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Schwartzman Connects On Potential Hot Shot Of The Year In Paris 2017

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 12:08pm
Diego Schwartzman hits a sensational behind the back passing shot against John Isner in the second round of the Rolex Paris Masters on Wednesday. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Nadal Clinches Year-End No. 1 Emirates ATP Ranking For Fourth Time

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 11:25am

Rafael Nadal has clinched the year-end No. 1 Emirates ATP Ranking for a fourth time — to break a number of historical records — after beating #NextGenATP South Korean Hyeon Chung at the Rolex Paris Masters on Wednesday. The Spaniard will be presented with the ATP World Tour No. 1 trophy at the Nitto ATP Finals, to be held at The O2 in London from 12-19 November.

Nadal, who replaced Great Britain’s Andy Murray at No. 1 on 21 August, has enjoyed a stellar season, capturing six titles – including two Grand Slams and two ATP World Tour Masters 1000s — from 10 tour-level finals. At 31, Nadal is the oldest player to finish year-end No. 1 in Emirates ATP Rankings history (since 1973). Having previously finished at the top in 2008, 2010 and 2013, Nadal becomes the first player to hold, lose and regain the year-end No. 1 on three occasions.

He is also the first player to finish No. 1 four times in non-consecutive years, the first aged over-30 and the first to finish in the top spot four years since he last achieved the feat (2013). The nine-year gap between his first year-end No. 1 season (2008) and his last (2017) is also a record.

Nadal is the seventh player to finish the year at the pinnacle of men’s professional tennis on four or more occasions, following in the footsteps of Pete Sampras (6), Jimmy Connors and Roger Federer (5), Ivan Lendl, John McEnroe and Novak Djokovic (4). This is the 14th straight season that the year-end World No. 1 ranking has been held by a member of the ‘Big Four’ — Federer (2004-07, ’09), Nadal (2008, ’10, ’13, ‘17), Djokovic (2011-12, ’14-15) or Murray (2016).

"I’m very, very happy for everything," said Nadal in his on-court interview. "It has been an amazing year. One year ago, for sure I never dreamed about being World No. 1 again at the end of the season. It’s something that means a lot to me. But the season is not over."

Chris Kermode, the ATP Executive Chairman and President, said, "The year-end No.1 ranking is the ultimate achievement in our season, demanding the very highest standards in terms of excellence, consistency and endurance. By becoming – at the age of 31 – the oldest player in the game’s history to achieve this spectacular feat, Rafa has once again demonstrated his unwavering work ethic, determination and passion for the game. He continues to re-write the record books, and is a credit to our sport. On behalf of the ATP, we congratulate him on a phenomenal season."

The Spanish superstar, who ended the 2016 season early due to a wrist injury, has returned in 2017 playing some of the best tennis of his career. After finishing 2016 at No. 9, Nadal has made the biggest single-season jump to year-end No. 1 since Andy Roddick went from No. 10 in 2002 to No. 1 in 2003.

In compiling an ATP World Tour-best 66 wins, Nadal has captured six trophies this season, including historic 10th titles at Roland Garros (d. Wawrinka), the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters (d. Ramos-Vinolas) and the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell (d. Thiem), in addition to a fifth crown at the Mutua Madrid Open (d. Thiem). He also lifted his third trophy at the US Open (d. Anderson) and his second at the China Open in Beijing (d. Kyrgios). He has reached four other finals – the Australian Open (l. to Federer), Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco (l. to Querrey), the Miami Open presented by Itau (l. to Federer) and the Shanghai Rolex Masters (l. to Federer).

Nadal, who first ascended to No. 1 on 18 August 2008 at the age of 22, has spent four stints in top spot for a total of 152 weeks — 46 weeks between 18 August 2008 and 5 July 2009, 56 weeks from 7 June 2010 to 3 July 2011, 39 weeks between 7 October 2013 and 6 July 2014 and currently 11 weeks since 21 August 2017. Only Federer (302), Sampras (286), Lendl (270), Connors (268), Djokovic (223) and McEnroe (170) have spent more weeks at No. 1 since 1973.

This month, the Mallorcan is not only looking to win his first Rolex Paris Masters trophy, which would represent a record 31st ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown, but is also aiming to clinch his first title at the Nitto ATP Finals, which he has qualified for on 13 straight occasions (seven appearances) since 2005.

ATP WORLD TOUR YEAR-END NO. 1 PRESENTED BY EMIRATES
 
Year    Player
2017    Rafael Nadal (Spain)
2016    Andy Murray (Great Britain)
2015    Novak Djokovic (Serbia)
2014    Novak Djokovic (Serbia)
2013    Rafael Nadal (Spain)
2012    Novak Djokovic (Serbia)
2011    Novak Djokovic (Serbia)
2010    Rafael Nadal (Spain)
2009    Roger Federer (Switzerland)
2008    Rafael Nadal (Spain)
2007    Roger Federer (Switzerland)
2006    Roger Federer (Switzerland)
2005    Roger Federer (Switzerland)
2004    Roger Federer (Switzerland)
2003    Andy Roddick (U.S.)
2002    Lleyton Hewitt (Australia)
2001    Lleyton Hewitt (Australia)
2000    Gustavo Kuerten (Brazil)
1999    Andre Agassi (U.S.)
1998    Pete Sampras (U.S.)
1997    Pete Sampras (U.S.)
1996    Pete Sampras (U.S.)
1995    Pete Sampras (U.S.)
1994    Pete Sampras (U.S.)
1993    Pete Sampras (U.S.)
1992    Jim Courier (U.S.)
1991    Stefan Edberg (Sweden)
1990    Stefan Edberg (Sweden)
1989    Ivan Lendl (Czech Republic)
1988    Mats Wilander (Sweden)
1987    Ivan Lendl (Czech Republic)
1986    Ivan Lendl (Czech Republic)
1985    Ivan Lendl (Czech Republic)
1984    John McEnroe (U.S.)
1983    John McEnroe (U.S.)
1982    John McEnroe (U.S.)
1981    John McEnroe (U.S.)
1980    Bjorn Borg (Sweden)
1979    Bjorn Borg (Sweden)
1978    Jimmy Connors (U.S.)
1977    Jimmy Connors (U.S.)
1976    Jimmy Connors (U.S.)
1975    Jimmy Connors (U.S.)
1974    Jimmy Connors (U.S.)
1973    Ilie Nastase (Romania)

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Nadal To Finish No. 1 After Beating Chung In Paris

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 10:51am

Rafael Nadal will finish 2017 as year-end No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings after beating Hyeon Chung 7-5, 6-3 on Wednesday in the second round of the Rolex Paris Masters.

The 31-year-old Nadal will be the oldest year-end No. 1 and first season-ending No. 1 over the age of 30 since the Emirates ATP Rankings were established in 1973. It is his fourth time finishing atop the Rankings, adding to 2008, 2010 and 2013.

Roger Federer has pushed Nadal all the way in the battle to finish atop the rankings, with both players enjoying remarkable comebacks in 2017. But with Federer forced to withdraw from Paris, Nadal needed just one more win to finish No. 1.

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“I’m very, very happy for everything,” said Nadal in his on-court interview. “It has been an amazing year. One year ago, for sure I never dreamed about being World No. 1 again at the end of the season. It’s something that means a lot to me. But the season is not over.”

It wasn’t plain sailing for Nadal against the 21-year-old Chung, who is due to feature at the inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan next week. After breaks were exchanged in the early stages, Nadal then rallied from a 0/40 deficit before breaking Chung to lead 4-2.

However, with Nadal serving for the set in the ninth game, his South Korean opponent broke back and levelled at 5-5. The Spaniard eventually got over the line in the first set as he opened up a 0/40 lead on Chung’s serve in the 12th game and clinched it with a forehand winner as the match ticked into the hour mark.

After Chung fended off four break points in the fourth game of the second set, Nadal made his move with a break in the ninth game before sealing victory in one hour and 49 minutes.

Nadal is looking to win his 31st ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown this week, and third of the season after victories in Monte-Carlo and Madrid. The left-hander is hoping to add Paris to his illustrious collection, after finishing runner-up at the AccorHotels Arena in 2007 (l. to Nalbandian). 

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Nadal Clinches 2017 Year End No 1 Emirates ATP Ranking

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 10:10am
Spain's Rafael Nadal has clinched the year-end No. 1 Emirates ATP Ranking for the fourth time. At 31, he is the oldest player to do so in history (since 1973).

Haase Reacts To Zverev Win Paris 2017

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 9:41am
Robin Haase discusses his performance after upsetting Alexander Zverev in the second round of the Rolex Paris Masters on Wednesday. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Brown Tweener Lob Wows Home Fans At Eckental Challenger 2017

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 9:39am
Dustin Brown has been a Hot Shot machine in October. Watch as the German strikes a tweener lob at the ATP Challenger Tour event in Eckental, Germany.

Haase Upsets Zverev In Paris Second Round

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 8:03am

Robin Haase has made a flying start to the Rolex Paris Masters. After dismissing Steve Johnson for the loss of just three games in the first round in the French capital, the Dutchman ousted fourth seed Alexander Zverev 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 on Wednesday to reach the third round.

The 30-year-old Haase, who reached his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semi-final in the summer in Montreal (l. to Federer), overcame the 20-year-old Zverev in one hour and 33 minutes. The right-hander won 77 per cent of his service points and broke Zverev four times as he set up a clash with either Joao Sousa or Nitto ATP Finals contender Juan Martin del Potro.

Zverev will look to cap his standout season in style when he makes his debut at the Nitto ATP Finals in London, beginning 12 November. The German has won two Masters 1000 crowns this season, in Rome and Montreal, and also lifted trophies in Montpellier, Munich and Washington.

Ninth-seeded American John Isner battled hard to keep alive his slim chances of qualifying for next month’s season finale by hitting 29 aces in beating Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman 7-6(2), 6-7(11), 6-3 over two hours and 35 minutes. Isner could not convert match point opportunities on his serve at 6/5, 8/7 and 10/9 in the second set tie-break. Schwartzman ends the best season of his career with a 39-28 match record. Isner will now face sixth-seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, a first-time Nitto ATP Finals qualifier this year, or Richard Gasquet of France.

Lucas Pouille continued his late push to qualify for London as he defeated Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 6-4 in 58 minutes. The Frenchman is coming off the biggest title of his career in Vienna, where he defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final, and must reach the final in Paris if he is to have a chance of clinching one of the last two spots in London.

In action later on, Rafael Nadal will clinch the year-end No. 1 spot in the Emirates ATP Rankings with victory over Hyeon Chung, while London contenders Tsonga, Goffin, Anderson and del Potro are all in the hunt for crucial points.

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Players Reveal Favourite TV Show, App And More

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 7:45am
ATP World Tour stars, including Sascha Zverev, Grigor Dimitrov and Stan Wawrinka, reveal their favourite TV shows, apps and bands in ATP World Tour Uncovered presented by Peugeot.

Thiem outlasts Gojowczyk to advance in Paris

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 1:38am
Thiem outlasts Gojowczyk to advance in Paris

Year-End No. 1 On The Line For Nadal In Paris

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 12:37am

Rafael Nadal can clinch the year-end No. 1 ranking for the fourth time by defeating #NextGenATP player Hyeon Chung at the Rolex Paris Masters on Wednesday. Nadal, 31, bids to become the oldest year-end No. 1 and first year-end No. 1 over the age of 30 since the Emirates ATP Rankings were established in 1973. He also finished 2008, 2010 and 2013 atop the rankings. If Chung upsets Nadal, the Spaniard will get a second chance to clinch at the Nitto ATP Finals November 12-19.

Opportunity awaits Kevin Anderson, Juan Martin del Potro and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga after Nicolas Mahut beat Pablo Carreno Busta on Tuesday. If he reaches the quarter-finals this week, Anderson will pass Carreno Busta and assume the last spot for Nitto ATP Finals qualification. Not far behind in the Emirates ATP Race to London are Del Potro and Tsonga, who would pass Carreno Busta by reaching the semi-finals. In second-round matches on Wednesday, Anderson faces Fernando Verdasco, Del Potro meets Joao Sousa and Tsonga takes on Julien Benneteau.

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Tsonga and Benneteau were among the tournament-record five Frenchmen who reached the third round in 2009. As many as six can make it that far this year, including Lucas Pouille and Adrian Mannarino. Pouille won the biggest championship of his career in Vienna on Sunday and became the only player in 2017 with titles on three surfaces. He faces Feliciano Lopez on Court Central, while Mannarino meets No. 1 Belgian David Goffin in a possible preview of the Davis Cup final.

Mannarino Pleased With Ferrer Win Paris 2017

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 5:07pm
Home hope Adrian Mannarino is pleased with his performance as he defeats David Ferrer to make the second round in Paris. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Mahut Upsets Carreno Busta; Querrey Out Of London Contention

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 4:28pm
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Pablo Carreno Busta will have a tense wait to see if he is going to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals after falling to Nicolas Mahut in his opener at the Rolex Paris Masters on Tuesday evening.

The Spaniard currently occupies the final qualifying spot in the Emirates ATP Race To London, as he looks to make his debut at the year-end championships, but now must wait and see how Kevin Anderson, Juan Martin del Potro, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Lucas Pouille perform at the final ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament of the season.

Home favourite Mahut, who battled past Vasek Pospisil in the first round, defeated the eighth-seeded Carreno Busta 6-4, 6-1 in just 86 minutes. The 35-year-old Mahut, a wild card entrant, saved eight of the nine break points he faced as he avenged his US Open loss to Carreno Busta.

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Serbian qualifier Filip Krajinovic recorded just his second tour-level match win of 2017 — and his first victory at an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament in two-and-a-half years — to end American Sam Querrey’s quest for a place at next month’s Nitto ATP Finals. Krajinovic will now face Mahut for a spot in the quarter-finals.

Krajinovic, whose sole victory at Masters 1000-level had come against compatriot Dusan Lajovic at Miami in March 2015, knocked out No. 10 seed Querrey 6-4, 6-4 in 79 minutes. Querrey, who had led 2-0 in the second set and struck 11 aces, ends his 2017 campaign with a 36-21 match record, including two ATP World Tour titles.

Querrey started the week in the French capital at No. 11 in the Emirates ATP Race To London on 2,525 points – only 80 points behind Carreno Busta (2,605).

Dominic Thiem, who has already clinched his spot in the eight-man field, was made to work for a win his second-round opening match. The fifth-seeded Austrian prevailed against Peter Gojowczyk 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-4 after two hours and six minutes. Thiem was unable to serve out the match in the second set as the German lucky loser fought off match points to force a tie-break, but clinched the victory by capitalising on his first break point of the decisive set.

Thiem awaits the winner between London hopeful Anderson and Spaniard Fernando Verdasco. Anderson began the week at No. 12 in the Race standings and would qualify should he win his first Masters 1000 title this week.

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ATP Firsts: Diego Schwartzman

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 11:18am
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Diego Schwartzman has had the best year of his career in 2017. Pick and choose your milestones to celebrate: career-high Emirates ATP Ranking of No. 25; his first Grand Slam quarter-final, at the US Open; and his third ATP World Tour final (Antwerp, l. to Tsonga).

In the midst of another possible run, this week at the Rolex Paris Masters, the 5'7” Argentine took time to talk with ATPWorldTour.com about what he bought to celebrate a big win at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells and the time he asked his good friend Rafael Nadal literally for the shirt off his back.

First pinch-me moment on the ATP World Tour
I think when I won my first [ATP] Challenger. It was in Buenos Aires. That moment was amazing for me, with my family. I didn't expect that moment at that time. I was playing the Challengers but I had never made it past the quarter-finals. In Buenos Aires, it was my first Challenger final, and I won the Challenger. It was amazing for me. That moment I started to think, 'OK, I am doing well and I can do it better'.

First time I was recognised
The first time was in Buenos Aires... But then I think the past two years around the world, I have improved my tennis a lot, I have improved my ranking and I think people know more about me... This year people recognise me a little bit more... Maybe one year and a half ago or two years ago now, I'd go to the tournament entrances and there would be one more person there. Now it's a little bit different... I like, I like. I think it's good it's because you are doing well.

First thing I bought with prize money
I don't remember what was the first thing, but I remember in 2015 Indian Wells, after I beat Jerzy Janowicz, 7-6 in the third set (in the first round). Before the match I said to my coach, 'If I win this match I am going to buy a computer and headphones'. And I won 7-6 in the third and the next day I went to the store and bought the computer and headphones... Beats headphones, black, the big ones and a Macbook Air.

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First autograph/photo I got
Football players, always. Ha, ha. I ask football players to take a picture with me. I love football. I watch football every day... Here in tennis, I am a little bit scared to ask for a photo... If I have confidence, I ask Sock, Ferrer, Nadal, Federer. I am always trying to take a picture with them but it's not easy to ask... Ferrer I took photos with this year and I put on my Instagram. Rafa after Monte-Carlo in the quarter-finals this year I asked for the shirt he wore during the match and for him to sign the shirt, and I have it in my room, his shirt on the wall... He was playing with a pink shirt and I asked after our match, I have confidence with him... We have a good relationship, same language, friends in common... [I asked] in the locker rooms.

First pet
Lole, she was black and white, a Cocker Spaniel. That was a few years ago. Now we have one from the street. We were in the street with Lole, and this new one, a small one, came to us and we took it and it's in our home now... The new one is Peque. It's like me. My nickname, it's Peque. In Argentina, everyone calls me Peque. It's like little or small one, and I named the dog Peque.

When I am at home, Peque comes to me at night in the bed, sleeps with me. We are always joking at home with the dog. My parents had a dog at home and I also like to have that company. It's nice.

Schwartzman, Lopez Move Into Paris Second Round

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 11:17am

Diminutive Argentine Diego Schwartzman recorded his 39th match win of a career-best season with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Viktor Troicki of Serbia on Tuesday to book his place in the Rolex Paris Masters second round. Currently No. 26 in the Emirates ATP Race To London, Schwartzman has a mathematical chance of qualifying for the Nitto ATP Finals, to be held at The O2 in London from 12-19 November, but his participation would also depend on other results. He will next face ninth-seeded American John Isner.

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France’s Adrian Mannarino knocked out 2012 champion David Ferrer of Spain 6-2, 6-4 in one hour and 32 minutes. Mannarino will next look to avenge his loss to David Goffin in the recent Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships 2017 final. Goffin is next in line to qualify for the season finale, at No. 8 in the Emirates ATP Race To London.

Spain’s Feliciano Lopez saved three of four break points to earn a gritty 7-6(4), 6-3 win over wild card Pierre-Hugues Herbert for a second-round encounter against another Frenchman, No. 17 seed Lucas Pouille, who won his fourth ATP World Tour title on Sunday at the Erste Bank Open 500 (d. Tsonga).

There were mixed results in the French capital for three players — Andrey Rublev, Karen Khachanov and Borna Coric — who will compete at next month’s inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan, from 7-11 November.

Spain’s Fernando Verdasco came through a hard-court 7-6(1), 7-6(6) victory over Rublev in one hour and 50 minutes. Verdasco saved one set point at 4-5, 30/40 in the first set and converted his fifth match point in the second set. Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas got the better of Khachanov 6-4, 6-2, but Coric hit 10 aces to defeat fellow qualifier Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany 6-3, 6-4.

London Doubles Contenders Win Openers
Colombians Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah, who need to win the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 doubles title in Paris in order to stand a chance of qualifying for the Nitto ATP Finals, got off to a winning start with a 6-2, 7-6(7) victory over Rohan Bopanna and Pablo Cuevas in 77 minutes. They will next face French fourth seeds and last year’s finalists Herbert and Nicolas Mahut in the second round.

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Zverev Relishes Return To Paris 2017

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 10:42am
Alexander Zverev relished a return to the Rolex Paris Masters, ahead of the Nitto ATP Finals, where he hopes his game is conducive to the indoor courts. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Schwartzman Hits Perfect Lob In Paris 2017 Hot Shot

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 10:23am
Watch Hot Shot as Diego Schwartzman draws Viktor Troicki to the net before striking a perfectly timed lob on Tuesday at the Rolex Paris Masters. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Next Gen ATP Finals 2017 Field Is Set Uncovered

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 10:22am
The eight-player field is set for the inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan from 7-11 November 2017.

Emirates ATP Race To London Update 30 October 2017

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 10:20am
See the latest Emirates ATP Race To London standings as of 30 October 2017, following the conclusion of Swiss Indoors Basel and the Erste Bank Open 500 in Vienna.

Goffin Relaxed Ahead Of Paris 2017 Challlenge

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 9:30am
David Goffin, a contender for next month's Nitto ATP Finals, looks ahead to the Rolex Paris Masters. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Herbert Hits Tweener In Paris 2017 Hot Shot

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 9:30am
Watch Hot Shot as Pierre-Hugues Herbert strikes a tweener against Feliciano Lopez on Tuesday at the Rolex Paris Masters. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.