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Del Potro Downs Isner In Stockholm

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 10:43pm

Power tennis was on display at the If Stockholm Open on Wednesday, as Juan Martin del Potro downed No. 7 seed John Isner 6-4, 7-6(6) in first-round action. The Argentine wild card scored his first win in three trips to Stockholm.

“I’ve been here twice in the past and did not win a match. Hopefully this is a good sign for me to go far this week,” del Potro said. “I’m very happy to have a chance to come back here and to be able to show my best tennis.

“Isner has a difficult game to play against. In the second set, I was lucky in the tie-break to take the chance to win the match.”

Isner came into the match with an ATP World Tour-leading 982 aces and added 15 to his tally against del Potro, but the 6’10” American dropped serve to lose the first set and succumbed in 89 minutes. Del Potro fired nine aces and did not face a break point in improving his FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Isner to 5-2. He will next face Nicolas Almagro.

Big-serving Ivo Karlovic defeated Swedish teen Mikael Ymer 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the second round. The No. 3 seed was in danger of being upset by the 18 year old, currently No. 549 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, but saved all three break points faced after dropping the opening set. The Croatian struck 16 aces and won 90 per cent of first-serve points to advance in under two hours.

#NextGen star Alexander Zverev beat Adrian Mannarino 7-5, 6-4. The 19 year old, who recently cracked the Top 20 of the Emirates ATP Rankings, hit seven aces and broke serve three times against the French left-hander.

Sixth seed and last year’s finalist Jack Sock notched his 30th match win of 2016 to edge Malek Jaziri 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(5) for a place in the second round against Dustin Brown.

Jurgen Zopp, who qualified for his first ATP World Tour tournament of the year, recorded his first tour-level match win since 2012 when he knocked out Benjamin Becker 6-3, 6-4.

Doubles Seeds Advance

Rohan Bopanna and Treat Huey, seeded second, downed Marcos Baghdatis and Gilles Muller 7-6(6), 6-3 in their opening match, while No. 4 seeds Mate Pavic and Michael Venus beat Ken Skupski and Neal Skupski 7-6(5), 6-4. Both teams will face all-Swedish duos in the quarterfinals. Bopanna/Huey will take on Johan Brunstrom and Andreas Siljestrom, while Pavic/Venus will play wild cards Isak Arvidsson and Fred Simonsson.

Cuevas Finds Serve & Path To Victory in Antwerp

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 10:42pm

Fourth seed Pablo Cuevas struck 11 aces to move past qualifier Jozef Kovalik 6-4, 7-6(4) on Wednesday and reach the European Open quarter-finals in Antwerp. He will meet Diego Schwartzman or #NextGen star Taylor Fritz, who won 80 per cent of his first-serve points and came back to beat German wild card Joris De Loore 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Third seed Richard Gasquet lost only two first-serve points (24/26) to beat Spaniard Inigo Cervantes 6-2, 6-4.

Fifth seed Gilles Simon, who reached last week’s Shanghai Rolex Masters semi-finals, converted five of six break points in a 6-3, 6-2 victory against German qualifier Yannick Maden. It was Simon's 30th match win of the year. The Frenchman will face another German in round two, Jan-Lennard Struff.

Top doubles seeds Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut needed only 52 minutes to prevail against Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and Nenad Zimonjic 6-0, 6-3. Herbert/Mahut are looking to gather momentum heading into the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, to be held 13-20 November at The O2 in London. The Frenchman will be playing at the year-end championships for the second consecutive year.

View The Emirates ATP Doubles Race To London Standings

Tecnifibre Young Guns Season 2 In Data

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 10:37pm

Gregoire Barrere, Mitchell Krueger, Omar Jasika and Daniil Medvedev feature in the second edition of the Young Guns Contest, which is part of Tecnifibre's On The Road to the ATP World Tour programme.

The four young players, who are attempting to rise up the Emirates ATP Rankings in 2016, will compete for a $50,000 prize based on their on-court results and also their ability to share their lives on social media.

After a year spent fighting for supremacy on court and on social media, here is how the Young Guns have performed:

Zverev Talks About Reaching Top 20

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 10:46am
Alexander Zverev talks about reaching the Top 20 of the Emirates ATP Rankings at the If Stockholm Open. Credit: If Stockholm Open.

What If With Jack Sock Stockholm 2016

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 6:49am
What sport would Jack Sock play professionally if he didn't play tennis? Credit: If Stockholm Open.

Karlovic Back In Stockholm 2016

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 6:49am
Ivo Karlovic reflects on his win over home hope Mikael Ymer in Stockholm. Credit: If Stockholm Open.

18-Year-Old Ymer Stuns Verdasco In Stockholm

Tue, 10/18/2016 - 9:13pm
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He's played only two ATP World Tour matches but 18-year-old Mikael Ymer has already swept a former Top 10 player. The Swedish wild card dismissed Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 6-2, 6-1 on Tuesday, needing only 70 minutes to eliminate the left-hander from the If Stockholm Open.

Ymer impressed the Swedish crowd with poise of a more experienced, higher-ranked player, not what they might have expected from the World No. 549 who made his ATP World Tour debut a year ago in Stockholm (l. to A. Zverev). The right-hander saved all three break points faced and broke Verdasco for the fifth time to clinch the match, his first ATP World Tour victory. Ymer will have a tall task in round two. He faces 6'11” Ivo Karlovic, the third seed.

Ymer's older brother, 20-year-old Elias Ymer, a member of the ATP Next Generation, was less fortunate. He fell to German qualifier Tobias Kamke 6-4, 6-0 after 65 minutes.

Spaniard Nicolas Almagro, another former Top 10 player, delivered 17 aces in a 3-6, 7-6(1), 6-3 comeback victory against Japanese Yuichi Sugita. Almagro saved seven of eight break points in the two-hour, 18-minute match and will next face John Isner or Juan Martin del Potro.

German Dustin Brown also came back to win, advancing past Gilles Muller 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. Brown will next meet Malek Jaziri of Tunisia or American Jack Sock, the sixth seed.


Returning To Win

Tue, 10/18/2016 - 7:36pm

More than a million points of research. Every Top 100 player. It turns out that player development evolves from playing more points on serve to playing more points returning the further up the Emirates ATP Rankings you climb.

An Infosys ATP Beyond The Numbers analysis reveals a hidden element of our sport we have never fully grasped. The majority of the points you want to play are not on your own serve. You want your opponents to go deeper into their service games, where your chances of breaking serve steadily increase. You want to keep your own service games short and sweet.

The Infosys Information Platform uncovered that every single player in the Top 10 has played more return points than serve points since the beginning of the 2015 season. This massive data set is from the past 20 months and contains 1,143,932 points.

See the ATP Stats LEADERBOARDS powered by the Infosys Information Platform

Roger Federer led the pack, playing 52.6 per cent of his points returning. Second was World No. 1 Novak Djokovic at 52 per cent. They were the only two players in the Top 100 who reached the 52 per cent mark. The entire data set of 100 players scored in a four percentage point range, from around 48 per cent to 52 per cent.

Top 10 Breakdown: Percentage of Return vs. Serve Points

 Ranking  Player  Per Cent Returning  1  Novak Djokovic  52%  2   Andy Murray  51.4%  3   Stan Wawrinka  50.1%  4   Rafael Nadal  51.2%  5   Kei Nishikori   50.8%  6   Milos Raonic  50.7%  7   Roger Federer  52.6%  8   Gael Monfils  50.3%  9   Tomas Berdych  50.7%  10   Dominic Thiem  51.6%

Dominic Thiem was the third ranked player in the Top 10 in this specific category. The 23-year-old Austrian moved from outside the Top 50 in the Emirates ATP Rankings in early 2015 into the Top 10 in June of this year.


Interestingly, World No. 3 Stan Wawrinka had the lowest rating of any player in the Top 10, playing just 50.1 per cent of points returning serve.

The further down the Top 100 list you move, the more you uncover players who play more points on their own serve, battling harder to hold serve, and not pressuring as much on their opponent’s service games.

Top 100 Breakdown: Percentage of Return vs. Serve Points

 Ranking  More Return Than Serve Points Played  Top 20   90%  Top 50   72%  51-100  44%  Top 100   58%

Overall, 58 per cent of the Top 100 play more points returning than serving. But there is a clear disparity between the Top 50 and the bottom 50. Seventy two percent of the top half play more return points than serve points, and that elevates to 90 per cent within Top 20. But the metrics are clearly different in the bottom half of the Top 100, with only 44 per cent of players playing more points on return.

Playing more points returning is something that higher ranked players achieve, but it’s also something that more experienced players seem to understand as well. When you look at the youth in the Top 100, there is an overwhelming majority of them who still play more points on serve.

 Age  Player  Return Percentage  21  Nick Kyrgios  49.6%  22   Lucas Pouille  49.1%  23   Bernard Tomic  48.5%  19   Alexander Zverev  49.2%  21   Kyle Edmund  49.3%  18    Taylor Fritz  47.9%  19   Jared Donaldson  49.8%

For example, the only two players in the Top 20 who play more points serving than returning are the two youngest, 21 year old Nick Kyrgios and 22 year old Lucas Pouille. Bernard Tomic, Alexander Zverev, Kyle Edmund, Taylor Fritz and Jared Donaldson are young players in the Top 100 who are in the transition zone of trying to play more points on return than on their own serve.

Becoming more efficient on your own serve and making your opponent work harder on his serve makes perfect sense, and now we have the data to tie it to player development and your position in the Top 100 on tour.

Lorenzi Sets Fognini Match-Up In Moscow

Tue, 10/18/2016 - 7:09pm

Italian Paolo Lorenzi swept his countryman and lucky loser Federico Gaio 6-4, 6-4 on Tuesday to move into the second round at the VTB Kremlin Cup in Moscow. The seventh-seeded Lorenzi will next face another Italian in Fabio Fognini, who improved to 2-0 in his FedEx ATP Head2Head series against Ricardas Berankis by winning 6-1, 6-2 in 58 minutes.

Fognini leads his FedEx ATP Head2Head series against Lorenzi 2-1, but Lorenzi won the last time they played, on clay at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters earlier this season.

Sixth seed Pablo Carreno Busta prevailed against Austrian qualifier Jurgen Melzer 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(2) after two hours and 16 minutes. The Spaniard won 70 per cent of his first-serve points.


In a battle of Serbians, Dusan Lajovic earned two crucial service breaks to outlast Janko Tipsarevic 7-6(4), 6-4. “We are very good friends,” Lajovic said. “On court, we had to fight... I'm happy that I won. It's always tough to play against a good friend.”

The 26-year-old Lajovic faces third seed Philipp Kohlschreiber in the second round. Russian qualifier Daniil Medvedev also advanced when Mikhail Kukushkin retired down 6-4, 4-0. Medvedev faces fourth seed Viktor Troicki next.

#NextGen Edmund Advances In Tight Antwerp Debut

Tue, 10/18/2016 - 4:40pm

#NextGen Kyle Edmund squeaked by Ukrainian Illya Marchenko 7-6(7), 7-6(5) during his European Open debut on Tuesday in Antwerp. The 21-year-old Brit won 67 per cent of his service points and benefitted from 13 Marchenko double faults.

Edmund, who's playing at a career-high No. 43 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, will next play second seed David Ferrer, who received a first-round bye.


Argentine Diego Schwartzman survived a tight contest as well, beating seventh seed Nicolas Mahut 7-6(2), 7-5. Schwartzman converted all four of his break points and will play #NextGen star Taylor Fritz or Belgian wild card Joris De Loore in the second round.

Romanian qualifier Marius Copil recorded only his fourth tour-level match win of the season by knocking out sixth seed Joao Sousa 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in one hour and 48 minutes. Another qualifier, Jozef Kovalik, beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3, 6-3. Elsewhere, Jan-Lennard Struff broke a two-match losing streak against Mikhail Youzhny by hitting 11 aces in a 6-7(3), 6-3, 6-0 win over two hours and 38 minutes.

Emirates ATP Race To London Update 17 October 2016

Tue, 10/18/2016 - 12:28pm
See the latest Emirates ATP Race To London update as of 17 October 2016.

Behind The Scenes At Shanghai 2016

Tue, 10/18/2016 - 12:22pm
ATP World Tour Uncovered presented by Peugeot goes behind the scenes at the 2016 Shanghai Rolex Masters, including interviews with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Tomas Berdych.

Emirates ATP Rankings Update 17 October 2016

Tue, 10/18/2016 - 9:31am
See the latest Emirates ATP Rankings as of 17 October 2016.

Infosys ATP Beyond The Numbers More Return Points

Tue, 10/18/2016 - 9:13am
Infosys ATP Beyond The Numbers examines how the best players play more points on return than on their serve. Getty Images photo.

Huey/Mirnyi Push For London Bid

Mon, 10/17/2016 - 11:12pm
ATP World Tour Uncovered presented by Peugeot goes behind the scenes with Treat Huey and Max Mirnyi, who are trying to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals for the first time as a team. Getty Images photo.

Olivo Reflects On Buenos Aires Challenger 2016 Title

Mon, 10/17/2016 - 8:12pm
Renzo Olivo looks back on his second ATP Challenger Tour title in four weeks, lifting the trophy on home soil in Buenos Aires. Video courtesy Julian Polo.

Anderson Comes Back For Stockholm Success

Mon, 10/17/2016 - 7:09pm

Kevin Anderson fought back from a set and a break down to beat eighth seed Marcos Baghdatis 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 and advance to the second round of the If Stockholm Open on Monday. The South African broke Baghdatis at 3-4 in the second set and again at 5-4 to even the match.

Anderson fell behind a break in the third set as well but reeled off five straight games to upset the 2009 champion. “Things weren't looking great... I fought through,” Anderson said. “I felt that if I could keep my mind a little bit and just take it one point at a time, I definitely was going to give myself a shot.”


He will next face American Ryan Harrison, who lost only seven of his first-serve points to knock out fellow qualifier Adam Pavlasek 6-3, 7-5. Harrison's compatriots were less fortunate in Sweden.

Fifth seed Steve Johnson, No. 24 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, fell to Radu Albot of Moldova 6-3, 6-4 in 80 minutes. Albot, No. 103 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, will play Swede wild card Elias Ymer, a member of the ATP Next Generation, or German qualifier Tobias Kamke in the second round. Frenchman Adrian Mannarino got the better of Donald Young 7-5, 6-4 and will next meet #NextGen star Alexander Zverev, the fourth seed.

Barclays ATP World Tour Finals contender Gael Monfils leads the field at the ATP World Tour 250 tournament. Monfils is currently in sixth place in the Emirates ATP Race To London, 1,060 points ahead of eighth-placed Rafael Nadal. The top eight at the end of the season qualify for the year-ending championships, to be held 13-20 November at The O2 in London.

Who's Chasing Nadal? View The Emirates ATP Race To London Standings

Nominees Revealed For 2016 ATP World Tour Awards Presented By Moët & Chandon

Mon, 10/17/2016 - 6:47pm

Welcome to the 2016 ATP World Tour Awards Presented by Moët & Chandon, where we recognise outstanding players and tournaments. View the nominees for the player-voted categories, as selected by ITWA, and cast your votes now for Fans' Favourite presented by Moët & Chandon.


Roger Federer is up for his 12th Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award. The Swiss has won this award every year since 2004, with the exception of 2010, when the honours went to Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard once again joins Federer as nominees in this category, along with Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka.

Austrian Dominic Thiem, who broke into the Top 10 this past June, and a pair of Top 20 debutants – 22-year-old Lucas Pouille and #NextGen’s Alexander Zverev – are among the candidates in the running for Most Improved Player of the Year. Great Britain’s Daniel Evans, 26, rounds out the nominees in this category after rising more than 130 spots in the Emirates ATP Rankings since the end of 2015 to a career-high No. 53. 

Juan Martin del Potro looks to become the third player after Tommy Haas (2004, 2012) and Sergi Bruguera (1997, 2000) to be named Comeback Player of the Year for a second time. The Argentine, who was selected by his peers as the 2011 winner following his return from wrist surgery, has been nominated in this category alongside Julien Benneteau, Ivo Karlovic and Florian Mayer.

Winners for the 2016 ATP World Tour Awards Presented by Moët & Chandon will be announced ahead of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.

Voted By Fans Fans' Favourite presented by Moët & Chandon (Singles, Doubles): The singles player and doubles team receiving the highest number of votes from fans from now through 7 November.

Determined By Emirates ATP Rankings

ATP World Tour No. 1 Presented by Emirates: The player who ends the year as World No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings.

ATP World Tour No. 1 Doubles Team Presented by Emirates: The team that ends the year as World No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Doubles Team Rankings.

ATP Star Of Tomorrow Presented by Emirates: The youngest player in the Top 100 of the Emirates ATP Rankings as of 7 November 2016.

Voted By Players

Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award: The player who, throughout the year, conducted himself at the highest level of professionalism and integrity, who competed with his fellow players with the utmost spirit of fairness and who promot¬ed the game through his off-court activities.
Roger Federer
Andy Murray
Rafael Nadal
Stan Wawrinka

Most Improved Player of the Year: The player who reached a significantly higher Emirates ATP Ranking by year’s end and who demonstrated an increasingly improved level of performance through the year.
Daniel Evans
Lucas Pouille
Dominic Thiem
Alexander Zverev

Comeback Player of the Year: The player who has overcome serious injury in re-establishing himself as one of the top players on the ATP World Tour.
Julien Benneteau
Juan Martin del Potro
Ivo Karlovic
Florian Mayer

Tournaments of the Year: The tournament in its category that operated at the highest level of professionalism and integrity and which provided the best conditions and atmosphere for participating players.


ATP World Tour Masters 1000

ATP World Tour 500

ATP World Tour 250

Note: Tournament awards will be announced in 2017

Voted By Coaches

(New for 2016) ATP Coach of the Year: Voted on by fellow ATP coach members, this award goes to the ATP coach who helped guide his players to a higher level of performance during the year.

Chosen By ATP

Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award: The person who has made outstanding humanitarian contributions. Previous winners include James Blake, Roger Federer, Carlos Moya, former South African President Nelson Mandela and Arthur Ashe.

Ron Bookman Media Excellence Award: The journalist who has made significant contributions to the game of tennis.

Moscow 2016

Mon, 10/17/2016 - 6:45pm

Bellucci, Rosol Advance In Moscow Openers

Mon, 10/17/2016 - 5:28pm

Thomaz Bellucci, the 2012 finalist, knocked out wild card Cem Ilkel 7-5, 6-1 in 86 minutes at the VTB Kremlin Cup on Monday and will next face eighth seed Andrey Kuznetsov or Guido Pella in the second round in Moscow.

Czech Lukas Rosol defeated Austrian Gerald Melzer 7-5, 6-2 to move into the second round. Rosol will next face Stephane Robert or Marcel Granollers. The Spaniard started his doubles campaign on the right note. Playing with Pablo Carreno Busta, the top seeds hung on to beat Indians Purav Raja and Divij Sharan 6-4, 4-6, 10-4.


Roberto Bautista Agut, runner-up in Moscow for the past two years, leads the ATP World Tour 250 tournament, having just lost to Andy Murray in the Shanghai Rolex Masters final. Bautista Agut is currently No. 13 in the Emirates ATP Race To London, 865 points behind No. 8-placed Dominic Thiem (3,205) in the battle to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. The season-ending tournament will be held 13-20 November at The O2 in London.

Who's Ahead of Bautista Agut? View The Emirates ATP Race To London Standings