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#NextGen Kyrgios Keeps Cruising In Shanghai

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 9:01am

Nick Kyrgios kept up his blistering pace during the ATP World Tour's Asian swing on Tuesday in Shanghai. The #NextGen star prevailed against American Sam Querrey 6-4, 6-4 in 54 minutes to move into the second round of the Shanghai Rolex Masters, the season's eighth ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament.

Kyrgios, who won his first ATP 500 level tournament on Sunday in Tokyo (d. Goffin), blasted 14 aces and didn't face a break point against Querrey. The Aussie is playing with a career-high ranking of No. 14 and could make a run for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals yet this season. The top eight qualify for the year-end championships, to be held 13-20 Nov. at The O2 in London, and Kyrgios is currently in 12th place in the Emirates ATP Race To London, 790 points behind eighth-placed Dominic Thiem. But if Kyrgios wins Shanghai this week, he would gain 1,000 points and could join the Top 8.

Who else does Kyrgios need to catch? View the Emirates ATP Race To London standings

The title would be Kyrgios' first Masters 1000 crown. The 21 year old reached the semi-finals of the Miami Open presented by Itau, an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament, in April before falling to Kei Nishikori. The top-ranked #NextGen player also made the quarter-finals of the Mutua Madrid Open, another Masters 1000 event, in May before again losing to Nishikori. But Kyrgios is 3-0 in finals, having claimed all of his titles this season (Marseille, Atlanta and Tokyo). The 12th-seeded Kyrgios will next face German Mischa Zverev, with a potential third-round contest against Czech Tomas Berdych looming.

Querrey shocked the tennis world when he upset Novak Djokovic in the third round of this year's Wimbledon. But the 6'6” California native has struggled to find that top level since reaching the quarter-finals at the All England Club. Querrey, who recently celebrated his 29th birthday, has lost seven of his past eight matches.


His countryman Jack Sock enjoyed better results at the Qizhong Tennis Center. Sock pushed his FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Argentine Guido Pella to 3-0 with a 7-6(3), 7-5 first-round victory. Sock, No. 25 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, won 93 per cent of his first-serve points (39/42) and saved three of four break points to advance in straight sets. He'll play Spaniard Feliciano Lopez in the second round. Lopez outlasted compatriot and 10th seed David Ferrer 7-6(3), 4-6, 7-6(4).

Italian Paolo Lorenzi set a second-round clash against Canadian Milos Raonic after knocking out Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 5-7, 7-6(2), 6-3. Lorenzi had been 0-2 against Garcia-Lopez in tour-level meetings. The 34 year old will be playing Raonic for the first time.

Get Ready For Djokovic Vs. Fognini Shanghai 2016

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 7:58am
Get ready for Novak Djokovic's opening match at the Shanghai Rolex Masters against Fabio Fognini. Watch live tennis at

Get Ready For Cilic Vs. Zverev Shanghai 2016

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 7:56am
Get ready for Marin Cilic's clash with Next Generation star Sascha Zverev in the Shanghai Rolex Masters second round Tuesday. Watch live tennis at Photo: Getty Images

Goffin Foils Del Potro's Upset Bid

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 7:08am
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David Goffin narrowly avoided joining comeback king Juan Martin del Potro’s list of early-round seeded casualties in 2016. The Belgian 11th seed looked on his way to packing his bags after he trailed a set and 2-0 against the wild card Argentine before he turned his fortunes around in a 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 result on Tuesday at the Shanghai Rolex Masters.

Having lost the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships 2016 final in three sets to Nick Kyrgios on Sunday, the Belgian took time to work his way into his opening match in China. After he broke to level at 2-2 in the second set, Goffin reeled off eight of the next 12 games to hold a 4-2 lead in the decider before del Potro drew level.

He broke del Potro a fifth time for 6-5 and served it out on his first match point to earn a second-round assignment against Frenchman Benoit Paire.

“He's playing great. He made finals last week. He's so fast on the baseline. I think he's a great player to play. But anyways, I was close to winning. I played a good match,” del Potro said of Goffin. “For me, 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.”

Paire’s countryman Lucas Pouille earlier struck sweet revenge in a straight-sets dismissal of Spaniard Fernando Verdasco. The 13th seed cruised past the former world No. 7 in the Emirates ATP Rankings 6-3, 6-3, avenging a defeat in his first ATP World Tour final at the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy in Bucharest in April.

The 22 year old would score that maiden title breakthrough on home soil at Metz (d. Thiem) last month. Continuing his strong finish to the season, he was impressive on serve against Verdasco, claiming 86 per cent of first-serve points and never facing a break point.

The win books a meeting with Verdasco’s compatriot and fellow former Top-10 player, Nicolas Almagro, with a third-round clash against second seed Andy Murray on the cards.

In an all-Spanish over-30s battle, Feliciano Lopez defeated 10th seed David Ferrer in two hours and 30 minutes 7-6(3), 4-6, 7-6(4). The 35-year-old lefty thumped down 20 aces and saved seven of nine break points on his way past the 2011 Shanghai Rolex Masters runner-up.

It was Lopez’s seventh victory over his compatriot in 17 FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings and snapped a seven-match losing streak against the 34 year old, which dated back to this event in 2009. Lopez will next play Jack Sock, who beat Guido Pella 7-6(3), 7-5.

Another Spaniard, Marcel Granollers claimed an opening-round win over Japanese qualifier Yuichi Sugita 7-5, 7-6(2). Granollers sent down six aces and broke four times on his way to landing a second-round assignment against Czech seventh seed Tomas Berdych.

Shanghai 2016

Mon, 10/10/2016 - 7:03pm

Djokovic Wins Thriller Over Del Potro In 2013 Shanghai Classic Moment

Mon, 10/10/2016 - 6:35pm
In this Shanghai Classic Moment, Novak Djokovic successfully defends his Masters 1000 title as he edges Juan Martin del Potro 6-1, 3-6, 7-6(3) in a two-hour, 33-minute battle. Watch live tennis at

Tiafoe Reacts To Winning In Stockton

Mon, 10/10/2016 - 5:50pm

There are so many firsts for you here, but more importantly for me, this is the first time in your career that you’ve had four straight-sets win. What does that say about your focus this week?

Finally, I’m not having to squeak matches out like I have been. Like I said in Cary, I still wasn’t fully there mentally. I really buckled down this week after seeing my friend Darian King win the title in Tiburon, thinking I really could have won that. That got me locked in here and I was very business-like this week. This was a really good mental week for me. I dug in deep and took it to all my opponents.

What does reaching the Top 100 (of the Emirates ATP Rankings) mean to you?

It means the world to me. It’s something you dream about as a kid, to see your ranking on the front page. But that’s not where I want to end. I’ve had a couple of other good weeks, so I want to keep going and keep putting the wins together.

You still have points to defend before the Australian Open, so how are you going to regroup for next week’s Challenger in Fairfield?

I’ll have a little fun today and get the mind right. Have a light hit tomorrow and just get the body right. I’m defending semi-final points next week, so you just have to go one match at a time and enjoy the process.

How important was it for you to get that early break and off to a fast start like you today?

It was really good. I was pumped to win that first game. I thought I was really composed out there, didn’t freak out or act out at anytime. I’ve been in a lot of Challenger finals lately, so I’m feeling more and more comfortable in them. And then ever since I finally got over the hump and won one in Granby, I feel like I can win all of these Challenger events if I’m mentally and physically there.

You changed directions really well today, especially on your backhand side. How important was that for you?

It was huge. I know Noah loves the backhand cross-court rallies and gets you in them almost every time. I hit my forehand and slice backhand extremely well today, really used the whole court and did a good job of being unpredictable and keeping him on his toes. That’s why the scoreline came out like it did.

Your brother has been with you for the last couple of weeks. What's it been like having another set of eyes with you and just someone to talk to at the end of the day?

It’s been huge. Being with him this summer for five or six weeks really helped me. It’s tough out here. You’re traveling every week, so just to have a friend who knows you best and has your back during the rough patches is great. I think that’s something I’m going to need to have in my corner for the rest of my career.

Do you celebrate with In-N-Out tonight?

One hundred percent. [Laughs]. You have to celebrate with In-N-Out. There’s really no place else you can go. 

Murray Discusses Chasing Novak At No 1 Shanghai 2016

Mon, 10/10/2016 - 4:05pm
Andy Murray discusses his chase of Novak Djokovic and the No. 1 spot in the Emirates ATP Rankings. Watch live tennis at

Zverev, Edmund, Tsonga Win In Shanghai Monday Highlights

Mon, 10/10/2016 - 1:18pm
Watch highlights as Sascha Zverev, Kyle Edmund and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga notch first-round wins on Monday at the Shanghai Rolex Masters. Watch live tennis at

Zverev Reacts To Isner Win In Shanghai

Mon, 10/10/2016 - 12:51pm
Sascha Zverev is very pleased with his day's work after beating John Isner in the first round of the Shanghai Rolex Masters on Monday. Watch live tennis at

Nadal Ready For Great Event In Shanghai

Mon, 10/10/2016 - 12:49pm
Rafael Nadal is ready to enjoy the Shanghai Rolex Masters, which he credits as having some of the most enthusiastic fans in the world. Watch live tennis at

The Murray Brothers' Bond Uncovered

Mon, 10/10/2016 - 12:35pm
ATP World Tour Uncovered presented by Peugeot hears from Jamie Murray and Judy Murray about what makes the Murray brothers' bond so strong.

Tsonga Makes Winning Return In Shanghai

Mon, 10/10/2016 - 11:43am
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Ninth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga cruised into the second round of the Shanghai Rolex Masters on Monday with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Florian Mayer.

The Frenchman made a successful return from the knee injury that saw him retire against Novak Djokovic in the US Open quarter-finals. Tsonga notched his 29th win of the season as he dismissed Mayer in 71 minutes, saving the five break points he faced.


The 31-year-old Tsonga was runner-up at this ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament last year (l. to Djokovic) and also reached the semi-finals in 2013 (l. to Djokovic).

There was more French success on Day Two as Benoit Paire defeated Joao Sousa 6-3, 5-7, 6-1 in one hour and 52 minutes.

Second seed Andy Murray will begin his Shanghai bid against Steve Johnson after the American defeated Martin Klizan 6-4, 6-3. Murray is coming off his 40th tour-level title in Beijing and has a 2-0 FedEx ATP Head2Head lead over Johnson, who clinched his 29th win of a career-best season.

Vasek Pospisil recorded just his ninth win in what has been a frustrating season, defeating Ivo Karlovic 7-6(5), 6-4 in 80 minutes. The Canadian, who has slipped to No. 131 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, qualified into the main draw in Shanghai and looks to rediscover his top form. He will look to win back-to-back tour-level matches for the first time in 2016 when he faces Grigor Dimitrov or Richard Gasquet in the second round.

In the final match of the day, Spaniard Nicolas Almagro came back to defeat Russian qualifier Mikhail Youzhny 3-6, 6-2, 6-2. Almagro struck nine aces and broke Youzhny five times in the first-round victory.

Djokovic Brings New Mindset To Shanghai

Mon, 10/10/2016 - 11:23am

After compiling another all-time great season, Novak Djokovic returns to the ATP World Tour this week feeling healthy and eager to rediscover his best level. The top seed at this week's Shanghai Rolex Masters will go for his fourth title in the Chinese city – 2012-13, 2015 – and his fifth Masters 1000 title of the season.

But Djokovic will look to achieve that success with a different mindset than he possessed earlier in the year. Since completing the career Grand Slam by winning Roland Garros in June, Djokovic said he has struggled to enjoy his time on the court. After winning Roland Garros, he said, “I was obviously very content, but on the other hand I was also very exhausted and I needed some time to recover, to regroup.”

To help that process, Djokovic is changing his focus, from winning titles to simply enjoying his time on the court.

“My approach is just different,” he said during his pre-tournament press conference. “The last three months were up and down, a little bit with oscillations, but generally I didn't find that kind of satisfaction on the court, which is the very reason and the source of my motivation to play tennis... So that's my priority now, to get back into that inner joy and really feeling happy for being on the court, and everything else comes second and behind that.”


He has had plenty to enjoy this season. The Serbian has won seven tour-level titles and compiled a 56-6 record. But the World No. 1 hasn't been the last one standing at a tournament since July, when he beat Kei Nishikori at the Rogers Cup final in Toronto. Djokovic reached the US Open final last month in New York but fell in four sets to Stan Wawrinka.

The Belgrade native isn't worried about the past few months, though. He said he feels healthy again. His left wrist bothered him before the US Open, and he withdrew from last week's China Open in Beijing because of an elbow injury.

“Everything is fine,” he said. “Glad that I'm back in Shanghai, and I have been practising the last couple of weeks and trying to get myself in the right competitive mode, which I think is something that I'm going to reach this week, next week.”

Few players have had more success in China than Djokovic. He's won 38 of his past 39 matches in China and owns a 24-3 record at the Shanghai Rolex Masters.

“I'm happy to be back in Shanghai,” he said. “The only way I can predict the future is to create the future. I try to create a future for myself by being in the present moment. I don't try to think what has happened before or what's coming later on. I believe that in this very moment. This kind of thinking and mindset is the best for me.”

Quick, Put Your Racquet Up Sousa Hot Shot

Mon, 10/10/2016 - 11:22am
Joao Sousa shows off his quick hands against Benoit Paire at the Shanghai Rolex Masters on Monday. Watch live tennis at Photo: Getty Images

Raonic Back On Track In Shanghai

Mon, 10/10/2016 - 11:08am
After disappointments at the US Open and St. Petersburg, Milos Raonic feels he has turned a corner with his form and is looking forward to his Shanghai campaign. Watch live tennis at

Paire Turns Body Blow Into Hot Shot

Mon, 10/10/2016 - 11:03am
Benoit Paire turns a potential body blow into a hot shot in his Shanghai Rolex Masters win over Joao Sousa. Watch live tennis at Photo: Getty Images

Wawrinka Looks Ahead to Shanghai Campaign

Mon, 10/10/2016 - 11:02am
Stan Wawrinka looks ahead to his Shanghai campaign after enjoying a resurgence in form in the past two months. Watch live tennis at

Djokovic Well Rested And Back In Shanghai

Mon, 10/10/2016 - 11:02am
Novak Djokovic is happy to be back in Shanghai after a restful period at home. The Serbian talks about rediscovering his love for the game. Watch live tennis at

Nadal Looking For Return To Top Form In Shanghai

Mon, 10/10/2016 - 9:46am

The Shanghai Rolex Masters could be the stage on which Rafael Nadal makes a return to the top form he was exhibiting in the spring.

After reaching the Indian Wells semi-finals (l. to Djokovic) and clinching back-to-back titles in Monte-Carlo (d. Monfils) and Barcelona (d. Nishikori), the Spaniard looked set to mount a title charge at Roland Garros, when a wrist injury cruelly forced him out of action for two and a half months.

Since his return at the Rio Olympics, where he won the doubles gold medal with Marc Lopez, Nadal has been inching his way back to top form and, on the eve of his Shanghai campaign, explained that he is still hoping for a strong finish to the season.

“I'm not satisfied with my performance [this season] because I got injured for two and a half months,” said Nadal. “I missed very important events. When you come back without practice and you have to compete in another important event without having practice and matches on your shoulders, it's difficult to be satisfied.

“I think if you asked me if I was satisfied during the period between Indian Wells and Roland Garros, yes. I had been competing for every tournament that I played and competing against all the players with good chances to have success. And that's the most important thing.

“The level of tennis had been high during that period of time, but, it took a lot of effort for me. I worked so hard to be what I was in that moment. When you break the rhythm with an injury it’s a little bit unlucky, and you need to accept and give more. And that's what I'm doing. I am trying to finish well and trying to be ready again for next season. That's my real goal.”

Nadal still has plenty on the line this season. He is in hot contention for one of the remaining four spots at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. The Mallorcan is currently seventh in the Emirates ATP Race To London, with 1,000 points available at the eighth ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament of the season this week.

But for the 30-year-old Nadal, the focus is on working hard and continuing to improve his level every day. The rest will take care of itself.

“My only pressure is trying to feel good on court and enjoy doing what I am doing,” said Nadal. “The goal is just to try to finish the season in the best way possible. Having a very painful injury in the worst moment of the year, it's tough to be back and especially when you are back and still with pain.

“I will keep working hard as I did today, as I did yesterday, as I do every day to recover the level of my tennis before the injury.”

Nadal is seeded fourth in Shanghai, where he reached the final in 2009 (l. to Davydenko). The left-hander will open his campaign against Viktor Troicki and finds himself in the top half of the draw with Novak Djokovic, Nick Kyrgios, Tomas Berdych and Marin Cilic.