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Federer Rolls Into Basel Final, Seeks 99th Career Title Against Qualifier Copil

Posted by Staff on October 27th, 2018 @ 6:13 pm

Roger Federer rolled into his 14th career final at his home Basel event, crushing rising Russian Daniil Medvedev 6-1, 6-4 in only 65 minutes.

“I’m very happy. I think it was my best performance this week,” Federer said. “I’m starting to really get to understand the conditions and it was consistent, my most consistent match by far. The results show it as well, so I’m very happy.”

Federer needed a tough three …

Stephens, Bertens Round Out WTA Singapore SFs

Posted by Staff on October 26th, 2018 @ 7:59 pm

None of the Top 4 seeds at the WTA Finals made the last four at the year-end in Singapore as No. 5 Sloane Stephens and No. 8 Kiki Bertens took the last two final four berths.

Stephens eliminated Angelique Kerber 6-3, 6-3 in a battle of former US Open champions.

“Playing Angie is always tough for me,” Stephens said. “She’s No. 2 player in the world. She’s a tough match. Obviously …

Federer Overcomes Simon, Wins 18th Straight In Basel; Thiem Blown Out In Vienna

Posted by Staff on October 26th, 2018 @ 7:47 pm

Veteran Gilles Simon pushed Roger Federer to nearly the brink Friday in the Basel quarterfinals but fell short in a 7-6(1), 4-6, 6-4 loss to the Swiss. Federer led with a break in the third but the Federer held firm and got an additional break and closed it out for his 18th straight victory in Basel.

“Sure, Gilles came back. But I found a way, which was most important, so I’m …

Svitolina Wins White Group At WTA Finals, Pliskova Makes SFs; Stephens-Kerber Fri.

Posted by Staff on October 25th, 2018 @ 8:40 pm

Elina Svitolina wrapped up her play in the White Group going undefeated after eliminating defending champion Caroline Wozniacki 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 on Thursday at the WTA Finals in Singapore.

Svitolina needed just one set to advance to the semifinals, but was able to come from a set and a break down in the second to win.

“I knew that I had to win one set. I mean, there was lots of pressure, …

Federer Flies Into Basel QFs, Faces Simon Friday; Thiem-Nishikori In Vienna

Posted by Staff on October 25th, 2018 @ 8:21 pm

Roger Federer rolled into the Basel quarterfinals Thursday beating Jan-Lennard Struff 6-3, 7-5. The 8-time champion has now his last 17 matches at his home event, and is a perfect 10-0 in sets against the German Struff.

“I was ready for Struff to come out and swing,” said Federer. “I didn’t know how aggressive he was going to play or how much serve and volley he was going to do. But …

Zverev Wins 50th, Cilic Out In Basel; Federer Returns Thursday

Posted by Staff on October 24th, 2018 @ 8:37 pm

Alexander Zverev became the first player on the ATP to hit 50 wins Wednesday in Basel. The 21-year-old German eased past Robin Haase 6-4, 7-5 in his opener at the indoor event.

Zverev, who is now 50-16 on the year, will face 19-year-old Aussie qualifier Alexei Popyrin tomorrow.

Romanian qualifier Marius Copil collected his first career Top 10 victory (was 0-6) upsetting Marin Cilic 7=5, 7-6(2).

Taylor Fritz also was a winner as …

Stephens And Kerber Win Thrillers At Singapore Finals; Svitolina-Wozniacki Thurs.

Posted by Staff on October 24th, 2018 @ 8:24 pm

The last three US Open champions were in action Wednesday at the Singapore WTA Finals, and Sloane Stephens and Angelique Kerber came out as winners.

Stephens won a late-night thriller over the surging Kiki Bertens 7-6(4), 2-6, 6-3.

“I think we are kind of similar in that we can mix it up a lot and do a lot of different things,” Stephens said of Bertens. “So I thought that’s why we had …

Svitolina, Wozniacki 3-Set Tuesday Winners At Singapore WTA Finals

Posted by Staff on October 23rd, 2018 @ 10:41 pm

Elina Svitova and defending champion Caroline Wozniacki were both 3-set winners Tuesday at the WTA Finals in Singapore.

Svitolina got past former No. 1 Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 for a third straight time.

“My goal was to make an extra ball over the net and fight until the very end and for every point, to don’t give any easy errors,” Svitolina said. “I think this was the key today. It …

Federer Needs 3 Sets In Basel Opener Over Krajinovic

Posted by Staff on October 23rd, 2018 @ 10:17 pm

Roger Federer opened his fall indoor season in his home event in Basel, but despite being an 8-time champion, it was no easy day in a 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 victory over 2017 Paris finalist Filip Krajinovic.

Federer, who has won the Basel title the last 3 times he’s played, has now won his last 16 matches at the event.

“It was a bit more of a hard-fought victory, but they feel …

Edmund Sends Monfils to 21st Career Finals Loss at ATP Antwerp

Posted by Staff on October 21st, 2018 @ 10:00 pm

Who needs Andy Murray?

Kyle Edmund won the first ATP title of his career on Sunday, defeating Frenchman Gael Monfils 3-6, 7-6(2), 7-6(4) to win the European Open in Antwerp.

“I’m obviously very happy,” said Edmund who broke into tears after the match. “A lot of hard work goes into this. So it’s just emotional. You always remember this one. Gael made me work for it today, that’s for sure, so credit …

Khachanov Khonqueors WTA Moscow

Posted by Staff on October 21st, 2018 @ 9:15 pm

Karen Khachanov became the first Russian to win in Moscow in nine years, beating Adrian Mannerino 6-2, 6-2 for the VTB Kremlin Cup title.

The 22-year-old collected his second title this season while dropping Mannarino to an 0-6 career record in finals.

“[Winning in Russia] was one of the dreams I had when I was a kid,” said Khachanov. “Coming here [as a kid] I was asking top Russian players for autographs …

Tsitsipas Sets Greek History with ATP Stockholm Title

Posted by Staff on October 21st, 2018 @ 8:40 pm

Mark Philippoussis doesn’t count.

Twenty-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas became the first player representing Greece to win an ATP title, defeating qualifier Ernests Gulbis 6-4, 6-4 to win the Intrum Stockholm Open title.

“Hopefully many Greek players can achieve something like this,” he said. “I would be super-happy to see them achieve something like this in the future, maybe even in the near future. Representing my country at such high-level tournaments, being the first …

Kasatkina Wins Home Russian Title at WTA Moscow

Posted by Staff on October 21st, 2018 @ 6:05 pm

Top-ranked Russian Daria Kasatkina fulfilled a childhood dream over the weekend, winning her homecountry VTB Kremlin Cup with a 2-6, 7-6(30, 6-4 win over Ons Jabeur to raise her first title on Russian soil.

With the result she moved into the Top 10 on the WTA rankings for the first time.

“It was a dream of mine since childhood, to win the Kremlin Cup in front of my crowd,” said last year’s …

Goerges Ends 2018 by Topping Qualifier Bencic for WTA Luxembourg Title

Posted by Staff on October 21st, 2018 @ 5:14 pm

German Julia Goerges book-ended her season Saturday with the BGL Luxembourg Open title during the last week of the WTA regular season. Goerges won her only other 2018 title during the first week of the season.

The top-seeded Goerges in the Luxembourg final defeated Swiss qualifier Belinda Bencic 6-4, 7-5.

“Belinda had a great week and a great effort this week, coming through qualifying to make the final,” Goerges said on court …

Wimbledon Adds Final Set Tiebreak At 12-All

Posted by Staff on October 19th, 2018 @ 10:37 am

On the heels of a marathon men’s semifinal round at Wimbledon this year, the event has moved to a final set tiebreaker at 12-all for all singles matches.

The change applies to all singles and doubles events including qualifying starting in 2019.

AELTC Chairman, Philip Brook, commented: “In reaching this decision, the AELTC Committee sought the feedback of both players and officials, analyzed two decades of match data, and considered other factors …