Simon Reed

  • Who’s the GOAT? 1-Federer v 16-Courier

    Our Who's the Goat? tournament kicks off with a match-up between top seed Roger Federer and rank outsider Jim Courier.

    A straight-forward victory for the current world number one?

    The contenders.

    Roger Federer
    Nationality: Swiss
    Seeded: 1
    Grand Slam titles: 16
    Australian Open W (2004, 2006, 2007, 2010)
    French Open W (2009)
    Wimbledon W (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009)
    US Open W (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)

    Jim Courier
    Nationality: American
    Seeded: 16
    Grand Slam titles: 4
    Australian Open W (1992, 1993)
    French Open W (1991, 1992)
    Wimbledon F (1993)
    US Open F (1991)

    Who would win if both players

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  • Belgian duo to dominate the WTA Tour

    Obviously Serena looked good in her opening match of the season, and I don't know how fit Maria Sharapova is, but it looks to me like the Australian Open final could be a Belgian lock-in.

    In fact, the whole year could be a Belgian lock-in unless Serena can keep her act going. None of the other players come within a country mile of Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin.

    I'm a big Sharapova fan and I hope she gets fit. If she can play and do herself justice, then she does stand a chance. And with Serena we've learned too many times that we can't rule her out.

    Venus is not going to be a real threat

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  • Who’s the GOAT? 8-Wilander v 9-Becker

    Last week's Greatest Of All Time match-up might have been a bit of a one-sided tie - we were actually slightly surprised that Jim Courier polled as well as he did - but this week's match has all the makings of a classic: Swedish great Mats Wilander against Germany's Boris Becker.

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

    Mats Wilander

    Nationality: Swedish

    Seeded: 8

    Grand Slam titles: Seven

    Australian Open: Winner (1983, 1984, 1988)

    French Open: Winner (1982, 1985, 1988)

    Wimbledon: Quarter-finalist (1987, 1988, 1989)

    US Open:

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  • Hopman Cup good for Robson

    Laura Robson's graph is moving in the right direction. I saw her first match and she looked off the pace and nervous when it mattered and in the mixed doubles, it was calamitous to be honest.

    But match by match she's progressed which is probably endorsing the decision to go down there and play.

    It's a great step up for her to be on a big stage, playing consistently in front of big, noisy crowds, and a big atmosphere alongside a big star in Andy Murray.

    It can only help. There are still things to work on; for me she's still a long way from being a threat at the top level, but she's 15 years of

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  • There’s nothing like the Australian Open

    For me, the Australian Open is the most enjoyable Slam by a long way.

    Perhaps it's because we come out of the Arctic winter each year - especially this year - and are greeted by gorgeous sunshine: it certainly doesn't do any harm.

    But it's the character of the place too. It affects the players, it affects everybody who's around it and even in the build-up to the tournament, it doesn't feel like a Slam.

    It's all so relaxed - the players haven't seen each other for a while as they've had the off-season and gone to very different tournaments to warm up. So they're all seeing each other again for

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  • Reed’s shotmakers: Men’s return of serve

    Simon Reed continues his look at his favourite shots in the game - this time he looks at the men's return of serve.

    THE BEST - Andre Agassi

    It is difficult to judge who has the greatest return of serve because different players produce different types of return. My top three though are Jimmy Connors, Lleyton Hewitt and Andre Agassi.

    However, for me, Agassi was the most exciting because he could attack off even a very good serve. I thought it was absolutely thrilling to watch him attacking serves. His hand-eye coordination was phenomenal, absolutely phenomenal.

    Whatever he said he used in

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  • Guest blog: Santoro on retirement

    In the first of a series of guest blogs, 37-year-old Fabrice Santoro talks about bringing down the curtain on his career at the Paris Masters after 21 years on the ATP Tour.

    I've heard people talking a lot about me retiring, but it's not a word that I like. It's only my retirement from sport and I've got a whole new life just about to start. I've had a lot of fun playing tennis, but there have been plenty of frustrating times in a career that has been a constant struggle as you have to be at your best the whole time.

    From a physical perspective playing competitive tennis at the top level has

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  • Wilander: Davydenko a worthy winner

    Wilander reflects on the game and the character of Nikolay Davydenko, the newly
    crowned ATP World Tour Finals champion.

    I don't
    know if you can say it's only a question of time with Nikolay Davydenko. But
    that's what it is. He won what was a pretty dull tournament. Roger Federer was
    not at his best and neither was Rafael Nadal, though you can't argue with the
    fact that the Russian was the best player of the week.

    There's no
    doubt about that. When you work as hard as he does and you play as well as he
    has for the last six or seven years, there comes a time when you're going to

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  • Favourite shotmakers: Men’s serve

    The Best: Pete Sampras

    When you look at the serve, the key
    thing is not just the percentages and the damage done with first serve winners,
    it is when you can produce those serves. For me, Sampras (pictured) was the
    greatest server ever because he had this uncanny ability on break-point down to
    produce a serve that would win him the point - either directly or a shot later.

    I don't think Sampras was the
    greatest volleyer of all-time but he had the easiest volleys because most of
    the time his opponent could only ever pop up his serve for an easy winner.

    Time-after-time Sampras would coast

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  • Reed’s review of the year

    Greatest match of 2009

    There have been some great matches this year, with two of Rafael Nadal's Australian Open clashes - the semi-final against Fernando Verdasco and the final against Roger Federer - sticking out.

    But for me the award must go to the semi-final of the Madrid Masters between Novak Djokovic and Radael Nadal. It was simply outstanding.

    There was unbelievable tennis and incredible shotmaking throughout. Djokovic was sublime, dominating for most of the match and enjoying three match points.

    But each time it seemed he must go out, Nadal managed to save himself with shots that were

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