Simon Reed

  • 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)


    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. 

    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)


    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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  • 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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