2014/07/26

Djokovic Returns to No. 1, Qualifies for ATP World Tour Finals

 

 

(July 7, 2014) ATP World Tour – LONDON – Novak Djokovic today returns to No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings for the first time since the week of 30 September 2013. And in a double reward for capturing his second Wimbledon title on Sunday, Djokovic has earned the right to play for a fourth Barclays ATP World Tour Finals crown, at The O2 in London from 9-16 November.

In lifting his seventh Grand Slam championship trophy with victory over Roger Federer at the All England Club, Djokovic overtakes Rafael Nadal at No. 1 and begins his 102nd week at the top of men’s professional tennis – the eighth-longest overall reign.

On reclaiming the No. 1 spot and qualifying for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, Djokovic said, “It feels great not only to win Wimbledon again but also to return to No. 1 in the [Emirates] ATP Rankings. I got to No. 1 for the first time in my career after winning Wimbledon in 2011 so it is nice to do it again here. I can’t wait to return to London to defend the [Barclays] ATP [World Tour] Finals title. I have had a good run there in the past two years. I really enjoy playing at The O2.”

Watch: Djokovic Reclaims No. 1 ; Djokovic Qualifies For London

The 27-year-old Djokovic, who will be making his eighth straight appearance at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, has become the first singles player to qualify for the prestigious season finale. He first won the title in 2008 (d. Davydenko), when the tournament was held in Shanghai, and claimed back-to-back crowns at The O2 in 2012 (d. Federer) and 2013 (d. Nadal).

ATP Executive Chairman and President, Chris Kermode, said, “We are delighted that Novak has become the first player to book his place at this year’s Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at The O2 in London. He is having an outstanding season and is fully deserving of his place as current World No.1. Fans in the UK and around the world will already be looking forward to welcoming back this year’s Wimbledon champion to London in November, where he’ll be looking to win a third successive season-ending title.”

After finishing his 2013 ATP World Tour campaign with four straight titles, Djokovic extended his winning streak to 28 straight matches before a loss to Stan Wawrinka in the Australian Open quarter-finals. He won three ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles – at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, the Sony Open Tennis in Miami and Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome – and came up just short in his bid for a career Grand Slam, when he finished runner-up to Nadal at Roland Garros in a match with the No. 1 mantle on the line.

Djokovic first ascended to No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings on 4 July 2011, following his maiden Wimbledon triumph, and held the top spot for 53 weeks. He reclaimed the No. 1 ranking from Federer on 5 November 2012, before relinquishing it to Nadal on 7 October 2013. Djokovic was the year-end ATP World Tour No. 1 in 2011 and 2012.

The Barclays ATP World Tour Finals has welcomed more than 1.25 million fans to The O2 arena over the past five years, establishing itself as the biggest indoor tennis tournament in the world since moving to London in 2009. Tickets can be purchased at: www.BarclaysATPWorldTourFinals.com.

Emirates ATP Race To London – Top 15 (as of Monday, 7 July, 2014)

 

Singles
Pos. Name YTD Points
1. N. Djokovic (SRB) 7,250
2. R. Nadal (ESP) 6,645
3. R. Federer (SUI) 4,560
4. S. Wawrinka (SUI) 4,095
5. T. Berdych (CZE) 3,050
6. G. Dimitrov (BUL) 2,785
7. A. Murray (GBR) 2,435
8. K. Nishikori (JPN) 2,405
9. D. Ferrer (ESP) 2,385
10. E. Gulbis (LAT) 2,265
11. M. Raonic (CAN) 2,205
12. M. Cilic (CRO) 1,710
13. F. Fognini (ITA) 1,500
14. A. Dolgopolov (UKR) 1,410
15. J. Tsonga (FRA) 1,365


Bold denotes qualification

 

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2012 ATP World Tour Finals Sets New Records

From the ATP World Tour: (November 13, 2012) LONDON – The Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at The O2 in London set a new attendance record in 2012, as well as attracting record audiences on television & online. The tournament welcomed 263,229 fans across 8 days of action, shattering the previous attendance record of 256,830, set in the tournament’s first year in London in 2009.

The event, which will be played in London through 2015, has now welcomed more than a million fans through the gates of The O2 in its first four years in London.

The Barclays ATP World Tour Finals also drew record audiences on TV and online. An estimated global cumulative audience of 100.7 million viewers tuned into the event. Live match streaming on TennisTV.com, the ATP’s official live streaming site, received more than approximately 3.75 million total streams, an increase of 25% on 2011, whilst ATPWorldTour.com attracted a record 3.4 million unique users for the week.

Brad Drewett, ATP Executive Chairman & President, said: “The Barclays ATP World Tour Finals once again provided a spectacular ending to an incredible season on the ATP World Tour, with The O2 providing a wonderful stage for our athletes to shine. The tournament continues its impressive growth and, on behalf of the ATP, we are extremely grateful for the support that the event receives from fans all over the world.”

Novak Djokovic captured his second career season-ending title with a thrilling 7-6(6), 7-5 victory over defending champion Roger Federer in the final. The Serb’s victory capped off a remarkable season in which he finished as ATP World Tour No. 1 for a second consecutive season.

ON TV
• An estimated global cumulative audience of 100.7 million viewers tuned into the event.
• Televised by 56 broadcasters in 193 territories, a total of 5,580 hours were broadcast across the eight days of the tournament, a 27% increase on 2011.
• In the UK, more than 60 hours of coverage was featured live on Sky Sports and 20 hours on terrestrial television on BBC.

ONLINE
• ATPWorldTour.com attracted 3.4 million unique visitors throughout the tournament, a 10% increase on 2011.
• Live match streaming on TennisTV.com, the ATP’s official live streaming site, received more than 3.75 million total streams, an increase of 25% on 2011.
• ATP World Tour content posted to Facebook exceeded 40 million impressions (222% increase on 2011) and conversations on Twitter grew 93% from last year.
•  ATP’s official YouTube channel drove 727,800 views and nearly 1 million minutes watched during the week (45% increase in views on 2011).
• ATP Official Live Scoring Flash and Mobile Applications recorded more than 23 million page impressions and total user sessions in excess of 3.1 million for the week.

BY THE NUMBERS
• 1,760,000 – prize money won ($) by undefeated champion Novak Djokovic
• 1,023,438 – number of fans that have attended the tournament in the past four years at The O2
• 440,005 – number of people to pass through The O2 site in 2012, including the non-ticketed Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Fan Zone, restaurants and bars, during the eight days of the tournament
• 407,000 – amount of money raised (£) at this year’s Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Gala supported by Moët & Chandon at the Royal Courts of Justice, in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity
• 263,229 – total attendance at the 2012 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals
• 288 – number of aces (singles & doubles) throughout the tournament, with the LTA & Tennis Foundation donating £200 worth of tennis equipment per ace to primary schools across London
• 242 – number of racquets strung throughout the tournament
• 200 – litres of paint required to paint the centre court inside The O2
• 28 – number of hours required to lay down the centre court inside The O2

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Del Potro Qualifies for ATP World Tour Finals

(October 25, 2012) From the ATP World Tour – LONDON Juan Martin del Potro has qualified for the 2012 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, to be held at The O2 in London from 5-12 November. Following Rafael Nadal’s withdrawal from the season-ending tournament due to injury, del Potro becomes the sixth singles player to qualify, joining Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Andy Murray, David Ferrer and Tomas Berdych at The O2.

Del Potro will be making his third career appearance at the season finale. His best performance came in 2009 when he reached the final. The big-serving Argentine has captured three ATP World Tour titles in 2012, at the Open 13 in Marseille, the Estoril Open, and at last week’s Erste Bank Open in Vienna. Del Potro is currently playing at the Swiss Indoors Basel where he advanced through to the quarter-finals with a 7-5, 6-1 win over American Brian Baker on Thursday.

“For me it’s a gift for my effort during the year,” said the 2009 US Open champion and current ATP World No.8. “Being in that tournament means a lot. It’s only eight players fighting for one tournament. It’s the best eight players of the year, so it’s very important to me. I’m so glad to be there once again. I will be fighting against the big names in London and maybe I’ll have a chance to make another final.”

Brad Drewett, ATP Executive Chairman & President, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Juan Martin back to the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals where he made such a big impact back in 2009 by reaching the final. He has one of the biggest games on tour and is an exciting addition to what will be a fantastic player field in London.”

Just two singles berths remain up for grabs, with the likes of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Janko Tipsarevic, Richard Gasquet and Nicolas Almagro among those in contention as players chase the last South African Airways ATP Rankings points of the regular season in order to qualify.

The Barclays ATP World Tour Finals again look set to provide a thrilling finale to what has already been a remarkable season on the ATP World Tour, with the year-end World No.1 ranking potentially coming down to the wire at the last event of the season in London.

Barclays ATP World Tour Finals – The Contenders
(Based on Year-to-Date
2012 ATP Rankings points as of 25 October 2012.)

Singles
Pos. Name YTD Points Playing
1. N. Djokovic (SRB) 11,410 Paris, London
2. R. Federer (SUI) 9,255 Basel, Paris, London
3. A. Murray (GBR) 7,510 Paris, London
4. R. Nadal (ESP) (withdrawn)
6,840 withdrawn (knee)
5. D. Ferrer (ESP) 4,780 Valencia, Paris, London
6. T. Berdych (CZE) 4,225 Paris, London
7. J. M. del Potro (ARG) 3,740 Basel, Paris, London
8. J. Tsonga (FRA) 3,310 Valencia, Paris
9. J. Tipsarevic (SRB) 2,810 Valencia, Paris
10. N. Almagro (ESP) 2,425 Valencia, Paris
11. R. Gasquet (FRA) 2,415 Basel, Paris
12. J. Monaco (ARG) 2,340 Valencia, Paris
13. M. Raonic (CAN) 2,290 Valencia, Paris
14. J. Isner (USA) 2,205 Valencia, Paris
15. M. Cilic (CRO) 2,200 Valencia, Paris

Bold denotes qualification

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Ferrer, Marray/Nielsen Qualify For Barclays ATP World Tour Finals

From the ATP World Tour: LONDON – Spaniard David Ferrer and Wimbledon doubles champions Jonathan Marray and Frederik Nielsen have qualified for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, to be held at The O2 in London from 5-12 November, leaving just three singles and three doubles berths up for grabs with three weeks remaining in the regular ATP World Tour season.

World No. 5 Ferrer returns to the season-ending championships for a third straight year and a fourth time overall. He reached the final on his debut in 2007 at Shanghai, finishing runner-up to Roger Federer. This season, the 30-year-old Valencia native has won a career-high five titles on three different surfaces. He opened his 2012 campaign with the hard-court title at the Heineken Open in Auckland, triumphed on grass at the UNICEF Open in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, and won the clay-court tournaments at the Copa Claro in Buenos Aires, Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco and the SkiStar Swedish Open in Bastad.

“I am very happy because to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals is a great achievement,” said Ferrer. “It’s always one of my goals at the beginning of each year. I look forward to coming back to The O2 in London to play against the best players in the world in November. The atmosphere in the stadium is incredible there.”

ATP Executive Chairman & President Brad Drewett added, We’re delighted that David will be back to compete at this year’s Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. He is one of the toughest competitors in the sport and fully deserves his place among the world’s Top 8 at The O2.

Marray and Nielsen clinched their first qualification to the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals by virtue of their Grand Slam victory and guaranteed Top 20 finish in the Doubles Team Race to London. The British-Danish duo stunned four seeded tandems, including defending champions Bob and Mike Bryan in the semi-finals, to claim the Wimbledon crown in their first tour-level appearance as a team. Marray, 31, became the first homegrown player to triumph in the doubles final at the All England Club since 1936, while the 29-year-old Nielsen became the first Danish man to win a Grand Slam title.

“To be able to cap off the season by competing against the world’s best doubles teams in front of a home crowd at The O2 in November will be incredible,” said Marray. “We had a great run at Wimbledon this summer, so hopefully we can reproduce some of that form in London this November.”

Nielsen said, “It will be amazing to get the experience of playing at The O2. It’s an unbelievable set-up, and an event I never thought I was going to be a part of as a player. So I will enjoy every second and can’t wait to get started.”

Brad Drewett added, “With their doubles win at Wimbledon this year, Jonathan Marray and Frederik Nielsen produced one of the great stories of the tennis summer. Their qualification is further great news for the home fans at The O2 who will now have a British representative in the doubles competition, as well as Andy Murray in singles.”

Ferrer joins Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray in the eight-player singles field, while Marray and Nielsen join the Bryans, Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor, Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau, and Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek as doubles qualifiers.

The Race to London continues this week with three ATP World Tour 250 tournaments: the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, the If Stockholm Open and the Erste Bank Open in Vienna. Tomas Berdych, Juan Martin del Potro and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga currently hold down the final three qualifying spots in the South African Airways ATP Rankings Race to London.

The season-ending event once again looks set to provide a thrilling finale to what has already been a remarkable season on the ATP World Tour, with the year-end World No.1 South African Airways ATP Ranking potentially coming down to the wire at the last event of the season in London.

With tickets still available for the 2012 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, don’t miss your chance to witness the world’s top eight singles players and doubles teams competing for the world’s biggest indoor tennis tournament. For more information, visit: www.BarclaysATPWorldTourFinals.com

Barclays ATP World Tour Finals – The Contenders
(Based on Year-to-Date
2012 ATP Rankings points as of Monday, 15 October, 2012.)

Singles
Pos. Name YTD Points Scheduled To Play
1. N. Djokovic (SRB) 11,410 Paris, London
2. R. Federer (SUI) 9,255 Basel, Paris, London
3. A. Murray (GBR) 7,510 Basel, Paris, London
4. R. Nadal (ESP) 6,840 Paris, London
5. D. Ferrer (ESP) 4,780 Valencia, Paris, London
6. T. Berdych (CZE) 4,080 Stockholm, Paris
7. J. Martin del Potro (ARG) 3,670 Vienna, Basel, Paris
8. J. Tsonga (FRA) 3,295 Stockholm, Valencia, Paris
9. J. Tipsarevic (SRB) 2,810 Vienna, Valencia, Paris
10. N. Almagro (ESP) 2,425 Stockholm, Valencia, Paris
11. R. Gasquet (FRA) 2,370 Basel, Paris
12. J. Monaco (ARG) 2,340 Valencia, Paris
13. M. Raonic (CAN) 2,290 Valencia, Paris
14. J. Isner (USA) 2,205 Valencia, Paris
15. M. Cilic (CRO) 2,150 Valencia, Paris

Doubles
Pos. Name YTD Points
1. Bryan (USA)/Bryan (USA) 9,485
2. Mirnyi (BLR)/Nestor (CAN) 6,495
3. Paes (IND)/Stepanek (CZE) 6,265
4. Lindstedt (SWE)/Tecau (ROU) 5,965
5. Granollers (ESP)/Lopez (ESP) 4,270
6. Bhupathi (IND)/Bopanna (IND) 3,455
7. Qureshi (PAK)/Rojer (NED) 3,425
8. Fyrstenberg (POL)/Matkowski (POL) 3,330
9. Fleming (GBR)/Hutchins (GBR) 2,285
10. Marray (GBR)/Nielsen (DEN) 2,090

Bold denotes qualification

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Murray Clinches ATP World Tour Finals Spot

ATP WORLD TOUR – LONDON — 2012 Olympic gold medalist Andy Murray will return to London this November to compete at the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, held at The O2 from 5-12 November.

Murray’s win over Marin Cilic on Wednesday to reach the US Open semi-finals guaranteed the Brit his place among the world’s top eight players at the season-ending tournament in London. It will be the first time that Murray returns to compete in the UK following his remarkable gold medal run at the Olympic Games in August.

Murray, who also reached this year’s Wimbledon final, has thrived whilst competing in London in 2012, and can now look ahead to taking on the world’s best in November at The O2. The Brit also captured the title at the Brisbane International in Australia in January, as well as reaching finals at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in Dubai and the Sony Open Tennis in Miami.

“It’s great to have qualified again for London. I’ve played some of my best tennis this year on home soil, so hopefully I can also have a good run at The O2 in November. The atmosphere and the support I’ve had there has always been incredible,” said the Brit.

Murray is the fourth singles player to qualify for the season-ending finale, joining Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the player field in London. Four singles spots still remain up for grabs, with the likes of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, David Ferrer, Juan Martin Del Potro and Tomas Berdych all in contention to join the top four in London.

Brad Drewett, ATP Executive Chairman & President, said: “My congratulations go to Andy on qualifying for the 2012 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Andy has put together another stellar season on the ATP World Tour and truly deserves his place among the top eight in London. His qualification is wonderful news for tennis fans in the UK who will get another chance to show their support for Andy in November following his outstanding performances at Wimbledon and the Olympics this past summer.”

The season-ending event once again looks set to provide a thrilling finale to what has already been a remarkable season on the  ATP World Tour, with the year-end World No.1 South African Airways ATP Ranking  potentially coming down to the wire at the last event of the season in London.

With tickets still available for the 2012 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, don’t miss your chance to witness the world’s top eight singles players and doubles teams competing for the world’s biggest indoor tennis tournament. For more information, visit: www.BarclaysATPWorldTourFinals.com.

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Federer, Djokovic and Nadal Qualify For 2012 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals

 

From the ATP World Tour: LONDON – Roger Federer today returns to No. 1 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings for the first time in more than two years. And in a double reward for capturing his record-equaling seventh Wimbledon title on Sunday, Federer also has earned the right to play for his seventh Barclays ATP World Tour Finals crown at The O2 in London this November. Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have become the first three players to qualify for the eight-man season finale, to be held 5-12 November.

In joining Pete Sampras and William Renshaw as the only seven-time Wimbledon champions, Federer moves into a tie with Sampras for most weeks at No. 1. The 17-time Grand Slam champion today holds top spot for the 286th week and next Monday will set a new all-time record.

On reclaiming the No. 1 spot, Federer said: “I never stopped believing…it all worked out. I got great momentum, great confidence and it all came together. It’s a magical moment for me. I was so close to the (Sampras) record two years ago and it is really amazing to be No. 1 again. I played and won a lot of tournaments since the US Open last year, I’m happy that all the hard work I have been putting in has paid off.”

One month shy of his 31st birthday, Federer is the second-oldest man to hold No. 1, behind Andre Agassi, who was 33 years and 131 days old. Federer last held the top spot on 31 May, 2010.

Federer, who has won a Grand Slam title in nine different years, holds a 75-point lead over Djokovic and is guaranteed to hold the No. 1 ranking heading into the London Olympic Games. Federer ended the 2011 season winning three consecutive titles, including the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, and has won a tour-best five titles in 2012, including his 20th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown in Madrid. Federer has compiled a 63-6 match record since last year’s US Open, going 17-0 at the end of 2011 and 46-6 this season.

ATP Executive Chairman & President, Brad Drewett, said, “On behalf of the ATP, I would like to congratulate Roger on winning an incredible seventh career Wimbledon title, and regaining the No.1 position in the South African Airways ATP Rankings, a reflection of his outstanding performances over the past 12 months. Roger is now assured of breaking Pete Sampras’ record of 286 weeks at No.1, the ultimate testament to his excellence and longevity at the top of the men’s game. Roger has done what many said he couldn’t do, and written yet another chapter in the history books.

“Congratulations are also in order for Andy Murray, who became the first British men’s singles finalist at Wimbledon in 74 years. Professional tennis is enjoying unprecedented success thanks to the incredible champions we have in the game today.”

Later this year, Federer will make his 11th consecutive appearance at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. He has won the title in 2003-04, ’06-’07 and the past two years.

Djokovic, who won the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in 2008, has qualified for the world’s biggest indoor tennis tournament for the sixth consecutive year after reaching the Wimbledon semi-finals, where he lost to Federer in four sets. Since capturing the Australian Open title in January, Djokovic has compiled a 34-7 match record including his third crown at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament in Miami.

Nadal, who lifted a record seventh Roland Garros trophy last month and set a record with his 20th and 21st ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles in Monte-Carlo and Rome, has clinched his spot at an eighth straight Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. In 2010, he lost to Federer in the title match.

Andre Silva, Tournament Director of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, said, “We look forward to welcoming Roger, Novak and Rafa back to The O2 in London this November, where fans will have the chance to see them battle once again for the coveted last title of the ATP World Tour season, where so much will be at stake for all of them.”

 

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Federer Earns Record Sixth Year-End Championship Crown

Roger Federer completed a perfect week at London’s O2 arena to capture a record sixth ATP World Tour Finals title. The Swiss had to get past Frenchman Jo-Wilfred Tsonga 6-3, 6-7(6), 6-4 in a two hour and 18 minute slugfest.  The victory marked Federer’s 70th career ATP title in his 100th final.

“I just tried to recuperate from Basel and Paris and hopefully get through the round robin stages. Now it’s finally sort of reality that I’ve been able to win six [ATP] World Tour Finals,” said Federer. “It’s an amazing feeling. I know it’s one of my greatest accomplishments.”

“This time around I was still able to find a way through. I think that was the difference at times during the year, which didn’t maybe make this an absolutely phenomenal year. But this definitely is an amazing finish again to the season. I’ve never finished so strong.

“I thought I played well. I thought Jo played well. Could I have won it easier? I guess. I had it in my hands. I had a chance to go a double break in the second. I had chances to serve it out. I had chances in the tie-breaker. It wasn’t meant to be. I had to go through the third set, which was tough, but eventually I made it, which felt probably even better going through three sets. The relief was amazing. The joy, of course, as you can imagine, was great.”

Tsonga who rallied from a match point down in the second set to extend the match to a third set said, “today I fought all I can. I’m just happy tonight because I had a good week. Of course, to win is better but I gave everything. Tonight I can look [at] myself in the mirror and say, ‘Yeah, you fought enough.

“They [the crowd] supported me a lot. It was really fair from the English crowd. He was better than me in the first set. Also in the second set. But I took the first set point in the tie-break.
“My biggest achievement was maybe because I was more consistent, consistent in my head, and that’s why I was good this year. But I lost a bit physically, so I need to improve again. I have to work hard my body to be quicker on the court, to move better. Maybe if I move better next year, I will have some better results.”

For having a perfect 5-0 week, Federer netted $1,630, 000 dollars and 1500 ATP World Tour ranking points. He has now surpassed Ivan Lendl and Pete Sampras in year-end championship titles with 6. He will end the year ranked No. 3 behind Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

Federer did not capture a Grand Slam title in 2011 for the first time since 2002, but Sunday’s victory extends Federer’s current winning streak to 17 which includes indoor tournament wins in Basel and the BNP Paribas Masters.

Federer was playing Tsonga for a third consecutive Sunday – BNP Paribas Masters, first day of the ATP World Tour final round-robin last Sunday and Sunday’s year-end final.

“This definitely is an amazing finish again to the season,” said Federer. “I’ve never finished so strong.”

Final Results

Singles – Final
[4] R Federer (SUI) d [6] J Tsonga (FRA) 63 67(6) 63

Doubles – Final
[3] M Mirnyi (BLR) / D Nestor (CAN) d [8] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) 75 63

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Federer Reaches 100th Final Will Face Tsonga for ATP World Tour Finals Championship

Switzerland’s Roger Federer returns the ball to France’s Richard Gasquet during the Paris Masters tennis tournament November 10, 2011. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen (FRANCE – Tags: SPORT TENNIS)

 

Roger Federer has reached his career 100th final defeating Spain’s David Ferrer 7-5, 6-3 in the semifinal of the ATP World Tour Finals. Federer joins the likes of tennis hall of famers Jimmy Connors (163), Ivan Lendl (146), John McEnroe (108) and Guillermo Vilas (104) in the 100 finals club.

“At the start of my career, I didn’t think I was going to reach 100 finals,” said Federer. “One thing I can tell you is I won’t retire after my 100th final.

“I knew going into match I could reach my 100th final and win my 70th title on Sunday. I’m so fortunate to have had a great career. I don’t know how I’m still walking.

“I’m lucky to be fit and healthy, and to play my 100th final here in London means a lot to me.”

I’m very happy to have played so well again. That’s what it takes to beat David. He’s had an amazing season and tournament so far.

“[I] could clearly see why David beat Murray and Djokovic here – he takes the ball really early, is able to generate great angles off his plays [and is] super consistent. Obviously, [it] was a key 5-4 game for me to hold and then break the next game. Then, actually, break again early on in the second set. That was a crucial sort of 15-20 minutes for me. I’m happy I was able to decide the match right there.”

“I’ve maybe had some easier matches against him,” said Federer. “But lately, they’ve all been very tough, very physical. He’s improved a lot. He’s really cemented himself into the Top 10, now even into the Top 5. I expect him to have another very solid and good season if things fall in place for him. He’s one of the best returners we have in the game. He’s got great mental toughness. He’s extremely fit.”

“I played very good this week,” said Ferrer. “But maybe the difference was in my serve. If I don’t have a good percentage with my first serve [today, against Federer, it was 59 per cent], it is very difficult to beat the top players. Against [Andy] Murray and with [Novak] Djokovic, I served really good. And yesterday in the third set [against Berdych] I served very, very bad.” Ferrer will head off to Seville, Spain to participate in the Davis Cup Final which begins on December

A win in the final on Sunday would give the Swiss a record sixth year-end championship title, surpassing Pete Sampras and Ivan Lendl.

“It’s obviously a special occasion for me tomorrow playing my hundredth final, possibly winning my 70th [title and] winning my sixth at the [Barclays ATP] World Tour Finals.”

Federer will be facing a man he’s played the last two Sundays – France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who bested Tomas Berdych 6-3, 7-5.

Federer has a 7-3  head-to-head record against Tsonga and has played the Frenchman four times in the past five weeks.

Tsonga on facing Federer “If I have to break my two ankles to win, I will do it for sure,” he told media. “It’s the last match of the season so I will be giving everything. After that, it’s a party.”

Results – Saturday, November 26, 2011

 

Singles – Semi-finals
[4] R Federer (SUI) d [5] D Ferrer (ESP) 75 63
[6] J Tsonga (FRA) d [7] T Berdych (CZE) 63 75

Doubles – Semi-finals
[3] M Mirnyi (BLR) / D Nestor (CAN) d [1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) 76(6) 64
[8] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) d [4] M Bhupathi (IND) / L Paes (IND) 64 46 10-6

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Djokovic Eliminated, Berdych Rallies to Gain Semis of ATP World Tour Finals

Czech Tomas Berdych hits a shot during his BNP Paribas Masters semifinal match against Roger Federer of Switzerland in Paris on November 12, 2011. Federer defeated Berdych 6-4, 6-2 to advance to the finals. UPI/David Silpa

 

On Friday afternoon at the ATP World Tour Finals in London, alternate Janko Tipsarevic defeated his fellow Serbian No. 1 Novak Djokovic 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 for the first time. The loss combined with Czech Tomas Berdych’s comeback victory over Spain’s David Ferrer 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 prevented Djokovic from advancing out of his round-robin group and into the semifinals.

Djokovic seemed to be in control of the match until midway through the second set until he was broken for the first time at 2-3. Tipsarevic broke his countryman to start the third set and easily defended his serve the rest of the way.

“Not trying to undermine my performance or my victory today,“ said Tipsarevic, “ I can freely say that this was not Novak Djokovic from the U.S. Open or Wimbledon. Which is in a way normal. He won everything a person can win. He had the best season, if I’m not mistaking, in the history of this sport.

“I felt that the tides changed at the beginning of the second set, where I managed to get out of my first two or three service games. It was always deuce, advantage, deuce, advantage. And once I managed to survive those couple of games, I was always and constantly putting pressure on Novak’s serve until the end of the match.
“I’m really happy that I managed to win finally [against Djokovic],” said Tipsarevic. “Every time we played, I managed to win a set and then lose in the end. So I am really happy that I managed to win today in the end and strangely finish the season with a victory. I’m not really used to do that.

“I feel that next year is going to be even tougher than this. I feel that players will take me a little bit more seriously after this year and I will not be able to catch them off guard.”

Tipsarevic was an alternate in the tournament replacing Andy Murray who pulled out with a groin injury.

“He [Tipsarevic] deserved to win,” noted Djokovic. “He was the better player in the second part of the match. It’s obvious it’s never easy to perform against somebody you know very well. Regardless who is across the net, obviously you want to win. That was the case today. But it wasn’t meant to be. I’m glad he got the chance to play and got the chance to win as well. It can give him a lot of confidence for next year.”

 

“I lost a match that I think I was on the way to win, Djokovic said. “But if this is my last match in the Masters Cup, I’ll be happy because I think, at least comparing to the match against Ferrer, I played a little bit better.”

“I had an unbelievable year,” Djokovic said despite the loss. “Nothing can really ruin that. I will always remember this year as the best of my life. I just want to prepare well for 2012.”

 

Berdych’s win over David Ferrer ensured that he would finish atop the Group A standings. Berdych was two games away from losing at 3-4 in the second set. The win was he Czech’s first win over Feerer in more than six years.

“The turning point, I think, was just the one that I made on set point to win the second set, because all the time before I was down,” said Berdych. When I made the second set, it just gave me a lot of confidence [and] energy. I started to feel really great on court.”

“I think I was playing good the first set, and the middle of the second maybe at 4 3, 40/15, I didn’t serve really well,” said Ferrer. “I served very badly and I played my shots very short. In the third set, he was playing with more confidence. When it’s not working, my serve, it’s very difficult to beat the top players.”

The semifinals are set for Saturday, with Roger Federer facing David Ferrer in the afternoon session and Jo-Wilfred Tsonga playing Tomas Berdych in the evening.

Berdych said of Tsonga, “It’s going to be definitely different match than the three previous ones. I think Jo is different. He likes to play aggressive. He likes to vary the game. [I] just need to rest and prepare for it. We are both playing well this week.”

 
Results for November 25, 2011

Singles – Group A Round Robin
[9] J Tipsarevic (SRB) d [1] N Djokovic (SRB) 36 63 63
[7] T Berdych (CZE) d [5] D Ferrer (ESP) 36 75 61

Doubles – Group A Round Robin
[4] M Bhupathi (IND) / L Paes (IND) d [1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) 64 62
[7] J Melzer (AUT) / P Petzschner (GER) d [6] R Lindstedt (SWE) / H Tecau (ROU) 63 64

Order of Play – Saturday, November 26, 2011

CENTRE COURT start 12:15 pm
[3] M Mirnyi (BLR) / D Nestor (CAN) vs [1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA)

Not Before 2:00 PM
[4] R Federer (SUI) vs [5] D Ferrer (ESP)

Not Before 6:15 PM
[4] M Bhupathi (IND) / L Paes (IND) vs [8] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL)

Not Before 8:00 PM
[7] T Berdych (CZE) vs [6] J Tsonga (FRA)

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Tsonga Stops Nadal for Semifinal Spot, Federer Gets past Fish at ATP World Tour Finals

French tennis player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga arrives for the ATP World Tour Gala at Battersea Power Station in London November 17, 2011. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor (BRITAIN – Tags: SPORT TENNIS)

 

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has qualified for a semifinal berth in the ATP World Tour Finals in London with his 7-6(2), 4-6, 6-3 victory over World No. 2 Rafael Nadal. The win gave the Frenchman a 2-1  record in Group B.

Tsonga played an aggressive game hitting 11 aces and 46 winners. “Tonight I just played, well, amazing tennis,”  said Tsonga.  “I was really aggressive. I had a good percentage on winners. I put a lot of pressure on him today.”

“Jo knows where I hit every ball during the point,” Nadal said. “I didn’t have a surprise shot during all the match. So that’s very difficult at this level.

“In your career you have moments (up) here, you have moments (down) here, you come back, you go down. And today is not my best moment.”

The loss ended Nadal’s tournament season which saw the Spaniard win three titles – in Monte-Carlo, Barcelona and the French Open. Nadal will participate in the Davis Cup final in early December when Spain hosts Argentina in Seville.

 

Roger Federer completed a sweep of  Group B play with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 win over Mardy Fish giving him a perfect 3-0 record in round robin play in the ATP World Tour Finals in London.

Federer told the media:”The first set wasn’t as one sided as the score suggested, and the second set he played great. He really started to zone in on many shots. I thought he was able to keep that up in the third set. So I was happy to get the crucial break early in the third and maybe cruise a bit more. I definitely struggled a little bit more today, but I thought that was more due to the circumstances, like you mentioned, and Mardy playing well for most of the match.”

“I’m happy I was able to win today just because of momentum for the semis in a couple of days. I’m surprised how well it’s gone always at the [Barclays ATP] World Tour Finals-level for me because these are maybe almost the toughest and most dangerous matches to play during the year because it’s best of three [sets], against fellow Top 10 players indoors, where a few shots usually do decide the outcome of the match.”

Federer who is the defending champion and five-time winner of this event could pass Andy Murray for the World No. 3 ranking, should he reach the finals on Sunday. The Swiss is also two victories short of matching Ivan Lendl’s 39-10 championship record. He’ll play the semifinals on Saturday against an opponent yet to be determined.

 

Results – Thursday, November 24, 2011

Singles – Group B Round Robin
[6] J Tsonga (FRA) d [2] R Nadal (ESP) 76(2) 46 63
[4] R Federer (SUI) d [8] M Fish (USA) 61 36 63

Doubles – Group B Round Robin
[3] M Mirnyi (BLR) / D Nestor (CAN) d [2] M Llodra (FRA) / N Zimonjic (SRB) 46 63 10-7
[8] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) d [5] R Bopanna (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK) 62 61

Order of Play – Friday, November 25, 2011

CENTRE COURT start 12:15 pm
[6] R Lindstedt (SWE) / H Tecau (ROU) vs [7] J Melzer (AUT) / P Petzschner (GER)

Not Before 2:00 PM
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) vs [9] J Tipsarevic (SRB)

Not Before 6:15 PM
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs [4] M Bhupathi (IND) / L Paes (IND)

Not Before 8:00 PM
[5] D Ferrer (ESP) vs [7] T Berdych (CZE)

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