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ATP Finals Picks And Pans: Nadal, Djokovic Battle For No. 1

Posted by Sean Randall on November 9th, 2019 @ 7:06 pm

It’s 2019 and the men’s ATP season is headed toward another finish with the Big 3 holding the Top 3 spots in the year end rankings. But on the eve of the London ATP Finals, the question is, who will on top and in the No. 1 position, Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic?

Nadal holds a solid 640 point lead, an amount Djokovic can make up by winning at least two …

Fed Cup Final: Barty, Australia Host France In Perth

Posted by Staff on November 7th, 2019 @ 11:50 pm

Ash Barty will try to cap an incredible season by helping her nation win the Fed Cup this weekend at home in Perth.

The Australian who finished 2019 No. 1 will be joined by Ajla Tomljanovic, Sam Stosur, Astra Sharma and Priscilla Hon.

France will bring Kristina Mladenovic, Carolina Garcia, Alize Cornet, Fiona Ferro and Pauline Parmentier.

Australia are aiming to win an 8th Fed Cup title this weekend in their first appearance …

ATP Finals Groups: Federer With Djokovic; Nadal To Play

Posted by Staff on November 5th, 2019 @ 11:11 am

The ATP Finals groups were drawn today in London. With Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic split up, that left 6-time champion Roger Federer as the floater, and he ended up with the Serb in the Bjorn Borg Group.

Join Djokovic and Federer are Dominic Thiem and first-time and US Open semifinalist Matteo Berrettini. The two former champions and heavy favorites to get to the last four, will have to play in …

Barty Ends Svitolina’s Run To Win WTA Finals Title

Posted by Staff on November 3rd, 2019 @ 4:15 pm

Ash Barty capped her breakthrough year claiming her second biggest career title taking the WTA Finals in Shenzhen over defending champion Elina Svitolina 6-4, 6-3.

“Bizarre, if I’m being completely honest,” said Barty of the year. “It feels like it’s been a year that just hasn’t stopped. It’s been a year of incredible ups and downs – I think more ups than downs. To cap it off with a very, very …

Djokovic Wins 5th Paris Indoor Title, Puts Pressure On Nadal For No. 1 Ranking

Posted by Staff on November 3rd, 2019 @ 4:05 pm

Novak Djokovic collected his fifth Paris Indoor title cruising past surprise finalist Denis Shapovalov 6-3, 6-4.

“I think I had the best serving match of the tournament, and that’s why the match was pretty short,” said Djokovic who improves to 4-0 against the Canadian. “I put him under pressure [on] the second serve, and from the back of the court, I was solid and not giving him too many opportunities.

“Just one …

Barty To Face Defending Champion Svitolina For WTA Finals Title

Posted by Staff on November 2nd, 2019 @ 6:40 pm

Elina Svitolina won her ninth straight match at the WTA Finals in Shenzhen to make a return trip to the title match where she will take on French Open champion and world No. 1 Ash Barty.

Svitolina came from a set down and then got a retirement due to cramping in the decider from Belinda Bencic down 5-7, 6-3, 4-1.

“It’s tough to play someone who has been injured, been injured on …

Ab Injury Sidelines Nadal; Djokovic To Face Shapovalov For Paris Title

Posted by Staff on November 2nd, 2019 @ 6:24 pm

Rafael Nadal’s bad luck at the end of the year continued Saturday in Paris where the 2019 points race leader had to withdraw ahead of his semifinal against Denis Shapovalov due to an ab injury sustained during warm-up.

“We can call it unlucky, we can call it different things, but it happened today. And when things happen, the only thing that you can do is accept it. And even if it’s …

Berrettini Rounds Out ATP Finals Field; Federer, Djokovic Combined For 11 Titles

Posted by Staff on November 1st, 2019 @ 9:27 pm

The ATP Finals field was set after Gael Monfils lost to Denis Shapovalov awarding Matteo Berrettini the final spot.

The US Open semifinalist in joined by other first-timers Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev.

“I would have never thought I could qualify a couple of months ago,” said Berrettini. “I am just so happy to be among the Top 8 in London. It is a great satisfaction and the reward for the superb …

Pliskova Knocks Halep Out Of WTA Finals, Final Four Is Set

Posted by Staff on November 1st, 2019 @ 9:13 pm

Karolina Pliskova eliminated Simona Halep from the WTA Championships in Shenzhen behind a 6-0, 2-6, 6-4 victory over the Romanian and reach her third straight semifinal at the year-end event.

“I think overall was a good match,” said Pliskova. “I think a little bit up and down from both of us. But that’s how it is sometimes.

“Semifinal is, of course, great,” she said. “Now third time, so there’s always the chance …

Djokovic, Nadal Close In On Paris Masters Final; Monfils Misses ATP Finals Spot

Posted by Staff on November 1st, 2019 @ 9:04 pm

Locked in a battle for the year-end No. 1 ranking, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal moved to within a win of a colossal final showing Sunday in the Paris Masters.

Djokovic, who’s behind Nadal in the 2019 points race, destroyed Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-1, 6-2, avenging a loss to the Greek last month.

“I played one of the best matches of the season. I prepared myself very well for this match,” Djokovic said …

Barty, Bencic Power Into WTA Finals Semis; Halep v Pliskova Play For Last Spot

Posted by Staff on October 31st, 2019 @ 8:11 pm

The round robin of the Red Group concluded Thursday at the WTA Finals in Shenzhen with Ash Barty and Belinda Bencic advanced to this weekend’s semifinal stage.

Barty cruised past Petra Kvitova 6-4, 6-2.

“I was particularly happy with the way I was able to return tonight,” commented Barty. “I think Petra changed her serving spots to her usual kind of serving spots. I think she was trying to take a little …

Nadal Gets Thru Wawrinka, Djokovic To Meet Tsitsipas At Paris Masters

Posted by Staff on October 31st, 2019 @ 7:52 pm

The battle for No. 1 ramps up at the Paris Masters where Novak Djokovic is fighting hard to track down Rafael Nadal. But both advanced.

Djokovic overwhelmed Kyle Edmund 7-6(7), 6-1 for his 50th win of the year.

“I was feeling energy-wise better and felt more alert, just more strength, more energy, more speed. I didn’t play so well, I think, from baseline in the first set. I served well. That got …

Svitolina Tops Halep At WTA Finals Shenzhen; Andreescu Retires

Posted by Staff on October 30th, 2019 @ 7:27 pm

Elina Svitolina continued her title defense notching her 7th straight win at the WTA Finals beating Simona Halep 7-5, 6-3 Wednesday in Shenzhen, China.

Halep had beaten Svitolina twice this year including the Wimbledon semifinals.

“I try to work every single point and start from the beginning just trying to take one point at a time,” she explained afterwards of this characteristic. “I don’t really think so much about if it’s good, …

Djokovic, Nadal Wednesday Winners In Paris; ATP Finals Field Taking Shape

Posted by Special on October 30th, 2019 @ 6:47 pm

In their battle for the year-end No. 1 ranking, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal moved into the third round at the Paris Masters on Wednesday.

The 4-time tournament champion Djokovic fought off an illness and a tough Corentin Moutet effort with a 7-6(2), 6-4 victory over the Frenchman. Moutet had two set points in the first with Djokovic serving 3-5.

“I didn’t feel health-wise 100% in the last couple of days, but …

Russians Out Of Paris, Zverev Advances; Djokovic, Nadal Set To Debut

Posted by Staff on October 29th, 2019 @ 9:12 pm

Russian stars Karen Khachanov and Daniil Medvedev were causalities in their opening rounds at the prestigious Paris Masters Indoors.

Khachanov, the defending champion, was ousted by 29-year-old German Jan-Lennard Struff 7-6(5), 3-6, 7-5.

The win was Struff’s seventh Top 10 victory of his career, and set him up for a showdown with Matteo Berrettini.

Medvedev had been the hottest guy the last half of the year, but the winner of the last two …