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Miami 2012 - Novak 4

Who's hot and who's not in tennis


Who’s hot and who’s not in tennis:

Who’s hot:
Novak Djokovic: While George Michael was dancing, and ‘being at the centre of the universe’ (his words, his moves), Djokovic was getting on with business. The further Djokovic went into the draw at the Toronto Masters, the more he needed to win the title – for himself, and for the tournament director. This was an event dealing with the withdrawals of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, then Andy Murray’s knee lasting just the one match, and also rain, lots of it. There was the disclosure mid-week that Djokovic was ‘burdened with personal problems’. He didn’t deny that. But he did win the tournament. If the Serbian goes on to win the US Open, we will look back at this as the week he turned his summer around. 
Caroline Wozniacki: Is the thinking now shifting on ‘Wozilroy’? Are we now allowed to believe that each half of this cross-pollination-tennis-golf romance isn’t harming the other’s sporting ambitions? Rory McIlroy’s victory at the US PGA Championships will doubtless help; she’s not golf’s Yoko Ono. While Wozniacki may never get back to number one in the rankings – or win a slam – that won’t necessarily be her golfing boyfriend’s fault. If Wozniacki were to lose to the all-powerful Serena Williams in New York, are you really going to blame Rory for her demise? Stop with the silliness.
Andy Murray: Two pieces of good news for Murray. One – by being in Cincinnati, he didn’t have to be in the Olympic Stadium for George Michael. Two – there is analysis which indicates that his gold medal was the most talked-about British achievement of the Games. Indeed, Murray only trailed behind Usain Bolt in the Twitter Olympics. Bolt’s victory in the 200m generated more than 80,000 tweets a minute, followed by Bolt winning the 100m title, which led to a surge of 74,000 tweets a minute; next came Murray on 57,000 a minute.

Who’s not:

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga: The Frenchman was strolling around the streets of Toronto, when he collided with a fire hydrant. As you do. He required eight stitches to his knee and will miss this week’s Cincinnati Masters. His manager said: “Jo walked into a fire hydrant, sticking out of a building, while walking in the streets, which caused the injury, but his participation at the US Open is not in doubt.”

Maria Sharapova: What effect did the stomach virus have on her performance against Serena Williams in the Olympic final, when she won just one game? She withdrew from last week’s tournament in Montreal because of the virus, and the suggestions are that she wasn’t feeling her best at Wimbledon.

Donald Young. This is getting uncomfortable to watch – he has lost his last 16 matches.