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November 25th, 2015

8 Things I Think I Thought About Novak Djokovic And The ATP Finals

The ATP Finals put a fitting period on the 2015 season as the man who began on top, Novak Djokovic, finished the year on top with his 5th career London title.

Here are some final thoughts:

1. King Novak
There really isn’t any doubt, he’s the best in the biz right now and that’s a fact by a wide margin. If fact, it’s one of the widest margins by ranking points this sport has ever seen. And when you consider those giving chase, …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 12:04 am in ATP Finals | 40 Comments »

November 24th, 2015

21 Million Dollar Man Novak Djokovic Made More Prize Money In 2015 Than Andy Roddick Made In His Career

Thanks to his ATP Finals title and his No. 1 bonus, Novak Djokovic finished 2015 winning an incredible $21,646,145 million on the ATP circuit.

The record-breaking amount lifts Djokovic career total close to $95 million for his career and just behind Roger Federer all-time mark.

ATP Career Prize Money Leaders
Roger Federer $97,303,556
Novak Djokovic $94,050,053
Rafael Nadal $75,888,125
Pete Sampras $43,280,489

Djokovic is on pace to pass Federer and surpass the $100M level.

And …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 11:40 am in 2015 Season, Prize Money | 15 Comments »

November 24th, 2015

Novak Djokovic Goes Into 2016 Tied With Both Roger Federer (22-22) And Rafael Nadal (23-23) In H2H Meetings

Following wins over both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at the ATP Finals last week, Novak Djokovic has leveled his head-to-head with both rivals as he enters 2016.

Djokovic has never led either player, but now stands 22-22 with Federer and 23-23 with Nadal after beating Federer 5 of 8 times this year and Rafa four times all in straight sets.

“They’re different rivalries,” Djokovic said of playing the two legends. “It’s hard to really compare. In terms of matches played, maybe …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 11:28 am in ATP Finals | 37 Comments »

November 24th, 2015

Novak Djokovic: I Didn’t Expect This Great Season!

Novak Djokovic wrapped up his best season, and one of the best seasons ever, beating Roger Federer to win his 5th ATP World Tour Finals and fourth straight.

“This season definitely stands out,” Djokovic said. “I can’t say I expected it, not at all. But I always gave my best, and I’m always asking from myself the most. I was always hoping that I can play this well throughout the entire season. Managing to reach this kind of season and achievement …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 11:17 am in ATP Finals | 3 Comments »

November 23rd, 2015

Roger Federer Isn’t Targeting The Rio Olympics In 2016, At Least Not Yet

After a tough 63, 64 loss to Novak Djokovic yesterday at the ATP Finals, Roger Federer looked ahead to 2016, revealing he doesn’t really have any concrete goals at the moment other than focusing first on the Australian Open in two months.

“It’s not my number one priority,” Federer said of the Rio Olympics. “It starts with the Australian Open, which is just around the corner. That’s what I see next. Then once Australia’s over, that’s when I look more towards …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 5:58 pm in 2016 Season, Olympics | 17 Comments »

November 23rd, 2015

Roger Federer: I Will Not Gameplan For Novak Djokovic In The Offseason

Despite all his titles, all his wins and his runaway No. 1 finish, Roger Federer says he won’t change his approach to tennis just because of Novak Djokovic.

Rafael Nadal? Maybe. But not Djokovic.

After losing the to Serb in the ATP Finals 63, 64 yesterday, Federer explained.

“For me personally, not really,” Federer said. “Because I feel like I need to work on my overall game that is going to have an impact against most of the players. For me, Rafa is …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 5:51 pm in ATP Finals | 20 Comments »

November 22nd, 2015

Novak Djokovic Beats Roger Federer To Win Record Fourth Straight ATP Finals Title

Novak Djokovic put an exclamation point on his incredible 2015 season by beating rival Roger Federer 6-3, 6-4 to win a record fourth straight ATP Finals title.

The Serb also avenged a loss to Federer Tuesday in the round robin, breaking Federer three times in masterful performance. He is also now tied with Federer 22-22 in their head-to-head.

“Against Roger it’s very specific,” said Djokovic who finishes 5-3 against Federer in 2015. “You need to adjust to the tactics because of …

Posted by Staff @ 5:35 pm in ATP Finals | 151 Comments »

November 22nd, 2015

2015 ATP World Tour Finals Open Thread: Novak Djokovic v Roger Federer

The 2015 ATP World Tour season culminates Sunday with the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals championship featuring two of the game’s all-time greats as World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and No. 3 Roger Federer square off for the second time in the tournament. Federer won on Tuesday 75 62 and leads the all-time FedEx ATP Head 2 Head 22-21. This is their eighth meeting of the season (Djokovic leads 4-3).

The duo have combined to win 10 of the last 12 …

Posted by Staff @ 12:40 pm in ATP Finals | 190 Comments »

November 21st, 2015

Novak Djokovic v Roger Federer For The 2015 ATP Finals, Who’s The Pick?

What a perfect way to end the 2015 ATP season, with the two best of the year playing for an amazing 8th time as Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer clash with the ATP Finals title at stake.

The two former champions both cruised into the finals today, as expected.

Djokovic took care of Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-3. Rafa played good after a slow start but the match was never really in doubt with Djokovic in comfort and command throughout.

As I said …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 6:55 pm in ATP Finals | 113 Comments »

November 21st, 2015

Poll: Who Wins The 2015 ATP World Tour Finals, Novak Djokovic Or Roger Federer?

For the 44th time Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer will meet, this time for the 2015 ATP World Tour Finals title tomorrow at 6pm London time.

Federer, who has never trailed in their rivalry, leads 22-21 including a win Tuesday over Djokovic in the round robin.

The two have dominated not just the Tour but also the winning combining to win it 10 times.

Who’ll win the 2015 ATP World Tour Finals championship match?

Posted by Staff @ 5:08 pm in ATP Finals, Polls | 5 Comments »

November 21st, 2015

Roger Federer Says He Doesn’t Change His Game Against Novak Djokovic, But He Does When He Plays Rafael Nadal

Roger Federer had some interesting insight into the difference he has between playing rivals Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

“I’ve always enjoyed the matchup with Novak,” Federer said Thursday. “I think it’s always very cool and athletic and straightforward, unlike Rafa where I feel like I have to change my game completely to compete with him.”

So Roger admits to having to change up his game when he plays against Rafa who is lefty and who hits the heavy topspin to the …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 11:55 am in ATP Finals | 11 Comments »

November 21st, 2015

Roger Federer: Rafa Is Only Going To Be Better

Speaking Thursday, Roger Federer assessed the recent revival of Rafael Nadal, saying the Spaniard will continue his climb back into contention for Grand Slams and the top ranking.

“I think he’s only going to get better,” Federer said of Nadal. “’16 he’s going to have a good season if he stays healthy.

“Okay, maybe for his standard it’s not the best season. What is he going to finish, top five? It’s still a good season. Everybody would take it almost except maybe …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 11:39 am in ATP Finals | 4 Comments »

November 20th, 2015

Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer v Stan Wawrinka; 2015 ATP Finals SF Picks And Pans

It’s quite a final four in the last ATP event of the season. And it’s a great way to end 2015 at the ATP Finals in London with Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal colliding for the 46th time and then it’s a rematch of last year with Roger Federer taking on friend and countryman Stan Wawrinka.

Before my picks, a quick recap of Friday’s final day of round robin play.

Going in, having already wrapped up the Nastase top spot, Nadal had …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 9:37 pm in ATP Finals | 330 Comments »

November 19th, 2015

Novak Djokovic Sets Rafael Nadal SF At ATP Finals, Will Roger Federer Play Andy Murray Or Stan Wawrinka?

One Saturday semifinal is set at the ATP Finals, and that’s a sizzling showing between the resurgent Rafael Nadal and World No. 1 Novak Djokovic.

Djokovic advanced to meet his rival taking care of Tomas Berdych in straight sets 6-3, 7-5. Djokovic need only a set to advance to the semifinals, but he got two as he ran he record against Berdych to 21-2.

“Rafa has another match tomorrow and I’m going to watch that a little bit with my team and …

Posted by Staff @ 7:37 pm in ATP Finals | 228 Comments »

November 19th, 2015

Rafael Nadal: This Win Over Andy Murray Is Just The Beginning

Rafael Nadal picked up his best win of the season yesterday at the ATP Finals beating World No. 2 Andy Murray 64, 61 in round robin play. The victory over Murray was his highest win by ranking of the season for Nadal who’s had a bumpy 2015. But it signaled once again that he’s on the road back to the top.

“Is just the beginning,” Nadal said. “I need to keep working so hard to try to keep going the …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 3:46 pm in ATP Finals | 6 Comments »

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