With the excitement surrounding the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) reaching a fever pitch, it’s a good time to have a look at the top five exciting match-ups that may come up during the event.
The IPTL Top Match-ups
The Mahesh Bhupathi-founded IPTL surely brings a lucrative chance for tennis fans in Asia to catch a glimpse of their favourite tennis players in action. Based on the stars’ availability, here are the top five clashes we might get to witness –
Roger Federer (Micromax Indian Aces) v Novak Djokovic (UAE Royals)
It’s a clash between two mega stars who have a combined 24 Grand Slams and command respect all over the world. Catching Roger in action versus Novak is once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for any tennis lover even if it is for one set (according to IPTL rules).
Their head-to-head record of 19-17 in favour of the Swiss confirms how close their encounters can get. With Federer having defeated Djokovic in their most recent match in Shanghai, excitement for this one will be sky-high.
Novak Djokovic (UAE Royals) v Andy Murray (Manila Mavericks)
Having known each other from their junior days, their clashes always have a lot of excitement. Murray, though hasn’t been able to beat the Serbian since toppling him on his way to winning the 2013 Wimbledon.
But the Scot is gradually coming back to form and his run of three titles in five weeks recently vindicates it further. A Djokovic versus Murray match will always be a top draw for ardent tennis admirers. And we hope that tennis fans in Asia are blessed with the chance of watching these two Grand Slam champions play each other.
Serena Williams (Singapore Slammers) v Maria Sharapova (Manila Mavericks)
Maria Sharapova made up for the injury-married second half of 2013 with a French Open title this year. Her year has been a little inconsistent though with a good performance on clay and just one title elsewhere.
Serena Williams didn’t have a great first half of the year by her own lofty standards. She stormed back to take the US Open title and the elite WTA Finals. If anything, it proves Serena’s undying passion and unquenchable thirst for glory even at 33.
Her match-ups with the Russian megastar have mostly gone her way. But the fighting spirit and energy that both bring into these matches are definitely something to watch.
Ana Ivanovic (Micromax Indian Aces) v Caroline Wozniacki (UAE Royals)
This year has seen Ana Ivanovic finally returning to the stellar form that gave her the French Open trophy and the World No. 1 ranking in 2008. She is enjoying her tennis once again and has won four titles this year.
Caroline Wozniacki had a remarkable second half of the year. She reached the US Open final and ended the season on a high.
There’s a lot of interest to see if they can continue with this rollicking form next year. No doubt, fans will be flocking to see them at IPTL.
Pete Sampras (Micromax Indian Aces) v Andre Agassi (Singapore Slammers)
One of the biggest features of the IPTL is that it will have a contest between retired legends. It will definitely make some of the older fans nostalgic. At the same time, it is a unique opportunity for young tennis lovers who missed witnessing the delicious forehands and backhands of these stars during their heydays. Pete’s serves v Andre’s returns…need we say more?