Simon Reed

  • Guest blog: Nestor on doubles life

    The world's leading men's doubles players are also in action at the ATP World Tour Finals in London, where world number one Daniel Nestor reflects on his successful transition from singles.

    You had a very respectable career in singles and broke your way into the top 60 before deciding to switch to doubles. How did that come about?

    In 1999 I had my best ever season in singles but at the end of the year I injured my shoulder and had to have an operation. When I came back I started playing well again and I picked up a few good wins. But then my elbow started to play up and overall my body was

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  • Murray-Nadal has Wimbledon buzzing

    There is a tremendous buzz around Wimbledon at the moment with everybody salivating over the prospect of seeing Andy Murray play Rafael Nadal.

    Some of the best tennis I have witnessed in the last few years has been when these two have met and I really feel this could be the match of the tournament.

    The first time they met, in Australia in 2007, it was a breathtaking five set match - I've rarely seen either player play as well.

    Nadal won the first five meetings between the pair, but Andy has won three of the last five, and probably played his best ever match against Nadal to beat him at the

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  • Murray needs extra edge

    People have asked me whether Andy Murray got his tactics right against Rafael Nadal and my answer is yes, I think he got his tactics spot on.

    The problem is that while Andy has fancied himself against Roger Federer for a while now, he has considerably more doubt when taking on Nadal.

    And maybe this accounted for his body language and apparent lack of emotion in the semi-final loss at Wimbledon.

    I suspect that Andy thinks Nadal is a much better player than Federer is these days, and so it proved at Wimbledon.

    I think Andy thought Federer was there for the taking in their US Open and Australian

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  • Nadal has edge to break Murray’s heart

    Looking at how the bookmakers are pricing up the US Open, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray are all locked together pretty much as joint favourites.

    I wonder if that is just because they are British odds: would you see the same thing with a bookmaker based in Spain or Switzerland?

    If we start with Murray you have to say that he has played so well in the last few weeks. Players who suddenly click into gear after a spell when they have been lacking in confidence and form are always very dangerous - and that is where Murray is right now.

    You can tell he feels like a man reborn. All

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  • Wozniacki deserves top spot

    to Caroline Wozniacki for taking over from Serena Williams as the new world
    number one.

    She has
    been the most consistent of all those players and deserves to be world number

    I say
    consistently the best but I mean consistently the best out of those players
    who've played a lot this year.

    Is she the
    best player in the world? No. Serena Williams is the best player in the world
    and Kim Clijsters is probably second best.

    But Wozniacki
    has been the most consistent player and won enough big matches and has worked
    so hard to get where she is, she deserves to be ranked number one in

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  • Shanghai tales teach us little

    When it came to last week's Shanghai Masters I wasn't at all surprised by anything that happened until the final between Andy Murray and Roger Federer.

    I have to say I was taken aback by just how poorly Federer played in that decider. He does seem to have a thing about Murray away from the Grand Slams - but is that so significant? Maybe not.

    In the final, though, Roger lost his way completely and it looked like he just didn't have the fight within himself to work it out; however I suspect that was just because it was 'only' a Masters event.

    He was similarly under the cosh for a while at this

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  • 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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