November 27, 2015

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer Open ATP World Tour Finals with Decisive Victories

(November 15, 2015) Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer secured easy opening round robin match wins on Sunday at London’s O2 Area on the first day of the ATP World Tour Finals.

The event began with a minute’s silence for the victims of Paris attacks before play got underway between Djokovic and Nishikori. More than 129 people are dead and hundreds wounded due to Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris. Security measures have been heightened in the O2 Arena.


In the Stan Smith group, three-time defending champion Djokovic extended his winning streak at the year-ending event to 15 with his easy 6-1, 6-1 win over Kei Nishikori. It’s the world No. 1’s 23rd straight match victory overall.

The Serb lost a mere nine points on his own serve, hit 17 winners with only 14 unforced errors and never faced a break point in the 65-minute win.

“Obviously I didn’t make any first serve today,” Nishikori said. “So that cause lot of pressure that he always have a good return. I thought didn’t play bad. I had great points with groundstrokes. I think my serve was the key. Both sets I lost my first service game.”

“I was feeling very comfortable on the court, feeling like I could get most of the balls back,” Djokovic said. “I served efficiently. I mixed up the second serves as well. Didn’t give him really the same look twice. I always tried to change. The tactics worked very well.”

Djokovic, having a career year, winning three out of the four majors and six Masters Series titles, is seeking to become the first to win four consecutive year-end tournaments.

Djokovic was awarded his ATP No. 1 trophy for 2015 after the match.

In the night match, third seed and six-time ATP World Finals champion Roger Federer rebounded from a slow start to defeat sixth seed Tomas Berdych 6-4, 6-2. Berdych opened the match leading 2-0, but the Swiss regrouped to take control.

Federer, competing in his 14th straight year-end competition, hit 20 aces past the Czech in the 69-minute match.

“I think what I underestimated a little bit in some ways was that it was a first round. I think I was playing very well in practice,” said the Swiss. “I had a very good idea with Severin and Stefan how I should play the match. When I came in, I kind of forgot it was a first round. I do have to be a little bit careful as well at times. I was a bit sluggish coming in. I don’t want to say too overconfident, but I thought it was going to be easier than that. It was a good lesson for me to learn. But now I’m in the second round, so that’s a good thing.”

The 17-time major champion received the ATP Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship award and the Fans’ Favourite trophy after the win.


In the doubles competition, top seed Bob and Mike Bryan lost in their first round robin match in the Arthur Ashe/Stan Smith group to eighth seed Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea 6-4, 6-3. The Bopanna/Mergea team broke the Bryans’ usually reliable serves five times during the match.

The victory, which gives them a 1-0 record in group play, places them in a tie with Jamie Murray and John Peers at the top of the Group. Fourth seeds Murray and Peers defeated fifth seeds Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini 7-6(5), 3-6, 11-9 in one hour and 42 minutes, in a match held before the Djokovic – Nishikori contest.




Fed Cup Final Draw

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(November 13, 2015) The Czech Republic plays host to Russia in Prague this weekend for the Fed Cup title. The Czech Republic and Russia have played each other five times in Fed Cup play, with the Czech Republic leading 3-2 advantage. They last met in the 2011 Fed Cup final when the Czech Republic beat Russia 32 to win its eighth Fed Cup title.

The Czech Republic has won the women’s team event eight times, second behind the United States with 17 titles.

This is the Czech Republic’s 10th Fed Cup Final. They are 8-1 win-loss record in Fed Cup Finals.

Russia hopes to capture its 5th Fed Cup title. They last won the event in 2008 beating Spain in Madrid.




Venue: O2 Arena, Prague (hard – indoors)
Petra Kvitova (CZE) v Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)

Karolina Pliskova (CZE) v Maria Sharapova (RUS)

Petra Kvitova (CZE) v Maria Sharapova (RUS)

Karolina Pliskova (CZE) v Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)

Lucie Safarova/Barbora Strycova (CZE) v Ekaterina Makarova/Elena Vesnina (RUS)


Groups Announced for ATP World Tour Finals; London Will Host event Through 2018

ATP World Tour Finals

(November 12, 2015) The ATP World Tour Finals in London held the official group draws ahead of the Sunday start. Top seed Novak Djokovic seeking a fifth year-end crown is in the Stan Smith group along with (3) Roger Federer, (6) Tomas Berdych and (8) Kei Nishikori. The Illie Nastase group consists of (2) Andy Murray, (4) Stan Wawrinka, (5) Rafael Nadal and (7) David Ferrer.

This year the singles and doubles groups have been named after former champions of the year-end event, including Stan Smith, the 1970 winner at Tokyo in 1970, and four-time winner Illie Nastase. Arthur Ashe and Smith won the first doubles title in 1970 while Peter Fleming and John McEnroe won the crown eight consecutive times.

The singles and doubles groups are listed below as well as the order of play for Sunday and Monday.


Singles – Group Stan Smith 
[1] N Djokovic (SRB)
[3] R Federer (SUI)
[6] T Berdych (CZE)
[8] K Nishikori (JPN)
Singles – Group Ilie Nastase
[2] A Murray (GBR)
[4] S Wawrinka (SUI)
[5] R Nadal (ESP)
[7] D Ferrer (ESP)
Doubles – Group Ashe/Smith 
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA)
[4] J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS)
[5] S Bolelli (ITA) / F Fognini (ITA)
[8] R Bopanna (IND) / F Mergea (ROU)
Doubles – Group Fleming/McEnroe
[2] J Rojer (NED) / H Tecau (ROU)
[3] I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA)
[6] P Herbert (FRA) / N Mahut (FRA)
[7] M Matkowski (POL) / N Zimonjic (SRB)


Order of Play – Sunday, 15 November
Afternoon Session 12:00 PM Groups Stan Smith & Ashe/Smith
(4) J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) (5) S Bolelli (ITA) / F Fognini (ITA)
(1) (SRB)
(8) (JPN)
Evening Session 6:00 PM Groups Stan Smith & Ashe/Smith
(1) B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) (8) R Bopanna (IND) / F Mergea (ROU)
(3) (SUI)
(6) (CZE)
ATP World Tour Results
Order of Play – Monday, 16 November
Afternoon Session 12:00 PM Groups Ilie Nastase & Fleming/McEnroe
(2) J Rojer (NED) / H Tecau (ROU) (7) M Matkowski (POL) / N Zimonjic (SRB)
(2) (GBR)
(7) (ESP)
Evening Session 6:00 PM Groups Ilie Nastase & Fleming/McEnroe
(3) I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) (6) P Herbert (FRA) / N Mahut (FRA)
(4) (SUI)
(5) (ESP)

2015 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Generating Big Secondary Market Ticket Demand

(November 12, 2015) The 2015 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals will kick off at London’s O2 Arena on November 15 and once again features the best tennis players in the world vying for a collective $7 million purse. With three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic spearheading a field that also includes six-time champion Roger Federer and hometown favorite Andy Murray, ticket prices are garnering big global ticket demand on the secondary market.

According to, the cheapest ATP World Tour Finals tickets across all 15 sessions come during the Sunday session on November 15, where the get-in price is $74. Before that night, the second cheapest session will be held on Sunday during the afternoon and has a get-in price of $104.

Held on November 22, the Finals currently have the most tickets available among all sessions on the secondary market. The get-in price for Finals tickets starts at $220. However, the most expensive sessions during 2015’s tournament will be held on Saturday, November 21, where tickets for both the afternoon and evening session begin over $300.

Despite the lower get-in price, however, the last matches taking place on November 22nd are unsurprisingly the ones with the highest demand claiming nearly 30% of total ticket sales to this year’s event on the Ticketbis platform.

Returning champion Djokovic qualified for this ATP World Tour Finals back in June, becoming the early frontrunner to claim the fifth title of his career and fourth straight. He will likely face the most formidable competition from Andy Murray and Roger Federer, who is in search of his record seventh Finals win. Murray will have the chance to finish as the No. 2 player in the world for the first time in his career after generating 8,470 points across 19 tours this year.

Among other top players entering the singles tournament include Stan Wawrinka, Rafael Nadal, Tomas Berdych, David Ferrer and Kei Nishikori. Wawrinka has had a successful 2015 after winning the Chennai Open, Rotterdam Open, French Open and Japan Open. Nadal enters the competition after claiming the Stuttgart Open and German Open and finishing as finalist in the China Open and Swiss Indoors.

Tomas Berdych served as runner-up in the Qatar Open, Rotterdam Open and Monte-Carlo Masters before winning the Shenzhen Open and Stockholm Open. Ferrer had a notable year with wins in six ATP tournaments while Nishikori qualifies for the ATP World Tour Finals for the second consecutive year.

Bob and Mike Ryan will again lead the doubles campaign after winning last year’s tournament. They’ll be contested by top teams in Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau and Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo. The singles champion will win upwards of $2 million while the doubles team champion will come away with more than $400,000.


Tennis Channel To Air ATP World Tour Finals Live

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(November 12, 2015) LOS ANGELES – Beginning Sunday, Nov. 15, at 7 a.m. ET, Tennis Channel will again become the television home of the annual season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. The network’s coverage of the eight-day event between the top-eight singles players and doubles teams in tennis this year will feature live matches throughout the day, followed by 8 p.m.-4 a.m. primetime encores each evening. Tennis Channel will devote close to 60 live hours and more than 120 overall to the most exclusive tournament on the men’s tour, with all 57 matches televised, and all but three of them live.
As men’s tennis crowns its 2015 singles and doubles champions, Tennis Channel’s typical daily lineup begins with a doubles match each morning at 7 a.m. ET, immediately followed by singles play at 9 a.m. ET (a complete schedule is below). The doubles-then-singles format resumes from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. ET, before a primetime recap of the entire day’s matches gets underway at 8 p.m. ET and runs throughout the late night and early morning.
Emmy Award-winning announcer Brett Haber (@BrettHaber) will handle call play-by-play for Tennis Channel during the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, and be joined by analysts Jim Courier and Paul Annacone (@paul_annacone). Both former players, Hall of Famer Courier has guided the United States Davis Cup team as its captain since 2010, while Annacone has become one of the sport’s most renowned coaches for his successes with all-time greats Pete Sampras and Roger Federer.
The Barclays ATP World Tour Finals takes place in London’s raucous O2 Arena at the end of the men’s tennis season, and is reserved for only the top-eight singles and doubles points earners of 2015. Singles players are split into two groups of four, with a guaranteed three matches for each against every other contender in his division. The top two in each group advance to traditional, single-elimination semifinals with the winners playing for the championship on Sunday, Nov. 22.
With doubles following the same format, the round-robin arrangement ensures match after match of top-ranked players, in battles reminiscent of the latter rounds of any of the four majors.
This year’s singles draw reads like a Who’s Who of Grand Slam champions and future Hall of Famers, with: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka, Tomas Berdych, David Ferrer and Kei Nishikori. The strong doubles field includes American twins Bob and Mike Bryan – perhaps the greatest ever – as well as Jean-Julien Rojer-Horia Tecau, Jamie Murray-John Peers, Ivan Dodig-Marcelo Melo, Simone Bolelli-Fabio Fognini, Pierre-Hugues Herbert-Nicolas Mahut, Marcin Matkowski-Nenad-Zimonjic and Rohan Bopanna-Florin Mergea.
Following the second singles semifinal Saturday, Nov. 21, Tennis Channel will air a special half-hour interview with women’s tennis star Maria Sharapova. Holding Serve with Maria Sharapova is slated for 5:15 p.m. ET and offers a revealing look at the global phenomenon’s life and career through a candid one-on-one conversation with Haber.
Mobile users can follow all the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals action via the authenticated linear stream on Tennis Channel’s Tennis Channel Everywhere app. Free to everyone in the United States, most Tennis Channel subscribers can simply enter their pay-TV provider credentials and access the network live at no additional cost. The channel’s website,, will feature articles from veteran reporter and author Steve Flink, as well as real-time scoring from London, and can be accessed via mobile device.
Tennis Channel’s 2015 ATP World Tour Finals Schedule: (All matches are live unless otherwise indicated with * for same-day delay)
                 Date                                             Time (ET)                                       Event
Sunday, Nov. 15
7 a.m. -11 a.m.; 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Doubles and Singles Round-Robin Matches
Monday, Nov. 16
7 a.m. -11 a.m.; 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Doubles and Singles Round-Robin Matches
Tuesday, Nov. 17
7 a.m. -11 a.m.; 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Doubles and Singles Round-Robin Matches
Wednesday, Nov. 18
7 a.m. -11 a.m.; 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Doubles and Singles Round-Robin Matches
Thursday, Nov. 19
7 a.m. -11 a.m.; 1 p.m.-3 p.m.; 8 p.m.-10 p.m.*
Doubles and Singles Round-Robin Matches
Friday, Nov. 20
7 a.m. -11 a.m.; 12:45 p.m.-2:30 p.m.; 8 p.m.-10 p.m.*
Doubles and Singles Round-Robin Matches
Saturday, Nov. 21
7 a.m. -11 a.m.; 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Doubles and Singles Semifinals
Sunday, Nov. 16
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; 8 p.m.- 12 a.m.*
Double Final; Doubles and Singles Finals

Novak Djokovic Three-peats at Paris Masters for Tenth Title of the Year

(November 8, 2015) Novak Djokovic claimed his third straight Paris Masters title, a record fourth overall for his 10 tournament victory of the year when he beat Andy Murray 6-2, 6-4 on Sunday.

The World No. 1 now has 58 titles in his career, 26 in Masters Series 1000 events, two behind record holder Rafael Nadal. The 10-time major champion has set a record for winning six ATP Masters events in a season. He is currently on a 22-match winning streak.

“There was couple of games in the second set where Andy started turning things around, so things could have gone different way as they did maybe yesterday against (Stan) Wawrinka at same stage,” Djokovic said. “But I managed to stay tough. It was, all in all, the best performance of the week, and it came at the right time.”
“Congratulations to Novak,” Murray said after the match. “It’s been a great year for him. It’s been a great week for me – first time past the quarterfinals. That’s progress and I hope to be back next year.”
“I think I was very solid from the very first point, really protecting the baseline, trying to be the one that dictates the play,” said the Serb who is having a career year. “I think in terms of physical and mental ability, I have reached my peak.”

Djokovic is now 21-9 against Murray overall. He’s won 10 of the last 11 head-to-head battles.

Next stop for both Djokovic and Murray will be The O2 Arena in London for the ATP World Tour Finals.

“I’m hoping that I can repeat the kind of performances and success I have had (at the ATP World Tour Finals) in previous years,” Djokovic said. (The O2 Arena) is a great stage for a tennis tournament.”

The ATP World Tour year end event begins on November 15.


With Title Win in Zhuhai, Venus Williams Returns to the WTA Top Ten


(November 8, 2015) Venus Williams ended her 2015 season by reaching the Top Ten for the first time in four years, when the 35-year-old top seed defeated Karolina Pliskova 7-5, 7-6 (6) to win the WTA Elite Trophy on Sunday in Zhuhai.

Williams held off a set point against the Czech in the second set tiebreak and secured the win. For Williams it’s her third WTA trophy of the year, also taking titles in Wuhan and Auckland.

“I’m so excited to win the first trophy in Zhuhai,” Williams said on court after the match. “All the players felt so welcome here and we appreciated all of the enthusiasm. To see every seat filled for every match, that’s all the players and tournament hope for.”

“I was really lucky to win at the end.”

The Zhuhai event had 11 of the top players who did not qualify for last week’s WTA Finals tournament in Singapore which hosted 8 of the top ten players.


Paris BNP Paribas Masters Results

ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Paris, France (+1 hour GMT)
2-8 November 2015 Surface: Indoor Hard


Singles – Semi-finals
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) d [4] S. Wawrinka (SUI) 63 36 60
[2] A. Murray (GBR) d [8] D. Ferrer (ESP) 64 63

Doubles – Semi-finals
[2] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA) d [PR] T. Berdych (CZE) / R. Stepanek (CZE) 46 63 10-5
V. Pospisil (CAN) / J. Sock (USA) d D. Inglot (GBR) / R. Lindstedt (SWE) 76(6) 61


COURT CENTRAL start 12:15 pm
V. Pospisil (CAN) / J. Sock (USA) vs [2] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA) (Watch Live)

3:00 pm
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs [2] A. Murray (GBR)


WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai Results

$ 2,150,000
NOVEMBER 03 – 08, 2015

Singles – Semifinals
[1] V. Williams (USA) d [4] R. Vinci (ITA) 62 62
[3] K. Pliskova (CZE) d [8] E. Svitolina (UKR) 63 61

Doubles – Round Robin – Group A
[4] [WC] C. Liang (CHN) / Y. Wang (CHN) d [1] K. Jans-Ignacik (POL) / A. Klepac (SLO) 76(6) 63

Round Robin – Group B
[2] A. Medina Garrigues (ESP) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP) d [3] G. Dabrowski (CAN) / A. Rosolska (POL) 63 62

STADIUM start 4:00 pm
SINGLES FINAL – [1] V. Williams (USA) vs [3] K. Pliskova (CZE)

Not Before 6:00 pm
DOUBLES FINAL – [2] A. Medina Garrigues (ESP) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP) vs [4] [WC] C. Liang (CHN) / Y. Wang (CHN)


“Fedal” Part 34 – Roger Federer Snaps Five-Match Losing Streak Against Rafael Nadal to Win Seventh Basel Title


Federer-Nadal by Rosemary Nardone

(November 1, 2015) In their first match-up since the 2014 Australian Open semifinals, Roger Federer defeated Rafael Nadal to win the Swiss Indoors final 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 in Basel. For the Swiss competing in his 10th straight Basel final, the win which gave him his seventh trophy in his hometown, broke a five-match losing streak against the 14-time major champion Nadal. This was Federer’s 12th Basel final. Nadal leads their overall head-to-head record 23-11.

“It was a very special day,” said Federer, who was once a ballboy at the tournament. “Probably it was my best victory here in Basel.”

“I lost but I was close to winning, very close,” said Nadal.

Federer hit 12 aces, 44 winners with 32 unforced errors going 3 for 7 on break points during the two-hour and two minute match.

“It was one of my best weeks in Basel, considering everything I’ve done throughout my career here,” Federer said after the match. “I thought the match was close. I had my chances in the second, but he fought back well, like he’s done throughout the week really. Overall I was really happy how I played.
“I know I’ve had better backhand days and he’s had better forehand days than today, but the match was high quality and it was entertaining and exciting for both of us as well. The confidence is good, no doubt about that. It’s good to get back into the mood of winning after Shanghai… I think the body’s gotten used to match play again after all these weeks of not playing.”


This 88th overall tennis title for Federer, now marks the fifth tournament which he has won at least seven times – Halle (8), Wimbledon (7), Dubai (7) and Cincinnati (7).

This is the sixth championship trophy he’s collected this year, adding to this titles in Brisbane, Dubai, Istanbul, Halle and Cincinnati.

Despite the loss in the final, Nadal had good week, taking down former Top 10 players Grigor Dimitrov, Marin Cilic and Richard Gasquet all in a row to reach the final. He will see his ranking move up from No. 7.

“It’s good news for me,” said the Spaniard. “Today I have been very competitive against one of the best players in the world. And on the toughest surface for me.”

“My goal is to get back to my level and be competitive against the top players again and today I was very competitive against one of the best players in the world,” Nadal said. “The match wasn’t far away from me. He played well and I played well too. The match was very close to win, but I think he served very well in the third. I want to congratulate him for the victory and I had a lot of quality things in my game and mental side to take away from the week.”

Next stop for both men will be the Paris Masters Series event, followed by the ATP World Tour Finals in London.