Federer, Ivanovic Win Titles; Tennis-X Notes
by Staff | November 7th, 2010, 2:06 pm

Federer Finishes with Flourish for Hometown ATP Basel Title

Roger Federer is primed for the year-end ATP Masters and a shot at showing the tennis world who is really in top form. In a weekend where world No. 1 Rafael Nadal pulled from Paris with a shoulder injury to rest for the year-end finale in London, Federer powered past Andy Roddick in straight sets in the Basel semifinals, then defeating nemesis Novak Djokovic 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 for the Swiss Indoors title.
The world No. 2 Swiss lost to Djokovic in last year’s Basel final.

Federer improved to 12-6 career against Djokovic, winning three of four 2010 meetings, but losing the big one in the US Open semifinals. The Swiss earned his 65th career title in his fifth consecutive Swiss Indoors final.

Ferrer Wins Valencia, Virtual Place at Year-end Masters

The numbers aren’t set with one regular-season event to go at the Masters-Paris, but Spaniard David Ferrer looks to have all but clinched his spot in the year-end final eight by beating Marcel Granollers 7-5, 6-3 in the all-Spanish final for the Valencia Open crown.

It was the ninth career title for Ferrer, who outlasted Robin Soderling in three sets in the semifinals. It was also the Spaniard’s first title indoors, and second of the year after Acapulco on clay.

Granollers defeated Gilles Simon in the semifinals, and drops to 1-1 in career finals, winning Houston on clay in 2008.

Ivanovic Wins ‘Loser Bowl’ to End 2010 Season

Former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic ended the year on a high note, three weeks ago winning her first title of the year in Linz, and Sunday winning the ‘Loser Bowl,’ otherwise known as the Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions in Bali, featuring the top eight players (and random wildcards) who did not make the year-end WTA Championships field.

Ivanovic in the final defeated Alisa Kleybanova 6-2, 7-6(5). Since winning the French Open and rising to No. 1 in 2008, the Serb’s career has been derailed by various confidence-sapping injuries and coaching firings that saw her ranking plummet outside the Top 50. She will now begin the 2011 season ranked inside the Top 20.

In the third-place match between the two losing semifinalists, 40-year-old Kimiko Date Krumm defeated Daniela Hantuchova 7-5, 7-5.


CASH GRAB 2011 — That ATP calendar needs to be shortened…so players can compete in more exhibition cash grabs! World No. 1 Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, instead of beginning 2011 at ATP events, will again lead the field at the year’s biggest cash grab, the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi on Dec. 30-Jan. 1, 2011. Also getting a bank-account injection for playing the exhibition will be Robin Soderling, Tomas Berdych, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Marcos Baghdatis. Nadal says he is looking forward to pocketing $1 million+ as he did last year (in prize money and appearance fees) when he won the event. “Abu Dhabi is a very special place to me. I’ve enjoyed the best season of my career so far and it all started with a victory in Abu Dhabi, so it holds great memories…Everything about Abu Dhabi and the tournament from the weather, facilities and the atmosphere in the stadium, make it the ideal place to start my season.” — and the cash! ‘Thanks again Abu Dhabi, I’m going to back up my Spanish van to the back of the hotel, and you fill it with money.’ But let’s shorten the ATP calendar…

From the ever-quotable Liezel Huber on the close-knit-ness of the U.S. Fed Cup team: “Well, during the year, I remember I loaned Mel [Oudin] some money for a cab ride in Paris and she still hasn’t given me the money back. That’s kind of how we are as a family. Bethanie [Mattek-Sands] and I hooked up for doubles. We had a great run at Wimbledon. Her first semifinal. So there we are family. Coco [Vandeweghe] and I shared a trainer in Asia. Coco didn’t pay for it, but he was there for her. Coco let me share her trainer. [U.S. Captain] Mary Joe [Fernandez], Bethanie and myself are on the same charades team so that makes us even closer knit. We check in with each other on the road. It’s like we’re all kind of spread out in the country, but I’m trying to be really nice to Mel because I want her to do a charity event with me next year. We’re just really spread out, but we really are on each other’s Facebooks and are really good friends with each other and I expect Christmas presents (smiling).”…Who is the new over-dramatic screamy Brit guy on the Tennis Channel coverage? Get rid of that…How heinous was Novak Djokovic’s samurai-throwing-up shiny blue and red outfit in Basel?…Michael Chang pulled from the Grand Cayman senior tour event as he is expecting his first child with wife Amber Liu, the former pro player who is 12 years his junior…Nice job Tennis Channel, covering all the post-match trophy presentation in Basel…Spanish women players have ended their boycott of the Spanish Tennis Federation’s running of the Fed Cup team, coming to terms on an agreement…Jo-Wilfried Tsonga pulled from Valencia citing knee pain last week. The Frenchman said he “snapped a tendon” and needs three weeks of rest. Really, three weeks for a “snapped” tendon? Must be a fast healer…Marcos Baghdatis pulled from his remaining 2010 events after injuring his shoulder…Elena Dementieva says starting a family was one of the reasons for her retirement announcement, but it sounds like the intensely-private Russian may be pregnant already?: “It is true that I expect changes in my private life in the near future,” told the Russian media. “I don’t want to give all the details because these are very private, intimate things.”…Former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic canned coach Heinz Gunthardt, reportedly because he cannot travel enough with her.

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42 Comments for Federer, Ivanovic Win Titles; Tennis-X Notes

scineram Says:

Good take on the exos.

blank Says:


The cash grab part was hilarious! rofl :-)

Huh Says:

Allez Federer!

mrmilbury Says:

The most surprising thing for me is the will to win that Roger has showed in this match.
In the second set he was not playing very well: too much error, he has lost focus, he missed some easy shots.
But he stayed in the match. He tried, he kept his services, he kept his strategy. Not the same for Novak. In the third set, after the break, he played like he has lost.
At the age of 29, with all his records achieved, is a great example of love for tennis and of will. When he started to play tennis, he has to show anyone how good he was. Now he wants to show everyone how good he still is.
Great example.

Colin Says:

It may not loom very large in the grand scheme of things, but lets have a few seconds polite applause for the Murray brothers, who won the Valencia doubles, their first ATP title as a team. Jaimie is theoretically still on his honeymoon!

Colin Says:

It may not loom very large in the grand scheme of things, but lets have a few seconds polite applause for the Murray brothers, who won the doubles in Valencia, their first ATP title as a team. Jaimie is theoretically still on his honeymoon!

Kimberly Says:

Colin-while certainly not a murray fan, i was just reading murrays comments and i thought it was very sweet. Nice for the brothers. Hope they can do it again.

steve Says:

Congrats to Federer on winning his hometown title, congrats also to Ferrer and Ivanovic, who seems to be making a welcome comeback after such a long slump.

Great match by Federer and Djokovic, really high-quality stuff, especially in the first set.

Skeezerweezer Says:


Yeah Congrats to the Murrays! So there is another brothers team that rocks!

Skeezerweezer Says:


Nice post :)

madmax Says:



there’s some fantastic photos here of fed, family and twins, awwwwwwww – they look so like Roger!

plus, some photos of fed buying the ball boys/girls pizza at the end.



madmax Says:


really thoughtful post – completely agree.

second link above, it’s the last photo but there are plenty more above.

jane Says:

Those little girls look so much like Roger!! Can’t see Mirka in them at all right now, but that might change. Very cute to see them clapping for dad. : )

madmax Says:


here’s some of novak too – the first 60 apply to novak/roger – some fantastic photos.

I agree with you. Totally roger’s girls!

Fot Says:

Here’s a short video of an interview with Roger. Around the 2:23 mark, they show the twins. So cute.

Catherine Says:

^^ Thanks for the Twins Pics!!! Adorable.

Oh and Staff is absolutely SPOT-ON with that ‘Cash Grab’-part of his article.
As long as the top players still seem to be able to spend their time playing these exho’s in stead of proper ATP-level tournaments, I just cannot take any plea for ‘shortening the season’ in any way seriously.

mrmilbury Says:

Skeezerweezer – madmax:

Thank you. :)

jane Says:

It’s clear from the emotion he showed that this title meant a lot to Roger; while I am sad for Nole (for not defending the title), I am nonetheless pleased for Fed.

madmax, I like the one where Nole’s holding the mic up to Fed.

steve-o Says:

@mrmilbury: great post.

Congrats also to the Brothers Murray.


One of the commentators mentioned the other day that Fed upped his string tension 3-4 lbs which is a lot. I just sat down in front of the TV so I didn’t catch the whole conversation. I don’t know exactly when he started doing that.

One other note is Ferrer owns 10% of Valencia tournament.

Von Says:

Congrats to all winners — a very good week in tennis, considering it’s nearly the end of the sason.

I agree with Staff on the cash grab exhos. How could some of the players talk about a shorter seasn when they are ever so perky and fit for the cash grabss?

It was stated a while back by some top players that the AO comes too early, yet we see them playing the exhos. There’s a lot of incongruence taking place.

And, whatever happeneend to thos eon the ATP players council who were stating they’d do something about shorteneing the season, when they were busily collecting titles/points at the expene of the other players who were adhering to their stance on the shorter season?? I guess it’s a matter of just words, which are a fluff of air. sheesh

madmax Says:


just adorable, like you say – so, so cute.

Hope we see more of them over the next few tournaments – must be so difficult – at the age of 14 months, in the spotlight – wow!

Jane, I agree – I think with fed now being a dad, must make him much more emotional with his ‘girls’ watching from the box.

dimwitted recluse Says:

“But he stayed in the match. He tried, he kept his services, he kept his strategy. Not the same for Novak. In the third set, after the break, he played like he has lost.” (mrmilbury).
Don’t think that’s quite fair. There were 3 break points in Djokovic’s last service game before he was broken – and the last one he challenged.
Broadly speaking, though, you’re right. But there is the matter of context. I suspect Federer was stung quite sharply by his loss at Basle last year, and he was definitely going to fight for it today. Home territory counts. I think Djokovic was pretty philosophical about it. He gave it a reasonable shot, but it wasn’t to be his day.

You win some, you lose some. That’s how it is for all of them, I’d think. Federer travels in la-la land too, from time to time. Who doesn’t?

dimwitted recluse Says:

“Well, during the year, I remember I loaned Mel [Oudin] some money for a cab ride in Paris and she still hasn’t given me the money back. That’s kind of how we are as a family.” That’s a great quote from Liezel Huber. Puts me in mind of a story told by Wyndham Lewis, the mordant English novelist and painter of early 20th century. He remarked that when they were all in a taxi in Paris – say, him, James Joyce, T.S.Eliot, and other literary luminaries, Joyce was always the one who came up with the money “whilst we others fumbled”. That line has always stuck in my head – yes, done a bit of fumbling in my time too when it comes to this taxi caper. Also, when it’s not absolutely clear that it’s your round for drinks, and it doesn’t seem to be absolutely clear to anyone else, either. You sort of fiddle furtively in one pocket, and then in the other, and out of the corner of your eye you spot that others are doing much the same thing, and it becomes a question of who’s got the nerve to brazen it out.

“Who is the new over-dramatic screamy Brit guy on the Tennis Channel coverage? Get rid of that” Could this be Nick Lester? He’s pretty new to me, and I took no notice of him at first – he just seemed the usual bland mediocrity – until he suddenly started shouting for absolutely no reason, and then I wanted to smack him on the head. Especially since he persisted in this highly irritating performance. Mind you, better a shouter than a grease-pot (Andrew Castle).

Andrew Miller Says:

Please don’t laugh: Ivanovic in position to win another Slam in 2011?

Kimberly Says:

Andrew miller why not, who else exactly is there?? Wozniaki, zvinereva, the absent Williams sister?

Kimberly Says:

Tennis channel showing best of five temper tantrums, excited to see this!!!!!!

madmax Says:


Nick Lester – used to play tennis (he talked about himself a lot a couple of months ago – wasn’t that good -can’t remember half of what he said), but unfortunately for UK lovers of tennis, he has now joined ‘the tennis UK commentating team’, joining petch and cowan – i think also he gave his first ever US performance this year – and was suitably awful.

He has the most annoying voice – so I am in complete agreement with you.

Colin Says:

Parental resemblances in children do change over time. My son looked like me when he was an infant, but appears less so now. Mind you, he is 44!

mrmilbury Says:

What I really mean is that, thinking about the entire career of Roger, It’s amazing (for me) see him so happy, so motivated so excited for ‘lesser’ torunament like Stokolm and Basel. I mean, I remember him playing in Estoril this year, when he lost in semifinal to Montanes: he was another Federer. He even smiled to some errors.
Since the US Open I think, but I can be wrong, he find other motivation: first of all he really enjoy playing now. A feeling seems lost after Australian Open.

dimwitted recluse Says:

madmax – for a moment I was wondering “who the hell is DR?” The perils of mucking about with names….
mrmilbury: yes, I see what you mean. I think perhaps it’s going to be rollercoaster time with Fed over the next 2 or 3 years. We should make the most of the good times!

jane Says:

At the ATP site it says Nadal will play the WTF.

Djok will play Llodra or Monaco (Murray’s slayer last week) right out of the gates, hmmm. And Murray may have Nalby. Some potentially tough opening matches. I always wonder if the “byes” are a good thing in MS events – more rest, but less grooved for court etc. Anyhow, we’ll see. I could see either guy going very deep or either losing early. The field is vast, the competition, no matter the ranking, always very tough. One match at a time N&M.

margot Says:

jane: both Andy and Novak played all week and Sunday. I think they deserve Monday off ;) Presume they all flew down Sunday, but if Monday, even more reason.

jane Says:

True margot: because they were both in finals, a little extra rest now might be crucial. I hope they can do well again this week.

the_mind_reels Says:

Nadal could definitely use the extra time off if he’s not feeling 100%. We’ve seen how injuries have lingered with him, in some cases having pretty big consequences (w/d’ing from Wimbledon, for example). Hope he rests up.

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RZ Says:

Do you really need to point out that Michael Chang’s wife is 12 years his junior? So what if she is? It’s not like she was 16 when they got married. They are both adults.

Nina Says:

Damn it Nole, I don’t like you losing to Fed, not even in exhos… how disappointing. Oh well, another day, another tournament.
Congrats to Roger, last year’s final may have stung.

Kimmi Says:

Nina – i know the feeling. at least nole got the big one at the USO.

federer and nole have played 4 times since the hardcourt season started…thats a lot.

I bet we are going to see them play again probably once in these last 2 tournaments.

Von Says:

Age is only a number, and only the small-minded people will make a big deal of an age difference.

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