. One such viable choice is the Babolat Boost Drive Tennis Racquet.

Features and Specifications

Forgiving Head Size

First, it offers you a large head of 105sq inches. When compared with Babolat 2018 Pure Aero Lite, Babolat Boost drive is bigger. Accordingly, it fits players who are at the very basic entry-level of tennis playing.

With the head covering a big area, the sweet spot also enlarges. Therefore, that encourages you to make consistent hit at the center without missing.

Standard Racquet Length

Although the equipment targets inexperienced players, it gives you a standardized racket size just like the Prince Textreme Tour 100T (2015). With its length of 27 inches, reaching out to groundstrokes is easier. You won’t have to stoop so low. At the same time, when your opponent hits the ball high, you still have good leverage.

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If you are new to the tennis game, you can’t start your training with the standardized racquet. The head size, balance, and weight of the racket used by pros won’t match your skill level. Instead, you need to select the playing equipment from the top tennis racquets for beginners.

In doing so, you get the racket that motivates you to practice more and thus advance in your skills. One such racquet that won’t let you down is the Babolat 2018 Pure Aero Lite. Its professional design and structure make it easy for a trainee to learn the sport.

Features and Specifications

Large Head Size

As an inexperienced player, most likely, you haven’t mastered the skill of making accurate shots. Therefore the equipment gives you a racket head of 100sq inches. Accordingly, the big head means adequate sweet spot.

Hence you can take a hit at the ball without missing. To a young player, a slightly forgiving head is highly encouraging and thrilling to use. Besides, being forgiving it generates more power. This Babolat 2018 Pure Aero Lite features the same racket head dimension as the Head Graphene Touch Extreme Lite.

Pre-Strung

Not everyone has the experience to string a racquet to the right tension. That’s especially true for beginners. Fortunately, the Babolat 2018 Pure Aero Lite doesn’t subject you to that stress. Right from the package, it is pre-strung and complete. So you won’t incur additional expenses. Instead, you pick it and head straight to the tennis court for enjoyment.

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With so many choices on the market, it’s not surprising that you’re having a difficult time finding the right tennis racquet well. Which ones should you consider buying? What features should you look for in a budget-friendly, good-quality tennis racquet?

In this article, we’ll help you out by taking you through the 11 of the best tennis rackets under 100 dollars. You’ll also learn how to choose one that meets your age, skill level, body build, and strength.

11 Best Tennis Racquets Under $100 Review

HEAD Titanium Ti S5 Comfort Zone

The HEAD Titanium Ti S5 Comfort Zone is suitable for beginner to intermediate level players, who have a swing speed of slow to moderate. Weighing at 8.5 ounces, it’s one of the best lightweight tennis racquets for the money.

Thanks to its patented Comfort Zone technology, it’s easy on the arms because of its vibration reduction of up to 25% and a larger sweet spot. If that’s not enough, it has an open string pattern and cone-shaped grommets to further improve the sweet spot.

The Ti S5 is made of titanium and graphite fibers for a strong and lightweight construction, without sacrificing control and power. It has a SofTac grip, which perfectly combines a soft elastomer compound and a unique perforated traction surface for a dry, comfortable, and secure grip.

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Do you want your child to become the next tennis champ? Then you need to lay a solid foundation for such a youngster. Even as a toddler, providing the best junior tennis racquets boost her development and skills in the sport.

But choosing a good racquet my not be easy for every parent. So we have researched and narrowed it down to a couple of reputable brands of junior tennis racquets. Besides, this review also equips you with the right skills on how to go about your selection.

Do you know how to choose a racquet size that matches your child’s height? Stick to the end and you’ll benefit!

Best Junior Tennis Racquets Review

Hello Kitty Sports Junior Tennis Racquet

Getting the best tennis racket for a kid is important. Besides learning the sport, it aids the child’s development in the brain, eye, and hand coordination. Hello Kitty understands that clearly and designs tennis racquets for different ages.

To ensure that each child gets a racket that fits his age, the Kitty junior tennis racquets exist in 4 different sizes. That includes size, 19, 21, 23, and 25 inches in length. For example, the 19-inch tennis racquet size is good for 5-year-old kids and below.

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From Maria Sharapova to Serena Williams, many women are making a noise in the world of tennis. If you want to be one of them, then you can start with one thing – the right tennis racquet.

The best tennis racquets for women are lightweight with a great combination of power and control. They are durable, guaranteeing many years of functionality. These racquets should also have an ergonomic design, making them comfortable to hold even when playing for a long time.

While racquets are unisex, it is common to see some manufacturers marketing their racquets based on gender. Those designed for women are usually lighter and have a smaller head size. Not to be sexist, but this is because most women are smaller than men, and hence, they also require smaller racquets.

Are you on the lookout for the best tennis racquets for women? Read on and we’ll let you know some of the most important things to consider.

Best Tennis Racquets for Women Review

Babolat 2018 Pure Drive Tennis Racquet

If you are a massive baseliner, then the Babolat 2018 Pure Drive Tennis Racquet is one thing that you will enjoy. This adult tennis racket is designed with the needs of intermediate and advanced players in mind. It can be too stiff and powerful for a beginner.

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Tennis is a highly competitive sport especially today. You get talented athletes who started young who even hired professional trainers to hone their skills. With the help of new technology, it is possible to improve your game even if you are on your own. Tennis ball machines revolutionized the way tennis athletes train. It has mimicked how the ball is thrown around the court in different ways.

However, there are a lot of tennis ball machines in the market today. It comes in different shapes and sizes. You get to choose from portable ones to those that require an outlet. We understand that reading the specs especially for a beginner can be intimidating. We’ve come up with some of the best tennis ball machines to choose from. And also, we’ll discuss what makes a good tennis serving machine.

Best Tennis Ball Machines Review

Spinshot-Player Tennis Ball Machine

The Spinshot-Player Tennis Ball Machine is a durable and handy tool for both coaches and athletes alike. Unlike other tennis ball machines, the Spinshot-Player Tennis Ball Machine is made not only of plastic. You also get metal parts that make it durable. On top of that, it weighs around 19kg.

You get to control several things including the spin, the height, the angle, and even the feed rate. It means that you can specifically work in one area of your game or mimic an opponent hitting the ball and throwing it on your side of the court.

You can program everything using an app. It means that you can do it remotely as long as you have access to the internet. It is a perfect option for those who are trying to run their drills. You get to select different speeds for six sequential shots mimicking when you play with an actual opponent. This tennis ball machine can store up to 120 balls at once.

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