Posted by Staff on November 18th, 2019 @ 12:09 pm
The new Davis Cup opens Monday in Madrid with three ties already underway in the Spanish capital.
The revamped World Cup-style format features 18 countries split into six groups. Each country will play three ties from Monday through Thursday.
The six group winners plus the next two best countries move to Friday’s quarterfinal knockout round.
The semifinals will be Saturday with the final on Sunday.
The tie will consist of two singles matches and …
Posted by Staff on November 17th, 2019 @ 11:21 pm
Dominic Thiem came back from a break down in the third and from 4-1 down in the final set breaker, but it wasn’t enough as Stefanos Tsitsipas would not be denied in a thrilling 6-7(6), 6-2, 7-6(4) to capture the ATP Finals title in London.
Thiem had the early control of the match — last official ATP match this decade — grabbing an early break but Tsitsipas came back to force …
Posted by Sean Randall on November 16th, 2019 @ 11:51 pm
Two players who I didn’t even have making the semifinals are in the title match of the ATP Finals on Sunday. The last tournament of the 2019 season will feature Dominic Thiem taking on Stefanos Tsitsipas after both enjoyed comfortable straight set wins today.
Tsitsipas, who beat Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev during his round robin week, got over once again on Roger Federer. A day after falling in …
Posted by Staff on November 15th, 2019 @ 8:26 pm
A day after clinching the year-end No. 1 ranking, Rafael Nadal came up with a strong performance beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in three sets 6-7(4), 6-4, 7-5 on the final day of round robin play at the ATP Finals in London.
Nadal needed the win to stay alive in the semifinal race, but later was eliminated when Alexander Zverev swept away Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 7-6(4) to earn the final spot.
“Preparations have …
Posted by Staff on November 14th, 2019 @ 7:44 pm
In the match of the round robin, Roger Federer turned back the clock displaying some of his best tennis in a convincing 6-4, 6-3 victory over tournament favorite Novak Djokovic at the ATP Finals.
Federer broke Djokovic early in the first, then rode his serve and lethal backhand to a quick opening set win.
Djokovic saved early break points in the second, but just couldn’t find the mark during the match …
Posted by Staff on November 13th, 2019 @ 7:18 pm
Rafael Nadal authored one of his best comebacks of his historic career Wednesday in London at the ATP Finals.
The Spaniard was down 5-1 in the final set with Daniil Medvedev who was serving 40-30 at match point. Nadal saved it and then proceeded to clay his way back in the match to somehow level at 5-all. About fifteen minutes later, he took the match in a breaker 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-6(4).
Posted by Staff on November 12th, 2019 @ 11:45 pm
After a stunning win in his opener over Roger Federer, Dominic Thiem did one better toppling World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in a thrilling win 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-6(5).
Thiem dropped a tight opening set, but then caught fire in the second, blasting forehand winners. And the Austrian kept it up in the third, dictating from the baseline. But at the time of asking, he failed to serve it out at 6-5, …
Posted by Staff on November 11th, 2019 @ 7:29 pm
Rafael Nadal returned to tournament play for the first time since his US Open title, but it didn’t go so well. In his opening match at the ATP Finals today in London, Nadal suffered his first career loss to Alexander Zverev 6-2, 6-4.
Nadal showed no signs of an ab injury which forced him out of Paris two weeks ago, but he didn’t have the sizzle on his fearsome forehand which …
Posted by Staff on November 10th, 2019 @ 10:48 pm
Roger Federer suffered a shock opening loss at the ATP Finals falling to Dominic Thiem 7-5, 7-5.
The Austrian had four wins in six tries over Federer entering, but playing indoors at an event Federer’s won six times while Thiem’s never made the semifinals, gave the edge to the Swiss.
Thiem broke Federer for a 2-0 lead only to give it back a few games later. Then broke again at 5-all and …
Posted by Staff on November 10th, 2019 @ 11:26 am
The 2019 Fed Cup came down to the decisive fifth rubber with France stunning the home favorite Australia team 3-2 taking the doubles.
France’s Carolina Garcia and Kiki Mladenovic overpowered Ash Barty and Sam Stosur 6-4, 6-3 to capture their third Fed Cup title and first in 16 years since 2003.
“I’m not sure I’ve completely realized, because it’s been a crazy weekend for everyone,” Garcia said. “The doubles went very fast, …
Posted by Staff on November 10th, 2019 @ 11:15 am
It’s only an exo, but Jannik Sinner ended 2019 on a high note taking the ATP NextGen Finals title in Milan, Italy, beating Alex De Minaur 4-2, 4-1, 4-2 in an alternate scoring format.
In its third year, the event showcases the top players under 22. And the 18-year-old Sinner follows former champions Hyeon Chung and Stefanos Tsitsipas as winners, and both of them went on to make the Australian Open …
Posted by Sean Randall on November 9th, 2019 @ 7:06 pm
It’s 2019 and the men’s ATP season is headed toward another finish with the Big 3 holding the Top 3 spots in the year end rankings. But on the eve of the London ATP Finals, the question is, who will on top and in the No. 1 position, Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic?
Nadal holds a solid 640 point lead, an amount Djokovic can make up by winning at least two …
Posted by Staff on November 7th, 2019 @ 11:50 pm
Ash Barty will try to cap an incredible season by helping her nation win the Fed Cup this weekend at home in Perth.
The Australian who finished 2019 No. 1 will be joined by Ajla Tomljanovic, Sam Stosur, Astra Sharma and Priscilla Hon.
France will bring Kristina Mladenovic, Carolina Garcia, Alize Cornet, Fiona Ferro and Pauline Parmentier.
Australia are aiming to win an 8th Fed Cup title this weekend in their first appearance …
Posted by Staff on November 5th, 2019 @ 11:11 am
The ATP Finals groups were drawn today in London. With Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic split up, that left 6-time champion Roger Federer as the floater, and he ended up with the Serb in the Bjorn Borg Group.
Join Djokovic and Federer are Dominic Thiem and first-time and US Open semifinalist Matteo Berrettini. The two former champions and heavy favorites to get to the last four, will have to play in …
Posted by Staff on November 3rd, 2019 @ 4:15 pm
Ash Barty capped her breakthrough year claiming her second biggest career title taking the WTA Finals in Shenzhen over defending champion Elina Svitolina 6-4, 6-3.
“Bizarre, if I’m being completely honest,” said Barty of the year. “It feels like it’s been a year that just hasn’t stopped. It’s been a year of incredible ups and downs – I think more ups than downs. To cap it off with a very, very …