Turin [Italy]: Novak Djokovic on Wednesday qualified for the semi-finals at the ATP Finals with his 50th match win of the year.The World No. 1, chasing a record-equalling sixth trophy at the season finale, won Green Group play at the Pala Alpitour in Turin with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over fifth seed Andrey Rublev. With Daniil Medvedev winning the Red Group on Tuesday, a possible World No. 1 versus No. 2 final is on the cards come 21 November.The Serbian will look to carry his momentum into Friday’s round-robin match against British alternate Cameron Norrie, who has replaced Stefanos Tsitsipas (right elbow) in the elite field.In the other singles match of the day, Casper Ruud claimed the first win of his ATP Finals campaign after rallying from a set down against alternate Cameron Norrie 1-6, 6 -3, 6-4.
Turin [Italy]: Matteo Berrettini on Tuesday withdrew from the ATP Finals after suffering a left oblique injury that forced him to retire from his match on Sunday evening against Alexander Zverev.After one game in the second set, the Italian took a medical timeout. An emotional Berrettini attempted to continue but was forced to retire. Zverev won a tightly contested first set 7-6(7) in 79 minutes and led 1-0 in the second set when Berrettini was unable to continue. Following a medical timeout, the home favourite attempted to continue. But after playing one more point, he walked to the net to shake hands. Zverev climbed over the net to embrace and console him.Berrettini announced his withdrawal from the ATP Finals through an emotional Instagram post.Now the first alternate Jannik Sinner will take Berrettini’s place. Sinner will face Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz.Sinner has enjoyed the best season of his career, lifting four ATP Tour trophies, including the biggest triumph of his career at the Citi Open in Washington. The Italian is 45-21 in 2021.
Melbourne [Australia]: Swiss maestro Roger Federer is unlikely to play in the Australian Open as he recovers from injury, according to his coach Ivan Ljubicic. The 20-time Grand Slam champion is still determined to return to tournament action at some point. He has been inactive since losing in the Wimbledon quarter-finals in July.Federer underwent arthroscopic right knee surgeries in February 2020 and May 2020. Federer has played five tournaments since having those surgeries, all of which came this season. “I think the Australian Open is not a real possibility right now,” Ljubicic told Stats Perform. “I think there are very few chances, he is still recovering and knowing him, he wants to be sure he can play to win the tournament and be at 100 per cent. He will go step by step because he is 40 years old now and he needs to be patient. He cannot recover as quickly as he used to,” he added. However, the Croatian stated he was certain that Federer was not thinking about retiring just yet. “We have spoken and I can guarantee he wants to return to playing tennis,” he said. Last month, Roger Federer dropped out of the Top-10 in the ATP rankings. This was for the very first time since January 2017 that the 20-time Grand Slam champion crashed out of the Top-10 rankings in men’s tennis. (ANI)
Stockholm [Sweden]: Tommy Paul on Saturday defeated defending champion Denis Shapovalov to clinch his first ATP Tour title at the Stockholm Open.The American recorded a 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 victory over third seed Shapovalov of Canada in two hours and 12 minutes. With his 25th match win of the season, the 24-year-old is the first American to lift the Stockholm title since James Blake captured his second straight trophy in 2006.En route to his title win, the world number 53 defeated Leo Borg, Taylor Fritz, Andy Murray, and Frances Tiafoe.“I played some of my best tennis to beat Denis,” said Paul, as per atptour.com. “It’s the most fun I’ve had playing a tennis tournament. It means everything to win my first title. I’ve worked so hard to achieve this and I’d like to break into the Top 30 at some point,” he added.
Guadalajara [Mexico] : Paula Badosa on Saturday defeated number four seed Maria Sakkari of Greece, 7-6(4), 6-4 in the group stage of the ongoing WTA Finals Guadalajara.In the first meeting between the two, the number seven seed from Spain gritted out a 2-hour and 4-minute win and extended her current winning streak to eight straight victories. Badosa then waited for the result of the nightcap between Aryna Sabalenka and Iga Swiatek to see if she qualifies for the semifinals prior to playing her third round-robin clash in the Chichen Itza group.In that match, Aryna Sabalenka held her nerve to defeat Swiatek in a thriller. The Belarusian secured her first win of the WTA Finals after defeating the player from Poland by 2-6, 6-2, 7-5.
Linz [Austria]: Upper Austria Ladies Linz title clash on Friday saw Alison Riske defeating lucky loser Jaqueline Cristian after two hours and 24 minutes in a 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 thriller to win her third career title.The American was previously champion at Tianjin 2014 and ‘s-Hertogenbosch 2019, but had lost her seven other finals, including in Portoroz two months ago to Jasmine Paolini. In the doubles final, the number three seeds Natela Dzalamidze and Kamilla Rakhimova ended the 10-match winning streak of Wang Xinyu and Zheng Saisai to claim the title. It was the second trophy in three WTA finals for both Russians.Dzalamidze, 28, also won the Winners Open, Cluj-Napoca with Kaja Juvan in August for her maiden title; Rakhimova’s first WTA crown came at the Phillip Island Trophy in February alongside Ankita Raina.
Guadalajara [Mexico] : Paula Badosa made a remarkable debut at the 2021 WTA Finals, defeating top seed and world number two Aryna Sabalenka 6-4, 6-0 on Thursday night in Guadalajara.With the win, the 23-year-old Spaniard joins Maria Sakkari atop the Chichen Itza group after Day 2. Badosa has now won her past seven matches dating back to her Indian Wells triumph three weeks ago. Maria Sakkari of Greece got her WTA Finals campaign off to a stellar start, defeating Iga Swiatek of Poland 6-2, 6-4 on Thursday afternoon in Guadalajara.Badosa will now face Maria Sakkari. The Greek star got her WTA Finals campaign off to a stellar start, defeating Iga Swiatek of Poland 6-2, 6-4 earlier in the day. The winner will sit alone atop the Chichen Itza group.Iga Swiatek will next face number one seed Aryna Sabalenka.
New Delhi [India]: Veteran Indian table tennis player Mouma Das was honoured with the Padma Shri on Tuesday.The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, presented the award to Mouma Das here at Rashtrapati Bhavan. On Monday, Olympian badminton player PV Sindhu was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India’s third-highest civilian award while women’s hockey team skipper Rani Rampal was honoured with the Padma Shri award 2020.Rani Rampal had led the women’s hockey team in Tokyo Olympics 2020 held earlier this year.Padma Shri Award is the country’s fourth-highest civilian award.The Padma Awards are the highest civilian honours of India announced annually ahead of Republic Day. However, the award-giving ceremony was affected due to the Covis-19 pandmeic.The awards are given in three categories: Padma Vibhushan (for exceptional and distinguished service), Padma Bhushan (distinguished service of higher-order) and Padma Shri (distinguished service).The award seeks to recognise achievements in all fields of activities or disciplines where an element of public service is involved.One hundred and nineteen Padma Awards have been presented by President this year. The list comprises seven Padma Vibhushan, 10 Padma Bhushan and 102 Padma Shri Awards. 29 of the awardees are women, 16 Posthumous awardees and one transgender awardee.
Paris [France]: Novak Djokovic held his nerve on Sunday to capture his sixth Paris Masters title by defeating the defending champion, Daniil Medvedev.This victory in Paris also marked his record-breaking 37th ATP Masters 1000 crown. World No. 1 Djokovic came from behind to overcome No. 2-ranked Daniil Medvedev 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in two hours and 15 minutes battle. It was the 14th time this year that Djokovic has rallied from a set down to win.This was also the 48th match win of a standout season (48-6) for Djokovic as he breaks a tie with Rafael Nadal for most Masters 1000 titles. Notably, the Serbian secured year-end No. 1 in the ATP Rankings for a record seventh time on Saturday by reaching the Paris final.It was the first Paris final to feature the top two players in the ATP Rankings since Stefan Edberg played Boris Becker in 1990 final.
Prague [Czech Republic] : The Russian Tennis Federation claimed Billie Jean King Cup by defeating Switzerland on Saturday in the championship tie to claim the premier team competition in women’s tennis for the fifth time.They put an end to that 13-year drought after Daria Kasatkina and Liudmila Samsonova picked up singles wins to build an insurmountable 2-0 lead over the Swiss squad and capture the cup at the O2 Arena in Prague. The Russians denied Switzerland their maiden Billie Jean King Cup championship. The Swiss finish as runners-up for the second time, along with their finalist showing in 1998 when they fell to five-time champions Spain.Kasatkina got the Russians off on the right foot with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Jil Teichmann of Switzerland in the opening match. In the first meeting between the pair, World No.28 Kasatkina ousted World No.39 Teichmann in an hour and 19 minutes.The cup was clinched when World No.40 Samsonova ousted 17th-ranked Belinda Bencic in a three-set comeback, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, after 2 hours and 22 minutes of gripping tennis.
Paris [France]: Novak Djokovic has clinched the year-end No. 1 ATP Ranking for a record-breaking seventh time after a season full of historic achievements. The Serbian achieved this feat after he stormed into the title clash of Paris Masters on Saturday.The 20 times Grand Slam champion eclipsed the mark previously he shared with American Pete Sampras for the most year-end No. 1 finishes in history. By defeating Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz in the Paris Masters semi-finals, Djokovic breaks a tie with Sampras, who completed six straight year-end No. 1 finishes between 1993-98. Djokovic has achieved the feat in seven of the past 11 seasons (also 2011-12, ’14-15, ’18 and ’20).Andrea Gaudenzi, ATP Chairman, said, as per atptour.com: “Finishing the season as No. 1 is a monumental achievement. To do it seven times, in this incredible era of men’s professional tennis, is hard to describe. Novak deserves huge credit and recognition for continuing to redefine excellence in our sport, year after year. Congratulations to him and his team on this outstanding new milestone.”It marks the 17th time in the past 18 seasons (barring Andy Murray in 2016) that the year-end No. 1 has been held by Djokovic, Rafael Nadal (five times: 2008, ’10, ’13, ’17, ’19) or Roger Federer (also five times: 2004-07, ’09).Djokovic eclipsed Federer’s all-time mark of 310 weeks at No. 1 on March 8 and will finish 2021 having held the top ranking […]
London [UK]: The field for the 2021 ATP Finals is set. Hubert Hurkacz has earned the final spot at the season finale, to be held at the Pala Alpitour in Turin from November 14-21.The 24-year-old is the second Polish player to earn a spot at the event in tournament history (after 1976 runner-up Wojtek Fibak) and will make his debut following a standout season in which he reached a career-high No. 10 in the ATP Rankings and captured three ATP Tour trophies. “It feels incredible. Obviously going to Turin is a dream,” Hurkacz said as per nittoatpfinals.com. “Growing up as a kid, seeing all those top guys playing in the Finals, it’s inspiring. Now being among them, it’s very special because it’s just eight spots there, so it’s not that easy to get there.”Hurkacz clinched his spot by defeating James Duckworth in three sets to reach the Rolex Paris Masters semi-finals. He said that he had been getting strong support from his countrymen in the weeks leading up to this moment.“I’m getting so much support, especially from other athletes… I’m privileged to be in this position, and I hope I am making Poland a little proud,” Hurkacz said in a post-match interview on Tennis Channel. “Interest [in tennis] is growing in Poland also with Iga [Swiatek], who is in the WTA Finals, so it’s amazing to have both players at the high level. Hopefully […]