It's kind of funny to think that the hottest player on the planet right now, Milos Raonic, has had losses to the likes of Simon Greul and Edouard Roger-Vasselin. But I guess beating guys like Mikhail Youzhny, Fernando Verdasco, Radek Stepanek and today, Mardy Fish in Memphis, can make up for that!
The kid has played a lot of matches so far this season, counting qualifying results, but it looks like he's done with getting into tournaments that route--barring anything unforeseen. Truth be told, I thought that Australian Open run was a fluke, but I guess that shows what I know! But here he is, in his second straight final after winning San Jose last week. I'm intrigued to see what he does against one of the big bombers, Andy Roddick, who despite not being as threatening as one of the game's big four is a whole different animal from the guys Raonic has beaten this year. It'll be interesting to watch.
And I'd like to give a shout out to our neighbors to the North and the great run by two of its young guns, Raonic and Rebecca Marino, who is in the finals in Memphis as well!
An old friend of mine and I used to talk tennis for hours, whether it was our own games or what was happening in the pros. I've started Tennis Talk, Anyone? to, well, talk tennis with an even broader crowd! My name is Van Sias and I've been playing for 20 years now, and not only am I player, I'm a huge fan of the game as well: pro, amateur, you name it. I'll post links to news items related to the sport, and offer my own personal opinion, predictions and hopefully get some of yours as well.