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October 18th, 2014

London Race: Murray v Ferrer, Dimitrov v Berdych In Sunday Finals

Two players fighting for London berths will play in finals on Sunday. In Vienna, Andy Murray meets David Ferrer in a crucial London clash. After a win over Viktor Troicki today, at No. 8 Murray is just a few points ahead of Ferrer in the Race, with the winner of the match moving ahead.

“My plan is to try and play very aggressively with my forehand,” said Ferrer who beat Philipp Kohlschreiber today. “My first serve is very important and I …

Posted by Staff @ 5:43 pm in ATP Finals, Fall Season | 32 Comments »

October 18th, 2014

Previews: WTA Finals; ATP Basel, Valencia

WTA Finals
Singapore; Surface: hard

Red Group: Serena Williams, Simona Halep, Eugenie Bouchard, Ana Ivanovic

White Group: Maria Sharapova, Petra Kvitova, Aggie Radwanska, Caroline Wozniacki

Notes: Play begins Monday…Half the field is new from last year with Simona Halep, Eugenie Bouchard, Ana Ivanovic and Caroline Wozniacki not present in 2013, and Halep and Bouchard making their debuts…Serena has won the last two year-end championships, four overall…Ivanovic is 2-11 career against the players in her group…Radwanska is 7-21 career against players in her group…Serena Williams …

Posted by Staff @ 1:32 pm in Tennis | 3 Comments »

October 17th, 2014

Want To Watch Andy Murray Eat Cake? Of Course You Do [Video]

Andy Murray is in Vienna this week chasing a berth in London. But off the court Murray was spotted at Cafe Sacher where the Wimbledon champion got to serve and eat some good looking cake.

Take it away Andy:

Murray’s first trip to the tournament has been a success thus far. Today he made the semifinals with a 62, 75 victory over Jan-Lennard Struff. Tomorrow he’ll face Viktor Troicki who he’s beaten all five times they’ve …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 3:12 pm in Videos | 21 Comments »

October 17th, 2014

Grigor Dimitrov’s Trick Shot Was So Nice He Did It Twice!! (You Won’t Believe It) [Video]

At the start of the year new coach Roger Rasheed wanted his star pupil Grigor Dimitrov to shed his “showtime” lavel and cut out the shenanigans. But…watch this:

Incredible!

Dimitrov had lost the first set to Jack Sock but with some ridiculous shotmaking came back to win 57, 64, 63, to reach the semifinals at the Stockholm Open and also improve his chances for London. He’ll play Bernard Tomic tomorrow.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 2:57 pm in Best Shots, Videos | 23 Comments »

October 17th, 2014

Rafael Nadal: I Have To Do The Surgery, So Right Now I Don’t Know If I’ll Be In London [Video]

In a new interview, Rafael Nadal says that he is going to have surgery by the end of the year for appendicitis, but he won’t put a date on it yet.

“It’s not been an easy season for me at the end,” he told Sky Sports. “I have to do the surgery, but I need to find the right moment.”

If Nadal does have surgery after Paris as speculated he would miss the London ATP finals. But right now Rafa …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 2:49 pm in ATP Finals, Fall Season, Videos | 22 Comments »

October 16th, 2014

Roger Federer Is Already Practicing On Clay For The Davis Cup Final!

What would Roger Federer rather do, finish No. 1 or win the Davis Cup? If asked, the Swiss who finished in the top spot five times, might choose the Davis Cup, arguably the biggest omission from his stellar resume right now.

The 33-year Federer is set to return to Basel next week. But instead of practicing on indoor hardcourts in preparation for his home event, according to this tweet from yesterday he’s already looking ahead to the Davis Cup finals in …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 11:03 am in Davis Cup | 54 Comments »

October 16th, 2014

Nikolay Davydenko Has Announced His Retirement From Tennis

Fifteen year tour veteran and former World No. 3 Nikolay Davydenko announced his retirement from pro tennis earlier today.

“I am 33 years old. I won 21 ATP World Tour tournaments, including three ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments, and the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London. I don’t have any regrets about not winning a Grand Slam or not being No. 1 in the world. I was in the Top 10 for some years.

“Unfortunately, for some years now, I …

Posted by Staff @ 10:51 am in 2014 Season | 36 Comments »

October 15th, 2014

Report: Rafael Nadal Will Have Surgery After Paris, Will Not Play In London Finals [Video]

According to a new report from IB3, Rafael Nadal will not play in the year-end ATP Finals. The World No. 3 will still play Basel then Paris, but then have surgery to remove his inflamed appendix at the start of November.

The timing of the surgery will give Nadal a full 6-8 weeks of recovery before the Australian Open and the start of the new season. If true, Nadal’s withdrawal also would bolster the hopes of Andy Murray’s qualification.

Nadal is expected …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:57 am in ATP Finals | 112 Comments »

October 14th, 2014

UPDATE: Juan Martin Del Potro’s 2014 Season Is Over

Juan Martin del Potro has decided to officially end his 2014 season. There was some hope the Argentine would return to Basel to defend his 2013 title, but he announced earlier today that he will make his comeback fresh at the start of 2015.

“I’m training well, but the recovery from the wrist surgery is slow and I’m still not ready to be in the competitive level that allows me to face the best players in the last two tournaments …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 12:43 pm in Injuries | 9 Comments »

October 14th, 2014

Juan Martin Del Potro Will Decide Soon If He’ll Defend His Basel Title

According to a DPA report, Juan Martin del Potro still could play next week in Basel where the Argentine is the defending champion.

Del Potro has been sidelined since March after undergoing surgery on his left wrist. The 26-year-old is said to be weighing the option of coming back for Basel and Paris or simply making a fresh return at the start of 2015.

Del Potro is currently ranked No. 29. Basel begins next Monday so his decision on the …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:40 am in Injuries | 4 Comments »


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ATP - Oct 20 WTA - Oct 20
1 Novak Djokovic1 Serena Williams
2 Roger Federer2 Maria Sharapova
3 Rafael Nadal3 Simona Halep
4 Stan Wawrinka4 Petra Kvitova
5 David Ferrer5 Na Li
6 Tomas Berdych6 Agnieszka Radwanska
7 Kei Nishikori7 Eugenie Bouchard
8 Marin Cilic8 Ana Ivanovic
9 Milos Raonic9 Caroline Wozniacki
10 Andy Murray10 Angelique Kerber
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