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November 2nd, 2015

Novak Djokovic Begins 171st Week At No. 1 On ATP Rankings

It’s a special week for Novak Djokovic as the Serb has reached another milestone. This week marks the 171st week that Djokovic has spent atop the ATP Rankings. That moves him past John McEnroe and into 5th all-time on the ranking list.

ATP All-Time Weeks At No. 1
302 Roger Federer
286 Pete Sampras
270 Ivan Lendl
268 Jimmy Connors
171 Novak Djokovic
170 John McEnroe

“You’ve got to have the self discipline and the dedication, devotion, but most of all passion for the sport, for what you …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:35 am in ATP, No. 1 ranking | 28 Comments »

November 1st, 2015

Federer, Sousa Claim Weekend ATP Titles

Federer-Nadal Heavyweight Basel Final Stays with Swiss

Roger Federer beat Rafael Nadal for the first time in 3-1/2 years on Sunday, claiming a seventh Basel title with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 win over the Spaniard. it was the first win for the Swiss over Nadal since Indian Wells in 2012.

Federer in the third set received a gift break on a Nadal double fault, then eventually broke again for a 5-3 lead before serving it out.

“It was one of my best weeks …

Posted by Staff @ 8:14 pm in Tennis | 12 Comments »

November 1st, 2015

Roger Federer v Rafael Nadal Basel Final Highlights [Video]

Here are highlights from Roger Federer’s 63, 57, 63 win over rival Rafael Nadal today in the 2015 Basel final.

Federer’s post-match speech:

Rafa’s post-match speech:

After the ceremony, both legends awarded the ballkids with medals.

A fun meme that broke out from the post-match with Nadal looking at his $750K watch (click to expand):

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 1:55 pm in Videos | 14 Comments »

November 1st, 2015

Watch Roger Federer Use The SABR To Win A Point Off Rafael Nadal [Video]

Roger Federer broke a 5-match losing streak to rival Rafael Nadal beating the Spaniard 63, 57, 63 today to win a seventh Basel title.

In the tight match, the Swiss also employed his new SABR show with mixed success.

Early on, he failed in his first attempt:

But then later in the second he connected:

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 1:27 pm in Videos | 9 Comments »

November 1st, 2015

Hitting-Wall Radwanska Beats Kvitova for 1st WTA Finals Crown

The diminutive Agnieszka Radwanska raised the BNP Paribas WTA Finals title in Singapore on Sunday, defeating Petra Kvitova 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 for the biggest championship win of her career.

How big of an underdog win was it for the former world No. 2?

Radwanska was one of the final qualifiers for the WTA Finals, and lost her first two matches in round robin play against Maria Sharapova and Flavia Pennetta.

After the 0-2 start she rallied with a round robin win over Simona …

Posted by Staff @ 11:56 am in Tennis | 6 Comments »

October 31st, 2015

Previews: ATP Paris Masters Field Loaded, Djokovic Defends

Call it the BNP Paribas Masters, call it the Paris Masters or the Paris Indoor, call it loaded.

All of the Top 10 and 15 of the Top 16 players post this coming week for the Paris Masters, the final regular-season tournament on the ATP World Tour. Who will be hot going into the ATP Finals, where the Top 8 field is already set?

Here is the rundown:

Seeds: Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka, Tomas Berdych, Kei Nishikori, …

Posted by Staff @ 7:16 pm in Tennis | 10 Comments »

October 31st, 2015

Roger Federer v Rafael Nadal In The Basel Final, Who’s The Pick?

While the year-end Chase for No. 1 and the Race for London both turned out to be duds, we do get a very nice late season treat (hopefully not trick) tomorrow in the Basel final as Roger Federer clashes with Rafael Nadal in the resumption of one of the great rivalries in all of sport.

Both guys aren’t what they used to be – no Roger isn’t what he once was nor is Rafa – but since they haven’t played in …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 2:44 pm in Fall Season, Fedal | 259 Comments »

October 31st, 2015

The 2015 London ATP Finals Field Is Set, Last Two Spots Go To David Ferrer And Kei Nishikori

With Rafael Nadal beating Richard Gasquet today in the Basel semifinals, the field for the 2015 London ATP Finals was confirmed with David Ferrer and Kei Nishikori grabbing the last two spots.

I am very excited to go back to London,” said Nishikori. “Being part of the best eight players in the world is a big honour and something I work very hard for every day. This tournament is one of the flagship tournaments of the year for us and I …

Posted by Staff @ 12:21 pm in ATP Finals | 2 Comments »

October 31st, 2015

Petra Kvitova Tops Maria Sharapova, Meets Agnieszka Radwanska In WTA Finals Title Match

Former champions Petra Kvitova and Maria Sharapova collided in the semifinals of the year-end WTA Finals in Singapore, and it was the lefty coming out ahead 6-3, 7-6(3).

“I didn’t expect this, for sure,” Kvitova said. “I had two losses in my group, and I couldn’t really believe I would play the semifinals. And I knew Maria would be strong today – she played so well in the round robin group, so I expected a really tough match.

“But I knew I …

Posted by Staff @ 12:14 pm in WTA Championships | 7 Comments »

October 30th, 2015

Rafael Nadal Toughs Out Another Win In Basel, Could Meet Roger Federer In Final Sunday

Rafael Nadal won his third straight three set match today in Basel, turning away Marin Cilic 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. It wasn’t Nadal’s best stuff, but after an early break in the third the former No. 1 cruised to victory over the 2014 US Open champ, and continued to rebuild his confidence.

On a long day in which all four quarterfinal matches went the distance, Richard Gasquet kept his slim London hopes alive saving a match point to beat Ivo Karlovic in …

Posted by Staff @ 7:01 pm in Fall Season | 86 Comments »

October 30th, 2015

WTA Finals Singapore SF: Sharapova v Kvitova, Muguruza v Radwanska

The women’s semifinals were set today at the year-end WTA Finals event in Singapore. Joining Red Group winners Maria Sharapova and Agnieszka Radwanska were Garbine Muguruza and Petra Kvitova who emerged from the White Group.

Muguruza capped a perfect first week for her at the event by defeating Petra Kvitova 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 to win the White Group. And the Spaniard is also in the doubles with Carla Suarez Navarro, so she’ll be busy this weekend.

“For sure I’m tired today and …

Posted by Staff @ 6:05 pm in WTA Championships | 34 Comments »

October 29th, 2015

Roger Federer Needs Three To Reach Basel QFs; Rafael Nadal Challenges Marin Cilic Friday

Defending champion Roger Federer was extended to three sets by Philipp Kohlschreiber Thursday in the second at his home event in Basel. Federer advanced 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 over his friend who he now leads 11-0.

“It was extremely difficult, especially midway through the second and the beginning of the third,” said Federer. “It was a tough set and a half for me. I wasn’t struggling, but I wasn’t quite feeling it.

“The spectators tonight maybe gave me that last push I needed, …

Posted by Staff @ 8:37 pm in Fall Season | 160 Comments »

October 29th, 2015

Sharapova, Radwanska Advance To Singapore SFs, Halep Gassed, Pennetta Ends Career

Maria Sharapova and Agnieszka both locked up spots in the semifinals of the WTA Finals in Singapore on Thursday. Sharapova kept her record clean dismissing US Open champion Flavia Pennetta 7-5, 6-1 to finish 3-0 and on top of the Red Group.

“I’ve lost the last couple of times against Flavia. I know what a tough competitor and opponent she is. I just wanted to get a little bit of revenge before she goes out of the game!” Sharapova said.

The 33-year-old …

Posted by Staff @ 11:32 am in WTA Championships | 17 Comments »

October 28th, 2015

Nadal Denies Dimitrov In Basel, Federer Faces Kohlschreiber Thursday; Ferrer Withdraws From Valencia

Rafael Nadal scored one of his better wins of late defeating Grigor Dimitrov in the second round at Basel today. The beleaguered former No. 1 had to really work for it, though.

Nadal found himself down a break in both the first and third sets. But he came back to take both to win both to win the match 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. And even in the last game Nadal struggled to serve out the match.

Nadal is now 7-0 against the Bulgarian. …

Posted by Staff @ 7:50 pm in Fall Season | 68 Comments »

October 28th, 2015

Kvitova, Muguruza Winners At WTA Finals Singapore; Sharapova, Halep Seeks SFs Thursday

Mono-stricken Petra Kvitova got on the board Wednesday at the WTA Finals Singapore beating compatriot Lucie Safarova 7-5, 7-5.

“I’m really glad that I was able to play and win that kind of match after my loss in the first match here,” Kvitova said.

Kvitova is now 1-1 in the White Group round robin with one match to play. Kvitova will test Garbine Muguruza Friday while Safarova takes on Angelique Kerber.

Later, Muguruza beat Kerber 6-4, 6-4 to stay perfect in her first …

Posted by Staff @ 5:44 pm in WTA Championships | 1 Comment »

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2 Andy Murray2 Simona Halep
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5 Rafael Nadal5 Agnieszka Radwanska
6 Tomas Berdych6 Petra Kvitova
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