World Tour Finals
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I was first “introduced” to Katrina Williams when the New York Times did a profile on her at the US Open. An avid tennis fan, Katrina (@ReturnWinner) has spent the last year traveling the globe watching tennis. This month her travels took her to the World Tour Finals, where she met up with fellow long-time Novak Djokovic fans Kate Langley (@NoleDjokerFan) and Nussaibah Raja (@sun4ra). The three friends gathered at the pier by the O2 arena every day to wait for Djokovic to arrive for practice or for a match, and since they were surrounded by a sea of Murray and Federer fans, they stuck out. After a few days they began to develop a rapport with Team Djokovic. I’ll let Katrina take it from here:
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Welcome to a special LIVE edition of How the Match Was Won! Since our US readers might be stuck in work for this Monday final, we figured that it might be a good idea to give folks a chance to follow along with the last big match of the 2012 ATP season, since Davis Cup […]
We pick the winners for the World Tour Finals final, pitting Novak Djokovic against Roger Federer. As usual, we disagree!
After going down 4-6 in the 1st set tiebreaker today, Andy Murray cracked his racquet on the floor of the O2 Arena, visibly frustrated. After all, he had just lot what ended up being the biggest point of the first set (maybe the whole match), and handed a minibreak to his Swiss rival. As the Scot walked to his chair to pick up a new stick, you could hear a smattering of boos coming from the stands.
“When he has these patches of utter brilliance, the only thing you can do is try and stay calm, wait for the storm to pass,” Rafael Nadal wrote in his autobiography about playing against Roger Federer.
And that’s how Novak Djokovic beat Juan Martin del Potro in London to reach the World Tour Finals final. (What an awkward turn of phrase. Thanks, ATP!)
We pick the winners for the two World Tour Finals semifinals, pitting Novak Djokovic against Juan Martín Del Potro, and Roger Federer versus Andy Murray.
Today at the 02 Arena: bad scheduling has Federer and Del Potro squaring off first, even though the result of their match could render Ferrer-Tipsarevic meaningless. The first blemish on the otherwise impeccable scheduling throughout the week!
Here are the scenarios (as far as I can tell): If Del Potro beats Federer, he is in the semis, no matter what Ferrer does. However, if Del Potro wins in straight sets, he will win the group – if he wins in three, Federer wins the group. If Federer wins in two or three sets, he’ll win the group. If that were to happen, Ferrer has to beat Tipsarevic to advance. However, if by some strange miracle Tipsarevic wins….
YouTube Chronicles – 2004 Masters Cup: Roger Federer, Marat Safin and the Endless Tiebreaker (Part Two)
After setting the table for so long on Tuesday, let’s now dive into the second set of this Masters Cup semifinal. You know, the one with the historic tiebreaker. Here we go.