Jan 23

World Tennis Top Halves Not Present in Australian Open Finals

The Australian Open 2014 continues to be an exciting match for tennis fans as the biggest upsets in contemporary tennis history had recently happened. Women’s Tennis two-time champion Victoria Azarenka falls to her knees against Agnieszka Radwanska following a gruelling match set in Australia’s Rod Laver Court scoring 1-6 7-5 0-6. She will then play in the final four for the quarter finals.

World Number one for Women’s Tennis Serena Williams had also lost to Ana Ivanovic after she served Williams with consistent point-for-point returns. However, Ivanovic had lost to Canadian Eugenie Bouchard, who is now the first Canadian tennis player to reach the semifinals of the Australian Open.

Another recent upset was Novak Djokovic losing to five sets against Stanislas Wawrinka with 6-2 4-6 2-6 6-3 7-9, ending the former’s Australian Open winning streak in a precision-laden match that a minor error can cost one the entire game. The entire set had gone on for four hours.

Remaining on top of his game, World Number 6 Roger Federer comes from the ashes of his inconsistent performance in 2013 to win against Andy Murray with 6-3 6-4 6-7(6) 6-3. Murray blames his lack of time spent doing match practice because of his back surgery recovery.

Dec 31

Djokovic Kicks Off with a Bang

Novak Djokovic continued where he left off at the end of last season by successfully defending his Mubadala World Tennis Championship title in Abu Dhabi. Starting the final as the heavy favourite with Betfair, the Serb picked up his first title of the new season courtesy over a 7-5 6-2 win over Spain’s David Ferrer.

1Ferrer, who had beaten his fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals to reach the final, took an early 3-1 lead in the first set before Djokovic battled back to take the set 7-5. The Serbian star then wasted little time in taking the victory in the second set, continuing his run of winning five straight tournaments.

While the tournament is an unofficial event, five of the world’s top-10 players were among the field in Abu Dhabi. World number-one Nadal responded from the surprise defeat at the hands of Ferrer by beating Frenchman Jo-Wilfred Tsonga 7-6 6-3 in the third-place play-off.

The tournament was Djokovic’s since linking up with new coach Boris Becker, and the world number two admitted he was pleased with how things had started.

“I’m very satisfied with the way I played and I always enjoy coming back here. I have to say I’m really glad to have Boris joining our team. It’s great we’ve started by winning this trophy here. Hopefully we can continue like this during the year.”

Djokovic will be hoping to continue his winning run in the lead-up to the Australian Open. The four-time champion will be looking to defend his title once again in Melbourne, and the Serb is the current favourite to win a fifth title in the season’s first grand slam. Despite his recent dominance in the tournament, however, Djokovic is only a narrow favourite with Betfair ahead of current world number one Nadal.

Dec 30

Djokovic and Becker Partnership Comes as a Shock to Federer

The Swiss Tennis Hero Roger Federer expresses his surprise that Boris Becker is joining Novak Djokovic’s coaching team. He did not express disappointment but rather appreciation saying that the move is the best for the game.

Roger Federer will be playing in the Brisbane International this week before moving on for the Australian Open. As Djokovic partners with Becker, Federer announced that he will be joined by Stefan Edberg in a partnership.

Federer said that Becker’s appearance in the modern tennis world is exciting and it is a good thing that they are encouraging the new breed of tennis players to learn from what they had learned over the course of Becker and other former tennis professionals’ careers.

Stefan Edberg is renowned as a “net-rusher” who plays highly aggressively against his opponents. Experts said that bringing Edberg on board the Federer team signified a need for Federer to play more aggressively.

Federer had admitted that Edberg is is Tennis idol. Edberg will be joining as a part time consultant for Federer’s training. Federer said that he is interested in what he thinks and how he could play more aggressively coming to the net or back. He said that at least 10 or 12 weeks with Edberg might give him something fresh or inspiring for a good tennis play.


Dec 11

Paul Arber Missing, Wallet Found Along New Zealand River

After being last seen along the Waikato river in New Zealand, Australian Tennis Coach Paul Arber is still reported missing and local authorities in New Zealand are asking the public’s help in finding the man, spotted wearing only a black pair of shorts.

A boat is searching the Waikato river and its banks. Search and rescue teams are looking around the city’s parks, walkways and buildings for any clues as to the whereabouts of Arber.

The wallet and keys of Arber were found on Cook street. He had left his luggage and passport in his hotel accommodation.

Detective Karl Thornton said that Arber was seen on Saturday at 10pm wearing blue, orange and white-designed Adidas sports shoes and a grey Wilson tracksuit. When witnesses saw him by the river, they said he was only wearing a black pair of shorts. The detective said that he is considering foul play to be a factor as to why Paul Arber is missing.

Authorities are calling on the public to look for any signs of clothing or properties that might seem out of place. They said that no pieces of evidence be moved if the public finds them and they should call authorities should they find one in their properties. Authorities are calling specifically for people who may have been present in the Victoria, Bridge and Grantham Streets around 4am Sunday.


Nov 28

Toni Nadal Sets out Rafa Goals

Toni Nadal says his nephew Rafa’s main goal over the next few months will be to equal Rod Laver’s record winning of all the Grand Slams twice by winning the Australian Open.

After missing the second half of 2012 due to injury, the Spaniard has returned in fine style, delighting fans of live tennis online by triumphing at both the French and US Opens to overtake Novak Djokovic as the number one player in the world.

1What makes his achievements even more remarkable is that he’s done all this while still battling with his troublesome knee problems, and recently admitted that he sometimes feels in more pain than before his break.

The 27-year-old’s discomfort was clear to see at the recent end of season ATP World Tour Finals where he struggled to get around the court in a the manner he has in the last few months but he hasn’t let that hamper his schedule, with him playing against Djokovic in a number of exhibition matches around the world in recent weeks.

Following the conclusion of those clashes, he will switch his attentions to the first Grand Slam of 2014, the Australian Open, an event he won in 2009. He will go into the 2014 renewal as one of the favourites in the tennis betting.

Victory will see him become the only the second man in history to claim all four tournaments twice in his career, with Aussie hero Laver currently the only male to hold such a record.

Although his coach is reluctant to mention his nephew in the same breath as one of the game’s great, he accepts the player’s position in the history books and believes winning at Melbourne will prove his talent.

“The challenge in 2014 will be to win Australia, because it would achieve something only Rod Laver did, which is twice winning the four [Grand Slams],” Toni Nadal said in an interview with the journalist David Nadal.

Nov 15

Djokovic’s Partner’s Injury Could Cost Him His Game

Serbian Tennis Star Novak Djokovic faces the most difficult weekend game in the Davis Cup after his teammate Janko Tipsarevic pulls out of the 2013 finals against the Czech Republic due to his heel injury

Djokovic is to play the finals with Dusan Lajovic in the Czech finals after Viktor Troicki is suspend after missing his blood test. He is also likely to join Nenad Zimonjic on Saturday for a double’s game.

The world number 2 is to play against Radek Stepanek in the singles match on rubber on Friday before the Davis Cup Finals.

Potential partner Lajovicwill be playing against Tomas Berdych in Friday’s singles match.

Djokovic acknowledge the support he will receive from the 23-year old partner assigned to him. However, he still regrets Tipsarevic’s injury as a major disadvantage. Djokovic said that he wants to take off the pressure from Lajovic and ensure that he plays his game amidst the big crowd in the best he can.

Djokovic said that the crowd might not think Lajovic could win against veteran Berdych, but he can put up a decent fight. He said that if he beats Stepanek on Friday, Serbians will get a positive view on things. The support of 18,000 fans in the game is always his best morale booster and he said this is true even for Lajovic.

Oct 28

Laver tips Federer for Melbourne Glory

The 11-time Grand Slam winner, Rod Laver, has backed Roger Federer to win the Australian Open in January.

Several Betfair ambassadors believe that it is a surprising prediction by the 75-year-old as the Swiss star has endured a difficult year and has slipped to sixth in the world rankings.

Federer suffered early defeats at both Wimbledon and the US Open and has still not sealed his qualification for next month’s season-ending ATP World Tour Finals at London’s O2.

For the first time since 2002, Federer has failed to reach a Grand Slam final and he continues to struggle with a troublesome back injury.

Since clinching his fourth Australian Open title in 2010, and 16th Grand Slam, Federer has only managed to add one more Grand Slam to his tally, when he beat Andy Murray in the 2011 Wimbledon final.

However, Laver believes Federer will be refreshed in January and would not be surprised if he won his 18th Grand Slam title in Melbourne.

According to the Betfair website, he said: “I don’t foresee him saying he’s going to hang his rackets up because he’s had a bad year. I think he’s going to look at this next January – and you might be surprised when you look at the champion of the Australian Open.

“It might be Roger. He’s playing good tennis but sometimes it’s a matter of winning the right points. You don’t have to win them all, just the right ones. He seemed like he was getting into the right position of winning the right points, but not winning them.”

He continued, “I saw him play at Wimbledon and the first match he played perfect, great. Then all of a sudden he loses a match that he could probably win with his eyes closed. But that is tennis and Roger has had a great career.”

Oct 11

Roger Federer Loses to World 42 in Shanghai

World’s number 7 loses to tennis world number 42 in Shanghai masters as Gael Monfils defeats Roger Federer in the fourth game of their deciding match. Federer said that match could have gone “either way” and that he was lucky to have played a good tie-break match with  Monfils.

According to Federer, Monfils recovered during the third set as his serving became better, which made the entire match difficult for him. Federer admits that it was an equal high and low performance on his part.

Frenchman Gael Monfils was a top-notch player belonging to the top 10 of tennis. However, because of his heavy injury, he was demoted to 42. He said that he was actually finding it difficult to counter Federer’s strong forehand during the tie-break. Monfils said that he changed his ideas at the last minute and went for shots that were risky, yet they worked.

It was Gael Monfils’ second victory against Federer out of eight matches that they met together. Monfils is scheduled to play against world number one Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals.

World number 2 Rafael Nadal is still pacing on along with match winners Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Florian Mayer and Nicolas Almagro.

Sep 23

FCA Promises Stricter Regulations Against PPI Mis Selling Banks

FCA Chief Executive Martin Wheatley identified but did not name two banks who routinely reject a large proportion of PPI claims and said that the situation was unacceptable. He promised that the FCA will take stricter actions and enforcement to reduce the number of banks trying to stave off legitimate PPI complaints.

Wheatley had promised a “large” investigation against the two banks in question.

PPI is an insurance product designed to protect credit cards and loans, but were massively mis sold by banks. According to calculated losses, most people find a PPI calculator to report an average of £2500-3000 in losses to mis sold PPI.

Banks were ordered to refund customers mis sold the insurance policy. The mass mis selling of multiple brands in the banking industry had them set aside more than £18 billion for compensation.

The Financial Ombudsman said that there are more than two banks who reject legitimate PPI complaints routinely. According to them, they received at least 266,228 new PPI cases from the first to the second quarter, signifying that banks are systematically rejecting legitimate cases. In all its cases, the FOS upholds customer favour in one in four cases.

The Lloyds Banking Group, the biggest mis seller of PPI, was fined £4.3 million in February because it delayed 140,000 customers’ refunds. Today, the taxpayer-backed banking group is struggling to address 61,664 complaints. Lloyds was also involved in a routine rejection of PPI claims following the exposure of its system by a The Times newspaper reporter.

If you want to know more about PPI, you could go to www.ppicalculatorco.co.uk here for more details.

Sep 12

Nadal’s Impressive Return to US Open Marked by Great Improvements

Rafael Nadal’s victory against Novak Djokovic at the US Open marks his greatest improvement in recent years. Once a clay-court expert, Rafael Nadal ground down the world’s number 1 to the grass. Along with his improvement in grass courts, he also improved playing in hardcourts during the US Open and the Australian open.

Many tennis professionals currently refer to him as the “Comeback King”. World number 2 Nadal topped Djokovic with a 6-2, 3-6,6-4, 6-1 set on Monday, showing his great improvements in the sport.

His victory in the US Open is his second. He currently stands with 13 Grand Slam titles before Pete Sampras with 14 and Roger Federer with 17.

Nadal said that his US Open experience was “one of the most emotional seasons in his career”. This was evident when he laid face down after his victory, sobbing with relief and joy in his second victory in New York.

The match between the world’s top male tennis players lasted for 3 hours and 21 minutes, which is short by their standards. Nadal was fearful of Novak Djokovic’s playing level as he described that “no one could stop him” when the world number 1 plays at his top form and composure.

However, it was Djokovic’s sloppy game and numerous unforced errors that allowed Nadal an advantage against him.

Nadal was unable to play in the US open during his seven month lay-off due to his injured knee. At this time, he and his uncle and coach Toni Nadal worked on how he could play more efficiently before going to the US open.

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