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Ferrer Folds to Nadal at the World Tour Finals

Rafael Nadal

(November 5, 2013) LONDON – David Ferrer perhaps showed signs of his full-on workload, as he was unable to back up his victory over World No. 1 Rafael Nadal in Bercy with the same performance at the World Tour Finals on Tuesday.

 

In the day schedule round-robin match, the deposed Paris Masters champion surrendered an immediate break, although managed to break straight back, but never seemed like he could stay in contention.

 

As errors racked up for Ferrer, Nadal took advantage of a couple of sloppy games from his fellow countryman and broke again in the first set to take it on a little over half an hour.

 

The second set was even more torture as Nadal dominated completely and what little flashes of attack from Ferrer seemed very few and far between, until he finally got a game on the board to avoid the dreaded bagel.

 

Suddenly a little of the fire we saw in Paris returned to Ferrer, as he caught Nadal by surprise to break back late in the second set, but it was perhaps too little to late.

 

Nadal later surmised that perhaps Ferrer has less time to adapt than he had for his first match:

“Probably he arrived a little bit more tired after playing the final [in Paris].”

 

Ferrer had to acknowledge that his schedule may have been a factor for his performance on Tuesday afternoon:

“[To beat Nadal] I need to be more focus[ed], more strong mentally. And today I was not good in my fitness, my mentality, my shots.”

 

There is scant chance for rest for Ferrer – he faces Tomas Berdych in Wednesday’s night match, while Nadal ends the day session against Stanislas Wawrinka.

 

Nadal stands one win away from securing the year-end No. 1 ranking for 2013.

 

Tennis Panorama News is in London covering the ATP World Tour Finals.  Follow our twitter updates from the tournament @TennisNewsTPN.

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Djokovic Wins Paris Masters, His 40th ATP World Tour Title

Djokovic winner

By Florian Heer

 

(November 3, 2013) PARIS – The last ATP Masters 1000 tournament of the season featured two of the top three players at the top of the rankings as world No. 2 Novak Djokovic met defending champion David Ferrer for the 16th time. Before Sunday’s final the Serb led 10-5 head-to-head and also won the last four meetings.

 

Sunday’s encounter became and exciting and highly entertaining one with long rallies, particularly at the beginning of the match. Ferrer gained his first break point after 18 minutes in the fifth game and capitalized on it through a beautiful drop shot after one of the week’s longest rallies – 36 shots. The Spaniard saved break points in the following and confirmed the lead. Djokovic was breathing heavily after six games already and it was the Serb, who paid the physical price for the tough rallies in the beginning of the match. From then on, however, Djokovic successfully tried to shorten the rallies. In a very efficient way, the 2009 Paris champion won four games in a row to take the opening frame after 53 minutes.

 

Ferrer grabbed the momentum back with a break in the opening game of the second set, which would become a copy of the first set. Again in the tenth game, the Spaniard couldn’t serve out  the set and Djokovic came back from 3-5 down to even at 5-5 in first place and eventually take the break in the twelfth game and therewith the match. After one hour and 52 minutes of a hard fight, Ferrer seemed to be tired and the “Djoker” took the encounter winning 7-5, 7-5. The Serb gained his sixth title of the season, the 40th in his career, and keeps his hopes alive for finishing No.1 by winning the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London next week.  “It’s always a pleasure to play against David,” Djokovic told the crowd at the fully packed Palais Omnisports in Bercy in his best French. “Today I was really lucky in the crucial parts of the match. The crowd was really great this week, without the supporters this would not have been possible. I worked really hard to play well here and I’m so happy to gain the title,” the Serb said.

 

“I am definitely playing the best tennis this year now. I’m playing on a very high level and have lots of confidence in myself, in my game.

“I knew that coming into the match I’m going to have to work for my points. He’s a great competitor, one of the most respected guys on tour because he works hard and he’s very humble and he’s a very nice person.

“It was very physical, trust me. But in the last few games of both sets it was mental in the end, just trying to show your opponent that you’re there, that you want to attack, that you want to take your opportunities.

“From tomorrow I’m going to start thinking about London. From tonight, actually. Because on Tuesday night I play Federer already, a huge challenge for me.”

 

“I think it was a really good match, really good rallies,“ Ferrer said. „I played maybe better than yesterday, and I lost.

“I am happy with my game, because the last few tournaments I [played well] and I am happy with myself. Now I want to relax and be with my team, and tomorrow I travel to London for the last tournament of the season.”

 

In the morning the two top-seeded doubles teams consisting of Bob & Mike Bryan as well as Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares, met for the title. In the opening set it was Soares of the Austrian-Brazilian-combination, who lost his serve twice and in the second, it was Peya. Consequently the US-American twins captured their 11th title of the season winning 6-3, 6-3 in one hour.

 

“It was great week for us,“ Bob Bryan said. “We’re very happy with our performance against a team that has had a fantastic year and who is playing with a lot of confidence at the moment. Hopefully this bodes well for the last tournament of the season.

“This city has been good to us during our careers. We appreciate the support from the Parisian crowd and today’s atmosphere was fantastic for doubles. We’ll travel onto London tonight and we look forward to playing at The O2, another venue where the spotlight shines brightly on our sport.”

 

“An extraordinary tournament with all the best players at the top of the game led to a fantastic week,” the tournament director Guy Forget concluded.

 

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Djokovic Beats Federer in Three Sets, Ferrer Stuns Nadal in Straight Sets to Reach Final of the BNP Paribas Masters

 

Roger Federer

Roger Federer

By Florian Heer

(November 2, 2013) PARIS – Super Saturday at the BNP Paribas Masters featured the top three players in the ATP World Tour Rankings. Three of the semi-finalists are former champions of Bercy and the other is a runner-up. It is the first time at the Palais Omnisports de Paris since 1989 that the top-three seeds are in the semis. Back then, the names were Boris Becker, Stefan Edberg and John McEnroe.

 

In the first singles match of the day fifth-seed Roger Federer, and the tournament’s No. 2 in person of Novak Djokovic, met for the 30th time. The Swiss was holding a 16-13 head to head advantage and it was their first meeting since last year’s encounter at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London with the Serb winning in straight sets. Djokovic gained his first break point in the opening game of the match after only two minutes but couldn’t capitalize on it. Federer was backed by the majority of the spectators, dictated the encounter in the first frame and took the first set after 46 minutes in the tenth game. It was also the Swiss, who broke serve in the opening game of the second set but this time Djokovic was able to gain the re-break. The world number two found his groove, broke serve in the sixth game and took the second frame in the ninth game. From then on Djokovic was in command of the match. The Serb broke Federer’s serve twice the third and seventh game of the final set to finally close the match out winning 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 after two hours. After the encounter, Djokovic gave some tennis lessons to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, famous football player of local club Paris St. Germain, who attended the tennis match. “No pressure, there are only 15.000 people watching you,” Djokovic encouraged the Swede to participate. The key was just to hang in there and stay with Roger in the match,” said Djokovic about today’s semi-final. “I knew that he (Federer) was going to be very aggressive from the start coming to the net. He used his opportunities really well. He was very efficient at the net. Then I tried to decrease the number of unforced errors and step in when it’s needed. I did pretty well in the second and the third,” the Serb concluded.

 

David Ferrer

David Ferrer

In the second semi-final, world No. 1 Rafael Nadal brought a 20-4 head to head record against defending champion David Ferrer. However, today it was the man from Valencia dictating the match right from the beginning. Ferrer broke serve in the third game, hitting great groundstrokes with a good angle and eventually took the opening frame in the ninth game. Ferrer saved four break points in the second game of the second set and refused letting Nadal settle any sort of rhythm. The world number three won more points from the baseline, avoided Nadal’s forehand as much as possible and had the opportunity to serve for the match in the tenth game of the encounter. Nadal broke service but wasn’t able to hold his serve on his own and eventually Ferrer closed the match out in the twelfth game winning 6-3, 7-5 in 98 minutes. It was Ferrer’s first win over Nadal since the Australian Open in 2011 and probably his best performance of the season. Moreover, Ferrer has reached a positive record on hard court against the Spanish number one, leading 4-3. “I’m very happy. I’m in the final again in Paris Bercy,” said Ferrer. “It was a very good match for me. I played maybe my best match this season. I was very aggressive with my forehand and with my shots. Paris is very special for me. I made my first final of a Grand Slam in Roland Garros and last year I won my first Masters 1000 title. Now I’m in the final again in Paris,” the 31-year-old Spaniard said.

 

RESULTS – SATURDAY, 2 NOVEMBER, 2013

Singles – Semi-finals
[3] D Ferrer (ESP) d [1] R Nadal (ESP) 63 75
[2] N Djokovic (SRB) d [5] R Federer (SUI) 46 63 62

Doubles – Semi-finals

[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d [4] I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) 64 75
[2] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) d M Mirnyi (BLR) / H Tecau (ROU) 36 62 10-3

SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 3 NOVEMBER, 2013

COURT CENTRAL start 12:15 pm
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs [2] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA)

Not Before 3:00 pm
[3] D Ferrer (ESP) vs [2] N Djokovic (SRB)

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Nadal, Djokovic, Ferrer and Federer Reach Paris Semis

By Florian Heer

(November 1, 2013) PARIS – Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, David Ferrer and Roger Federer have reached the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris on Friday.

It was a very special quarterfinal Friday at the BNP Masters in Paris with all eight players in action, who qualified for next week’s Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London.

In the opening match on Centre Court of the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy, second-seed and 2009 champion Novak Djokovic faced Stanislas Wawrinka. Djokovic has won the past twelve meetings including two epic five-setters at this year’s Australian Open and US Open. Friday it was again the Serbian, who had the better ending but in comparison to the encounters at the Grand Slams, quite effortless. Djokovic beat the Swiss No. 2, who qualified for the season finale for the very first time, in only 84 minutes winning 6-1, 6-4. “I am very satisfied with my great intensity from the start of the match. I tried to be as aggressive as possible when I had a shorter ball,” Djokovic said. “It tells a lot about the quality of this tournament when you see all the players in action today, who are going to London,” the world number two told about the field in Bercy.

In the next match, fifth-seeded Roger Federer took on world No. 4 Juan Martin Del Potro in a repeat of Sunday’s Basel final in which the Argentine won in three sets. Five days ago in Basel the spectators had to wait thirty minutes for the first break point opportunity. Today, the Swiss broke serve after only twelve minutes in the fourth game. Federer started aggressively trying to make his way to the net as often as possible, served big and took the first set in the ninth game. Although the 2011 Paris champion remained untroubled on most of his service games, Del Potro capitalized on his one and only break point chance on set point in the tenth game of the second frame. The final set became more even but it was Federer, who was able to gain the decisive break in the ninth game to earn a fully-deserved win by 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in one hour and 43 minutes. “I was very happy with today’s match,” commented Federer. “I think it was a particularly good first set and a bit of a pity I couldn’t break early in the second. I think I did well today to start stronger this time around in the third set. It was something I couldn’t quite do in Basel. I think I was just overall hitting a better ball again today and moving well and taking good decisions time and time again, so I was very happy with my level of play today,” Federer analyzed afterwards.

For Federer it was his first win over a top ten player since January.

In the evening session more than 13,000 spectators in a fully-packed arena were watching how world No. 1 Rafael Nadal improved his head to head record against local hero, Richard Gasquet, to 12-0. The Spaniard, who has never won the ATP Masters in Paris, only needed 64 minutes to advance into the semis winning 6-4, 6-1.  “I’m sorry for Richard tonight but I think I played my best match here this week,” the top-seed said. “For most of the time during today’s match, I was in control of the point. I played with a lot of confidence from the baseline. I also remained calm and patient to wait for the right moment and then I was able to hit some forehand winners down the line, a shot which has given me a lot of points during the entire season,” Nadal analyzed his game. With this result, it has been the first time since Roland Garros in 2012 that the “Big three – Nadal, Djokovic, Federer” will be in a line-up for a semi-final on the ATP World Tour.

 

In the last match on, third-seeded and reigning champion in person of David Ferrer took on sixth-seed Tomas Berdych. The Czech is the only player in the top ten without a title this year and his only chance to improve this stat will be by capturing the title at the season finale in London. Although Ferrer had a very bad start into today’s encounter by losing his service in the very first game, it was the Spaniard having the better ending when the match went the distance. After two hours and four minutes, Ferrer closed the match out winning 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 to book his spot for an all-Spanish semi-final tomorrow.

RESULTS – FRIDAY, 1 NOVEMBER, 2013

Singles – Quarterfinals
[1] R Nadal (ESP) d [9] R Gasquet (FRA) 64 61
[2] N Djokovic (SRB) d [7] S Wawrinka (SUI) 61 64
[3] D Ferrer (ESP) d [6] T Berdych (CZE) 46 75 63
[5] R Federer (SUI) d [4] J Del Potro (ARG) 63 46 63

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d [8] A Qureshi (PAK) / J Rojer (NED) 36 63 10-5
[2] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) d S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA) 36 63 10-5
M Mirnyi (BLR) / H Tecau (ROU) d [3] M Granollers (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP) 63 64
[4] I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) d [5] R Bopanna (IND) / E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) 76(5) 36 10-4

SCHEDULE – SATURDAY, 2 NOVEMBER, 2013

COURT CENTRAL start 11:45 am
M Mirnyi (BLR) / H Tecau (ROU) vs [2] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA)

Not Before 2:30 pm
[5] R Federer (SUI) vs [2] N Djokovic (SRB)

Not Before 5:00 pm
[1] R Nadal (ESP) vs [3] D Ferrer (ESP)
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs [4] I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA)

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Wawrinka and Gasquet Complete ATP World Tour Finals Singles Field

Richard Gasquet

Richard Gasquet

(October 31, 2013) Richard Gasquet and Stanislas Wawrinka claimed the last two singlesspots for the year-ending ATP World Tour Finals after Milos Raonic fell to Tomas Berdych 7-6 (13), 6-4 in the third round of the Paris Masters on Thursday.

Wawrinka and Gasquet will join Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, David Ferrer, Juan Martin del Potro, Tomas Berdych and Roger Federer in the final 8 in London beginning on November 4 at The O2 arena. Andy Murray had qualified for the event put withdrew due to back surgery.

For Wawrinka  he will be making his Barclays ATP World Tour Finals debut. This will be the first time that two Swiss players will be competing at year-ender.  For Gasquet this will be his second time he’s earned a spot at the ATP World. He participated in the event back in 2007.

Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer have earned a place in the doubles competition for the second straight year, after clinching their place on Thursday. Two spots remain to be claimed in the doubles field.

 

BNP Paribas Masters RESULTS – THURSDAY, 31 OCTOBER 2013

Singles – Third Round
[1] R Nadal (ESP) d [14] J Janowicz (POL) 75 64
[2] N Djokovic (SRB) d [13] J Isner (USA) 67(5) 61 62
[3] D Ferrer (ESP) d [15] G Simon (FRA) 62 63
[4] J Del Potro (ARG) d G Dimitrov (BUL) 36 63 64
[5] R Federer (SUI) d P Kohlschreiber (GER) 63 64
[6] T Berdych (CZE) d [10] M Raonic (CAN) 76(13) 64
[7] S Wawrinka (SUI) d [12] N Almagro (ESP) 63 62
[9] R Gasquet (FRA) d K Nishikori (JPN) 63 62

Doubles – Second Round

[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) 63 57 10-8
[2] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) d F Fognini (ITA) / A Seppi (ITA) 76(4) 67(1) 10-8
[3] M Granollers (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP) d E Butorac (USA) / R Klaasen (RSA) 63 16 10-5
[4] I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) d J Chardy (FRA) / G Simon (FRA) 63 62
M Mirnyi (BLR) / H Tecau (ROU) d [6] D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) 67(3) 75 10-8
[8] A Qureshi (PAK) / J Rojer (NED) d J Benneteau (FRA) / N Zimonjic (SRB) 64 64

SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 1 NOVEMBER, 2013

COURT CENTRAL start 2:00 pm
[7] S Wawrinka (SUI) vs [2] N Djokovic (SRB)
[5] R Federer (SUI) vs [4] J Del Potro (ARG)

Not Before 7:30 pm
[1] R Nadal (ESP) vs [9] R Gasquet (FRA)

Not Before 8:30 pm
[3] D Ferrer (ESP) vs [6] T Berdych (CZE)

COURT 1 start 2:00 pm

M Mirnyi (BLR) / H Tecau (ROU) vs [3] M Granollers (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP)
S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA) vs [2] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA)
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs [8] A Qureshi (PAK) / J Rojer (NED)
[4] I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) vs [5] R Bopanna (IND) / E Roger-Vasselin (FRA)

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Federer Earns Spot in ATP World Tour Finals

Roger Federer

(October 30, 2013) Roger Federer earned a place in the ATP year-end event by vitue of his win over Kevin Anderson on Wednesday at the Paris Masters 6-4, 6-4. This puts him in 12th straight ATP World Tour Finals, tying a record with Ivan Lendl. He is a six-time champion of the event. The ATP World Tour Finals will be held at The O2 arena London from November 4-11.

Federer joins a field which includes Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, David Ferrer, Juan Martin del Potro and Tomas Berdych.  Andy Murray had also qualified, but to withdraw from the tournament as he is still recovering from back surgery. Two more spots remained to be claimed this week among Richard Gasqurt. Stanislas Wawrinka and Milos Raonic.

 

RESULTS – WEDNESDAY, 30 OCTOBER 2013

Singles – Second Round
[1] R Nadal (ESP) d M Granollers (ESP) 75 75
[3] D Ferrer (ESP) d L Rosol (CZE) 60 26 63
[4] J del Potro (ARG) d M Cilic (CRO) 64 76(3)
[5] R Federer (SUI) d K Anderson (RSA) 64 64
[6] T Berdych (CZE) d [LL] P Andujar (ESP) 62 75
[7] S Wawrinka (SUI) d F Lopez (ESP) 63 36 63
[10] M Raonic (CAN) d [Q] R Haase (NED) 63 64
P Kohlschreiber (GER) d [11] T Haas (GER) 62 62
[12] N Almagro (ESP) d I Dodig (CRO) 64 63
[13] J Isner (USA) d [Q] M Przysiezny (POL) 76(3) 46 63
[15] G Simon (FRA) d [WC] N Mahut (FRA) 64 67(5) 76(3)
G Dimitrov (BUL) d [16] F Fognini (ITA) 63 57 62

Doubles – Second Round

[5] R Bopanna (IND) / E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d J Isner (USA) / N Monroe (USA) 76(2) 75
S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA) d [7] D Nestor (CAN) / L Paes (IND) 64 63

Doubles – First Round

M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) d [WC] K De Schepper (FRA) / P Herbert (FRA) 64 76(6)
J Benneteau (FRA) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d L Dlouhy (CZE) / E Gulbis (LAT) 46 75 10-7
M Mirnyi (BLR) / H Tecau (ROU) d L Kubot (POL) / R Lindstedt (SWE) 76(3) 76(5)
E Butorac (USA) / R Klaasen (RSA) d M Llodra (FRA) / N Mahut (FRA) 64 61

SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 31 OCTOBER, 2013

COURT CENTRAL start 10:30 am
[7] S Wawrinka (SUI) vs [12] N Almagro (ESP)
[3] D Ferrer (ESP) vs [15] G Simon (FRA)
[13] J Isner (USA) vs [2] N Djokovic (SRB)
[5] R Federer (SUI) vs P Kohlschreiber (GER)
Not Before 7:30 pm
[9] R Gasquet (FRA) vs K Nishikori (JPN)
Not Before 8:30 pm
[1] R Nadal (ESP) vs [14] J Janowicz (POL)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am

[6] D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) vs M Mirnyi (BLR) / H Tecau (ROU)
J Benneteau (FRA) / N Zimonjic (SRB) vs [8] A Qureshi (PAK) / J Rojer (NED)
Not Before 2:30 pm
G Dimitrov (BUL) vs [4] J del Potro (ARG)
Not Before 4:30 pm
[10] M Raonic (CAN) vs [6] T Berdych (CZE)
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am

F Fognini (ITA) / A Seppi (ITA) vs [2] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA)
E Butorac (USA) / R Klaasen (RSA) vs [3] M Granollers (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP)
[4] I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) vs J Chardy (FRA) / G Simon (FRA) – After Suitable Rest

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Mikhail Youzhny Stops Hometown Favorite David Ferrer to Win Valencia Open

 

(October 27, 2013) Mikhail Youzhny beat top seed David Ferrer 6-3, 7-5 to claim the Valencia Open his 10th career ATP World Tour.

In a battle between 30 somethings, the 31-year-old Russian broke the serve of the No. 3-ranked Ferrer four times.

“It was a great week for me and a great tournament,” Youzhny said after the match. “It was a great atmosphere. I felt nobody was against me, of course they were for David, but when I played well they applauded me.”

Ferrer has lost six straight finals this year since winning Auckland and Buenos Aires.

“Losing at home hurts more,” Ferrer said. “He served well, and I was lacking energy. I needed to return better and move the ball around more. In the second set I had more opportunities, but only at the start.”

“The truth is that Youzhny played very good. He sliced and served very well. He was more comfortable than me on court, I was missing touch.”

The Russian will move up to No. 14 in teh year-end Race to London.

In the doubles final, despite having four match points, the Bryan Brothers fell to Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares 7-6(3), 6-7(1), 13-11.

Peya and Soares have now won five tournament titles this year -Sao Paulo, Barcelona, Eastbourne, Montreal and Valencia.

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David Ferrer is Fourth Player to Qualify for ATP World Tour Finals

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(October 7, 2013) David Ferrer becomes the latest player to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals, to be held in London from November 4-11. The 31-year-old Spaniard is the fourth singles player after Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray to qualify for the eight-man season finale.  This will be his fourth straight year playing in the event, fifth overall. Ferrer was a finalist in this event in 2007 falling to Roger Federer.

“I’m very happy to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals for the fifth time,” said Ferrer. “At the beginning of the year it’s always a goal to make it to London and if you finish in the Top 8 then you know that you’ve had a good season. The O2 is an amazing venue to play at and the great fans help to bring the event alive.”

Four singles and five team spots remain up for grabs with four weeks remaining in the regular ATP World Tour season. Juan Martin del Potro, Tomas Berdych, Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka currently hold down the fifth to eighth spots in the Emirates ATP Race To London.

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David Ferrer Presented Award at the US Open For Personifying Sportsmanship over the Summer Tennis Season in North America

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FLUSHING, N.Y., September 4, 2013 — The USTA today announced that David Ferrer has received the second annual “US Open Sportsmanship Award,” presented to the male and female professional tennis players who best demonstrate excellence in sportsmanship throughout the Emirates Airline US Open Series and the US Open.  The award was presented to Ferrer today at the US Open by USTA Sportsmanship Selection Committee Chairman Todd Martin.

 

“As relentless a competitor as David is on the court, he is just as respectful toward the game and his opponents,” said USTA Chairman, CEO and President Dave Haggerty. “David personifies what the US Open Sportsmanship Award represents and certainly deserves the recognition.”

 

The USTA started a Sportsmanship Committee in 2011.  Its charge is to “educate and inspire youngsters and their parents to develop and exhibit a high degree of sportsmanship and an attitude of fair play and mutual respect on and off the tennis court.  Underlying the charge is the ethical imperative that fairness is more important than winning.”

 

Eligibility requirements for winners include participating in at least two Series tournaments, as well as the 2013 US Open.  Each US Open Sportsmanship Award winner receives a trophy and a $5,000 donation to the charity of his or her choice. The 2012 winners were Bob and Mike Bryan and Samantha Stosur.

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Richard Gasquet and Flavia Pennetta Move into US Open Quarterfinals

 

 

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(September 4, 2013) Richard Gasquet and Flavia Pennetta advanced to the semifinals of the US Open on Wednesday.

No. 8 seed Gasquet from France booked the first place in the men’s semifinals with a 6-3, 6-1, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3 win over fourth seed David Ferrer in 3 hours, 23 minutes. The Frenchman will play the winner of the all-Spanish match – Rafael Nadal versus Tommy Robredo in the semifinals.

Gasquet came into the match having saved a match point in a five-set win over Milos Raonic. Coming into the match Gasquet was 6-12 in five-set matches while Ferrer was 19-9.

Despite taking a two set lead, one can never count out David Ferrer.

“Even if I was leading two sets to love I knew it was David Ferrer, Gasquet said.  “I knew he’s a big fighter so I knew it was not over.  He played well in the start in the third set.”

“Fourth set I played well too, but he was a little bit better than me.  So I knew I had to keep my serve in the fifth, and that’s what I did.  I did a bad game at 3‑2 for me, and then I was leading 4‑1.

“I knew I was so close to win this match, and I fight a lot to finish.  Especially at 5‑3 I was a little bit nervous to go in the semis of US Open, and I managed to do it.  It’s a big victory for me.”

“Well, I think Richard, he played very good game with his backhand, serving very good in important moments,” Ferrer said.  “Maybe in the first and second set I didn’t play so good.  I was a little bit tired.

But, anyway, I tried to do my best.  I fight until the last ball, and nothing else, no?  I think in the fifth set when he made me the break, I played I believe very bad in that game, no, with three mistakes easy.

But fifth set with one break down is difficult to come back again, because Richard is a top‑10 player.”

“The last time I beat him, I was 13 years old,” Gasquet said about Nadal during his on court interview. “I’ve beaten him one time in my life.”

“He was already fighting a lot already, already running so much, and I remember I won maybe 6‑4 in a set, and I told my father after, He’s a big fighter.

“I didn’t lie; I was true.  In the future, this one is biggest player in the world in the history.  So for sure I won that time at 13 years old, but since this match I didn’t…”

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As for the first match in Ashe Stadium, it was a showdown of a pair of Italians who have known each other since childhood. No. 83 Pennetta, once in the top 10, beat No. 10 seed Roberta Vinci 6-4, 6-1.

 “I think in the beginning we didn’t play good tennis,” Pennetta said.  I was tight; she was tight, also.

“When I won the first set I just relax a little bit and tried to play better.

But the day was tough for both of us.”

“I know how she plays, she knows everything of me,” Pennetta said. “We get in the court, and I think today was more about inside, not about tennis. It was about how you play, how you feel in the court, and how can you handle the situation.”

Pennetta will play the winner of the match between No. 2 Victoria Azarenka and No. 48 Daniela Hantuchova. Pennetta has knocked out four straight seeds – (4) Sara Errani, (21) Simona Halep,  (27) Svetlana Kuznetsova and (10) Vinci

“It’s good to stay physical, in a good way, and play this good tennis at this age, of course,” Pennetta said of her play. “I’m proud of (myself) now. I’m 31, and physically, I feel good finally. I’m in the first semifinal in Grand Slam. There is nothing to say more.”

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