Brad Gilbert and Darren Cahill (from ProTennisCoach.com) give us an exclusive preview of the round of 16 match up between Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic.
BG & Killer break down the epic battle to come between Murray and Djokovic in what feels like a semi or final at a major! Between first serve percentages and backhands, see who they pick to come out on top and who gets the edge going into this quarterfinal match.
Who’s your pick?!
Play with heart,
As we anxiously await the start of the French Open, Head player Novak Djokovic claimed his fourth straight win last weekend over Rafael Nadal. That makes 3 Rome Masters titles for the Serbian player with a score of 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the final. Nole heads into Roland Garros as a major title favorite.
The victory in Rome gives Djokovic titles in three of the five Masters 1000 events played so far this season. “After three years it is a pleasure to win this trophy again. Rafa has such a tough game and is a difficult opponent always with his game and style.” said the Serb. Djokovic has now claimed Rome honors in 2008, 2011 and now 2014.
We thought it was worth noting to let you guys know that Nole donated all of his €549,000 prize money from the Rome Masters to the flood victims in his home country of Serbia. Pretty impressive!
In doubles, Nenad Zimonjic (also a Head Graphene Speed player) teamed up with Daniel Nestor to win their 27th tour-level team title in Rome, when they captured the doubles title for a second time after 2009. The sixth seeds defeated the team of Robin Haase and Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 7-6 (2) in the final.
Play with heart,
Stadium Court at La Quinta Resort
The Desert Showdown (formerly the Desert Smash) was a happening place to be this year. Like last year, I was able to attend the event and was entertained from the moment I got there until the moment I left. This year’s event came with a new name along with several other notable changes. The first was that the event expanded into two days to include both golf and tennis events. Will Ferrell was the host this year to keep everyone and anyone entertained throughout the event. The tennis event featured a pro am tournament in the morning (with the participants receiving a goody bag from Tennis Warehouse!) and then an exhibition in the afternoon at the beautiful La Quinta Resort.