Sep 21 2015
WHAT IF IT RAINS?? : I bet you are wondering what we do when it rains… The first thing you should do is check this website for an update. I will post on rainy days… so, you can find the answer right here.
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Sep 06 2015
Nov 29 2015
A LOOK BACK
Andria E Castel Del Monte Challenger (Andria, Italy): Ivan Dodig concluded his 2015 campaign in impressive fashion after reaching the doubles semi-finals at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. The Croat needed a strong finish on the indoor hard courts of Andria to end the year in the Top 100 of the Emirates ATP Rankings and secure his place in the Australian Open main draw. He would run away with his third title in as many months and sixth overall on the Challenger circuit, downing Michael Berrer 6-2, 6-1 in 65 minutes on Sunday. In September, he won his first title in four years in St. Remy and a month later lifted the trophy in Brest. Projected to rise inside the Top 90, Dodig finishes with his sixth consecutive year-end Top 100 spot.
ATP Challenger Tour Finals (Sao Paulo, Brazil): Inigo Cervantes won his fourth title of the year, saving two match points to defeat Daniel Munoz-de la Nava in Sao Paulo. Read full report
Nov 29 2015
Inigo Cervantes survived a thrilling conclusion to the ATP Challenger Tour Finals, saving two match points to defeat countryman Daniel Munoz-de la Nava 6-2, 3-6, 7-6(4) on Sunday in Sao Paulo.
"I'm glad that I won such an important and special final," said Cervantes.
Cervantes became the first undefeated champion in the five-year history of the Challenger season finale, taking home $91,200 in prize money and 125 Emirates ATP Rankings points, which will see him soar to a projected career-high World No. 72. The Spaniard had just entered the Top 100 for the first time last week with a run to the Montevideo final.
The Spaniard, who notched his second victory of the week over Munoz-de la Nava after earning a round robin win on Wednesday, is just the third player in ATP Challenger Tour history to claim 50 match wins in a season. His 50-20 win-loss mark puts him in the record books alongside Carlos Berlocq and Boris Pashanski. Berlocq won 57 matches in 2010 and Pashanski captured 51 in 2005.
"These numbers show how excellent my year was. Two years ago I was in a wheelchair without being able to play tennis or walk because of two hip surgeries. Now I have my best ranking. Next year I'll have even bigger goals and I hope to get better and better."
MOST MATCH WINS IN A SEASON
Cervantes looked to be in control from the start, breaking in the first game of the match with a perfectly executed drop shot. Two unforced errors from his compatriot gave the Spaniard a second break for 5-2. He would close out the first set in 30 minutes, behind consistent shotmaking.
Munoz-de la Nava received a walkover in his semi-final match after Guido Pella withdrew with a torn adductor muscle, and the 33 year old's extra energy showed in the second set. He would break for 3-1 and forced a decider, opening the court with a more aggressive court position.
The third set featured a wild shift in momentum as a forehand winner from Munoz-de la Nava secured a break in the first game and he looked to be in position to run away with the title, reeling off eight straight points to consolidate for 2-0. But the Madrid native took his foot off the gas while serving for the match at 5-4. Cervantes saved two match points and converted his fourth break point of the 12-minute game to draw level. On serve at 5-4 in the ensuing tie-break, Cervantes blasted a forehand winner off a Munoz-de la Nava short ball and captured the title a point later after two hours and 10 minutes.
"We had faced each other four days ago," Cervantes added. "I think I had to deal with a little more pressure because I had won four matches and he won two, because he didn't play in the semis.
"Tennis is tough. In the first set it looked like the match would be easy for me, 6-2. I was really calm and Daniel making more mistakes than usual. However, a break in the second turned the match around and I saved match points in the third. But I could recover and win this match, that meant so much to me."
Cervantes is the seventh player to save at least one match point in a Challenger final this year - four more than in 2014. He takes home his fourth title of the year, in addition to crowns in Ostrava (Czech Republic), Vicenza (Italy) and Marburg (Germany) and sixth overall.
MATCH POINTS SAVED IN A FINAL IN 2015
Munoz-de la Nava, meanwhile, falls to 3-4 in finals in 2015. He finishes the season with a 46-18 match record. "Congratulations to Inigo for such a great week. He's a friend on the tour and really had an amazing year. Today's match could have gone to any of us, but he left with the win and he deserved it."
Nov 29 2015
Andy Murray has brought the Davis Cup back to Great Britain. The World No. 2 downed Belgium’s David Goffin 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 in the fourth rubber of the Davis Cup Final in Ghent on Sunday to give the visitors an unassailable 3-1 lead and a 10th Davis Cup title in 104 years of participation.
Murray ends his 2015 Davis Cup campaign with an 8-0 singles record, matching a calendar-year best set by John McEnroe and Mats Wilander. The Dumblane native was involved in 11 of the 12 World Group wins posted by Team Great Britain in 2015. James Ward was the only other Brit to win a singles rubber this year.
The Brit made a quick start, going up 5-2 before closing out the first set in 50 minutes. Goffin managed to lengthen rallies and push Murray to 5-5 in the following set, but found himself down two sets after being broken late in the 1:15 second stanza.
In the first rubber on Friday, Goffin overcame a two-set deficit for the first time in Davis Cup action against rookie Kyle Edmund. The Belgian, No. 16 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, could not repeat that exploit. He mounted a final charge by breaking the Murray serve in the second game of the third set, but saw his opponent counter strongly to seal the outcome in just under three hours.
With the win, Great Britain moved ahead of France for sole possession of third place, trailing the USA and Australia, for the number of Davis Cups won. It was the visitors’ first title run since 1936, when Fred Perry led the way against Australia on the grass of Wimbledon. Belgium and Great Britain last met at this stage in 1904, when the Brits swept the tie 5-0.
Nov 29 2015
Andy Murray is fighting to bring the Davis Cup back to Great Britain. The World No. 2 is leading Belgium’s David Goffin 6-3, 2-2 in the fourth rubber of the Davis Cup Final in Ghent.
A Murray win would put the tie out of reach, 3-1, and give the visitors their first team title since 1936, when Fred Perry led the way against Australia on the grass of Wimbledon. Belgium and Great Britain last met at this stage in 1904, when the Brits swept the tie 5-0.
If Goffin can rally, then the fifth and deciding rubber will be contested later today.
Nov 29 2015
Watch the Top 5 hot shots from the championship match at the 2015 ATP Challenger Tour Finals.
Nov 28 2015
Inigo Cervantes will look to clinch the third 50-win season in Challenger history when he faces countryman Daniel Munoz-de la Nava in Sunday's final at the ATP Challenger Tour Finals.
Cervantes beat home hope and eighth seed Guilherme Clezar 6-3, 7-6(9) to book a spot in his sixth final of the year. The Spaniard, who is projected to rise to at least a career-high Top 85 position in the Emirates ATP Rankings, fired 17 aces and saved both break points faced during the one-hour and 47-minute affair in Sao Paulo. He remains on track to wrap up the first undefeated campaign in the five-year history of the Challenger year-end championships.
"There was only one break during the match," said Cervantes. "Then a very close tie-break. Clezar is a very dangerous player here. Not only because we're in Brazil, but also because it's indoors and fast conditions. His serve is pretty strong so I'm glad that I won the match."
The all-Spanish final clash will be the second of the week between the two compatriots. If the title match is as close as their thrilling round robin encounter in Group A, won by Cervantes 4-6, 7-6(3), 7-5, fans will be in for a treat. It was Cervantes' second three-set win of the year in the FedEx ATP Head2Head, after prevailing in qualifying of the ATP World Tour 500 event in Hamburg.
"It's been only a few days since our last match and it was tough, almost three hours," added Cervantes. "It will be difficult, I'm sure, but we know each other really well and if I play like today, I have a good shot for the title.
"Maybe physically he's a bit more fresh than me. He had a day of rest and I played almost two hours. But I'll face this victory in a positive way. It helps me mentally so I can be prepared and without any issues tomorrow."
Munoz-de la Nava had already sewn up a berth in the final following second seed Guido Pella's injury withdrawal prior to Saturday's semi-finals. Pella suffered a torn adductor muscle in his round robin finale in Group B against Marco Cecchinato on Friday. Madrid native Munoz-de la Nava is 46-17 this year.
Cervantes is 3-2 in Challenger finals this year, seeking his sixth title overall. He lifted trophies in Ostrava, Vicenza and Marburg. Munoz-de la Nava, meanwhile, is 3-3 in title matches in 2015 and will be eyeing a fourth crown overall. He won titles in Napoli, Moscow and Meknes this year.
"I leave with my head up high," Clezar said. "I had a good tournament. The two matches I lost were more about the opponents' merits than me playing bad."
Nov 28 2015
Continuing our Season In Review Series, ATPWorldTour.com revisits the fiercest rivalries of 2015. Today we feature Novak Djokovic vs. Andy Murray:
It’s a rivalry that seems to have been hatched at birth. Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray were born within a week of each other in May 1987. They attended the same training camp as juniors. And the on-court reunions keep coming on the ATP World Tour, where they have faced off on no less than 30 occasions. They would stand on opposite sides of the net seven times alone in 2015, always in pressure-filled situations.
“There is only week difference between us,” said Djokovic. “Very similar game and very similar role in professional tennis. So I think that's what makes it very special.
“He has a winning mindset,” added Djokovic of Murray. “He's a great fighter, great competitor and somebody that commits to this sport. You can see that on a daily basis. He has a great team of people around him. He puts a lot of hours in the practice, gym and so forth. It pays off. I know him for a long time, so it's great we are able to challenge each other.”
Murray would push Djokovic to deciding sets in Melbourne, Miami and Roland Garros, but won just one game in those three sets, despite being one of fittest players in the game. The Scot would score the ATP Masters 1000 title in Montreal, snapping a two-year, eight-match losing streak against the Serb, but Djokovic would up his FedEx ATP Head2Head advantage to 21-9, including trophies at the Australian Open, Miami Open and the BNP Paribas Masters.
Djokovic’s best-in-the-business inner-drive was perhaps best seen during their five-set battle at Roland Garros, a more-than-three-hour drama the outcome of which was delayed by fading light, rain and hail. Having let a comfortable two-set lead slip away, the 28-year-old refused to cave, winning seven-of-seven net points in the decisive fifth set and denying his opponent even a single break-point opportunity.
Despite the competitive nature of their relationship, Murray insists the two are still good friends.
“I have a lot of respect for Novak as a tennis player,” he observed. “I've known him since we were 12, 13 years old. It's tough to be extremely close when you're playing in huge matches against each other on a regular basis. That's normal. But we get on absolutely fine. We were playing basketball together the other day. I get on well with Novak.”
“When you watch his game, he hits the ball well off both sides,” Murray observed. “He serves well, returns well. He's a very, very good athlete — very good endurance, as well. There's not many holes in his game. When maybe one shot for him is off during a match, he can hit all of the other ones well and make up for that, too. There's a lot of things that he does very well on the court. That's why he's been No.1 in the world for a while now.”
Djokovic vs. Murray: 2015 Meetings
Nov 28 2015
Andy and Jamie Murray defeated Steve Darcis and David Goffin 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the third rubber of the Davis Cup Final on Saturday to put Great Britain a win away from its first title since 1936. Andy continued to be the driving force behind Team Great Britain and has now featured in 10 of 11 rubbers won by his country in 2015.
The Murrays were put under pressure by the Belgians, but saved 10 of 13 break points and broke serve six times (6/8) in the two-hour, 52-minute win. They replicated the feat of brothers Laurence and Reggie Doherty, who teamed up in doubles to help Great Britain to the 1904 Davis Cup title over Belgium.
The Brits are attempting to win their 10th Davis Cup title overall to move ahead of France into sole possession of third place, behind USA and Australia. A singles win on Sunday in Ghent would give the Great Britain a first win against Belgium since 1963.
Nov 28 2015
Watch the thrilling conclusion of the semi-final encounter between Inigo Cervantes and Guilherme Clezar at the ATP Challenger Tour Finals.
Nov 28 2015
They say it's not how you start, it's how you finish.
That has been Daniel Munoz-de la Nava's mantra this week at the ATP Challenger Tour Finals. The Spaniard, who dropped his opening round robin match in Group A to Inigo Cervantes on Wednesday, qualified for the semi-finals with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over Paolo Lorenzi.
A battle of 33-year-old veterans, Munoz-de la Nava exorcised his demons against Lorenzi having dropped five consecutive matches in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series since 2009. The father of two is projected to rise to a career-high position of No. 80 in the Emirates ATP Rankings with the win.
Top seed and World No. 68 Lorenzi was eliminated from semi-final contention with the loss and finishes another successful season with a 43-13 record.
In the other Group A matchup, fifth seed Cervantes capped an undefeated round robin campaign, downing Farrukh Dustov 6-3, 6-3 in one hour and 18 minutes. He fired seven aces and did not face a break point. Cervantes remains the 2015 match wins leader with a 48-20 win-loss mark, pulling into a tie for fourth place in the all-time list of most victories in a season.
Meanwhile, Guilherme Clezar qualified for the semi-finals once again, streaking past Radu Albot 6-2, 6-4. The Brazilian home hope was a suprise finalist last year and will look to exact revenge on Cervantes when the pair square off on Saturday. The second place finisher in Group B, Clezar lost to Cervantes in straight sets last week in Montevideo.
"I have great memories from last year," said Clezar. "The crowd gave me a lot of support today and that is always a great motivation for a player, to be able to feel everyone behind you. I've playing Challengers the whole year, I didn't lose many matches to players with a lower ranking than mine. My level as a Top 200 player is established. I just need to win more matches.
"The situation is different from Montevideo. It was raining there, the serves weren't going that fast. [Cervantes] is someone that counter-attacks really well. I hope the serve can make a difference and my balls can go faster. The conditions here suit me more."
The nightcap at the Pinheiros Club featured a meeting between a 2-0 Guido Pella and 0-2 Marco Cecchinato. Already guaranteed a spot in the last four, Pella's Sao Paulo campaign would come to a heartbreaking abrupt end as the World No. 76 Argentine retired with a torn right adductor. It was the 2012 champion's second leg muscle tear in three years after suffering a torn hamstring at Wimbledon 2013. He led Cecchinato 6-1, 1-0 when the injury occurred.
Pella, who was slated to face Munoz-de la Nava in the semi-finals, concedes the walkover to the Spaniard, who advances to the title match.
Nov 27 2015
Continuing our Season In Review Series, ATPWorldTour.com revisits the fiercest rivalries of 2015. Today we feature Novak Djokovic vs. Stan Wawrinka:
Novak Djokovic may have claimed three of four FedEx ATP Head2Head match-ups with Stan Wawrinka in 2015, but the Swiss proved anything but a pushover. In their first meeting, Wawrinka extended the World No. 1 to five sets at the Australian Open — the third straight year they went the distance at Melbourne Park. Though the semi-final would feature a combined 118 unforced errors and 12 service breaks, Wawrinka out-aced his opponent 10-5 and collected 42 winners to 27.
Then, at Roland Garros, Wawrinka would pull off a historic 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 upset.
Despite the fact that Wawrinka kept him from completing both a calendar year and career Slam, Djokovic says it’s a friendship unlike any other.
“I feel like I have a very special relationship with Stan, I think like no other top player, honestly,” he said. “I do appreciate that. I do enjoy that good relationship we have. I think that was strengthened even more after the Roland Garros final.”
It was the second time Wawrinka had defeated the Serb on his way to a Grand Slam title.
"This one is really special, for sure, playing Novak here in final, the No. 1 player," said Wawrinka. "He won almost everything since the beginning of the year. And especially the way I played and the way I finished the match."
“Of course it was probably the biggest win he ever had and it was disappointing for me to lose that, but I felt like we had that special connection in the end,” Djokovic said. “Look, at the end of the day, we are friends, we are people. Of course we both want to win. When we get on the court, it's all about business and getting the job done. You do everything that you can to win. But once the match is over, I mean, why not share some nice moments and joke around?”
Djokovic took the next two matches against Wawrinka, in the Cincinnati quarter-finals and Paris semi-finals, upping his FedEx ATP Head2Head advantage to 19-4 overall.
Djokovic vs. Wawrinka: 2015 Meetings
Nov 27 2015
Andy Murray made it 1-1 after the first day of the Great Britain-Belgium Davis Cup Final tie by downing Reuben Bemelmans 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 on an indoor clay court in the Belgian city of Ghent on Friday. The Brit is now 7-0 in singles rubbers this season and could equal a calendar year record held by John McEnroe and Mats Wilander by winning the reverse singles rubber on Sunday.
Murray never trailed, having held to open the match before breaking the Belgian left-hander in the second game. Bemelmans returned the favour in the following game by converting on his only break point of the set, but conceded the opening stanza in 35 minutes. The Brit would not face break point again in his next nine service games and raced to a two-set lead in just over one hour.
Bemelmans, whose only World Group singles win came in 2008, mounted a counter-attack early in the third set, saving two break points to hold before breaking Murray to go up 4-2. The euphoria would be short-lived for the locals, however, as Murray broke twice and confirmed the win on his first match point.
Earlier, David Goffin completed his first comeback from two sets down in Davis Cup. The 24-year-old Belgian faced stiff resistance from 20-year-old Kyle Edmund before prevailing 3-6, 1-6, 6-2, 6-1, 6-0.
Edmund, making his Davis Cup debut, took early control of the match. The No. 100 in the Emirates ATP Rankings put his serve-forehand combination to good use and powered his way to a two-set lead after 70 minutes of play.
Goffin, ranked No. 16, then found his rhythm, taking advantage of the home support sweep the next three sets in 90 minutes. He broke Edmund nine times in the last three sets, and was 10 of 19 on break points on the day. Meanwhile, Edmund converted six of nine break points on the Goffin serve, but did not get a break opportunity in the final two sets.
“He played every forehand really heavy from the beginning,” Goffin said during the post-match on-court interview. “It was tough for me to find my timing on the baseline. I knew I needed to take my chance, and I did well to finish the match quickly in the fourth and fifth sets.
“I wanted to start the match by hitting some balls from the baseline to gain confidence,” Goffin added. “It didn’t work because of how aggressively [Edmund] started. That’s why he won the first two sets, but I’m really happy with the way I turned it around. The atmosphere here is just amazing. I have never played in front of a crowd like this.”
Great Britain beat Belgium 5-0 when the countries met in the Davis Cup Final in 1904. However, Belgium came out on top 4-1 in their most recent meeting in 2012.