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December Off-Topic Thread

Posted by Staff on December 5th, 2018 @ 7:43 pm

Non-tennis posts for December go here.

November Off Topic Thread

Posted by Staff on November 7th, 2018 @ 11:25 am

Off topic posts go here.

Winner Announced for 2018 Tennis-X Year-End Top 10 Contest

Posted by Staff on December 9th, 2018 @ 11:14 pm

What was worse, the atrocious picks this year, or the atrocious job of figuring them out?

Injuries to Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka, then Grigor Dimitrov and Nick Kyrgios flaming out ruined just about everyone’s Top 10.

“Wawrinka is selected at number 1 spot because he is returning from knee surgery and we know what knee surgery in Switzerland can do!” wrote t4t.

Not.

David Goffin also hurt a lot, if not all of, …

Cilic, Croats Roll French for 2nd Davis Cup Win

Posted by Staff on November 25th, 2018 @ 10:45 pm

Croatia won its second Davis Cup title on Sunday when Marin Cilic beat Lucas Pouille 7-6(3), 6-3, 6-3 in the first Sunday singles to clinch for the Croats 3-1.

Pouille replaced Jeremy Chardy in the first singles on Sunday. Cilic was 6-0 in sets played over the weekend.

“It’s not every day that you become a world champion,” Cilic said.”For us it’s a dream come true. We are so passionate, you can …

Croatia Visits France For Davis Cup Title This Weekend; Cilic, Coric, Tsonga Headline

Posted by Staff on November 22nd, 2018 @ 11:49 pm

The last title of the 2018 men’s tennis season is at stake this weekend in Lille, France when the host French team welcomes Croatia for the Davis Cup title.

France is seeking an 11th Davis Cup title, and second straight while Croatia is bidding for a second after 2005.

The home team is deep but will be without their best three players missing, though hopes will rest on the returning Jo-Wilfried Tsonga …

Comparing Zverev With The Big 4 At The Same Age (Rafa Rules!)

Posted by Tom Gainey on November 19th, 2018 @ 7:44 pm

The ATP decided to heap more pressure on the newly-crowned ATP Finals champion Alexander Zverev, by comparing him with the Big 4 at the same age of 21 years, 212 days.

Here are the numbers they put together:

Masters

High

Titles

Titles

Rank

Rec

Win Pct

Alexander Zverev…

Alexander Zverev: Winning The ATP Finals, Beating Federer Then Djokovic, It’s Astonishing!

Posted by Tom Gainey on November 19th, 2018 @ 7:26 pm

Alexander Zverev put an exclamation on his 2018 season become the first player to beat both Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic and win his biggest career title yesterday at the ATP Finals.

“This is the biggest title of my career so far,” Zverev said. “This trophy means a lot, everything, to all the players.

“It’s quite astonishing, winning this title, beating two such players back-to-back, Roger and Novak, in semifinals and finals. …

Novak Djokovic: It Was A Phenomenal Season, I’m Very Proud Of It

Posted by Tom Gainey on November 19th, 2018 @ 7:12 pm

It didn’t end the way he would have wanted, but despite the loss to Alexander Zverev in the ATP Finals, Novak Djokovic was still very pleased with his 2018 campaign.

And he should be. The Serb ranked down at No. 22 just in June, yet played his way back to No. 1 and lost just three matches in total (35-3, losses to youngsters) since the start of Wimbledon.

“Of course, finishing the …

Novak Djokovic: I Hope Zverev Passes Me Someday

Posted by Tom Gainey on November 19th, 2018 @ 6:52 pm

Despite a tough loss in the championship match at the ATP Finals yesterday, Novak Djokovic was full of praise for the young German Alexander Zverev.

“I’m really happy for him,” Djokovic said. “Obviously it’s not great to lose a tennis match, especially in the finals of a big tournament. Quite disappointed with my game.

“But I’m happy that he won the big title because we have a really good and friendly …

Zverev Stuns Djokovic In ATP Finals Title Match, Earns Biggest Win Of Career

Posted by Staff on November 18th, 2018 @ 10:17 pm

Alexander Zverev earned the biggest win of his young career beating the heavily-favored Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-3 in the title match at the ATP Finals in London on Sunday.

“This is the biggest title of my career so far. This trophy means a lot, everything, to all the players. I mean, you only have so many chances of winning it. You play against the best players only,” Zverev said after his …

Zverev Upends Federer, Will Face Dominant Djokovic For ATP Finals Title Sunday

Posted by Staff on November 17th, 2018 @ 7:56 pm

There will no dream final between greats Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the title match of the ATP Finals on Sunday in London. That’s because earlier today in the semifinals, Alexander Zverev stunned the Swiss 7-5, 7-6(5) to collect one of his best career wins.

While the score was close, Zverev was in control for much of the match. Federer had an early break point in the second then held …

Federer v Zverev, Djokovic v Anderson At ATP Finals Saturday

Posted by Staff on November 16th, 2018 @ 7:46 pm

The last four at the ATP Finals were set on Friday, and favorites and former champions Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic avoided an early semifinal collision after Alexander Zverev ousted John Isner in the opening match 7-6(5), 6-3.

“It’s obviously great getting to the semifinals. But the tournament isn’t over,” said Zverev. “I am in the semi-finals. There’s only good opponents left. There’s only the best in the world. I’m playing …

Federer Books Final Four Berth At ATP Finals, Thiem Advances; Last SF Spot At Stake Friday

Posted by Staff on November 15th, 2018 @ 8:21 pm

Roger Federer rolled to his 15th ATP Finals semifinal appearance Thursday in London, besting the guy who beat him at Wimbledon, Kevin Anderson, 6-4, 6-3.

The 6-time champion had lost his opening match on Sunday, but roared through wins over Dominic Thiem and today Anderson to win the Lleyton Hewitt group.

“I’m very happy. First match was tough against Kei, never got going. And with the back against the wall, maybe it’s …

Djokovic Reaches SFs Stage At ATP Finals, Cilic Beats Isner; Federer-Anderson Rematch

Posted by Staff on November 14th, 2018 @ 10:25 pm

Novak Djokovic rolled into the semifinals in London on Wednesday. As the round-robin stage continued at the ATP Finals, Djokovic defeated youngster Alexander Zverev 6-4, 6-1.

Djokovic, who has won 34 of his last 36 matches, will take on Marin Cilic on Friday. Cilic put the Serb through to the semifinals for an eighth time by coming from a set down to beat John Isner 6-7(2), 6-3, 6-4.

Cilic has just one …

Federer Back On Course At ATP Finals; Anderson Cruising; Djokovic v Zverev Wed.

Posted by Staff on November 13th, 2018 @ 10:57 pm

After a disappointing start to his 16th ATP Finals, Roger Federer got back on track Tuesday in a comfortable 6-2, 6-3 win over Dominic Thiem.

Thiem had won the last two meetings but today the Swiss was fully in charge in a dominant performance.

“It feels good. I’m very happy that I showed a reaction after the last match against Kei,” said Federer who improves to 16-0 in second matches at the …

Djokovic Starts Strong In London ATP Finals, Federer Returns Tues. v Thiem

Posted by Staff on November 12th, 2018 @ 11:30 pm

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic opened up his ATP Finals campaign with a strong 6-4, 6-3 win over John Isner.

The 5-time ATP Finals champion has now beaten the American five straight times and in nine of 11 meetings. He never faced a break point while breaking Isner three times.

I don’t think it’s the reason I was so dominant. I just prepared myself well for the match and executed everything really, …