Federer, Azarenka Win Titles; Tennis-X Notes
by Staff | October 24th, 2010, 4:26 pm
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Federer Collects First ATP Stockholm Title

World No. 2 Roger Federer defeated Germany’s Florian Mayer 6-4, 6-3 on Sunday, adding the If Stockholm Open title to his collection. The 29-year-old Federer won his third title of the year following the Australian Open and Cincinnati.

“It means the world to me to win this title,” Federer said. “It’s always nice winning in a place like this with a tennis heritage and a lot of history.” The Stockholm Open was formerly a Masters-level event before being demoted.

During the week Federer needed to come from a set down to beat Swiss compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka in the quarterfinals, and in the final was down a break to Mayer in the first set. The 27-year-old Mayer fell to 0-3 in career finals.

Federer’s Stockholm win ties him with Pete Sampras’ total of 64 career titles. Only Jimmy Connors (109), Ivan Lendl (94) and John McEnroe (77) have won more singles tournaments than Federer and Sampras. “It’s amazing that I’m there where Pete’s ended his career on,” Federer said. “You never know when it’s your last one. That’s why you want to savor every tournament victory.”

Troicki Breaks Through for 1st Title

For No. 43-ranked Viktor Troicki the third time was the charm as the Serb won his first career title in his third final on Sunday in Moscow, coming from a set down to defeat Marcos Baghdatis 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the final of the Kremlin Cup.

“There are no words to describe what is going through my mind,” said Troicki. “I would say it is the biggest day of my career. I had been waiting a long time for this. It is special it happened in Moscow as my father is Russian.”

The 24-year-old previously finished runner-up at events in Washington in 2008 (l. to Juan Martin del Potro) and Bangkok in 2009 (l. to Gilles Simon). “Marcos played a great first set and a half, but then I was able to get into the match,” Troicki said. “I was nervous serving out for the title but I tried not to think too much about it. The mistakes I made against Rafa (Nadal in the Tokyo semifinals) when I served for the match but lost helped me.”

Baghdatis fell to 1-3 in finals this year. “I lost a lot of matches in my career, but it is frustrating to lose in a final like this,” Baghdatis said. “I thought I was in control of the first two sets. I still had a great week, played great tennis.”

Azarenka Tops WTA Championships Qualification with Moscow Title

Victoria Azarenka qualified for the year-end Top 8 this week, then for good measure denied a Russian winning the Moscow title, defeating Maria Kirilenko 6-3, 6-4 for the Kremlin Cup crown.

“I’m happy to win another title,” Azarenka said of her second title of the year. “It brings me extra confidence for Doha. I have a flight there tonight so I’m excited to arrive on a high.”

Kirilenko lost just nine games en route to the final, but failed in her attempt to overpower the big-hitting Azarenka, dropping to 5-4 in career finals. “I really wanted to win this tournament but Vika was better than me today,” Kirilenko said. “It’s nice to finish the year with a great final. It gives me a desire to work harder and get better…I’m happy that from tomorrow I can put my racquets and tennis clothes away for a couple of weeks!”

Unseeded Vinci Captures Luxembourg Open

Unseeded Italian Roberta Vinci topped No. 8 seed Julia “Gorgeous” Goerges of Germany 6-3, 6-4 on Sunday to win the third title of her career at the BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open. She also won titles in 2007 at Bogota and in 2009 at Barcelona.

The 27-year-old improved to 3-1 in career finals, losing in the championship match this year at Barcelona. Goerges, who won her first career title at Bad Gastein in July, fell to 1-1 in finals.

“Julia is a very good player, but I don’t think today was her best day,” said Vinci, who kept her opponent off balance with her all-court game. “The turning point for me this week was my second round match, when I won 7-6 in the third set. After that I knew I could go far, maybe the semis. Today I tried to stay focused on every point, especially on my serve games, and it worked. Now I’m going to go home for a week and then to the Fed Cup final.”

TENNIS-X NEWS, NOTES, QUOTES AND BARBS

Rafa v2.0 — Remember the name Gianluigi Quinzi. Earlier this month the 14-year-old Italian lefty won his fourth consecutive U-18 ITF title in four weeks in the final of the Curacao Juniors Open. He has also now won 37 consecutive singles matches dating to July.

IMG CEO BET ON FED — An IMG vice-president admitted that the media company’s CEO bet on the 2007 French Open final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. “And you wrote that (IMG CEO Theodore Forstmann) bet against Roger Federer,” the VP told an AOL Fanhouse columnist. “That isn’t true. He bet on Federer to beat Rafael Nadal (in the 2007 French Open final). He lost $40,000 on that match.” Ouch. Federer says he is uninvolved. “Because it involves my name somewhere out there, I know it’s 100% not true,” he said last week in Shanghai. “Pretty relaxed about this because I’m for complete honesty for the sport. “[I'll] leave the game better off then when I arrived to the sport, even though it was already a great platform I had. The last thing I would do is harm the sport…I would never do such a thing.”

NEW HAVEN SURVIVES, AS WOMEN’S ONLY — The pro tennis event at New Haven announced it will not fold after losing Pilot Pen as its sponsor, but it will become a women’s-only event, with Yale and several companies replacing a single title sponsor. The tournament will be called the New Haven Open at Yale in 2011, and additional sponsors will include Aetna and American Express. Pilot Pen was the title sponsor for 15 years.

TENNIS CHANNEL vs. COMCAST — Comcast Corp. and the Tennis Channel have agreed to let a mediator play settle their dispute over the Tennis Channel being put on a sports pay-tier rather than their basic line-up. Comcast puts the sports channel it owns, including the Golf Channel and Versus, on their basic line-up which charging Tennis Channel subscribers extra for a sports-tier package.

BOUILLABAISSE
Victoria Azarenka
snuck into the year-end WTA Championship field after the injury withdrawal of Serena Williams, with Shahar Peer as the tournament alternate (her chance of seeing some court time on the all-injured all the time WTA Tour? 100%)…Los Angeles Lakers crybaby guard Sasha Vujacic and Maria Sharapova are engaged to be married, according to Vujacic, with Sharapova’s agent confirming. The couple met a year ago…Robin Soderling has become the fifth qualifier at the year-end ATP championship behind Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray…The WTA Tour unveiled a new ugly-ass plain logo this weekend that looks like a discount Asian airline…Juan Martin del Potro, 0-2 since his attempted comeback from wrist surgery, says he will put the racquets in the bag until January 2011. “This year was very bad, very bad. I suffered a lot. People must know that for a long time I will be lacking in pace, away from my best tennis,” said the South American in a television interview. “I began the Australia Open as one of the favorites with chances to be No. 1. Suddenly, everything collapsed. I went several months without getting a proper diagnosis.”…Almost half the field is missing from the year-end WTA Championships due to injury — Justine Henin, Serena Williams and Venus Williams all sidelined with injury…Lleyton Hewitt and wife Bec announced the birth of a baby daughter, their third little lawnmower…Caroline Wozniacki says she is well rested for the WTA Championships: “After I got back from Asia, I took five days off from tennis. I think I really needed a break so I just did some fitness work, mostly boxing with my trainer. Last year I had a great showing there, but had to retire in the semifinal due to a lingering injury. I’m 100 percent healthy now, so I’m looking forward to improving my result from last year.”…Maria Kirilenko is projected to return to the Top 20 after her runner-up effort at Moscow…Kim Clijsters comes into Doha coming off a foot infection, the result of complications after the removal of a wart.


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39 Comments for Federer, Azarenka Win Titles; Tennis-X Notes

steve-o Says:

That picture is hideous. He looks like a hobbit with a pageboy haircut. Has it been vertically compressed, or something?


Kimberly Says:

Good for azarenka. Last year when she won Miami I was convinced she would be the next big thing. Hasn’t happened yet. Maybe next year.

2011 I’m predicting will be good years for ivanovic (I know she lost in luxemborg, but baby steps) and azarenka.


Fot Says:

Congrats to Roger for winning the title today. Like he said, “You never know when it’s your last one. That’s why you want to savor every tournament victory.”


dari Says:

I, too, have high hopes for azarenka. She is quite athletic on her best days, and when she is on can construct winning points quite well. Best of luck to her!
And of course Congrats to Roger! Another title never hurt nobody!


Kevin Kane Says:

Fed will surpass Sampras in career titles, but he won’t pass McEnroe.

It boggles the mind to imagine how Conners won 109 titles. Nobody is going to touch that record.


Kimberly Says:

Tennis channel showing replay of troicki baggy


Gallant Says:

The WTA has taken another step to distant themselves from tennis with their new logo. What’s up with that?


steve-o Says:

I see you’ve changed the picture of Federer. Thanks, it’s a great improvement over the previous one.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Great to see Fed’s “Got the Funk” now….and not “In the Trunk”. lol


JCK Says:

I saw the news about IMG CEO’s betting on tennis days ago. Why hasn’t the ATP started an investigation of this? I read that IMG’s CEO is considered a “covered person” by ATP’s rules and hence, shouldn’t bet on tennis. Or is IMG too powerful for the ATP to touch?

On the Italian boy, very interesting. He’s 10 years younger than Rafa so Rafa will probably retire by the time this boy hits his prime.


bobby Says:

JCK, I bet that Federer at 34 yrs of age will be still playing professional tennis.


dzulkafley Says:

i am happy and relief that at last roger won a tournament after his last GS…….:)


madmax Says:

dzulkafley, he did win another tournament after the Australian in Feb. He won cinny.


Kimberly Says:

this is a pretty boring week for atp tennis. more looking forward to basel and valencia.

I guess we have Doha, the Wta finals. Why can’t I get excited about this?


MMT Says:

JCK: On these betting allegations, I think the ATP will investigate this, as this appears to be a pandora’s box they hadn’t considered. My guess is they are in a wait and see mode as to the specific allegations against Forstmann, possible involvement of players and public reaction.

I have to say I think this is the right approach – after the disgraceful manner in which they unjustly persecuted Nikolay Davydenko over totally unfounded gambling allegations (brought by a betting site with obvious ulterior motives). It makes sense for them to approach this fairly to all parties involved and not rush into an investigation that would unfairly implicate players when no such implication is merited.

I do think that if Forstmann was betting on tennis, he should be santioned, although a quick check of the rulebooks doesn’t appear to make any specific violation or sanction that would apply to agents, which would open themselves to an appeal.

Either way, the rules need to be updated to include anyone with inside information from the players and receives special access/accomodations/status with the ATP. Even members of the press are not specifically prevented from gambling – it seems the only restriction is gambling on (an ATP) site/location (i.e. using the medial facilities of a tournament, for example).

The suit against Forstmann does not allege conspiracy with Federer, but if details emerge that suggest it, they will have to investigate, as well they should.


Kimberly Says:

MMT says: after the disgraceful manner in which they unjustly persecuted Nikolay Davydenko over totally unfounded gambling allegations (brought by a betting site with obvious ulterior motives).

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Actually I recently saw something on Tennis Channel about this and the way it was portrayed was that Davydenko was likely guilty but they have/had not one shred of evidence to persecute him with.


Kimberly Says:

“I have to say I think this is the right approach – after the disgraceful manner in which they unjustly persecuted Nikolay Davydenko over totally unfounded gambling allegations (brought by a betting site with obvious ulterior motives). It makes sense for them to approach this fairly to all parties involved and not rush into an investigation that would unfairly implicate players when no such implication is merited.”
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Tennis channel did an episode on the Davydenko incident, it really did seem like he was guilty but no one could prove it. What happened was extremely odd. 7 million dollars of bets against Davy, after Davy won the first set in a nondescript tourney? Very very odd.

Of course with Federer the whole thing makes no sense. Fortsman bet ON Fed. It is impossible for Fed to control whether he wins any match (but especially this one on clay). He can only control whether he loses. Maybe he talked a little trash sayng he could win this match (wrong!) but that doesn’t qualify as inside info. In fact, the whole thing is so ludricrous and a nasty attempt at a smear campaign against an athlete (while not my fav) who is an example of impeccable conduct and sportsmanship.


bibi Says:

“Maybe he talked a little trash saying he could win this match”

And maybe he gave Forstmann an inside info about Nadal, namely that his knees are progressively getting worse (as evidenced by his loss to Federer in Hamburg)? Players sharing locker-rooms and practice courts see and hear things.

The fact is Nadal played that whole 2007 RG with his legs numbed with anti-inflammatiory injections, as he himself openly revealed in his interviews years later, stating that this RG title was probably his most difficult of all exactly for this reason (playing it under injections).

Forster already admitted to chatting with Federer on the phone prior to the 2007 RG final. Did they discuss Nadal’s injections? Did Forster immediately run to bet on Federer’s win? Did he brag about that to his former friend who is now suing him?


skeezerweezer Says:

Kimberly,

Trying to take this to a fun er place. Thought some Rafa fans would get a kick out of this, no pun intended. Might have to replay it goes fast.
Let know one say he doesn’t know his English ! :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acNUrlKp8t0&feature=related


Kimberly Says:

Skeezer, cute. I miss rafa. But enjoying being able to breathe without stressing over his every match. These tournaments this week are sort of boring,


Kimberly Says:

Miss watching his famous ass


skeezerweezer Says:

Kimberly,

:)


JCK Says:

LOL. Thanks for the video, Skeezer. Rafa has grown up so much.

MMT, IMG is more than just agent to Fed and Nadal. It owns several tennis tournaments. So Frostman, as the CEO of the company, shold be considered a “covered person” by the ATP rules. Any covered person can’t bet on games. Frostman not only bet on tennis games, he admitted to it through a spokeperson.

His argument is that he bet on Fed rather than against Fed and hence, he’s not conspiring with Fed. But rules are rules. He’s definitely someone who can have inside information. There’s definitely a conflict of interest there. The person who sues him was his go-between who placed bets for him with bookies. So even if he doesn’t win the suit, the ATP still should investigate because of the IMG’s influence in tennis.


JCK Says:

bobby, I seriously doubt that but time will tell.


JCK Says:

Since I’m so much older than Rafa, does it make me a cougar if I say I miss his famous ass too? :-)

I finally ordered a DVD of 2010 US Open Final I missed it entirely. I ordered a 2008 Wimbledon Final too. Can’t resist. I was too nervous during that match to admire the greatest match.


Fot Says:

The thing with Roger doesn’t make sense. Even if Roger said something about Rafa’s knees… don’t you think just about everyone else knew it too? Even us fans knew about the injections, etc, so that’s nothing new! The guy was stupid to even up his bet even if Roger said “Yes, I think I really have a shot at this title this year”.! Duh! What else should Roger have said before a match? There is no ‘inside’ information Roger could have given this guy to ‘make sure’ he (Roger) had won the match. They didn’t control Nadal. So the guys was stupid to (first) – bet on tennis anyway; and secondly – to raise a bet against Nadal on clay at the French when he had never lost a match at that time. lol!


madmax Says:

to think that Federer would even be involved in such a thing is ludicrous. Shouldn’t even be reported on. pure fabrication. This was reported today:

To help Federer’s case along, the IMG has produced authentic documents proving that Jim Agate in fact may somewhat be unbalanced. The documents apologize for the harassment which Agate is subjecting IMG to.

“I deeply regret falsely attacking your character and falsely describing your activities to many people,” Agate has written. “I apologize for all my erratic and harassing e-mails. I did not intend to hurt you, but I was extremely frustrated. My energy has been misplaced for some time and I believe those days are over.”

The guy is a nutcase.


Kimberly Says:

Fot-agreed. The whole thing, or at least Federers role in it, is silly. You can’t compare it to the Davydenko, which with the facts I know, sounds incredibly suspicious.

I know this a tennis blog but feel compelled to mention Mimai Heat play Celtics tonight for anyone who cares.


skeezerweezer Says:

Sadly, I don’t see how the ATP cannot investigate Forstmann. Betting on the professional athletes that your company manages just doesn’t make common sense. In the article I read they stated he did as such.

http://tennis.fanhouse.com/2010/10/19/as-img-betting-scandal-unfolds-tennis-cant-afford-to-look-away/

Should a company’s CEO, who’s company manages many of the top professional athletes, be allowed to gamble on games/matches that there clients are playing in?

Just a thought, like to hear everyone elses…..


JCK Says:

Just like Pete Rose. Baseball banned him for his betting on baseball even though he said he always bet on his team to win. The appearance of corruption is something professional sports can’t afford.

IMG not only manages Federer and Nadal, it also runs several tennis tournaments. Think about the implication: The CRO of a company that runs tournament and manages several top players bet on the sport. He COULD have controls over the outcome of tennis matches that he bet on. How could the ATP turn a blind eye toward this?


JCK Says:

Oops, it should be “CEO”.


madmax Says:

JCK, this paragraph is worth posting here from the above link:

Maybe most disconcerting is the collateral damage. Forstmann’s wager involved Roger Federer and, according to reports, was placed after Forstmann had conferred with Federer and received a status update.

*Let’s be unequivocally clear: At least as the facts now stand, Federer did nothing wrong. He’s entitled to tell a friend how he’s feeling. There is no indication or suggestion he knew that Forstmann would be wagering on his performance.*

Still, that Federer’s name has even come up in this context is disgraceful. Federer has spent his career as the consummate ambassador for the sport, a champion in every sense of the word, with an unimpeachable record. The one time he gets “TMZ’d,” the one time there is a whiff of scandal, it’s because of his own management firm? You’d think a businessman smart enough to make billions would know that you don’t risk tainting your prized asset like this.

To his credit, Federer has taken questions on this unpleasant episode. And absent more information, we ought to divorce him from Forstmann’s colossally bad judgment. But he deserves better. Not bettor.

It’s the – “at least as the facts now stand” bit that makes me think weirtheim doesn’t quite believe what he has written, and then by the same token, final line, *federer deserves better*.

A few things that weirtheim has written about federer recently lead me to believe that he is willing to believe the worst, I don’t know. May be it’s just a feeling.

Anyone who thinks that federer could remotely be involved in anything like this needs their head testing.


JCK Says:

I think Wertheim was cautious since all the facts around the case were probably not out yet. He left some room to manuver in case evidences surface later. I would be shocked if Federer knew anything but I definitely think the ATP needs to investigate Frostman. Given the big role the IMG plays in tennis, they’re probably hiding their heads in the sand wishing the whole thing will blow over.


JCK Says:

Here is Wertheim today, responding to a reader’s mail:

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/jon_wertheim/10/27/mailbag/

I wonder whether the reader is a poster here. :-) Wertheim said in the first paragraph exactly what I brought up here a week ago. “Fed and Nadal are as polarizing as American politics.”


Vulcan Says:

JCK Says:

I wonder whether the reader is a poster here. :-)

How about, I wonder whether Wertheim is a reader/poster here!

His statement in my opinion is an exaggeration especially as it applies to the world view. He seems to be the one who is trying to generate controversy by making a statement and then posting a picture that is the polar opposite of what he is trying to say. Of course he would have his own motives for trying to generate controversy surrounding the Federer-Nadal Rivalry and in particular the point in time at which the rivalry turned ever so slightly ugly given that he has written a book on the match. I agree that the fan base is polarized but the question is is it polarized to the degree of American Politics?
A certain amount of polarization is to be expected and is healthy, American Politics is rife with attempts at character assassination…if that kind of stuff goes between Nadal and Federer fans my impression is that it tends to occur online where people have other motives besides tennis for making incendiary comments.


Von Says:

Vulcan: I have a feeling that Wertheim is a poster on this blog. Last week I read something in his blog and I saw a post the same day from a poster using the exact wording of Wertheim’s post. How coincidental is that? Unless one was copying the other, and that’s not unusual, as it happens a lot where I see some posters use the writers’ info as though it was born of their brain. It’s the internet and anything is possible.


Vulcan Says:

Von Says:

It’s the internet and anything is possible.

So true, Internet is definitely a virtual walk through a funhouse Hall of Mirrors when it comes to sorting out fact from fiction. Some people are into deception – and you know what they say about the person who set out to deceive and entered the hall of mirrors…without the truth to guide them they got lost and could never find their way out again!

With that said I was joking when I implied that he POSTS here…now reading here is another story…I would say that the most likely possibility is that he keeps informed of what’s going on online and probably has heard about all the mind chaff that is generated by the opposing camps on SOME of the blogs out there. The guy has always seemed very objective in his comments from what I’ve seen…this one just strikes me as a tad bit sensationalistic.


JCK Says:

Hey, I could be him! I made similar comments he wrote about and I made those comments here first! You’re right, Vulcan. Maybe he reads here and he’s copying my comments! Ha!

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