December 1, 2015

Amy Frazier Set to Play Tuesday at USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships


(November 30, 2015) La Jolla, Calif. – After receiving a first-round bye, top-seeded Amy Frazier of Rochester, Mich., will play her opening round match of the USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club on Tuesday at 11 a.m. (PST). Frazier will face unseeded Cynthia Delgado of La Jolla, Calif.

The 43-year-old Frazier, who competed on the Women’s Tennis Association tour for more than 15 years, won eight career WTA singles titles and four doubles championships. She also reached the quarterfinals of the 1992 Australian Open and the 1995 US Open.

In first-round men’s singles action, fifth-seeded Jeff Greenwald of San Anselmo, Calif., cruised past Wade Murphy of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., 6-1, 6-1.  Greenwald, who won the tournament singles title in 2009, will take on unseeded William Casas of Rancho Mission Viejo, Calif., in a second-round match on Tuesday.

Following his first-round victory, the 49-year-old Greenwald was asked what motivates him to come back to play in the tournament each year. “This is a tournament that I love. Everyone loves being here. The La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club is amazing,” he said. “The beach and the tennis and all the people you get to know over the years, it’s fun to reconnect. The way the tournament is run is amazing.”

Two-time defending men’s champion and top-seed Tony Bujan of Tustin, Calif., received a first-round bye. Bujan, a three-time All-American at Texas Christian University in the early 1990s, is scheduled to play unseeded Carter Hedrick of Manhattan Beach, Calif., on Tuesday in a second-round match at 9 a.m. (PST).

Defending women’s singles champion and second seeded Dina McBride of Stevenson Ranch, Calif., also received a first-round bye and will play her first match on Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. (PST) against unseeded Julie Silveira of Orinda, Calif.

To view full draws for each division, please go to:

Matches will begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1 through Friday, Dec. 4. On Saturday, Dec. 5 and Sunday, Dec. 6, matches are scheduled to start at 9 a.m. (all times are PST). Spectator admission is free and on-site parking is available for a nominal fee.

Also on the tournament agenda is the USTA National Father/Son and Grandfather/Grandson Hard Court Doubles Championships, which begins Friday, Dec. 4 and concludes Sunday, Dec. 6. The Father/Son championship has been held continuously at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club since 1959, and attracts the top father and son tennis teams in the nation. The Grandfather/Grandson Championship is a relatively new competitive division that started at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club just a few years ago.

USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships
La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
La Jolla, Calif.
Monday’s Results

Men’s Singles
First Round
Carter Hedrick, Manhattan Beach, Calif., def. George Espinosa, Bonita, Calif., WO (ill)
Esteban Altuna, Norco, Calif., def. Patrick Rost (9), San Diego, 7-5, 7-5
Brian Matek, Placentia, Calif., def. Yoram Tal, San Francisco, 6-0, 6-0
William Casas, Rancho Mission Viejo, Calif., def. Carlos Mejia, San Ysidro, Calif., 6-1, 6-1
Thomas Cooper, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., def. Aaron Stark, Carlsbad, Calif., 6-2, 6-3
Christopher Criblez, Laguna Hills, Calif., def. Jeff Ray, San Diego, 6-0, 6-2
Leonardo Bravo (9), San Diego, def. David Wagner, San Diego, 6-0, 6-0
Joshua Prager, Yuba City, Calif., def. Remus Siclovan, Winnetka, Calif., 6-2, 6-1
Mike Brown, La Jolla, Calif., def. Eric White, Elk Grove, Calif., 6-2, 6-1
Jesse Ponwith (9), Scottsdale, Ariz., def. Brett Maginn, Cardiff, Calif., 6-4, 6-2
Jawad Bisharat, La Jolla, Calif., def. John Sellars, Dallas, 6-2, 6-3
Juan Araque (9), Yorba Linda, Calif., def. Jan Gleisner, San Diego, 6-3, 7-6 (6)
Chad Kawahara, San Diego, def. Dave Kuhn, Elk Grove, Calif., 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
Michael Chang (5), Anaheim, Calif., def. Jon Idemoto, San Francisco, 6-2, 6-1
Greg Failla, Ramona, Calif., def. Robert Bull, Phoenix, 6-1, 6-1
Nicolas Chasseray (9), San Francisco, def. James Moulton, Wilmette, Ill., 6-1, 6-4
Marcio Carlsson (4), Las Vegas, def. Carl Flint, Yorba Linda, 6-0, 6-0
Trent Aaron, San Pedro, Calif., def. Kosei Ohno, Kirkland, Wash., 6-1, 6-0
David Smith (9), San Francisco, def. Joshua Schwartz, San Diego, 6-0, 6-0
Lewis Miller, Denver, def. Manuel Ortiz, La Jolla, Calif., 6-1, 6-3
Jeff Greenwald (5), San Anselmo, Calif., def. Wade Murphy, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., 6-1, 6-1

For complete scores and results, go to:
Written by Fred Sidhu


Lopez, Five-Time Champion Bryan Brothers Returning to River Oaks


(November 30, 2015) HOUSTON – Five-time tournament champions Bob and Mike Bryan as well as 2015 top seed Feliciano Lopez have committed to play the 2016 Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship on April 4-10 at River Oaks Country Club.


“It’s great to be able to kick off ticket sales with the announcement of these great commitments”, said Tournament Director Bronwyn Greer. “The Bryan Brothers just won their 11th consecutive ATP Fans’ Favorite Award, and that popularity is proven every year they come back to River Oaks. Feliciano is a great champion and it heightens the international feel of the tournament to have a global star like him in the field.”


The Bryans will be playing the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship for the 14th time. They won the title in 2007, 2009-11 and 2014, and own a 32-8 record at the tournament.


The twin brothers from California are the most successful doubles team in the Open Era, having finished as the ATP’s No. 1 team 10 times. Two have won a record 109 titles, including 16 titles at Grand Slam tournaments, and will enter 2016 with a record of 955-291.


Lopez, a four-time ATP title winner, will be making his fourth appearance at the tournament. The Spaniard who was a semifinalist in 2012 at River Oaks, has won more than 100 career matches on clay.


Lopez enters 2016 just four wins shy of the 400-match win milestone for his career.  In 2015, he finished in the Top 20 for the second straight season after completing consecutive campaigns with more than 30 match wins.


More player announcements are expected to be made prior to the full field being revealed in late February.


Defending Champion Sofia Kenin Headlines Orange Bowl


WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., November 30, 2015 – Defending champion and US Open girls’ finalist Sofia Kenin (17, Pembroke Pines, Fla.) headlines a talented Girls’ 18s field at next week’s Metropolia Orange Bowl that includes 2015 Grand Slam junior champions Dalma Galfi (US Open; Hungary), Sofya Zhuk (Wimbledon; Russia) and Tereza Mihalikova (Australian Open, Slovakia), along with a surplus of top American prospects. The 69th Metropolia Orange Bowl, featuring hundreds of premier 18-and-unders from around the world, will be played December 7-13 at the Frank Veltri Tennis Center in Plantation, Fla.


Regarded as the longest-running international junior tennis tournament in the world, the Orange Bowl features singles and doubles competition for boys and girls in 18-and-under and 16-and-under divisions. It will be played on clay – the surface on which it was played from 1947 to 1998 – for the fifth straight year. Boys’ and Girls’ 18s qualifying begins on Sat., Dec. 5.


A Girls’ 18s field teeming with talent could very well yield rematches of several 2015 junior Grand Slam singles finals – Galfi and Kenin are both entered, as are Mihalikova and Australian Open finalist Katie Swan, of Great Britain. Top American juniors such as 2014 Orange Bowl Girls’ 18s finalist Ingrid Neel (17, Rochester, Minn.), Top-10 world-ranked junior Usue Arconada (17, College Park, Md.), 2015 Wimbledon quarterfinalist Michaela Gordon (16, Los Altos Hills, Calif.), 2014 US Open semifinalist Caroline Dolehide (17, Hinsdale, Ill.), 2014 USTA Girls’ 16s National Champion Kayla Day (16, Santa Barbara, Calif.), and Claire Liu (15, Thousand Oaks, Calif.), the youngest player in the Top 600 of the WTA rankings, are also expected to compete.


The Boys’ 18s field features talented international prospects, such as 2015 US Open doubles champion Felix Auger-Aliassime, of Canada, 2014 Orange Bowl Boys’ 18s finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas, of Greece and Casper Ruud, of Norway. Top college-bound American boys, such as TCU recruit Alex Rybakov (18, Coral Springs, Fla.) and Georgia recruit Nathan Ponwith (17, Scottsdale, Ariz.), join the next wave of U.S. prospects in this year’s field, led by 2014 Boys’ 16s champion Sam Riffice (16, Roseville, Calif.).


Metropolia returns for the third year as title sponsor of the Orange Bowl. A multinational organization with sectors in finance, infrastructure projects, information technology and sports business, Metropolia has its United States headquarters in Miami and formed a partnership to help operate the full-service Tier One Tennis Academy in Coral Gables, Fla.

The Orange Bowl returned to clay in 2011 for the first time since 1998, when it moved from the clay courts at Flamingo Park in Miami Beach to the hard courts of its previous location at the Crandon Park Tennis Center in Key Biscayne. Many players compete in the Eddie Herr junior championships in Bradenton, Fla., the week prior to competing in the Orange Bowl.


Founded by Eddie Herr in 1947, the Orange Bowl quickly became one of the premier international junior events in the world and an annual showcase for the global scope of the game.  Players from more than 50 countries have competed in the tournament, and champions have emerged from 28 different nations.  A number of Orange Bowl champions have used the occasion to announce plans to turn professional.


Past winners of the Orange Bowl 18-and-under singles titles include: Chris Evert (1969, 1970), Bjorn Borg (1972), John McEnroe (1976), Ivan Lendl (1977), Gabriela Sabatini (1984), Mary Joe Fernandez (1985), Jim Courier (1987) and Anna Kournikova (1995). Roger Federer (1998), Elena Dementieva (1998), Andy Roddick (1999), Vera Zvonareva (2000, 2001), Marcos Baghdatis (2003), Nicole Vaidisova (2003) and Caroline Wozniacki (2005) all won the event on hard courts.


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Great Britain Wins 2015 Davis Cup Ending 79-year Drought

(November 29, 2015) Great Britain defeated Belgium 3-1 to win the 2015 Davis Cup in Ghent on Sunday when Andy Murray clinched the title when he defeated David Goffin 6-3, 7-5, 6-3.


This is Great Britain’s tenth Davis Cup title, placing them third on the all-time list behind USA (32 titles) and Australia (28 titles). This is Great Britain’s first title since 1936, with the gap of 79 years being the longest gap between Davis Cup titles in history.

Britain is the only country to have participated in all Davis Cup completion since it began in 1900.


Andy Murray has become the first player to win eight live singles rubbers in a calendar year since the introduction of the World Group in 1981. He is just the third player to achieve an 8-0 World Group singles record in a calendar year. The others were Joh McEnroe and Mats Wilander.


Murray is only the second player to win 11 live singles and doubles rubbers in World Group history after Croatia’s Ivan Ljubicic in 2005. He is the first player since Pete Sampras in 1995 to win three live rubbers in a Davis Cup Final.


Andy and Jamie Murray are only the third set of brothers to win the Davis Cup title after fellow Britons Reggie and Laurie Doherty (4 titles: 1903-06), and Bob and Mike Bryan of USA in 2007.




Venue: Flanders Expo, Ghent (clay – indoors)
David Goffin (BEL) d. Kyle Edmund (GBR) 36 16 62 61 60

Andy Murray (GBR) d. Ruben Bemelmans (BEL) 63 62 75

Andy Murray/Jamie Murray (GBR) d. Steve Darcis/David Goffin (BEL) 64 46 63 62

Andy Murray (GBR) d. David Goffin (BEL) 63 75 63

Ruben Bemelmans (BEL) v Kyle Edmund (GBR) not played


Great Britain A Win Away from Davis Cup Title


(November 28, 2015) Great Britain stands one victory away claiming its first Davis Cup title in 79 years. Brothers Andy and Jamie Murray took the crucial doubles point on Saturday beating winning the Belgium team of David Goffin and Steve Darcis 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, giving Great Britain a 2-1 lead heading into Sunday’s reverse singles matches. Andy Murray could seal Britain’s victory in Sunday’s first match against Goffin.

The brothers Murray are now 4-0 playing Davis Cup doubles together. This was a first outing for the Belgian team in a Davis Cup tie.

Sunday play opens in Flanders Expo in Ghent with a battle between the top players from each country – world No. 2 Murray against No. 16 Goffin.

Great Britain is seeking its 10th Davis Cup crown while Belgium is aiming for its first.




Venue: Flanders Expo, Ghent (clay – indoors)
David Goffin (BEL) d. Kyle Edmund (GBR) 36 16 62 61 60

Andy Murray (GBR) d. Ruben Bemelmans (BEL) 63 62 75

Andy Murray/Jamie Murray (GBR) d. Steve Darcis/David Goffin (BEL) 64 46 63 62

David Goffin (BEL) v Andy Murray (GBR)

Ruben Bemelmans (BEL) v Kyle Edmund (GBR)



Davis Cup Final Day 1 – Great Britain and Belgium Level at 1-1


(November 27, 2015) Great Britain’s Andy Murray evened the Davis Cup final at 1-1 on Friday in Ghent with a 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 win over Belgian’s Ruben Bemelmans. The world No. 2 rebounded from 2-4 down the third set to close out the match against the world No. 108.

The first match of the day saw top Belgian player David Goffin win his first–ever match coming back from two sets down to defeat No. 100 Kyle Edmund 3-6, 1-6, 6-2, 6-1, 6-0. Edmund was making his Davis Cup debut.

The Davis cup rookie ran up a quick two set lead over Goffin, over powering the Belgian with well-placed shots and aggressive groundstrokes.

The turning point in the match came in third game of the third set when Goffin broke Edmund’s serve for 2-1. The No. 16 player in the world won 16 of the next 18 games to claim the victory. Edmund let errors creep into his game and was not as consistent with his serve as he was in the first two sets.

“He played every forehand really heavy from the beginning,” Goffin said on–court after the match. “It was tough for me to find my timing on the baseline. I knew I needed to take my chance, and I did well to finish the match quickly in the fourth and fifth sets.”

Edmund said that in the fourth set he was having problems physically and that his stamina did not hold up.

Murray who leveled the tie with his win in the second match of the day in the Flanders Expo, is now 7-0 in singles rubbers this year. Only John McEnroe and Mats Wilander have ever been a perfect 8-0 in ties during a David Cup season.

Saturday will see the doubles rubber played between Belgium and Great Britain.

Belgium’s King Philippe and his wife, Queen Mathilde, were part of the 13,000 in attendance at the Flanders Expo in Belgium.

Belgium is seeking its first Davis Cup, while Great Britain wants to claim its 10th.




Venue: Flanders Expo, Ghent (clay – indoors)
David Goffin (BEL) d. Kyle Edmund (GBR) 36 16 62 61 60

Andy Murray (GBR) d. Ruben Bemelmans (BEL) 63 62 75

Kimmer Coppejans/Steve Darcis (BEL) v Andy Murray/Jamie Murray (GBR)

David Goffin (BEL) v Andy Murray (GBR)

Ruben Bemelmans (BEL) v Kyle Edmund (GBR)



Great Britain Takes On Belgium in Davis Cup Final


(November 26, 2015) In 2013 Andy Murray won Wimbledon to end a 77-year drought for British men at the All England Club. The Scot hopes to help collect the Davis Cup title for Great Britain for the first time since 1936 this weekend against Belgium in Ghent this weekend. In 1936, Fred Perry won the decisive singles rubber to give Great Britain the victory over Australia 3-2.

Belgium was a losing finalist to Great Britain in 1904.

The best-of-five match series final between the two countries begins on Friday in the Flanders Expo on clay, with a pair of singles matches which pits players who have never faced each other in head-to-head competition. Top Belgium player, David Goffin ranked 14th in the world will play Kyle Edmund, ranked No. 100. The 20-year-old Edmund, who was born in South Africa, will be making his Davis Cup debut.

The second match on Friday will feature world No. 2 and British No. 1 Andy Murray against No. 108 Ruben Bemelmans. Bemelmans received the nod over No. 84 Steve Darcis to play the second rubber. Belgium’s Captain Johan van Herck has the option of changing players over the weekend.

Murray is not only seeking his first Davis Cup title, but he is trying to become only the third player to win all eight singles matches in a Davis Cup year since the World Group began in 1981.

Due to the Paris attacks and threats in Brussels, security in Ghent has been intensified.

The International Tennis Federation put out a security statement earlier in the week:

Update for those attending the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Final at Flanders Expo


The ITF and Royal Belgian Tennis Federation (RBTF), in consultation with the relevant officials and our risk assessment and security advisers, are closely monitoring the situation in Belgium and specifically in Ghent. As of today there are no changes to the previously published start times for the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Final between Belgium and Great Britain.


We are taking every necessary step to ensure the safety of the teams, the spectators, the media and all working staff.


As you would expect, a number of specific, additional security measures have been put in place for this weekend’s tie.


In particular please note:


  • This is a sold out event. There will not be any tickets on sale at the venue and anyone without a ticket will not be allowed access to the venue area.


  • Additional security measures will be in place at all entrances to the venue and will apply to all ticket holders, staff members and visitors.


  • Entry into the event will take longer than usual. Please keep this in mind when planning your arrival to the Flanders Expo. The gates will open two hours in advance of each day’s start time.


  • Bags and backpacks will not be permitted in the Flanders Expo. Ticket holders will be asked to check any bags into available off-site storage facilities.


  • No food or drink will be allowed into the arena. A full selection of refreshments will be available in venue.


  • For those travelling into Belgium for the tie we advise that you liaise directly with your flight or train operator for up to date information on any changes to departure times or protocols.


Any additional updates on the tie including any changes to entry procedures for fans with tickets will be made via:


RBTF website:


The ITF president Dave Haggerty said that they want to make sure the Davis Cup players, fans and staff are safe.

For Great Britain, this will be their 18th final as they look to win their 10th Davis Cup title. They lost their last final in 1972 against the United States. Belgium has never won Davis Cup, losing to Great Britain in their only final in 1904 5-0 at Wimbledon.


This is the 12th meeting between Belgium and Great Britain, but only their second since 1963. Britain leads 7-4. Belgium won their last meeting 4-1 in Europe/Africa Zone Group I in Glasgow in 2012, with 3 members of the Belgium team nominated for this year’s Final – Ruben Bemelmans, Steve Darcis and David Goffin – all winning rubbers. Great Britain has not beaten Belgium since 1963, when it won 5-0 on clay in Brussels.





Venue: Flanders Expo, Ghent (clay – indoors)

David Goffin (BEL) v Kyle Edmund (GBR)

Ruben Bemelmans (BEL) v Andy Murray (GBR)



Kimmer Coppejans/Steve Darcis (BEL) v Andy Murray/Jamie Murray (GBR)



David Goffin (BEL) v Andy Murray (GBR)

Ruben Bemelmans (BEL) v Kyle Edmund (GBR)


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Tennis Channel to Air Davis Cup Final Between Great Britain and Belgium

(November 23, 2015 Tennis Channel will provide exclusive live coverage of Britain’s and Belgium’s Davis Cup final competition in Ghent, Belgium this weekend, beginning Friday, Nov. 27, at 7:30 a.m. ET. Two-time Grand slam champion and Olympic gold medalist Andy Murray will lead Britain as it attempts to capture its first title in 79 years. Murray recently defeated top-ranked David Goffin of Belgium at the ATP Masters 1000 in Paris. However, this was on an indoor hard court while the final will be played on indoor clay.
The championship competition will consist of two singles matches on Friday, Nov. 27, at 7:30 a.m. ET, followed by the doubles match Saturday, Nov. 28,at 9 a.m. ET.  Tennis Channel’s coverage concludes with the remaining singles play Sunday, Nov. 29, at 7 a.m. ET. Each of the five matches is worth one point, with the team that wins at least three points winning the Davis Cup title.
Tennis Channel’s live Davis Cup final coverage is as follows (all time ET):
Friday, Nov. 27:
7:30 a.m.– Live Singles
Saturday, Nov. 28:
9 a.m.– Live Doubles
Sunday, Nov. 29:
7 a.m. – Live Singles
Britain holds a 7-4 advantage over Belgium, but Belgium won the most recent competition in 2012. The Belgian team has not reached the Davis Cup final since 1904, when Britain defeated it 5-0. Belgium is bidding to win its first title.
The British team enters this weekend’s final for the first time in 37 years after a 3-2 semifinal victory over Australia in Glasgow, Scotland. Britain has clinched the Davis Cup trophy on nine occasions, but the most recent was in 1936.  Britain’s captain Leon Smith will lead Murray, Kyle Edmund, Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot into the finals this weekend.
Belgium earned its spot in this weekend’s championship after a 3-2 win over Argentina in its semifinal.  The Belgian team is captained by Johan Van Herck and features Goffin, Steve Darcis, Ruben Bemelmans and Kimmer Coppejans.

Novak Djokovic Four-peats at ATP World Tour Finals


(November 22, 2015) LONDON, UK – Capping a career season, Novak Djokovic won his fourth straight ATP World Tour Finals title beating Roger Federer 6-3, 6-4 on Sunday.


First blood in the first set went to the three-time defending champion even though at times he looked off kilter as he pounded away in the rallies. Nerves looked to still be with him as he gifted away a set point on Federer’s serve before finally wrapping it up.


There were no SABRs but there were some great rallies, but Federer’s inconsistency tended to lead in and away from moments of brilliance, and that appeared to be the story of his final.


In the second set, even after having to claw his way back from three break points down in a game, he found himself in trouble again and this time, he could not pull off the Houdini act. He saved one match point, but relinquished the other, although he made Djokovic wait for the victory, challenging the line call before conceding the match.


Djokovic now carves out a bit of history for himself – he is the first player to win four titles in a row, and he how equaled his head-to-head records with both Rafael Nadal and Federer in just this week alone.


Speaking on court after his win, he said: “I’m very proud together with my team for the achievements this season,” Djokovic said on court. “It could not have been a better finish. It’s the best season of my life.


“I’d like to congratulate Roger, tough luck today. We’ve played so many matches. I wish you a great next season. Rest well with your family and close ones. I hope we can have many more great matches next season.”

“For some reason or another, I’ve been playing some of my best tennis after the U.S. Open, in Asia and also indoors, both Paris and London.”


Federer could only really concede he had lost to the better player. Also talking during the trophy presentation, he said: “It’s better than not paying at all like last year. I’d just like to say how happy I am that I could play today.


“It was a tough moment last year but this week was great again. I’ve had a fantastic year all round. I tried my best this week, thought I played some great tennis, even in the final. Some of the points were crazy.


“Novak deserved the win today. He’s had a ridiculously good year. This year has been long, grueling, tough. But I loved every moment of it.”

With that loss Federer also loses out on the World No. 2 spot to Andy Murray, who will play in the Davis Cup Final starting Friday November 27 in Belgium.


Djokovic ends 2015 winning 11 tournaments – three out of the four major titles, six Masters Series 1000 trophies in addition to the ATP’s year-end event.


Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer Reach Final of ATP World Tour Finals

(November 21, 2015) LONDON, UK – In a repeat of a round robin match earlier in the competiton, Novak Djokovic will take on Roger Federer in the final of the ATP World Tour Finals on Sunday.


Novak Djokovic def. Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-3

If there were any lingering doubts about whether Djokovic was ready to mount his offensive for a fourth straight title, at the ATP World Tour Finals, they only had to look at his start in the semi-final.


Swiftly establishing a 3-0 lead, he was the one calling all the shots. Nadal seemed to struggle to even stay with the Serbian, much less even get a look at his serve.


It took just a single break in the first set for Djokovic to keep his advantage, and at the start of the second set he looked like he was going for a mirror image of the first.


While Nadal managed to at least hold that attempt off, he would surrender a break shortly afterwards and in a final indignity, Djokovic broke him to seal the match.


Djokovic said, in his on-court interview: “It was a great performance, no doubt. From the very beginning I pushed to execute my game plan, trying to be aggressive, dictate the play.


“It’s easier said than done when playing as great of a defender as Rafa. He was playing some great tennis earlier this week. I managed to pull out my best game when it was needed the most. Just glad to get through to final.”


For Nadal – it was his best close post-US Open after a disastrous start to the year by his standards, and so he looks forward to 2016 in the hope that he has regained his confidence.

Roger Federer def. Stan Wawrinka 7-5, 6-3

This had the promise of being a hard fought three-setter, and indeed when Wawrinka broke Federer in the middle of the first set, it looked as though this would most certainly go the distance.


A sloppy game at the end of the set though handed it to Federer, and that momentum stayed with him as he quickly jumped out to a 3-0 lead.


Wawrinka was at least able to stop the rot and prevented Federer from breaking him to grab the set, but all to rapidly, Federer served out to love for a most straight forward win.


“He [Djokovic] should be knocked out by now,” Federer joked in his on-court interview. “I’m joking. It’s a great format, the round robin. He’s had a tremendous year, another great semifinal against Rafa [Nadal]. I know it will be difficult tomorrow. I’ll give it all I have, it’s the last match of the season.”


He now sets up the final fans were denied last year, and will face three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic.