At one point on quarter final day, with Rafael Nadal already out at the hands of 19 year old Nick Kyrgios, Andy Murray had just been dumped out in straight sets by Grigor Dimitrov, and both Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer trailed by a set in their respective matches. While the latter pair eventually overcame their opponents, the message is clear at this year's Championships: change is coming at the top of mens' tennis, and tomorrow we will found out just how soon.
Monday will see Andy Murray return to Centre Court at Wimbledon in a bid to repeat his historic success from last year. Here I run the rule over the potential contenders for the third Grand Slam event of the year, and it looks as if it could be one of the most unpredictable major events in recent years, following this morning's draw.
Rafael Nadal became the first man to win the same Grand Slam event nine times with a 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 win over Novak Djokovic in today's final.
It looked a near certainty even before the first balls were hit in Paris two weeks ago that we'd witness another final between Djokovic and Nadal on Philippe Chatrier. For the first time in years, the bookmakers' had Rafa down as the underdog, and Novak seemed to justify his billing as narrow favourite by taking the opening set. What followed was an intriguing clash which perhaps lacked the quality of many of their 41 previous meetings, but what will fittingly go down as one of 2014's most attritious tennis matches:
With the qualifying rounds now in their final stages of completion, the draw is nearly full for this year's French Open, which will see Rafael Nadal gun for his 9th title in Paris and Novak Djokovic pursue his career slam.
Friday's draw ceremony threw up some interesting prospective clashes. Here, I analyse how it panned out for some of this year's key participants:
This morning I discussed the reasons why Rafael Nadal will still go into Roland Garros as the man to beat, despite his indifferent clay form that could easily have seen him go to Paris without a title since Rio de Janeiro.
Here's a look at some of the main contenders to topple the Spaniard at the 2014 French Open, and how I think they'll ultimately fare at the second Grand Slam event of the year:
For the fourth time, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic locked horns in the final of the Rome Masters, and it was another clash to remember, as the Serb rallied from a set down to clinch his third title in The Eternal City.
Here's how Sunday's final panned out and the implications of this result ahead of Roland Garros:
Two big guns took on two young guns in the Internazionali BNL D'Italia on Saturday, with a pair of tantalising clashes in store.
Here's my round-up of the semi-finals at the final clay court Masters 1000 event of the year, and a look forward to tomorrow's final:
Four much-anticipated ties took place on Friday with rivalries renewed, breakthroughs made and epic clashes settled.
The quarter-final stage of the Internazionali BNL D'Italia didn't disappoint, and here's a recap of the action, along with some predictions for tomorrow's semi-finals:
We're approaching the business end of the Internazionali BNL D'Italia and there's no shortage of exciting clashes to look forward to on Friday.
Here's my say on today's round three matches, as well as some statistics and predictions for tomorrows quarter-finals:
Novak's Back and Stan Storms Through
Attention turned to some of the big guns on the second day of the Rome Masters, with fans keen to see how Novak Djokovic fared on his return from a wrist injury, and how the Australian Open champion would bounce back from his surprise loss to Dominic Thiem last week in Madrid. Here are the main talking points from the first set of second round match-ups: