The ATP World Tour Finals begin today. The world’s top 8 players (minus Rafa) are in London, ready to square off in round-robin action. Today, Andy Murray will start things off by battling Tomas Berdych, and Novak Djokovic will take on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Surprisingly, Berdych leads the head-to-head against Murray 4-3, but the US Open champion is still probably the favorite. Djokovic leads the head-to-head against Tsonga, 8-5, but the Frenchman hasn’t beaten the World No. 1 since the 2010 Australian Open.
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The WTA Season is finally over. Victoria Azarenka is No. 1. Serena won the WTA Championships. Nadia Petrova won Sofia. The Czechs won Fed Cup. Now it’s time to rest and make party. But before we do let’s look back at 10 things you might have already forgotten about this fabulous WTA Season.
I’ve always been an advocate for players who win the coin toss to choose to serve.
Particularly if you’re a good returner. It just seems so obvious that if things go according to plan and both players hold serve, being the returner at 5-4 is a useful advantage. Earlier in the set, whoever serves second can drop his/her serve and know there will be a few chances to get the break back. On the flip side, the person who serves first always has the peace of mind of knowing that if they get broken at any point in the set, they will have at least one return game to attempt to get their serve back.
We pick the winners for the Paris Masters final between Jerzy Janowicz and David Ferrer, and Fed Cup final matches featuring Petra Kvitova vs. Ana Ivanovic, and Lucie Safarova vs. Jelena Jankovic.
I was very tempted to make this a “How the Match Was Lost”. I really was. After all, Michael Llodra dominated the first set. Actually, “dominated” might be an understatement. Just look at the stats:
Despite all the the aces, the forehand winners and yes, those beautiful drop shots, what struck me the most about this particular semifinal was the difference in composure of the two men set to compete in it. Jerzy Janowicz played this match as if deep down he knew his time had finally arrived.
The story of how Polish qualifier Jerzy Janowicz beat World No. 9 Janko Tipsarevic at the Paris Masters, as told in animated GIFs.
We pick the winners for matches on November 3, 2012 at the Paris Masters and Fed Cup final.
I am so excited about the Fed Cup Final this weekend. I mean, just look at this line-up…
Let’s look at the head-to-heads: Ivanovic-Safarova: 2-3; Jankovic-Kvitova: 0-1; Ivanovic-Kvitova: 3-1; Jankovic-Safarova: 5-1
Lucie Safarova, Petra Kvitova, Jelena Jankovic, and Ana Ivanovic. All of them are awesome in their own unique and special ways. I mean what could possibly go wrong?
Okay, so the truth is that a lot could go wrong. And I mean A LOT.
“I beat the Olympic champion, US Open champion. I beat Andy Murray. Unbelievable feeling for me. Still, I have the feeling that in a few minutes I’m going to wake up and it will all be gone.” – Jerzy Janowicz A name. That’s all Jerzy Janowicz was to me before this week: a name. […]