Simon Reed

  • ATP Tour in danger of standing still

    Looking at the ATP rankings, I have to say it is quite alarming to see all the same old faces knocking around - there really is nobody new coming through, which is quite extraordinary.

    It is not an encouraging sign for the future of the game.

    Look at somebody like Mikhail Youzhny (pictured) who has climbed back up to number eight in the world rankings - equalling his best ever ranking which he first achieved at the start of 2008.

    Players don't just reinvent themselves. The fact that he is in the top 10 is very interesting and doesn't say a lot for the standard of tennis that is out there at

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  • Del Potro will need time

    When a player struggles with a major injury, you never know how they are going to react.

    Some people are never the same player again. I'm not sure Marat Safin ever fully recovered from his wrist injury, although obviously there were other issues as well. Discipline was very important with him but it seemed to me like the wrist was a major issue.

    I think it'll take a bit of time for Juan Martin Del Potro to get himself back on track. The injury happened at just the wrong time. If you think what's happened since then, it couldn't have happened at a worse time for the Argentine.

    It was great that

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  • Kind draw can help Azarenka to glory

    With Serena Williams out of the US Open the women's tournament is wide open.

    I suppose a rational way to look at things would be to go with form, although often the US Open tends to be won by the class player rather than the form player.

    There have been a few players in outstanding form recently and none more so than Caroline Wozniacki.

    It is quite hard to analyse the young Dane at the moment but she keeps beating the players that are being put in front of her so it may be her time to taste Grand Slam glory after coming so close here in New York last year.

    It might be a case that she is

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  • Welcome to the Nadal era

    Rafael Nadal's comfortable victory over Tomas Berdych came as no real surprise the way he is playing at the moment.

    The Spaniard has proven himself to be the world's best player by some distance over the last two Slams and the rest are really an irrelevance at the moment.

    I thought Berdych was a little nervous at the start and he didn't serve as well as he can.

    I felt he had to win the first set to have any chance of winning the match and after he lost that, I was worried that he might capitulate a little bit.

    To be fair, he did get it together in the second set and made things competitive

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  • Nadal in a league of his own

    Rafael Nadal's victory over Andy Murray in the Wimbledon semi-final was the best individual performance I've seen in this tournament and possibly the best I've seen all year.

    I was a little concerned about Nadal going into this match, and I know I'm not the only one; there were still some worries about his fitness and he hasn't always been at his best in the tournament so far.

    However, there was absolutely no inclination about any injuries or lack of form whatsoever, and what Nadal produced was an unbelievable performance that was just fabulous to watch.

    Murray on the other hand must be

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  • Tennis will struggle at Commonwealths

    I think the Commonwealth Games will be lucky to get any top players to compete in New Delhi this October and already world number five Sam Stosur and Lleyton Hewitt have withdrawn.

    Increasingly the players are refining and cutting down their schedule where they can and the top players particularly are focusing on the Grand Slams and their build-up. So anything extraneous, that doesn't make sense in their schedule, is a tough one to call.

    When you add in a possible terrorist threat as well, it seems to me that the organisers will be lucky to get a decent field. I wish them well but I suspect

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  • Sharapova back to her best

    One of the most encouraging things in women's tennis at the moment is the timely return to form of Maria Sharapova.

    The Russian has an immense presence on the WTA Tour, and it is very important to the game that she is competitive.

    A spate of injuries have hampered her progress over recent years, but she is beginning to regain her confidence and the mental strength which saw her rise to prominence.

    Sharapova has pulled out of the tournament in Montreal with a heel injury, but I would make her second favourite to win the US Open behind Serena Williams.

    Another contender at Flushing Meadows will

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  • American dream a world away

    American tennis is in a dire
    state at the moment and, with the exception of the Williams sisters, there is
    not a lot to interest even the most ardent tennis fan.

    Andy Roddick's loss in the third round in Washington last week
    ensured that there are no American men ranked in the world's top 10 for the
    first time, and that is pretty galling.

    The US now have just six men ranked inside the top 100,
    only two in the top 20, and it has been an incredible 27 Grand Slams since
    Roddick became the last American man to win a major - at the US Open back in
    2003.

    There is no point in other countries pointing

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  • Don’t get over excited about Ivanovic

    Ana
    Ivanovic is fantastic for the game of tennis and a wonderful woman to have on
    the WTA Tour, but it is far too early to get excited about her current form.

    The Serb
    is very marketable and has a big game, but just over the last two years she has
    had a crisis of confidence.

    Just
    recently she has begun to show signs of finding the form we all know that she
    is capable of, and that would be a real fillip for women's tennis.

    One
    thing is for sure: Ivanovic is with the right man. Heinz Gunthardt is the
    perfect coach for her because he is so relaxed and assured.

    Ivanovic
    has been very edgy, nervous

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  • Murray right to change coaches

    I wasn't surprised by Andy Murray's decision to part ways with Miles Maclagan - I think he needs a little help to get things back on track.

    From what I understand he was making all the decisions himself as far as tactics go.

    He's at a stage in career where it's now or never and if he doesn't get the very best it will end up being never.

    Murray has to get the right man and that could well be Darren Cahill, who is being tipped to replace Maclagan. And the way Murray's setting things up, it does seem like Cahill will be the man - even though the Australian says he doesn't want full-time work.

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