Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Proud dad Djokovic already feels 'number one'

Proud dad Djokovic already feels 'number one'

Novak Djokovic already feels 'number one' after becoming a father last week, and says his battle with Roger Federer for the year-end top global ranking is no more than a luxury problem.

The 27-year-old Serb comes to the Paris Masters, which began on Monday, as defending champion, but his lead at the top of the ATP rankings has been slashed to less than 500 points as the charging Federer looks to snatch another impressive milestone in an already glorious career.

With 2,500 points on offer at the year-ending tournaments in the French capital, closely followed by the World Tour Finals in London, both players have it all to play for.

However, the mild-mannered Djokovic says becoming a father has been the best moments of his life, and while tennis is still a priority, it is now not the only thing that counts.

Federer, Murray advance at Paris Masters

Federer, Murray advance at Paris Masters

Roger Federerbeat Jeremy Chardy 7-6 (5), 6-7 (5), 6-4 to advance to the third round of the Paris Masters, while Andy Murray defeated Julien Benneteau 6-3, 6-4.

Chardy saved two match points at 5-4 in the second set before forcing a decider with a stunning crosscourt forehand winner.

Federer arrived in Paris undefeated in his past 12 matches on the back of consecutive titles in Shanghai and Basel, trailing top-ranked Novak Djokovic by 490 points.

With 2,500 points up for grabs between Paris and at the ATP Finals in London, Federer is looking to clinch the year-end top spot for a record-equaling sixth time. He will also have a chance to earn points with Switzerland in the Davis Cup final against France next month.

Stan Wawrinka scored a 6-4, 7-6 (6) win over Dominic Thiem.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Roger Federer Basel champion

Roger Federer Basel champion

Roger Federer scored a 6-2, 6-2 win over David Goffin to win his sixth Swiss Indoors Basel title.

Federer finds himself less than 500 points behind Novak Djokovic in the battle for the number 1 spot in the rankings.

"It would be very special to reclaim No. 1," said Federer. "World No. 1 is what it's all about in our game. With the year I have had and the amount of finals I have played, the level of tennis I have played, I am pleased to see that I have a shot. But having a shot and being there is two separate things. I am sure that Novak is going to come in very motivated, just after having a baby. I am very happy for him. There are clearly interesting weeks ahead."

Roger broke in the first game and cruised from there, securing an early break for 3-2 in the second set and closing out the victory after just 51 minutes. He fired five aces and 19 winners, winning an impressive 93 per cent of second serve points.

Murray wins Valencia title after saving 5 match points

Murray wins Valencia title after saving 5 match points

Andy Murray beat Tommy Robredo 3-6, 7-6(7), 7-6(8) to win the Valencia Open 500 title.

Murray and Robredo battled more three-hours, and the Scot saved five match points to claim the win.

He surged to No. 5 and 30 points clear of Kei Nishikori in his bid to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals for the seventh year in succession.

The match was a was a hot shot exhibition; a grueling battle of attrition that featured multiple momentum shifts. Robredo refused to yield an inch from the baseline, proving he was up to the task throughout the marathon affair. He struck first in the opening set, breaking for a 4-3 lead when Murray netted a forehand. The Scot was unable to convert on all six of his break point opportunities in the first set and it would prove costly, as Robredo took the opener after nearly an hour.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Paris BNP Paribas Masters Draw

Paris BNP Paribas Masters Draw

Djokovic v BYE
Kohlschreiber v Roger-Vasselin
Sousa v Monfils
BYE v Isner

Dimitrov v BYE
Mayer v Cuevas
Lu v Benneteau
BYE v Murray

Ferrer v BYE
Rosol v Goffin
Q v Verdasco
BYE v Simon

Tsonga v BYE
Melzer v Garcia-Lopez
Robredo v Pospisil
BYE v Nishikori

Berdych v BYE
Herbert v Mannarino
Janowicz v Q
BYE v Lopez

Anderson v BYE
Youzhny v Giraldo
Thiem v Dolgopolov
BYE v Wawrinka

Raonic v BYE
Q v Andujar
Gasquet v Q
BYE v Bautista-Agut

Fognini v BYE
Karlovic v Q
Q v Chardy
BYE v Federer

Ferrer vs Murray in Valenci semis

Ferrer vs Murray in Valenci semis

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David Ferrer beat Thomaz Bellucci 6-1, 6-2 to reach the Valencia semi-finals where he will face Andy Murray.

With this win, Ferrer joins Roger Federer (986 wins), Rafael Nadal (706) and Lleyton Hewitt (611) in the modern era 600-win club.

"I’m most proud of all the years that I’ve been able to stay among the best players in the world," said Ferrer.

"There have been important tournaments that I’ve won, and that I’ve been proud of, but what I’m most proud of is to have been able to maintain this stability for all these years.

“I’m proud that this 600th victory was at home. I want to thank all the people that have been with me along the way.”