Thursday, October 23, 2014

Murray and Ferrer into Valencia's quarterfinals

Murray and Ferrer into Valencia's quarterfinals

Andy Murray added another win to his name after beating Fabio Fognini 62 64.

Murray, who is bidding to qualify for the season finale for the seventh year in a row, will next play against, will next play Kevin Anderson.

David Ferrer, who can also qualify to the finals in London like Murray, defeates Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 6-2.

Ferrer held serve through all nine of his service games and broke Verdasco thrice.

"The first set was very important," said Ferrer. "I played very well in the first games - when he was hitting the ball very hard - and it wasn't easy. I stayed solid in the second set took my chances."

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Murray wins in Valencia keeps hopes alive to qualify to London

Murray wins in Valencia keeps hopes alive to qualify to London

Murray beat Jurgen Melzer 6-3, 6-3 in Valencia and keeps his chances to qualify to London.

The Brit could rise to No. 5 in the race if he wins the title.

Murray served 10 aces and won 80 per cent of the points on his first serve as he wrapped up the win in an hour and 20 minutes. He will face Fabio Fognini in the second round.

Tomas Berdych, who is number 7 in the race, lost to Pablo Andujar 6-3, 6-2.

Berdych is just 220 points ahead of No. 8-ranked Andy Murray in the race to the final master event of the season .

"I am very happy," said Andujar. "I think it was a very special match for me, here in Valencia, with my friends and family cheering for me. I tried to be as solid as I could, then when I had the chance I attempted to hit it as hard as I could. Because I know Tomas is more powerful than I am. If I just put the ball in, he would destroy me."

Federer wins Basel opener

Federer wins Basel opener

Roger Federer beat Gilles Muller 6-2, 6-1 in just 47 minutes in his opening match at the Swiss Indoors Basel.

Federer hit 12 winners, including five aces in the 24-minute opener and did not lose any of his service points in the second set.

"I am very happy with how the first round went here," said Federer. "It was totally different to Shanghai, when I saved five match points [versus Leonardo Mayer]. This time around, I was really in control from the get-go. I hope I can keep this level up."

Atr this win, the Swiss stands 945 points behind No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic.

Federer will next meet Denis Istomin in the second round.

"He really imposes his game, with a big forehand, backhand and serve," said Federer of Istomin. "He can be dangerous on return too. I have to be sharp on my own service games, which was a problem here against him last year."

Federer and his year-end World No. 1 spot

Federer and his year-end World No. 1 spot

Roger Federer will play in Basel this week but before starting a new tennis week he talks about his chances of finishing the year as No. 1.

“It's all to play for and I hope to start off well in Basel. The fact that I've gotten so close to No. 1 is a bit of a surprise to me, because clearly I'm aware I haven't won a Slam. But I was extremely close at Wimbledon and I've been very consistent throughout, otherwise I wouldn't be in this situation.

“It's a different year end than I thought it was going to be, but it doesn't actually change a whole lot. I was always going to play the tournaments that I'm playing now and I know that if I don't win a few of them, World No. 1 is not going to happen as well.”
Federer, who finished year-end World No. 1 in 2004-07 and 2009, is looking to reclaim the trophy, having finished runner-up the past two years to Juan Martin del Potro.

“I hope after the very solid year that I've played this year, there's good tennis left in me for this tournament,” said Federer. “[The pressure] has changed a lot over the years. I wanted to do so well here when I was younger that... I don't want to say it consumed me, because I actually never played a poor tournament here. But now, with the experience I have, I take it as a normal tournament.

“Once I get out on the courts, it's a nice feeling being back in the arena that I know so well and where I've had so much success. But I'm not panicky about the tournament anymore like I used to be maybe 10 years ago, when it all started for me.

"I've played here so many times. I know how the court feels and that is an advantage,” said top seed Federer, who opens his campaign against Gilles Muller on Wednesday evening. “Of course, the pressure can always get to you, but I think with the experience I have these days, I walk out and I'm actually quite laidback and really excited to be back on the centre court in Basel.”

Djokovic becomes a father as wife Jelena gives birth to 'healthy' baby boy

Djokovic becomes a father as wife Jelena gives birth to 'healthy' baby boy

Novak Djokovic and wife Jelena Ristic welcomed a healthy baby boy on Tuesday in Nice. The Serb tweeted the news to his followers on Wednesday morning, announcing the baby is called Stefan.

Djokovic is the third father in the Top 5, joining Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka. He will spend the following few days at home with his family, before travelling to Paris for the BNP Paribas Masters, beginning Monday, 27 October.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Andy Murray beats David Ferrer to win the Vienna Open

Andy Murray beats David Ferrer to win the Vienna Open

Andy Murray came from a set down to beat David Ferrer 5-7 6-2 7-5 in the final of the Vienna Open.

The victory means he moves ahead of the Spaniard in the race to qualify for the World Tour Finals.

Murray, 27, broke his opponent three times in the final set before serving out the match to win only his second title of the year.

The win means the Briton leapfrogs Ferrer, 32, and moves up to eighth in the race to London.

The top eight players at the end of the regular season will qualify.

"It was a good finish to the week," Murray told BBC Radio 5 live after a match lasting two hours 42 minutes.

"Obviously, it was an important match in the race for the Tour Finals in London and it was a very, very tough match but I managed to get through it.