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Zverev Cruised In Turin Finals, Medevedev Wins; Ruud v Rublev For Last SF Spot

Posted by Staff on November 18th, 2021 @ 10:04 pm

Alexander Zverev booked his semifinal spot in the ATP Finals by cruising past Hubert Hurkacz 6-4, 6-2.

The 2018 champion connected on 22 winners to only eight unforced to reach his third semifinal at the ATP Finals.

“Today was a tough match mentally because I needed to win, so I was 100 per cent focused,” Zverev said. “It was very up and down, and I am happy to be through and win …

Muguruza Defeats Kontaveit To Win WTA Finals Title, Her Biggest In Over 4 Years

Posted by Staff on November 18th, 2021 @ 11:20 am

Garbine Muguruza collected her biggest title in over four years capturing the year-end WTA Finals trophy last night in Guadalajara. In her first final at the event, Muguruza upended Anett Kontaveit 6-3, 7-5.

“Right now I feel extremely happy and relieved because it’s a tournament that I’ve struggled at the beginning, then I managed to play well,” Muguruza said. “I think I’m staying composed a little bit now because it means …

Djokovic Reaches SFs In Turin, Tsitsipas Withdraws; Medvedev Streaking At ATP Finals

Posted by Staff on November 17th, 2021 @ 10:35 pm

Novak Djokovic reached his 10th semifinal at the ATP Finals on Wednesday, cruising past Andrey Rublev 6-3, 6-2.

Rublev got up an early break, but that was about the only highlight for the Russian on the day.

“I knew that I had to be on my toes and start well,” said Djokovic. “I dropped my serve again like in the first match. It was quite a nervous start from both of us …

Roger Federer Hoping For Summer 2022 Return

Posted by Staff on November 17th, 2021 @ 5:28 pm

The comeback of Roger Federer keeps getting pushed back.

Weeks ago, Darren Cahill let it be known that he thought Federer would be back for the Australian Open. Cahill later clarified stating he wasn’t sure.

Then in the last few days coach Ivan Ljubicic said the Australian Open was not a real possibility.

Now, Federer himself says he’s targeting a return next summer at the very earliest.

In an interview with …

Muguruza To Meet Kontaveit For WTA Finals Today

Posted by Staff on November 17th, 2021 @ 11:29 am

The final match of the 2021 WTA regular season will pit Garbine Muguruza against the hot-handed Anett Kontaveit, with the victor earning their first WTA Finals title today in Guadalajara. And for Kontaveit, it would be her biggest career win.

Playing in her first WTA Finals, the Estonian Kontaveit got the better of Maria Sakkari last night in the semifinals with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 win.

“I still can’t quite believe that …

Medvedev Wins In 3, Sinner Suprises At ATP Finals; Djokovic v Rublev Wed.

Posted by Staff on November 16th, 2021 @ 9:56 pm

Daniil Medvedev won his 7th straight match at the ATP Finals edging out rival Alexander Zverev in a thriller 6-3, 6-7(3), 7-6(6).

Medvedev rolled in the opener, breaking Zverev to start the match. In the second set, the match was even until the breaker when Medvedev was called for a foot fault at 1-2. The review confirmed and Medvedev was not pleased, and crowd let him have it.

Zverev took advantage of …

Real Possibility That Roger Federer Does Not Play The Australian Open

Posted by Staff on November 16th, 2021 @ 11:28 am

According coach Ivan Ljubicic, Roger Federer’s chances are not great of playing the Australian Open. The Swiss who has undergone two surgeries on his right knee, has given little update on his status on his comeback. But his coach, Ljubicic, did provide some information.

“I think there are very few chances, he is still recovering and knowing him, he wants to be sure he can play to win the tournament and …

Novak Djokovic Collects No. 1 Trophy

Posted by Staff on November 16th, 2021 @ 11:19 am

Following his opening match win over Casper Ruud yesterday at the ATP Finals in Turin, Novak Djokovic collected his record-breaking seventh year-end No. 1 trophy.

The Serb, who just fell three sets short of a Calendar Grand Slam, won three Slams and also recently won Paris to clinch the top ranking.

“Feels amazing, and obviously feels even better when you win a match and you get your hands on that trophy that …

Sakkari Secures SF Berth At WTA Finals; Kontaveit The Favorite?

Posted by Staff on November 16th, 2021 @ 11:11 am

The round robin stage of the WTA Finals came to an end Monday night in Guadalajara. With just one spot remaining in the semifinal knockout round, it came down to either Maria Sakkari or Aryna Sabalenka.

In the end, it was Sakkari securing the final berth, beating the Belarussian 7-6(1), 6-7(6), 6-3.

“Obviously my season is not finished yet, but this tournament has been very successful after today’s win,” the 26-year-old …

Djokovic, Rublev Dominate In ATP Finals Openers; Medvedev v Zverev Tues.

Posted by Staff on November 15th, 2021 @ 8:49 pm

Novak Djokovic opened his 2021 ATP Finals campaign in impressive fashion cruising past debutant Casper Ruud 7-6(4), 6-2.

Djokovic, who is seeking a record-tying 6th ATP Finals title, stumbled early getting broken in his first game but then rolled on serve, breaking the Norwegian early in the second.

“I recovered from that fall on that break point in that first game,” Djokovic said on court of his tumble. “It was very strange. …

Muguruza Stops Kontaveit, Makes Last 4 At WTA Finals; Sakkari v Sabalenka For Last Spot

Posted by Staff on November 15th, 2021 @ 11:23 am

The last four at the WTA Finals is taking shape. Yesterday, Garbine Muguruza qualified for the semifinals with a big win over the red-hot Anett Kontaveit, topping the Estonian 6-4, 6-4.

Kontaveit had won her last 12 matches and 28 of her last 30, but the Spaniard, who needed to win to stay alive in the event, had the motivation and ultimately the game.

“Today was a match that was kind …

Medvedev Opens ATP Finals Defense With Comeback Win, Berrettini Injured; Djokovic Mon.

Posted by Staff on November 14th, 2021 @ 11:08 pm

The ATP Finals made its debut in Turin, Italy today, but it wasn’t a good day for the home fans.

Italian favorite Matteo Berrettini had to retire to Alexander Zverev after dropping the first set 7-6(7) and going down 1-0 in the second due to a left oblique issue.

In his first appearance at the ATP Finals, Berrettini led the German 5-3 in the first set breaker.

“The atmosphere was one of the …

Sabalenka Stays Alive At WTA Finals, Badosa Into SF; SF On Line Today

Posted by Staff on November 14th, 2021 @ 10:23 am

Aryna Sabalenka kept her WTA Finals hopes alive Saturday with a thrilling 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 win over 2020 French champion Iga Swiatek.

In a virtual elimination match between two players making their WTA Finals debut, Swiatek rolled the Belarussian early in this Chichen Itza group battle.

This time, Sabalenka stormed back to take the second taking the last five games, then went up a break 2-1 in the third before getting …

Alcaraz Cruises Past Korda For NextGen Milan Title

Posted by Staff on November 13th, 2021 @ 7:35 pm

Carlos Alcaraz added his name to the list of ATP NextGen champions. Today, the 18-year-old Spaniard cruised past Sebastian Korda in the final in straight sets 4-3(5), 4-2, 4-2.

“It is amazing,” Alcaraz told the crowd. “To be able to win this tournament means a lot to me. I am so excited right now and emotional. I was very, very nervous at the start. I had to be calm to save …

Paul Holds On For First ATP Title In Stockholm, Tops Shapovalov

Posted by Staff on November 13th, 2021 @ 7:29 pm

Tommy Paul had the week of his life in Sweden closing out Denis Shapovalov 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 to claim the Stockholm Open and win his first career ATP title.

Playing in his first tour final, the 24-year-old Paul used his legs and backhand to finally break through Shapovalov for 5-4 in the third, and then calmly served it out.

Paul had a remarkable run in Stockholm with consecutive upset wins over Taylor …