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Dimitrov Tends To Injured Ball Boy Shanghai 2016

Wed, 10/12/2016 - 12:40pm
Grigor Dimitrov gives his wristband to an injured ball boy at the Shanghai Rolex Masters. Watch live tennis at

Bryans Serve Into Shanghai QFs

Wed, 10/12/2016 - 10:52am

Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan advanced to the quarter-finals with clutch serving on Wednesday at the Shanghai Rolex Masters. The Americans saved four of five break points and won 74 per cent of their service points in the 6-1, 7-6(3) victory against Marcin Matkowski and Jean-Julien Rojer.

The 38-year-old twins, who won the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament in 2014, will meet Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Nenad Zimonjic in the quarter-finals. The Frenchman/Serbian pairing denied fifth seeds Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram 6-4, 6-2 in 61 minutes.

Before Wednesday's matches, Klaasen/Ram were in sixth place in the Emirates ATP Doubles Race To London. The South African/American duo has never qualified for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, to be held 13-20 Nov. at The O2 in London. The top eight doubles teams qualify for the year-end championships.


Croatians Mate Pavic and Marin Cilic came back from a set down to knock out sixth seeds Rohan Bopanna and Daniel Nestor 5-7, 6-4, 10-8. The teams were tied at eight-all in the Match Tie-break before the Croatians swept the final two points to move into the quarter-finals.

Henri Kontinen and John Peers improved their Emirates ATP Doubles Race To London status with ease, advancing 6-2, 6-3 against Germans Philipp Petzschner and #NextGen star Alexander Zverev.

Before Wednesday's play, Kontinen/Peers were in eighth place in the Emirates ATP Doubles Race To London, with Rojer/Horia Tecau only 30 points behind them in ninth place. Kontinen/Peers will face Robert Lindstedt and Vasek Pospisil in the second round.

Troicki Stuns Nadal; Pospisil Sets Djokovic Clash

Wed, 10/12/2016 - 10:44am

Viktor Troicki claimed one of his biggest wins of the season on Wednesday as he defeated Rafael Nadal 6-3, 7-6(3) in the second round of the Shanghai Rolex Masters.

The Serbian had never beaten Nadal in five previous attempts, but pulled off the upset as he held his nerve for victory in one hour and 34 minutes.

"I played really well," said Troicki. "I was aggressive, I served well, I hit the ball nice. 

"It was a great feeling on the court playing like this and playing like this against Rafa Nadal, who is a great champion. It makes it extra special to beat him for the first time, especially in such a big tournament like Shanghai.

"I'm really glad how I played. Happy how I played. I hope I will continue to do that in the next rounds."

Defeat for Nadal put his bid to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals on hold. The Spaniard is currently seventh in the Emirates ATP Race To London, although defeats for No. 9 Tomas Berdych and No. 10 Marin Cilic also in the second round take the heat off.

Nadal threw everything at Troicki to stay in the match, but ultimately the Serbian’s bravery to go for the big shots paid dividends. The Serbian broke twice to seal the opener before Nadal came back strongly in the second set. The Spaniard saved a match point on his own serve in the 10th game with superb defence to retrieve a rifling Troicki forehand. But in the ensuing tie-break, Troicki was always in command and clinched victory with a backhand return winner.

Troicki has a 31-25 match record on the season, highlighted by winning his third ATP World Tour title in Sydney (d. Dimitrov) and finishing runner-up in Sofia (l. to Bautista Agut). 

Vasek Pospisil earned a third-round meeting with World No. 1 Novak Djokovic after claiming back-to-back tour-level match wins for the first time this season. The Canadian defeated Grigor Dimitrov 7-5, 7-6(2).

Pospisil is searching for a return to top form, having entered this week with just eight tour-level wins to his name in 2016. But the former Top 25 player has come through qualifying at this ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament, defeating Ivo Karlovic in the first round before upsetting last week's Beijing runner-up Dimitrov.


Overturning a 0-3 FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Dimitrov, Pospisil prevailed in one hour and 43 minutes. The right-hander relinquished an early break advantage in the first set, but a service break in the 12th game earned him the opener. After saving a break point in the seventh game of the second set, he then dominated the tie-break to seal victory.

"I played very well," said Pospisil. "It was important to play a very clean match today, because Grigor is playing with a lot of confidence right now. It was a great win for me.

"It's been a tough year. Quite a few things were going on. But I feel really happy to be back. I feel like my old self on the court again. My head's in the game and I'm playing well."

Pospisil will look for his first win in four FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings when he faces Djokovic on Thursday.

Qualifier Mischa Zverev will play Marcel Granollers for a spot in the quarter-finals after defeating Nick Kyrgios 6-3, 6-1. The 29-year-old German, older brother of Alexander Zverev, is close to a return to the Top 100 after starting the season at No. 171 in the Emirates ATP Rankings. Two weeks ago, he reached the quarter-finals in Shenzhen (l. to Gasquet).

Klaasen & Ram Uncovered

Wed, 10/12/2016 - 9:53am
Meet the top doubles duo of Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram, who look set for a spot at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in their first season together.

Lopez Gets Out Of Trouble In Shanghai 2016 Hot Shot

Wed, 10/12/2016 - 9:46am
Watch Hot Shot as Feliciano Lopez gets out of trouble, having been in control against Jack Sock on Wednesday at the Shanghai Rolex Masters.

Nishikori Qualifies For 2016 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals

Wed, 10/12/2016 - 8:58am

Kei Nishikori will make his third successive appearance at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals after becoming the fifth player to qualify for the prestigious season-ending tournament, to be held from 13-20 November at The O2 in London.

The Japanese star sealed his berth at The O2 following results at the Shanghai Rolex Masters. He joins Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka and Milos Raonic. Nishikori reached the semi-finals on his debut at The O2 in 2014, falling to Djokovic, and returned as one of the elite eight last year.

“I am very excited to come back to London this year,” said Nishikori. “It’s been a very consistent year so far and I am excited to be part of this elite group again. Last year the atmosphere in London was incredible and I look forward to seeing a lot of Japanese support in the crowd again this year.”

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The 26-year-old Nishikori has put together a 52-16 match record during 2016. The right-hander was a quarter-finalist at the Australian Open in January (l. to Djokovic) and in his next tournament captured his 11th ATP World Tour title at the Memphis Open (d. Fritz). He reached another two finals at the Sony Open in Miami (l. to Djokovic) and the Barcelona Open BancSabadell (l. to Nadal) and continued his good run on the clay with semi-finals at the Mutua Madrid Open and the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome (l. to Djokovic both times).

Nishikori reached his second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final of the year at the Rogers Cup in Toronto, falling to Djokovic, before going on a run to the US Open semi-finals, where he defeated Murray in the quarter-finals before losing to eventual champion Wawrinka.

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Kyrgios Reflects On Game Development At Shanghai 2016

Wed, 10/12/2016 - 8:51am
#NextGen star Nick Kyrgios reflect on his recent Tokyo title and developments in his game. Watch live tennis at Photo: Getty Images

Raonic Clinical In Shanghai Debut

Wed, 10/12/2016 - 8:36am

Milos Raonic moved to within a match of his best showing at the Shanghai Rolex Masters on Wednesday.

The fifth seed dominated his second-round contest against Italian Paolo Lorenzi, advancing 6-2, 6-4 in 65 minutes. The Canadian won 84 per cent of his service points (36/43), converted all three break points and never faced one on his serve. He also earned the customary “free points”, nailing 14 aces.

"I have to be happy with the way I played. It was very important for me to be efficient out on court today," he said.

Raonic, who withdrew from his Beijing semi-final match last week because of a right-ankle injury, said he's still feeling some pain but has learned to play with the slight discomfort. "Just really trying to manage it so it doesn't progress, doesn't get worse," he said.


On Sunday, he became the fourth player to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. In Shanghai, he's reached the third round, matching his best showing in the Chinese city (2013, 2015). He'll attempt to break through to the quarter-finals at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament when he faces Jack Sock, No. 25 in the Emirates ATP Rankings.

The American outlasted three-time Shanghai semi-finalist Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in one hour and 54 minutes to gain his first FedEx ATP Head2Head win against the Spaniard. Sock had fallen during their only prior match-up, a 2013 quarter-final contest at Memphis. The 24 year old took care of his side of the net during the second-round affair, winning almost 80 per cent of his first-serve points.

Sock trails Raonic in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series 1-8. Raonic has taken their past eight contests, dating back to a three-set win at Cincinnati in 2013. "It's going to be a good match again. We've always played very close matches," Raonic said.

Three of their past four matches have ended in a third-set tie-break.

Gilles Simon, 2014 Shanghai finalist, will meet Stan Wawrinka in the third round. Simon ended Chinese Di Wu's best run at a Masters 1000 tournament, eliminating the Shanghai resident 6-2, 6-2 in 69 minutes. Wu had prevailed against 16th seed Pablo Cuevas in the first round for the biggest victory of his career. “At the end of the game, he's very smart. He knows my forehand is my weakness, and he kept hitting to my forehand,” Wu said.

Wawrinka leads his FedEx ATP Head2Head series against Simon 4-2, but the Frenchman won the last time they played on hard courts, Shanghai in 2014.

Wawrinka Strikes Hot Shot At Shanghai 2016

Wed, 10/12/2016 - 7:41am
Stan Wawrinka lets rip on a backhand against Kyle Edmund on Wednesday at the Shanghai Rolex Masters. Watch live tennis at Photo: Getty Images

Wawrinka's Target Locked As Berdych Bows Out

Wed, 10/12/2016 - 7:35am
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A career-best four tour-level titles, including a third Grand Slam singles crown, is a dream season in most players’ books. But Stan Wawrinka is one for keeping his targets simple.

After he easily accounted for British qualifier Kyle Edmund 6-3, 6-4 in the second round of the Shanghai Rolex Masters on Wednesday, the Swiss No. 3 seed said he set himself just one goal heading into 2016.

“At the beginning of the season for me, it was to qualify for London,” Wawrinka said. “My goal is to do the right thing, to practise well, to be strong and tough with myself mentally, to fight in every match. That’s the only way I can give myself the chance to win big titles.”

The 31 year old already locked in his spot at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals following his US Open victory so anything from here on was a bonus. Twice a quarter-finalist in Shanghai (l. Nadal 2013 and 2015), Wawrinka is bidding for his second career Masters 1000 title (Monte-Carlo 2014) this week.

#NextGen player Edmund, who came in at a career-high No. 48 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, was coming off his third quarter-final of the season at last week’s China Open in Beijing (l. Murray). He went on to win through two rounds of qualifying in Shanghai before downing Federico Delbonis in the first round. 

Wawrinka, though, brought the Brit’s campaign to a swift end on the back of 80 per cent of first-serve points won and having broken three times in little more than an hour. He quickly allayed any doubts about a back injury, which forced his withdrawal from last week’s Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships 2016. Frenchman Gilles Simon is next after he beat China's Di Wu 6-2, 6-2.

“I feel good. I arrived here quite early. I had two days again struggling with my back but two days since I feel really good,” he said. “On the court I think I was playing good today. Moving well, also, that's the most important thing when I have some back problem, and I feel more or less 100 per cent.”

Czech Tomas Berdych suffered a blow in his Emirates Race to London bid after the seventh seed was upset 7-6(4), 7-6(1) by Marcel Granollers. Neither player was broken in the tight two-tie-break affair.

The Spaniard never faced a break point and sent down 10 aces in registering his first FedEx ATP Head2Head win in five meetings with Berdych. Granollers awaits the winner of 12th seed Nick Kyrgios and qualifier Mischa Zverev.

Belgian 11th seed David Goffin kept his chances alive of closing the gap in the Emirates ATP Race to London with a 6-1, 7-6(0) victory over Frenchman Benoit Paire. Goffin was coming off a two-hour-plus victory over 2013 Shanghai Rolex Masters finalist Juan Martin del Potro but was in control against the Frenchman.

His first-serve points won percentage (80 to 64) was far superior to his opponent’s and he broke four times in the 74-minute encounter. Paire’s compatriot Gael Monfils is Goffin's next opponent.



Kyrgios Gets Playful In Shanghai 2016 Hot Shot

Wed, 10/12/2016 - 7:01am
Watch Hot Shot as Nick Kyrgios gets playful against against Mischa Zverev on Wednesday at the Shanghai Rolex Masters. Watch live tennis at Photo: Getty Images

Wawrinka, Murray In Shanghai Wednesday Highlights

Wed, 10/12/2016 - 6:50am
Watch highlights as Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka, Milos Raonic and Rafael Nadal were all in action on Wednesday at the Shanghai Rolex Masters. Watch live tennis at Getty Images photo.

Murray, Wawrinka, Nadal Feature Wednesday In Shanghai

Wed, 10/12/2016 - 5:04am

No. 2 seed Andy Murray, No. 3 seed Stan Wawrinka and No. 4 seed Rafael Nadal, along with Chinese No. 1 Di Wu, feature at the Shanghai Rolex Masters on Wednesday.

Play on Stadium begins with Wawrinka taking on 21-year-old qualifier Kyle Edmund, who enters at a career-high No. 48 in the Emirates ATP Rankings. The #NextGen star lost to Murray in the Beijing quarter-finals on Friday before winning matches on Saturday, Sunday and Monday in Shanghai. Edmund recently reached the fourth round at the US Open, falling to Novak Djokovic before the Serbian star was beaten by Wawrinka in a four-set final.

In the second match, Wu, the only Chinese player to win an ATP Challenger Tour singles title, faces 2014 Shanghai finalist Gilles Simon for a spot in the third round. The wild card Wu defeated No. 16 seed Pablo Cuevas for his second ATP World Tour win on Sunday, surviving a back-and-forth final set that featured 10 service breaks before the tiebreaker. Later on Stadium, Nadal takes a 5-0 FedEx ATP Head 2 Head record into his meeting with Viktor Troicki

Murray caps the Stadium schedule against American Steve Johnson in a rematch of the 2015 Shanghai second round. The Brit won 6-2, 6-4, but Johnson served with a 4-3 third-set lead when he met Murray again in the Rio Olympics quarter-finals. Murray broke back and went on to win his second gold medal. Also among his 40 titles are four won in China: 2010 and 2011 Shanghai Rolex Masters, 2014 Shenzhen Open and 2016 China Open.

Johnson and Edmund are seeking their biggest wins on Wednesday, as are Paolo Lorenzi against World No. 6 Milos Raonic and qualifier Taylor Fritz against World No. 19 Roberto Bautista Agut. Lorenzi is 0-14 lifetime versus Top 10 opponents, while Fritz is 0-7 against Top 20 players. Also on Union Pay 3, Tomas Berdych could inch within 245 points of Dominic Thiem in the Emirates ATP Race to London by beating Marcel Granollers. Thiem is No. 8 in the race, with only the Top 8 players ensured a berth at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals

Also trying to track Thiem down are No. 11 seed David Goffin, No. 12 seed Nick Kyrgios and No. 13 seed Lucas Pouille, who all play on Grandstand. Kyrgios defeated Goffin in the Tokyo final on Sunday, but still trails the Belgian by 50 race points. The Emirates ATP Doubles Race to London is also heating up with first-and second-round matches on Courts 4, 5 and 6. As in the singles race, four spots remain in doubles at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Among the contenders in action Wednesday are Raven Klaasen/Rajeev Ram, Treat Huey/Max Mirnyi and Henri Kontinen/John Peers, who are sixth, seventh and eighth in the race respectively.

Looking ahead, Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares would pass Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut, the No. 1 team in the race, by winning their Shanghai quarter-final on Friday. Murray and Soares have yet to play a point this week after receiving a first-round bye and a second-round walkover. Herbert and Mahut, who now lead Murray and Soares by five race points, are not in the Shanghai Rolex Masters field this week. In addition, Murray would reclaim the No. 1 doubles ranking from Mahut individually if he and Soares reach the Shanghai final.

Dodig Eager For More Singles Success In Tashkent

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 9:23pm

Even though he’s had an outstanding year on the doubles court, Ivan Dodig still has plenty of motivation for big results in singles.

The 31-year-old Croatian is competing at this week’s $125,000 ATP Challenger Tour event in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Dodig was a late entry into the tournament and played through the qualifying draw as a result. After advancing into the main draw, he won his first-round match on Monday over Aldin Setkic of Bosnia.

“I’m coming back from a back injury and feeling better now,” said Dodig. “I decided to come and play here at the last minute, but I think it was a good decision.”

Currently ranked No. 92 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, Dodig had a solid start to the season that included a quarter-final showing at the 2016 BMW Open by FWU AG and a runner-up finish at the $75,000 Challenger this January in Canberra, Australia. In doubles, he and Marcelo Melo are in the hunt to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals after winning titles at the Rogers Cup and Western & Southern Open.

Although Dodig admitted he can be difficult to balance a top doubles career with his singles, he is determined to continue the juggling act.

“It’s physically tough and mentally tiring because you play over 100 matches in a year doing both singles and doubles. But for the next two years, I want to be in the Top 100 [of the Emirates ATP Rankings] for singles and Top 5 for doubles,” said Dodig. “I love tennis and want to play as much as I can, so I’ll mostly concentrate on doubles in a couple of years so I can play for longer.”

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Dodig is hoping for a strong end to his year in singles that’s similar to what he produced last year. The Croatian won three Challengers in three months, prevailing at French Challengers in St. Remy and Brest before winning another title in Andria, Italy. Making his first appearance in Tashkent since reaching the semi-finals in 2012, Dodig said he knows he’ll have to play his best tennis to be the last man standing on Sunday.

“I wanted to come back here because this tournament is one of the toughest Challengers. It’s like an ATP World Tour event here,” said Dodig. “I hope to do well here again and make it work for me once again.”

Emirates ATP Race To London 11 October 2016

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 6:55pm
See the latest standings in the Emirates ATP Race To London as of 11 October 2016.

Federer Digs Deep Vs Wawrinka In 2012 Shanghai Classic Moment

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 6:51pm
In this Shanghai Classic Moment, Roger Federer ensures a 300th week at World No. 1 after finishing with a flourish against countryman Stan Wawrinka 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-0 in the 2013 third round. Watch live tennis at

Wawrinka's One Wish For 2017

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 6:45pm

By every measure, Stan Wawrinka has enjoyed one of his best seasons. He's won four tour-level titles, tying his career-best mark. He also captured his third Grand Slam tournament title when he beat Novak Djokovic during the US Open final last month.

So what, if anything, could Wawrinka possibly wish for in the year ahead? The return of the one thing – or person, rather – who's been missing during the second half of the season: Wawrinka's countryman, Roger Federer.

When asked what his two wishes for 2017 would be, Wawrinka said, “For tennis in general, that Roger will be back at the top with no injury. I think it's always good for everybody when he's playing. And for myself, I don't have any – I'm working every day to try to make the best I can with my tennis career, so we'll see how I can play next year.”


Wawrinka can do little about his first wish; Federer plans to return to the ATP World Tour in 2017 after a full recuperation from his knee injury. But Wawrinka can and will try to improve his tennis career. This week, he's the third seed at the Shanghai Rolex Masters, the season's eighth and penultimate ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament. Wawrinka has already qualified for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, but he could achieve a career-best fifth title this week and take his second career Masters 1000 title (Monte-Carlo 2014).

“Always enjoy coming back... The tournament is doing an amazing job for the players, not only on-site but also off-site, if we want to discover the city, if we want to go to nice restaurant,” he said. “So I always enjoy my time here.”

The Swiss has played at the Shanghai Rolex Masters seven times and has reached the quarter-finals twice. He lost to Rafael Nadal in both 2013 and 2015. Wawrinka knows this year's field will be tough as well.

“It's a Masters 1000, a strong draw like always, with almost everybody playing, so we need to start well,” Wawrinka said. “So far I'm quite happy with the practice.”

Wawrinka opens against British qualifier Kyle Edmund on Wednesday. The 21-year-old #NextGen star broke into the Top 50 of the Emirates ATP Rankings on Monday, climbing six spots following a quarter-final run at the China Open (l. to Murray).

Tokyo 2016 Scene Set

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 6:44pm
ATP World Uncovered presented by Peugeot goes behind the scenes in Tokyo for an inside look at Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships 2016.

Beijing 2016 Scene Set

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 6:42pm
ATP World Uncovered presented by Peugeot goes behind the scenes in Beijing, where #NextGen stars and Race To London contenders vie for the China Open crown.

Del Potro Still Enjoying The Simple Things

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 5:09pm

It's the little things – playing injury-free, earning a living through tennis – that Juan Martin del Potro appreciates most these days.

Of course, the Argentine wishes he would have beaten Belgian David Goffin in the first round of the Shanghai Rolex Masters on Tuesday. DelPo had his chances, too – he led by set and a break. But tennis is tennis, and Goffin, a Tokyo finalist on Sunday (l. to Kyrgios), came back on the Comeback King of 2016.

“He started to return much better in the second and in the third set,” del Potro said of Goffin, who won 50 per cent of his return points in the second and third sets after winning exactly nine per cent (2/22) in the first set. “Then I tried to make winners more often but I made mistakes. At the end of the match, I made mistakes with my forehand in important moments, and I think he took all the chances to win the match.”


Then del Potro, as he's done after most of his matches this season, talked about what it's been like to play tennis after enduring four wrist surgeries during the past six years.

“It has been a great season. Trying to do a good comeback after many injuries. This is just a match. I'm so glad to be playing in this tournament,” said del Potro, who made his last Shanghai appearance in 2013, when he lost to Novak Djokovic in the final.

His comeback trail doesn't end in Shanghai, though. Del Potro plans to wrap up his season by playing two more ATP World Tour tournaments, the If Stockholm Open, 17-23 Oct., and the Swiss Indoors Basel, 24-30 Oct.

He'd like to ascend even further in the Emirates ATP Rankings and earn vital momentum for next season. Since 4 Jan., del Potro has hiked 527 spots in the Emirates ATP Rankings to No. 63.

“Hopefully I can be better during the next two tournaments,” he said. “We have great tournaments to play and I'm still having a chance to go up in the rankings and be in better position for the next season.”

He has simple plans for 2017: Continue to improve his ranking and be happy.

“It's not easy when you travel a lot and you spend time away from home and you cannot share moments with your friends, family,” he said. “But I'm so happy doing this. I missed it a lot when I was injured, and I'm looking forward to be on tour for [many] more years.”