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October 11th, 2014

Novak Djokovic: Roger Played The Perfect Match

Following a 64, 64 loss to rival Roger Federer in the Shanghai semifinals, 2-time champion Novak Djokovic praised the Swiss legend.

“I think I did not play too bad,” said Djokovic who falls to 17-19 against Federer, 2-3 this year. “It’s just that he played everything he wanted to play. He played the perfect match. I think he’s going to tell you how he felt, but that’s how I felt he played. He played an amazing match.”

Djokovic had won 28 straight …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:43 am in Shanghai | 23 Comments »

October 11th, 2014

Watch Highlights From Roger Federer’s SF Win Over Novak Djokovic In Shanghai [Video]

Roger Federer snapped Novak Djokovic’s 28-match winning streak in China beating the Serb 64, 64 in the Shanghai Masters 1000 semifinals earlier today.

After being down five matchpoints on Wednesday, Federer played some of his best tennis of the season to score his first win over a World No. 1 since he beat Djokovic in the 2012 Wimbledon semifinals. Federer faced and saved only one break point the entire match, hit 35 winners, seven aces, and won 20 of 35 points …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:24 am in Shanghai, Videos | 17 Comments »

October 11th, 2014

Bryans Brothers Clinch The Year-End No. 1 Doubles Ranking

The ATP announced Friday that the popular California twins Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan have clinched the year-end No. 1 ATP Doubles Team Ranking for a record 10th time and for the sixth consecutive season.

The 36-year-old brothers were guaranteed the year-end No. 1 ranking after winning their quarter in Shanghai. They went on to reach the final today in their bid to win all nine Masters 1000 events.

“It’s very meaningful to finish the season as the No. 1 team,” said …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:07 am in Year-End No. 1 | 1 Comment »

October 10th, 2014

Federer v Djokovic In Shanghai SF, Who’s The Pick? Murray’s London Chances Improve

In arguably the biggest single match since the Wimbledon final, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic renew their rivalry tonight in the Shanghai Masters semifinals. Federer advanced earlier today in runaway fashion beating Julien Benneteau 7-6, 6-0.

“I thought I played very well against Bautista Agut, but maybe tonight was a bit better,” said Federer. “Especially once I got in the lead, it’s nice to have those great 10, 15 minutes where you can stretch it, really. That’s what I was able …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 2:03 pm in Shanghai, Year-End No. 1 | 161 Comments »

October 9th, 2014

Murray Crashes, Federer Betterer In Shanghai; Djokovic Moves Closer To No. 1

Outside of Rafael Nadal’s failing appendix – more on that in a bit – and the Race, the big story for me this week in Shanghai is the return of Roger Federer and his duel with Novak Djokovic for the top ranking. Unfortunately for Federer fans, Djokovic, who’s about 1,600 points ahead of Federer, could put the No. 1 race on ice if he comes away with the title on Sunday.

And by the looks of it, Djokovic is the clear …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 12:15 pm in ATP Finals, Shanghai | 77 Comments »

October 9th, 2014

Now That Andy Murray’s Struggling, He’s Suddenly Not Happy With The London Qualification Rules

After five years of qualifying for the year-end ATP Finals in London, it’s funny that only now does Andy Murray criticize the entry process for the prestigious event.

By ATP rule, the highest ranked Grand Slam champion not in the Top 8 automatically qualifies for London. With Stan Wawrinka firmly embedded in the Top 5, that leaves Marin Cilic as the wildcard guy, and Murray is not happy that he could finish ranked higher than the Croatian yet not get a …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 10:54 am in ATP Finals, Shanghai | 22 Comments »

October 9th, 2014

Murray, Ferrer Meet In Crucial Clash; Federer, Djokovic Also On Tap In Shanghai

With ranking points at a premium, Andy Murray and David Ferrer meet in a critical clash in Shanghai Thursday as the tour winds toward London. Entering the match just 30 points separate the two former Top 5 players, with the winner jumping ahead of the other in the Race to London.

Murray, a 2-time Shanghai champion, won in Shenzhen and lost to Djokovic last week while Ferrer has slumped of late. The Scot still knows the danger.

“You need to play a …

Posted by Staff @ 1:08 am in Shanghai | 65 Comments »

October 8th, 2014

Rafael Nadal: My Thought Is To Keep Playing With Appendicitis, Then Have Surgery After London

Before even returning to Spain, Rafael Nadal said today that he’ll forego immediate surgery on his appendix so he can finish out the season.

“My thought is to continue with Basel, Paris and London,” Nadal said after a 6-3, 7-6 loss to Feliciano Lopez. “It’s true that the past few months I did not have the best of luck. I didn’t have the best of luck since Wimbledon. I was playing a good year, very positive year. After that I was …

Posted by Staff @ 1:57 pm in Fall Season | 60 Comments »

October 8th, 2014

Fabio Fognini Slapped With A $2K Fine For Obscene Gesture

According to the AP, Fabio Fognini was hit with a $2,000 fine for making an obscene gesture after a loss yesterday in Shanghai.

From the video, Fognini can be seen extending the middle finger of his left hand. The Italian had just lost his fifth straight match after getting stunned by the 553rd-ranked Wang Chuhan.

For some comparison, this August the NFL fined Johnny Manziel $12,000 for giving the one finger salute on the field.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:17 am in Shanghai | 4 Comments »

October 8th, 2014

Poll: Should Rafael Nadal Have His Appendix Removed?

The most famous appendix on the planet belongs to Rafael Nadal. And unfortunately for the Spaniard the organ is not playing nice. Nadal revealed yesterday that he is battling appendicitis, but vowed to play on in Shanghai. However, the former No. 1 just lost today to countryman Feliciano Lopez 63, 76 in the second round.

Nadal will now return to Spain to see his regular doctors and get further medical evaluation on the illness. As discussed on this site, appendicitis …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:03 am in Polls | 30 Comments »

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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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