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Rafael Nadal Withdraws From ATP Finals, Undergoes Ankle Surgery; Novak Djokovic To Finish No. 1

Posted by Staff on November 5th, 2018 @ 2:43 pm

Rafael Nadal officially withdrew from next week’s ATP Finals due to an ab issue and ankle injury which required surgery today, the Spaniard announced today.

“I am writing these words to announce the end of my season,” Nadal said in a statement. “It has been a complicated year. I played at a very high level when I was able to compete, but at the same time it was very bad as …

Khachanov Krushes King of ATP Rankings in Straight-Set ATP Paris Final

Posted by Staff on November 4th, 2018 @ 2:55 pm

Novak Djokovic had beaten Karen Khachanov at Wimbledon earlier this year, and when Djokovic broke for a 3-1 lead in the opening set, journalists were looking at their watches in anticipation of a late lunch or early dinner in Paris.

But what followed was an early coming-out party as the 22-year-old Russian toppled the soon-to-be No. 1 (on Monday) Djokovic 7-5, 6-4 for his first Masters Series victory at the Rolex …

Del Potro Officially Out Of The ATP Finals, Nishikori Gets In

Posted by Staff on November 3rd, 2018 @ 10:18 pm

Juan Martin del Potro official withdrew from the ATP Finals due to a knee injury. The fourth-ranked Del Potro hasn’t played in a month since suffering the injury in Shanghai.

“It’s frustrating for me not to be able to compete in London,” said Del Potro. “It’s a very special tournament and I’ve tried everything possible to get my knee better. The rehabilitation is making good progress, but I need more time. …

Djokovic Outlasts Federer In Epic, Will Face Khachanov For Paris Title

Posted by Staff on November 3rd, 2018 @ 5:28 pm

Novak Djokovic continued his dominance of the ATP Tour, outlasting Roger Federer in a thrilling semifinal at the Paris Masters tonight 7-6(6), 5-7, 7-6(3) in just over three hours.

Djokovic never broke serve in the match going 0/12 on break chances, but in the final set breaker was the far steadier player while Federer offered up a double fault and multiple errors.

“We had epic matches throughout our rivalry but this one …

ATP Finals Field Is Set As Cilic, Thiem Take Last 2 Spots, But Will Nadal, Del Potro Play?

Posted by Staff on November 2nd, 2018 @ 10:21 pm

The field of 8 at the ATP Finals was completed on Friday in Paris. With Roger Federer beating Kei Nishikori, Marin Cilic and Dominic Thiem took the last two spots in the year-end event.

As of Friday evening, the 8 are as follow:
1 Novak Djokovic
2 Rafael Nadal
3 Roger Federer
4 Juan Martin del Potro
5 Alexander Zverev
6 Kevin Anderson
7 Marin Cilic
8 Dominic Thiem

9 Kei Nishikori
10 John Isner

With Rafael Nadal battling an ab injury …

Federer v Djokovic Saturday In Paris SFs; Khachanov Crushes Zverev

Posted by Staff on November 2nd, 2018 @ 10:01 pm

For a 47th time Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will meet, this one for a spot in the Paris Masters final.
Despite battling a bit of the flu, Djokovic ran his win streak to 21 after coming from a set down to deny Marin Cilic 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. Djokovic now leads the Croat 16-2 in their series, but the Serb’s set streak of 30 came to an end.

“It was a …

Federer Foils Fognini At Paris Masters, Zverev Wins; Djokovic v Cilic Friday

Posted by Staff on November 1st, 2018 @ 7:27 pm

Roger Federer rolled in his first real match at the Paris Masters this week. After a walkover yesterday over Milos Raonic, Federer cruised past Fabio Fognini 6-4, 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals and keep his slim hopes for a year-end No. 1 ranking alive.

“I think both of us were far from our best, but we fought with what we had and at the end I think I maybe served …

Federer Gets Walkover, Nadal Withdraws In Paris; New No. 1 Djokovic Back Thursday

Posted by Staff on October 31st, 2018 @ 11:25 pm

Star attractions Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal didn’t hit a ball on Wednesday in Paris. Rafael Nadal had to withdraw due to an ab injury leaving the No. 1 ranking for now to Novak Djokovic.

“It was great to be here in Paris for a couple of days and practise with the guys,” said Nadal who has never won the Paris title. “I enjoyed it [and] I felt in terms of …

Nadal Pulls Out Of Paris With An Ab Injury, Djokovic To Return To No. 1

Posted by Staff on October 31st, 2018 @ 2:08 pm

The No. 1 race this week at the Paris Masters is already over. Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the final Masters event of the season due to an ab injury, and that means with Novak Djokovic already winning yesterday, the Serb will return to No. 1 on Monday.

“It was great to be here in Paris for a couple of days and practice with the guys,” said Nadal who hasn’t played …

Djokovic Opens With Win In Paris; Federer, Nadal Wednesday

Posted by Staff on October 30th, 2018 @ 10:14 pm

Novak Djokovic opened play at the Paris Masters with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Joao Sousa of Portugal.

“In the important moments, I managed to get the right shots in play. Not 100 percent pleased with my game, I missed a lot of shots from the back of the court,” Djokovic said. “But at the end of the day, it’s the first match, so it takes a bit of time to …

With Eye On No. 1, Novak Djokovic Opens Play Tuesday In Paris

Posted by Staff on October 29th, 2018 @ 9:53 pm

After a poor 6-6 start to 2018, Novak Djokovic is incredibly just a week from reclaiming the No. 1 ranking.

Djokovic is just 35 behind Rafael Nadal for the top spot. So the player that goes the furthest will hold the top spot next Monday. And that’s quite an achievement for Djokovic who was ranked down at No. 22 on June 18.

“We are very, very pleased with what was achieved …

Ridiculous 1st Rd Tests for Nadal, Federer, Seeds at ATP Paris Masters

Posted by Staff on October 28th, 2018 @ 4:33 pm

The 47th edition of the Paris Masters features a ridiculous number of floaters posing opening-round threats to the 16 seeded players, including tough starts for Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev and Roger Federer.

American Jack Sock will be tested to defend his title and avoid a huge rankings plunge.

The final two spots for the ATP Finals will be determined this week as the ATP regular season comes to an end.


Anderson Wins Vienna, Clinches ATP Finals Spot, Keeps Nishikori Winless Streak Alive

Posted by Staff on October 28th, 2018 @ 1:32 pm

Wimbledon finalist Kevin Anderson of South Africa defeated Kei Nishikori 6-3, 7-6(3) to win the biggest title of his career on Sunday at the Erste Bank Open 500 in Vienna, Austria.

The win clinched him a spot for the first time at the year-ending ATP Finals, leaving two spots open going into the final regular-season event of the year, the Paris Masters.

“It has been a huge goal of mine all year …

Federer Won’t Cop to Copil in ATP Basel Final, Wins 99th Career Title

Posted by Staff on October 28th, 2018 @ 1:10 pm

He struggled to find his best tennis during the week, but Roger Federer did what champions do in his home country at Basel, Switzerland, raising the title for the ninth time after a 7-6(5), 6-4 win over surprise finalist and qualifier Marius Copil.

It was the landmark 99th career title for Federer, and leaves him one title away from 100, and also from hitting double digits at the Swiss Indoors Basel.

“It’s …

Svitolina Comeback Beats Stephens in WTA Finals Final

Posted by Staff on October 28th, 2018 @ 12:39 pm

This time it was the Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina’s turn for a comeback.

Trailing by a set, the 24-year-old won her biggest career title on Sunday, defeating American Sloane Stephens 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 in the final of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore.

“I think I have nothing to prove anymore to anyone,” Svitolina said afterwards. “It’s definitely a good statement for myself and good boost of — I can’t say confidence, because …