Tuesday, 13 March 2012

A promised Interesting Week: Indian Wells

Novak Djokovic has made good progress in the BNP Paribas Open (Indian Wells) and will face the no.45 ranked Spanish tennis player Pablo Andujar in the third round of the ATP Masters 1000 tournament. His slow start was narrowed down to two possible reasons; one, Andy Murray's mother tweeted (@judmoo) that a lot of the players participating are ill; or two, he was affected by the fact that Vemic was sick. Either way, his performance was still better than Anderson's, and he defeated him yesterday in straight sets 6-2 6-3. The Serbian said after his victory yesterday: "The opening set, especially opening five games, took half an hour or more," said Novak. "He’s very aggressive on the return games. He has a great serve, as you can imagine for his height, so I had to return well. I had to just be patient, and wait for my chances". Apart from Djokovic, we've also got our eye on the Verdasco versus Del Potro match coming up in a few hours. Despite us having no interest in the women's side of things, the Ivanovic versus Wozniacki match later today should be good too.

Friday, 2 March 2012

A Stunning Estate: Jag's new XF Sportbrake

The Geneva Motor Show 2012 that will take place on the 6th March (in a few days) will have the honour of unveiling Jaguar's second ever estate: the XF 'Sportbrake'. It has been described so far as 'the most versatile Jaguar' yet, it's estate build expanding the possibilities we didn't know could be teamed with beauty, that is, of the successful and much acclaimed 'XF', which was on the roads for March 2008. Whilst from the front, the Sportbrake is capable of deceiving you for the XF, from the entire B-pillar onwards, it sports a new aesthetic, with hints of sharpness taken from the XJ.The Sportbrake will only be available in diesel. Additionally, it will be rear-wheel drive that is powered by an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Jaguar have described it to be their 'most efficient' model up to date, with the inclusion of a 'stop-start' system and 3.0 litre twin-turbo V6.The XF Sportbrake will sport the same 'new lightblade headlamp technology' that we've recently seen on the XF, which boasts LED daytime technology arranged in an alluring, Jaguar 'J-Blade' shape. Their are two options that can be incorporated as well, namely 'The Aero Pack' and 'The Black Pack', which subtly tweaks the exterior with bumpers or spoilers. Personally, I think these options would be best left untouched, as the Sportbrake's sheer size would be overwhelmed if such additions were made. Despite the name not being as elegant as is desirable, the Sportbrake promises to make its name on the roads in the coming year.