Posted by Tom Gainey on November 5th, 2016 @ 2:47 pm
A reminder, now that Andy Murray has reached No. 1, but he and is brother, Jamie, has been to the top of the rankings.
30-year-old Jamie ascended to No. 1 earlier this year on April 4 holding the top spot for nine weeks in total.
On the left, former ATP doubles world no. 1.
On the right, new ATP singles world no. 1.
Posted by Tom Gainey on November 5th, 2016 @ 2:36 pm
Even Roger Federer has gotten into Andy Murray mania after the Scot finally ascended to No. 1 today.
“We have a new 👑 in town. Congrats Sir @andy_murray,” Federer posted in a tweet.
We have a new 👑 in town. Congrats Sir @andy_murray
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) November 5, 2016
Murray is the 26th player to reach No. 1 and the first British man …
Posted by Sean Randall on November 5th, 2016 @ 2:19 pm
Andy Murray has one job and one job only Sunday in the Paris Indoors Masters final, and that is to not get defaulted! If he were to say hit a ballkid with a racquet, unleash a flurry of expletives on the chair or even drop his drawers in celebration, he would not only lose all his points and prize money, he would lose that No. 1 ranking!
“If I get defaulted …
Posted by Sean Randall on November 5th, 2016 @ 12:16 pm
At long lost, Andy Murray has finally reached No. 1. And he made history today by not having to hit a single ball after Milos Raonic retired from his semifinal match against the Scot due to a quad injury in the Paris Indoors Masters semifinals.
First, congrats to Murray. He has won just about everything since the French Open and is currently sitting on an 18-match win streak as he heads …
Posted by Staff on November 4th, 2016 @ 8:25 pm
The last spot in the ATP Finals in London was secured by Dominic Thiem after Tomas Berdych fell in Paris today. The 23-year-old Thiem will join Gael Monfils as debutants in the event.
“I’m so happy to have made it to London, also thanks to Andy and Milos who helped me out,” said Thiem. “It’s been a dream since my childhood to qualify for the ATP Finals. In the past …
Posted by Staff on November 4th, 2016 @ 8:13 pm
Andy Murray succeeded in his quest on Thursday at the Paris Masters, while world No. 1 Novak Djokovic did not.
As a result, Murray is one match away from becoming the No. 1 player in the world for the first time.
Murray on Thursday in the quarterfinals in Paris stared down Tomas Berdych, defeating the Czech 7-6(9), 7-5, eliminating him from contention for the year-end ATP Finals.
On Saturday Murray needs to win …
Posted by Staff on November 3rd, 2016 @ 11:31 pm
Novak Djokovic found himself a set down before coming back on the hot-handed Grigor Dimitrov 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 at the Paris Indoors. The 3-time defending has now won 17 straight matches at the event and he sets up a quarterfinal meeting Friday with Marin Cilic.
“I’m very grateful to have such a crowd and perform in front of them. I think they appreciated the battle between Grigor and I today,” said …
Posted by Staff on November 3rd, 2016 @ 6:54 am
Novak Djokovic needs to reach the final this week at the Paris Masters to guarantee keeping No. 2 Andy Murray at bay and to hold on to the No. 1 ranking, if the Brit does not lose before the final.
On Wednesday Djokovic started his Paris campaign successfully, negating the big serving of Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller 6-3, 6-4 to set up a meeting with No. 14 seed Grigor Dimitrov.
“Not an easy …
Posted by Staff on November 1st, 2016 @ 11:08 pm
Top seeds Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray begin their year-end No. 1 battle Wednesday in Paris when both make their debuts at the indoor event.
Djokovic, who leads by just 415 points in the ATP Race, will face Gilles Murray while Murray also meets a lefty in Fernando Verdasco. If Murray wins the title over someone other than Djokovic, Murray becomes the new No. 1 next Monday. Murray can also reach …
Posted by Staff on October 31st, 2016 @ 11:19 pm
Finding himself behind Marin Cilic for the final spot at the ATP Finals later this month, Tomas Berdych opens play Tuesday at the Paris Indoors against Joao Sousa.
The Paris Indoors is the only career Masters title Berdych has won, that all the way back in 2005 when he beat Ivan Ljubicic in five sets.
Also on tap on the final Tuesday of the ATP regular season, Grigor Dimitrov takes on former …
Posted by Tom Gainey on October 31st, 2016 @ 10:07 am
Novak Djokovic has been in a post-French Open mini-slump if you will. The Serb has won “just” one title in his last five events, and has been dealing with off court family issues, mental issues and even injury issues. But returning to Paris, where he completed his career Slam, might be the elixir to get him back on track.
“I feel good right now,” Djokovic said in Paris. “The last couple …
Posted by Tom Gainey on October 31st, 2016 @ 9:53 am
After three titles since the US Open, Andy Murray is now on the brink of the No. 1 ranking. Behind 415 ranking points of Novak Djokovic in the ATP Race (note that Paris AND ATP Finals point drop next Monday), Murray can finally ascend to No. 1 if he wins the Paris title over someone other than Djokovic.
“I get a step closer with every win but it’s still a long …
Posted by Staff on October 30th, 2016 @ 5:11 pm
Marin Cilic is still trying to secure a spot at the ATP year-end championships with one week of regular-season play left, and he took a giant step towards his goal on Sunday by defeating Kei Nishikori 6-1, 7-6(5) in the final of the Swiss Indoors Basel.
It was the second title of the year for the Croat and the 16th of his career. He improved to 2-2 in finals this year …
Posted by Jeremy Davis on October 30th, 2016 @ 4:34 pm
When former world No. 2 Svetlana Kuznetsova qualified at the last tournament of the year in Moscow, then swept through her round robin matches 3-0 at the WTA Finals, we thought we knew where the momentum was.
And when Dominika Cibulkova fell to 0-2 in round robin play, he thought we knew where that sat.
In the end, no one saw Cibulkova getting out of round robin play, much less raising the …
Posted by Staff on October 30th, 2016 @ 4:12 pm
World No. 2 Andy Murray continues his march toward the No. 1 ranking, closing the gap between him and No. 1 Novak Djokovic to just 415 points in the ATP 2016-only standings after the title Sunday at the Erste Bank Open 500 in Vienna, Austria.
The Scot in the final cut off a late surge from No. 6-seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 7-6(6).
“The tiebreak was really, really tight,” Murray said. “I …