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 …
Posted by Staff on October 30th, 2016 @ 12:35 am
Kei Nishikori had to save two match points to win a thriller over Gilles Muller 4-6, 7-6(3), 6-3 Saturday to reach the Basel finals.
Nishikori, a former champion, was down match points in the second with Muller serving for the match at 5-4, 40-30, but a perfectly placed lob kept the Japenese in the match.
“I knew he was coming in,” said Nishikori of that first match point. “I tried to play …
Posted by Staff on October 30th, 2016 @ 12:25 am
Thanks to a David Ferrer left leg injury, Andy Murray had day off Saturday on what was supposed to be a semifinal showdown against the Spaniard in Vienna.
“I knew that David had an injury at the beginning of the week,” said Murray. “He played a very long match yesterday, so that was unfortunate for him. He’s one of the more robust players and doesn’t often have too many niggles. He …
Posted by Special on October 30th, 2016 @ 12:15 am
The WTA Finals title match is set and it will feature world No. Angelique Kerber taking on Dominika Cibulkova Sunday in Singapore.
Kerber advanced by thrashing defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 6-1 in just over an hour.
“I’m really happy to being in the final here for my first time,” Kerber said. “It’s the last tournament, and of course to finish with a final it’s great. I remember the last year how …
Posted by Staff on October 29th, 2016 @ 1:55 pm
How motivated and focused is world No. 1 Novak Djokovic to win a fourth straight Paris Masters title and take a big step toward fending off No. 2 Andy Murray and securing the year-end No. 1 ranking?
“It’s not over yet,” Djokovic said during the run-up. “There are a couple of big tournaments still along the way in Paris and London. I’ll try to get ready for indoor season where I …
Posted by Staff on October 28th, 2016 @ 9:12 pm
Defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska booked the final berth in the last four of WTA Finals in Singapore ousting US Open finalist Karolina Pliskova 7-5, 6-3.
“She definitely served brutal today. All I could do was just wait for the break point,” Radwanska said. “A very tight match and I’m just happy I could do my best at the important moments.
“You’re just waiting and praying that the first serve is not …
Posted by Staff on October 28th, 2016 @ 9:03 pm
Tournament favorites Stan Wawrinka and Juan Martin del Potro were both bounced out Basel on Friday. Del Potro’s run came to an end at the hands of Kei Nishikori 7-5, 6-3.
“I saved a lot of important points with my serve,” said Nishikori. “I played good tactics today.”
Later, qualifier Mischa Zverev stunned Wawrinka 6-2, 5-7, 6-1 to reach his second tour semifinal.
Zverev will next face Marin Cilic who was a winner …
Posted by Staff on October 28th, 2016 @ 8:54 pm
Andy Murray rolled into the Vienna semifinals crushing John Isner 6-1, 6-3 to win his 13th straight tour match. Isner was suffering from blisters as Murray ran his mark to 7-0 against the American.
“(Isner’s injury) obviously helped me as from the back of the court he wasn’t really generating much power with his forehand,” said Murray.
“I was then able to dictate most points from the back of the court. I …
Posted by Staff on October 27th, 2016 @ 11:28 pm
Angelique Kerber finished her round robin by knocking Madison Keys out of the WTA Finals following a 6-3, 6-3 win over the American.
“I knew that I’m already in the semis, but still I’m always going out there to win the match,” Kerber said. “I think I learned so much from the last match what I lost here against Safarova one year ago. I think today it was easier, but I …