Written on November 13th, 2013 by Farhan Daw Tennis Comments
By Farhan Daw: World No.2 Novak Djokovic has retained his ATP World Tour Finals Championship with a straight sets victory over Rafael Nadal. The Serb took the London Championship in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 in a very convincing and dominating display. He continues his impressive unbeaten streak, having now won 22 consecutive games and claiming his third successive ATP World Tour title. Since the US Open Final, Djokovic has won each competition he has competed in claiming the Beijing, Shanghai and Paris Championships.
It was the 39th time the two superstars have clashed racquets, with Nadal leading the scoreboard 22-17. Nadal has enjoyed a sensational year following seven months on the sidelines with injury. Since returning in February, Nadal has won 10 titles from the 17 tournaments he has competed in.
In June, he won the French Open (Roland Garros) for an unprecedented eighth time and won his second US Open Championship in September. However, having lost the US Open Final to Nadal and subsequently his World No.1 ranking, Djokovic was determined to be victorious over his long time rival.
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Written on September 3rd, 2013 by Vinay Suri Tennis Comments
By Vinay Suri: The men’s draw of the US open is poised at an interesting juncture now. As we have entered the 2nd week , the tournament has shown the exit door to the living legend Roger Federer, spoiling the plans for most anticipated clash of the US open this year: Nadal vs Federer in the quarter finals.
The other eagerly anticipated quarter finals was that of Del Potro vs Djokovic who were involved in an epic battle at the Wimbledon. But the script has changed there as well – thanks to the veteran Leyton Hewitt who has shown sparks of his brilliance from the past. Hewitt’s perseverance in each of his matches has clearly made him the crowd favourite and as I write he is in the midst of another battle in his 4th round match against Youzhny.
The other usual suspects – Djokovic, Nadal & Murray seem to be sailing through without much hassles. Nadal appears to be in peak form, with convincing victories over his opponents so far. He almost looks unbeatable at the moment, and it would be very interesting to see how he shapes up against Murray/Djokovic provided that they do end up meeting towards the business end of the tournament.
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Written on August 25th, 2013 by Farhan Daw Tennis Comments
By Farhan Daw: US Open Champion Andy Murray will kick off the defense of his crown against French opponent Michael Llodra as Flushing Meadows prepares to opens it’s gates tomorrow in final last Grand Slam of the year. The Scotsman is seeded third behind Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic and will look to win back to back US Open titles, having been the first British man to win Wimbledon in 76 years since Fred Perry in 1936. Murray has met Llodra on three occasions, winning all three ties and the Scot had this to say when asked about defending a Grand Slam for the first time:
“It’s a new experience for me,” he said. “This week has been a bit busier than normal, there’s been a few more demands on my time. I’m looking forward to it. I want the tournament to get started now. I’ve enjoyed my tennis the last few weeks, but now it’s time for business. ”This is a huge tournament for me. I love this tournament and I’ll try to have a good run.”
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Written on August 2nd, 2013 by Staff Tennis Comments
Federer pulls out of Montreal!
By Nemanja Rankovic: Roger Federer announced that he won’t be playing in next week’s Rogers Cup in Montreal, Canada. After his early exit to Daniel Brands at Gstaad, Federer explained that he has serious back problems, which probably led to his withdrawal from the 2013 Rogers Cup.
I am disappointed not to be playing in Montreal next week. It is a great tournament with amazing fans. I look forward to competing there in the future. ” – wrote Federer on his Facebook profile.
World no.5 has been struggling with his form in the past month. After taking home the title in Halle, he came to London as one of the favorites. His trouble came with the draw, as he saw that he has to face Rafa Nadal in a potential QF match, Murray in the semi-final and the world no.1 Novak Djokovic in the final. It was obvious that the path was difficult, but Federer stumbled at his second round match to Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine.
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