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November 20th, 2015

Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer v Stan Wawrinka; 2015 ATP Finals SF Picks And Pans

It’s quite a final four in the last ATP event of the season. And it’s a great way to end 2015 at the ATP Finals in London with Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal colliding for the 46th time and then it’s a rematch of last year with Roger Federer taking on friend and countryman Stan Wawrinka.

Before my picks, a quick recap of Friday’s final day of round robin play.

Going in, having already wrapped up the Nastase top spot, Nadal had …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 9:37 pm in ATP Finals | 330 Comments »

November 19th, 2015

Novak Djokovic Sets Rafael Nadal SF At ATP Finals, Will Roger Federer Play Andy Murray Or Stan Wawrinka?

One Saturday semifinal is set at the ATP Finals, and that’s a sizzling showing between the resurgent Rafael Nadal and World No. 1 Novak Djokovic.

Djokovic advanced to meet his rival taking care of Tomas Berdych in straight sets 6-3, 7-5. Djokovic need only a set to advance to the semifinals, but he got two as he ran he record against Berdych to 21-2.

“Rafa has another match tomorrow and I’m going to watch that a little bit with my team and …

Posted by Staff @ 7:37 pm in ATP Finals | 228 Comments »

November 19th, 2015

Rafael Nadal: This Win Over Andy Murray Is Just The Beginning

Rafael Nadal picked up his best win of the season yesterday at the ATP Finals beating World No. 2 Andy Murray 64, 61 in round robin play. The victory over Murray was his highest win by ranking of the season for Nadal who’s had a bumpy 2015. But it signaled once again that he’s on the road back to the top.

“Is just the beginning,” Nadal said. “I need to keep working so hard to try to keep going the …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 3:46 pm in ATP Finals | 6 Comments »

November 19th, 2015

Roger Federer Isn’t Sure How Long He’ll Keep His Beard!

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After yesterday’s Andy Murray hair-cutting routine, much of the talk in the tennis world today has centered around Roger Federer’s new beard. Since showing up for the ATP Finals unshaven, Federer has won all three matches this week culminating with a three set with today over Kei Nishikori …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 3:31 pm in ATP Finals | 12 Comments »

November 18th, 2015

Rafael Nadal Rocks Andy Murray, Reaches SFs; Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic Thursday Favorites

Rafael Nadal scored one of his best wins of the season dismantling World No. 2 Andy Murray 6-4, 6-1 in round robin play at the ATP Finals Wednesday.

Because Stan Warwinka later won a set in his comeback 7-5, 6-2 win over David Ferrer, Nadal qualifies for a spot in the semifinals.

“I have had a big day against a great player on a tough surface,” said Nadal. “I’m just happy the way that I played today, happy the way I was …

Posted by Staff @ 6:45 pm in ATP Finals | 232 Comments »

November 18th, 2015

Yup, Andy Murray Cut His Hair On Court During His Match With Rafael Nadal [Video]

Andy Murray did something maybe no pro has done before on a tennis court: Get his hair court during the match!

Maybe a strand was in the way, maybe he just forgot to get it cut before the match, but on a changeover early in his match against rival Rafael Nadal at the London ATP Finals, Murray got a pair of scissors and began cutting off chunks of hair. With the early trade of breaks, maybe the better vision or lighter …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:41 am in ATP Finals, Videos | 49 Comments »

November 17th, 2015

Roger Federer And Novak Djokovic Embroiled In Towelgate At ATP Finals?

I’ve been asked to report on this. Since it’s the internet and these kinds of stories make news, here’s what happened before the match when Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic walked out on court.

Federer came out first, took the first chair, the same chair he selected when he beat Tomas Berdych. Djokovic was left with the second chair which remarkably had a Roger Federer labeled towel on his chair, as noted by the Tennis Channel crew. Djokovic came out, started …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 10:10 pm in ATP Finals, Videos | 22 Comments »

November 17th, 2015

Roger Federer Proves Novak Djokovic Is Beatable; Andy Murray Meets Rafael Nadal Wednesday At ATP Finals

The first marquee match of the ATP Finals turned out to be a one-sided affair with, surprise!, the elder statesman Roger Federer getting the better of World No. 1 Novak Djokovic 7-5, 6-2.

I thought both guys started out well but late in the first Djokovic inexplicably just fell apart, giving Federer a break to take the first then falling behind early again in the second. He got a break back but could never really sustain any momentum.

The slow court …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 9:49 pm in ATP Finals | 103 Comments »

November 17th, 2015

Roger Federer Stops The Streaking Novak Djokovic At ATP Finals, Clinches SF Berth

Roger Federer proved once again that age is just a number. Today the 34-year-old scored his third win this year over Novak Djokovic breaking the top player in the world four times to cruise 7-5, 6-2 in the round robin of the year-end ATP Finals.

“You have those days as well when you are not feeling your best, not even close to the best,” Djokovic said after the 77-minute match. “Credit to Roger for mixing up the pace, giving me always …

Posted by Staff @ 5:28 pm in ATP Finals | 37 Comments »

November 17th, 2015

Andy Murray Will Be Joined By Kyle Edmund In Singles For The Upcoming Davis Cup Finals

Teams were announced for next weekend’s Davis Cup final between Belgium and Great Britain in Ghent. The host Belgians will turn to David Goffin and Steve Darcis in singles while the Brits will counter with Andy Murray and 19-year-old Kyle Edmund who will make his Davis Cup debut with everything on the line.

Edmund is ranked No. 99 well behind Aljaz Bedene at No. 45. But the ITF announced today that they still haven’t granted the former German Bedene clearance to …

Posted by Staff @ 2:00 pm in Davis Cup | 4 Comments »

November 17th, 2015

USTA Says It’s Not Their Fault That Eugenie Bouchard Fell In The US Open Locker Room

The USTA responded to Eugenie Bouchard’s claim the organization and the US Open were negligent in the fall and subsequent concussion sustained by the Canadian star at the event in September.

In a 16-page filing, the USTA argued that Bouchard should have known how things work in the locker, and she entered without any authorized personnel present. Hence, she assumed the risk.

They also said the locker rooms are always lit as was the case the night Bouchard slipped …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:21 am in 2015 Season, US Open | 14 Comments »

November 17th, 2015

Roger Federer Explains Why There Have Been So Many Blowouts Recently At The ATP Finals

After two rounds there were zero 3-set matches at the ATP Finals. Last year, in 14 matches just two went the distance. So what’s the reason behind the lack of dramatic matches in London? Roger Federer says it might have to do with the court speed.

“Maybe it’s the end of the season, maybe it’s the surface, we saw the faster results here last year,” Federer said Sunday about the one-sided matches. “Seems like whoever takes charge of the baseline, and …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:52 am in ATP Finals | 6 Comments »

November 16th, 2015

Novak Djokovic v Roger Federer Tuesday At London ATP Finals; Big 4-0 As Nadal, Murray Winners

More things change the more they stay the same. Through two days of the 2015 ATP Finals, guess who the winners are? The Big 4! That’s right, we are still living in 2010 as Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray joined their Big 4 brethren Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer not only as winners this week, but straight set winners.

Murray stepped up his game after going down an early break in the second and re-focused to beat David Ferrer 6-4, 6-4. …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 7:30 pm in ATP Finals | 193 Comments »

November 16th, 2015

Roger Federer: I Don’t Think I’m Far Off From Novak Djokovic

Speaking yesterday after a win over Tomas Berdych in his ATP Finals opener, Roger Federer talked about his next opponent Novak Djokovic. And he commented he didn’t think he was far off from Djokovic in terms of ranking points which has the Serb with over a 7,000 point lead.

“That depends on who looks at the gap,” Federer told Reuters. “I don’t think I’m that far off.”

Federer will face Djokovic on Tuesday in London in a match-up of the only former …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:12 am in ATP Finals | 25 Comments »

November 16th, 2015

Novak Djokovic Receives The Year-End No. 1 Trophy [Video]

Novak Djokovic officially received the award the players play for, the year-end No. 1 trophy. Djokovic, who wrapped up the honor two months ago after winning the US Open, was presented with the honor after his blowout win over Kei Nishikori in his first round-robin match at the ATP Finals in London Sunday.

Djokovic has now finished No. 1 four times in the last five years and second straight. He has ranked No. 1 every day since July 7, 2014.

“Undoubtedly it …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:58 am in ATP, Year-End No. 1 | 1 Comment »

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1 Novak Djokovic1 Serena Williams
2 Andy Murray2 Simona Halep
3 Roger Federer3 Garbine Muguruza Blanco
4 Stan Wawrinka4 Maria Sharapova
5 Rafael Nadal5 Agnieszka Radwanska
6 Tomas Berdych6 Petra Kvitova
7 David Ferrer7 Venus Williams
8 Kei Nishikori8 Flavia Pennetta
9 Richard Gasquet9 Lucie Safarova
10 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga10 Angelique Kerber
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