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2021 ATP Finals – Turin Qualifications

Posted by Staff on October 25th, 2021 @ 10:43 pm

The latest standings for ATP Finals to be held in Turin, Italy on November 14. Top 8 qualify.

1 Novak Djokovic
2 Daniil Medvedev
3 Stefanos Tsitsipas
4 Alexander Zverev
5 Andrey Rublev
6 Matteo Berrettini
7 Hubert Hurkacz
8 Casper Ruud
9 Jannik Sinner 3,015
10 Rafael Nadal 2,985 (OUT)
11 Cameron Norrie 2,945
12 Felix Auger-Aliassime 2,464
13 Aslan Karatsev 2,290

Last updated: Close of play on Friday, November 5.

2021 WTA Finals – Guadalajara Qualifications

Posted by Staff on October 25th, 2021 @ 8:43 pm

Standings to make the field of 8 at the WTA Finals in Guadalajara, Mexico set to begin the week of November 8.

1 Ash Barty (OUT)
2 Aryna Sabalenka
3 Barbora Krejcikova
4 Karolina Pliskova
5 Maria Sakkari
6 Iga Swiatek
7 Garbine Muguruza
8 Paula Badosa
9 Anett Kontaveit
10 Ons Jabeur
11 Anett Kontaveit
13 Naomi Osaka 2,771
14 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
15 Elina Svitolina
16 Jessica Pegula

Last Update: Close of play Sunday, October 31.

Russia Wraps Up Third Davis Cup Title, Sweeps Croatia Behind Medvedev, Rublev

Posted by Staff on December 5th, 2021 @ 7:31 pm

Russia collected its third Davis Cup title on Sunday sweeping past Croatia 2-0 in Madrid.

Russia dominated with straight set singles wins by Andrey Rublev and then Daniil Medvedev to clinch the win and avoid meeting the No. 1 doubles team of Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic.

Rublev fought off the nerves and downed Borna Gojo 6-4, 7-6(5). The Russian had to fight to avoid set points late in the second at …

Russia Reaches Davis Cup Final, Will Meet Croatia Sunday

Posted by Staff on December 4th, 2021 @ 11:31 pm

Powered by their dynamic Top 10 duo of Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev, Russia is back in the Davis Cup finals after cruising past Zverev-less Germany today 2-0.

After a week of 3-set matches, Rublev finally had an easy day crushing Dominik Koepfer 6-4, 6-0 in Madrid’s Magic Box.

Rublev need less than 50 minutes to secure the first point of the tie. He lost just five points on first serve in …

No. 1 Doubles Defeats No. 1 Singles As Djokovic, Serbia Fall In Davis Cup SFs

Posted by Staff on December 3rd, 2021 @ 9:32 pm

Novak Djokovic’s hopes for another Davis Cup title went by the wayside Friday in Madrid as Serbia fell to Croatia 2-1 in a surprise semifinal upset.

Croatia set the tone in the opener when little-known Borna Gojo stunned Dusan Lajovic 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Ranked No. 279, the 23-year-old Gojo pulled off his biggest career win coming from a set down against the world No. 33.

Djokovic level for Serbia, cruising past Marin …

Medvedev, Rublev Put Russia In Davis Cup SFs; Djokovic Back Tomorrow

Posted by Staff on December 2nd, 2021 @ 9:37 pm

The power duo of Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev led Russia into the Davis Cup semifinals. On the last day of the quarterfinals, Russia got past Sweden 2-0 as both Ymers fell.

Andrey Rublev scraped out another tough 3-set win of the week defeating Elias Ymer 6-2, 5-7, 7-6(3).

Daniil Medvedev clinched it with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Michael Ymer. The world No. 2 was broken three times and has won …

WTA Suspends All Events In China Over Concern For Peng Shuai

Posted by Staff on December 1st, 2021 @ 8:28 pm

The WTA took a bold move suspending all their events in China for 2022 until the Peng Shuai situation is resolved.

The Chinese star who was a former No. 1 in doubles has largely been missing from the public spotlight since revealing a sexual allegation against a government official a month ago.

The WTA has almost a dozen events in the region including the year-end finals which were moved to Mexico this …

Djokovic Leads Serbia Into Davis Cup SFs; Russia v Sweden Thurs.

Posted by Staff on December 1st, 2021 @ 8:17 pm

After Serbia dropped the opening rubber in their tie with Kazakhstan, Novak Djokovic righted the ship putting up two points to lead his home country into Friday’s semifinal.

Kazakh Mikhail Kukushkin won a thriller saving four match points against Miomir Kecmanovic to win 7-6(5), 4-6, 7-6(11) in Madrid. The 3 hour, 18 minute affair was the longest of the week, and one of the best wins over Kukushkin’s career.

“It’s special,” …

Rafael Nadal To Miss ATP Cup, Australian Open OK

Posted by Special on November 30th, 2021 @ 10:33 pm

According to reports from Spain, Rafael Nadal will not be playing the ATP Cup which begins at the start of 2022 in Sydney.

Nadal, who has played the event in the past, will skip the event but hopefully still make the trip down under for the Australian Open.

Nadal hasn’t played since Washington this summer as he recovers from a foot issue. But he is expected back on court at the Abu …

Germany Joins Croatia In Davis Cup SFs; Djokovic And Serbia Wed.

Posted by Staff on November 30th, 2021 @ 10:25 pm

On day two of the Davis Cup quarterfinals, Germany got through Great Britain 2-1 in a nailbiter in Innsbruck.

Dan Evans gave Great Britain an early 1-0 lead cruising past Peter Gojowczyk 6-2, 6-1. But Cameron Norrie fell to Jan-Lennard Struff and then in the deciding doubles, the German team of Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz edged Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski in two breakers 7-6(10), 7-6(5) to clinch it. The …

Davis Cup QFs: Russia Advances, Djokovic And Serbia Stay Alive

Posted by Staff on November 28th, 2021 @ 8:05 pm

After five days of round robin group play, the Davis Cup quarterfinals are set. From a field of 18 teams, the event is down to eight.

Today, Russia overcame a shock loss as Andrey Rublev fell to Feliciano Lopez in three. But Daniil Medvedev topped Pablo Carreno Busta then Karatsev/Rublev edged Granollers/Lopez in the 3-set decider.

The win moved Russia into the quarters, eliminated Spain and then advanced Novak Djokovic and Serbia …

Davis Cup Returns: Djokovic, Medvedev Lead Field

Posted by Staff on November 25th, 2021 @ 9:14 am

Not held in 2020 due to the COVID pandemic, the Davis Cup returns today in year two of its new format.

The 11-day event features 18 teams divided into six groups of three. The six group winners advance to the knockout quarterfinals along with the next two best second-place teams.

The quarters begins on November 29 with the final on December 5.

Ties will be played in three different cities in Europe: …

Zverev Rises To Medvedev Challenge, Wins Second ATP Finals Title

Posted by Staff on November 21st, 2021 @ 9:58 pm

Alexander Zverev put an end to the run of Daniil Medvedev topping the defending champion 6-4, 6-4 to win his second ATP Finals title on Sunday in Turin, Italy.

“I’m obviously happy with how the season went. I’m happy with the finish of the season,” Zverev said. “It was obviously a great year. To capture the title here has been incredible.”

Zverev has lost his last five to the Russian and hadn’t …

Daniil Medvedev v Alexander Zverev For The ATP Finals Title, Who’s The Pick?

Posted by Sean Randall on November 20th, 2021 @ 11:34 pm

The way the season has been trending, Daniil Medvedev and Novak Djokovic would have been a fitting conclusion to the ATP calendar year. But like he did in Tokyo, Alexander Zverev spoiled the party.

Djokovic had some chances late in the first set, then was finally able to breakthrough in the second. Both guys were serving and hitting the ball quite well early.

But some errors and a missed backhand …

Australian Open Confirms Only Vaxxed Players Allowed; Djokovic To Decide

Posted by Staff on November 20th, 2021 @ 10:23 pm

Earlier today the Australian Open confirmed that all players who plan to play the event in January will have to be vaccinated, per the earlier government mandate.

Some reports have as many as 80% of players already vaxxed, but among those at the top of the list who are not is 9-time champion Novak Djokovic who has been outspoken against getting the COVID vaccine.

“We have been speaking to Novak and his …

Ruud Overcomes Rublev In Thriller to Reach SF; Djokovic v Zverev Sat.

Posted by Staff on November 19th, 2021 @ 6:30 pm

Casper Ruud overcame a break down in the third to deny Andrey Rublev 2-6, 7-5, 7-6(5) and capture the last semifinal spot in the ATP Finals.

After getting routed by a hot Rublev in the first set, Ruud forced the issue in the second. But Rublev would regain control in the third, leading with a break at 3-2. Ruud would immediately get back on serve, then save break points and 5-all …

Zverev Cruised In Turin Finals, Medevedev Wins; Ruud v Rublev For Last SF Spot

Posted by Staff on November 18th, 2021 @ 10:04 pm

Alexander Zverev booked his semifinal spot in the ATP Finals by cruising past Hubert Hurkacz 6-4, 6-2.

The 2018 champion connected on 22 winners to only eight unforced to reach his third semifinal at the ATP Finals.

“Today was a tough match mentally because I needed to win, so I was 100 per cent focused,” Zverev said. “It was very up and down, and I am happy to be through and win …