Simon Reed

  • Baltacha bulldozing towards top 50

    Confidence has obviously been a factor for a huge part of her career. Because of injuries, leading to a lack of practice and lack of match play, she didn't have it; and in the last year she's found it.

    She has a good game: she's a big server, has a huge forehand, and if she keeps the confidence level as it is, there's no reason why she shouldn't be a top-50 player within a few weeks.

    She won her first Miami qualifier and is getting ready to play again: I expect her to get to the main draw in Florida.

    She's on a roll at the moment and it will take a very good player to beat her, wherever she's

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  • Ivanovic is right to pull out of Fed Cup

    It will be tough for Serbia in their Fed Cup play-off against Slovakia now that Ana Ivanovic has withdrawn from the squad over form concerns.

    I remember when the first signs of what was happening with Ana started and Sven Groeneveld, who was working with her then, kept telling her: "There's nothing wrong with your tennis."

    I still don't think there is anything wrong with her tennis, fundamentally.

    Yes, she's a little one-dimensional and yes, it would be good to have things added to her game, but she has got immense weapons. She didn't get to number one in the world and win the French Open by

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  • Who’s the GOAT?: 15-Vilas v 2-Sampras

    Last week's Greatest Of All Time match-up saw John McEnroe edge past Stefan Edberg in a surprisingly close encounter. But who will he play in the second round?

    This week's match will probably prove to be a lot more one-sided with former world number one Pete Sampras taking on Argentine clay-court specialist Guillermo Vilas.

    Under our GOAT rules each match is three sets, one on each surface. Here's the rundown on the two contenders.

    Guillermo Vilas

    Nationality: Argentine

    Seeded: 15

    Grand Slam titles: 4

    Australian Open: Winner (1978, 1979)

    French Open: Winner (1977)

    Wimbledon: Quarter-finalist

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  • Who’s the GOAT? 6-Agassi v 11-Nadal

    Our latest match-up sees American legend Andre Agassi face Spain's Rafael Nadal - VOTE NOW on the tennis homepage, or click here to see the latest results.

    Andre Agassi

    Nationality: American

    Seeded: 6

    Grand Slam Record:

    Australian Open - Winner (1995, 2000, 2001, 2003)

    French Open - Winner (1999)

    Wimbledon - Winner (1992)

    US Open - Winner (1994, 1999)

    Rafael Nadal

    Nationality: Spanish

    Seeded: 11

    Grand Slam Record:

    Australian Open - Winner (2009)

    French Open - Winner (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)

    Wimbledon - Winner (2008)

    US Open - Semi-final (2008, 2009)

    REAL LIFE HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD

    2-0 to Nadal.

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  • Baltacha on the up

    It may be a
    quiet time for tennis after the Australian Open but there's one name that
    stands out for me - Elena Baltacha.

    To reach
    the final of the Dow Corning Classic in Michigan
    and then come from a set down against the top seed for the title could be a
    really turning point for Elena. 

    I'm
    absolutely thrilled for her - she's a cracking person who has worked so hard to
    come through adversity.

    She's had
    more than her fair share of injury problems and that can take its toll. To make
    the necessary improvements to your game at 26 years old is not easy and she's
    been fantastic.

    Elena has

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  • Who’s the GOAT? 3-Borg v 14-Rosewall

    Bjorn Borg

    Nationality: Swedish

    Seeded: 3

    Grand Slam Record:

    Australian Open - 3R

    French Open - Winner (1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981)

    Wimbledon - Winner (1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980)

    US Open - Finalist (1976, 1978, 1980, 1981)

    Ken Rosewall

    Nationality: Australian

    Seeded: 14

    Grand Slam Record:

    Australian Open - Winner (1953, 1955, 1971, 1972)

    French Open - Winner (1953, 1968)

    Wimbledon - Finalist (1954, 1956, 1970, 1974)

    US Open - Winner (1956, 1970)

    REAL LIFE HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD

    1-0 to Borg. Despite the Australian's amazing longevity, the two greats met only the once, in a last 16

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  • Brits are too soft and too spoilt

    Last week I predicted a tough test for Great Britain against Lithuania in the Davis Cup. I thought Britain might just have snuck it, but they lost and it has created a flurry of criticism.

    I'm not too surprised by the reaction: it makes a good story. The knives were already out before the match and there was always going to be a lot of flak coming if the cards did not fall our way.

    I only saw bits of the tie, but from what I understand it was actually played at a fairly high standard.

    However, at the end of the day, it was against a lowly ranked team like Lithuania and a fifth successive

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  • Who’s the GOAT? 5-Lendl v 12-Laver

    Last week's Greatest of All Time match-up saw Boris Becker progress to face current world number one Roger Federer in the first of the quarter-finals. But who will join them?

    This week's match has the potential to be a little one-sided with 12th seeded Australian Rod Laver facing Czech Ivan Lendl, seeded fifth.

    Laver is widely regarded as Federer's only real competitor for the GOAT title, with many holding the firm opinion that the Australian would have won more Grand Slam titles had he not been prohibited from competing for five years before the Open era.

    Under our GOAT rules each match is

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  • Britain look vulnerable in Lithuania

    Great Britain, minus Andy Murray, begin their Davis Cup season this weekend in Euro-Africa Zone Group 2 with an away tie against Lithuania.

    Lithuania might not be the biggest name on paper but I think this is going to be a very close tie and the key thing for me will be how the young Lithuanians handle the pressure.

    If they handle it well - I think they'll get through.

    Lithuania's Ricardas Berankis is the key player in this tie. He has a better record than anyone else playing, but he is 19-years old and has never been under this type of pressure before.

    With home advantage in the Davis Cup

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  • Ferrero can go out in style

    Juan Carlos Ferrero celebrating his 30th birthday by winning two titles in as many weeks is a terrific achievement.

    Andre Agassi showed the way, winning the Australian Open at the age of 32 and then making the final in Flushing Meadows when he was a ripe old 35.

    Ferrero can take heart from those achievements - and if anybody deserves to enjoy an unexpectedly bright twilight of his career, it's him.

    I remember talking to Juan Carlos back in 2003. He'd just won the French Open and was knocking on the door of becoming the world number one, but just couldn't understand why nobody considered him a

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