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A Point So Good, Even Roger Was Happy To Lose It

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 12:57pm

It is not often that players go onto court against Roger Federer, for the first time, and manage not only to handle the pressure, but also play perhaps the best shot of their career. But, at the Rolex Shanghai Masters on Wednesday, that could be said of Daniil Medvedev.

The newly crowned Russian No. 1 may have lost in three-sets to the defending champion, but he won a number of fans and took Hot Shot honours after winning one of the best rallies of the tournament in jaw-dropping circumstances. In fact, the volley Medvedev played not only forced a smile from Federer, but the 20-time Grand Slam champion even gave his opponent a quick round of applause after making a volley that had so much backspin, it bounced back onto Medvedev's side of the court.

"What was great about that shot is he didn't maybe want that, but he gave himself the best chance to make the ball," said Federer. "When you have the right intention, right belief and right stretch, good things do happen."

The 6'6" Moscow-born star is producing his best season yet on the ATP World Tour, having recently won his third title of the season at the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships (d. Nishikori). Medvedev also lifted trophies in Sydney and Winston-Salem and has risen 62 places in the ATP Rankings in just nine months, from No. 84 to No. 22. The 22-year-old Medvedev also qualified for the inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan last year.

"This was one of the perfect examples that we both played a great point, and at the end, a little magic happens," said Federer. "It was good fun to see it. In the beginning, you're like, 'I can't believe it happened', then you're actually happy for the guy that he actually pulled off a great shot."

Federer Impressed By Shanghai Faithful During Opening Win

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 12:11pm

Roger Federer has played more than 1,400 matches all over the world during his 21-year professional career. So, to be sure, he's seen a few passionate crowds in his day, which makes his comments about the Rolex Shanghai Masters fans on Wednesday all that more meaningful.

Thank you for all the love from the RFans in Shanghai today! ❤️

ATP Media & ATP Double Up As Winners At Leaders Sports Awards

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 12:10pm

Men’s tennis was at the heart of celebrations last night as ATP Media and the ATP picked up two awards at the inaugural Leaders Sports Awards in London.  ATP Media’s live-streaming platform, Tennis TV won the On Screen Experience category and Next Gen ATP Finals won the Innovation category for the ATP.

The new Leaders Sports Awards recognizes companies shaping the future of sports around the world and the submissions are judged by some of the top executives and experts in the industry. 

As the awards have an international focus, both submissions overcame stiff competition and were up against some of the biggest names in sport globally.

Tennis TV streams 2000 tennis matches a year live and on demand and more than 1000 hours of classic ATP World Tour matches to subscribers globally. Targeting the  avid tennis fan, the product is available to users across streaming devices, smartphones and tablets as well as on desktop and laptops. Its bold design delivers a consistent user experience across devices, whatever the size of the screen.

ATP Media’s ambition was to deliver the best possible product for tennis, making virtually every ATP match available, and setting a new benchmark for OTT sports services, whilst providing the potential of a complementary product for its global broadcast partners.  The product was re-launched ready for the 2017 season and has continued to innovate and evolve since then, launching across more devices, and connecting with more fans globally.

Stuart Watts, COO of ATP Media said, “We are delighted for Tennis TV to be recognised by such esteemed peers in our industry.  We are tremendously proud of the efforts our team have put in over the last few years to get Tennis TV to this point – not only for its re-launch in 2017 but since then in continuing to improve the service we deliver to tennis fans around the world”.

The inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan took place in November 2017 with a fundamental mission to trial rule changes and innovation in a high profile real tournament environment. The tournament, organised by the ATP in partnership with the Italian Tennis Federation and the Italian National Olympic Committee, championed innovation throughout with the objective of not only promoting the next generation of players, but also targeting the next generation of fans.  

The tournament took place under an innovative fast-paced and cutting-edge TV-friendly format, while at the same time showcasing various technological advances in the sport, including a world-first use of Hawk Eye Live.  The progressive tournament also led to a pioneering new global partnership agreement between ATP, ATP Media and Amazon Prime Video.

Chris Kermode, ATP Executive Chairman & President, said: “We’re very proud of what we achieved in year one of the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan in 2017, and it’s particularly rewarding to see our bold vision for the event recognised with this award  in what was an extremely competitive category. The Next Gen ATP Finals have provided us with an unprecedented platform not only to promote the future stars of the sport but to also trial various innovations, and we look forward to another successful event this coming November.” 

Federer: "It Was Extremely Difficult"

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 11:52am
Watch as Roger Federer discusses his three-set win over Daniil Medvedev, praising the newly-crowned Russian No.1 and sharing his tactical thoughts during crucial moments. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Highlights: Federer Survives Medvedev Scare

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 11:26am
Watch highlights as Roger Federer defeats Daniil Medvedev in a thrilling second-round clash at the Rolex Shanghai Masters. Photo credit: AFP/Getty Images. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Delpo Looking Forward To Feeling Better in Shanghai Third Round

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 9:36am
After toughing out an opening win against Richard Gasquet despite battling a cold, Juan Martin del Potro says he's hopeful of feeling better in his next match at the Shanghai Rolex Masters.

Federer vs Bautista Agut: Cast Your Vote!

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 9:27am

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Federer v Bautista Agut | Djokovic v Cecchinato | Del Potro v Coric | Zverev v de Minaur

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Nishikori Praises Wu, Discusses London Chances In Shanghai

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 9:18am
Watch as Kei Nishikori shares his thoughts on his opponent, Yibing Wu, and emphasises the importance of playing well at the Rolex Shanghai Masters as he bids to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals in London. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Hot Shot: Medvedev Bamboozles Federer With Backspin Volley

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 9:10am
Daniil Medvedev's volley finishes on his side of the net, so how does he win this point against Roger Federer at the Rolex Shanghai Masters? Watch ATP World Tour tennis live and on-demand on Tennis TV, available on a wide range of devices.

Roger Survives Shanghai Scare Against Medvedev

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 8:54am
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Defending champion Roger Federer survived an opening scare at the Rolex Shanghai Masters on Wednesday, fighting past Russian Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.

The Swiss extended his Shanghai win streak to seven against the 22-year-old, who was fresh off the biggest title of his career in Tokyo (d. Nishikori). Medvedev forced the two-time Shanghai champion to fight before Federer eventually broke in the ninth game of the decider and served out the match.

“In the third set I really started to figure it out, as well, how aggressive or how tactical I wanted to make the match, and by trying everything, I found a solution at the end, which was a great feeling to have, so I was very happy,” Federer said.

The top seed was keen on taking advantage of the quick conditions in Shanghai, serving and volleying, chip and charging and forcing Medvedev into the corners with his backhand slice. Federer won almost 70 per cent of his 42 trips to net (29/42).

But as the match progressed, he was struggling to put away points against Medvedev, who often made the Swiss volley from his shoelaces and passed him with looping forehands. “It was just tougher to get into his service games,” Federer said.

The 22-year-old said it had been a dream to play Federer, having narrowly missed out on prior chances. And the three-time ATP World Tour champion wasn't awed by the moment.

But he stumbled while serving at 4-4 in the third. Medvedev shanked a forehand on double break point, and Federer served out the match, celebrating with a “Come on!” and a stare to his box.

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The top seed is going for his 28th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title this week and is looking to stay No. 2 in the ATP Rankings. He'll guarantee the latter if he can win his third Shanghai title (also 2014), and second seed Novak Djokovic does not reach the final.

Federer will next meet Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut, who beat American Mackenzie McDonald 3-6, 6-4, 6-1. Bautista Agut beat Djokovic in the 2016 semi-finals before falling to Andy Murray in the Masters 1000 final.

“I have a lot of respect for him. He's just a tough guy, you know. So you have to bring it. Could be similar like today. A lot of long rallies potentially,” Federer said.

After First-Set Scare, Kei Cruises To Victory

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 8:28am
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Kei Nishikori overcame a tough test at the Rolex Shanghai Masters on Wednesday, recovering from a set down to overcome Chinese wild card Yibing Wu 3-6, 6-0, 6-3.

The 28-year-old, who reached his second tour-level final of the season in Tokyo last week (l. to Medvedev), won 68 per cent of service points and converted five of 10 break points to record his 35th tour-level win of the season. Currently in 10th position in the ATP Race To London, Nishikori is bidding to qualify for the season-ending Nitto ATP Finals in London for the fourth time.

"I was surprised actually in the first set how he played," said Nishikori. "He was playing very solid. He was hitting good serves, very good forehand and backhand. Everything was working well. I was a little bit surprised how he plays very quick.

"But I just tried to focus on what I had to do in the second set, and I knew I was going to get some chances and maybe he would drop his level a little bit... I thought about losing the match maybe, but in the second and third sets I think I was focused almost every point. So I was happy with my tennis in the end."

Wu, who earned his first ATP World Tour win over fellow Chinese wild card Zhe Li on Monday, dropped just four points behind his first serve in the opening set. The 18-year-old, who celebrates his 19th birthday on Sunday, reached a career-high No. 299 in ATP Rankings on 10 September.

"[Kei is] a very good player. He said he couldn't do anything about my first set," said Wu. "After the first set he was still able to find a way to beat me. There is a lot for me to learn to try to catch up with him, to get to be someone who can always know what to do even after they were beaten for one set and always find a way to adapt to the latest conditions."

After surrendering an early break advantage in the first set, Nishikori was broken to love in the eighth game before falling a set behind. But Nishikori responded emphatically, winning 12 of the last 15 games to book his place in the third round.

Nishikori will face Sam Querrey for a place in the quarter-finals. The American battled past #NextGenATP countryman Taylor Fritz 6-3, 6-7(4), 7-5 in one hour and 53 minutes.

Querrey has now reached the third round in Shanghai on three occasions, having also reached the last 16 in 2012 and 2017. The New York Open finalist levelled his FedEx ATP Head2Head series against Fritz at 2-2, after losses in their two clashes this year in Delray Beach and Chengdu.

Nishikori, who reached the 2011 semi-finals (l. to Murray), owns a 6-4 FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Querrey. The pairing's last meeting came two and half years ago at 2016 Acapulco.

Match Point: Nishikori Overcomes Wu At Shanghai 2018

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 7:54am
Watch match point as Kei Nishikori completes his three-set win over Yibing Wu on Wednesday in Shanghai. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Anderson: "I Was Able To Focus On The Here And Now"

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 7:49am
Kevin Anderson, a contender for a place at the Nitto ATP Finals, insists he is solely focused on doing well at the Rolex Shanghai Masters. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Hot Shot: Incredible Rally By Nishikori And Wu

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 7:46am
What a rally! Watch as Kei Nishikori throws everything at Yibing Wu on Wednesday in Shanghai. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Tsitsipas: "I'm Really Please The Way I Fought"

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 7:36am
Stefanos Tsitsipas discussed his second-round win over Karen Khachanov on Wednesday at the Rolex Shanghai Masters. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Edmund Reflects On Seppi Victory In Shanghai

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 7:19am
Watch as Kyle Edmund discusses his second win over Andreas Seppi in three meetings this year and also shares his thoughts on his recent improvement in form. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Zverev Discusses Basilashvili Victory, Looks Ahead To De Minaur Clash In Shanghai

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 7:12am
Watch as Alexander Zverev reacts to his win over China Open titlist Nikoloz Basilashvili at the Rolex Shanghai Masters and looks ahead to another meeting with Alex de Minaur. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Highlights: Wu Wins First Set Against Nishikori In Shanghai

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 6:49am
Watch set point as Yibing Wu clinches the first set against Kei Nishikori on Wednesday in Shanghai. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Anderson Races Past Kukushkin, Sets Tsitsipas Showdown

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 6:29am
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Kevin Anderson raced to victory at the Rolex Shanghai Masters on Wednesday, beating Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3, 6-2 in 64 minutes.

The Wimbledon finalist, who is bidding to make his Nitto ATP Finals debut this year, fired 14 aces to return to the third round for the first time since reaching the quarter-finals in 2015 (l. to Tsonga). Anderson improves to 39-15 this season and has now won four straight FedEx ATP Head2Head encounters against the Kazakh after losing their first meeting at the same stage of this event in 2014.

Kukushkin had reached the second round, from qualifying, without dropping a set, but fell to 17-19 at tour-level this season. Anderson will attempt to defeat Stefanos Tsitsipas, for the first time in three FedEx ATP Head2Head clashes, to reach the last eight. The #NextGenATP Greek saved three set points in the second-set tie-break en route to a 6-4, 7-6(8) win over Karen Khachanov.

Tsitsipas, who beat the Russian in Shanghai to record his first tour-level victory last year, notched his 35th tour-level win of the season after one hour and 44 minutes, winning 82 per cent of first-serve points. The 20-year-old, who has reached two ATP World Tour finals this season, has already confirmed his spot at the Next Gen ATP Finals, to be held in Milan from 6-10 November. 

Marco Cecchinato also progressed to the third round, recovering from 1/4 down in a final-set tie-break to beat Hyeon Chung 4-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(5) in two hours and 35 minutes. Cecchinato, who was two points from defeat at 5/5 in the second-set tie-break, will meet second seed Novak Djokovic in a repeat of this year's epic Roland Garros quarter-final.

Kyle Edmund recorded a personal best 31st tour-level victory of the season, beating Andreas Seppi 6-3, 6-4 to reach the third round in Shanghai for the first time. Edmund landed eight aces and saved three of four break points to overcome the 34-year-old, for the third time in four FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings, after 77 minutes.

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Tsitsipas entered the 2017 Rolex Shanghai Masters with an 0-8 career tour-level record. This season, the #NextGenATP Greek has already recorded 35 victories and recently qualified for the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan.

Highlights: Del Potro Digs Deep In Shanghai 2018

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 5:58am
Watch highlights as Juan Martin del Potro and Alexander Zverev record early victories on Day Four of the Rolex Shanghai Masters. Photo credit: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.