Federer, Murray Win Keys Titles to Extend ATP Year-End Drama
by Staff | October 26th, 2014, 5:34 pm
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Federer Coasts to 6th Swiss Open Crown

World No. 2 Roger Federer kept alive his hopes of wrestling the year-end No. 1 ranking away from Novak Djokovic, on Sunday defeating David Goffin 6-2, 6-2 in the final of the Swiss Open at Basel.


“I didn’t expect this kind of result but clearly I’ll take it, it’s great,” Federer said. “It’s indoors tennis, sometimes you just blow a guy out of the court and I’m happy it was me today doing that.

It was the Swiss’ sixth career Basel title, improving to 6-5 career in Swiss Open finals. It was his 82nd tour title, and 12th straight match win coming off the Shanghai Masters title. Goffin prior to the final had won 43 of 45 matches on the tour and challenger circuits since Wimbledon.

Federer heads to Paris with a shot at No. 1.

“It would be very special to reclaim No. 1. World No. 1 is what it’s all about in our game,” Federer said. “With the year I have had and the amount of finals I have played, the level of tennis I have played, I am pleased to see that I have a shot. But having a shot and being there is two separate things. I am sure that Novak is going to come in very motivated, just after having a baby. I am very happy for him. There are clearly interesting weeks ahead.”

Murray Fights Off 5 M.P.s to Win Valencia

Andy Murray virtually locked up a spot at the year-end championships on Sunday by coming back to beat Tommy Robredo 3-6, 7-6(7), 7-6(8), saving five match points in the final of the Valencia Open in Spain.

“I know it was an incredible match,” Murray said. “The tennis at the end and in the second set was high level. I played well at the right moments.”

At three hours and 20 minutes, it was the longest final on the ATP World Tour this year. An exhausted Murray has contested 20 matches in the last five weeks in an effort to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals in London. It was Murray’s second career Valencia crown and his 31st career title. Robredo fell to 12-10 in career finals.

“It was an amazing match, and you have to enjoy it. Unfortunately someone has to win and it was decided by a few balls. It is what it is. When I finish the season next week and I watch today’s match against one of the best players we have right now, I will be very happy.”


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47 Comments for Federer, Murray Win Keys Titles to Extend ATP Year-End Drama

Colin Says:

Well done Roger, well done, Andy.

oh, wait a minute, better cancel that. After all, these are merely minor, best of three tournaments that nobody cares about, as it’s only Slams that matter. Roger doesn’t really care a damn about his multiple wins in such a worthless event, and no players would flog themselves to a standstill trying to achieve such a win.

Hmmm…


jane Says:

congrats to both!


Wog boy Says:

I knew Goffin didn’t stand a chance but what a mighty battle and great win that was by Andy.
Congrats to Andy and Roger and their fans.


TennisVagabond.com Says:

Fed has been the best player on tour since the French Open. Incredible. And Andy is really willing himself back into the elite. Very impressive, consistent play from Andy.


Humble Rafa Says:

Beating Mr. Good Hair does not qualify as incredible or impressive. Midgets and chokers make ordinary people look like geniuses.


Skeezer Says:

^crazy does as crazy is.


Colin Says:

Every so often someone dies running a marathon, though to be fair they are probably not profesionally fit to start with. Nonetheless, watching Andy and Tommy made me wonder if anyone’s ever had a heart attack playing tennis.

Or watching!

After his recent crowded timetable, I’ll be impressed if Andy manages to win a couple of matches in Paris, not to mention London, but mentally he must be in great shape for next season knowing that his body won’t let him down.


Michael Says:

Another title for Roger and what an emphatic performance he produced to deliver the knock out punch to Goffin. Goffin was just looking like an amateur unable to withstand the sheer magic produced by Roger on Court. And being sheerly outclassed would bring Goffin to earth that he has still miles to go to become a top class player. He had very much difficulty in reading Roger’s serves. Now with this victory, Roger is still in the year end race for No.1 and he should be the overwhelming favourite both in Parrys Masters as well as World Tour Finals.


Margot Says:

@Colin
I’m inclined to agree with you re Andy and Paris. I rather think, sometime on Thursday, he’s going to be found asleep in a quiet corner at Charles De Gaulle!
BTW: 3 wild cards, 3 tournaments, 3 titles in under 5 weeks. Not been done before.
Also that win puts him 4th in table of titles won by active players,behind Rog, Raf and Nole, the other members of “the Big 4.” …….;)


SX1 Says:

Coric statement about murray should be reported :P


Giles Says:

@SX1 What statement?


Cole Says:

hopefully Fed will steal the year no1 like the barbarian stole the Wimbledon title from him.Its payback time.


Hippy Chick Says:

Cole thats rather rude,Nole didnt steel Wimbledon from Roger he won it fair and square,and Wimbledon isnt Rogers personal property….


Giles Says:

I have no idea what is going on in this forum. It seems now that posters are not entitled to their opinion.
There is a Tennis X police on the prowl!
Jabber, jabber, jabber.
Whine, whine, whine!!


Marcin Says:

I can’t wait to see Roger in London. Everybody wants to see if Novak can beat him or not


Brando GOAT poster Says:

Re Novak v Fed: let’s get the record straight- had Novak not had his mental wobbles (being polite there) he would have beat Fed in straight sets on his turf in the Wimby final. Period. Most observers and neutrals fully recognise whose racquet that match was on and who was the master of proceedings in the deciding outcome. WTF? Again: ask any observer, neutral commentator in the game and they’ll tell you straight: should Novak be at his best he’ll beat Fed at WTF. No doubt about it. He’s the superior player right now in his career and the stage is set for him to show it.


SX1 Says:

Fed matches against novak never been on novak’s racquet except 2013. Even on this stage of career when novak should win easily Fed always found a way against him.Both of novak wins this year was close matches.


http://tiahpost.com/blog/ Says:

There is more for us to get straight! Had Federer not been having ‘mental’ lapses for the past couple of years or so, and were he not in his thirties, a whole lot of people would not stand a chance! How about that?

You guessed it! Excuses, excuses and more excuses…. And everybody has them!


the DA Says:

“Coric statement about murray should be reported”

What statement? Come on, spill.


SX1 Says:

Coric

“When I play my best yes I’m more a Djokovic game wise. When I’m not at my best I’m more like Murray.”


http://tiahpost.com/blog/ Says:

Only a few people are entitled to their opinions on this site. Out of those few, one of them pretends to ‘support’ players that SHE can’t even stand. SHE shows her true colors once you say something positive about the player that she is pretending to like!! It keeps going on and on and on! I’ve been gone for about 6 months and thought this hypocrisy would end by now, but NO! When you speak your opinion they pounce on you and claim you keep saying the same thing over and over again (as if they own this site). And they try to get your views moderated. It is OK for them/HER to keep saying what she has been saying for the past three years. I guess commenting on this site is a full time job for some miserable people.


skeezer Says:

“Again: ask any observer, neutral commentator in the game and they’ll tell you straight: should Novak be at his best he’ll beat Fed at WTF. No doubt about it. He’s the superior player right now in his career and the stage is set for him to show it.”

Uhh ok. I am an observer. Fed, at his best, @WTF, will beat Nole at his best. Period.


Brando GOAT poster Says:

“Uhh ok. I am an observer. Fed, at his best, @WTF, will beat Nole at his best. Period.” I disagree completely when I think of how their games are at the present moment in their career. That said: Fed is your guy and I have full respect that you are still backing him hard with confidence. Such fans I can respect. Good luck to your guy: no. 1 or 10 he’s been impressive at age 33 and he’s shut me up based on how I thought he’d go this year(nothing against RF but his form last year and him being 33 this year I thought he’d decline in this power tennis era but he’s shown true Champion mentality and arisen to great heights this year. I like that).


Okiegal Says:

I believe Fed will win the year end #1 spot. Mainly because Novak will be a little rusty. Fed is going in with lots of pre play and he is playing great atm…..He better win the first set however….and one more thing, Rafa ain’t in it to get in his way. I figure Novak will be in a vulnerable spot and the pressure will be on him. I’m looking forward to it, I think the outcome will be very interesting and exciting!!

C’mon Andy!!


Okiegal Says:

@Brando GOAT poster 1:45……agree with you about everything in your post, with one exception….. I really do think Roger will win it…..but we will see…….


Brando GOAT poster Says:

@okiegal: great post and agree fully. I think momentum- a important thing- is strongly with Fed now. Nole has had a lay off, faces a crazy draw on his return and has to produce top draw tennis which really he has not done post Wimby at MS or higher level. So edge goes to Fed me thinks: remember he’s won las 2 MS also so you got to say he’s form horse right now out of the 2. Hope Nole puts a crazy fight back but gut feeling senses Fed has this close to within his grasps and will not let it go.


Brando GOAT poster Says:

@okiegal: thanks. I think Fed will win Paris (better draw, form, Nole undercooked, tough draw) but Nole will win WTF as he’ll be sharp by then. But I think it will be too late. Maths will favour Fed.


Okiegal Says:

@Brando

I misunderstood your post….I thought you were saying Novak’s chances were better….thanks for the feedback…….


Wilfried Says:

In a 3-set format on indoor hard, an-in-form-Federer wins against every opponent, whether it is Novak Djokovic, Rafel Nadal or whomever it may be.
He simply doens’t have his equal.


Brando GOAT poster Says:

I agree he beats Rafa. But disagree with Novak: I feel Novak now is superior. But hey: it will be intriguing to see how it turns out if both lock horns in form.


Giles Says:

It’s a good job the indoor HC season is so short then. Thank goodness for small mercies


django Says:

Brando
I like your analysis
Sx1
uh oh coric in trouble
okie
I thought novak but now I think fed will win it in Paris. Just the draw alone on top of the rust is going to do him in.
tiah
Who are you talking about? Hypocrisy?


Wog Boy Says:

I might be wrong but I think indoor H2H is 4:2 in Nole’s favour, so how did you come to conclusion that Federer indoor game is better than Nole’s game. Federermight be in better form ATM than Nole but to say that his indoor game is superior to Nole’s is overstatement, because if it is/was he would have superior H2H on indoor courts, don’t you think so…people?


Wog Boy Says:

Correction,
I think 2006 DC match Serbia/Swiss was played indoor, if that is the case, it is 4:3 in Nole’s favour, still doesn’t translate in “the best of Federer will beat the best of Nole, indoor”, infact, last three indoor matches Nole won.
By saying this, I think Federer is in better form ATM, my only hope is seeing Vajda with BB in Paris.


TennisVagabond.com Says:

Or a boatload more indoor titles…


TennisVagabond.com Says:

Indoor also used to be a much bigger part of the season– unfortunate for Fed that he missed that era. I think Connors and Mac had 55 indoor titles each!


Brando GOAT Poster Says:

@Tennis Vegabond:

Most have been since I saw a stat saying BJORN BORG had 40 plus titles!

As a Rafa fan:

I wish it was longer since it would allow more familiarity, time and opportunity to sharpen up his indoor game for events like WTF.

For most of his career he’s had 2 events tops and then WTF. Kinda feel as a fan of his that a longer Indoor season would allow him a better opportunity to adapt, refine his game for the surface and help his cause in posting better personal results possibly.

I also think best of 5 sets in WTF would have aided him as it has been in some events (final only though I think?)

I personally would prefer Indoor immediately post USO with a extended period for it but oh well:

It is what it is.


Brando GOAT Poster Says:

@Tennis Vegabond:

Most have been since I saw a stat saying BJORN BORG had 40 plus titles!

As a Rafa fan:

I wish it was longer since it would allow more familiarity, time and opportunity to sharpen up his indoor game for events like WTF.

For most of his career he’s had 2 events tops and then WTF. Kinda feel as a fan of his that a longer Indoor season would allow him a better opportunity to adapt, refine his game for the surface and help his cause in posting better personal results possibly.

I also think best of 5 sets in WTF would have aided him as it has been in some events (final only though I think?)

I personally would prefer Indoor immediately post USO with a extended period for it but oh well:

It is what it is.


Wog Boy Says:

TV,

I am not talking about overall results, only idiot can dispute that, I am just talking about Nole’s indoor game against Federer’s if they are to meet, statment was made that in that particular match up Federer is superior and I am disputing that with a facts.


Brando GOAT Poster Says:

Correction re Borg:

21 titles!

Still a crazy amount for a guy who was done by age 26!


Brando GOAT Poster Says:

Whilst on the Borg topic:

Stunned to find out he won ONLY 5 outdoor Hard Court titles in his career!

Wow!

I know the tour was run in a different manner back then but even despite that: for me that is a paltry amount for such a great who reached all those USO finals!

Genuinely shocked at that since I thought he’d have more for sure.


the DA Says:

@SX1 – That’s a cocky statement by a kid, nothing ‘reportable’ (and to whom anyway?). Perhaps he said it in the heat of the moment after to losing at Andy at the DC? In any case he’ll have to let the tennis do the talking. *shrugs*


http://tiahpost.com/blog/ Says:

@Django – October 27th, 2014 at 4:05 :

Django,the hypocrite knows HERSELF. SHE is the one who thinks she has to police this website and can’t stand positive feedback about anybody else except her favorite player, at the same time as she pretends she likes the other players too. Hi hi hi


Hippy Chick Says:

^Is that type of comment in keeping with the tennis-x guidelines?^….


Polo Says:

Right on Hippy Chick. Hahaha!


Hippy Chick Says:

Thanks Polo ;))….

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