Simon Reed

  • Kvitova can dominate for years to come

    Petra Kvitova can blow anyone else away with
    her powerful game when she is at her best, and the Czech has a very special and
    successful career ahead of her.

    I would certainly back Kvitova to usurp
    Caroline Wozniacki at the top of the world rankings, and she could well be very
    dominant for years to come.

    The 21-year-old is very unlikely to ever win
    the French Open because of her game, but I could see her winning the other three Grand Slams time and time again.

    Obviously, if Serena Williams and, to a lesser
    extent, Kim Clijsters return to their best next season that could really shake
    up things

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  • Sizing up the WTA Championship contenders

    Ahead of the WTA Championship - which you can watch LIVE on British Eurosport, Eurosport HD and also the Eurosport Player - I will look at the eight contenders for the title.

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    Caroline Wozniacki

    If you take away the second half of this season, Wozniacki has been the most consistent player over the last three years and there are signs that she is getting her mojo back. She tried for a spell being a more aggressive player but it didn't work so she has now gone back to where she was. In some ways though this is a step backwards; she is the type of player who will win a lot of matches

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  • Nadal entirely right on UK tax stance

    Rafael
    Nadal has, rather absurdly, been criticised in many quarters for his stand against
    playing in the UK over the tax laws.

    Nadal
    warned British tennis that the high tax rate enforced by the government could
    lose London the ATP Finals, and prompt players to play elsewhere as a result.

    But
    the world number two is entirely right. I want to ask all those who are
    criticising Nadal: 'Are you prepared to come to work and lose money?'

    It
    is a ludicrous situation, and one which cannot be tolerated by the players.

    I
    would imagine that no one would be willing to travel to a country and ply their

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  • Federer form not a concern

    I think increasingly we've seen that Roger Federer targets the Grand Slams with almost total exclusion to anything else.

    Obviously I'm not saying he doesn't care about the other tournaments he plays, but he definitely targets success at the Grand Slams and I think being beaten elsewhere is not particularly important to him.

    He is not as good as he was two years ago, I think even he would admit that, and he's not that bothered as long as he feels he's playing well.

    Is he playing well right now? Probably not. Is he worried about the French Open? Probably not.

    I'm sure he'd like to have a good

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  • Murray in the form of his life

    Andy Murray played incredible tennis against Rafael Nadal
    in the ATP Tokyo final last week -
    and it is an encouraging sign for his Grand Slam chances.

    What's most
    encouraging is that when he's had big defeats before - and the US Open was a big defeat for
    him - it's taken him a while to get things back on track; and here he's come
    straight back and is playing the best tennis of his life.

    Last week was the best I have ever seen him play. It's a great contrast with defeats
    that we've seen before,
    particularly at the Australian Open last year when it took him an age to get
    back. I think the

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  • Djokovic better than I thought

    After Novak Djokovic's stunning win at Wimbledon we
    have to accept that the tennis landscape has changed.

    I have to admit, I didn't think Novak was that
    good. I didn't think he was that good at the start of the year; I didn't think
    he was that good when Wimbledon started; and I didn't he was going to be that
    good over five sets at Wimbledon.

    Even when it came to the final, I thought Rafa was
    going to win because I felt it was all going to mean too much to Djokovic and
    the occasion might get to him.

    Also, despite Djokovic having won their last four
    meetings, I still felt that Nadal was the

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  • Trying to make sense of Murray’s loss

    It has to be said that Andy Murray's defeat to Kevin Anderson, particularly the manner of it, was a big surprise and it is a tough one to make sense of.

    The first thing I think that needs to be said is that Anderson has such a big game that when he is on form he can be a nightmare for any player in the world to deal it.

    Murray said himself that he felt slow and couldn't really get going but there is also a danger with Murray that when he is forced to play on the back foot, like he was against Anderson, he is always going to struggle.

    No matter how good a return player Murray is, the old

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  • Is A-Rod a spent force?

    Whilst I do think it's too early to say that Andy Roddick is in terminal decline, a lot has changed for the former world number one in the last few years.

    He's not been the same since he decided to change his forehand and become a more percentage-based tennis player. From that moment on, four years ago, he's never really carried the same threat.

    I was amazed he did so well at Wimbledon a couple of years ago, and I was bitterly disappointed for him that he didn't win that blockbuster final against Roger Federer.

    It was an astonishing performance from someone who, even when he started out

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  • Who’s the GOAT? 1-Roger Federer v 2-Pete Sampras

    It's the final everyone has been expecting: top seed Roger Federer against Pete Sampras in a bid to be crowned the Greatest of All Time.

    Federer has already beaten the man many tipped to be his main contender - Aussie legend Rod Laver - as well as taking out Boris Becker and Jim Courier.

    Sampras, meanwhile, booked his spot in the final by beating Guillermo Vilas, Stefan Edberg and the ice-cool Bjorn Borg.

    Under our GOAT rules each match is three sets, one on each surface. Here's how the players' records compare at each of the Grand Slams.

    Roger Federer

    Nationality: Swiss

    Seeded: 1

    Grand Slam

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  • Kendrick doping ban harsh

    American Robbie
    Kendrick has recently been given a 12 month ban
    for taking a banned substance, methylhexaneamine,
    which was contained in an anti-jetlag capsule he took.

    I think
    Kendrick was sloppy - if you're a top class athlete playing in sport where you
    get tested on a regular basis then you've got to be very careful as to what
    goes in your body.

    But I do have sympathy because there is now more and more
    talk about "what is performance enhancing" and "what isn't performance
    enhancing." I think that there is a clear distinction between the two but I don't
    think there is enough differentiation

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