Simon Reed

  • Verdasco and Soderling still need to step up

    It was in Australia a couple of years ago that I thought "this is it" with Fernando Verdasco.

    He had re-launched himself, re-imaged himself, re-built his body and was looking to be a real threat to the very top guys, to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. At that tournament he took Nadal right to the brink in the semi-finals, in one of the best matches in recent years.

    But nothing happened really after that to substantiate that thought; nothing up until his run to two finals in the last few weeks on the clay.

    In Monte Carlo, I was beginning to think maybe this has been a delayed reaction; it

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  • Who’s the GOAT? 12-Laver v 4-Connors

    In the second of our Greatest of All Time quarter-finals, 12th seed Rod Laver takes on fourth seed Jimmy Connors in a clash that spans the ages.

    Under our GOAT rules each match is three sets, one on each surface. Here's the rundown on the two contenders.

    Rod Laver

    Nationality: Australian

    Seeded: 12

    Grand Slam titles: 11

    Australian Open: Winner (1960*, 1962*, 1969)

    French Open: Winner (1962*, 1969)

    Wimbledon: Winner (1961*, 1962*, 1968, 1969)

    US Open: Winner (1962*, 1969)

    * denotes amateur titles, preceding the open era

    Jimmy Connors

    Nationality: American

    Seeded: 4

    Grand Slam titles: Eight

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  • Who’s the GOAT? 3-Borg v 4-Agassi

    In the third of our Greatest of All Time quarter-finals, third seed Bjorn Borg takes on sixth seed Andre Agassi in a clash that would be a real thriller.

    Under our GOAT rules each match is three sets, one on each surface. Here's the rundown on the two contenders.

    Bjorn Borg

    Nationality: Swedish

    Seeded: 3

    Grand Slam titles: 11

    Australian Open: Third round (1974)

    French Open: Winner (1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981)

    Wimbledon: Winner (1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980)

    US Open: Finalist (1976, 1978, 1980, 1981)

    Andre Agassi

    Nationality: American

    Seeded: 6

    Grand Slam titles: 8

    Australian Open -

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  • Nadal form ominous for rivals

    Watching
    Rafael Nadal at the Monte Carlo Masters was like going back two years when he
    was unbeatable on clay.

    He was the
    best player in the world then and last week he got way clear of anything anybody
    could get remotely close to in Monte Carlo.

    I have to
    admit I never thought I'd see him play such dominant tennis again, even on
    clay. But I'm so pleased he is. Rafa's a great guy and I know the injuries have
    frustrated him immensely, but to see him playing with such great joy and
    exuberance was fantastic.

    Incredibly,
    his forehand looked even better than it did two years ago and the damage he

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  • Baltacha bulldozing towards top 50

    Confidence has obviously been a factor for a huge part of her career. Because of injuries, leading to a lack of practice and lack of match play, she didn't have it; and in the last year she's found it.

    She has a good game: she's a big server, has a huge forehand, and if she keeps the confidence level as it is, there's no reason why she shouldn't be a top-50 player within a few weeks.

    She won her first Miami qualifier and is getting ready to play again: I expect her to get to the main draw in Florida.

    She's on a roll at the moment and it will take a very good player to beat her, wherever she's

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  • Ivanovic is right to pull out of Fed Cup

    It will be tough for Serbia in their Fed Cup play-off against Slovakia now that Ana Ivanovic has withdrawn from the squad over form concerns.

    I remember when the first signs of what was happening with Ana started and Sven Groeneveld, who was working with her then, kept telling her: "There's nothing wrong with your tennis."

    I still don't think there is anything wrong with her tennis, fundamentally.

    Yes, she's a little one-dimensional and yes, it would be good to have things added to her game, but she has got immense weapons. She didn't get to number one in the world and win the French Open by

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  • Who’s the GOAT?: 15-Vilas v 2-Sampras

    Last week's Greatest Of All Time match-up saw John McEnroe edge past Stefan Edberg in a surprisingly close encounter. But who will he play in the second round?

    This week's match will probably prove to be a lot more one-sided with former world number one Pete Sampras taking on Argentine clay-court specialist Guillermo Vilas.

    Under our GOAT rules each match is three sets, one on each surface. Here's the rundown on the two contenders.

    Guillermo Vilas

    Nationality: Argentine

    Seeded: 15

    Grand Slam titles: 4

    Australian Open: Winner (1978, 1979)

    French Open: Winner (1977)

    Wimbledon: Quarter-finalist

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  • Who’s the GOAT? 6-Agassi v 11-Nadal

    Our latest match-up sees American legend Andre Agassi face Spain's Rafael Nadal - VOTE NOW on the tennis homepage, or click here to see the latest results.

    Andre Agassi

    Nationality: American

    Seeded: 6

    Grand Slam Record:

    Australian Open - Winner (1995, 2000, 2001, 2003)

    French Open - Winner (1999)

    Wimbledon - Winner (1992)

    US Open - Winner (1994, 1999)

    Rafael Nadal

    Nationality: Spanish

    Seeded: 11

    Grand Slam Record:

    Australian Open - Winner (2009)

    French Open - Winner (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)

    Wimbledon - Winner (2008)

    US Open - Semi-final (2008, 2009)

    REAL LIFE HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD

    2-0 to Nadal.

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  • Baltacha on the up

    It may be a
    quiet time for tennis after the Australian Open but there's one name that
    stands out for me - Elena Baltacha.

    To reach
    the final of the Dow Corning Classic in Michigan
    and then come from a set down against the top seed for the title could be a
    really turning point for Elena. 

    I'm
    absolutely thrilled for her - she's a cracking person who has worked so hard to
    come through adversity.

    She's had
    more than her fair share of injury problems and that can take its toll. To make
    the necessary improvements to your game at 26 years old is not easy and she's
    been fantastic.

    Elena has

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  • Who’s the GOAT? 3-Borg v 14-Rosewall

    Bjorn Borg

    Nationality: Swedish

    Seeded: 3

    Grand Slam Record:

    Australian Open - 3R

    French Open - Winner (1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981)

    Wimbledon - Winner (1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980)

    US Open - Finalist (1976, 1978, 1980, 1981)

    Ken Rosewall

    Nationality: Australian

    Seeded: 14

    Grand Slam Record:

    Australian Open - Winner (1953, 1955, 1971, 1972)

    French Open - Winner (1953, 1968)

    Wimbledon - Finalist (1954, 1956, 1970, 1974)

    US Open - Winner (1956, 1970)

    REAL LIFE HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD

    1-0 to Borg. Despite the Australian's amazing longevity, the two greats met only the once, in a last 16

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