Against considerable odds, Roger Federer has suddenly become the man to beat. The year began with Andy Murray established as world No 1; Novak Djokovic looking as if he could mount a serious challenge; Rafa Nadal poised to continue the improvement in form he showed in the latter half of 2016 and Juan Martin del Potro determined to make a real impact on the ATP tour after his heroics in Davis Cup and the Rio Olympics. And Federer? The great Swiss was an unknown quantity, both to us and himself. He had no idea how he was going to play in Australia after a six month layoff, nor how he was going to handle the big challenges that followed. Now we know. Following his victory over Nadal in the final
KEY BISCAYNE This week, Jon Wertheim handed over the keys to the SI Tennis Mailbag to Andrea Petkovic. The 29-year-old took some time between playing at Indian Wells and this week's Miami Open to answer some reader questions about pressures on the WTA Tour, Maria Sharapova, David Foster Wallace and more. Andrea, I am a big fan of not only your game, but also your friendly personality.
Hong Kong have withdrawn from their Davis Cup tie against Pakistan in Islamabad citing security concerns, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) said in a statement on Tuesday. Pakistan have been forced to play home Davis Cup ties in the Asia/Oceania group abroad since 2010 because of the security situation in the country, but international tennis returned last month. Pakistan beat Iran 3-2 in a first-round tie in Islamabad in what was the first Davis Cup match in the country in 12 years.