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November 14th, 2014

Novak Djokovic Clinches ATP No. 1 Ranking For A Third Time

Congrats to Novak Djokovic who today clinched the ATP’s year-end No. 1 ranking for a third time. The Serb secured the spot after blowing out Tomas Berdych 62, 62 to reach the semifinals at the Barclays.

“Being No. 1 in the world is probably one of the most difficult and biggest challenges that a tennis player can have, so it’s incredibly fulfilling and I’m very happy with this achievement,” Djokovic said.

“It’s been a long year and it’s one of the ultimate …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 11:15 am in Year-End No. 1 | 60 Comments »

November 13th, 2014

Federer Embarrasses Murray At London ATP Finals; Djokovic Set To Clinch No. 1 Friday

What a wacky ATP Finals thus far. The first four days saw all straight set matches, that until today when Milos Raonic withdrew with a leg injury before his match against Kei Nishikori. Able-bodied David Ferrer stepped in and the former champion finally created some drama pushing the Japenese to three before falling in the end 4-6, 6-4, 6-1.

“It’s never easy playing against David because he’s very consistent from the baseline,” said Nishikori. “If I want to win, I have …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 10:28 pm in ATP Finals | 71 Comments »

November 13th, 2014

Milos Raonic Withdraws From ATP Finals, Former Runner-Up David Ferrer Takes His Spot

A few hours before his final round robin match against Kei Nishikori, Milos Raonic announced his withdrawal From the Barclays ATP Finals in London today.

Raonic said he sustained an injury to his quad during his loss to Andy Murray on Tuesday.

I am sad to announce that I have to withdraw from the rest of this competition, due to a low grade tear in my quad. It was a hard decision..

— Milos Raonic (@milosraonic) November 13, 2014…

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:16 am in ATP Finals | 81 Comments »

November 12th, 2014

Djokovic Dominates Wawrinka, Still Unbeaten As A Dad; Federer v Murray Friday At The ATP Finals

Fatherhood couldn’t be going any better right now for Novak Djokovic. Last month the World No. 1 and his wife, Jelena Ristic, welcomed baby boy Stefan to their family. And since, Djokovic has taken his game to another level. The Serb blanked the field in Paris without dropping a set and now somehow this week, he’s looked even more dominant if that’s possible.

Forty-eight hours after humiliating the US Open champion Marin Cilic, Djokovic ran his streak to seven since …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 11:59 pm in ATP Finals | 87 Comments »

November 11th, 2014

Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka On Brink Of Qualifying For The ATP Semifinals

The Novak Djokovic-Stan Wawrinka winner on Wednesday in London will have a chance of qualifying for the weekend semifinals depending on the outcome of the earlier match.

If Djokovic wins and Cilic gets a set, then the Serb clinches a semifinal berth. If Wawrinka wins and Berdych gets a set, then the Swiss earns a spot.

ATP FINALS GROUP A SCENARIOS
Djokovic qualifies on Wednesday if:
* Djokovic defeats Wawrinka and Cilic defeats Berdych
* Djokovic defeats Wawrinka in 2 sets and Berdych defeats Cilic …

Posted by Staff @ 10:20 pm in ATP Finals | 18 Comments »

November 11th, 2014

Federer Stays Perfect At ATP Finals, Murray Gets A Win; Djokovic v Wawrinka Wednesday

Six-time champion Roger Federer remained perfect at the 2014 ATP Finals today beating Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-2. The victory was Federer’s 70th of his career and put him on the brink of qualifying for the semifinals.

“I think with my game, I have the capability of really making him feel uncomfortable, mixing it up,” said Federer following the match. “But it’s not always possible. He’s shown in the past when he gets the upper hand against any player from the baseline, …

Posted by Staff @ 10:12 pm in ATP Finals | 120 Comments »

November 11th, 2014

Federer To Lead Switzerland In Davis Cup Final Against Tsonga, Monfils And Deep French Team

The ITF officially announced the team rosters for the upcoming Davis Cup final between Switzerland and France in Lille starting November 21.

Switzerland will be led by the Top 10 duo of Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka in singles. France will counter with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gael Monfils and Richard Gasquet. Julien Benneteau will likely be used only in doubles, but who’ll be his partner? Or will they go with Gasquet/Tsonga again?

The tie will be played on the red clay at Stade …

Posted by Staff @ 1:17 pm in Davis Cup | 34 Comments »

November 10th, 2014

Rafael Nadal’s Back Is Bothering Him Again, So He’ll Undergo A Stem Cell Treatment

According to his doctor, Rafael Nadal will undergo a stem cell treatment for his back.

Angel Ruiz-Cotorro told The Associated Press on Monday that, “we are going to put cells in a joint in {Rafa’s) spine” next week in Barcelona.

“(Nadal) has a problem typical in tennis with a back joint, he had it at the Australian Open, and we have decided to treat it with stem cells,” Ruiz-Cotorro said.

“When we have them we will put them in the point …

Posted by Staff @ 11:23 pm in Injuries | 73 Comments »

November 10th, 2014

Roger Federer, Kei Nishikori Could Qualify For Semifinals Tuesday In London

According to the ATP, the winner of Tuesday’s Roger Federer-Kei Nishikori match could qualify for the semifinals on Saturday. The outcome will depend upon the winner of the second match between Andy Murray and Milos Raonic.

If Federer and Raonic win, Federer will clinch a semifinal berth. If Nishikori and Murray are victors, then Nishikori will earn a semifinal berth.

ATP FINALS GROUP B SCENARIOS:
Federer qualifies on Tuesday if:
* Federer defeats Nishikori and Raonic defeats Murray
* Federer defeats Nishikori in 2 sets …

Posted by Staff @ 11:11 pm in ATP Finals | 27 Comments »

November 10th, 2014

Djokovic, Wawrinka Bake Breadsticks At ATP Finals; Federer, Murray In Action Tuesday

It hasn’t exactly been a rip-roaring start to the 2014 ATP Finals in London. Through two days of round robin play, all four matches have ended in straight sets culminating with today’s identical double breadstick blowouts.

Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka got off the snide blasting Tomas Berdych 6-1, 6-1. I questioned Berdych’s hunger at the start of the event, and I’ll ask again, does he have any? How the hell does a guy with that kind of talent and power …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 8:13 pm in ATP Finals | 43 Comments »


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Rankings
ATP - Nov 17 WTA - Nov 17
1 Novak Djokovic1 Serena Williams
2 Roger Federer2 Maria Sharapova
3 Rafael Nadal3 Simona Halep
4 Stan Wawrinka4 Petra Kvitova
5 Kei Nishikori5 Ana Ivanovic
6 Andy Murray6 Agnieszka Radwanska
7 Tomas Berdych7 Eugenie Bouchard
8 Milos Raonic8 Caroline Wozniacki
9 Marin Cilic9 Angelique Kerber
10 David Ferrer10 Dominika Cibulkova
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