Tenis

Fuente: Infobae
Wed, 13/12/2017 06:22

Del motorhome al "Felices los 4": Pampita, Benjamín Vicuña, La China Suárez y Pico Mónaco, a dos años del escándalo

Muchas cosas pasaron en el medio. En este tiempo los protagonistas rehicieron su vida. Y hasta se encontraron en Punta del Este, una circunstancia impensada pocos meses atrás

Fuente: Ole
Tue, 12/12/2017 22:21

"Hay que tomar la responsabilidad y hacerse cargo"

Por Mauro Coppolillo Portela Alegre. Amable. Considerado. Siempre predispuesto. Con la satisfacción de un gran año y con expectativas por lo que se viene. Así se caracteriza Diego Schwartzman y de esa manera encaró la clínica de tenis ofrecida en el Racket Club, auspiciada por Voltaren (uno de sus sponsors), además del mano a mano con Olé. Incluso el autor de esta nota tuvo el lujo de jugar dos games de dobles con el argentino más regular de este año (con la correspondiente misericordia y diligencia de un 26 del mundo). Aunque no consiguió un título como en el 2016 (su único, en el polvo del 250 de Estambul), el Peque tuvo una gran temporada: avanzó 26 escalones en el ranking ATP, alcanzó su mejor posición histórica (25°), tuvo contra las cuerdas a Novak Djokovic en la tercera ronda de Roland Garros, llegó a los cuartos de final en Nueva York (sus primeros en Grand Slam), quedó entre los ocho mejores de dos M1000 (en Montecarlo y Montreal), obtuvo sus dos primeros triunfos ante jugadores del top 10 (venciendo a Thiem y Cilic) y quedó con un récord positivo en la temporada de 39-28, siendo la primera vez en su carrera (incluso terminó 7-4 en los Majors y 11-9 en los nueve torneos de Masters). Y tras el descenso de la Argentina a la Zona Americana I en la Copa Davis, Schwartzman sabe que tendrá que ponerse el equipo al hombro en una etapa de renovación para los próximos años. -Sin Del Potro y con otras ausencias de peso, ¿tomás dimensión de que vas a ser líder del equipo en la Davis? ¿Cómo vas a manejar esa presión que has comentado que tenes para mejorar? - No es fácil manejar esa presión pero es algo que está bueno. Creo que también se va dando porque vas jugando y haciendo las cosas bien. Te tenes que acostumbrar, son las cosas que tocan y es el deber que te toca por tener un buen presente. Ojalá que lo pueda mantener en el futuro. Es algo que se va dando por esto que comentaba antes y, cuando pasa eso, hay que tomar la responsabilidad y hacerse cargo. -¿Encarás incluso la posibilidad de ganar la Ensaladera nuevamente? - Ojalá, no es fácil disputar un título de Copa Davis. Hay que tener un equipo muy competitivo y espero que lo podamos formar de acá a los próximos años. Nosotros tenemos un equipo competitivo, uno muy bueno. Por eso Argentina peleó tantos años seguidos. Siempre fue un equipo muy completo y ahora hay muchos chicos juniors que vienen jugando bien. Obviamente, que en los próximos años van a entrar al profesionalismo y tienen que hacerlo bien. Es una etapa importante. Ojalá que, en algunos años, tengan esa experiencia para hacerlo muy bien en la Davis. -¿Hubo algún punto de inflexión en esta temporada para tener la regularidad que tuviste en el año? -Un montón de derrotas de este año me ayudaron para mejorar y a sentir que ese nivel lo podía mantener. Como con Nishikori en Buenos Aires y Madrid o Thiem en Río de Janeiro. Tenía que mejorar algunos detalles para jugar un poco mejor. Creo que fue lo que hice bien un poco más adelante en el año para ganar esos partidos. Para lograr una regularidad y que me vaya bien. Son un montón de ayudas que, a pesar de haber perdido, me un indicio de cómo estaba jugando. -Según la ATP, fuiste una de las mejores con la devolución este año, ¿vimos a un Schwarztman más agresivo en el juego, especialmente en cemento? - Puede ser. En los últimos años vengo logrando una agresividad importante dentro de la cancha, que no me hace depender mucho de lo que haga el rival y muchas veces poder dominar. La devolución y el saque son importantes, y cómo vas a cerrar los puntos adelante. Es un combo de cosas que te hace ser un jugador un poco más agresivo. -¿Es algo que te aportó Juan Ignacio Chela como entrenador? - No tanto la agresividad. Mi último entrenador, Sebastián Prieto, con Leo Olguín, me aportaron mucho para tener muchas variantes en mi juego. Es algo importante para mantenerlo y seguir mejorando. -¿Y qué fue lo que apuntó a trabajar con vos desde que están juntos? - Cómo entrenar, cómo llegar a competir, cómo hacer las cosas en la cancha y fuera de ella. Cómo estar siempre al 100%, cómo disfrutar. Creo que todo eso. -En abril del 2018 se vienen las elecciones en la AAT, ¿sentis que puede haber un aporte de la AAT pase lo que pase o el tenis está muy manejado por sponsors, dueños de los torneos, etc.? -No debería ser así. La AAT debería tomar ese lugar, hacerse cargo y ojalá que pueda hacerlo mejor en los próximos años para que los más chicos y la gente que juega al tenis tengan mucho más posibilidades. Tiene que ser así de parte de una asociación. -Con los últimos jugadores exitosos que se han destacado en cemento, ¿pensas que deberíamos salir un poco de la idiosincrasia del polvo y formarnos más en cemento? -Ojalá que se puedan hacer torneos en cemento, sería algo muy bueno para que aprendan a jugar de chicos. Pero me parece que en la forma de como se enseña a jugar el tenis acá ayuda mucho a competir en cemento y no tener tanta dificultad al cambiar de superficie. Eso se viene mejorando mucho la técnica en ese sentido y va a ser así siempre. -Después de todo lo que has vivido, ¿podes creer que te van a nombrar Personalidad Destacada en la Legislatura Porteña? -Es un detalle muy lindo como para cerrar este año. Para agradecer de parte de lo que es el Gobierno y la Legislatura de que me puedan dar ese premio a Personalidad Destacada en el ámbito del deporte. Es un reconocimiento muy lindo e importante. Uno tiene que hacerse cargo y saber qué tiene ese título. Ojalá pueda tener muchos más títulos como este y reconocimientos en los próximos años. -¿A veces funciona como motorcito recordar a esas personas que te decían que no ibas a llegar? - A veces funciona como motorcito. A otras personas no. Depende cuán fuerte mentalmente seas o que no te importe mucho lo que digan. Es como todo lo que te puedan decir, si te influye o no. -¿Qué tipo de ambiciones tenías con el tenis de chico? ¿De ser N°1 y ganar Grand Slams o te conformabas con jugar a un nivel decente? -Es difícil porque uno de chico no sabe, no ve, no relaciona mucho a lo que va a ser el tenis profesional. No conocés mucho. No es nada fácil relacionarlo ni como va a ser esa vida una vez que llegas a ser profesional. Es difícil imaginarlo pero siempre uno de chico tiene ese sueño de llegar al profesionalismo. -¿Tuviste problemas para conseguir apoyo en los inicios de tu carrera por el tema de la altura? -No, no. Un montón de cosas sí fueron a pulmón, con mucho esfuerzo de mi familia y de la gente que me rodea. Pero muchas veces, el "carisma", la buena onda me ha ayudado a conseguir varias cosas. -¿Cuándo realmente un tenista profesional empieza a ganar dinero? -Está muy mal repartido lo que es el tenis. Alguien que está fuera del top 100, aunque esté cerca, vive al límite. Gana su plata pero no es lo que debería obtener alguien que está cerca de los 100. Ojalá lo puedan mejorar de acá en adelante para que sea más justo. Una vez que entras en el top 100, ya empezás a ganar buena plata. Obviamente, a medida que vas avanzando, tenés más ingresos. Es algo lógico. -Vos que has viajado tanto por el mundo, ¿qué cosas debería mejorar Argentina a nivel general? -Hay que mejorar un montón de cosas pero tenemos un país espectacular. Muchas veces no se valora. Ojalá se haga y eso nos va a hacer mejorar en todos los ámbitos, incluido el deporte y en la vida en general. -Si tuvieras que elegir para el año que viene: Boca campeón del mundo en el último minuto frente al Barsa de Messi o vos ganando Roland Garros ante Nadal en el quinto o Federer en la misma situación pero en Wimbledon. ¿Qué elegirías? -Yo, yo, ganando Wimbledon o Roland Garros a Roger o Rafa (risas). -Y si te digo la Davis en 2019 ni hablar. -Yo ganando el quinto punto (risas).

Fuente: Ámbito
Tue, 12/12/2017 21:51

Para Mayer, el acuerdo Mercosur-UE "es una gran oportunidad para las pymes"

En diálogo con ámbito.com, el Secretario de Emprendedores y PyMes descartó que un posible acuerdo entre ambos bloques produzca pérdida de puestos de trabajo como alertaron industriales.

Fuente: La Nación
Mon, 11/12/2017 23:59

El tenis y las nuevas tecnologías: para la ATP, el streaming es una fuente de rejuvenecimiento

El planeta entero ama a Roger Federer. Ese amor ya lleva un buen tiempo instalado en todo tipo de superficies. Está originado por una combinación de factores que no siempre confluyen en el deporte: se puede ser un competidor feroz sin sacrificar la belleza en el altar de los resultados. Federer no hace lo uno sin lo otro. Es una celebridad magnética que refleja todo el atractivo que puede tener un deporte. Pero en un lugar de la cadena se ve que no es suficiente. Cada vez que el tenis se sienta a la mesa de las negociaciones de la industria televisiva, los ejecutivos le recuerdan a la ATP que su producto no está entre los diez primeros del mercado global de los derechos deportivos. Según un relevamiento publicado por el portal británico SportBusiness, el fútbol tiene el 40 por ciento del total de un mercado valuado en 40 mil millones de dólares en 2017. El tenis no figura en un mapa donde, por ejemplo, el golf tiene el 2,5 por ciento de su cuota global.

Fuente: La Nación
Sat, 09/12/2017 22:53

Sergio Pedretti: el suplente perfecto en el Abierto Argentino de Pato para el equipo que ya era perfecto

Pedretti, de 8 tantos, ingresó y fue figura de Las Heras-Los Baguales, que tenía 40 y ganó la final

Fuente: Clarín
Sat, 09/12/2017 17:47

Juan Martín del Potro disfrutó de una práctica especial en su tierra natal

Cientos de personas lo fueron a ver en Tandil.

Fuente: Página 12
Sat, 09/12/2017 12:49

Un debate con final abierto

El presidente del interbloque de diputados que agrupa a legisladores justicialistas planteó sus dudas sobre el proyecto macrista. Críticas al fallo contra Cristina.

Fuente: Ole
Sat, 09/12/2017 11:24

Puntazo de Delpo

No hay calor que detenga a la gran cantidad de personas que se acercó con un alimento no perecedero hasta el hotel Posta Natural para poder observar un rato del entrenamiento de Juan Martín de Potro. El tenista, número 11 del ranking mundial de la ATP, está realizando su pretemporada en Tandil con vistas a 2018 y aprovechó la oportunidad para acercarse a su gente y para juntar alimentos que serán donados a la Fundación Banco de Alimentos de Tandil. Delpo arrancará el año en el Abierto de Australia, primer Grand Slam de la temporada, que se jugará entre el 15 y el 28 de enero, en Melbourne. Pero antes, este viernes, el argentino disputará un partido de exhibición contra el australiano Nick Kyrgios, en el Luna Park.

Fuente: Clarín
Fri, 08/12/2017 12:14

La Federación de Tenis eligió los campeones mundiales y hay dos argentinos

Los españoles Nadal y Muguruza fueron designados como los mejores de 2017 en varones y mujeres de mayores.

Fuente: Ole
Thu, 07/12/2017 19:52

Tenis Olimpia

Del Potro, Schwartzman, Gustavo Fernández y el junior Axel Geller fueron ternados para los Premios Olimpia. Enterate por qué merecen estar nominados.

Fuente: Ole
Thu, 07/12/2017 19:23

Parece que hay amor

En febrero último, la tenista canadiense Eugenie Bouchard fue noticia porque aceptó tener una cita con un chico que le mandó un mensaje por Twitter, en una apuesta que le hizo el muchacho durante la final del Super Bowl. Y la cumplió pese a que el hombre vive en Chicago. Esta semana el tema se reactivó. Resulta que Eugenie publicó una foto en sus redes sociales en la que se lo ve con John Goehrke, el afortunado. "¿Miren quién me vino a visitar?". Ambos acostados, muy contentos... Bouchard con su admirador. ¿Hay amor? Eugenie Bouchard en Sports Ilustrated

Fuente: La Nación
Thu, 07/12/2017 12:37

La mejor versión del Abierto de Polo de Palermo

Invitados por HSBC, un grupo de clientes disfruta de una experiencia viendo lo mejor del polo mundial

Fuente: La Nación
Thu, 07/12/2017 00:00

Un Interclubes local de tenis recargado: figuras y jóvenes promesas, sponsors, espectáculo y hasta el apoyo de Tinelli

Arranca el certamen de primera división que busca emular -aunque con mucho menos poder económico- a los que se realizan en Europa; los clubes se reforzaron, hay incentivos económicos y un nuevo formato; San Lorenzo y el BALTC, los favoritos

Fuente: Clarín
Wed, 06/12/2017 18:04

Roger Federer sorprendió a sus fans con un saludo muy especial

El suizo recibió una distinción de la Federación Suiza de Sordos y la agradeció con un lindo toque de distinción.

Fuente: Ole
Wed, 06/12/2017 16:58

El día que Federer fue sordomudo

La grandeza de Roger Federer excede el ámbito tenístico, y la admiración que se le profesa parece no tener límites. Pues bien, la federación Suiza de Sordos lo distinguió con el premio "Seña del Año". Pero... ¿qué es eso? Para no tener que deletrear los nombres, los sordos describen puntualmente a algunas personas mediante gestos a partir de características externas. En el caso de Federer, eligieron el pañuelo que usa como vincha. Esa, entonces, fue la "seña del año". Roger, de 36 años y ganador de 19 Grand Slams, agradecido, les contestó con un video que comienza haciendo justamente la seña de esa vincha. Siempre sonriente, el suizo no sólo es un 10 en tenis, sino en sensibilidad. Acá está el video. [VID]OLEVID20171206_0024[/VID]

Fuente: Clarín
Wed, 06/12/2017 09:51

Porto-Mónaco, por la Champions League: horario, TV y formaciones

El equipo portugués busca asegurarse un lugar en octavos de final.

Fuente: La Nación
Wed, 06/12/2017 09:00

Juan Martín Del Potro intensifica su preparación en Tandil para la exhibición del Luna Park

El tandilense disputará el viernes 15 de este mes un partido ante el australiano Nick Kyrigios

Fuente: La Nación
Tue, 05/12/2017 23:59

Argentino Abierto de polo. El primer impacto para 2018: se disolvió Alegría

La decisión causó sorpresa, ya que el equipo había tenido una gran temporada. "Hilario Ulloa me dijo que era un ciclo cumplido y que se iba", dijo el coach, Clemente Zavaleta; también dejaron la formación Guillermo Caset y Facundo Sola, y sólo quedó el patrón, Fred Mannix. Los tres podrían actuar en una nueva formación

Fuente: Ámbito
Tue, 05/12/2017 22:44

Orsanic, de la hazaña al descenso en la Davis, sin escalas: "No tengo ninguna espina"

El capitán argentino, que no definió su continuidad, afirmó a ámbito.com: "El balance es positivo más allá de los resultados". Además, reivindica los valores del tenis y se muestra lejano de las elecciones de AAT.

Fuente: La Nación
Tue, 05/12/2017 19:56

Argentino Abierto de polo. La Irenita ganó la Promoción y seguirá en la Triple Corona en 2018

Con cierta dificultad, en la segunda mitad del partido superó al campeón de la Copa Cámara de Diputados, Chapaleufú, por 11-7. De esa manera, se aseguró su participación en la Triple Corona del año próximo.

Fuente: La Nación
Tue, 05/12/2017 19:50

Copa Davis: Daniel Orsanic siente la "aceptación" de los jugadores para seguir como capitán en 2018

El ex doblista todavía no oficializó su continuidad, pero se siente con el respaldo de los tenistas (ya tenía el de la actual dirigencia de la AAT) para hacerlo; en abril, por la zona americana, la Argentina jugará ante Chile o Ecuador en el interior del país

Fuente: Perfil
Tue, 05/12/2017 14:00

¡Se puso celoso! Pico Mónaco le prohibió a Pampita que se saque una foto con Maluma

La modelo reveló una anécdota vivida con el cantante de "Felices los Cuatro", en la que el tenista no quiso saber nada con que se saque una selfie con él. Mirá el video.

Fuente: Perfil
Mon, 04/12/2017 14:00

"China" Suárez e Ivana Nadal: El boom de la belleza imperfecta

Cada vez más famosas exhiben sus estrías, celulitis y rollitos en las redes sociales. Adiós al fetiche del photoshop.

Fuente: Clarín
Mon, 04/12/2017 11:09

El asesor español al que acusan por el declive de Novak Djokovic

Pepe Imaz se ocupa de la espiritualidad e impulsa un método de "amor y paz".

Fuente: Clarín
Mon, 04/12/2017 08:28

El Gobierno buscará mostrarse abierto al libre comercio

Fuente: La Nación
Sun, 03/12/2017 00:00

La presión en la Davis, el descenso, Orsanic y las elecciones en la AAT, según la mirada de Schwartzman

"Tocar fondo ayuda para pensar", menciona el tenista, respecto de las situación deportiva complicada que le tocó vivir respecto de la defensa de la Ensaladera de Plata

Fuente: La Nación
Sat, 02/12/2017 17:00

La Dolfina derrotó a Ellerstina y se quedó con la primera versión femenina del Abierto de Palermo

Con su triunfo por 7-6, el equipo de Cañuelas logró la primera corona; Mía Cambiaso, la hija de Adolfo con tan solo 15 años, fue una de las goleadoras del partido definitorio con tres tantos

Fuente: La Nación
Sat, 02/12/2017 15:58

Se juega la final del Abierto de Palermo: La Dolfina buscará repetir el título ante Ellerstina

Se miden desde las 16.30 con transmisión de ESPN 2

Fuente: La Nación
Sat, 02/12/2017 01:07

Otro Chapaleufú puede llegar al Abierto de Palermo... pero sin Heguy

Un equipo alternativo del club pampeano ganó la copa Cámara de Diputados y jugará contra La Irenita el repechaje, por el ascenso al nivel de la Triple Corona.

Fuente: La Nación
Sat, 02/12/2017 00:00

El líder del SPD, abierto a negociar con Merkel

Los socialdemócratas no descartan ninguna opción para formar un nuevo gobierno

Fuente: Perfil
Fri, 01/12/2017 12:21

Matías Mayer: "Ser del musical puede jugar en contra"

Actor de teatro musical, abre el juego a otros proyectos. Juventud como tenista, la apariencia cambiante y el sueño de Broadway.

Fuente: La Nación
Fri, 01/12/2017 00:00

Argentino Abierto de polo. Polito Pieres en su mejor versión, la apuesta de Ellerstina para voltear al gran campeón

Con 31 años, recuperó el nivel que tuvo en Alegría, asumió el rol de líder del equipo y llega envalentonado para el choque del sábado con La Dolfina. "El cambio empezó en la final del US Open: ese día volví a sentirme con confianza, el de antes", dijo

Fuente: La Nación
Thu, 30/11/2017 16:31

Gabriel Batistuta en versión golfista: sus mejores golpes entre los profesionales, en el Abierto del Litoral

En condición de aficionado, participó en el torneo a 72 hoyos y no pudo superar el corte clasificatorio, pero sumó experiencia

Fuente: La Nación
Thu, 30/11/2017 09:00

Argentino Abierto de polo. Pelón Stirling, el infatigable que llegó a convertirse en el cuarto Messi de La Dolfina

A los 36 años, el uruguayo atraviesa por el mejor momento de su carrera y el sábado jugará su octava final en Palermo; si gana su 6° título superará la marca del mexicano Carlos Gracida

Fuente: Ole
Wed, 29/11/2017 20:02

Avanza Gustavo Fernández

Gustavo Fernández va por la revancha luego de haber perdido la semifinal del Masters de dobles en Holanda. Este miércoles, el argentino número uno del mundo en tenis adaptado se enfrentó al francés Nicolas Feifer en el Masters de Londres y festejó tras ganar 6-3 y 6-2. El camino recién arranca, pero el argentino se tiene fe y publicó una foto en sus redes sociales esperanzado ante lo que se viene. Buen debut en el masters. Mañana durisimo otra vez. #Juegueee @enardinfo bancodecordobaokâ?¦ https://t.co/xsGsgA4gQeâ?? Gusti Fernandez (@gustifernandez4) November 29, 2017 Este jueves, el cordobés se enfrentará ante Joachim Gerard y va por todo.

Fuente: Ole
Wed, 29/11/2017 19:00

Delpo te invita

El próximo 15 de diciembre Juan Martín Del Potro jugará una exhibición ante el australiano Nick Kyrgios (21°) en el Luna Park y en sus redes sociales invitó a que todos fueran a disfrutar de tenis de alto vuelo y a divertirse. El tandilense supo llegar a las semifinales del US Open, defender el título en Estocolmo y terminar en el puesto 11 del ranking mundial esta temporada. Al igual que el año pasado cuando jugó ante David Ferrer a fin de año, Delpo cerrará su temporada ante el público argentino. Esta vez en el histórico estadio ante uno de los jóvenes tenistas más activos del circuito como lo es Kyrgios. [VID]OLEVID20171129_0035[/VID]

Fuente: Clarín
Wed, 29/11/2017 17:34

Juan Martín Del Potro invitó por Twitter a su partido de exhibición en el Luna Park

Jugará el próximo 15 de diciembre frente al australiano Nick Kyrgios.

Fuente: Página 12
Tue, 28/11/2017 05:00

"Tengo que estar abierto al futuro"

Subtitulado Diarios, notas y viajes, es un cuaderno de bitácora con apuntes de un año de trabajo para hacer el festival.

Fuente: Clarín
Mon, 27/11/2017 17:45

Según un experto, hay una generación de tenistas lista para volver a ganar la Davis

Geller, Rodríguez Taverna y Báez son los chicos que están preparados para suceder a los campeones de Zagreb, según el formador de profesores Willy Franco.

Fuente: La Nación
Mon, 27/11/2017 17:33

Juan Martín del Potro comenzará a competir en 2018 en un torneo que ya ganó en 2009

A diferencia de esta temporada, en la que empezó a jugar en febrero en Delray Beach, el tandilense participará de la gira por Oceanía el año próximo

Copa Davis
Wed, 31/05/2017 13:35
Monfils suma 400 triunfos

Ante el alemán Dustin Brown en Roland Garros, el parisino registró el número 400 en su lista de triunfos

Mon, 29/05/2017 16:21
El club de los 30 domina el mundo

Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka, Rafael Nadal y Roger Federer son el top 5 del tenis

Fri, 26/05/2017 17:00
Con Pablo Cuevas en cabeza, Uruguay apunta alto

Como anfitrión y con el equipo más fuerte del grupo, los hombres de Enrique Pérez Cassarino tienen grandes posibilidades de ascenso

Tue, 23/05/2017 10:20
Casal y Sánchez reciben el Premio Philippe Chatrier

Top 1 en dobles, su asociación en la cancha duró 12 años y ha continuado durante 20 años más fuera de ella

Wed, 17/05/2017 15:11
América III prepara su gran serie

Uruguay, Puerto Rico, Antigua & Barbuda, Bermuda, Costa Rica, Cuba, Honduras, Jamaica y Panamá competirán en Montevideo

Tue, 16/05/2017 16:47
Las 700 victorias de David Ferrer

El valenciano es el décimotercer jugador que sobrepasa los 700 triunfos en una cancha de tenis. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal y Novak Djokovic son los únicos en activo que lo hicieron antes

Tue, 16/05/2017 15:07
Mónaco dice adiós al tenis profesional

En tandilense se despide del tenis "Agradecimiento por lo que el tenis me dio: educación, disciplina, amistades y momentos inolvidables"

Wed, 10/05/2017 14:20
Francia elige Lille para la semi con Serbia

Será en el estadio Pierre-Mauroy por una de las semifinales del Grupo Mundial de la Copa Davis por BNP Paribas el 15-17 de septiembre.

Tue, 09/05/2017 09:37
Argentina viaja a Astana para mantener la categoría

Kazajistán recibe al último campeón en una superficie rápida indoor. El ganador del cruce del 15-17 de septiembre se quedará en el Grupo Mundial en 2018.

Fri, 05/05/2017 15:40
Bélgica, Japón y Hungría confirman sedes

Los belgas recibirán a Australia por una de las semis en Bruselas sobre polvo de ladrillo. Por los play-offs, Japón es local en Osaka ante Brasil y Hungría en Budapest ante Rusia.

Mon, 01/05/2017 14:05
Camboya cumple con su objetivo de ascenso

El equipo juega su sexto año en la Copa Davis por BNP Paribas ganando el ascenso al Grupo III de la Zona Asia/Oceanía en abril.

Fri, 14/04/2017 09:38
Los 200 éxitos de Verdasco en arcilla

El madrileño, 31 del mundo, se une a la lista de los cinco españoles que han superado la barrera de los 200. Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer, Tommy Robredo y Nicolás Almagro son los otros.

Thu, 13/04/2017 16:27
RESUMEN Francia 4:1 Gran Bretaña

Francia clasifica a una nueva semifinal de Copa Davis por BNP Paribas al vencer a Gran Bretaña en cuartos de esta manera.

Thu, 13/04/2017 16:18
RESUMEN Serbia 4:1 España

Serbia no tuvo piedad con España en los cuartos de final de la COpa Davis por BNP Paribas. Aquí, lo mejor de la serie.

Thu, 13/04/2017 16:10
RESUMEN Bélgica 3:2 Italia

Repasa el triunfo de Bélgica en Charleroi ante Italia por los cuartos de final de la Copa Davis por BNP Paribas.

Thu, 13/04/2017 16:04
RESUMEN Australia 3:2 Estados Unidos

Repasa el resumen del partido de cuartos de final de la Copa Davis por BNP Paribas entre Australia y Estados Unidos en Brisbane.

Tue, 11/04/2017 08:44
Sorteo play-offs Grupo Mundial 2017

Argentina viajará a Kazajistán, Colombia serña anfitriona de Croacia y Brasil se medirán a Japón a domicilio

Mon, 10/04/2017 09:20
¿Cuáles son los posibles cruces de los play-offs mundiales?

Mañana se realizará el sorteo para los 8 partidos de septiembre. ¿Quiénes son las preclasificadas? Repasa las combinaciones posibles.

Mon, 10/04/2017 00:30
EA/AO I-II domingo

Holanda, Bielorrusia y Portugal se unen a Kazajistán e India en lista de participantes en play-offs del Grupo Mundial.

Sun, 09/04/2017 19:51
Brasileños aspiran ser locales en los play-off

Bellucci pone el 4-0 ante Endara. Los brasileños ya están, desde ayer, en el play-off del Grupo Mundial.

Sun, 09/04/2017 16:00
Blog EN VIVO - Domingo (2)

Vive el desenlace de los cuartos de final del Grupo Mundial Copa Davis y de los Grupos I y II América con fotos, entrevistas, resultados, imágenes, tweets... ¡no te pierdas nada!

Sun, 09/04/2017 14:46
EN VIVO: B. Arias (BOL) v S. Newman (BAH)

Los bolivianos sellaron la serie en Santa Cruz de la Sierra con el dobles. Así, salvan la categoría pero mandan a Bahamas al descenso.

Sun, 09/04/2017 14:37
Francia terminó aplastando 4-1 a Gran Bretaña

Evans había descontado para la visita, pero Chardy amplió la diferencia. Los galos ya piensan en la semifinal, de local, ante Serbia en septiembre.

Sun, 09/04/2017 12:37
España sucumbe en la muralla de Belgrado

La derrota en Serbia 4-1 devuelve al tenis español a la realidad de conformarse con la permanencia en el Grupo Mundial.

Sun, 09/04/2017 11:40
EN VIVO: Rodríguez (VEN) v Arévalo (ESA)

El uno venezolano puede sellar la serie, tras el 2-1 con el triunfo del dobles de ayer

 
 
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Tue, 12/12/2017 19:37
Dimitrov Dive Volley Named Masters 1000 Golden Hot Shot

Grigor Dimitrov produced a number of moments worthy of the highlight reel during a season filled with career milestones, including a year-end No. 3 finish in the Emirates ATP Rankings, triumph at the Nitto ATP Finals and his first ATP World Masters 1000 title at the Western & Southern Open. After six days of voting, fans gave Dimitrov another accolade, with his dive volley against Yuichi Sugita in the Cincinnati quarter-finals crowned the Masters 1000 Golden Hot Shot. View Complete Results For Golden Hot Shot  The hot shot finished as the overwhelming favourite in the poll, receiving 33 per cent of votes cast. Pablo Cuevas’s no-look winner against Alexander Zverev at the Mutua Madrid Open finished second in the voting with 13 per cent of votes, followed by Rafael Nadal and Dimitrov’s rally at the Rolex Shanghai Masters and Juan Martin del Potro’s tweener at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, which both received 12 per cent. Re-live nine great hot shots from the season’s ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments: Subscribe to our Hot Shot playlist, and watch match replays on TennisTV.

Tue, 12/12/2017 17:48
Five Biggest Grand Slam Upsets of 2017

Continuing our Season In Review series, ATPWorldTour.com revisits the five biggest Grand Slam upsets of 2017. (5) Andrey Rublev d. Grigor Dimitrov 7-5, 7-6(3), 6-3 – US Open Second Round Grigor Dimitrov had arrived, again. After reaching the Top 10 of the Emirates ATP Rankings in 2014, the Bulgarian was back among the elite this August and again a favourite to make a deep run at Grand Slams. A week before the US Open, Dimitrov had won his maiden ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. The seventh seed was a trendy pick to reach the second week in Flushing Meadows. Read More: Rublev Honest After Tough Loss In Milan But #NextGenATP Russian Andrey Rublev had been quietly building an impressive season, and the 19-year-old didn't lie down for Dimitrov. Rublev fell behind a break in the first and second sets but came back in both sets, feeding Dimitrov a steady barrage of heavy forehands. He finished with 36 winners, including 23 on the forehand side. Rublev was also clutch on his serve, erasing eight of 10 break points. The win was the Russian's first Top 10 victory. He'd go to on reach the quarter-finals in New York (l. to eventual champion Nadal), becoming the youngest US Open quarter-finalist since Andy Roddick in 2003. The run also solidified Rublev's status as one of the top #NextGenATP players in the world. The right-hander later reached the final of the inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals (l. to Chung). (4) Daniil Medvedev d. Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 – Wimbledon First Round Daniil Medvedev checked a number of boxes by beating Stan Wawrinka at SW19. Before playing fearlessly to beat the Swiss right-hander, the 21-year-old had never won a match at a Grand Slam, beaten a Top 5 player or even played a match at Wimbledon. The #NextGenATP Russian picked the perfect setting for the career breakthrough: Centre Court. After splitting the first two sets with Wawrinka, Medvedev gained the crucial break at 5-4 to take the third set against the three-time Grand Slam champion. In the fourth, the Russian rolled, hitting four aces and converting both break points to advance. Wawrinka, who was eyeing a career Grand Slam at The Championships, has struggled at Wimbledon. But he was coming off a final run at Roland Garros and had brought on Pete Sampras' former coach Paul Annacone to help as part of his coaching team during the grass-court swing. But the Swiss star was also battling a knee injury. His match against Medvedev was his final contest of the 2017 season. (3) Fernando Verdasco d. Alexander Zverev 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 – Roland Garros First Round This was Alexander Zverev's time to make a splash at a Grand Slam. The 6'6” right-hander had beaten Novak Djokovic for the Internazionali BNL d'Italia title in Rome weeks earlier. The win had given Zverev his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title and a spot in the Top 10 of the Emirates ATP Rankings at No. 10. The right-hander looked ready to battle deep into the second week of Grand Slam tournaments. His first-round opponent, however, was no debutant. Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco had conquered bigger odds in the past – see his 2016 Australian Open first-round upset of Rafael Nadal – and Verdasco is never one to be intimidated against a higher-ranked player. The 33-year-old broke the German eight times in the two-hour and 52-minute contest that spanned two days because of darkness. Play was suspended after two sets, and Zverev looked ready to take control of the match when play resumed, gaining a 3-1 lead in the third set. But Verdasco fought back and broke the 20-year-old's will, winning five of the third set's final six games to lead two sets to one. The left-hander cruised in the fourth set to gain a 2-1 lead in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series. “Winning the third set gave me a lot of confidence... and I think it was hard for him on the other side, to start again and have to win two more sets,” Verdasco said. The Spaniard, who was making his 56th consecutive Grand Slam appearance, improved to 13-1 in Roland Garros first-round contests. (2) Mischa Zverev d. Andy Murray 7-5, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 – Australian Open Fourth Round It had been eight years since Andy Murray lost at the Australian Open before the quarter-finals. The Scot had reached the Melbourne final five of those times, a semi-final in 2012 and a quarter-final in 2014. Throw in the fact that Murray had won 32 of his past 33 matches, dating back to his perfect 2016 finish, and you can easily see why the Brit was the heavy favourite during his fourth-round match against Mischa Zverev. But the German's serve-and-volley game presents a different look for players, and Murray struggled all day against the aggressive left-hander, who was eager to make the most of his first Grand Slam fourth round appearance. The German attacked the net 118 times against the top seed, winning 55 per cent of those points (65/118). He also mixed up his groundstrokes, slicing often to prevent Murray from gaining rhythm. It didn't matter how many times Zverev got passed at the net or how many times he missed a volley — the 29-year-old was committed to his game plan, and he never wavered. “There was no Plan B, really,” he said. “I can't stay on the baseline, a couple feet behind the baseline, try to out-rally him. He's very strong physically. He has a good baseline game. I knew I had to come in. That was my only chance to win.” The victory marked a successful turnaround for Zverev. In March 2015, he was No. 1,067 in the Emirates ATP Rankings. Less than two years later, he was playing in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open (l. to eventual champion Roger Federer). (1) Denis Istomin d. Novak Djokovic 7-6(8), 5-7, 2-6, 7-6(5), 6-4 – Australian Open Second Round The Serbian was The King of Melbourne. Novak Djokovic had won five of the past six Australian Open titles. The only year he didn't win during that stretch – 2014 – the right-hander was knocked out in the quarter-finals by eventual champion Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland. In his most recent Grand Slam, the US Open, Djokovic also performed well, reaching the final in New York (l. to Wawrinka). Suffice to say, the Serbian was feeling good in the world's biggest stadiums. World No. 117 Denis Istomin, on the other hand, had never performed exceptionally well at Grand Slams. His best result had been two fourth-round runs – at 2012 Wimbledon and 2013 US Open. But the wild card from Uzbekistan picked the right time to play the match of his life. As Djokovic acknowledged after the upset, Istomin did just simply outplay the World No. 2, playing bigger in the crucial moments and outrallying one of the most consistent players of all-time. “All the credit to Denis for playing amazing,” Djokovic said. “He deserved to win. No doubt, he was a better player in the clutch moments. He stepped it up, played aggressive. Served very well, very precise. There's not much I could do. Of course, I was not pleased with my performance overall. But I have to congratulate my opponent today.” Istomin ended Djokovic’s 15-match win streak at Melbourne Park. The Serbian had only lost once to a player ranked outside of the Top 100 in the Emirates ATP Rankings during the past seven years – No. 145 Juan Martin del Potro in the opening round of the 2016 Rio Olympics. The stunner was Djokovic's earliest loss at a Grand Slam championship since his 2008 Wimbledon second-round exit to Russian Marat Safin. The loss also marked the first time that Djokovic had gone three Grand Slam championships without picking up a title, since between 2013 Roland Garros and 2014 Wimbledon.

Mon, 11/12/2017 18:03
The Five Biggest ATP World Tour Upsets of 2017

Continuing our Season In Review series, ATPWorldTour.com revisits the top 5 ATP World Tour upsets of 2017. (5) Vasek Pospisil d. Andy Murray 6-4, 7-6(5) – BNP Paribas Open Second Round Vasek Pospisil has the game to beat the top players. In January 2014, he reached No. 25 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, and a year later, he was in the quarter-finals of The Championships, Wimbledon (l. to Murray). His serve-and-volley game can flummox the greatest. So even though Pospisil had been beset with injuries and had a triple-digit number (No. 129) next to his name, the Canadian, who had recently started working with former doubles No. 1 Mark Woodforde, surely believed he could shock the BNP Paribas Open and knock off World No. 1 Andy Murray. The Scot had never won the BNP Paribas Open title in Indian Wells, and he had suffered early setbacks in the past, falling in the second round three times (2006, 2011, 2012). But, after a disappointing Australian Open, Murray looked determined to pen a new Indian Wells story for himself. He led 4-2 in the opener and was having little trouble with Pospisil's big game, having broken the 6'4” right-hander in the fourth and sixth games. But the Canadian came alive, winning six straight games to gain a set and a break lead. Pospisil was darting around the court, and the crowd was loving his aggressive, old-school style. Murray rallied to force a second-set tie-break, but Pospisil stayed on offence and didn't back away from the challenge, earning the biggest win of his career with a forehand winner. He tossed his racquet into the sky to celebrate. “If I pick a handful of great moments in my career, this is definitely one of them,” Pospisil said. “To beat the No. 1 player and somebody as accomplished as Andy, one of the greats of the game, is amazing.” (4) Damir Dzumhur d. Stan Wawrinka 7-6(4), 6-3 – Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships First Round Defending champion Stan Wawrinka entered the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on a roll. The Swiss right-hander had fallen just short of reaching his fourth Grand Slam final at the Australian Open (l. to eventual champion Federer in five sets). Wawrinka's first-round match against Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia-Herzegovina in Dubai looked as if it'd be a “get-used-to-the-conditions” match. Wawrinka had a 3-0 lead after about eight minutes, and Dzumhur could hardly keep the ball in play. “Stan The Man” was blasting forehands from the centre of the court and teeing off on Dzumhur's second serve. But the 5'9” Bosnian chased down more balls and hoped Wawrinka would slow down, which eventually happened, and Dzumhur earned the biggest win of his career with some exhausting defence and clutch serving. “I was fighting. I was grinding,” Dzumhur said. The career-best win at the time foreshadowed a career year for Dzumhur. He went on to win his first and second ATP World Tour titles (St. Petersburg, Moscow), becoming the first Bosnian to claim an ATP World Tour crown. At the start of the season, Dzumhur was No. 82 in the Emirates ATP Rankings. He will finish 2017 at a career-high No. 30. (3) David Goffin d. Roger Federer 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 – Nitto ATP Finals Semi-final You have to appreciate the honesty. The day before David Goffin celebrated the “best win” of his career, beating Roger Federer to reach the championship of the Nitto ATP Finals, the Belgian was asked what he planned to do differently against Federer. The 26-year-old Goffin had never beaten the Swiss right-hander, coming up short in all six of their FedEx ATP Head2Head matchups, including a 6-1, 6-2 drubbing weeks earlier at the Swiss Indoors Basel. What would Goffin do differently? He wasn't sure. “Honestly, I don't know what to do,” he said. Goffin had been up and down at the Nitto ATP Finals. He upset World No. 1 Rafael Nadal but then, two days later, won only two games against Grigor Dimitrov. Goffin reached the semi-finals by beating fourth seed Dominic Thiem in a 'win and you're in' round-robin match. So which Goffin would show against Federer? Or maybe it didn't matter which Goffin arrived, as all tournament, Federer had been clear about his intentions – a record-extending seventh Nitto ATP Finals title. The 36-year-old had finished Group Boris Becker play a perfect 3-0, and Federer was 16-0 against the other three semi-finalists – Goffin, Jack Sock of the U.S. and Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov. Exactly what Goffin did not want to happen – a repeat of their Basel matchup – looked like it was occurring in the first set. Federer was dominating, cutting shoestring volleys for winners and blistering backhands. But Goffin gradually relaxed and grew in confidence, and he forced a third set, where he had thrived all year. He entered the semi-finals 21-5 in deciding sets, and even in one of the biggest arenas in tennis, Goffin held his nerve. He broke in the third game and served out the match on his first opportunity. “As soon as I had the chance to go for the shot from the return and from the serve, [that] was the key, to go for the shot,” Goffin said. He became the first player to beat the Top 2 players at the Nitto ATP Finals since 2009, when champion Nikolay Davydenko beat No. 2 Nadal in group play and No. 1 Federer in the semi-finals. The Belgian also became the sixth player ever to beat Nadal and Federer in the same tournament and the first since Novak Djokovic at the 2015 Nitto ATP Finals. (2) Denis Shapovalov d. Rafael Nadal 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(4) – Coupe Rogers in Montreal Third Round A long-awaited return to No. 1 was in Rafael Nadal's sights, but an excited Canadian with wavy blonde hair had other ideas. Eighteen-year-old Denis Shapovalov had saved four match points in his Coupe Rogers opener to beat Brazil's Rogerio Dutra Silva, and he had then dismissed Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro in straight sets for the biggest win of his life. Nadal was his next opponent, but if the Spaniard were to beat Shapovalov and win one more match, the No. 1 spot in the Emirates ATP Rankings would be his for the first time in more than three years, since 6 June 2014. The Spaniard started quicker, breaking routinely in the eighth game. Shapovalov, though, swung freely in the second set, attacking with his forehand to even the match. Both players held throughout the third, so they headed to one of the most dramatic moments in tennis: a third-set tie-break. Nadal cruised to a 3/0 lead and looked as if he would finally pull away. But Shapovalov rallied, crushing another forehand winner on match point before falling to the ground in shock. He embraced Nadal at the net before kissing the court and blowing kisses to his thousands of red-and-white clad admirers in the crowd. The Canadian became the youngest Masters 1000 quarter-finalist (since 1990) and the lowest-ranked player to reach a Masters 1000 quarter-final since No. 239 Ivo Karlovic at 2011 BNP Paribas Open. It had been 13 years since a player younger than the 18-year-old Shapovalov had beaten a Top 2 player during a completed match. Nadal, 17, beat No. 1 Roger Federer at the 2004 Miami Open presented by Itau. Shapovalov would go on to beat France's Adrian Mannarino and reach the Masters 1000 semi-final, where he fell to eventual champion Alexander Zverev of Germany. The 18-year-old Shapovalov also became one of seven 21-and-under players to qualify for the inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan. (1) Evgeny Donskoy d. Roger Federer 3-6, 7-6(7), 7-6(5) – Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships Third Round Roger Federer had been perfect. The 36-year-old had shocked everyone and won seven straight matches to win his first tournament in six months, the Australian Open, beating four Top 10 players, including Rafael Nadal in the final, to capture his record 18th Grand Slam title. A month later, Federer headed to Dubai, where it looked like his successful comeback from knee surgery would continue. The Swiss right-hander had won seven titles and 10 consecutive matches in the United Arab Emirates. After beating Frenchman Benoit Paire, Federer faced World No. 116 Evgeny Donskoy in the third round. Federer rolled through the first set and held match points at 6/4 and 7/6 in the second set tie-break. He was a swing away from making the quarter-finals. But Donskoy fought them off and forced a third set. Surely, though, Federer would rebound in the third. Federer broke in the sixth game and served for the match at 5-4. But again, Donskoy, who hadn't reached a quarter-final since Moscow 2015, broke one of the greatest players of all time, and in the tie-break, the Russian delivered his best of the match. Federer was in control at 5/2 with two serves to come. But in one of the wildest tie-breaks of 2017, World No. 116 Donskoy reeled off the final five points to prevail in just over two hours and pull off the biggest upset of the 2017 season. “I surprised everyone today,” Donskoy said. Federer perhaps summed up best what his fans were thinking on the day his perfect season ended. “I don't know how it got away,” he said. “So many chances, it was crazy.”

Mon, 11/12/2017 17:14
Thiem Swaps Tennis For Football Off-Season 2017

Go behind the scenes as Dominic Thiem swaps his tennis racquet for football boots in the off-season when his club, 1.TFC, plays a friendly match in Slovenia.

Sun, 10/12/2017 17:11
Del Potro Joined By 1,000-Plus To Kick Off Preseason

Some players start their off-season on a quiet court with their coaches and trainers. Other players prefer a crowd. Juan Martin del Potro started his preseason activities on Saturday under a sunny sky and in front of more than 1,000 fans in Posta Natural in Tandil, Argentina. Delpo invited his fans via Twitter, asking them to come watch his practise and donate non-perishable food for the Fundación Banco de Alimentos de Tandil. Watch Del Potro Launch His 2017 Preseason Los espero el sábado! â?º pic.twitter.com/AhIfm44Ugf — Juan M. del Potro (@delpotrojuan) December 8, 2017 “The idea was to give back to Tandil a bit of the love and support that I receive throughout the year and to help out the foundation 'Banco de Alimentos'. It was an amazing day and everyone had a great time,” Del Potro said. Fans appreciated the opportunity, cheering after every rally between Del Potro and his sparring partner Alejo Prado. Del Potro will open his 2018 season at the ASB Classic in Auckland and will compete at the Australian Open for the first time since 2014. The 29-year-old Del Potro finished 2017 at No. 11 in the Emirates ATP Rankings. GRACIAS TANDIL ð???ð??? pic.twitter.com/pU75yQrAp0 — Juan M. del Potro (@delpotrojuan) December 9, 2017

Sun, 10/12/2017 10:30
Top 10 Challenger Hot Shots Of 2017

Revisit the most exciting Hot Shots from the 2017 ATP Challenger Tour season, including Dustin Brown, Pablo Cuevas, Stefanos Tsitsipas and more.

Sun, 10/12/2017 10:27
Best Of 2017: Youth Movement Tops Challenger Storylines

Continuing our Season In Review series, ATPWorldTour.com reflects on the storylines that shaped the ATP Challenger Tour in 2017 Oh, Canada! Teens Capture Headlines The Canadian conquest of the Emirates ATP Rankings has begun. Two of the nation's native sons - Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime - made great progress in their ascent with breakthrough performances on the ATP Challenger Tour.  While Shapovalov immediately became a household name with his fairytale runs at the Coupe Rogers in Montreal and US Open, he credits his earlier Challenger victories in Drummondville and Gatineau for later giving him the confidence on the big stages. The 18-year-old did not drop a set in claiming his maiden title in Drummondville in March, a result that was the catalyst for his spellbinding 2017 campaign that included an appearance in the inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals. Shapovalov enjoyed one of the biggest jumps to the Top 100 this year, soaring 199 spots to No. 51. The left-hander may have snatched the spotlight, but it was his countryman Auger-Aliassime who etched his name in the record books. The Montreal native became the eighth-youngest winner in Challenger history with his maiden title in Lyon, France, in June. He was the first 16-year-old winner since Bernard Tomic in 2009. Auger-Aliassime, who vaulted 439 spots to No. 162 in the Emirates ATP Rankings in 2017, was one of just three teenagers to win multiple crowns, along with Shapovalov and Frances Tiafoe. At age 17 years and one month, Auger-Aliassime's title in Sevilla, Spain, made him the second-youngest player to do so in Challenger history. Only Richard Gasquet was younger when he lifted his second trophy, in 2003. Futhermore, the Canadian joined Gasquet, Rafael Nadal and Lleyton Hewitt as the youngest players to break into the Top 200 in the past 20 years.  But while Shapovalov and Auger-Aliassime found immediate success as teenagers, countryman Filip Peliwo, a former junior star, finally broke through for his maiden title at age 23. Vancouver native Peliwo won as a qualifier in Knoxville in November, five years after ascending to junior No. 1 and reaching the final of all four junior Grand Slams. Success did not come immediately for the Tecnifibre player, but the wait was well worth it, as he finished 2017 at a career-high No. 184. Junior Stars Make Transition Look Easy The transition from the junior ranks to the professional level is often fraught with growing pains, as players' developing skills are tested against elite competition. But the youngest of today's #NextGenATP stars are making it look easy. At the end of the 2016 season, Miomir Kecmanovic was the No. 1 junior, with Stefanos Tsitsipas, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Yibing Wu and Nicola Kuhn in the Top 10 of the ITF's year-end rankings. One year later, the entire group have tasted victory on the ATP Challenger Tour. Remarkably, six different players aged 18-and-under lifted trophies in 2017, with Auger-Aliassime, junior champion at last year's US Open, the youngest of the group. Kuhn, 17, became the second-youngest titlist with a title as a qualifier in Braunschweig, Germany, in July. The Spaniard, who was born in Austria and has a German father and Russian mother, is up 548 spots in the Emirates ATP Rankings to No. 241. He is the youngest from Spain to win a title since Rafael Nadal in 2003. Challenger Chronicles: Shapovalov | Tsitsipas Tsitsipas, Wu and Kecmanovic picked up the momentum in September and October. Tsitsipas became just the third player from Greece to lift an ATP Challenger Tour trophy, in Genova, Italy, while Wu prevailed on home soil in Shanghai just days after claiming the US Open boys' crown. Kecmanovic, meanwhile, became the youngest from Serbia to capture a Challenger crown since Novak Djokovic in 2005, winning in Suzhou, China. Tsitsipas cracked the Top 100 of the Emirates ATP Rankings at No. 91, while Wu soared 621 spots to No. 305 and Kecmanovic is up 599 spots to No. 207. Youngest Winners In 2017 Player Age Tournament Felix Auger-Aliassime 16 yrs, 10 mos. Lyon, FRA Felix Auger-Aliassime 17 yrs, 1 mo. Seville, ESP Nicola Kuhn 17 yrs, 3 mos. Braunschweig, GER Wu Yibing 17 yrs, 11 mos. Shanghai, CHN Denis Shapovalov 17 yrs, 11 mos. Drummondville, CAN Miomir Kecmanovic  18 yrs, 1 mo.  Suzhou, CHN  Denis Shapovalov 18 yrs, 3 mos.  Gatineau, CAN  Challenger Stars Translate Success To ATP World Tour The ATP Challenger Tour is the launching pad for the stars of tomorrow of the ATP World Tour. Regardless of age, players are plotting their ascent at the Challenger level and the 2017 season saw a bevy of success stories. Few journeys were as impressive than that of Serbia's Filip Krajinovic, who won a tour-leading five titles before storming to his first ATP World Tour final as a qualifier at the Rolex Paris Masters. It was just his second tour-level event of the year. Krajinovic overcame wrist and shoulder injuries to rise 203 spots in the Emirates ATP Rankings to a year-end position of No. 34.  "It was my goal to play Challengers this year and get some confidence for the ATP World Tour," said Krajinovic. "I didn't expect to win five titles from five finals, but I believe that if I didn't do well in the Challengers, I would not have the confidence here in Paris. I'm proud and happy for that." Also jumping more than 200 spots to the Top 100 was Cedrik-Marcel Stebe, who won a pair of titles before storming to the second round of the US Open as a qualifier, in his comeback from multiple surgeries. He also reached his first ATP World Tour quarter-final in five years on the clay of Geneva.  Ryan Harrison, Yuichi Sugita and Damir Dzumhur all went one step further in hoisting trophies on both the ATP Challenger Tour and the ATP World Tour, en route to the Top 50. Harrison became the first player to win a Challenger title and then a tour-level crown in consecutive tournaments since David Goffin in 2014. [ALSO LIKE] Americans on the Ascent Serbia and the United States both boasted a tour-leading 12 titlists this year, and most impressively, nine different champions emerged from the American contingent. From #NextGenATP stars Frances Tiafoe, Michael Mmoh, Stefan Kozlov and Noah Rubin, to veterans Tennys Sandgren, Tim Smyczek and Ryan Harrison, and first-time winners Kevin King and Mackenzie McDonald, the U.S. was well represented in 2017.  Tiafoe went back-to-back on the green clay of Sarasota and red dirt of Aix-en-Provence, while Sandgren made his Top 100 debut soon after winning the title in Savannah. Also, Smyczek completed a 12-1 finish to the season with trophies in Charlottesville and Champaign, securing a main draw wild card into the 2018 Australian Open. The German Generation Alexander Zverev may be the talk of German tennis these days, but the 20-year-old is part of a bigger tennis movement in his homeland. Germany celebrated 10 winners on the ATP Challenger Tour this year, with Stebe (see above) joined by Maximilian Marterer as three-time champions. Marterer, aged 22, broke into the Top 100 with a 21-3 Challenger run to conclude the season, claiming titles on clay, hard and carpet.  Yannick Hanfmann and Oscar Otte, meanwhile, completed remarkable runs to the Top 150, having posted a combined 3-16 record in Challenger main draws entering the year. Hanfmann won his maiden title on home soil in Ismaning and was runner-up at the ATP World Tour 250 in Gstaad, while Otte lifted his first trophy in Lisbon. Other Germans celebrating victories were Peter Gojowczyk, champion in Happy Valley, Australia, and at the ATP World Tour stop in Metz, and Matthias Bachinger, who returned to the winners' circle for the first time in six years after undergoing knee surgery. Jason Kubler: Comeback Story Of The Year Even the best Hollywood screenwriters couldn't have scripted a week like Jason Kubler had in Traralgon, Australia. After sitting on the sidelines for more than a year due to injury, Kubler claimed the title on home soil in what was his first ATP Challenger Tour event since July 2015. It was a fairytale week for the Aussie, who came through qualifying to prevail over countryman Alex Bolt in the final, saving one match point after two hours and 28 minutes. Kubler's victory is nothing short of astounding considering it came on hard courts. The 24-year-old, a former junior No. 1, has endured a career of knee issues that have allowed him to compete only on clay, preferring the softer conditions. In fact, he had never played a Challenger match on hard entering the week. Kubler upset third seed Taro Daniel and second seed Matthew Ebden - both in straight sets - en route to the championship. He climbed 726 spots to No. 337 in the year-end Emirates ATP Rankings. Aussie comebacks became a theme on the ATP Challenger Tour this year, with Matthew Ebden and John Millman also returning from injury. Ebden was the biggest mover to the Top 100, rising 619 spots to No. 76 in his return from knee surgery. He won late season titles in both Canberra, Australia and Toyota, Japan. Millman lifted the trophy in Hua Hin, Thailand, in his return after undergoing groin surgery, rising to a year-end position of No. 128 in the Emirates ATP Rankings. Read: In The Gym With Millman In Ho Chi Minh City All Eyes On Braunschweig For Inaugural Global Challenger Workshop The ATP Challenger Tour turned its attention to Braunschweig, Germany, in July as the ATP welcomed representatives from tournaments and national federations throughout the world for the inaugural Global Challenger Workshop. With the goal of making the burgeoning circuit even stronger, the forum fostered an open dialogue between tournaments and ATP staff.  The two days of collaboration and integration of ideas also included the awards presentation for 2016 ATP Challenger Tournaments of the Year. The Sparkassen Open in Braunschweig and Pekao Szczecin Open in Szczecin, Poland, were acknowledged for their passion and commitment to growing the game at the Challenger level. Global Game With singles titlists from 41 different countries, including a first-time winner from El Salvador (Marcelo Arevalo), players from all corners of the globe tasted success on the ATP Challenger Tour. But the global game wasn't limited to the players. The 2017 season featured a total of 155 tournaments in 40 countries and territories, including the return of Challenger tennis to Portugal. After a four-year absence, the European nation hosted the Lisboa Belem Open in the capital of Lisbon. With the goal of bringing exposure to the game in various locales throughout the world, the circuit continues to expand and grow. Read: Challenger Tennis Returns To Portugal | India Builds Momentum Tournaments Celebrate Milestones Four of the longest-running tournaments on the ATP Challenger Tour celebrated milestone editions this year. The hard-court events in Aptos, U.S.A., and Istanbul, Turkey, welcomed players and fans for the 30th time, while the clay-court tournaments in Szczecin, Poland, and Scheveningen, Netherlands, enjoyed 25th anniversaries. With world-class player fields, vibrant atmospheres and packed crowds, the events continue to set the standard on the Challenger circuit. Read Tributes: Aptos Celebrates 30 Years | Szczecin Shines | Community, Culture & Clay At The Hague Open Latin America in Focus Marcelo Arevalo's maiden title in Bogota put tennis in El Salvador on the map, and the trend continued across Latin America in 2017. Victor Estrella Burgos prevailed on home soil in front of legions of passionate fans in Santo Domingo, and it was a party all week in Montevideo as Pablo Cuevas triumphed at the Uruguay Open. Meanwhile, 22-year-old Nicolas Jarry gave the home fans in Santiago, Chile, plenty to cheer for as their rising star lifted the trophy in November. Cuevas and Jarry's victories were an integral part of the eight-week South American swing that capped the season, weaving through seven different countries. With tournaments in Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Chile and Uruguay, the swing brings exposure to tennis in the sports-crazed region. Read: Spotlight On South America On The ATP Challenger Tour Legends Give Back Each and every ATP World Tour star has gotten his start on the ATP Challenger Tour. It is a right of passage for all players, and many legends of the game returned to their roots this year, visiting various tournaments throughout the world. In France, Sebastien Grosjean and Nicolas Escude served as tournament ambassadors at the Open d'Orleans, while Guy Forget and Arnaud Clement attended the Open Sopra Steria de Lyon. At the inaugural event in nearby Sophia Antipolis, Andy Murray presented countryman Aljaz Bedene with the singles trophy. Outside of Europe, former World No. 2 Petr Korda played an exhibition at the Sarasota Open, while his 17-year-old son Sebastian Korda competed in his first Challenger main draw. The junior star is looking to carve his own path as he makes the transition to the pros. In South America, Chilean legends Fernando Gonzalez and Nicolas Massu took in the action in Santiago. Meanwhile, in both Pune and Bangalore, India, Rohan Bopanna paid a visit to the two Challenger events in his home country. 

Fri, 08/12/2017 15:21
Best of 2017: Carreno Busta's Late But Good Decision

ATP World Tour Uncovered presented by Peugeot meets Pablo Carreno Busta, who is in the form of his career, but only decided to take tennis seriously when he was 16 years old.

Fri, 08/12/2017 01:31
Best Of 2017: Doubles Storylines Abound

Continuing our Season In Review series, ATPWorldTour.com looks at the headlines that shaped 2017 on the doubles circuit Year-Long Tussle For Top Team It came down to the final week of the season. The battle for year-end No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Doubles Team Rankings was intense from start to finish in 2017, as two teams created plenty of drama on the doubles court. Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo edged Henri Kontinen and John Peers for the top honour during the Nitto ATP Finals, ending a year-long tussle for No. 1. Both teams began their respective reigns in the Top 2 on April 3 and neither would depart from their perches for the rest of the season. Kubot and Melo concluded 2017 with a dominant 49-18 mark together, including a grass-court sweep in 's-Hertogenbosch, Halle and Wimbledon, as well as ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crowns in Miami, Madrid and Paris. They edged Kontinen and Peers 9-7 in a marathon fifth set in the Wimbledon semi-finals, before edging Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic 13-11 in the title match. But while the Polish-Brazilian duo emerged on top, their chief rivals had the last laugh at The O2 in London. Kontinen and Peers successfully defended their Nitto ATP Finals crown with a final victory over Kubot and Melo, extending their lead in the FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry to 4-1. The Finnish-Aussie tandem were a perfect five-for-five in tour-level finals this year, also triumphing at the Australian Open, Shanghai Rolex Masters and ATP World Tour 500 events in Washington and Beijing. [ALSO LIKE] Parity Steals The Show In Race Four different Grand Slam winners, five different ATP World Tour Masters 1000 champions and separate teams lifting the year-end No. 1 trophy and Nitto ATP Finals crown. Needless to say, it was a year of parity on the biggest stages on the ATP World Tour doubles circuit. While Kubot/Melo and Kontinen/Peers quickly separated themselves from the pack, other teams earned signature wins throughout the year. Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut enjoyed an impressive run through the heart of the season, en route to punching their ticket at The O2 for a third straight year. The Frenchmen celebrated a 12-match win streak at the Masters 1000 level, reeling off consecutive titles in Rome, Montreal and Cincinnati. They have now won six of the nine Masters 1000 titles together. Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram (Indian Wells) and Rohan Bopanna and Pablo Cuevas (Monte-Carlo) also prevailed at the elite level. Cuevas was a force in 2017, winning four doubles titles and singles crowns on both the ATP World Tour (Sao Paulo) and ATP Challenger Tour (Montevideo). On the doubles court, he was victorious at all three ATP World Tour levels with different partners, also prevailing in Rio de Janeiro with Pablo Carreno Busta and in Kitzbuhel with Guillermo Duran. The parity on the doubles circuit was even more evident at the Grand Slam level, with Ryan Harrison and Michael Venus completing a dream run to the semi-finals at the Nitto ATP Finals after lifting their maiden Grand Slam trophy at Roland Garros. The longtime friends ran through a gauntlet on the terre battue of Paris, winning all six matches in deciding sets. And they would take advantage of their first appearance at the season finale in London, reaching the semis as the eighth seeds behind a 3-0 round robin campaign. Meanwhile, Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau made their third appearance in four years at The O2, behind a title run at the US Open. It was their second Grand Slam crown together, having previously prevailed on the lawns of Wimbledon in 2015. They were a dominant force at Flushing Meadows, defeating four straight seeded opponents and dropping just two sets all fortnight. Posting a 4-0 mark in tour-level finals this year, they also won in Dubai, Geneva and Winston-Salem. Trio Trades No. 1 Torch Three players from three different teams traded the No. 1 torch in the individual Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings, with Marcelo Melo taking the year-end honour for the second time. The mantle exchanged hands on four occasions in 2017, with Nicolas Mahut handing it off to Henri Kontinen in early April, before Melo wrestled it away in July. Kontinen would once again surge to the top spot a month later, but the Brazilian snatched it for good at the Rolex Paris Masters. Melo, also the year-end No. 1 in 2015, is the 10th player in the Open Era to conclude a season at the summit on multiple occasions. Kontinen, meanwhile, made history in becoming the first Finn to reach World No. 1 and the 50th player overall, since the establishment of the team rankings in March 1976. Mike Bryan, Nestor Tied For All-Time Wins Lead Despite failing to win a Grand Slam or ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title for the first time since 2004, the Bryan brothers continued to add milestones to their legendary resumes. Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan qualified for the Nitto ATP Finals for a record 15th straight year - and 16th overall - behind titles in Atlanta and Eastbourne and a runner-up finish at the Australian Open. But it was Mike alone who seized arguably the biggest accomplishment of the year. The 39-year-old became the all-time winningest player in doubles history on 5 September. A quarter-final win at the US Open momentarily moved him ahead of Daniel Nestor with 1052 victories. Mike still stands at No. 1 on the all-time list, but he now has some company at the summit, with the American and the Canadian currently tied with 1056 wins apiece. Bob is in third place with 1042 victories.  Nestor announced that 2018 will be his final season on the ATP World Tour, as he looks to compete in a 30th Rogers Cup in August.  Open Era Doubles Match Wins List Player Doubles Match Wins Mike Bryan 1,056 Daniel Nestor 1,056 Bob Bryan 1,042 Todd Woodbridge 782 Max Mirnyi 754 Mirnyi and Zimonjic Join Elite Company Doubles legends Max Mirnyi and Nenad Zimonjic etched their names in the record books with milestone victories of their own. On 26 July in Hamburg, Zimonjic notched his 700th career win, becoming just the 10th player to do so. A longtime ambassador of doubles, the Serbian continues to grow the game as he builds his own legacy. In February, he won his first title since 2014, prevailing in Sofia. “It’s nice to play in Hamburg again, for the first time since 2012, and to achieve the 700th match win in a country of such rich tennis tradition,” Zimonjic told ATPWorldTour.com. “It means a lot to join this ‘Club’, it’s a lot of wins and I want to thank all my partners over the years.” Meanwhile, Mirnyi became a member of an even more exclusive club on 26 September in Shenzhen, when 'The Beast' celebrated match win No. 750. The 40-year-old became just the fifth player to win 750 matches, joining the Bryans, Nestor and Todd Woodbridge. One month later in Moscow, he would hit another milestone in claiming his 50th title “I am thrilled that I have come to this stage of my career," said Mirnyi. "It is something that I couldn't have imagined at the beginning of the road." Other Highlights - Qureshi Goes Five-For-Five: Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi won five titles with five different partners, teaming up with Marcin Matkowski on the hard courts of Auckland, Florin Mergea on the clay of Barcelona, Robert Lindstedt and Rajeev Ram on the grass of Antalya and Newport and finally with Jonathan Erlich at the Chengdu Open. The former World No. 8 also reached the final in Stockholm with Jean-Julien Rojer.  Qureshi's biggest impact has come off the court, however, having started the 'Stop War Start Tennis' initiative in Africa. He hopes that the introduction of tennis will lead to a better life for those in need. Learn More - Zverev's Double Dip: Alexander Zverev became the only player to win singles and doubles crowns in the same week, when he teamed up with brother Mischa Zverev at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier. It was the younger Zverev's first doubles title, joining Brisbane champions Thanasi Kokkinakis and Jordan Thompson, as well as Japanese duo Ben Mclachlan and Yasutaka Uchiyama as other notable first-time winners. The unseeded Japanese team prevailed on home soil in Tokyo with stunning upsets of top seeds Rojer/Tecau and second seeds Murray/Soares. - Match Tie-break Marathon: Aussies Matt Reid and John-Patrick Smith won a 42-point Match Tie-break in their Newport opener - the longest of the year on the ATP World Tour. They defeated Taiwanese tandem Cheng-Peng Hsieh and Hsien-Yin Peng 4-6, 6-4, 22/20, needing 10 match points while saving five.

Thu, 07/12/2017 15:33
Bryan Brothers, Jack Nicklaus Raise More Than $1 Million With Tennis, Golf Event

Doubles greats the Bryan brothers partnered with golf legend Jack Nicklaus to raise money for their children’s foundations. The Fore Love Tournament combined both golf and tennis pro-ams this past weekend in Palm Beach, Florida. ATP World Tour, WTA, and PGA tour professionals donated their time and charitable efforts to help raise $1.1 million for the Bryan Bros. Foundation and the Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation. The participants played tennis on Sunday with Andy Murray, the Bryan Brothers, and other ATP stars at Jack and Barbara Nicklaus’s house. On Monday they played a round of golf with Jack Nicklaus, Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Jason Dufner, Lucas Glover and Daniel Berger. The donors each paid $50,000 for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play and rub shoulders with sports royalty in a uniquely intimate environment. “It was such a magical event. Everyone was so warm and friendly and we all left with memories to last a lifetime,” Bob Bryan told â?ªATPWorldTour.comâ?¬. “It was really unlike anything we've ever done before and I think even some of the pros were blown away by the venue, atmosphere, and format.” The three-day event started with a welcome party at The Bear's Club in Jupiter, Florida. Participants received leather gift bags highlighted by a Roger Federer autographed racquet. â?ªThe next morning, tennis got underway at the Nicklaus residence on its three grass courts. The courts, Mike Bryan said, “rival The Queen's Club and Wimbledon in quality. There wasn’t one bad bounce on those courts. They were flawless.”â?¬ The donors played doubles for more than four hours alongside current and former tour stars Murray, Serena Williams, Kevin Anderson, James Blake, Genie Bouchard, Jim Courier, Tommy Haas, Mark Knowles, Stefan Kozlov, Reilly Opelka, and Jack Sock. “Everyone got a chance to play against or alongside the 13 pros,” Bob Bryan said. After dinner at the Nicklaus' house, the Bryan Brothers Band, including â?ªCounting Crowsâ?¬ drummer Jim Bogios, closed the evening. Sunday was spent at The Bear's Club, as the donors played golf with the PGA luminaries and some ATP players. “I rode around with Jack Sock who surprised me with his game. He was killing the ball and definitely did the tennis players proud out there,” Mike Bryan said. The Bryans met Jack and Barbara Nicklaus seven years ago through a mutual friend. The family and the brothers stay in touch regularly with Jack and Barbara often texting their support after the Bryans’ matches. “We've become great friends with the family and have seen first hand how passionate they are with their philanthropy,” Bob Bryan said. “Jack and Barbara are two of the most humble and gracious people we’ve ever met and have mentored us and helped take our charitable efforts to the next level. We have raised money in the past but nothing like what we raised last weekend.” [ALSO LIKE] The Fore Love Tournament will receive more attention in March, when the Golf Channel show, Feherty, plans to air a segment on the event. The Bryan brothers and the Nicklaus’s are excited about planning their second “Fore Love” next year. “We were elated with how it went in the first year and are looking forward to doing it even bigger and better in year two,” Bob Bryan said. “Hopefully a lot of the pros will be willing to help again because of how enjoyable and magical the whole experience was.”

Thu, 07/12/2017 14:53
Best of 2017: The Family Behind NextGenATP Tsitsipas

ATP World Tour Uncovered presented by Peugeot meets #NextGenATP player Stefanos Tsitsipas and his parents as the young Greek player qualifies at Roland Garros.

Thu, 07/12/2017 03:26
The Top 2 Grand Slam Matches Of 2017

Continuing our Season In Review series, ATPWorldTour.com looks at the best two Grand Slam matches of the 2017 season. 2. Del Potro d. Thiem, US Open, Round of 16 - 4 September 2017 (Match Stats) Juan Martin del Potro appeared far closer to a plane ride back to Argentina than he did to a spot in the quarter-finals in Flushing Meadows when he faced the up-and-coming sixth seed, Dominic Thiem, on Grandstand in the fourth round at the US Open. Thiem dominated the first two sets in just over an hour, and it seemed a lethargic Del Potro was wilting away — and quickly — due to a flu-like illness. There was no second wind in sight for the ‘Tower of Tandil’. A thrilling 1-6, 2-6, 6-1, 7-6(1), 6-4 victory to set up a rematch of the 2009 US Open final against third-seeded Roger Federer seemed completely unrealistic. But that is exactly what the New York crowd got. (Read Match Report) Thiem played a sloppy second game in the third set out of nowhere to concede a break, allowing the raucous crowd into the match and shifting its momentum. “I saw the crowd waiting for more tennis, waiting for my good forehands, good serves. I took all that energy to change in a good way and think about fighting and not retiring,” Del Potro said. “I started to enjoy little bit more about the fans. I think I did everything well after the third set. The crowd enjoyed with me all points. It was [an] unbelievable atmosphere.” All around him, the same cry rang through the air. “Ole! Ole Ole Ole! Delpo! Delpo!” It was as if the fans chanting acted as a resurrection song for the 2009 US Open champion. All of a sudden, the shotmaking Thiem was getting caught far behind the baseline as if he were playing on his favoured clay. On the other side of the net, Del Potro was tap-dancing around his backhand to instead push Thiem around with monstrous forehands. “I knew that it's not going to go all the way like this because if he felt really bad, he would have retired for sure,” Thiem said of his mindset after the easy start to the match. “I knew that I have to maintain my level. Of course, the third set was bad. I mean, I played some really bad minutes. It was a great match I think, sets four and set five.” The fourth set was especially entertaining. Del Potro broke, but Thiem won four games in a row to surge to a 5-2 lead, and he would serve for the match at 5-3. But after failing to convert on a 30/0 advantage in the game, Thiem sailed a sitting forehand well long to hand the break back. And from there, the match only got crazier. The Austrian somehow halted the momentum to earn two match points on Del Potro’s serve at 6-5. But two aces quickly saw off the opportunity, and Thiem would never recover. After a one-sided tie-break for Del Potro, the first nine games in the fifth set went to the server. But facing his second match point, Thiem double-faulted to lose one of the matches of the year. In the next round, Del Potro would shock Federer and advance to the semi-finals, denying the first Federer-Rafael Nadal match at the US Open and keeping the Swiss from having a shot at leaving New York with the No. 1 Emirates ATP Ranking.  “I played one of the epic matches of my career here in the US Open,” Del Potro said. “I'm so glad to go through.” 1. Federer d. Nadal, Australian Open, Final - 29 January 2017 (Match Stats) Whenever Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal meet on the tennis court, great things tend to happen. Make it a five-setter in a Grand Slam final and great is an understatement. But it had been nearly six years since the longtime rivals met in a major final. And after both dealt with injuries toward the end of 2016, nobody believed they would face off in the final at Melbourne Park. So when they battled their way to the championship match, that was a victory in itself. In fact, Federer, who before Melbourne had not played a tournament since 2016 Wimbledon, said after the match that he “would have been happy again to [just] be in the final”. And it looked like that was as far as Federer would get when he sprayed a forehand wide to go down an immediate break in the fifth set. But he would storm back, winning the final five games to claim a 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 victory in the Grand Slam match of the year. (Read & Watch Highlights) In the moment, it seemed highly improbable that even Federer could come back from 1-3 down in a decider against Nadal. But after Federer failed to convert on five break points in the left-hander’s first three service games of the set, he finally found a way to even affairs at 3-3, Nadal barely missing an inside-out forehand wide to give the break back. “I had the chance to keep holding serve,” Nadal said. “If I hold that one, you never know. You are [then] two games, just two games away.” But Nadal would not win another game in the match. Federer swept the final five games to close out perhaps his unlikeliest victory ever, lifting an 18th Grand Slam trophy, which was his first win at a major against his greatest rival since the Wimbledon final in 2007. “I told myself to play free,” Federer said. “ I didn't want to go down just making shots, seeing forehands rain down on me from Rafa… I kept on fighting. I kept on believing, like I did all match long today, that there was a possibility I could win this match.” At one point between the fourth and fifth sets, Nadal won seven of nine games. And when the Spaniard gains momentum, it is usually like trying to stop a freight train that has no brakes. But Federer stepped into the court and played even more aggressively than normal, attacking with his one-handed backhand to keep Nadal from going on the offensive first. And although the victory took confirmation — Nadal challenged a Federer forehand approach shot on match point that clipped the line — the oldest Grand Slam champion (35 years, 174 days) since Ken Rosewall (1971) seemingly burst into tears of joy after claiming the win against all odds, becoming just the second player (Mats Wilander, 1982 Roland Garros) to defeat four Top 10 opponents en route to a major title. “It's a great draw because I'm in the draw,” said Federer before the event. Little did he know that a fortnight later, he would be raising the trophy after a classic match in one of tennis’ most storied rivalries.

Wed, 06/12/2017 17:50
Vote For Masters 1000 Golden Hot Shot

What's your pick for the 2017 Masters 1000 Golden Hot Shot? Re-live nine great hot shots from the season's ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments and help crown the best. Watch the clips, selected based on views, and cast your vote before the poll closes at 6pm GMT/1pm ET on Tuesday, 12 December. Here are the candidates from each of the nine Masters 1000 events: BNP Paribas Open (Indian Wells): Del Potro Tweener Miami Open presented by Itau: Kyrgios Tweener Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters: Nadal Impossible Angle Mutua Madrid Open: Cuevas No-Look Winner Internazionali BNL d'Italia (Rome): Thiem Backhand Blast Coupe Rogers (Montreal): Zverev 49-Shot Rally Western & Southern Open (Cincinnati): Dimitrov Dive Volley Rolex Shanghai Masters: Nadal & Dimitrov Athleticism Rolex Paris Masters: Schwartzman Behind-The-Back Shot Watch & Vote Now! Subscribe to our Hot Shot playlist, and watch match replays on TennisTV.

Wed, 06/12/2017 14:07
Best of 2017: Seven Questions With NextGenATP Khachanov & Medvedev

ATP World Tour Uncovered presented by Peugeot asks seven tough questions to NextGenATP players Karen Khachanov and Daniil Medvedev.

Wed, 06/12/2017 03:13
Best Grand Slam Matches Of 2017: 5 To 3

Continuing our Season In Review series, ATPWorldTour.com looks at the third through fifth best Grand Slam matches of the 2017 season. 5. Wawrinka def. Murray, Roland Garros, Semi-finals - 9 June 2017 (Match Stats) Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka have been top contenders at the Grand Slams for years, and you'd expect the same knowing they were the first and third seeds, respectively, at Roland Garros. But neither star was in top form when they arrived on Paris’ terre battue this season. The Scot was just 5-4 on clay heading into the second major of the year, and he was also trying to find his game after dealing with an elbow injury. “I came in playing garbage,” Murray joked after his quarter-final victory. On the other side of the court, the 2015 champion arrived having won at the Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open. But he was 2-3 on clay in 2017 before that title. So in a way, advancing to the semi-finals was a strong result for both players. But after Murray somehow snuck ahead with a two sets to one lead despite Wawrinka holding leads in each of the first three sets, it was the Swiss who reached his second Roland Garros final in three years with a 6-7(6), 6-3, 5-7, 7-6(3), 6-1 victory. (Read Match Report) In the first few sets, Murray played jaw-dropping defense to stay in points against Wawrinka, using neutralising depth to turn defense into offense, especially in key moments. But as the four-hour, 34-minute clash wore on, Wawrinka’s power was overwhelming, and he fittingly ended it with a lasered one-handed backhand winner. “I think it was mentally a tough battle today, especially in five sets against Andy,” Wawrinka said. “I'm happy with what I did on the court, the way I was fighting, even if I was down. The way I was trying to keep my line, trying to keep being aggressive, keep going even if I lost a lot of points by some incredible defense from him. But you know what's happening when you play in a semi. You have to accept it. You just need to keep fighting and keep going for it.” Wawrinka served for the first set at 5-3 and held a set point at 6-5 in the tie-break before losing it, and also led by a break on two separate occasions (2-0 and 4-2) in the third set before dropping five of the final six games to fall into a hole. But in the fourth set, neither player broke and all it took was one strong tie-break from Wawrinka to even the score and gain all the momentum and confidence he needed to run away with the match. “I was one tie-break away from getting to the final when I came in really struggling. So I have to be proud of that,” Murray said. “Maybe the lack of matches hurt me a little bit in the end today. That was a very high intensity match. A lot of long points. When you haven't been playing loads, you know, over four, four-and-a-half hours, that can catch up to you a little bit. So, I only have myself to blame for that, for the way I played coming into the tournament.” 4. Muller def. Nadal, Wimbledon, Round of 16 - 10 July 2017 (Match Stats) Beating Rafael Nadal at a Grand Slam is never easy. Doing it at the same major twice in a career is even harder, especially right after the Spaniard won his 10th Roland Garros trophy and his third without dropping a set. So it was no surprise that Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller did not cruise past the fourth-seeded Nadal after capturing the first two sets in the Round of 16 at Wimbledon this year. But it was a shock that in a marathon fifth set, it was Muller who prevailed to clinch this fourth-round battle 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 15-13, his second win at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club against Nadal (2005). (Read Match Report) In the first two sets, the crafty server dropped just six total points on his first delivery, and saved all three break points he faced. The 34-year-old took advantage of two of the three break opportunities he earned, and that was all he needed to take a commanding lead. But Nadal, who had come back from two sets down on three previous occasions and at one point in his career won 13 of 14 five-setters, stormed back and won the third and fourth sets in a combined 80 minutes to force a decider. The Spaniard lost just eight points during that time and appeared back on track. Yet after more than two hours and 18 games, it was Muller who came out victorious in the fifth set, advancing to his second Grand Slam quarter-final. “It's definitely one of the biggest, if not the biggest,” said Muller of the importance of the win in his career. Inevitably, as you would expect from a 15-13 fifth set, both players had their chances in the decider, which was longer than the second through fourth sets combined. Muller earned his first two match points on Nadal’s serve at 5-4. Little did he know that the set was not yet halfway over. “I just told myself, Look, I mean, I'm doing the best I can. I'm playing well. Just hang in there and you're going to get your chances,” Muller said. “Got a few of them. Didn't take the first ones. But still kept believing. Yeah, somehow in the end I made it.” After saving one break point at 6-6 and four more at 9-9, Muller would not face break point again. He converted on his fifth match point. It was the fourth time that Muller, who would lose to eventual finalist Marin Cilic, had beaten a Top 5 player in the Emirates ATP Rankings. And all four of those victories came at a Grand Slam event, with both of his triumphs over Nadal occurring at Wimbledon (2005). And while the result was a surprise, it was not like Muller came out of nowhere. Luxembourg’s star claimed a title on grass just weeks earlier at the Ricoh Open, and advanced to the semi-finals at The Queen’s Club in the Aegon Championships. Muller also won his first career trophy on the ATP World Tour at the Sydney International in January. 3. Nadal def. Dimitrov, Australian Open, Semi-finals -  27 January 2017 (Match Stats) Only one player can win a tennis match. But in this Grand Slam semi-final, both competitors walked off the court with heads held high. After a titanic four-hour, 56-minute battle, Rafael Nadal advanced to the Australian Open final with a 6-3, 5-7, 7-6(5), 6-7(4), 6-4 victory against an impressive Grigor Dimitrov. (Read Match Report) There was not much to separate the two players. There was even a span of 26 consecutive games without a break of serve. But throughout, both competitors were unafraid to step in and take a rip at the ball. The pair split intense tie-breaks in the third (Nadal) and fourth (Dimitrov) sets, meaning they would play one set to reach the final, which would have been Dimitrov’s first at a Grand Slam. After the 26-year-old escaped a 15/40 hole in the finale’s opening game, he regained his rhythm, being aggressive on the backhand side to help set up his forehand. And at 4-3, 15/40 on Nadal’s serve, the Bulgarian hit a solid return to push the left-hander back. But the Spaniard found some of his best tennis, hitting a backhand winner down the line later in the rally before saving his second break point with a forehand volley. In the very next game, at 4-4, Nadal was at his stunning best. He claimed the decisive break with a backhand winner and that was the only advantage he would need to close out the classic. “I think Grigor played great. I played great. So [it] was a great quality of tennis tonight,” Nadal said. “I think both of us deserve to be in that final. [It] was a great fight.” And while the Bulgarian lost the match, he gained the confidence that would lead him to his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title in Cincinnati and later in the year the Nitto ATP Finals trophy in his debut at The O2. Dimitrov went shot-for-shot with Nadal for nearly five hours, and if he would have found a way to claim one of his two break opportunities while up 4-3 in the fifth set, the match might have ended differently. “It's never easy to lose a match like that,” Dimitrov said. “For sure Rafa deserves pretty much all the credit right now since he's such a fighter, such a competitor. At the same time it was an honour for me to play a match like that against him. It also shows me that I'm in a good way, I'm on the right path.” Nadal would go on to lose another epic against Roger Federer in the final, their first Grand Slam championship match against one another since 2011 Roland Garros. Come back on Thursday for the Top 2 Grand Slam matches of 2017

Tue, 05/12/2017 22:02
Down The T or Out Wide? Depends What You Want

Infosys ATP Beyond The Numbers investigates where successful players at the Nitto ATP Finals preferred to deliver their first serve. Getty Images photo.

Mon, 04/12/2017 15:24
Best of 2017: Monte-Carlo Player Party Uncovered

In this installation of ATPWorldTour.com's Best of 2017 series, ATP World Tour Uncovered presented by Peugeot goes behind the scenes at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, where the biggest names in tennis hit the stage for the annual players party.

Mon, 04/12/2017 03:51
Best ATP World Tour Matches Of 2017: 5 To 3

Continuing our Season In Review series, ATPWorldTour.com looks at the best ATP World Tour matches in 2017, starting with Nos. 5 to 3. 5) Nadal d. Pouille, China Open, Beijing First Round, 3 October 2017 (Match Stats) Rafael Nadal was on a roll, seven matches unbeaten and at his indomitable best. Against Lucas Pouille, in his first competitive match since lifting his third US Open crown, Nadal found a way to win as he and other great champions so often do when they aren’t quite at their best. The Spanish star avoided an early exit in Beijing by fighting off two match points to beat Pouille 4-6, 7-6(6), 7-5. Read & Watch Highlights “He played well, I think, very aggressive. He’s serving well,” said Nadal, who at one point lost his shoe in a rally. “For me it was a little bit difficult at the beginning, then I started to play better. But still, I didn’t have the control of the match for almost all the time. I am very, very happy to be through.” Pouille dictated the early exchanges with his forehand and it wasn’t until the second set that Nadal began to attack the net, to end long drawn-out points. Nadal was down 4/6 in the second-set tie-break, when Pouille struck a short forehand approach into the net. Nadal gained the impetus to win four consecutive points to even the match at one set-all. In the decider, Pouille kept attacking with a number of excellent low volley winners, but Nadal earned his lone break of the match in the 11th game and served out the contest a game later to 15. Pouille, who had beaten Nadal at the 2016 US Open, struck 46 winners to 47 unforced errors in the encounter that lasted two hours and 31 minutes. “He had two match points, one of them with an easy forehand more or less,” said Nadal. “But it's like this. I remember the match against him in the US Open that I had 6-all in the tie-break, an easy forehand I missed at the net, too. That time was for him, today was for me.” Watch Full Match Replay At TennisTV 4) Djokovic d. Murray, Qatar ExxonMobil Open, Doha Final, 6 January 2017 (Match Stats) Remember the dramatic end to the 2016 season? Just six days into the new year, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic clashed once again for the Qatar ExxonMobil Open title. Murray appeared to have broken Djokovic’s psychological hold over him when he won their November 2016 meeting at the Nitto ATP Finals in London, when not only the prestigious title, but also the year-end No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings was on the line. Djokovic, who saved five match points against Fernando Verdasco in the Doha semi-final, was hugely impressive in the title match — the 36th match of their FedEx ATP Head2Head series — out-hitting Murray for a 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 victory over two hours and 54 minutes. It ended Murray’s 28-match winning streak. Read & Watch Highlights “[It was] definitely one of the best ways to start a year,” said Djokovic. “When Andy turned it around I thought, ‘I hope this is not payback time’ [for the Verdasco comeback]. All the way to the last shot, you never know with Andy. It’s no strange occurrence for both of us to play three sets for three hours. It’s a very physical battle.” Djokovic served for the match at 5-4 in the second set against Murray, and held three championship points but could not find a way through his opponent’s defences. Murray maintained his record of breaking an opponent’s serve in 112 consecutive matches since losing to Roger Federer in August 2015 at the Western & Southern Open, and at one point reeled off five straight games to a deciding set. Having stayed in touch for 30 minutes, Djokovic sensed his chance and pounced at 3-3. “It means a lot to me,” said Djokovic. “Because the last three months of 2016 I haven’t felt that confident on the court and I didn’t play so consistent. To start off the year with a win over the World No. 1 and the biggest rival, it’s a dream start, so I am hoping I can get the best out of it.” After this epic match, the tennis world thought that the No. 1 battle in 2017 would again be a two-man race. It turned out so different... Watch Final Highlights 3) Monfils d. Nishikori, Coupe Rogers, Montreal Second Round, 9 August 2017 (Match Stats) Gael Monfils’ 6-7(4), 7-5, 7-6(6) win over Kei Nishikori — particularly the final 14 points — showcased the very best of tennis as a sport. The match featured shifts of momentum and intensity to a player’s psychology and how the crowd reacted and felt. It was the kind of never-say-die comeback you’d long hoped for from the talented Monfils, who recovered from a set down against a Top 10 opponent for the first time in seven years and only the third time in his career (3-62). Read & Watch Highlights Monfils appeared out for the count and staring at his fourth straight defeat to Nishikori, but at 2/6 down in the deciding-set tie-break, the enigmatic and athletic Frenchmen fended off four match points — two of which came on Nishikori’s serve — in a superb fightback. "It's a good victory for many reasons," said Monfils. "It's a big revenge, because last year around this time I had the same thing actually against Kei. I was up 6/2 in the tie-break in the [Rio] Olympics quarter-finals and I lost the tie-break. So I know exactly how he feels. Also, last year, a bit before, I played him in Miami. I also had five match points and I lost it 7-6 in the third. I'm more than happy because I fought through the toughness, because it was tough for me. It was a bit like a rollercoaster. I was a break down in each set." Monfils had trailed 2-5 in the second set, 3-5 in the third set and was 2/6 in the deciding tie-break. At 3/6, Monfils cleaned the line with a backhand winner to end a lung-busting rally, almost collapsing in exhaustion and disbelief. At 5/6 he sent a powerful forehand into the corner that drew another standing ovation and at 7/6 he snared a forehand winner — his 28th of the two-hour and 41-minute encounter — before letting out a celebratory scream. Nishikori had won more points (116-108), but it was the Frenchman who was clutch in the big moments. Watch Full Match Replay At TennisTV Come back on Tuesday for the Top 2 ATP World Tour matches of 2017

Mon, 04/12/2017 02:13
Ebden, Stebe Among Biggest Challenger Movers Of 2017

Five years ago, Matthew Ebden and Cedrik-Marcel Stebe were playing the best tennis of their careers. Both the Aussie and German had made the leap to the Top 100 of the Emirates ATP Rankings for the first time and were on the ascent as they continued to realize their dreams on the ATP World Tour. But no path to stardom is identical and everyone takes a different route to the top. Ebden and Stebe would see their thriving careers cut down due to serious injury setbacks and after many years on the sidelines, both players would make triumphant comebacks in 2017 as the top performers on the ATP Challenger Tour. Ebden and Stebe were the biggest movers to the year-end Top 100 this year, with the Aussie rising a staggering 619 spots to No. 76 in the Emirates ATP Rankings and the German soaring 381 positions to No. 82. Looking to translate their Challenger success to the ATP World Tour in 2018, both find themselves within just 15 spots of their career-highs attained in 2012. On the comeback trail following knee surgery, Ebden not only enjoyed great success on the Challenger circuit as a two-time titlist in Canberra and Toyota, but the 30-year-old reached his first ATP World Tour final on the grass of Newport in July (l. to Isner). At age 27, Stebe, who underwent hip impingement surgery and pelvic surgery, won titles in Poprad Tatry, Slovakia, as well as Vancouver, Canada and Sibiu, Romania, in addition to reaching the second round at the US Open as a qualifier. He was a finalist for Comeback Player of the Year in the 2017 ATP Awards Presented By Moët & Chandon. Ebden and Stebe were two of nine players to make leaps of 100+ spots to the Top 100 this year. Nicolas Jarry was the only other player to soar at least 300 places, while Rolex Paris Masters finalist Filip Krajinovic and #NextGenATP stars Denis Shapovalov, Andrey Rublev and Stefanos Tsitsipas also enjoyed breakthrough campaigns. Biggest Jumps To Top 100 Of Emirates ATP Rankings Player Jump Year-End 2016 Year-End 2017 Matthew Ebden +619 No. 695 No. 76 Cedrik-Marcel Stebe +381  No. 463 No. 82 Nicolas Jarry +300  No. 400 No. 100 Filip Krajinovic +203  No. 237 No. 34 Denis Shapovalov +199  No. 250 No. 51 Peter Gojowczyk +130  No. 190 No. 60 Blaz Kavcic +123  No. 220 No. 97 Stefanos Tsitsipas  +118  No. 209  No. 91  Andrey Rublev +117 No. 156  No. 39  In his return from a broken wrist, 22-year-old Jarry is wasting no time in picking up where he left off two years ago. On the heels of a trio of clay-court Challenger crowns, including one in his hometown of Santiago, Chile, he made his Top 100 debut after rising 300 spots. Meanwhile, Krajinovic, who led the ATP Challenger Tour with five titles, moved up 203 spots to No. 34, capping his campaign with a stunning runner-up finish at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Paris. Shapovalov (+199 to No. 51), Rublev (+117 to No. 39) and Tsitsipas (+118 to No. 91), meanwhile, carried the teenage torch with their own Top 100 breakthroughs. Shapovalov thrust himself into the spotlight at the Rogers Cup, but the the Canadian had already began plotting his ascent with Challenger titles on home soil in Drummondville and Gatineau. Tsitsipas also notched his maiden crown, prevailing on the clay of Genova, Italy, in September. Peter Gojowczyk and Blaz Kavcic are the only other players to rise at least 100 spots to the Top 100, with the German becoming one of six to win on both the ATP World Tour (Metz) and ATP Challenger Tour (Happy Valley, Australia) this year. Slovenia's Kavcic led the Challenger circuit with 50 match wins, lifting trophies on Canadian soil in Winnipeg and Granby. Significant Emirates ATP Rankings boosts weren't exclusive to the aforementioned group, however, with many others making great strides on the ATP Challenger Tour. After five years of battling on the circuit, Tennys Sandgren finally made his mark in 2017. The American enjoyed a jump of 97 spots to year-end No. 96, behind titles on home soil in Tempe and Savannah. Germany's Maximilian Marterer, aged 22, is contributing to his nation's youth movement with an increase of 87 spots to a career-high No. 90. He capped his campaign with a 21-3 run and titles on clay, hard and carpet. Notable movers poised to break into the Top 100 following impressive seasons include 22-year-old Cameron Norrie, who vaulted 164 spots to No. 114 behind a trio of titles, and #NextGenATP stars Sebastian Ofner and Matteo Berrettini. Ofner and Berrettini broke onto the scene in 2017 with moves of over 200 spots to the Top 150. In addition to Marterer and Stebe, other Germans celebrating standout seasons were Yannick Hanfmann, titlist on home soil in Ismaning and runner-up at the ATP World Tour 250 in Gstaad, and Oscar Otte, who lifted his maiden trophy in Lisbon. Both players will look to complete their stunning climbs to the Top 100 next year, having combined to post just a 3-16 record in Challenger main draws entering the year. Hanfmann rose 195 spots to No. 119, while Otte vaulted 379 positions to No. 131. Germans On The Rise Player Jump Year-End 2016 Year-End 2017 Cedrik-Marcel Stebe +381  No. 463 No. 82 Oscar Otte +379 No. 510 No. 131 Yannick Hanfmann +195  No. 314 No. 119 Peter Gojowczyk +130  No. 190 No. 60 Maximilian Marterer +87 No. 177 No. 90 Alexander Zverev +20  No. 24  No. 4 

Sun, 03/12/2017 14:25
Best of 2017: The Backhand Behind Federer's Success

In this installation of ATPWorldTour.com's Best of 2017 series, ATP World Tour Uncovered presented by Peugeot talks to Roger Federer about his phenomenal start to the 2017 season and the importance of his backhand.

Sat, 02/12/2017 14:07
Best of 2017: Andy & Mischa Chat Fatherhood And Brothers

In this installation of ATPWorldTour.com's Best of 2017 series, Mischa Zverev chats to World No. 1 Andy Murray about fatherhood and having brothers on tour while hosting ATP World Tour Uncovered presented by Peugeot.

Sat, 02/12/2017 07:31
St. Petersburg Open 2017 Tournament Highlights

Take a look back at the 2017 St. Petersburg Open tournament highlights.

Fri, 01/12/2017 18:23
Best Of 2017: Elias Ymer Visits Ethiopia

In this installation of ATPWorldTour.com's Best of 2017 series, ATP World Tour Uncovered presented by Peugeot joins Elias Ymer and his father on a special visit to Ethiopia, where Elias explored his heritage and where his family came from.

Fri, 01/12/2017 16:38
Wawrinka Speaks For 1st Time Since Ending Season

Stan Wawrinka is looking forward to returning to the ATP World Tour in 2018, but admitted to media at the Geneva Country Club that he is still working hard to overcome his knee cartilage injury, which required two surgeries. “The last five months were the most difficult ones of my career,” Wawrinka said. “Even today I’m not 100 per cent yet physically and with my tennis. I’m working hard each day to improve. But at least it’s going in the right direction and I’m very satisfied with that.” The 32-year-old advanced to the final at Roland Garros and the BNP Paribas Open, the semi-finals at the Australian Open and also won the title in Geneva, but did not play the rest of the season after losing his opener at Wimbledon due to his knee injury. “The first surgery was arthroscopy to have a look at the problem and the second one was to reconstruct the cartilage,” Wawrinka said. “It was very difficult and tough, a big surgery. I needed crutches for eight weeks and lost a lot of muscles because of that.” Nevertheless, Wawrinka still aims to play in the 2018 Australian Open, and has been working with longtime fitness trainer Pierre Paganini, who also trains Roger Federer, to prepare for the Australian summer. He is also seeking a new coach to work alongside Yannick Fattebert after Magnus Norman’s departure in October. “I still have many weeks to work on what is still missing. Everything went well during the last few weeks, there were no delays,” Wawrinka said. “I was very lucky to have Pierre Paganini in my entourage. Without him I would have stopped. I really needed someone who knows me inside out and who knows what I need to be fit again.”

Fri, 01/12/2017 09:16
Best of 2017: Brown And Tiafoe Put Houston Partygoers In Hot Seat

In this installation of ATPWorldTour.com's best of 2017 series, Dustin Brown and Frances Tiafoe caught up with their fellow stars, such as Juan Monaco, Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco, at the players' party in Houston!




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