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Andy Murray: I Was Lucky I Won In Two Sets

Posted by Tom Gainey on November 21st, 2016 @ 5:22 pm

What weekend for Andy Murray. On Saturday he won the longest 3-set match of the season beating Milos Raonic 57, 76(5), 76(9) in a 3 hours, 38 minutes.

Murray had little time to recover with the final the next day. And with many writing him off against the fit and rested Novak Djokovic, Murray surprised those critics winning rather easily and not showing any signs of fatigue from the …

Novak Djokovic: Every Time I Had A Chance Against Murray I Missed, I Just Played Very Poorly

Posted by Tom Gainey on November 21st, 2016 @ 4:58 pm

It wasn’t a good Sunday for Novak Djokovic. The 4-time defending championship suffered his first loss in the last match of the ATP Finals in his career and it was also his first loss to rival Andy Murray indoors.

No. 1 was also lost and so too was any hope of ending on a high note after what had been a sub-par patch since completing the career Grand Slam at the …

What? Novak Djokovic Admits He Never Had A Serious Chance To Beat Andy Murray!

Posted by Sean Randall on November 21st, 2016 @ 11:01 am

Diving deeper into what happened yesterday, yes, Novak Djokovic didn’t play great. Yes, he made a lot of errors while Andy Murray took it to the Serb, cracking his serve and his forehand and getting enough balls back to frustrate the former No. 1. And it worked, it worked very well. Credit to Andy, he deserved the win and everything that came with it.

Djokovic did begin the match in …

Roger Federer Among The Tennis Players To Congratulate Andy Murray On Finishing No. 1

Posted by Tom Gainey on November 21st, 2016 @ 9:22 am

Many of the top players in tennis offered their congrats via twitter to Andy Murray’s effort yesterday beating Novak Djokovic 63, 64 to win his first ATP Finals title and secure the year-end No. 1 ranking.

Roger Federer, Juan Martin del Potro, Stan Wawrinka, Tomas Berdych and Victoria Azarenka were among those posting tweets.

Epic start to the year by @DjokerNole.
Epic end to the

Andy Murray Beats Novak Djokovic To Win First ATP Finals And Finish No. 1!

Posted by Sean Randall on November 20th, 2016 @ 4:07 pm

Some quick thoughts on what we just saw as Andy Murray hung on to beat Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-4 to win his first ATP Finals title and wrap-up the year-end No. 1 ranking.

First, congrats to Murray. He deserves the win and the ranking that came with it, finishing with the most match wins (78) and most overall titles (9). He put together a full season, from start to finish. Djokovic, …

It’s Andy Murray v Novak Djokovic For The ATP No. 1 Ranking Sunday In London, Who’s The Pick?

Posted by Sean Randall on November 19th, 2016 @ 11:07 pm

2016 won’t be remembered as the greatest season ever in pro tennis, far from it. But it will have what could be the greatest conclusion to any season. That’s because the final match between Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic at the London ATP Finals will ultimately determine who ends the year on top, and that’s never, ever happened before.

But will it live up to the billing? On to my pick.

Andy …

Murray Toughs Out Roanic In Epic ATP Finals SF, Sets Up Dream Final With Djokovic

Posted by Sean Randall on November 19th, 2016 @ 8:57 pm

Andy Murray showed some serious heart and some serious stones Saturday at the ATP Finals in London winning one of the best matches of the season, saving a match point and beating Milos Raonic 5-7, 7-6(5), 7-6(9) in no less than 3 hours, 38 minutes.

Murray actually came out a little flat, I felt, allowing the Canadian to really dominate play not just with his booming serve but also surprisingly from …

Poll: Andy Murray v Novak Djokovic At The ATP Finals For No. 1, Who’ll Win?

Posted by Staff on November 19th, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

The stage is set. For the first time in ranking history No. 1 will be determined by the final match of the year, and it pits rivals Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic on court with the No. 1 ranking and the ATP Finals title at stake.

Murray, the current No. 1, takes a career-best 23-match win streak into his first final at the ATP Finals. But the Scot comes off an …

Marin Cilic Targets A Top 5 Ranking And A Grand Slam Title In 2017 – Good For Him!

Posted by Sean Randall on November 18th, 2016 @ 10:28 pm

Marin Cilic has his eye on bigger and better things. The Croat avoided another O’fer at the ATP Finals today coming from a set down to beat Kei Nishikori and win his first career match at the year-end championships in six tries.

Afterward, Cilic, declared he’s not satisfied with one Slam and a Top 10 ranking. He wants more!

“I definitely want to go get to the Top 5 next year,” said …

Murray v Raonic, Djokovic v Nishikori In Chase For No. 1; ATP Finals SF Picks And Pans

Posted by Sean Randall on November 18th, 2016 @ 10:17 pm

The final weekend of the ATP season is upon us and history will be made as either Andy Murray or Novak Djokovic will finish 2016. In 48 hours or so we’ll have that answer.

Or perhaps sooner, but that would take some upsets, which the trend line simply doesn’t agree with. Both Milos Raonic and Kei Nishikori have huge hills to climb if they are to upset Murray and/or Djokovic.

So …

Murray Tops Wawrinka At ATP Finals To Qualify For SFs And Keep No. 1 Hopes Alive

Posted by Sean Randall on November 18th, 2016 @ 5:29 pm

Andy Murray put on a solid show Friday at the ATP Finals beating Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 6-2 to reach the semifinal stage of the year-end event for a fourth time in eight tries.

In a rematch of their round-robin a year ago which went the Swiss, Stan opened play bludgeoning the ball, crushing winners from all corners and looking awfully good. But he couldn’t make any real dents to the …

Raonic Reaches SFs At ATP Finals, Djokovic Back In No. 1 Lead; Murray v Wawrinka Friday

Posted by Staff on November 17th, 2016 @ 10:16 pm

Milos Raonic earned his first ATP Finals semifinal berth today knocking out Dominic Thiem 7-6(5), 6-3 to finish 2-1 in round robin play and in second place in the Ivan Lendl group. Thiem had a chance up 4-2 in the first set breaker, but the Canadian won five of the last six points, and then broke immediately in the second to pace to win.

“I did a lot of things quite …

Murray Outlasts Nishikori At ATP Finals, Wawrinka Stays Alive; Raonic-Thiem For Second Place Thursday

Posted by Staff on November 17th, 2016 @ 12:22 am

Andy Murray kept pace with Novak Djokovic in the race for No. 1 with a marathon win over Kei Nishikori 6-7(9), 6-4, 6-4 in round robin play at the ATP Finals in London. The 3-hour, 21-minute affair marked the longest best-of-3 set match ever recorded (since 1991) at the ATP Finals.

“I’m a bit tired, obviously,” said Murray. “But you tend to feel it more the following day, sort of in …

Djokovic Edges Raonic To Reach SFs, Thiem Wins At ATP Finals; Murray Returns Wed.

Posted by Staff on November 15th, 2016 @ 5:43 pm

Novak Djokovic and debutante Dominic Thiem were winners on Tuesday at the ATP World Tour Finals in London, where the Serb secured a spot in the semifinals to finish first place in the Ivan Lendl group while Thiem kept his hopes alive.

Djokovic was pressed to the limit by big-serving Milos Raonic, edging the Canuck 7-6(6), 7-6(5).

“It was a very close match,” said Djokovic. “I think very few points separated …

Murray Wins in 1st Small Step Toward Year-end No. 1 at ATP World Tour Finals; Djokovic-Raonic Tues

Posted by Staff on November 14th, 2016 @ 6:18 pm

World No. 1 Andy Murray won his official first match in the top spot on the ATP Rankings on Monday, and Kei Nishikori was on point in round robin results at the ATP World Tour Finals in London.

Murray is 1-0 in round robin play after beating No. 7 seed Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-2.

“It was a really, really good atmosphere tonight,” said Murray. “After a long few months, it’s nice to …