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October Off-Topic Thread

Posted by Staff on October 3rd, 2017 @ 10:35 pm

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Sharapova Beats Shaky Competition in China for 1st WTA Title in More than Two Years

Posted by Staff on October 15th, 2017 @ 10:54 pm

Convicted doper Maria Sharapova won her first title in more than two years on Sunday, defeating unheralded Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus 7-5, 7-6(8) in the final of the Tianjin Open.

“It is a special title, a special victory,” Sharapova said after beating one player ranked in the Top 25 during the week. “It has been a couple of years since I have held the winner’s trophy. It is a great feeling, …

Federer Closes In On Nadal’s No. 1 Ranking, Can He Catch Him?

Posted by Staff on October 15th, 2017 @ 3:13 pm

Thanks to his Shanghai title, Roger Federer is within 1,960 ranking points of Rafael Nadal for the year-end No. 1 spot.

Had Nadal won today, it would have almost been over, but now Federer is in with a chance.

Ahead, Federer will have:
Basel – 500 points
Paris – 1000 points
ATP Finals – 1500 points

So Federer could max out at 3,000 points should he sweep all three titles. But Nadal, of course, is …

Why Is Federer Beating Nadal Now? He’s Not Scarred Anymore

Posted by Tom Gainey on October 15th, 2017 @ 2:58 pm

After today’s title in Shanghai, Roger Federer has now won five straight matches over rival Rafael Nadal. But Federer acknowledges, he’ll never catch Nadal in their head-to-head which the Spaniard leads now 23-15.

“It’s not going to happen,” said Federer of levelling his series with Rafa. “We don’t have enough years left on the tour, and we’re ranked too good that we play each other only in finals at the moment. …

Federer’s Ownership Of Nadal In 2017 Continues With Shanghai Trophy

Posted by Staff on October 15th, 2017 @ 11:52 am

Rafael Nadal may be No. 1 in the world, but not when it comes to playing Roger Federer this year.

The Swiss reinforced his GOAT status on Sunday by beating the Spaniard for the fifth consecutive time and fourth this year, 6-4, 6-3 in the final of the Shanghai Rolex Masters in China.

“I had no nerves really before the match, which was nice,” Federer said afterwards. “I was pretty clear about …

Federer Rallies To Beat Del Potro, To Meet Nadal In Shanghai Final

Posted by Staff on October 14th, 2017 @ 7:17 pm

There’s no surprise in Shanghai this year as the No. 1 and 2 seeded players, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, advanced to a super showdown on Sunday.

The 38th meeting between the two legends – which will feature the most Grand Slam champions ever on a singles court (35 total) – was sealed when Federer rallied from a set down to beat Juan Martin del Potro in the semifinals 3-6, 6-3, …

Roger Federer: I Would Teach My Kids A 2-Handed Backhand…It’s Easier!

Posted by Tom Gainey on October 14th, 2017 @ 2:08 pm

Roger Federer has one of the greatest single-handed backhands of all-time, but the Swiss said Friday in Shanghai that he would teach his kids a 2-handed backhand.

“Moving now on forward we will see double-handed backhands predominantly, which is how I would teach my kids, as well, to play tennis,” Federer said. “I think it’s just easier. Double-handed backhand, you can always fight a wrong position with the left hand, let’s …

Goffin, Tsonga, Kyrgios Lead Charge Next Week at ATP Antwerp

Posted by Staff on October 14th, 2017 @ 2:03 pm

ANTWERP, Belgium; surface: indoor hard

Seeds: David Goffin, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Nick Kyrgios, Diego Schwartzman, David Ferrer, Pablo Cuevas, Benoit Paire, Alexandr Dolgopolov

Floaters: Ivo Karlovic, Denis Shapovalov


No. 10-ranked David Goffin leads a strong seeded line-up of eight in the Top 50…

The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…

(2) Tsonga after a bye faces the winner of two qualifiers; (6) Cuevas starts against a qualifier then likely meets the big-serving Karlovic; (4) Schwartzman …

Roger Federer and Klay Thompson To Play Ping Pong?

Posted by Tom Gainey on October 14th, 2017 @ 1:51 pm

A week ago Roger Federer went to visit the NBA’s Golden State Warriors who were in Shanghai for an exhibition. While hanging out with the players, apparently Federer and star shooting guard Klay Thompson discussed their ping pong skills.

On social media, the talk has since escalated into what might be a possible match down the road.

Sounds like a challenge to me @KlayThompson 😉

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Poll: Will Rafael Nadal End His Losing Streak To Roger Federer In The Shanghai Final?

Posted by Tom Gainey on October 14th, 2017 @ 1:36 pm

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will meet for the 38th time tomorrow in the Shanghai Masters final.

Nadal leads 23-14 but Federer has their last four matches including three this year all in the first quarter at the Australian Open final, Indian Wells and Miami (winng the last 5 sets!). And Roger won both previous meetings in China in 2007 and 2006.

Federer leads 10-9 on hard courts and 5-2 in hard …

Dimitrov, Del Potro Highlight ATP Stockholm Next Week

Posted by Staff on October 14th, 2017 @ 11:40 am

Stockholm, Sweden; surface: indoor hard

Seeds: Grigor Dimitrov, Kevin Anderson, Jack Sock, Juan Martin del Potro, Mischa Zverev, Fabio Fognini, Yuichi Sugita, Fernando Verdasco

Floaters: Robin Haase, Hyeon Chung


The 48th edition of the tournament sees Grigor Dimitrov as the lone Top 10 representative, with two other Top 20 players and the former US Open champ Juan Martin del Potro…

The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…

(1) Dimitrov after a bye will …

Carreno Busta Defends Title This Week at ATP Moscow

Posted by Staff on October 14th, 2017 @ 10:23 am

MOSCOW, Russia; surface: indoor hard

Seeds: Pablo Carreno Busta, Albert Ramos Vinolas, Adrian Mannarino, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Andrey Rublev, Damir Dzumhur, Paolo Lorenzi

Floaters: Andrey Kuznetsov, Danill Medvedev, Borna Coric


No Top 10 players in the field, and one Top 20…

The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…

(1) Carreno Busta after a bye will meet the winner of the all-Russian battle between Kuznetsov and Medvedev…

Wildcards were awarded to Russians Teymuraz Gabashvili, Konstantin Kravchuk …

Federer v Del Potro, Nadal v Cilic In US Open Champions Shanghai SF

Posted by Staff on October 13th, 2017 @ 7:35 pm

The semifinals in Shanghai feature four former US Open champions including reigning winner Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer who are now just one victory each from a meeting on Sunday.

Nadal increased his win streak to 15 after a third win over Grigor Dimitrov this season and third decided in a final set with a 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-3 victory. Nadal led by 4-2 in the second set breaker before Dimitrov ran …

Del Potro Tops Zverev In Shanghai; Nadal v Dimitrov, Federer v Gasquet Friday

Posted by Staff on October 12th, 2017 @ 10:17 pm

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer inched closer to a Sunday showdown in Shanghai. Earlier today, Nadal improved his current win streak to 14 after cruising past Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-1.

“I played a very good match. I don’t know how many mistakes, how many unforced errors, but very few. And I played very well in all aspects,” Nadal said. “I have been doing things very well. So otherwise, of course, big …

Top Seeds Nadal, Federer Advance In Shanghai; Zverev v Del Potro Thurs.

Posted by Staff on October 11th, 2017 @ 5:27 pm

Top seeds Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer both were winners on Wednesday at the Shanghai Masters. Nadal had no issues whatsoever upping his win streak to 13 in crushing Jared Donaldson 6-2, 6-1.

“It was a very quick match in all aspects,” said Nadal. “I think Jared started playing very well at the beginning, serving big, and then hitting very strong from the baseline. Of course, I started trying to play …

Fabio Fognini Fined For US Open , Could Be Suspended From 2 Grand Slam Events

Posted by Staff on October 11th, 2017 @ 10:57 am

The ITF has handed out its punishing for Fabio Fognini’s behavior during the US Open. The Italian who was tossed from the US Open for his comments toward an official, was put on probation and given a $48K fine (in addition to the $24K fine he was hit with on site).

Should Fognini commit another major offence at a Grand Slam through 2019, the 30-year-old’s fine increases to $96K and …