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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 …

Czech’s Fed Cup Title is 5th in Last 6 Years

Posted by Staff on November 14th, 2016 @ 3:27 pm

The Czech Republic needed the fifth and deciding doubles rubber to defeat France over the weekend in Strasbourg, securing a fifth Fed Cup title over the last six years.

France’s Caroline Garcia recorded singles wins over Petra Kvitova on Saturday and Karolina Pliskova on Sunday, but in the doubles decider she and Kristina Mladenovic lost to Pliskova and Barbora Strycova 7-5, 7-5.

Kvitova is the lone player who has been on the …

Novak Djokovic Gets Testy With A Reporter At ATP Finals [Video]

Posted by Tom Gainey on November 14th, 2016 @ 3:07 pm

Following a 3-set win over Dominic Thiem in his opening match at the ATP Finals in London yesterday, Novak Djokovic and a local journalist got into it. Mirror reporter Neil McLeman went after Djokovic for hitting the ball into the crowd after dropping a tough first set to the Austrian. Djokovic didn’t take kindly to the inquisition from Mcleman.

Q. Back to the end of the first set, we saw you …

Djokovic Overcomes Slow Start, Raonic Rolls; Murray Opens Play Monday At ATP Finals

Posted by Staff on November 13th, 2016 @ 11:50 pm

It was a tough day for debutantes Dominic Thiem and Gael Monfils on the first Sunday of the ATP Finals in London. First up was the Austrian Thiem and the youngest player in the field got off to a hot start playing 4-time defending champion and tournament favorite Novak Djokovic tough in the first set.

With Djokovic still trying to find his form, the upstart Thiem finally shook off the nerves …

Novak Djokovic Or Andy Murray, Who’ll Win The Battle For No. 1 In London? ATP Finals Preview

Posted by Sean Randall on November 12th, 2016 @ 5:39 pm

Five months ago, few if anyone would have believed the No. 1 ranking would be still undecided heading into the ATP Finals. But here we are on the eve of the final week of the season with Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray locked in a battle to determine the top ranking. And that battle starts tomorrow.

What a way to finish what has been an uneven and, at times, a forgettable …

Novak Djokovic Says He Still Has Plenty Of Gas In His Tank And Many Years Left On Tour

Posted by Tom Gainey on November 12th, 2016 @ 12:01 pm

After an incredible start to 2016, Novak Djokovic’s has found himself in a mini-slump. Just one title in his last six events and his loss of the No. 1 ranking has brought of the critics. But Djokovic says, not to worry.

“The high standard of results and success I’ve had the last couple of years probably has taken its toll,” Djokovic told the press Friday. “I didn’t get to recover I …

Andy Murray: 2016 Is The Best Year Of My Life On And Off The Court

Posted by Tom Gainey on November 12th, 2016 @ 11:43 am

It’s no surprise Andy Murray’s is feeling like he is on top of the world, that’s because he is! And he couldn’t be happier after what’s happened this season.

Eight titles including a second Wimbledon a second gold medal and three Masters titles. Plus, the No. 1 ranking. And off court he and wife Kim welcomed their first child, Sophia, back in February.

“This year I consider the best year I’ve had …

ATP Final 8 Freeze Up For The #MannequinChallenge

Posted by Tom Gainey on November 11th, 2016 @ 9:52 am

What better prep for the ATP Finals which begin on Sunday than an attempt at the latest internet craze, the #MannequinChallenge.

Luckily, it looks like no one got injured! Matches begin on Sunday.

David Goffin, Roberto Bautista Agut Named ATP Finals Alternates

Posted by Staff on November 10th, 2016 @ 2:17 pm

World No. 11 David Goffin and No. 14 Roberto Bautista Agut have been named alternates for the upcoming ATP Finals which begin on Sunday.

Both No. 10 Tomas Berdych and No. 12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga declined invitations to the event, and with No. 13 Nick Kyrgios suspended, the alternate positions fell to Goffin and Bautista Agut.

And with Milos Raonic fighting a quad injury, Goffin could see duty in London.

Alternates earn $100,000 apiece …