Simon Reed

  • Guest blog: Golovin on Roger and Rafa

    Still keeping a close eye on events at the O2 Arena,
    Tatiana Golovin gives us an original take on the problems Roger Federer and
    Rafael Nadal experienced in London.

    "I've been
    watching Roger Federer's and Rafael
    Nadal's matches quite closely here
    and it's funny to think that the two
    players who are going to end the year as world No1 and 2 are both having a few
    problems right now. They are different cases of course but neither of them has
    played well at the end of the season, especially here at the Masters.

    Federer needed something of a miracle to get into the
    semis and I wasn't surprised to

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  • Guest blog: Wilander on London

    Formerly known as the Masters Cup, the ATP World Tour Finals get under way on Sunday at London's magnificent O2 Arena. Mats Wilander runs the rule over the eight contenders at one of the most exciting events of the season.

    Novak Djokovic

    He is definitely the favourite. He has done something to his game and something to his brain. He is more focused on winning rather than feeling his own pain and disappointment. At least he's not showing his disappointment as much as he used to. He's more professional now and looks physically stronger, though he's not showing it too much. He's in what you might

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  • Reed: Djokovic the form guy

    I'm pretty convinced that form is key for an event like the World Tour Finals.

    When you go to a Grand Slam form is less crucial. It doesn't go completely out the window obviously but it can be less important because stature comes in; otherwise I really do think Andy Murray would be a Grand Slam champion by now.

    So the two that stand out for me, as potential winners at the O2, are Novak Djokovic and Murray.

    It feels strange saying that about Djokovic considering his struggles early in the season but he has been the form man in recent weeks. I'm a strong believer in form going into an event

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  • Guest blog: Jealous Roddick raring to go

    Forced to sit out the ATP World Tour Finals with a
    knee injury, Andy Roddick was at London's
    O2 Arena on Monday and Tuesday to announce a four-year extension to his sponsorship
    deal with Lacoste, giving us the perfect opportunity to catch up with him for a
    chat.

    I've never been so bored as I was after Shanghai. I was laid up
    on a couch putting ice on my knee for 20 minutes at a time. I did a little bit
    of walking and very little else aside from that.

    The injury has come on really well lately though, and I
    can now run in a straight line. I saw a doctor here in London on Tuesday and he's given

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  • Guest blog: Golovin stays positive

    Despite
    being out of action for 18 months with chronic spinal inflammation, Tatiana
    Golovin is still in the public eye.

    The French
    player is currently stepping out with Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri and has
    made London her
    home. It was no surprise, then, to bump into her at the O2 Arena, where she has
    been checking out the world's top eight players.

    Have you started to come to terms with the
    fact that you won't be able to play again?

    I'm a
    positive person and I would never say there's no hope when there's still a
    chance I might play. I need to be realistic right now. I can't say that

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  • Safin will be missed

    Marat Safin has been a breath of fresh air for tennis. At the peak of his powers, he was a revelation.

    When he beat Pete Sampras at the 2000 US Open final he absolutely destroyed Sampras when he was at his peak. It was perhaps the finest tennis performance of the past 10 years. There have been better matches, it was so one sided, but the way he demolished Sampras was phenomenal.

    And then the Australian Open semi-final against Federer was quite amazing. It was the best match I've ever seen. It was better than all the Wimbledon finals that people have been saying are the best matches of all

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  • Rasheed on Monfils

    Our latest guest on the blog is Roger Rasheed, the Australian coach of Gael Monfils, the runner-up at the recent Paris Masters. A confirmed tennis fanatic, Roger spoke to us about his protege and his working methods.

    I've known Gael since he was a junior. I used to watch him playing with the Tsonga boys, Gasquet and a few others because I could sense that they were talented and were future stars. To my mind they had the potential to become top 20 or top 10 players and to go and win a Grand Slam tournament. So, I just saw this young player with a lot of energy and talent. He was a big,

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  • Agassi admission poses questions

    Andre Agassi has admitted that he used crystal meth back in 1997 and that he wrote a letter to the ATP, interwoven with lies, after having failed a test for the recreational drug.

    If Agassi is telling the truth about what happened, and I have no reason to doubt him, then my biggest concern is why have we heard nothing about it until now? And what else don't we know about?

    Does this admission tarnish Agassi's reputation? To be honest, I'm very liberal about these types of things. I've never taken drugs myself but I can see a dividing line between recreational drugs and what you might use to

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  • Favourite shotmakers: Women’s serve

    The Best: Lindsay
    Davenport

    When looking at who has the best serve in the women's game the one name that
    stands out for me is Lindsay Davenport. She not only had the best serve but she
    also had the ability to really turn it on when it mattered - much like my men's
    pick Pete Sampras.

    There were many occasions where Davenport
    was able to stroll through matches on the back of her serve and I think that
    was one of the reasons why her career lasted as long as it did. She always knew
    she had that serve in reserve if she ever got into trouble.

    It was destructive, it was difficult to read, and she

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  • Greed at the heart of burnout

    Andy Roddick has described the players' schedule as 'ridiculous', but it is most definitely a two-pronged problem and both the players and organisers must take some responsibility.

    The players are their own bosses; yes, they should play the mandatory events, but there has to be a sense of responsibility from them over their schedules.

    Roddick is well equipped to talk about it because he is not injured much, but neither is Roger Federer because he organises himself brilliantly.

    Other players simply go too far and, particularly on the women's tour, many are carrying multiple injuries and simply

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