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Tiafoe Double Trouble Hot Shot Cincinnati 2017

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 5:26am
Watch Hot Shot as #NextGenATP star Frances Tiafoe fires two impressive passes just out of reach of Alexander Zverev. Watch live matches at Photo: Peter Staples

Kyrgios Fires Thunderbolt In Cincinnati 2017 Hot Shot

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 4:45am
Watch Hot Shot as Nick Kyrgios blocks in defence before coming up with a thunderbolt winner against Alexandr Dolgopolov on Wednesday at the Western & Southern Open. Watch live matches at Photo: Getty Images

Highlights Karlovic Upsets Eighth Seed Tsonga Cincinnati 2017 Tuesday

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 11:54pm
Watch highlights as Ivo Karlovic upsets eigth-seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Dominic Thiem, Nick Kyrgios, and Juan Martin del Potro also advance Tuesday in Cincinnati. Watch live matches at Photo: Peter Staples

Nadal Certain To Return To No. 1

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 12:30pm

Rafael Nadal is guaranteed to return to No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings Monday 21 August, capping his incredible comeback season in 2017. Nadal ended his 2016 season early due to injury but returned to the ATP World Tour in 2017 playing some of the best tennis of his career.

Nadal, 31, has won four tournaments this year, including historic 10th titles at Roland Garros, Monte-Carlo and Barcelona. He has also reached three other finals, including the Australian Open and Miami.

Nadal has spent 141 weeks at the top spot but hasn't been No. 1 since 6 July 2014.

He first ascended to No. 1 on 18 August, 2008 at the age of 22. The Spaniard is the top seed this week at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. Nadal's return to No. 1 was guaranteed today when Roger Federer was forced to withdraw from Cincinnati due to a back injury.

Federer Withdraws From Cincinnati

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 11:52am

Roger Federer has withdrawn from the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. The seven-time champion said on Monday that a back injury will force him to miss the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament this week.

“I am very sorry to pull out of the Western & Southern Open as I always enjoy playing here,” Federer said. “Cincinnati has some of the best fans in the world and I am sorry I will miss them. Unfortunately, I tweaked my back in Montreal and I need to rest this week.”

Federer fell in the Coupe Rogers final to Alexander Zverev, the first title match the Swiss has lost this season (5-1 record). His withdrawal guarantees Rafael Nadal will return to No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings when the new rankings are released on Monday 21 August. Nadal has spent 141 weeks at the top spot but hasn't been No. 1 since 6 July 2014.


Shapovalov Soars 76 Spots, Mover Of Week

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 3:38am

No. 67 Denis Shapovalov, +76
Shapovalov began the year at No. 250 in the Emirates ATP Rankings. Today, after reaching the Coupe Roger semi-finals, he broke into the Top 100 at No. 67. The 18-year-old lefty knocked out established players all week, including Juan Martin del Potro, Rafael Nadal and Adrian Mannarino. The #NextGenATP Canadian is in good position to make the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan, to be held 7-11 November. By becoming the youngest ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semi-finalist (since 1990), Shapovalov rose to fourth place in the Emirates ATP Race to Milan, which will determine seven of the eight 21-and-under players who compete at the inaugural tournament.

No. 7 Alexander Zverev, +1
Zverev may be #NextGenATP, but he’s very much the present. In lifting his fifth trophy of the year – and sixth title overall – at the Coupe Rogers, the 20-year-old German rose one spot to a career-high No. 7. He claimed a second consecutive ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title (also Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome), becoming the first player outside the ‘Big Four’ to win multiple Masters 1000 crowns in the same season since David Nalbandian 10 years ago. Zverev, the leader of the Emirates ATP Race To Milan, became the first player to qualify for the Next Gen ATP Finals as a result of reaching the Montreal title match. Buy Tickets

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No. 27 Kevin Anderson, +5
The amiable South African is getting back to where he wants to be, determined and focused after a long road back from injury. Having reached the Citi Open final in Washington, D.C. (l. to Zverev) last week, Anderson made a run to the Montreal quarter-finals, where he lost to the same player. In moving up five positions to No. 27, Anderson returns to the Top 30 for the first time since 22 August 2016. He spent one week as a member of the Top 10, at No. 10, on 12 October 2015.

No. 35 Robin Haase, +17
The star of many a players’ party at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, where he reached the 2012 quarter-finals during a career-best year, is now two spots off his career-high (No. 33 on 30 July 2012). Haase advanced to his first semi-final at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 level in Montreal, where he lost to Roger Federer. At the age of 30, the Dutchman’s belief is growing and his hard work is paying off.

No. 49 Hyeon Chung, +7
The South Korean began 2017 at No. 104 in the Emirates ATP Rankings and this week makes his Top 50 debut at No. 49 having beaten Feliciano Lopez and David Goffin en route to the Montreal third round (l. to Mannarino). The #NextGenATP is also No. 7 in the Emirates ATP Race To Milan.

Other Top 100 Movers This Week
No. 50 Borna Coric, +5
No. 60 Jared Donaldson, +6
No. 61 Yen-Hsun Lu, +9
No. 63 Pierre-Hugues Herbert, +6
No. 70 Dudi Sela, +7
No. 76 Ernesto Escobedo, +9
No. 81 Norbert Gombos, +7
No. 85 Thomas Fabbiano, +6
No. 93 Mikhail Youzhny, +5
No. 99 Sergiy Stakhovsky, +16


Querrey, Monfils Feature In Cincinnati On Monday

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 3:10am

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Querrey vs. Kozlov | M. Zverev vs. Verdasco | Lopez vs. Chung


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1) Six Americans, led by World No. 20 Sam Querrey and #NextGenATP wild cards Stefan Kozlov and Tommy Paul, take the court for their opening-round matches Monday at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.

2) Querrey, the No. 15 seed, begins his bid for a third ATP World Tour title this year and second of the summer hard-court swing when he meets the 19-year-old Kozlov on Center Court Monday afternoon. Last year, Querrey defeated Kozlov in the QF at 's-Hertogenbosch on grass in their only previous meeting on the ATP World Tour. This will be Querrey's 11th appearance in Cincinnati, reaching the QF in 2007 (l. to Blake) for his best performance here, and is 10-10 lifetime. He swept all nine of his matches in Mexico this year, capturing his 9th and 10th career ATP World Tour titles at Acapulco (d. Nadal) and Los Cabos (d. Kokkinakis), respectively. Last week, Querrey lost to Kevin Anderson in the R16 at ATP Masters 1000 Montreal. Kozlov, ranked No. 133 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, is making his main draw debut in Cincinnati after failing to get out of qualifying in 2015-16. He advanced to the R16 at ’s-Hertogenbosch as a wild card (d. Brown, l. to Karlovic) and London/Queen’s Club as a qualifier (d. Johnson, l. to Cilic), but is just 2-8 overall on the ATP World Tour in 2017.

3) American qualifier Christopher Eubanks, coming off a career week in his home city of Atlanta last month, meets Frenchman Gael Monfils for the first time in the featured evening match on Center Court. The 21-year-old Eubanks advanced to the QF in Atlanta (d. Fritz in R32, Donaldson in R16, l. to Harrison in QF) in his first ATP World Tour event of 2017 and third of his career, all in Atlanta. He reached a career-high No. 348 in the Emirates ATP Rankings on July 31 and is currently ranked No. 374, the lowest-ranked player in the field. Monfils, a quarter-finalist here in 2011 (l. to No. 1 Djokovic), is 10-8 lifetime in Cincinnati. The World No. 21 bounced back from a R32 loss in Washington (l. to 200th-ranked qualifier Bhambri) by reaching the R16 last week at the ATP Masters 1000 Montreal (d. Nishikori in R32, l. to Bautista Agut).

4) A second all-American first-round matchup is slated to kick off action on the Grandstand Court when Donald Young faces Tommy Paul for the first time on the ATP World Tour. Young is bidding for his first match win in four tries at Cincinnati (2008, l. to Monfils; 2010, l. to Gulbis; 2012, l. to Levine). Ranked No. 57 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, Young has dropped three of his last four matches since defeating Tim Smyczek in the 1R at Atlanta (l. to Lacko in R16 at Atlanta; d. Smyczek in 1R, l. to Nishikori in R32 at Washington; l. to Paire in R64 at ATP Masters 1000 Montreal). The 20-year-old Paul is competing in Cincinnati for the first time following back-to-back QF appearances in Atlanta and Washington. He reached his first career ATP World Tour QF in Atlanta (d. Chung in R32, d. Jaziri in R16, l. to Muller in QF) and followed that up by reaching the QF in Washington (d. No. 17 Pouille in R32, No. 21 Muller in R16, l. to No. 9 Nishikori in QF). Paul reached a career-high No. 174 in the Emirates ATP Rankings on August 7.

5) The second afternoon match on the Grandstand Court features Fabio Fognini taking on Daniil Medvedev in a first-time encounter. Fognini advanced to the QF at Cincinnati in 2014 (l. to Raonic) and is 4-6 lifetime. The Italian No. 1 won his fifth ATP World Tour title in Gstaad (d. Hanfmann) last month and followed that with a SF showing in Kitzbuehel (l. to eventual champion Kohlschreiber). Medvedev, making his Cincinnati debut, advanced to the QF in Washington (d. Dimitrov in R16, l. to eventual champion A. Zverev in QF) but fell in the 1R to Adrian Mannarino last week at the ATP Masters 1000 Montreal. The 21-year-old Russian advanced to his 1st ATP World Tour SF and final at Chennai (d. Sela after saving 1 MP, l. to Bautista Agut) in January.

6) The night match on the Grandstand Court features two players who have not faced each other in nine years when Germany's Mischa Zverev and Spain's Fernando Verdasco square off in the first round. Verdasco has won all four meetings with Zverev, but the two have not met since the QF at New Haven in 2008, won by Verdasco in straight sets. The 29-year-old Zverev is winless in two previous trips to Cincinnati (2009, l. to Mathieu, R64; 2016, l. to Lopez, R64) but is hoping some of the success of his younger brother rubs off on him after 20-year-old Alexander Zverev defeated Roger Federer on Sunday to win the ATP Masters 1000 Montreal title. The elder Zverev advanced to his 2nd ATP World Tour singles final at Geneva as a qualifier (d. Nishikori, l. to Wawrinka) and earned the biggest win of his career over No. 1 Andy Murray to reach his 1st Grand Slam QF at the Australian Open (l. to Federer). Verdasco has an 8-11 lifetime record in Cincinnati, reaching the R16 in 2008 (l. to Lapentti) and 2011 (l. to Nadal). The Spaniard reached the final in Dubai (l. to Murray) and the SF at Doha (l. to Djokovic) and Bastad (l. to Ferrer).

Packed Stadium Sees Stakhovsky Claim Portoroz Title

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 12:50am


Zavarovalnica Sava Slovenia Open (Portoroz, Slovenia): Ukraine’s Sergiy Stakhovsky makes a return to the Top 100 in the Emirates ATP Rankings after rallying from a set and a break down to deny Italy’s Matteo Berrettini 6-7(7), 7-6(6), 6-3 in Portoroz. The 31-year-old Kiev native is projected to return to World No. 99 with his sixth Challenger title and first since May 2016 in Seoul.  


#NextGenATP Italian Berrettini will break into the Top 150 for the first time with his fourth Challenger final. Meanwhile, the event brought a close to the career of local favourite, former World No. 43 Grega Zemlja. The Slovenian won six titles on the ATP Challenger Tour. 

Wishing all the best to @GZemlja in retirement. The former World No. 43 and six-time #ATPChallenger titlist hung up his racquet in Portoroz.

— ATP Challenger Tour (@ATPChallenger) August 12, 2017

Nordic Naturals Challenger (Aptos, California, USA): Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik boosted his chances of qualifying for the inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Brit Liam Broady in Aptos. It is the 20 year old’s second Challenger title of the season after Morelos, Mexico in February and boosts him to a career-high No. 104 in the Emirates ATP Rankings. It is the 12th time this season a NextGenATP player has won on the ATP Challenger Tour. It brought Broady’s run of six straight wins to an end, having won through qualifying.

mt.ten Cup (Jinan, China): Yen Hsun Lu’s extraordinary run continued with a 29th ATP Challenger Tour title in Jinan. The top seed took down former World No. 50 Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania 6-3, 6-1 to make it back-to-back Challenger titles. The 33 year old of Chinese Taipei won last week in Chengdu and earlier in the year in Taipei City. He has not dropped a set in his past seven finals and extends his record in Challenger finals to 21-3 since 2008. Lu is projected to rise nine places in the Emirates ATP Rankings to No. 61. Berankis was searching for his second Challenger title of the season after his triumph in the Shymkent Challenger, Kazakhstan.

.@LuRendy reflects on a successful week in Jinan, China, where he claimed a 29th #ATPChallenger title.

— ATP Challenger Tour (@ATPChallenger) August 14, 2017

Claro Open (Floridablanca, Colombia): In an all-Argentine final, top seed Guido Pella took down Facundo Arguello 6-2, 6-4 to claim his 12th Challenger title and second of the year after Milan. The 27 year old did not drop a set all week and surges 17 spots to No. 75 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, his highest position since November last year.

Congrats @guido_pella!

Isner, Muller Start Strong In Cincinnati

Sun, 08/13/2017 - 11:02pm

Fourteenth seed John Isner won 91 per cent of his first-serve points (42/46) to win his opener at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati 7-6(3), 6-4 against Serbian Viktor Troicki on Sunday.

The American hit 20 aces and saved both break points to improve to 3-4 against Troicki in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series. Isner, who is 9-1 in his past 10 matches, has won two titles in the past month: the Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open in Newport and the BB&T Atlanta Open.

He reached the Cincinnati final in 2013, beating Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro before falling to Rafael Nadal in the final. Isner will next meet a compatriot, either #NextGenATP Tommy Paul or Donald Young.


Gilles Muller, also a two-time titlist this season, leaned on his serve to get through a tight first-round contest against Ryan Harrison of the U.S. Muller struck 21 aces in a 6-4, 5-7, 7-6(3) win that took two hours and four minutes.

Muller, the 16th seed, is making only his second appearance in Cincinnati. He fell in the first round in 2015 to Benoit Paire. The Luxembourg left-hander will next play Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain or Russian Mikhail Youzhny.

10 Things To Watch In Cincinnati

Sun, 08/13/2017 - 9:23pm

The ATP World Tour returns to Cincinnati this week for the seventh Masters 1000 event of the year. Held at the Lindner Family Tennis Center, the Western & Southern Open welcomes Rafael Nadal as its top seed and seven-time champion Roger Federer as the second seed.

1) No. 1 On the Line: Either Federer or Nadal will be World No. 1 following the Western & Southern Open. If Federer and Nadal meet in the Cincinnati final on August 20, the winner will reclaim No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings on August 21. See below for all scenarios.



























2) Long Time Coming: Federer, 36, debuted at No. 1 on Feb. 2, 2004 and has not been No. 1 since Nov. 4, 2012. He is hoping to break a pair of Andre Agassi’s records. Federer, a seven-time Cincinnati champion, would be the oldest World No. 1 since rankings were established in 1973. The four years and 289 days since Nov. 4, 2012 would be the longest gap between stints at No. 1.

3) Third Time’s the Charm: Nadal is trying for the third time this summer to regain the No. 1 ranking. He would already be No. 1 had he advanced to the semi-finals at either Wimbledon or Montreal.

4) Thiem’s Travails: No. 3 seed Dominic Thiem is 5-5 since Roland Garros, squandering match point(s) in recent losses to Kevin Anderson at Washington and Diego Schwartzman at Montreal.

5) Sascha in Cincy: No. 4 seed Alexander Zverev is one of nine #NextGenATP players in the Cincinnati main draw. Zverev is on pace to qualify for both the Next Gen ATP Finals and Nitto ATP Finals. The German has already punched his ticket to Milan and is No. 3 in the Emirates ATP Race To London.

6) Title Drought: No. 6 seed Milos Raonic has played 31 tournaments since his last championship at 2016 Brisbane. He opens against either Borna Coric or Nikoloz Basilashvili. Zverev is a potential quarter-final opponent.

7) American Invasion: Among the 10 Americans in the main draw prior to the conclusion of qualifying are No. 13 seed Jack Sock, No. 14 seed John Isner, No. 15 seed Sam Querrey and #NextGenATP wild cards Jared Donaldson, Stefan Kozlov, Tommy Paul and Frances Tiafoe.

8) Qualifiers Make Their Mark: Seven players advanced to the main draw through qualifying, including two Americans. In his fifth year since turning pro, Mitchell Krueger will make his ATP World Tour Masters 1000 debut. It will be Krueger's third ATP World Tour main draw of the U.S. summer (Newport, Washington). Also making his Masters 1000 debut will be Christopher Eubanks, who enjoyed a stunning run to the quarter-finals at the BB&T Atlanta Open last month. The college star at Georgia Tech opens against Gael Monfils.

9) Tipsarevic Lucky Loser: Former World No. 8 Janko Tipsarevic is making his return to the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 stage, receiving Lucky Loser entry into the main draw following Kei Nishikori's withdrawal due to a right wrist injury. The Serbian, who opens against Steve Johnson or David Ferrer, is appearing in his first Masters 1000 event of the year and making his return to Cincinnati following a three-year absence.

10) The Odd Couple: Eight Grand Slam championship teams are in the field, but the talk of the Western & Southern Open doubles draw is a first-time pairing. Zverev, 20, and Leander Paes, 44, will make their team debut. Paes is a former World No. 1 and two-time Cincinnati champion.

Brain Game: Zverev Starts Aggressive, Doesn't Look Back Against Federer

Sun, 08/13/2017 - 9:07pm

Alexander Zverev put the writing on the wall early. Then he blew the wall over.

Zverev powered to a 6-3, 6-4 victory against Roger Federer in the final of the Coupe Rogers in Montreal Sunday with a stunning display of power tennis that constantly had the Swiss star under immense baseline pressure.

Zverev hit through Federer on the quicker Canadian court, upping his power level right from the beginning of the match to force forehand and backhand errors and capture the all-important first break of serve. When Zverev broke for 3-1 in the opening set, it proved to be a pivotal moment that Federer never recovered from.

Zverev's forehand was the battering ram. He was averaging hitting his topspin, driving weapon at 119km/h (68mph) coming into the final, but he ramped it up an extra 12 per cent to 133km/h (83mph) through the first 23 points of the match. He came out guns blazing.

Federer was trailing 1-2, 15/30, on serve at the time, and got back to 30/30 with an ace down the middle in the Ad court. At 30/30, Zverev crushed two consecutive backhands to force a forehand error from Federer out wide, with the Swiss simply unable to match the power level of his younger opponent. Zverev averaged hitting his topspin backhand at 121 km/h (75mph) before the final, but was already at 124 km/h (77mph) before he cracked those two gems.


Federer missed his first serve at 30/40, and Zverev unloaded with a huge forehand in the middle of the rally before finally forcing a Federer backhand passing shot wide for the break. Zverev quickly held to 15, and his 4-1 lead proved ominous, and indeed, insurmountable.

Zverev's relentless forehand power continued through the first set, crushing six of his 10 winners from that wing. The match produced several one-sided stats, but none more than the average groundstroke speed in the opening set.

Set 1 - Average Groundstroke Speed
• Zverev 118km/h (73mph)
• Federer 100km/h (62mph)

Zverev averaged hitting his groundstrokes a significant 18 per cent harder than Federer, making the Swiss have to often half-volley, slice, and stretch out wide to stay in the point. Zverev's average groundstroke speed dropped a touch by the end of the match, but Federer was never able to up his power level to pressure the 20-year-old German.

Full Match - Average Groundstroke Speed
• Zverev 115km/h (72mph)
• Federer (100km/h (62mph)

All of that firepower helped Zverev finish with 20 total winners, including nine from the forehand side, and five from the backhand. As Zverev has made his impressive run to the Top 10 of the Emirates ATP Rankings, his backhand has been the more reliable shot, while his big forehand has taken a little more time to consistently find the court. That box can well and truly be checked now.

Rally Length
The beginning of the point in the final was a fertile time for Zverev to ramp up the power with his serve and the ensuing Serve +1 bruising groundstrokes. Overall, almost three out of four points (74 per cent) in the final saw both player hit just two shots in the court, with only five rallies reaching double figures.

Length Of Rally
• 0-4 shots = 74% (83)
• 5-9 shots = 21% (24)
• 10+ shots = 5% (5)

Zverev's game style is built around crushing the ball first, and seeing where the dust settles later on. What's interesting is that while Zverev played most of the match on the front foot, both players ran almost exactly the same distance. Zverev ran 867 metres, while Federer ran just two more at 869 metres.

The small holes in Zverev's game are rapidly closing. He did miss several short, low, awkward balls when Federer pulled him forward in the court, and was sometimes too ambitious on defence playing down the line with offence.

Those outliers will soon be dismissed from his game, leaving opponents with a well groomed 6'6” power baseliner to wrestle with. The coming of Alexander Zverev is now in full force.

What Nadal & Federer Must Do To Seize No. 1 in Cincinnati

Sun, 08/13/2017 - 8:24pm

More than 10 years after they first battled for No. 1, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will play for the top Emirates ATP Ranking this coming week at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. With current World No. 1 Andy Murray sidelined by injury, either Nadal or Federer will seize the top spot the Monday after Cincinnati.

World No. 3 Federer continued to gain ground on No. 2 Nadal by reaching the final of the Coupe Rogers in Montreal, although his defeat in the title match to Alexander Zverev means the Swiss will spot the Spaniard a 320-point lead heading into the seventh ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event of the season.

However, both players have destiny in their own hands. Should either win the title, they will also leave Cincinnati with the honour of being the new World No. 1.


























Federer, who turned 36 in Montreal, will prioritise getting his body back into shape after admitting that ‘aches and pains’ hampered his performance during the Montreal final. “After vacation and practice, it's always a bit of a shock for the body,” he said.

While he would like to return to No. 1 after Cincinnati, Federer is thinking longer term at a record-equalling sixth year-end No. 1 finish. Asked in his post-match press conference whether he would prefer to get to No. 1 before the US Open or finish the season No. 1, Federer said: “Year-end if I could choose, yes. It would mean more. Then I could be on vacation with No. 1, not a bad thing (smiling). Pre-US Open all I have to do is talk to the press about it, how I would feel. Not as good (winking).”

Throughout his career, Federer has spent a record 302 weeks at No. 1. He last held top spot on 4 November, 2012 and was last year-end No. 1 in 2009.

Nadal has spent 141 weeks at No. 1 (seventh most weeks all-time) and last was at the pinnacle of the sport on 6 July, 2014. He has three times finished year-end No. 1, most recently in 2013.

Federer has won five titles this season, including a record eighth Wimbledon and ninth Halle title. He began the year by winning the Australian Open before claiming the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 'Sunshine Double' in Indian Wells and Miami.

Nadal has won four titles this year, including historic 10th titles at Roland Garros, Monte-Carlo and Barcelona. He has also reached three other finals, including the Australian Open and Miami, where Federer took the honours.

Both players receive first-round byes in Cincinnati. Top seed Nadal could face a tricky opener against Richard Gasquet. Second seed Federer will play the winner of Diego Schwartzman and Karen Khachanov first up and could meet his Montreal final conqueror Alexander Zverev in the semi-finals.

Doubles Drills With Jamie Murray Uncovered

Sun, 08/13/2017 - 8:14pm
Jamie Murray shows ATP World Tour Uncovered presented by Peugeot two key doubles drills on the practice court.

Zverev Reflects On Defeating His Childhood Idol Montreal 2017

Sun, 08/13/2017 - 7:42pm
2017 Coupe Rogers champion Alexander Zverev discusses his reaction to defeating his childhood idol Roger Federer en route to claiming his second Masters 1000 title of his career. Watch live matches at

Five Things We Learned From Montreal

Sun, 08/13/2017 - 7:28pm

Is there something in the Montreal water? In three matches this week at the Coupe Rogers, a player saved not one, not two and not three but four match points.

Canadian Denis Shapovalov and Diego Schwartzman of Argentina started the match point madness on Tuesday. The #NextGenATP Shapovalov erased four match points to escape Brazilian veteran Rogerio Dutra Silva 4-6, 7-6(8), 6-4.

Schwartzman saved his tournament four times in an upset bid against third-seeded Dominic Thiem, winning 6-4, 6-7(7), 7-5. Frenchman Gael Monfils' followed their lead in taking out another high seed – fifth seed Kei Nishikori – 6-7(4), 7-5, 7-6(6).

Not to be outdone, Alexander Zverev saved three match points in his opening match against Richard Gasquet, advancing 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(3).

Read & Watch: Zverev Saves Match Point With 49-Shot Rally

Canada has unearthed a gem. Shapovalov's inspiring run to the semi-finals of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament in Montreal – and his energetic brand of play – endeared him to millions of Canadian tennis fans and tennis enthusiasts around the globe.


He also put the ATP World Tour on notice. The 18-year-old lefty knocked out established players all week, including Juan Martin del Potro, World No. 2 Rafael Nadal and Frenchman Adrian Mannarino, who reached the fourth round of Wimbledon last month.

Shapovalov, who set a goal of reaching the Top 150 at the start of the year, has shattered that mark. On Monday, he'll be No. 67 in the Emirates ATP Rankings and is in good position to make the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan, to be held 7-11 November. By becoming the youngest Masters 1000 semi-finalist (since 1990), Shapovalov will rise to fourth place in the Emirates ATP Race to Milan, which will determine seven of the eight 21-and-under players who compete at the inaugural tournament.

Australian Nick Kyrgios is box office. With an ability to beat the world’s best, his languid style and character are fan favourites as evidenced by his ‘horsey’ antics with Matt Reid and his offer of hitting with a Twitter fan in Montreal. Read More

The Aussie backed up his laid-back style with wins on the court this week as well. Kyrgios breezed past Serbia's Viktor Troicki and Paolo Lorenzi of Italy, dropping only eight games in the four sets. In the quarter-finals, Kyrgios fell 6-4, 6-3 to eventual champion Zverev.

As if we needed any confirmation, the Coupe Rogers proved that Zverev, at 20, is already a dominant force in the game. He claimed a second consecutive Masters 1000 title (Rome), becoming the first player outside the “Big Four” to win multiple Masters 1000 crowns in the same season since David Nalbandian 10 years ago.

Zverev did it by beating the best – Roger Federer hadn't fallen in a final this season. Zverev has now won five ATP World Tour titles this year, tying Federer atop the leaderboard. The #NextGenATP German has also reeled off 10 consecutive victories, dating back to his title run last week at the Citi Open in Washington, D.C.

What happens in Rome, happens in Montreal? It did this year. Zverev backed up his title, as did Frenchmen Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut in doubles, beating Rohan Bopanna and Ivan Dodig 6-4, 3-6, 10-6 for their second Masters 1000 crown of the season.

The pair became the first French team in the Open Era to win a Canadian title and improved to 5-1 in Masters 1000 finals together. They also ended a finals drought: Herbert/Mahut hadn't played for a trophy since the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in the Italian capital.

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Herbert Quick Hands Hot Shot Montreal 2017

Sun, 08/13/2017 - 6:52pm
Watch Hot Shot as Pierre-Hugues Herbert ends a cat-and-mouse rally with a backhand pass through Rohan Bopanna and Ivan Dodig. Watch live matches at Photo: Peter Staples

Highlights: Herbert/Mahut Raise Fifth M1000 Title In Montreal

Sun, 08/13/2017 - 6:50pm
Watch highlights from the doubles finals, as Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut defeat Rohan Bopanna and Ivan Dodig to claim their fifth ATP Masters 1000 title together. Watch live matches at Photo: Getty Images

Zverev Claims Second Masters 1000 Crown In Montreal

Sun, 08/13/2017 - 5:28pm
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There is a new champion at the Coupe Rogers and his name is Alexander Zverev. The #NextGenATP German was in a relentless rhythm throughout the final in Montreal and would take the title 6-3, 6-4 over Roger Federer.

Zverev claimed his second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophy, adding to his maiden title in Rome (d. Djokovic) earlier this year. He became the first player outside the Big Four of Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray to win multiple Masters 1000 titles in a season since David Nalbandian in 2007. In addition, he is just the second active player other than the Big Four to win more than one Masters 1000 crown, joining Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

"Winning two Masters 1000 titles in the same year is something amazing," said Zverev. "I played well winning Washington and here. It's something amazing, back-to-back weeks. I feel great. I feel like I'm playing some of the best tennis of my life.

"But Cincinnati is a very tough draw. I don't know if I will be able to go far there because I am a little bit tired. But game-wise and confidence-wise, I'm super happy the way everything is standing."


Zverev, who secured his place in the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan with a semi-final win over Denis Shapovalov, was dominant in all facets on Sunday. The German struck his serve with aggressive alacrity and his powerful groundstrokes opened the court for finishing blows. He also moves to third in the Emirates ATP Race To London, with his chances of qualifying for the Nitto ATP Finals receiving a significant boost.

The 20 year old added a tour-leading fifth ATP World Tour title of the season, joining Federer atop the leaderboard. In addition to his victory in Rome, he previously prevailed in Marseille, Munich and last week in Washington.

"I feel like I'm playing the right tennis, well enough tennis to be there," Zverev added. "I don't feel like things are going unnatural. I think everything is going pretty natural. Obviously winning the two Masters 1000 events, everybody would be proud of that, and nobody could expect it. But I'm happy that it happened."

Zverev fired 20 winners, including six aces, during the swift 68-minute affair. He was a force on serve, saving all three break points faced, while claiming two of six of his own. Most impressively, the German refused to allow Federer to find his rhythm from the baseline and on return, claiming 75 per cent of total service points and dominating rallies from the back of the court. Two breaks - at 2-1 in the first set and 3-all in the second - were all Zverev needed to cross the finish line. He closed out the victory with a service winner on his first match point.

Winner of $894,585 in prize money and 1,000 Emirates ATP Rankings points, Zverev is the youngest champion at the Coupe Rogers since Djokovic in 2007. He is also the first German titlist in more than 30 years, since Boris Becker prevailed in Toronto in 1986.

"It is a positive week in the end," said Federer. "The final was unexpected. But it's keeping up with the good results of this year. Playing the final was a good thing. Of course, I'm disappointed with today. I thought I would do better. I wanted to fight a bit more and make the match a bit more tighter. I had opportunities. But Zverev played extremely well. He played well all week.

"Alexander has been around for a while now. Not a whole long time, but at this level I've gotten to play him already now for the fourth or fifth time. I practised a ton with him. We know each other well. I'm just really happy for him, to see that he's taking everything not just to the next level, but the two next levels, winning two Masters 1000s. It's extremely difficult to win. He's won two this year. It's a wonderful achievement for him. I wish him the best for the coming months and hope he can finish the season very strong because there's opportunities now."

Federer leaves Montreal with his first defeat in a final this year (5-1 record) and first loss to a Top 10 player (9-1). Boasting a 35-3 mark in 2017, the Swiss was looking to win a title in the Canadian city for the first time. The two-time champion at the Canadian ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event (2004 & '06 in Toronto), Federer takes home $438,635 in prize money and 600 Emirates ATP Rankings points. He will look to add an eighth Western & Southern Open title next week in Cincinnati, where he is also vying to reclaim the No. 1 spot in the Emirates ATP Rankings. Learn More About No. 1 Scenarios

"I felt all right all week. Had a bit of muscle pain, aches and pains here and there, just because it's back on the match courts, on the hard courts. After vacation and practice, it's always a bit of a shock for the body. We'll have to wait and see now how I feel in the next couple of days."

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How The Final Was Won: Zverev Reigns In Montreal

Sun, 08/13/2017 - 4:33pm

Alexander Zverev was a relentless force in toppling Roger Federer 6-3, 6-4 for the Coupe Rogers title on Sunday. He fired 20 winners, including nine off his forehand wing, to prevail after just 68 minutes on Court Central in Montreal.

The German added a second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title of the season, adding to his victory in Rome (d. Djokovic). He joins Federer atop the tour-level titles leaderboard in 2017 with a fifth crown in total.

10 wins in a row ☑️

5 titles in 2017 ☑️

Alexander Zverev defeats Roger Federer to become the youngest #CoupeRogers winner in 10 years!

— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) August 13, 2017

Here is how the final unfolded...

FIRST SET - Zverev 6-3
Both players will have their last FedEx ATP Head2Head encounter fresh in their minds as they enter Court Central. A comprehensive 6-1, 6-3 victory in the Gerry Weber Open final in June was a statement win for Federer. But now under the tutelage of former World No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero, Zverev is well aware of his gameplan against the Swiss. It's a matter of execution.

Zverev had Federer on his heels from the start on a sun-kissed afternoon in the Canadian metropolis. The German was poised and aggressive off the ground to create space for his power game. Short-angled winners off thumping forehands and backhands sent an immediate message to the 36-year-old Swiss, as he grabbed a quick break for 3-1.

Zverev consolidated for 4-1 and did well to escape a 30-all moment of danger in the subsequent game. Federer earned a quick hold to love for 5-3, but it was Zverev who would close out the opener with aplomb after just 30 minutes.

SECOND SET - Zverev 6-4
Momentum on serve proved to be the critical factor in their Halle encounter in June, with Federer dominating the first serve points won by a margin of 93-53 per cent. But it was Zverev who would set the tone early with his own service rhythm. The 20 year old defended his serve well, claiming an efficient 73 per cent of second serve points in the opening set. He was very aggressive in launching his second delivery, with one clocked at 132 mph.

Zverev's serve was immediately put to the test in the second set, as Federer earned a trio of break points in his first service game. The fourth seed would save them all in dominant fashion, firing a pair of service winners to hold for 1-all.

The 20 year old claimed the point of the match in the next game, as Federer misfired on an overhead smash and the #NextGenATP used his great agility to scamper for a pair of sensational defensive digs and eventually forced a forehand error from the former World No. 1.


Herbert/Mahut Master Montreal For Ninth Team Title

Sun, 08/13/2017 - 3:53pm
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They say that Montreal is the Paris of North America, and French duo Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut certainly made it their home this week.

Herbert and Mahut claimed their ninth title together, edging Rohan Bopanna and Ivan Dodig 6-4, 3-6, 10-6 on Sunday at the Coupe Rogers. The fifth seeds improved to 20-8 this season after one hour and 22 minutes, firing four aces and notching 88 per cent of first serve points.

It was the fifth ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown for the French duo, all coming at different tournaments. Last year, they prevailed in Indian Wells, Miami and Monte Carlo, and earlier this year they lifted the trophy in Rome.

"It was a hard match against a really good team," said Herbert. "We managed to win the first, they played really well in the second and we had a good level in the Match Tie-break.

"When I was younger, I came here with dreams and goals and to be able to win such big titles is a dream come true for me. My 10th title is great and I hope I'll have many more with Nico."

The #CoupeRogers doubles champions - @p2hugz and @nmahut - have a message for you...

— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) August 13, 2017

Herbert and Mahut got off to a strong start on a sunny early afternoon on Court Central. The fifth-seeded tandem broke in the seventh game of the opening set and closed out the opener with a hold to love.

Bopanna and Dodig rebounded nicely in the second, taking the set with a late break, but their French opponents were too dominant in the ensuing Match Tie-break. A quick 4/0 lead was too much to overcome and they would seal the victory on their fourth championship point, as Herbert fired a service winner.

"We had four tough matches," said Mahut. "After having a few months without winning too much, it's good to come back in the [Emirates ATP Doubles] Race to London.

"I couldn't have expected to win 19 titles when I started. I'm pretty happy, but I want to have the most among Frenchmen. More than Michael Llodra!"

Herbert and Mahut are the first French team to win the title at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Canada. They split $277,030 in prize money and 1,000 Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings points. Individually, 26-year-old Herbert won his 10th tour-level doubles title and 35-year-old Mahut claimed his 19th.

Bopanna and Dodig, meanwhile, share $135,630 in prize money and 600 Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings points. Bidding for his third title of the season, the Bangalore native falls to 16-26 in doubles finals. His Croatian teammate, who was also vying for his third victory of the year, drops to 8-12. Dodig had won the title in Toronto in 2016 with Marcelo Melo.

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