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October 14th, 2014

Robin Soderling Still Wants To Play Tennis, But For Now He’ll Help Run The Stockholm Open

It’s been over three years since Robin Soderling last played on the ATP. Now 30, still fighting mono, Soderling hopes to one day return to the sport he loved, the one that saw him twice reach the French Open final, and the one that saw him beat Rafael Nadal on those same Roland Garros clay courts in 2009.

With the Stockholm Open this week, Soderling is back in the news by helping the tournament become a success. In an …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:24 am in Injuries | 15 Comments »

October 14th, 2014

Tomas Berdych’s Next Coach Won’t Be Ivan Lendl

Tomas Berdych has expressed interest in having Ivan Lendl as his coach since his countryman left Andy Murray. But unfortunately for Berdych, Lendl isn’t available.

I had a great time talking about tennis with Ivan Lendl today. Result? Ivan would like to help me, but he is too busy…

— Tomáš Berdych (@tomasberdych) October 13, 2014

Berdych talked about working with Lendl at Wimbledon, and mentioned him again at the US Open last month. “Well, I …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:51 am in Coaching | 7 Comments »

October 13th, 2014

Britney Spears To Play Andy Murray’s Girlfriend In Movie About The Tennis Star? [Video]

In a hilarious promotion for Stand Up To Cancer, several stars tried out for the role of playing Andy Murray in a movie about the tennis star.

Pop sensations Pharrell and Britney Spears were among the celebs who went through “casting”, with Britney trying to win the role of Murray’s girlfriend, Kim Sears.

After Terry Wogan’s attempt to capture Murray, the movie’s director, Richard Ayoade, remarked to Andy, “It was flat, it was unengaging.”

Murray dryly responds, “Well I agree, yes. That’s …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:21 am in Videos | 6 Comments »

October 13th, 2014

Roger Federer Leads The Tour This Year In Several Statistical Categories [Chart]

After a disappointing 2013 season, few would have expected Roger Federer to rebound this year the way he has. Entering the last month of the season, the now 33-year-old Federer is best in several key ATP categories.

As of October 13, Roger Federer leads all ATP players this season in…
* Match wins (61)
* Hard court wins (45)
* Outdoor wins (56)
* Final appearances (9)
* Semifinal appearances (11)
* Top 10 wins (13)
* ATP Masters 1000 wins (26)

With three tournaments still on his …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:06 am in Charts, Fall Season | 8 Comments »

October 13th, 2014

Go Figure, Rafael Nadal Got Hit In The Head By A Golf Ball [Video]

One of Rafael Nadal’s favorite hobbies is playing golf. When Nadal is not on the tennis court or out fishing, like many players he loves playing the peaceful game of golf. But it’s also dangerous, especially for Rafa.

Nadal, who get criticized for being injury prone, was hit in the head by an errant ball during a recent round of golf in Mallorca. The strike left the former No. 1 with a mild case of amnesia, or at least that’s what …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:41 am in Videos | 5 Comments »

October 12th, 2014

ATP/WTA Previews: Murray Looking for Vienna Points

KREMLIN CUP
Moscow, Russia; Surface: hard

Men’s Seeds: Milos Raonic, Marin Cilic, Ernests Gulbis, Fabio Fognini, Roberto Bautista Agut, Tommy Robredo, Mikhail Youzhny, Andreas Seppi

Men’s Floaters: none

Men’s Notes: The top-seeded Raonic is making his first appearance at the event…Not a deep field with players outside the Top 100 receiving direct entry…Wildcards went to Russians Andrey Rublev, Karen Khachanov and Evgeny Donskoy…Raonic after a bye will open against a qualifier…Returning former champs in the field are Seppi (2012) and Youzhny (2009).

Women’s Seeds: …

Posted by Staff @ 1:32 pm in Tennis | 7 Comments »

October 12th, 2014

Federer, Pliskova, Riske, Stosur Win ATP/WTA Titles

Federer Wins 1st Shanghai Title, Rises to No. 2

Roger Federer made good on his semifinal victory over world No. 1 Novak Djokovic a day earlier, in the Sunday final defeating unseeded Gilles Simon 7-6(6), 7-6(2) for his career-first Shanghai Rolex Masters crown.

“It makes me very happy winning here because this tournament means a lot to me,” said Federer, who will rise to No. 2 in the ATP Rankings. “I’ve always enjoyed coming here. I’ve come close a couple of times, …

Posted by Staff @ 12:28 pm in Tennis | 5 Comments »

October 12th, 2014

Roger Federer Wins 8th Different Masters 1000 Title, Ties Djokovic, Moves Ahead Of Nadal

Earlier today Roger Federer beat Gilles Simon 7-6, 7-6 to win his first Shanghai Masters 1000 title. The win was Federer’s 23rd Masters 1000 event of his career and his 8th different, equalling Novak Djokovic for the most among active players.

“It makes me very happy winning here because this tournament means a lot to me,” said Federer. “I’ve always enjoyed coming here. I’ve come close a couple of times, but I’ve always wanted to win it as a Masters 1000.

“I …

Posted by Staff @ 10:48 am in ATP, Charts | 30 Comments »

October 12th, 2014

ATP London Race (13 Oct 14): Roger Federer Closes In On Novak Djokovic’s No. 1 Ranking

Thanks to his incredible title today at the Shanghai Rolex Masters, Roger Federer is “just” 990 points behind No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the year-end race for the No. 1 ranking.

990 points might seem like a lot but it isn’t when you consider Federer still has over 3,000 points left on his schedule.

Federer will next play Basel (500 points), Paris (1,000 points) and London (1,500 points). Plus, if he needs it he could earn more points winning in the …

Posted by Staff @ 10:34 am in ATP Finals | 132 Comments »

October 11th, 2014

Perfect Federer Rolls Back The Clock, Rolls Djokovic In Shanghai, Boosts No. 1 Hopes

Find me a better 90 minutes of tennis from Roger Federer the last few years than what we saw today from the Swiss! Earlier, the 33-year-old Federer turned back time in an emphatic 6-4, 6-4 triumph over top seed Novak Djokovic to reach the Shanghai title match.

“It was a great match, I agree,” said Federer who had to save five matchpoints in his Wednesday opener. “I think I played very well. There was nothing in the game today that wasn’t …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 12:27 pm in Shanghai | 89 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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