2014 Fall Preview: With No. 1 At Stake, Where Will Federer, Nadal, Djokovic Be These Last Few Months
by Sean Randall | September 24th, 2014, 1:26 pm
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As we enter the final few months of the 2014 tennis season, here’s where the top guys are scheduled to be playing:

Djokovic (4): Sept 29 – Beijing, Oct 5 – Shanghai, Oct 27 – Paris, Nov 9 – London
Federer (5): Oct 5 – Shanghai, Oct 20 – Basel, Oct 27 – Paris, Nov 9 – London, Nov 21 – Davis Cup
Nadal (5): Sept 29 – Beijing, Oct 5 – Shanghai, Oct 20 – Basel, Oct 27 – Paris, Nov 9 – London
Murray (4): Sept 23 – Shenzen, Sept 29 – Beijing, Oct 5 – Shanghai, Oct 27 – Paris

By week:
Sept 22 (Shenzhen, Kuala Lumpur)
Shenzhen: Murray, Ferrer Gasquet, Robredo
Kuala Lumpur: Nishikori, Gulbis

Sept 29 (Beijing, Tokyo)
Beijing: Nadal, Djokovic, Murray, Berdych, Dimitrov, Gulbis
Tokyo: Nishikori, Wawrinka, Ferrer, Raonic, Tsonga

Oct 5 (Shanghai)
Federer, Djokovic, Murray, Nadal, Wawrinka, Cilic

Oct 13 (Stockholm, Moscow, Vienna)
Vienna: Lopez, Pospisil, Thiem, Karlovic
Moscow: Cilic, Raonic, Gulbis, Gasquet
Stockholm: Berdych, Dimitrov, Anderson, Monfils

Oct 20 (Basel, Valencia)
Basel: Federer, Nadal, Warwinka, Dimitrov, Raonic, Del Potro
Valencia: Ferrer, Cilic, Nishikori, Isner

Oct 27 (Paris)
Federer, Djokovic, Murray, Nadal, Wawrinka, Ferrer (Paris)

Nov 9 (London)
Federer, Djokovic, Nadal, Wawrinka, Cilic (London Finals)

For the most part, there’s nothing striking about the schedules. Rafael Nadal returns (we hope) to action next week after another extended injury break. If history is any guide he’ll come back with a vengeance. Nadal’s slated to play five events with the hopes of finally winning the ATP Finals and reclaiming the No. 1 ranking from Novak Djokovic.

For the Serb, the big question is when will the baby come? That’s the X-Factor this fall!

With Davis Cup ahead, Federer has a busier than usual fall calendar. Plus he’ll play a December weekend exo in New Delhi. So I have to wonder if fatigue will be an issue? Federer is now 33 and unlike last year, this season’s he’s played a lot more tennis (last year he played 62 matches, this year he’s already at 66). A few years ago I called Federer the GOAT of scheduling, but now I have to question his judgment. Perhaps Paris will be expendable if he continues to do well. That said, he is in the No. 1 race as well so how much will he push it?

Also of interest is Andy Murray. With realistically just three spots remaining in London, Murray is currently 11th on the list so he’ll need to not only play events to have any hope of returning to London, but also do well in them.

Right now Murray is 350 or so points behind No. 8 Berdych for the final berth in London. And I expect Berdych and Kei Nishikori to both get in leaving one spot up for grabs among David Ferrer, Milos Raonic, Grigor Dimitrov, JW Tsonga and Murray. That’s stiff competition especially for someone like Murray who hasn’t even been to a tournament final since his Wimbledon title two summers ago. Making things tougher is the fact that Raonic, Dimitrov and Tsonga should all do well at the indoor events.

As always at the end of the year, we can expect to see lots of upsets (see Wuhan this week) and an increase in retirements as weary players try to get a jump on their off season. But with the No. 1 ranking still in doubt among Djokovic, Federer and Nadal, this figures to be a strong and exciting finish. And what a scene it would be if Federer were to have a chance at finishing the year No. 1 and finally winning the Davis Cup all on the same weekend. That could happen, folks. We shall see.


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43 Comments for 2014 Fall Preview: With No. 1 At Stake, Where Will Federer, Nadal, Djokovic Be These Last Few Months

Hippy Chick Says:

Cant wait to get back to the tennis,and seeing all the top players back again….


Hippy Chick Says:

Cant wait to get back to the tennis,and seeing all the top players back again….


Hippy Chick Says:

^Sorry dont know why that post came up twice^….


django Says:

Does anyone know how many weeks nadal vs djokivic been at number one? Is there a current listing?


Wog boy Says:

@django,

Rafael Nadal 141
Novak Djokovic 113

Btw, is your moniker after Franco Nero’s “Django”?


Steve 27 Says:

And what a scene it would be if Federer were to have a chance at finishing the year No. 1 and finally winning the Davis Cup all on the same weekend.

You wish, Randall, you wish.
Michael Stich is unique in this aspect.
Why not mention if Rafa Nadal win the WTF will be the only tennis player with Agassi to win all the great tournaments(4 majors, Masters, Davis Cup, Olympic Gold Medal)?
Why not mention if Dkojovic win the WTF this time will be the third to do it in a row as Nastase and Lendl?
Is obvious what is your favorite tennis player is but can sometimes be more objective and put aside the sentimentality that are not good in journalistic practice.
is becoming piteous to the very least.


Colin Says:

Wog Boy, I expect he takes that name from the movies, but to aged music fans like me, there’s only one Django, and that’s Reinhardt! Vintage jazz maintains a lingering popularity in Australia, so you could find plenty of people who’d tell you about Django R and the Hot Club of France.


Sean Randall Says:

Steve27, this post isn’t a London preview, it’s a basic fall preview.

True, Federer is my guy. People on this blog know that. I don’t hide that fact, so what?

That said, who in my post did I take a shot at? Nadal? No. Djokovic? No. Federer? Yes! So there’s your bias.

As for Davis Cup and No. 1, I just think it would be wild to see a player – any player, this year it happens to be Federer after Djokovic had a chance last year – win a first Davis Cup and also take home the year end No. 1 ranking. But I guess you don’t find such an occurrence very interesting or historic. I do.


Humble Rafa Says:

win a first Davis Cup and also take home the year end No. 1 ranking. But I guess you don’t find such an occurrence very interesting or historic. I do.

Trying to be number 1 without a slam in the last 12 months is an insult to Grandslam champions.

It it happens, the Arrogant One should get the title “King of the Minor League”


django Says:

Colin you win. Django R.


django Says:

Wogboy
thanks for the info. I wonder if nole can overtake rafa?


Humble Rafa Says:

Happy Chic is either making spelling errors embarrassing her native country or she types everything twice. I don’t know which one is worse.

As a Spaniard, one of my goals in life is to kill the English language one “no” at a time. No?


Wog boy Says:

Well, I was never good in Jazz music, though I didn’t mind drinking in the bars where jazz was playing, that’s about closest I got to jazz music.

Django, if Nole can hold to #1 until end of the year the answer is, yes, he can and will overtake Rafa”s 141 weeks, but I really don’t know in what mood Nole is right now, too many things on his mind, we are about two find out in two weeks time.


Steve 27 Says:

Randall, your lack of objectivity is amazing and unworthy of being called a good journalist. But you look like more a fanboy than a columnist. Just simply check your setting as naming your first Federer both your headlines and in your prayers. Not to mention the number of words and lines that you dedicate to all of your writings for the swiss is undoubtedly higher than others even if he do not deserve at a particular time.

I have friends Journalists and though everyone is far from 100% objective, as this is a utopia, a duty in this job besides the truth in your information, is to be impartial and not be swayed by the preferences it can have. And hence your Achilles heel, not hidden who your favorite player, do not deny it, not hide it, do not dress up, and you affirm to tell the truth, but what it? that of your favorite player because it guarantees you more entries and click on your blog, the more and better advertising revenues but the neglect of other players who are equally or more important today, hence your bias prevents you tell stories for all kinds of public rather than confined to a single player who lives over the past than the present, beyond what the rankings say.
Check your writings and you will see that you are not impartial in any way and only samples to you what seems more important, hence your exacerbated sensationalism to generate curiosity and controversy that has known much revenue you get like an old fox in this job.

And if you do not like criticism, then sorry, you must know how to respect all opinions, not just accustomed your sycophants, who will come to your defense like corporate lawyers, when you learn to show a range in your information, only then I will respect you as a good journalist. Not before.


skeezer Says:

Sean,
You know Steve 27 is a huge Rafa fan, yes? Lol take it in with a dash of salt.
I thought your write up was right on the mark. Fed gets a lot of media attention because of the records and fan base he has produced. Both are globally huge. You wrote about the other players chances as well. And Rafa doesn’t get enough write ups here? C’mon!


jane Says:

nole’s baby = x-factor, ha ha. i like it. :) go nole’s baby!


Hippy Chick Says:

Humble Rafa lol sensitive keyboard i guess,but if i was to pull you up,then i would also say you called me the Happy Chick and im the Hippy Chic,so your spellings not perfect either,but anyway spelling is not something that i have an issue with,except for my monikor,point is to get your point accross right?? :-))….


Hippy Chick Says:

Duh Hippy Chick,so there i go again,not Hippy Chic sorry,just call me Alison if you wish?….


Brando Says:

Sean Randall a Federer fan- honestly did not know that. Speaks of his objectivity to fool a seasoned poster like me on that front! To be fair to Sean: he’s a very fair writer towards all players. Even Rafa. I even recall- and correct me if I am wrong Sean- that he said had Rafa won the AO final this year for him he’d be even with Fed in GOAT talk. Now right or wrong- that doesn’t matter- I cannot see a Fed biased writer really saying such things. I even recall him linking a write up way back in 2008 where he speculates that Nadal could possibly surpass Federer one day! So all in all: I think he’s a very fair writer, who hardly has his liking of Federer leading to prejudice towards other players such as Nadal.


Hippy Chick Says:

Brando completely agree,i dont always agree with what Sean says,and when i do its sometimes done through gritted teeth,even if he doesnt like a player,at least one has to say is that his write ups are bang on the money,and i even have to say that through gritted teeth?….


Sean Randall Says:

Steve27, so this isn’t about this particular post, it’s about my pro-Roger stance overall? Fine.

If that’s the case, show me where I’ve been “amazing” in my “lack of objectivity”, or I’m such a Federer fanboy.

Brando I think has some links if you need help!

And I’ll agree, most if not all non-Rafa websites will have more Federer stories than Nadal? Why? Because:
1) Roger’s played longer than Rafa
2) Roger’s won more than Rafa
3) Roger’s simply more popular than Rafa


koolguyz08 Says:

“1) Roger’s played longer than Rafa
2) Roger’s won more than Rafa
3) Roger’s simply more popular than Rafa”

Couldn’t have said any better :)


Giles Says:

And Roger is older than Rafa. His ugly mug appeared way before pretty boy Rafa!


skeezer Says:

^Jealousy gets you nowhere ;)


SG1 Says:

Sean has every right to be a fan of whoever he wants. Everyone here is a fan of somebody. It’s not like this is a newspaper where “in theory”, the person reporting the facts is supposed to do so without bias. This is a place where opinions can and are expected to be expressed. When Sean does write his blogs, there isn’t anything overtly malicious expressed against player.

Sean…you keep doing what you’re doing. It’s a free country (at least from where I’m sitting).


jane Says:

just wondering if we’ll have a thread for the tennis this week? in any case, troicki beat ferrer in straight sets (troicki has mostly been playing his way through challengers so obviously this is a good win for him).

gulbis won his match, not that this means much, ha ha, and andy beat devvaman in straights as well.


Okiegal Says:

Jane, thanks for the report…….Good for Andy!! I usually watch on my PC, but Okieguy has been on it non stop and can’t get the live stream on my Kindle….grrrr……


Hippy Chick Says:

Okiegal i never have that problem, as Hippy Guy hates tennis,the only time he pays attention is when its our Andy especially that Wimbledon win last year lol :-))….


Okiegal Says:

My guy hates tennis too, but here lately he has watched it some. He does comment that he thinks it is amazing the shots these guys pull off…..and so do I! Rafa popped up on my Facebook page and commented that it felt so good to be back on court. in reference to the Tsonga exo match, I suppose. It feels good to me too!! Vamos, Rafa!!


Hippy Chick Says:

WOW Didnt know you and Rafa knew each other personally lol?seriously though its great to have him back playing tennis,and all the players for that matter,way too much off court stuff gets a bit irritating at times IMO….


senorita Says:

Tennis comes alive with Rafael Nadal back on the scene!


Okegal Says:

@senorita……..Yes, it is good to have Senor Rafael Nadal playing again!!

“8″ Vamoses and “5″ Hail Marys…….OOPS, silly me…..9 Vamoses!!!lol


Colin Says:

Senorita, can I take it you think the entire sport will die when he retires, which won’t be all that long now?


Hippy Chick Says:

Nice win for Troicki against Ferrer on the comeback trail,also hope Andy can finish the week with a title,and get back into some winning form,Gulbis won hmm ok,watched highlights of Rosol v Janowicz,Rosol winning in the end after Janowicz had MPs winning his fifth career title,have to say Rosol has grown on me never thought id say that though lol….


Hippy Chick Says:

Colin please no retirement talk,let the players themselves decide if and when they want to do that?


the DA Says:

“just wondering if we’ll have a thread for the tennis this week?”

You’re not alone. I guess Maria traveling coach and Roger asking for photoshopped pix of himself are more compelling stories than Ferrer’s shock loss, Murray’s attempt to get to the WTF or Nishikori’s return to competition.


Margot Says:

@the DA
Did u watch the match? I’ve just forked out for a month of tenntv and they’ve got “catch up” AND I love the commentators. In yesterday’s match the com was brilliant, no incessant chatter and just commentating insightfully now and again.
As usual Andy had a lapse and was a bit inconsistent but there were some good signs too, especially the power he got on his forehand which, at times, D couldn’t handle. Also the speed with which he got to a net shot was…..simply awesome…;)


the DA Says:

@Margot – Yes I watched it. He was uneven but that’s probably rust and he was grouchy, more than usual. I also thought it was funny how was his FH was the more reliable & potent shot. But then again, nothing should surprise me this year. Right now Pico is leading Richie by a set. So, all the omens are good for the title watch, but that only makes me freak out more ;)


Margot Says:

@the DA
Once his serve started clicking he looked blooming awesome….as u Yankees say ;)
Was wondering if he actually tries to do too much with the serve and it doesn’t always come off. The spin on one serve down the centre line was incredible, unfortunately just too much and out it went. Threw in some gr8 body serves too. It’s just fabulous to see him back and getting there.
Wub. Wub. Wub.


Margot Says:

@the DA
Talking about v Lazlo today. L looks just like a little prize fighter, albeit a very pretty one…;)


the DA Says:

Another uneven match with more grouchiness despite being in the lead the entire match. The agonies of being a perfectionist. Still, I’ll take the win. He has another match to make it all come together. He needs to with Robredo being the potential final opponent.


SG1 Says:

Glad Andy is getting back in the mix again. The only thing that bothers me with him is his penchant for turning to his box and showing the antics almost every time he loses a point. It is an annoying trait that seemed to happen less when Lendl was around. I don’t see how your box is going to help you beat the guy on the other side of the net.


Daniel Says:

Glad Murray is winning again and with the remaining players he has to be feeling great about lifting the title on Sunday.
Nishikori also looks good for another title which won’t help Murray’s case. But seems like Ferrer and Berdych are going out of London judging on form. i like Ferrer but he won’t add anything if he qualifies. Much rather have Murray as #7 or 8 and Raonic or Dimitrov along with what looks like to be the current top 5: Djoko, Fed, Nadal, Cilic and Nishi

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