Tennis Today: End of the road for Big Four, latest on Sascha Zverev’s bromance
In Tennis Today, the Big Four is no more, says Boris Becker while Alexander Zverev’s bromance with a Yorkshire journalist continues.
What’s on the site
We continue our Legends of Roland Garros countdown and at No 2 is the great Bjorn Borg.
Rafael Nadal is the latest player to reach the 900-match win club, but where does he feature in the top 10? And what about Roger Federer?
Andy Murray’s return to tennis has been delayed as he has pulled out of the Libema Open, but he remains hopeful of competing at Wimbledon.
Staying with Murray, amid all the joy of his imminent return, are there also reasons for caution?
ATP French Open: Injured Alexander Zverev bows out to Dominic Thiem
ATP French Open: Marco Cecchinato stuns Novak Djokovic
WTA French Open: Madison Keys powers into semi-final
WTA French Open: Sloane Stephens breezes past Daria Kasatkina
What’s in the news
It’s the end of the road for the “Big Four”, according to Boris Becker.
“I think the sports media have to get used to the fact that the Big Four do not exist anymore,” he told Express Sport.
Staying with Express Sport, Eurosport commentator Mats Wilander says Novak Djokovic “needs that edge and has to be 100 percent” if he wants to start winning big titles again.
“It’s a three percent drop. He doesn’t have the serve or the Del Potro forehand or the Rafa body language.”
Alexander Zverev admitted he was close to throwing in the towel during his match against Dominic Thiem.
“How close was I to pulling out? I thought about it. I definitely thought about it,” the Daily Mail quotes the German as saying.
Thanasi Kokkinakis says “they were fearing the worst” when he injured his knee at the Monte Carlo Masters. “When they tested me for an ACL … well I thought that was me done,” he told AAP.
Eugenie Bouchard’s biggest fan, Daily Star, goes with “Tennis babe Bouchard shows off toned bum with ‘hot’ Instagram belfie”.
Of course we at Tennis Today thought they made a mistake and meant “selfie”, but we nevertheless decided to Google “belfie”.
Here you go, “Belfie Stick Helps Take Selfies of Your Butt“.
What’s on social media
Andy Murray doing his bit for World Environment Day.
The bromance between Alexander Zverev and journalist Jonathan Pinfield continues.
“I think you’re the only person who could actually make me smile right now.”
— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) June 6, 2018
A little something to whet the appetites for our One-Slam Wonder feature on Martin Verkerk.
Cecchinato had not won a Grand Slam match prior to #RG18
Now he’s in SFs
Martin Verkerk (@rolandgarros 2003) the last to have such a run
— Andy Schooler (@NetTalkTennis) June 5, 2018
Say what about Americans and clay?
— Courtney Nguyen (@FortyDeuceTwits) June 5, 2018
Some really good pictures from Antoine Couvercelle of day nine at Roland Garros.
What’s on TV
ATP & WTA French Open
LIVE – Eurosport 1/2 and ITV4
Alastair Gray’s Wimbledon singles journey ended by Taylor Fritz in the second round
The Twickenham ace battled well against the world No 14.
Sarah Beth Grey eyes Wimbledon singles debut after making her return just months after heart surgery
Grey went under the knife after a routine check-up picked up an irregular heartbeat.
Wimbledon attendance figures: Fewer bums on seats when compared to 2019
Analysis shows the lowest cumulative attendance since 2016.
Wimbledon hit by third Covid-19 withdrawal in men’s singles draw
The 17th seed revealed he has mild symptoms.
Tamara Korpatsch deletes post criticising Harmony Tan after clear-the-air talks
All is well that ends well between Tamara Korpatsch and Harmony Tan.
Andy Murray’s greatest hits not enough to stop John Isner’s heavy metal music at Wimbledon
Andy Murray’s exit from Wimbledon was rough for those watching, writes Tim Ellis.
Rafael Nadal closer to Novak Djokovic on grass than on hard courts – says his coach
Rafael Nadal has a better chance to beat Novak Djokovic on grass than on a hard court.
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Emma Raducanu shrugs off pressure talk after Wimbledon exit: ‘I’m still 19. It’s a joke. I literally won a Slam’
Emma Raducanu bats away pressure talk.
Andy Murray not making long-term predictions, but insists ‘if physically I feel good, then I’ll keep playing’
Andy Murray vows to keep going if his body holds up.