Simon Reed

  • Murray sizzling, but Fed still the favourite

    You have to say that Andy Murray's form in winning Queen's was absolutely sensational and I'm not sure I've ever seen him playing better that he did against Andy Roddick in the semi-finals.

    However, I'm still not sure how significant the victory will be when it comes to Wimbledon.

    The form that he showed at Queen's, on grass, suggests he is playing better than anyone else going into the tournament, but does that mean he is going to win the big one at Wimbledon? Probably not.

    Personally, I have Roger Federer as a very strong favourite for Wimbledon - Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are in the

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  • Who’s the GOAT? 4-Connors v 13-Newcombe

    Our latest Greatest of All Time match-up sees legends from either end of the seventies come up against each other in Aussie grass-court genius John Newcombe and the wild child of American tennis, Jimmy Connors.

    John Newcombe

    Nationality: Australian

    Seeded: 13

    Grand Slam record:

    Australian Open - Winner (1973, 1975)

    French Open - Quarter-finalist (1969)

    Wimbledon - Winner (1967, 1970, 1971)

    US Open - Winner (1967, 1973)

    Jimmy Connors

    Nationality: American

    Seeded: 4

    Grand Slam record:

    Australian Open - Winner (1974)

    French Open - Semi-finalist (1979, 1980, 1984, 1985)

    Wimbledon - Winner (1974,

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  • Superb Federer back to stunning best

    Rafael Nadal
    might be leaving Roland Garros with the trophy, but when I look back at the
    French Open all I can see in my mind's eye is Roger Federer.

    Roger played
    absolutely outstanding tennis over the last two weeks. He was really rolling
    back the years, playing as well as he did back in 2007 and 2008 when he was at
    his incredible best.

    It looks
    like he simply doesn't have the ability to beat Rafa on clay in a five-set
    match; yet he can hold his head high after doing everything but, and must now
    be considered an overwhelming favourite to win Wimbledon.

    He was
    hitting the ball well, and

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  • Women’s game desperately seeking a champion

    One fact sums up everything you need to know about women's tennis at the moment: Serena
    Williams hasn't played a tournament in almost a year, and has barely even hit a
    ball in practice during that time, yet she is still a close second favourite to
    win Wimbledon.

    resurgent Maria Sharapova is the bookies' pick for glory at SW19,
    and probably rightly so after a display at the French Open that was great for
    the tournament - and women's tennis  - even
    if she did fall short in the end. But her favourite status is anything but

    We haven't
    really seen many young players breaking through

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  • Federer not finished yet

    Despite a Slam-free start to 2011, I still honestly believe that Roger Federer is no longer in decline.

    I think he's enjoying his tennis as much as ever, and as long as he continues to enjoy it - and doesn't see his standard slipping - then he'll keep going.

    I, for one, don't think his standard has slipped too much.

    Perhaps he's not quite the player he was three years ago, but he's a better player than he was last year, that's for sure.

    That said, three months into the season I'm not so sure that Federer's advance is quite as strong as I thought it was.

    He's starting to find that the top

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  • Murray the best in the world

    It was great to see Andy Murray make a winning comeback in Valencia and I still believe he is the best tennis player in the world, that's not to say he's going to win a Grand Slam. 

    To come back in Valencia and win after all that time out is amazing, but until he wins a Grand Slam you have to regard him as being on a lesser level than the likes of Federer and Nadal.

    I don't think Federer is the player he was, Nadal is not the player he was. Djokovic seems to be coming back and there are others coming up, Cilic is one, but I think they are all pretty level and you can't pick a number one.


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  • Serena’s name written on the trophy

    Serena Williams will never forgive herself if she does not go on to win this year's Wimbledon title with the dearth of talent left in the draw.

    Kim Clijsters and Venus Williams were the next big names to fall, and they were the only realistic rivals for Serena in my opinion.

    There is no doubt in my mind that the world number one will prevail this year to defend her crown and win her fourth title - there is no one that I believe can stop her.

    Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova was absolutely outstanding in beating Venus, and it was a joy to see her produce such thrilling tennis on the big stage.

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  • Murray needs a mate not a coach

    Andy Murray's win at the Rogers Cup in Toronto dispels any doubts people may have had as to his ability to perform without a coach in his corner.

    It was the best I have seen the Brit play since the Australian Open, and he looked utterly sensational in winning the tournament and beating both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal along the way.

    What the victory showed quite clearly is that Murray does not require a coach in the conventional sense, but rather a mate.

    If there is an outstanding coach available who the Brit feels entirely at ease with, then that is all well and good, but otherwise he

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  • Nadal would have thumped Federer

    Rafael Nadal was utterly imperious in taking his fifth French Open title and the Spaniard would have beaten Roger Federer comfortably had the Swiss met him in the final.

    Robin Soderling had another magnificent tournament in reaching the showpiece match with a win over Federer en route, but Nadal was going to pummel anyone - it did not matter who he was due to face.

    I think the world number one realised after his defeat to Soderling last year at Roland Garros that there were a number of things he needed to change in his game.

    The changes made reflect the fact that Nadal's main priority this

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  • How high can Del Potro climb?

    It's been terrific, the way Juan Martin del Potro has come back from his nine-month injury lay-off and, for me, something of a surprise.

    Some players are simply never the same after suffering such a severe wrist injury - the joint's not as strong as it was, and the time it takes to recover can really take its toll.

    It also wears on the ambition of a player and, lest we forget, Del Potro is already a multimillionaire with a Grand Slam title to his credit.

    Despite all these possible set-backs, however, it looks like the 22-year-old is as hungry as ever!

    His rise this season has been impressive;

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