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Klaasen/Ram Qualify For 2016 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals

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Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram have become the sixth team to qualify for the 2016 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. There are now two doubles spots left up for grabs at the season finale, to be held at The O2 in London from 13-20 November.

The South African-American tandem qualified for the first time as a result of Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau beating Treat Huey and Max Mirnyi in the Swiss Indoors Basel quarter-finals on Thursday. Rojer and Tecau, who captured the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals and year-end No. 1 last year, are currently No. 9 in the Emirates ATP Doubles Race To London - one spot adrift from Huey and Mirnyi.

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Klaasen and Ram have compiled a 31-18 match record on the season, including a 2-3 record in title matches. They lifted ATP World Tour titles at the Chengdu Open (d. Carreno Busta/Fyrstenberg) and the Gerry Weber Open (d. Kubot/Peya). The duo also reached finals at the Miami Open presented by Itau (l. to Herbert/Mahut), the Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open (l. to Johnson/Querrey) and the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships 2016 (l. to Granollers/Matkowski).

Klaasen and Ram will join Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut, Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares, Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan, Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez and Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo in the English capital.

Stars Take To The Streets Of Vienna

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Erste Bank Open 500 – Vienna, Austria 

Andy Murray, Tomas Berdych, Dominic Thiem and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga kicked off the tournament in Vienna with a game of mini tennis in front of the world-famous St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Read & Watch

David Ferrer, Feliciano Lopez, Lucas Pouille, Tsonga, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan took their places behind the stovetops in an exclusive cooking class at the Plachuttas Gasthaus Zur Oper and learned to make the perfect Wiener Schnitzel. Read More

Top seed Dominic Thiem walked around Vienna with us as he spoke about his season so far and his push to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.

David Ferrer and Tommy Haas helped out at the draw ceremony ahead of the tournament.

Gilles Simon, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, Viktor Troicki, Stephane Robert and Santiago Gonzalez were among the players to participate in kids' day activities.

Albert Ramos-Vinolas and NextGen's Karen Khachanov got an exclusive chocolate-making lesson from a Lindt chocolatier.

Kohlschreiber and Lopez visited the Emirates suite for a meet and greet.

Swiss Indoors Basel – Basel, Switzerland

Milos Raonic and Henri Laaksonen participated in the Champions of Tomorrow clinic.


Federer Leads Forbes List In Athlete Brand Value

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Roger Federer has been named the top athlete brand in the Forbes Fab 40, the world’s most valuable sports brands.

The Swiss superstar has a brand value of $37 million a year, the amount by which endorsement income exceeds the average endorsement income earned by the Top 10 earning athletes in the same sport during the past year.

Federer’s brand value is greater than NBA basketball player LeBron James ($34 million), golfer Phil Mickelson ($28 million), sprinter Usain Bolt ($25 million), golfer Tiger Woods ($23 million) and footballer Cristiano Ronaldo ($19 million).

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Last month, the 35-year-old Federer was ranked No. 4 with $67.8 million in the The World's Highest-Paid Athletes 2016 list compiled by Forbes. The Basel native's commercial partners include Nike, Wilson, Rolex, Mercedes-Benz, Credit Suisse and Moët & Chandon.

Federer will return to the ATP World Tour at the start of the 2017 season.


Watch Del Potro In Basel 2016 Day 3 Highlights

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 10:52pm
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Watch Murray Fight Through In Vienna 2016 Day 3 Highlights

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 10:45pm
Watch highlights as Andy Murray gets past Martin Klizan in three sets. Watch live tennis at Photo: Bildagentur Zolles KG

Huey/Mirnyi Close In On London Berth

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 10:00pm

Treat Huey and Max Mirnyi remain on track to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals after beating local wild cards Antoine Bellier and Marco Chiudinelli 7-5, 6-4 in the first round of the Swiss Indoors Basel on Wednesday. Huey/Mirnyi are currently No. 8 in the Emirates ATP Doubles Race To London. There are three more berths up for grabs for the year-end showdown.

No. 2 seeds Nicolas Mahut, who is already qualified for London alongside usual partner Pierre-Hugues Herbert, and Edouard Roger-Vasselin beat Henri Kontinen and John Peers 6-4, 7-6(5). The Frenchmen landed 78 per cent of first serves and saved both break points faced.

Vienna: Bryans A Win Away From 1,000

Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan are within sight of a tremendous milestone. They notched their 999th team win at tour-level with a 6-0, 6-1 rout of hometown favourites Dennis Novak and Dominic Thiem in the first round of the Erste Bank Open 500. The Bryans, seeded second, dropped only five points on serve and needed just 38 minutes to dispose of the Austrians.

Top seeds Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares rallied to win 4-6, 7-5, 10-6 against John Isner and Scott Lipsky. Murray/Soares bore down in the Match Tie-break, winning all four second-serve return points to prevail in 82 minutes.

No. 3 seeds Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez, who are already qualified for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, knocked out Austrian wild cards Julian Knowle and Jurgen Melzer 6-3, 7-6(5). Knowle was chasing his 400th tour-level doubles win.

Del Potro Enjoys Winning Return To Basel

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 7:58pm

Two-time champion Juan Martin del Potro returned to the Swiss Indoors Basel on Wednesday for the first time since he had beaten Roger Federer in the 2013 final. Apparently there were no hard feelings as a packed crowd in St. Jakobshalle welcomed the Argentine back with a rowdy applause. Del Potro thanked them with his 11th consecutive win in the Swiss city, dismissing Dutch qualifier Robin Haase 6-3, 6-4.

The 6'6” right-hander converted all four break points and won nearly 60 per cent of his second-serve points in the one-hour, 22-minute contest. After beating Federer in both the 2012 and 2013 Basel finals, del Potro missed the 2014 and 2015 tournaments because of a left-wrist injury that caused him to miss almost all of those seasons.


He's made quite the comeback this year, though. When he returned in Delray Beach in February, del Potro was No. 1,042 in the Emirates ATP Rankings. He entered Basel as No. 42 and fresh off his first ATP World Tour title in more than 33 months. Del Potro won the If Stockholm Open title on Sunday (d. Sock).

“This year is very special... I'm just trying to enjoy all my matches,” del Potro said. “My wrist is OK. My biggest goal for this year is to finish healthy and then, if I'm still winning matches, that would be great.”

The 28-year-old del Potro, who received a wild card into Basel, will meet fifth seed David Goffin in the second round. The Belgian is in close contention for a spot at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Goffin is currently in 10th place in the Emirates ATP Race To London, 190 points behind No. 9 Tomas Berdych.

Goffin needs to reach the Basel final to pass Berdych. The top eight players at the end of the season will qualify for the year-end championships, to be held 13-20 November at The O2 in London.

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Nishikori Does Everything In Basel Hot Shot

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 6:11pm
Tweener. Incredible hustle. Sharp volleying. Kei Nishikori does it all in this Hot Shot from the Swiss Indoors Basel. Watch live tennis at

Kei Solves Lorenzi, Moves Into Basel QFs

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 5:25pm

Kei Nishikori overcame a spirited effort from Italian Paolo Lorenzi to advance to the Swiss Indoors Basel quarter-finals on Wednesday 7-6(3), 6-2. Nishikori spilled 18 unforced errors in the first set as the top Italian retrieved nearly everything back to him.

But the World No. 5 cleaned up his play in the second set, reducing his unforced error tally to six to prevail in one hour and 38 minutes. The 26 year old is going for his second title of the season, having won his lone title indoors at the Memphis Open in February.


Argentine Federico Delbonis joined Nishikori in the quarter-finals by outlasting Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania 6-7(4), 7-6(3), 6-3. Argentine Guido Pella moved into the second round after Frenchman Richard Gasquet retired down 6-2, 2-1 36 minutes into the match. Gasquet won his second title of the season on Sunday at the inaugural European Open in Antwerp (d. Schwartzman).

Eighth seed Jack Sock also continued his strong play indoors. The 24-year-old American saved all five break points in a 6-3, 6-3 victory against Frenchman Adrian Mannarino. Sock made the If Stockholm Open final for the second consecutive year on Sunday (l. to del Potro).

Best of ATP Stars 2016

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 4:52pm

Lopez Hits Backhand Flick Pass In Vienna 2016

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 4:33pm
Watch Hot Shot as Feliciano Lopez surprises John Isner with a down-the-line backhand chip. Watch live tennis at

Murray Tested In Vienna Opener

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 4:15pm

Andy Murray drew a tricky opponent in the opening round of the Erste Bank Open 500 on Wednesday, but passed the test in beating Martin Klizan 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-0. The win bolstered Murray’s quest to reach World No. 1, as he entered the week only 915 points behind Novak Djokovic (10,600) in the Emirates ATP Race To London and could take over top spot with a strong late-season showing. He improved to 65-9 on the year.

Murray had never faced the left-handed Klizan in tour-level action, and the Slovakian looked to take control of the match in the early going. The Brit saved three break points in his first two service games before finding his range and claiming the opener. Klizan looked vanquished with Murray serving for the match at 6-5 in the second set, but used his powerful forehand to break back and extend the match. The underdog finally ran out of steam in the deciding set, winning only eight points and succumbing after two hours and 22 minutes.

The top seed, who won Vienna in 2014, will face a familiar opponent in Gilles Simon in the second round. Murray is 15-2 in the pair’s FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry.

John Isner became the first player to book his spot in the quarter-finals on Wednesday after a hard-fought 7-6(1), 3-6, 7-6(2) victory over 2004 champion Feliciano Lopez in two hours and 13 minutes. Isner hit 52 winners, including 31 aces, for his fifth win in eight meetings against Lopez.

Ivo Karlovic is also into the last eight after surviving Damir Dzumhur 7-6(6), 4-6, 7-6(5). Karlovic fired 33 aces and joined Isner and Goran Ivanisevic as the only players to eclipse the 1,000-ace mark in four seasons.

#NextGen star Karen Khachanov moved into the quarter-finals after dismissing Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-2, 7-5. The 20 year old will next face Karlovic.

In first-round action, three-time former semi-finalist Philipp Kohlschreiber came within two points of defeat against Stephane Robert, but did enough to win 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(3) in two hours and 17 minutes. He now plays sixth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Elsewhere, Albert Ramos-Vinolas will face 2009 and 2010 titlist Jurgen Melzer after he swept past Fabio Fognini 6-2, 6-2 in 56 minutes.

Dimitrov, Thiem To Play Sofia In 2017

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 2:48pm

Dominic Thiem and Grigor Dimitrov will participate in the second edition of Garanti Koza Sofia Open. Thiem is currently No. 9 in the Emirates ATP Rankings. He has won four ATP World Tour tournaments this season and made the semi-finals of Roland Garros in Paris. The 23-year-old Austrian has shown great talent and impressed with his one-handed backhand.

“I am waiting impatiently to play in Sofia. I know it is a beautiful city and there will be great tennis fans. [This year] has been perfect for me, and I hope I will go on the same way in 2017. Garanti Koza Sofia Open is a really important tournament, and I hope I will be able to show my best tennis there,” said Thiem.

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Dimitrov, Bulgaria's No. 1, found his way back to the Top 20 this season. He played well in Asia and made the semi-finals of the If Stockholm Open before losing to Juan Martin del Potro. Dimitrov also reached the Beijing final (l. to Murray) and beat Rafael Nadal, Milos Raonic and Lucas Pouille along the way. The former World No. 8 reached the semi-finals of Wimbledon in 2014.

“It is a great pleasure to me to take part in the Garanti Koza Sofia Open in February. It will be an honour for me to play in my country and to share my excitement with world tennis. We will have the chance to enjoy tennis of the highest level in Sofia. See you soon!” said Dimitrov.

Paul McNamee, the former tournament director of the Australian Open and Hopman Cup, will take the duty of the Garanti Koza Sofia Open tournament director. He said, “Thiem and Dimitrov are the future of world men’s tennis. We are excited that they will show their great talent in Sofia. It is always exciting for the fans when one of the tournament stars is a local guy.”

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How Hewitt Raised His Level Against The Top Players

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 1:38pm

Nobody spoils more for a fight than Lleyton Hewitt.

The bigger the match, the higher ranked the opponent, the more on the line, the better he was. The Aussie firebrand would summon his burning “fire in the belly” to raise his game to unprecedented levels when his opponent also occupied a spot in the coveted Top 10.

Hewitt’s dogged determination to succeed produced the unthinkable at the height of his powers in 2001 – a better return record against Top 10 opponents than against the Top 50. If Hewitt looked over the net and saw one his peers ranked in the upper echelon of the Emirates ATP Rankings, his iron will to succeed became the single biggest weapon on the court.


In 2001, Hewitt went 80-18 and won six titles, the most of any year in his career. The Tennis Masters Cup – the equivalent of the current Barclays ATP World Tour Finals – was one of his biggest hauls in a magnificent season that saw him become the youngest No. 1 player in the world after winning the year-end championships in Sydney, Australia.

An Infosys ATP Beyond The Numbers analysis of Hewitt’s 2001 season, his first of two consecutive years as the year-end No. 1, highlights just how good he was when push came to shove against fellow Top 10 opponents. Hewitt’s return game was where he created separation against the Top 10. His strength simply got stronger.

The table below highlights Hewitt’s 2001 performance against Top 50 opponents and against the Top 10. How he compared to other year-end No. 1 players dating back to 1991 is in parentheses. For example, with return games won against the Top 50 in 2001, he had the fifth best season of any year-end No. 1, winning 30.7 per cent of his return games. But that elevated to 37 per cent against Top 10 opponents in 2001 – the highest season average of any player who finished No. 1 from 1991-2015.

Lleyton Hewitt: 2001 Performance vs. Top 50 & Top 10

 Hewitt's 2001 Season  Versus Top 50   Versus Top 10  Return Rating  160.2 (Eighth)  178.8 (First)  Return Games Won  30.7% (Fifth)  37% (First)  First-Serve Return Points Won   33.4% (Ninth)  35% (First)  Break Points Converted   43.4% (Seventh)  51.4% (First)  Tie-Breaks Won  58.3% (16th)   100% (T-First)  Second-Serve Return Points Won   53.7% (Ninth)  55.4% (Third)

The ATP Stats LEADERBOARDS shows Hewitt’s return game in 2001 against Top 10 opponents was by far the best of any year-end No. 1 since 1991. The ATP Stats LEADERBOARDS Return Rating, powered by the Infosys Information Platform, is determined by adding his winning percentage in four return categories: return games won, first-serve return points won, second-serve return points won and break points converted.

 No.   Year  Player  Return Rating  1   2001  Lleyton Hewitt  178.8  2   2013  Rafael Nadal  168.2  3   2011  Novak Djokovic  165.2  4   2014  Novak Djokovic  163.2  5   2015  Novak Djokovic  162.7  6  1997   Pete Sampras  158.8  7  1998   Pete Sampras  157.9  8  2006   Roger Federer  156.2  9  2007  Roger Federer  156.1  10  2012  Novak Djokovic  155.8

Interestingly, Hewitt would also be year-end No. 1 the following year, in 2002, but his ATP Stats LEADERBOARDS Return Rating would drop all the way to 15th best since 1991, at 146.8 per cent. The year 2002 was stellar for Hewitt, but 2001 was positively lights out.

There are many qualities that come together to create a champion, and Hewitt’s ability to mentally and emotionally find another level against his Top 10 peers fueled his best season on tour.


Del Potro Wins 1R In Basel 2016

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 9:11am
Juan Martin del Potro reflects on his opening-round win in Basel. Watch live tennis at

Haase Flicks Hot Shot Past Del Potro In Basel

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 6:17am
Juan Martin del Potro charges the net but Robin Haase flicks his wrist for a Hot Shot at the Swiss Indoors Basel. Watch live tennis at

Contenders For 2016 ATP World Tour Awards Presented By Moet And Chandon

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 1:58am
ATP World Tour Uncovered presented by Peugeot takes a closer look at the contenders in the 2016 ATP World Tour Awards presented by Moët & Chandon.

Wawrinka Rallies, Berankis Upsets Raonic In 1R Basel 2016 Highlights

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 1:32am
Stan Wawrinka fights past countryman Marco Chiudinelli, while Ricardas Berankis ousts Milos Raonic in the first round of the Swiss Indoors Basel. Watch live tennis at

David Goffin Uncovered

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 12:54am
ATP World Tour Uncovered presented by Peugeot goes behind the scenes with David Goffin, who's enjoying the best year of his career and is looking to keep improving with coach Thomas Johansson. Photo: Peter Staples / ATP World Tour

Wawrinka Reflects On Tricky Swiss Opener In Basel 2016

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 12:18am
Stan Wawrinka analyses a hard-fought first-round win over fellow Swiss Marco Chiudinelli at the Swiss Indoors Basel. Watch live tennis at