Tennis With An Accent: Review of Singapore, Basel, & Vienna

Tennis with an accentLate in the 2018 tennis season, the Tennis With An Accent podcast covers a wide range of topics on both the WTA and ATP Tours. Co-hosts Saqib Ali and Matt Zemek begin with a discussion of the just-completed WTA Finals in Singapore. Elina Svitolina’s championship is a primary point of focus, as is the unpredictability which continues to define the year-end tournament in women’s tennis. What meanings and conclusions can be derived from an exciting and volatile week? Saqib and Matt explore that question.

The hosts then shift to the ATP Tour and Roger Federer’s 99th career singles title, his ninth in Basel at the Swiss Indoors. Saqib and Matt try to make sense of Federer’s up-and-down performances, but also his underrated resolve and the underappreciated nature of this latest championship. They include several other observations about Federer’s complicated and bumpy but genuinely successful 2018 season. Basel runner-up Marius Copil, who burst onto the scene and played electric tennis, also gets his due in the latest TWAA podcast. He won a lot of new tennis fans this week.

At the ATP 500 tour stop in Vienna, Kevin Anderson defeated Kei Nishikori in the final to win his first ATP 500 championship. Saqib explains the dynamics of “big-man tennis” and weighs in on the relative strengths of Anderson and fellow big man Juan Martin del Potro, who is injured and likely to officially shut down his season soon.

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