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Top 10 Doubles Matches Of 2016




Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez's Olympic match tops the list (SkySports)

Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez’s Olympic match tops the list (SkySports)

There have been some amazing doubles matches throughout 2016, here we are going to separate the best from the rest.

In doubles you need good communication, reflexes and good understanding of the mechanics of a good doubles match. You need to know when your going to make your move at the net and when to attack and defend. Are you going to be a defensive team or an attacking team? Also knowing your partner’s game is essential in order to become a successful team. We are going to look at the ten best doubles matches of 2016 and how this year’s world class doubles teams use the above attributes to put in such spectacular matches. So let’s get to our countdown…

10. Oliver Marach and Fabrice Martin def Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan – 3-6 7-6(7) [13-11] – Delray Beach Final

We start our countdown with a classic ATP world tour final between Olivier Marach and Fabrice Martin of Austria and France taking on the best team of all time Bob and Mike Bryan of the USA, you will see the twins a lot in this countdown. This was a fantastic match which saw both teams pushed to their limits. Marach/Martin, who would go onto win two doubles titles took the match to the American twins and even beat them at their own game. After saving match point in the second set tiebreak and going down 9-5 in the champions tiebreak, they came back to win 13-11 in the final set and become the champions. It was the first of many signs that the Bryan brothers showed they were vulnerable in 2016.

9. Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan def Rafael Nadal and Fernando Verdasco – 6-3 5-7 [10-8]- Indian Wells First Round

Once again we are talking about the Bryan Brothers in a classic match, this time they took on Spanish singles specialists, Rafael Nadal and Fernando Verdasco. It was a classic late night match which saw an electric Californian crowd stay up late to see this epic doubles match. Both teams produced hot shots to stun the local crowd however it was the Bryan Brothers who had the momentum in the final set tiebreak and managed to edge out the thrilling match. This was a confidence booster for the American twins, while the Spaniard’s would go on to have some success themselves especially Nadal who will appear later on in the countdown.

8. Henri Kontinen and John Peers def Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram – 2-6 6-1 [10-8] – ATP World Tour Finals, Final

At number eight in our countdown is the final match of the 2016 season that took place in London between Henri Kontinen and John Peers taking on Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram. It was a big serving and big hitting affair which saw both team dominate in their respective sets. The final set saw both teams produce their very best tennis in a tense and tight match, however Raven Klaasen’s mistake allowed the Finnish-Australian pair to make history and win the season ending championship. Klaasen was in tears after the match as he brought the 2016 season to a Dissapointing end for him. However Kontinen and Peers deserved the victory as they proved to be the hottest team in the last few months of the season, and will be the team to watch in 2017.

7. Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock def Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez – 4-6 6-3 [12-10] – Indian Wells, Semi Finals

Number seven on our countdown was a controversial contest between Canada’s Vasek Pospisil and USA’ Jack Sock taking on Spaniard’s Feliciano and Marc Lopez (unrelated). The match saw a perfect difference in styles with attack v defence. It was a great match which saw high entertainment for the crowd, and the match was decided by an umpiring decision which saw Marc Lopez go crazy over. This would swing the match in the North American duo’s favour and they took the match 12-10 in the tiebreak. Despite Marc Lopez not being happy with Carlos Bernades it was a classic semifinal and will be remembered as one of the best doubles matches of the season.

6. Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig def Pierre-Hughes Herbert and Nicolas Mahut – 7-6(6) 5-7 7-6(6) 6-3 – Davis Cup, Semi Finals

Number six on the list sees the anticipated doubles rubber between Croatia and France take place. It was a match that had a lot on the line with both teams knowing that a win would give their team the advantage for taking their place in the Davis Cup final. The quality of the match was at a high aggressive standard with the Croatian pair edging out their French opponents in four sets. Croatia would advance into the final, while French duo Herbert and Mahut would see their doubles standard slip in the second half of the season. The atmosphere and the aggressive doubles play is one of the main reasons for this match making the list.

5. Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez def Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan – 6-4 6-7(6) 6-3 – Roland Garros, Final

Making it into our top five, is the Roland Garros final between Feliciano and Marc Lopez as they took on the Bryan Brothers. The match provided the Parisian crowd with great clay court tennis, with the defensive team taking on the volleyers and more aggressive style of play. The slow surface favoured the Spaniard’s as they fought off a comeback from their American opponents to win their first grand slam. It was nothing short of a grand slam classic and here are some highlights of why this match reached number five on my list:

4. Eduoard Roger-Vasselin and Nenad Zimonjic def Bob and Mike Bryan – 4-6 6-1 [14-12] – Indian Wells, Quarter Finals

Number four on the countdown is the Indian Wells Quarterfinal between Eduord Roger-Vasselin and Julien Benneteau as they beat Bob and Mike Bryan. This was another classic match involving the Bryan Brothers and they looked to be in control of the match when they were 9-2 ahead in the final set tiebreak. However the French-Serbian pair saved eight match points and pulled the comeback of the year to advance into the semifinals. It was a classic example of the American duo showing their vulnerability on the tennis court and their opponents taking advantage. It was one of the best matches of the year, and makes a well deserved place on this list.

3. Julian Benneteau and Eduoard Roger-Vasselin def Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares – 6-4 6-4 6-7(11) 6-7(1) 10-8 – Wimbledon, Semi Finals

Onto the top three now and at our bronze medal position is the Wimbledon Semifinal, where French duo Julian Benneteau and Eduoard Roger-Vasselin won a classic and thrilling contest against Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares. Despite going two sets up the British-Brazilian pair grabbed two tight tiebreaks to pull themselves back into the match. The match pushed both teams to dig into their energy reserves and it was Murray and Soares who couldn’t hold their nerve and the French duo won the last set ten games to eight. This was a classic example of a thrilling grass court contest which entertained the London crowd and as a result will go down as one of the best matches of the year.

2. Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares def Daniel Nestor and Radek Stepanek – 2-6 6-4 7-5 – Australian Open, Final

Runners up on our contest sees the Australian Open final between Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares win their first grand slam as a pair as they defeated Daniel Nestor and Radek Stepanek. It was a match of big serving and great shot making by all four men on the court. However in the end after 2 hours and 19 minutes it was Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares who won an enthralling contest. Murray and Soares went on to win another grand slam and become the number one team in the world, this match was a benchmark of what they could achieve and that is why it is on the list.

1. Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez def Florin Mergea and Horia Tecau – 6-2 3-6 6-4 – Olympic, Final

So number one on our list is the Olympic final as Spain took on Romania. Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez took on Florin Mergea and Horia Tecau in a tense affair. The Spaniard’s started out strong outpowering their opposition. However the Romanians started to gain control and were a break up in the final set. However Marc Lopez used his insane lobbing skills to gain momentum and before you know it they were Olympic champions. It was a tense and atmospheric occasion which typified the Olympic and doubles spirit and for this reason it goes on top of the list as the best doubles match of 2016.

So that was our ten best doubles matches of 2016, We can’t wait for what classic matches 2017 has to bring. We look forward to Australia on New Years Day.

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Wrist Injury Threatening To End Holger Rune’s Olympic Dream



Holger Rune will have a second medical opinion on Monday before deciding if he is fit enough to play at the Olympic Games, according to his team. 

The Danish world No.17 recently retired from his quarter-final match at the Hamburg Open due to a knee injury. The hope at the time was that his withdrawal would be just a precautionary measure ahead of the Olympics. However, he is also dealing with a second issue that appears to be more serious.

According to TV 2 Sport, Rune has been struggling with a wrist issue and underwent a scan on Sunday which his mother Aneke says ‘doesn’t look promising.’ Aneke is also the manager of her son’s career. Rune’s Olympic dreams now rest on the outcome of a second medical expert that he will visit tomorrow who has a better understanding of the sport. 

“Unfortunately, it does not look promising after the first medical opinion after the review of the scan of the wrist,” Aneke Rune told TV 2 Sport.

“We are waiting for two tennis-specific doctors who will give a second opinion tomorrow (Monday). Tennis wrists look different from regular wrists, so we’ll hold out hope for one more day.” 

Rune is one of three Danish players entered into the Olympic tennis event along with Caroline Wozniacki and Clara Tauson. The country has only won one medal in tennis before which was at the 1912 Games when Sofie Castenschiold won silver in the women’s indoor singles event. 

So far this season, the 21-year-old has won 27 matches on the Tour but is yet to claim a title. He reached the final of the Brisbane International and then the semi-finals of three more events. In the Grand Slams, he made it to the fourth round of the French Open and Wimbledon. 

It is not known when a final decision regarding Rune’s participation in Paris will be made.

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Hubert Hurkacz Undergoes ‘Knee Procedure’ Ahead of Olympic Bid



Poland’s top player on the ATP Tour is not giving up on his dream of winning a medal at the Olympic Games despite recently undergoing a medical procedure.

World No.7 Hubert Hurkacz suffered a knee injury during his second round clash at Wimbledon against France’s Arthur Fils. In the fourth set tiebreak of their clash, Hurkacz dived for a shot but landed badly on his knee and required on-court medical attention. He then played two more points before retiring from the match. 

In a social media post published on Wednesday, the  27-year-old confirmed he underwent a procedure on his knee earlier this week but didn’t provide any further details.  Although Hurkacz has stated his intention to play at the upcoming Olympic Games in Paris, where the tennis event will be held on the clay at Roland Garros. 

“I had a knee procedure this Monday, but I’m feeling better already and my team and are dedicating extensive time each day to the rehab process.” He wrote on Instagram. 

“It’s a dream for every athlete to represent their country at the Olympics, and I want to make sure I am fully fit and ready before making the final decision to step on court. The aim is not only to participate, but to win a medal for my country.”

So far this season Hurkacz has won 34 out of 48 matches played on the Tour. He won the Estoril Open in April and was runner-up to Jannik Sinner in Halle. 

The Olympic tennis event is scheduled to begin a week Saturday on July 27th. Poland is yet to win a medal in the event but expectations are high with women’s No.1 Iga Swiatek also taking part. 

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Motivation, Pressure And Expectations – Novak Djokovic Targets History At Wimbledon



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Novak Djokovic has broken numerous records throughout his career but he still feels the pressure of trying to make history in the sport. 

The world No.2 is through to his 10th Wimbledon final where he will play Carlos Alcaraz, who beat him at this stage of the tournament 12 months ago. There is plenty on the line for the Serbian who could equal Roger Federer’s record for most men’s titles won at SW19 and break the overall record for most major singles won in the sport if he triumphs over the Spaniard. Djokovic currently has 24 Grand Slam trophies to his name which is the same as Margaret Court, who won some of her titles before the Open Era started. 

“Obviously I’m aware that Roger [Federer] holds eight Wimbledons. I hold seven. History is on the line.” Djokovic said on Friday after beating Lorenzo Musetti.

“Also, the 25th potential Grand Slam. Of course, it serves as a great motivation, but at the same time it’s also a lot of pressure and expectations.”

Coming into Wimbledon, there had been doubts over Djokovic’s form after he underwent surgery to treat a knee injury he suffered at the French Open. However, he has defied the odds to reach the final. His run has also seen him beat Alexi Popyrin and Holger Rune before getting a walkover in the quarter-finals from Alex de Minaur, who sustained an injury during the tournament. Then on Friday, he overcame a spirited Musetti in three sets. 

Despite the challenge, Djokovic has insisted that his expectations to do well are always high no matter what the situation is. During what has been a roller-coaster first six months of the season, he is yet to win a title this year or beat a player currently ranked in the top 10. Although he will achieve both of these if her beats Alcaraz on Sunday. 

“Every time I step out on the court now, even though I’m 37 and competing with the 21-year-olds, I still expect myself to win most of the matches, and people expect me to win, whatever, 99% of the matches that I play.” He said.

“I always have to come out on the court and perform my best in order to still be at the level with Carlos [Alcaraz] or Jannik [Sinner] or Sascha [Zverev] or any of those guys, Daniil [Medvedev]. 

“This year hasn’t been that successful for me. It’s probably the weakest results the first six months I’ve had in many years. That’s okay. I had to adapt and accept that and really try to find also way out from the injury that I had and kind of regroup.”

Djokovic hopes that a Wimbledon win will help turn his season around like it has done in the past for him. 

“Wimbledon historically there’s been seasons where I wasn’t maybe playing at a desired level, but then I would win a Wimbledon title and then things would change.” He commented.

“For example, that was the case in 2018 when I had elbow surgery earlier in the year, dropped my rankings out of top 20, losing in fourth round of Australian Open, I think it was quarters of Roland-Garros, and just not playing the tennis that I want to play. Then I won Wimbledon and then won US Open and then later on became No.1 very soon.”

Meanwhile, 21-year-old Alcaraz is hoping to stop Djokovic in his tracks. Should he defend his title at Wimbledon, he would become the first player outside the Big Three to do so since Pete Sampras more than 20 years ago. He has won their only previous meeting on the grass but trails their head-to-head 3-2. 

“I’m sure he knows what he has to do to beat me,” said Alcaraz.

“But I’m ready to take that challenge and I’m ready to do it well.”

When the two players take to the court to play in the Wimbledon final, Djokovic will be 15 years and 348 days older than Alcaraz. Making it the largest age gap in a men’s Grand Slam final since the 1974 US Open. Whoever is victorious will receive £2,700,000 in prize money. 

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