May 27, 2017

Tennis – Acapulco and Sao Paulo Results

Abierto Mexicano Telcel
Acapulco, Mexico

RESULTS – WEDNESDAY, 1 MARCH 2016

Singles – Second Round
[1] [WC] N. Djokovic (SRB) d J. del Potro (ARG) 46 64 64
[2] R. Nadal (ESP) d P. Lorenzi (ITA) 61 61
[3] M. Cilic (CRO) d B. Coric (CRO) 63 26 63
[4] D. Thiem (AUT) d A. Mannarino (FRA) 75 63
S. Querrey (USA) d [5] D. Goffin (BEL) 62 63
[6] N. Kyrgios (AUS) d D. Young (USA) 62 64
S. Johnson (USA) d [WC] E. Escobedo (USA) 76(5) 63
[Q] Y. Nishioka (JPN) d [LL] J. Thompson (AUS) 64 36 60

Doubles – First Round
[2] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) d R. Lindstedt (SWE) / M. Venus (NZL) 63 64
[WC] S. Gonzalez (MEX) / D. Marrero (ESP) d [3] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) 76(3) 63
O. Marach (AUT) / F. Martin (FRA) d [4] T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) 61 16 11-9
S. Lipsky (USA) / S. Querrey (USA) d [WC] H. Hach Verdugo (MEX) / C. Ramirez (MEX) 63 64
[PR] P. Petzschner (GER) / A. Qureshi (PAK) d J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) 75 76(3)
[Q] R. Albot (MDA) / M. Zverev (GER) d **[LL] M. Arevalo (ESA) / L. Patino (MEX) 46 62 10-3

**[LL] M. Arevalo (ESA) / L. Patino (MEX) replaced [LL] A. Mannarino (FRA) / J. Thompson (AUS) – (Thompson – right hand)
[LL] A. Mannarino (FRA) / J. Thompson (AUS) had previously replaced N. Kyrgios (AUS) / J. Sock (USA) – (Sock – right shoulder)

SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 2 MARCH 2016

CANCHA CENTRAL start 4:00 pm
ATP – S. Johnson (USA) vs [3] M. Cilic (CRO)
ATP – [Q] Y. Nishioka (JPN) vs [2] R. Nadal (ESP)
ATP – [4] D. Thiem (AUT) vs S. Querrey (USA)

Not Before 10:00 pm
ATP – [1] [WC] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs [6] N. Kyrgios (AUS)

GRAND STAND CALIENTE start 4:00 pm
WTA – [5] C. Mchale (USA) vs [4] M. Puig (PUR)
WTA – K. Flipkens (BEL) vs [2] K. Mladenovic (FRA)
WTA – [3] J. Ostapenko (LAT) vs [7] L. Tsurenko (UKR)
WTA – [1] M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) vs P. Parmentier (FRA)

CANCHA 2 start 4:00 pm
WTA – M. Brengle (USA) / N. Gibbs (USA) vs [3] D. Jurak (CRO) / A. Rodionova (AUS)
WTA – D. Kovinic (MNE) / A. Rosolska (POL) vs A. Muhammad (USA) / T. Townsend (USA)
WTA – [4] C. Chuang (TPE) / C. Mchale (USA) vs V. Cepede Royg (PAR) / M. Duque-Mariño (COL)

CANCHA 4 start 4:00 pm
ATP – J. Isner (USA) / F. Lopez (ESP) vs [2] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA)

Not Before 6:00 pm
ATP – [WC] S. Gonzalez (MEX) / D. Marrero (ESP) vs [PR] P. Petzschner (GER) / A. Qureshi (PAK)
ATP – [Q] R. Albot (MDA) / M. Zverev (GER) vs O. Marach (AUT) / F. Martin (FRA)
ATP -After Suitable Rest – [1] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) vs S. Lipsky (USA) / S. Querrey (USA)

Brasil Open
Sao Paulo, Brasil

RESULTS – WEDNESDAY, 1 MARCH 2017

Singles – Second Round
[2] A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) d G. Elias (POR) 64 76(5)
[4] J. Sousa (POR) d R. Olivo (ARG) 62 64
[7] F. Delbonis (ARG) d C. Ruud (NOR) 75 63
G. Pella (ARG) d [8] C. Berlocq (ARG) 75 63

Doubles – Quarter-finals
F. Bagnis (ARG) / G. Duran (ARG) d [2] J. Peralta (CHI) / H. Zeballos (ARG) 76(4) 75

First Round
[1] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) / P. Cuevas (URU) d J. Brunstrom (SWE) / A. Siljestrom (SWE) 64 36 10-7
[4] M. Daniell (NZL) / M. Demoliner (BRA) d [WC] D. Lajovic (SRB) / E. Russi Assumpcao (BRA) 63 61

SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 2 MARCH 2017

QUADRA CENTRAL start 12:30 pm
[3] N. Monroe (USA) / A. Sitak (NZL) vs R. Dutra Silva (BRA) / A. Sa (BRA)

Not Before 2:00 pm
[Q] A. Giannessi (ITA) vs [5] F. Fognini (ITA)

Not Before 5:00 pm
[1] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) vs [WC] J. Souza (BRA)

Not Before 6:30 pm
G. Melzer (AUT) vs [6] D. Schwartzman (ARG)
[1] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) / P. Cuevas (URU) vs [PR] S. Bolelli (ITA) / F. Fognini (ITA)

QUADRA 1 start 4:00 pm
[3] P. Cuevas (URU) vs F. Bagnis (ARG)

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Tsonga, Dolgopolov and Harrison Win ATP World Tour Titles

(February 19, 2017) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga won his 13th career title on the ATP World Tour on Sunday, coming back to stop third seed David Goffin of Belgium 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the final of the World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.

The sixth seed, now ranked at No. 14 is the first Frenchman since Michael Llodra in 2008 to win the title.

“I’m really happy. The last couple of months I put in a lot of effort to come back to this level,” Tsonga said. “It’s a huge reward for me and it gives me new expectations for the rest of the year.”

The victory for the 31-year-old 2008 Australian Open finalist Tsonga was his  401st match win.

David Goffin

“It was a great week in the end,” Goffin said. “There was a lot of emotion this week and I won a lot of matches. I was a bit tired today. I started the final really well, but in the end Jo played better than me, especially in the third set. Of course I’m disappointed, but I played some good tennis and will be in the Top 10 on Monday.”

The 26-year-old Goffin will be the first Belgian to move into the Top Ten when the ranking come out on Monday.

Alexandr Dolgopolov

Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine upset top seed and world No. 5 Kei Nishikori of Japan 7-6(5), 6-4 to win the Argentina Open. It’s Dolgopolov’s third tournament win, with his last title victory coming at the 2012 Washington, DC event.

 

The Ukranian did not drop a set all week beating the second and fourth seeds on the way to the final. Dolgopolov came into Buenos Aires having lost 10 of his last 11 matches tour matches.
“I think you can call it a perfect week,’ said the winner. “I didn’t lose a set here and beat Kei for the first time. The fans were really supporting me and I felt very welcome here.”

Kei Nishikori

“I’m happy to be in the final,” said Nishikori. “Unfortunately I lost today, but Alex played better than me. I didn’t play badly, so hopefully I can keep this level going.”

 

Ryan Harrison

American Ryan Harrison won his first ATP World tour event by capturing the Memphis Open by beating Nikoloz Basilashvili of the Republic of Georgia 6-1, 6-4 in the final.

The 24-year-old is the second first-time winner this year on the men’s tennis tour, joining Sydney champion Gilles Muller.

Harrison won the event without losing a set.

“It’s always going to be special, but it’s even better here in front of a group of people that drove up from your hometown and have known you since you were five years old,” said the winner. “To do it in front of friends and family and people that saw the work I was putting in and my dedication, it definitely makes it more special.

“This was the first place I saw a professional tennis match, driving up from Shreveport. I will always remember Memphis. All those emotions were coming out there at the end. You have dreams and aspirations in life and for me it’s trying to be as great as I can in tennis. For me to come back here and win this title when I had thought it was impossible, it’s amazing.”

“In the first set, I could not find any rhythm, Nikoloz Basilashvili said. “I was not going for my shots and playing very defensive. Ryan was serving really well on the break points. I had a lot of chances in the second set, but the energy wasn’t great today. It hurts so much, but you have to learn from this for the next matches.”

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Alexander Zverev Doubles Up in Montpellier Winning Singles and Doubles Titles

Alexander Zverev

 

(February 12, 2017) Nineteen-year-old Alexander Zverev defeated two-time defending champion Frenchmen Richard Gasquet 7-6(4), 6-3 to win the Open Sud de France in Mopntpellier on Sunday for his second career ATP World Tour title.

Zverev teamed up with his brother Mischa to also win the doubles title. The brothers Zverev defeated Fabrice Martin and Daniel Nestor 6-4, 6-7(3), 10-7 to win their first team title together.

“I’m very happy to win my first title of the year,” Alexander said. Obviously it was a very tough tournament, only one straight-sets match in the whole tournament, today, and it was not an easy one. I think it was a high-level match and I’m happy to get the win.”

 

“It’s great to win singles and doubles. I’m very happy with the way we played. We only dropped one set in the tournament. I think it was a very successful tournament for the Zverevs.”
Alexander becomes the first player to win singles and doubles titles at the same tournament since Lleyton Hewitt did it in Newport in 2014.

 

“It was an amazing week,” said older brother Mischa. “Congrats to my brother, winning singles and doubles for the first time. It’s always special playing doubles with him, especially playing well and winning. I’m really happy. I didn’t expect it.”

 

It’s also the first time a pair of brothers won a doubles title after one of them had won the singles title since Andy Murray did the double with Jamie Murray in Tokyo six years ago.

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Grigor Dimitrov Wins Home Title in Sofia

Grigor Dimitrov

(February 12, 2017) Hometown hero made good in Sofia Bulgaria on Sunday as third seed Grigor Dimitrov raised his 2017 record to 14-1 beating second seed David Goffin 7-5, 6-4 to raise the Sofia Open trophy for his sixth career ATP World Tour and second of the year. The 25-year-old won last month’s tennis tournament in Brisbane.

“This is my most prestigious title,” said the winner. “Winning it at home is a tremendous success for me. I will treasure this title for the rest of my life. It’s something amazing for me.”

“The crowd has been absolutely magnificent throughout the week. I’m more than thankful for their support.”

“Without you (the Bulgarian fans), I could never win this tournament,” Dimitrov said in an on-court interview.

“This title means a lot to me. Today, after the last point, I felt again like a kid playing in front of a home crowd.”

The Belgian Goffin, ranked No. 11 in the world, is now 0-3 against the Bulgarian.

Dimitrov has seen a resurgence this year, reaching the Australian Open semifinals and winning two tournaments this year. His ranking fell to No. 40 last summer. His ranking will jump up to No. 13 on Monday. His highest career ranking was No. 8.

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Victor Estrella Burgos Three-Peats at Ecuador Open

(February 12, 2017) Victor Estrella Burgos saved a match point to win his third straight Ecuador Open by beating the third seed, Italy’s Paolo Lorenzi 6-7(2), 7-5, 7-6(6) on the clay in Quito.

The Dominican tennis player, ranked at 156 in the world, becomes the lowest-ranked singles champion on the ATP World Tour since No. 192 Florian Mayer won in Halle last June.

Estrella Burgos knocked out top seed Ivo Karlovic and fourth seed Thomaz Bellucci to get to the final.

 

“It’s a great achievement for me to win three titles here,” Estrella Burgos said. “The recipe for my success here will be revealed when I retire [laughing], but for sure I’ll come back here next year. I’ll play in Quito every year until I retire.”

“Without any doubt, this final has been the toughest. Paolo doesn’t give away anything because he is a great fighter.”
“I love playing here and I’m sure I’ll be back next year,” said the losing finalist. I loved the crowd and how they welcomed and supported me during the whole week. I am thankful. I’m leaving with an ATP final and that’s very important to me.”

 

The 36-year-old Dominican becomes the first player in ATP World Tour history to win at least three titles at one event and none anywhere else. He also joins a select group of nine active players to have completed a “three-peat” at a tournament, which includes Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Davis Ferrer, Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori, Milos Raonic, and John Isner.

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ATP Tennis Results – Montpellier, Quito and Sofia

ATP World Tour 250 
Montpellier, France (+1 hour GMT)
6-12 February 2017 Surface: Indoor Hard
Open Sud de France
Montpellier, France

RESULTS – SATURDAY, 11 FEBRUARY 2017

Singles – Semi-finals
[4] [WC] A. Zverev (GER) d [2] J. Tsonga (FRA) 67(6) 62 64
[3] R. Gasquet (FRA) d B. Paire (FRA) 62 62

Doubles – Semi-finals
A. Zverev (GER) / M. Zverev (GER) d P. Raja (IND) / D. Sharan (IND) 62 76(1)

SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 12 FEBRUARY 2017

COURT PATRICE DOMINGUEZ start 2:30 pm
[3] R. Gasquet (FRA) vs [4] [WC] A. Zverev (GER)
After Suitable Rest – A. Zverev (GER) / M. Zverev (GER) vs [2] F. Martin (FRA) / D. Nestor (CAN)

ATP World Tour 250 
Quito, Ecuador (-5 hours GMT)
6-12 February 2017 Surface: Clay
Ecuador Open
Quito, Ecuador

RESULTS – SATURDAY, 11 FEBRUARY 2017

Singles – Semi-finals
[3] P. Lorenzi (ITA) d [2] A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 61 64
V. Estrella Burgos (DOM) d [4] T. Bellucci (BRA) 76(4) 76(3)

Doubles – Final
J. Cerretani (USA) / P. Oswald (AUT) d [2] J. Peralta (CHI) / H. Zeballos (ARG) 63 21 Retired

SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 12 FEBRUARY 2017

STADIUM start 1:00 pm
[2] A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 
vs [3] P. Lorenzi (ITA) 


ATP World Tour 250 
Sofia, Bulgaria (+2 hours GMT)
6-12 February 2017 Surface: Indoor Hard
Garanti Koza Sofia Open
Sofia, Bulgaria

RESULTS – SATURDAY, 11 FEBRUARY 2017

Singles – Semi-finals
[2] D. Goffin (BEL) d [4] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) 57 64 76(3)
[3] G. Dimitrov (BUL) d N. Basilashvili (GEO) 61 63

Doubles – Semi-finals
V. Troicki (SRB) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) d M. Fyrstenberg (POL) / M. Klizan (SVK) 36 76(5) 10-8

SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 12 FEBRUARY 2017

CENTER COURT start 3:00 pm
V. Troicki (SRB) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) vs M. Elgin (RUS) / A. Kuznetsov (RUS)

Not Before 5:00 pm
[3] G. Dimitrov (BUL) vs [2] D. Goffin (BEL)

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Indian Wells, London-Queen’s, Stockholm & Winston-Salem Voted 2016 ATP World Tour Tournaments Of The Year

(December 14, 2016) LONDON – The ATP has announced the Tournaments of the Year in the 2016 ATP World Tour Awards presented by Moët & Chandon, with the BNP Paribas Open and Aegon Championships joined by the If Stockholm Open and Winston-Salem Open as the most favoured ATP World Tour events in their respective tournament categories.

The Tournament of the Year awards, voted annually by ATP players, recognise the leading standards set across the three tournament categories on the Tour. Indian Wells repeats at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 level, while The Queen’s Club in London wins for the second successive year as a 500 tournament. In the 250 category, first-time winners Stockholm and Winston-Salem share honours.

Visit the official ATP World Tour Awards section on ATPWorldTour.com

Chris Kermode, ATP Executive Chairman & President, said: “These tournaments have set the benchmark in their respective categories in 2016 and fully deserve this recognition from the players. Our tournaments are continuously striving to reach greater heights, and this is a fitting recognition of the tireless work and effort that has been put in by each tournament’s organising team.”

The BNP Paribas Open has been named as the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Tournament of the Year for the third consecutive season. The tournament received the distinction for the first time in 2014, following the debut of its state-of-the-art Stadium 2, additional practice courts and a new shade structure. Following the 2016 event, numerous improvements have been made to Stadium 1, including upgrading, expanding and adding concessions and suites for the 2017 tournament.

“As a player, I can understand why this event has been named ‘Tournament of the Year’ on the ATP World Tour for the third consecutive year,” said Tournament Director Tommy Haas. “Now as a member of the Indian Wells team, I have even more respect for the countless hours of planning and dedication that the entire staff contributes to make the BNP Paribas Open one of the best sporting events in the world. We remain focused on improving the event every year and hope to make the 2017 edition even more memorable.”

The Aegon Championships receives a Tournament of the Year award for a fourth straight season. It won at the 250 level in 2013-14 before its re-categorisation as an ATP World Tour 500 event for 2015. In 2017, the tournament will expand its Centre Court capacity by 30%, with the addition of more than 2,000 seats.

“Any time a tournament is voted for by the players as the best in its category is something to celebrate, but this year it is particularly satisfying,” said Tournament Director Stephen Farrow. “The weather in 2016 posed a number of challenges for us, and it is a huge credit to everyone involved in the tournament that we were still able produce an event that the players felt inclined to recognise in this way. We look forward to running an even better tournament in 2017 with more people able to watch the action than ever before.”

For the second successive year and the fifth time overall (since 1986), two events have been named joint winners in the ATP World Tour 250 category. The If Stockholm Open hosted its 48th edition in October, while the Winston-Salem Open was held in August for the sixth year running.

“Considering all the great tournaments across the globe, we are so honoured to win the ATP World Tour 250 Tournament of the Year,” said Simon Aspelin, the If Stockholm Open Tournament Director. “It’s a great achievement and a credit to the tournament organisation, the Royal Tennis Club of Stockholm, our sponsors and our volunteers. On behalf of the organization I would like to say thank you to all the players voting for our tournament and giving us the best feedback we could wish for.”

Bill Oakes, the Tournament Director of the Winston-Salem Open, said, “We recognise this award is due to the amazing dedication of not only the tournament staff but because of the many volunteers and those in the Winston-Salem community who work to make our tournament and city a great place for the ATP World Tour players to compete and prepare for the US Open.”

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Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares Clinch Year-End No. 1 ATP Doubles Team Ranking

 

LONDON – The first-year pairing of Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares has clinched the year-end No. 1 Emirates ATP Doubles Team Ranking. Murray and Soares join Grant Connell and Patrick Galbraith (1993), and Jonas Bjorkman and Todd Woodbridge (2001) as the only teams to claim the honour in their first season together.

Great Britain’s Murray and Brazil’s Soares, who completed Group Edberg/Jarryd play this week with a 3-0 record to advance to the semi-finals at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, are guaranteed the year-end No. 1 honour after French pair Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut lost their final round-robin match at The O2 in London, venue of the season finale.

Additionally, as a result of Mahut’s loss, if Soares goes on to win the season finale crown with Murray on Sunday, the 34 year old will become the 50th player (since 1976) to rise to the individual No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings, when the new standings are published on 21 November.

“It takes time to develop a partnership,” said Murray. “We were fortunate to hit it off on the right note at the beginning of the year and it gave us a lot of confidence. We knew we could do good things on the court together and the No. 1 ranking shows that. We’ll try and compete this weekend to win the [Barclays] ATP World Tour Finals. It’s pretty exciting to be the No. 1 team.”

Soares said, “My phone is shaking quite a lot now. It’s a great achievement and now I have to win the title to become the individual No. 1 [in the Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings]. So I have a chance.”

Murray and Soares captured three titles in 2016 at the Australian Open (d. Nestor/Stepanek), the US Open (d. Carreño Busta/Garcia-Lopez) and the Apia Sydney International (d. Bopanna/Mergea). The pair was also runners up at two ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments, the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters (l. to Herbert/Mahut) and the Rogers Cup in Toronto (l. to Dodig/Melo).

Jamie Murray’s brother, Andy, is also battling Novak Djokovic for the coveted year-end No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, which will be decided in the final days of the 2016 season at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.

Andy Murray on his brother and Soares ending the year No . 1:

“They had an amazing year. Only started playing with each other in January. Won the two slams, you know, which is fantastic. Jamie had not won a slam before this year, a men’s doubles slam. Bruno neither.

“They obviously complement each other’s games very well. They’ve played I think really good in most of the big competitions. They deserve it. They’ve obviously played extremely well this week. They knew pretty much what they were going to have to do. Yeah, won all three of their matches here.

“It’s a great achievement for both of them. Very proud of Jamie.”

“I think my mum is here. My grandparents came earlier in the week. They went home on Thursday. My dad was here for the first few days, and he went home on Tuesday morning. He saw me and Jamie play one match each.

“But, no, I mean, obviously the whole year has been fantastic for both of us. Obviously, yeah, we would like to finish it perfectly if we can. Still there’s a good chance that doesn’t happen. Yeah, regardless of what happens over the weekend, we can look back on this year and be very proud of what we’ve done as a family.”

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Andy Murray Becomes 26th Player In History To Hold No. 1 In ATP Rankings

From the ATP:


(November 5, 2016) LONDON – More than seven years after he first ranked No. 2, Great Britain’s Andy Murray will take over the No. 1 position in the Emirates ATP Rankings on Monday, replacing Novak Djokovic, who has held the top spot since 7 July 2014. Murray will now battle Djokovic for the coveted year-end No. 1 at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.

Murray was guaranteed to move to No. 1 for the first time as a result of reaching the BNP Paribas Masters final in Paris on Saturday. Djokovic had been No. 1 for the past 122 weeks since 7 July 2014, and 223 weeks overall. Murray, who has spent 76 weeks at No. 2 since first reaching the mark in 2009, is the first British male to rank No. 1 in the history of Emirates ATP Rankings (since 23 August 1973).

“To get to No. 1 isn’t about today, but it’s about 12 months of tournaments to get to this stage,” said Murray. “The last few months have been the best of my career and I am very proud to have reached No. 1. It has been a goal of mine for the past few years.”

On Monday, at 29 years, 5 months and 23 days, the Dunblane native will be the 26th player in the history of the Emirates ATP Rankings (since 1973) and the second-oldest player (John Newcombe, 30 years, 11 days, on 3 June 1974) to debut at No. 1 in the official rankings in men’s tennis. He is the 15th European player to rank No. 1 and owns the ATP World Tour record for most time between becoming No. 2 and No. 1, having debuted at No. 2 on 17 August 2009.

Murray is tied first with Djokovic on the ATP World Tour with a career-best seven titles in 2016, including his second Wimbledon crown and second Olympic Games gold medal. He also captured two ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles (the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome, Shanghai Rolex Masters). He has a 73-9 record on the season and is currently riding a 19-match winning streak.

ATP Executive Chairman & President Chris Kermode said, “Andy has shown incredible dedication, determination and hard work in his bid to get to No.1. It’s difficult to think of a player more deserving of this accolade, what is more in one of the toughest eras in the history of our sport. He has had a phenomenal season and fully deserves this latest recognition, which confirms his status as the best player in the world.”

This year, his brother, Jamie Murray, rose to No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings for the first time on 4 April 2016 and held the top spot, in two stints, for a total of nine weeks.

On 8 July, Murray became the second player to qualify for the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals to be held at The O2 in London from 13-20 November. It is the ninth straight year that he has qualified for the elite eight-player tournament.

Murray will receive the No. 1 trophy during the Official Launch of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at the Cutty Sark, the 19th century tea clipper ship, in London on 10 November.

 

THE NUMBER ONES
Following is a list of the 26 players who have ranked No. 1 in the history of the Emirates ATP Rankings (since 1973):

Player Date Reached Age Tot. Weeks
Andy Murray (GBR) 7 November 2016 29 1
Novak Djokovic (SRB) 4 July 2011 24 223
Rafael Nadal (ESP) 18 August 2008 22 141
Roger Federer (SUI) 2 February 2004 22 302
Andy Roddick (USA) 3 November 2003 21 13
Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP) 8 September 2003 23 8
Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) 19 November 2001 20 80
Gustavo Kuerten (BRA) 4 December 2000 24 43
Marat Safin (RUS) 20 November 2000 20 9
Patrick Rafter (AUS) 26 July 1999 26 1
Yevgeny Kafelnikov (RUS) 3 May 1999 25 6
Carlos Moya (ESP) 15 March 1999 22 2
Marcelo Rios (CHI) 30 March 1998 22 6
Thomas Muster (AUT) 12 February 1996 28 6
Andre Agassi (USA) 10 April 1995 24 101
Pete Sampras (USA) 12 April 1993 21 286
Jim Courier (USA) 10 February 1992 21 58
Boris Becker (GER) 28 January 1991 23 12
Stefan Edberg (SWE) 13 August 1990 24 72
Mats Wilander (SWE) 12 September 1988 24 20
Ivan Lendl (CZE) 28 February 1983 22 270
John McEnroe (USA) 3 March 1980 21 170
Bjorn Borg (SWE) 23 August 1977 21 109
Jimmy Connors (USA) 29 July 1974 21 268
John Newcombe (AUS) 3 June 1974 30 8
Ilie Nastase (ROM) 23 August 1973 27 40

COUNTRIES AT NO. 1
Murray is the 26th player to hold No. 1 in the history of the Emirates ATP Rankings (since 1973) and he is the first male player from Great Britain to hold the top position. Following is a breakdown of the 14 countries at No. 1:

Country No. Players
United States 6 Connors, McEnroe, Courier, Sampras, Agassi, Roddick
Australia 3 Newcombe, Rafter, Hewitt
Spain 3 Moya, Ferrero, Nadal
Sweden 3 Borg, Wilander, Edberg
Russia 2 Kafelnikov, Safin
Austria 1 Muster
Brazil 1 Kuerten
Chile 1 Rios
Czech Republic 1 Lendl
Germany 1 Becker
Great Britain 1 Murray
Romania 1 Nastase
Serbia 1 Djokovic
Switzerland 1 Federer

ATP World Tour 1000 € 3,748,925 (€ 4,300,755 Total Financial Commitment)
Paris, France (+1 hours GMT)
31 October – 6 November 2016 Surface: Indoor hard

BNP Paribas Masters
Paris, France

RESULTS – SATURDAY, 5 NOVEMBER 2016

Singles – Semi-finals
[2] A. Murray (GBR) d [4] M. Raonic (CAN) w.o. (right leg)
J. Isner (USA) d [9] M. Cilic (CRO) 64 63

Doubles – Semi-finals
[1] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA) d [8] R. Bopanna (IND) / D. Nestor (CAN) 64 36 10-6
H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) d [6] M. Melo (BRA) / V. Pospisil (CAN) 64 64

SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 6 NOVEMBER 2016

COURT CENTRAL start 12:15
DOUBLES FINAL – [1] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA) vs H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS)

Not Before 15:00
SINGLES FINAL – J. Isner (USA) vs [2] A. Murray (GBR)

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Andy Murray Closes the Gap on No. 1 with Vienna Title

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(October 30, 2016)Andy Murray has closed the gap in race for the No. 1 ranking when he won his third straight ATP title at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna on Sunday. The Scot beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 7-6 (6)in the final for his seventh title of the year, 42nd of his career.

Murray can move into the No. 1 spot if he wins next week’s Paris Masters and Novak Djokovic doesn’t reach the final.

“I get a step closer with every win but it’s still a long way from here,” Murray said. “From two to one seems a small jump in a way but it’s the hardest one to make. To go from 100 to 50 is more spots but is a lot easier.”

“I felt like I was controlling the ball a lot better, said Murray. “I think I played my best tennis today of the tournament… Jo fought well and started playing a lot better. He was more aggressive and taking some more chances and making the shots.”

“The tie-break was really, really tight. I think it was a high-level tie-break. There wasn’t really many mistakes… The last few months have been very good.”.

“I’m really happy with my week,” Tsonga said. I played good tennis. I fought until the end, and that’s most important for me… It was nice to play five matches in a row like this. It hasn’t happened to me many times these last couple of months. For me, I think it’s great. It’s always good to play against those [top] players.”

The Scotsman now trails World No. 1 Novak Djokovic by just 415 points in the Emirates ATP Race To London heading into the final week of the ATP World Tour regular season.

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