February 6, 2016

Rafael Nadal Begins 2016 with a Victory Over Countryman Pablo Carreno

(January 5, 2016) Fourteen-time major champion Rafael Nadal notched his first victory of the season besting his Spanish countryman Pablo Carreno 6-7 (5) 6-3, 6-1.

Carreno gave Nadal a test in the first set. Nadal saved three set points but Carreno closed the set out on a fourth set point.

Nadal captured the next two sets in dominant fashion.

Another of Nadal’s countrymen, David Ferrer the defending champion, lost to Illya Marchenko of Ukraine.

 

 

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Qatar ExxonMobil Open

 

RESULTS – TUESDAY, 5 JANUARY 2016

Singles – First Round
[2] R. Nadal (ESP) d P. Carreno Busta (ESP) 67(5) 63 61
[3] T. Berdych (CZE) d S. Stakhovsky (UKR) 75 64
I. Marchenko (UKR) d [4] D. Ferrer (ESP) 67(8) 63 62
R. Berankis (LTU) d [6] A. Seppi (ITA) 36 61 64
[8] L. Mayer (ARG) d [Q] B. Becker (GER) 61 62
F. Verdasco (ESP) d [WC] M. Jaziri (TUN) 76(4) 76(4)
P. Andujar (ESP) d P. Lorenzi (ITA) 64 06 64
P. Mathieu (FRA) d A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 63 46 76(7) – saved 1 M.P.
T. Gabashvili (RUS) d S. Bolelli (ITA) 46 64 61

Doubles – First Round

[1] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) d J. Erlich (ISR) / C. Fleming (GBR) 76(4) 63
[2] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) d R. Albot (MDA) / M. Klizan (SVK) 63 63
[3] F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) d W. Koolhof (NED) / M. Middelkoop (NED) 76(5) 64
[4] P. Petzschner (GER) / A. Peya (AUT) d [WC] M. Zayed (QAT) / M. Zayid (QAT) 61 61
S. Bolelli (ITA) / S. Stakhovsky (UKR) d J. Knowle (AUT) / A. Sa (BRA) 76(6) 61
SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 6 JANUARY 2016

CENTRE COURT start 3:30 pm

[7] J. Chardy (FRA) vs P. Mathieu (FRA)
Not Before 5:00 pm
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs F. Verdasco (ESP)
R. Haase (NED) vs [2] R. Nadal (ESP)
[3] T. Berdych (CZE) vs D. Dzumhur (BIH)

COURT 1 start 3:30 pm

T. Gabashvili (RUS) vs I. Marchenko (UKR)
R. Berankis (LTU) vs A. Kuznetsov (RUS)
[Q] K. Edmund (GBR) vs D. Muñoz de la Nava (ESP)

COURT 2 start 3:30 pm

P. Andujar (ESP) vs [8] L. Mayer (ARG)
S. Bolelli (ITA) / S. Stakhovsky (UKR) vs [3] F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP)
After Suitable Rest – [1] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) vs T. Gabashvili (RUS) / A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP)

COURT 3 start 4:00 pm

[4] P. Petzschner (GER) / A. Peya (AUT) vs D. Marrero (ESP) / A. Seppi (ITA)
After Suitable Rest – J. Chardy (FRA) / P. Mathieu (FRA) vs [2] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA)

 

 

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Aircel Chennai Open

ATP World Tour 250  $425,535

Chennai, India (+6 hours GMT)
4-10 January 2016   Surface: Hard

RESULTS – TUESDAY, 5 JANUARY 2016

Singles – First Round
[5] G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d T. Daniel (JPN) 46 75 62
[6] G. Muller (LUX) d [WC] K. Khachanov (RUS) 67(3) 76(4) 62
A. Bedene (GBR) d [7] V. Pospisil (CAN) 75 76(6)
[WC] A. Rublev (RUS) d [Q] S. Devvarman (IND) 63 36 63
L. Rosol (CZE) d S. Giraldo (COL) 63 64
[Q] T. Fabbiano (ITA) d [Q] J. Kovalik (SVK) 16 63 64
A. Krajicek (USA) d R. Ram (USA) 67(0) 64 64
L. Vanni (ITA) d J. Struff (GER) 64 76(5)
[WC] R. Ramanathan (IND) d D. Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 62 60

Doubles – First Round
[2] M. Granollers (ESP) / L. Paes (IND) d [Alt] T. Daniel (JPN) / J. Millman (AUS) 62 63
M. Fyrstenberg (POL) / S. Gonzalez (MEX) d A. Bury (BLR) / B. Coric (CRO) 64 63
SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 6 JANUARY 2016

STADIUM COURT start 5:00 pm
[8] B. Coric (CRO) vs A. Krajicek (USA)
[1] S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs [WC] A. Rublev (RUS)
J. Millman (AUS) vs [4] R. Bautista Agut (ESP)

COURT 1 start 5:00 pm
[WC] N. Balaji (IND) / R. Ramanathan (IND) vs [4] M. Daniell (NZL) / A. Sitak (NZL)
[Q] A. Pavic (CRO) vs [5] G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP)
[WC] S. Devvarman (IND) / J. Nedunchezhiyan (IND) vs N. Monroe (USA) / H. Podlipnik-Castillo (CHI)

COURT 2 start 6:00 pm
[3] O. Marach (AUT) / F. Martin (FRA) vs A. Bedene (GBR) / T. Huey (PHI)
After Suitable Rest – A. Krajicek (USA) / B. Paire (FRA) vs S. Betov (BLR) / M. Elgin (RUS)

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Petra Kvitova Pulls Out of Shenzhen Open

 

 

(January 5, 2016) Petra Kvitova was forced to retire from her opening match at the Shenzhen Open due to a gastrointestinal illness. China’s Zheng Saisai took the first set 6-2 when the Czech retired.

 

 

Shenzhen Open

SHENZHEN OPEN – SHENZHEN, CHINA
$ 500,000.00
2-9 JANUARY, 2016

 

RESULTS – JANUARY 05, 2016
Women’s
Singles – First Round

[1] A. Radwanska (POL) d A. Krunic (SRB) 64 63
S. Zheng (CHN) d [2] P. Kvitova (CZE) 62 00 Retired – gastrointestinal illness
Q. Wang (CHN) d [5] J. Konta (GBR) 63 36 63
[6] E. Bouchard (CAN) d D. Vekic (CRO) 64 16 75
[WC] S. Zhang (CHN) d [WC] I. Khromacheva (RUS) 63 63
V. King (USA) d [LL] S. Voegele (SUI) 75 64
[Q] N. Gibbs (USA) d [Q] T. Smitkova (CZE) 60 62
A. Kontaveit (EST) d [Q] Y. Shvedova (KAZ) 64 76(5)

Women’s
Doubles – First Round

[3] V. Dushevina (RUS) / K. Siniakova (CZE) d A. Beck (GER) / E. Rodina (RUS) 76(3) 63
[4] C. Buyukakcay (TUR) / A. Krunic (SRB) d M. Linette (POL) / K. Zhang (CHN) walkover – gastrointestinal illness, Linette
C. Mitu (ROU) / P. Tig (ROU) d Z. Diyas (KAZ) / L. Zhang (HKG) 62 64

ORDER OF PLAY – WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 06, 2016
CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
[3] I. Begu (ROU) vs A. Friedsam (GER)
[6] E. Bouchard (CAN) vs [Q] N. Gibbs (USA)

Not Before 2:00 pm
[1] A. Radwanska (POL) vs [WC] S. Zhang (CHN)
A. Kontaveit (EST) vs S. Zheng (CHN)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
T. Babos (HUN) vs [4] M. Niculescu (ROU)

Not Before 12:30 pm
V. King (USA) vs Q. Wang (CHN)
[4] C. Buyukakcay (TUR) / A. Krunic (SRB) vs C. Liang (CHN) / S. Peng (CHN)
After suitable rest – I. Khromacheva (RUS) / L. Marozava (BLR) vs V. King (USA) / M. Niculescu (ROU)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
A. Riske (USA) vs S. Hsieh (TPE)
K. Siniakova (CZE) vs [7] Z. Diyas (KAZ)
C. Mitu (ROU) / P. Tig (ROU) vs [3] V. Dushevina (RUS) / K. Siniakova (CZE)

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Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep Withdraw From Brisbane International

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(January 5, 2016) The Brisbane International was struck with two major withdrawals on Tuesday as defending champion Maria Sharapova and top seed Simona Halep pulled out of the tournament before play a match.

Sharapova cited a sore left forearm injury while Halep had problem with her left Achilles tendon. Halep was scheduled to play 2-time major champion Victoria Azarenka in the second round.

 

BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL
USD 1,000,000.00
1-10 JANUARY, 2016
RESULTS – JANUARY 05, 2016
Women’s Singles – Second Round
[6] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) d S. Stosur (AUS) 61 67(3) 64
[8] R. Vinci (ITA) d D. Cibulkova (SVK) 61 61
A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d A. Cornet (FRA) 62 16 64
First Round
E. Makarova (RUS) d [LL] M. Gasparyan (RUS) 64 26 63
Women’s Doubles – First Round
[WC] A. Kerber (GER) / A. Petkovic (GER) d K. Bondarenko (UKR) / O. Savchuk (UKR) 76(2) 63

Men’s Singles – First Round
[6] D. Goffin (BEL) d T. Bellucci (BRA) 64 64
[7] B. Tomic (AUS) d N. Mahut (FRA) 64 63
[8] D. Thiem (AUT) d [WC] J. Duckworth (AUS) 36 64 63
V. Troicki (SRB) d S. Johnson (USA) 76(3) 61
L. Pouille (FRA) d [Q] Y. Nishioka (JPN) 46 63 75
[Q] I. Dodig (CRO) d [Q] O. Anderson (AUS) 63 62
[PR] R. Stepanek (CZE) d D. Lajovic (SRB) 60 63
M. Kukushkin (KAZ) d D. Istomin (UZB) 62 75

Men’s Doubles – First Round
I. Dodig (CRO) / S. Groth (AUS) d D. Lajovic (SRB) / V. Troicki (SRB) 63 36 10-3
ORDER OF PLAY – WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 06, 2016
PAT RAFTER ARENA start 11:00 am
ATP – D. Kudla (USA) vs [8] D. Thiem (AUT)

Not Before 1:00 pm
ATP – M. Kukushkin (KAZ) vs [2] K. Nishikori (JPN)

Not Before 2:00 pm
WTA – [LL] Y. Bonaventure (BEL) vs V. Azarenka (BLR)

Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP – possible court change – [7] B. Tomic (AUS) or N. Mahut (FRA) vs [PR] R. Stepanek (CZE)

Not Before 8:00 pm
WTA – V. Lepchenko (USA) vs [2] G. Muguruza (ESP)
SHOW COURT 1 start 11:00 am
WTA – M. Brengle (USA) vs [4] A. Kerber (GER)
WTA – E. Makarova (RUS) vs A. Petkovic (GER)
ATP – [3] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Matkowski (POL) vs [WC] J. Duckworth (AUS) / C. Guccione (AUS)
ATP – possible court change – [3] M. Cilic (CRO) vs H. Chung (KOR)
SHOW COURT 2 start 11:00 am
WTA – [Q] S. Crawford (USA) vs [7] B. Bencic (SUI)
ATP – [WC] M. Reid (AUS) / J. Smith (AUS) vs M. Pavic (CRO) / M. Venus (NZL)
ATP – I. Dodig (CRO) / S. Groth (AUS) vs [2] H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS)

Not Before 4:00 pm
ATP – TBA – [1] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA) vs G. Dimitrov (BUL) / K. Nishikori (JPN)
COURT 6 start 11:00 am
WTA – [4] A. Klepac (SLO) / A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) vs G. Dabrowski (CAN) / A. Rosolska (POL)
ATP – E. Butorac (USA) / S. Lipsky (USA) vs [4] D. Inglot (GBR) / R. Lindstedt (SWE)
WTA – M. Gasparyan (RUS) / A. Panova (RUS) vs [3] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS)
WTA – [1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) vs B. Bencic (SUI) / K. Mladenovic (FRA)

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Defending Auckland Champ Venus Williams Falls in Opener

(January 5, 2016) Defending Auckland champion and top seed Venus Williams fell 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-2 to Russian teenage wild card Daria Kasatkina in the first round of the ASB Classic.
No. 7 Williams made 73 unforced errors during the match.

The event was dealt another blow when Ana Ivanovic, the 2014 champion lost to Naomi  Broady 7-5, 6-4.
ASB CLASSIC – AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
USD 250, 000
4-9 JANUARY, 2016

Results – Tuesday, Jan 5

Women’s Singles
First Round
D. Kasatkina (RUS) d [1] V. Williams (USA) 67(4) 63 63
[Q] N. Broady (GBR) d [2] A. Ivanovic (SRB) 75 64
[3] C. Wozniacki (DEN) d D. Kovinic (MNE) 64 64
[7] B. Strycova (CZE) d [Q] K. Bertens (NED) 62 64
J. Goerges (GER) d L. Hradecka (CZE) 60 63
[Q] T. Paszek (AUT) d [WC] F. Schiavone (ITA) 76(3) 46 63
[Q] K. Flipkens (BEL) d B. Mattek-Sands (USA) 36 64 63
[WC] M. Erakovic (NZL) d Y. Putintseva (KAZ) 76(2) 76(3)
C. Mchale (USA) d M. Doi (JPN) 62 64

Women’s Doubles
First Round
[3] A. Groenefeld (GER) / C. Vandeweghe (USA) d J. Larsson (SWE) / A. Van Uytvanck (BEL) 75 61
L. Kichenok (UKR) / N. Kichenok (UKR) d J. Rae (GBR) / A. Smith (GBR) 63 63
D. Kovinic (MNE) / B. Strycova (CZE) d T. Maria (GER) / L. Siegemund (GER) 76(4) 62

Schedule – Wednesday, Jan 6

CENTRE COURT start 12:15 pm
[4] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) vs [Q] T. Paszek (AUT)
[WC] J. Ostapenko (LAT) vs [Q] N. Broady (GBR)
A. Dulgheru (ROU) vs [WC] M. Erakovic (NZL)
Not Before 6:30 pm
C. Mchale (USA) vs [3] C. Wozniacki (DEN)
M. Erakovic (NZL) / S. Soler-Espinosa (ESP) vs [2] J. Goerges (GER) / K. Srebotnik (SLO)

GRANDSTAND start 12:15 pm
[5] S. Stephens (USA) vs C. Witthoeft (GER)
[Q] K. Flipkens (BEL) vs I. Falconi (USA)
J. Goerges (GER) vs [7] B. Strycova (CZE)
Not Before 4:30 pm After suitable rest
[WC] K. Flipkens (BEL) / A. Ivanovic (SRB) vs E. Mertens (BEL) / A. Mestach (BEL)
M. Irigoyen (ARG) / B. Krejcikova (CZE) vs L. Kichenok (UKR) / N. Kichenok (UKR)

COURT 2 start 1:00 pm
D. Kasatkina (RUS) vs N. Hibino (JPN)

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Tennis – Novak Djokovic Gets First Win of the Year: Doha and Chennai Results

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(January 4, 2016) Novak Djokovic needed only 51 minutes to dismiss qualifier Dustin Brown 6-2 to open his 2016 season at the Qatar Open in Doha.

In 2015 the world No. 1 had a career year winning three majors and a total of 11 tournaments going 82-6 on the year. Doha was the only tournament last year in which he played where he did not reach the final. He fell in the quarterfinals.

“Obviously you never know how you’re going to start from the blocks,”Djokovic said. “You can do your best to prepare yourself well, which I did. I think I used the off season very well to train to get my body in the right shape, and I think it was a very good start.”

 

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Qatar ExxonMobil Open

ATP World Tour 250

Doha, Qatar (+3 hours GMT)
4-9 January 2016   Surface: Hard

RESULTS – MONDAY, 4 JANUARY 2016

Singles – First Round
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) d [Q] D. Brown (GER) 62 62
D. Muñoz de la Nava (ESP) d [5] F. Lopez (ESP) 36 76(4) 75
[7] J. Chardy (FRA) d [WC] M. Zayid (QAT) 61 61
D. Dzumhur (BIH) d M. Cecchinato (ITA) 64 62
[Q] K. Edmund (GBR) d M. Klizan (SVK) 62 63
A. Kuznetsov (RUS) d [WC] M. Ilhan (TUR) 62 64
R. Haase (NED) d [Q] A. Karatsev (RUS) 57 61 75

Doubles – First Round
T. Gabashvili (RUS) / A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) d R. Nadal (ESP) / F. Verdasco (ESP) 67(4) 64 11-9
D. Marrero (ESP) / A. Seppi (ITA) d P. Andujar (ESP) / L. Mayer (ARG) 76(4) 63
J. Chardy (FRA) / P. Mathieu (FRA) d [WC] J. Ali Mutawa (QAT) / M. Jaziri (TUN) 62 62

SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 5 JANUARY 2016

CENTRE COURT start 3:30 pm
[3] T. Berdych (CZE) vs S. Stakhovsky (UKR)
I. Marchenko (UKR) vs [4] D. Ferrer (ESP)
P. Carreno Busta (ESP) vs [2] R. Nadal (ESP)
F. Verdasco (ESP) vs [WC] M. Jaziri (TUN)

COURT 1 start 3:30 pm
T. Gabashvili (RUS) vs S. Bolelli (ITA)
[Q] B. Becker (GER) vs [8] L. Mayer (ARG)
S. Bolelli (ITA) / S. Stakhovsky (UKR) vs J. Knowle (AUT) / A. Sa (BRA)
[1] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) vs J. Erlich (ISR) / C. Fleming (GBR)

COURT 2 start 3:30 pm
[4] P. Petzschner (GER) / A. Peya (AUT) vs [WC] M. Zayed (QAT) / M. Zayid (QAT)
A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) vs P. Mathieu (FRA)
[6] A. Seppi (ITA) vs R. Berankis (LTU)

COURT 3 start 3:30 pm
P. Andujar (ESP) vs P. Lorenzi (ITA)
W. Koolhof (NED) / M. Middelkoop (NED) vs [3] F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP)
R. Albot (MDA) / M. Klizan (SVK) vs [2] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA)

 

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Aircel Chennai Open

ATP World Tour 250  $425,535

Chennai, India (+6 hours GMT)
4-10 January 2016   Surface: Hard

RESULTS – MONDAY, 4 JANUARY 2016

Singles – First Round
[8] B. Coric (CRO) d M. Granollers (ESP) 76(5) 26 64
[Q] A. Pavic (CRO) d N. Almagro (ESP) 36 75 76(1)
J. Millman (AUS) d E. Donskoy (RUS) 67(5) 64 76(6) – saved 2 M.P.

Doubles – First Round
[1] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) d [PR] M. Bhupathi (IND) / G. Muller (LUX) 63 67(2) 10-7
L. Rosol (CZE) / I. Zelenay (SVK) d P. Oswald (AUT) / A. Shamasdin (CAN) 63 75

SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 5 JANUARY 2016

STADIUM COURT start 5:00 pm
[WC] A. Rublev (RUS) vs [Q] S. Devvarman (IND)
[WC] R. Ramanathan (IND) vs D. Gimeno-Traver (ESP)
G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) / S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs [2] M. Granollers (ESP) / L. Paes (IND)

COURT 1 start 4:00 pm
T. Daniel (JPN) vs [5] G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP)
S. Giraldo (COL) vs L. Rosol (CZE)
[WC] K. Khachanov (RUS) vs [6] G. Muller (LUX)
Not Before 7:00 pm
[7] V. Pospisil (CAN) vs A. Bedene (GBR)

COURT 2 start 4:00 pm
A. Bury (BLR) / B. Coric (CRO) vs M. Fyrstenberg (POL) / S. Gonzalez (MEX)
R. Ram (USA) vs A. Krajicek (USA)
L. Vanni (ITA) vs J. Struff (GER)
Not Before 7:00 pm
[Q] T. Fabbiano (ITA) vs [Q] J. Kovalik (SVK)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Davis Cup Results: Barbados, Slovenia and Sweden Remain in Zone Group I in 2016

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(November 1, 2015) The ITF has announced the final results for the three Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Zone Group I second round play-off ties taking place on 30 October-1 November.

 

Barbados, Slovenia and Sweden will all remain in Zone Group I in 2016, while Denmark, Lithuania and Uruguay have all been relegated to 2016 Zone Group II.

 

The draw for the 2016 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Americas Zone Group II and Europe/Africa Zone Group II will be held at the ITF offices in London at 10:00 GMT on Tuesday 3 November. The seeds will be based on the new ITF Davis Cup Nations Ranking of 2 November

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP I SECOND ROUND PLAY-OFF

 

BARBADOS defeated URUGUAY 3-2

Venue:  National Tennis Centre, St. Michael, BAR (hard – outdoor)

 

Santiago Maresca (URU) d. Seanon Williams (BAR) 62 62 61
Darian King (BAR) d. Rodrigo Arus (URU) 61 63 36 61
Darian King/Haydn Lewis (BAR) d. Rodrigo Arus/Santiago Maresca (URU) 62 62 62
Darian King (BAR) d. Santiago Maresca (URU) 76(6) 62 60
Nicolas Xiviller (URU) d. Russell Moseley (BAR) 61 64

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP I SECOND ROUND PLAY-OFF

 

SWEDEN defeated DENMARK 3-2

Venue: Antvorskovhallen, Slagelse, DEN (hard – indoor)
Markus Eriksson (SWE) d. Andreas Bjerrehus (DEN) 67(5) 67(5) 76(3) 76(3) 97
Mikael Ymer (SWE) d. Frederik Nielsen (DEN) 75 63 64
Thomas Kromann/Frederik Nielsen (DEN) d. Johan Brunstrom/Fred Simonsson (SWE) 67(3) 62 76(5) 76(9)
Frederik Nielsen (DEN) d. Markus Eriksson (SWE) 62 76(2) 76(8)
Mikael Ymer (SWE) d. Christian Sigsgaard (DEN) 64 60 36 57 62

 

SLOVENIA defeated LITHUANIA 5-0

Venue: Teniski Klub Triglav Kranj, Kranj, SLO (hard – indoor)
Grega Zemlja (SLO) d. Ricardas Berankis (LTU) 63 75 62
Blaz Rola (SLO) d. Laurynas Grigelis (LTU) 76(6) 62 62
Blaz Kavcic/Blaz Rola (SLO) d. Laurynas Grigelis/Lukas Mugevicius (LTU) 64 76(1) 64
Blaz Rola (SLO) d. Lukas Mugevicius (LTU) 62 62
Tom Kocevar-Desman (SLO) d. Tadas Babelis (LTU) 62 26 64

 

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Djokovic Wins Third Shanghai Crown; Jankovic, Radwanska and Pavlyuchenkova Claim WTA Titles

 

(October 18, 2015) Novak Djokovic won his third Shanghai title on Sunday besting Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final 6-2, 6-4. The victory, which gave him his 25 ATP Masters Series title and 57th career tournament win extended his current winning streak to 17 straight matches.

“Today the key was to get as many serves back into play to Jo because he has one of the biggest serves in the game,: said the world No. 1. “He has shown that in the second set, with some break points early in the set. He came up with some aces, some big serves.

“Generally I always felt in control of the match. I felt like I’ve done everything right. I’ve won many of my service games very comfortably. I didn’t allow him to get into the rhythm, get into the match. Today’s match, and overall the tournament, it’s gone incredibly well for me.”

“The first set went quick,” Tsonga said. “It’s not easy to stop him. He is really consistent on his return. Today I didn’t serve well enough, especially in the first set. After that, in the second, I served a little bit better, and it gave me the opportunity to have a chance on his serve. But finally I was not able to do it, and he broke me at 4-all.

“I’m very satisfied. To come back at your best level, it’s always a long process. I’m happy today to be back really close to the Top 10. Like I said just before, it gave me energy to continue to work hard and try to achieve other good things.”

With his performance this week, the Frenchman in now No. 9 in the Race to London for a spot in the ATP World Tour Finals.Just two spots remain in the eight-man field as Rafael Nadal and Tomas Berdych secured their places this week. They will join Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka who have already qualified.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova photo courtesy of Taste of Tennis

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova photo courtesy of Taste of Tennis

Twenty-ninth ranked Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova won her first title of the year and eighth WTA title overall defeating Anna-Lena Friedsam of Germany 6-4, 6-3 for the Linz title Generali Ladies.

 

Jelena Jankovic

Jelena Jankovic

Veteran Jelena Jankovic rallied from a set and 6-5 down to beat second seed Angelique Kerber in the Hong Kong Open final 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-1

For the former No. 1 WTA player coming into the event as a Wild Card, Jankovic this was her 15th career crown. Jankovic said that this win will improve her confidence, especially beating Kerber and Venus Williams. She said it proves that she can still play at the top level and said that if she works hard, maybe she can win a major next year.

Aga Radwanska Party with the pros

Agnieszka Radwanska easily defeated Danka Kovinic 6-1, 6-2 win the Tianjin Open title and claim a place in the WTA Finals in Singapore.

Radwanska, who won her 16th WTA title of her career, became the fifth player to qualify for the year-end championships. She will be joining Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova and Garbine Muguruza in Singapore. No. 1 Serena Williams withdrew from the event to rest and recover.

 

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Novak Dokovic Beats Rafael Nadal to Win Sixth China Open Title

Novak Djokovic

(October 11, 2015) No. 1 Novak Djokovic kept his record at the China Open perfect at 29-0 with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Rafael Nadal to claim his sixth Beijing title, his eighth title overall on the year. It’s his 56th career title.

“The scoreline, especially in the first set, doesn’t indicate the real battle that we had on the court,” Djokovic said.

“Had a couple of opportunities, especially on the 3‑2 game, Love‑30, 15‑40. Missed the volley. It was a bit unfortunate with some shots at that stage of the match.

“But, again, I managed to stay calm and still stick with the game plan to be aggressive and to make him move. It worked very well.”

“It was a very good first set, in my opinion,” Nadal said. “The result in the first set, 6‑2, I think is too much. I think for the moment I had a lot of chances. Love‑30, 15‑40, 40‑Love, and I lost all those games. That’s the real game. Then 6‑2. Should be much closer, that first set.

“In the second set, well, happened little bit what happened with the foot. I lost little bit the concentration. But at the end I finished playing well again. (Nadal hurt his foot early in the second set.)

“Very happy the way that I played the week, especially because I was able to improve every single match during the week, and especially in quarterfinals after that first set against Sock, I changed that dynamic. I played closer to the baseline. Yesterday I played a good match. Today I played a good match.

“Obviously the dynamic of him is different than my one. Especially in a very positive place for him, place where he won already six times, five times before that final. It’s obvious that is perfect place for him.

“I was competing very well in the first set. So seriously I am happy the way I played. I am happy the way that I am improving. As I said, when I arrived here, every match is important for me. All improvements are important, even if are the small ones. I felt during this week I improved a lot of things. I take a lot of positive things from the week. That’s very important for me, no?”

“I thought he did well from the backhand side,” the Serb continued. “He was more aggressive. I was looking for my kind of room for maneuver on his forehand side. He usually opens up that side. I tried to make the angles with the backhand cross.

“But I did well. I think I maintained that level of aggressivity and strength and power in my shots, and eventually I knew that he’s going to make mistakes and he’s going to give me shorter balls so I can dominate the rallies, which happened.

“I think the serve helped me a lot tonight, over 80% of first serves in, the aces, finishing off with an ace. That’s an element in my game that has worked very well throughout the entire week that has helped me to win many free points, obviously.”

Nadal still leads in the overall head-to-head against Djokoivic at 23-22. However, Nadal has lost 15 of his past 22 matches against Djokovic.

Djokovic will be the top seed for the Shanghai Masters this week. “Next week’s tournament is going to be even stronger because obviously all the best players in the world are there,” Djokovic said.

“This positive week definitely encourages me and gives me a lot of confidence for Shanghai.”

Djokovic, who has won three out of the four majors this year, has a 68-5 record this season.

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Garbine Muguruza Moves into Top Four with Beijing Title

(October 11,2015) Wimbledon finalist Garbine Muguruza won the China Open with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Timea Bacsinszky for her second career WTA title, first Premier Mandatory.

Muguruza rallied from 5-2 down in the first set and a break down in the second set to claim the title.

“It was a very tough start of the match,” said the winner. “I was nervous. I was really nervous because I came from the final of Wuhan thinking, C’mon, I want to win this one so much. Sometimes it doesn’t help to think like this, but you cannot say no.

“I think, yeah, it was tough. But I could turn it around at some point during the set. I think also Timea started really believing she could do it, and she was playing great.”

The title will vault the Spaniard to No. 4 in the rankings, a career high.

“Well, definitely it’s a big achievement,” said Muguruza. “I think, you know, to see you are improving, also on the tennis side, but in the rankings, it’s that moment when there’s only three more in front of me. It feels good. It feels that you’re doing in a right way your things. “

Muguruza, has playing well in Asia, last week a finalist in Wuhan falling to Venus Williams, when she had to retire in the second set with an ankle injury.

Bacsinszky, almost out of the game of tennis two years ago will reach the top ten on Monday.

“I think I’ve never imagined ever in my whole life to be one day top 10. Right now I’m top 10. Yesterday I didn’t talk about it so much because probably I was only focusing on the tournament.

“But just looking back with what I’ve achieved right now, yeah, just have goosebumps right now because the road was long. It’s just so great, yeah, and special.”

“It was already not a goal to be top 10, to be honest,” said the Swiss. “I talked about it many, many times. Maybe it’s crazy for some people to understand that I have no goals, no special goals.

“My only goal is to give 100% wherever I am, if it’s in Europe, if it’s in Asia, if it’s in South America, if it’s sunny, if it’s rainy, if it’s snowy, if it’s wind, no wind, whatever. I try to give my best every day. I try to push myself.

“It got me where I am right now. I had big faith in my project. When someone was talking to me about top 10, I was like, Yeah, yeah, top 10 is over there, it’s far. Right now I am one of it.

“It just shows if you don’t set yourself limits, you can go anywhere. You can just push, push, push yourself every day. That’s what I’m doing.”

Muguruza has withdrawn from this week’s Hong Kong Open, citing that her ankle needs to recover.

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