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24.02.2017: Djokovic Takes Acapulco Wild Card stdClass Object ( [title] => Djokovic Takes Acapulco Wild Card [caption] => Novak Djokovic is delighted his Latin American fans by announcing he will make his ATP World Tour debut in the region after accepting a wild card into the Abierto Mexicano Telecel. The World No. 2 in the Emirates ATP Rankings joins a stellar field that features five other players inside the Top 10, including Milos Raonic, Rafael Nadal, Marin Cilic Dominic Thiem and David Goffin. Rounding out the lineup are Juan Martin del Potro, Nick Kyrgios and Ivo Karlovic. "This is great news for the tournament. We’re very pleased to have the World No. 2 in the Acapulco field. The public will be very happy and we’re treating it like a big party,” said Acapulco tournament director Raul Zurutuza. "Novak and Rafa are two great players that give very important value to the tournament. Also having Raonic, del Potro and Goffin in the field will make this a great event.” The Serbian’s only tournament in Latin America as a junior or pro was the 2016 Rio Olympics (l. to Del Potro in 1R). Djokovic is competing in his third ATP World Tour event of the season, having opened the year by defeating Andy Murray in the Doha final before receiving a surprise second-round loss at the Australian Open to Denis Istomin. He has not competed since scoring a victory over #NextGenATP Karen Khachanov during Serbia’s 4-0 first-round Davis Cup win earlier this month over Russia. [content] =>

Novak Djokovic is delighted his Latin American fans by announcing he will make his ATP World Tour debut in the region after accepting a wild card into the Abierto Mexicano Telecel.

The World No. 2 in the Emirates ATP Rankings joins a stellar field that features five other players inside the Top 10, including Milos Raonic, Rafael Nadal, Marin Cilic Dominic Thiem and David Goffin. Rounding out the lineup are Juan Martin del Potro, Nick Kyrgios and Ivo Karlovic.

"This is great news for the tournament. We’re very pleased to have the World No. 2 in the Acapulco field. The public will be very happy and we’re treating it like a big party,” said Acapulco tournament director Raul Zurutuza. "Novak and Rafa are two great players that give very important value to the tournament. Also having Raonic, del Potro and Goffin in the field will make this a great event.”

The Serbian’s only tournament in Latin America as a junior or pro was the 2016 Rio Olympics (l. to Del Potro in 1R).

Djokovic is competing in his third ATP World Tour event of the season, having opened the year by defeating Andy Murray in the Doha final before receiving a surprise second-round loss at the Australian Open to Denis Istomin. He has not competed since scoring a victory over #NextGenATP Karen Khachanov during Serbia’s 4-0 first-round Davis Cup win earlier this month over Russia.

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24.02.2017: Kerber Keeps No.1 Hopes On Track, Cruises Into Dubai Semifinals stdClass Object ( [title] => Kerber Keeps No.1 Hopes On Track, Cruises Into Dubai Semifinals [caption] => Top seed Angelique Kerber needed just over an hour to move into her first semifinal of 2017 at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships after defeating Ana Konjuh in straight sets. [content] => Top seed Angelique Kerber needed just over an hour to move into her first semifinal of 2017 at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships after defeating Ana Konjuh in straight sets. [news_time] => 2017-02-24 02:08:10 [external_link] => http://www.wtatennis.com/news/article/6348262 [ngid] => 24 [nid] => 17634 [image_file_id] => 0 [newsgroup] => Kansainvälinen uutisointi [livefeed] => 0 ) 1
24.02.2017: Insider Notebook: Bellis, Konjuh Conjure Big Wins While Wozniacki Survives In Dubai stdClass Object ( [title] => Insider Notebook: Bellis, Konjuh Conjure Big Wins While Wozniacki Survives In Dubai [caption] => WTA Insider Courtney Nguyen | The next generation continues to impress while old guard favorites like Angelique Kerber and Caroline Wozniacki lead the last eight in Dubai. [content] => WTA Insider Courtney Nguyen | The next generation continues to impress while old guard favorites like Angelique Kerber and Caroline Wozniacki lead the last eight in Dubai. [news_time] => 2017-02-24 02:08:10 [external_link] => http://www.wtatennis.com/news/article/6342674 [ngid] => 24 [nid] => 17635 [image_file_id] => 0 [newsgroup] => Kansainvälinen uutisointi [livefeed] => 0 ) 1
23.02.2017: Brisbane will host Australias quarterfinal with USA stdClass Object ( [title] => Brisbane will host Australias quarterfinal with USA [caption] => Australia will welcome USA to Brisbane?s Pat Rafter Arena when the two nations meet in Australia for the second year running in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas quarterfinals on 7-9 April [content] => Australia will welcome USA to Brisbane?s Pat Rafter Arena when the two nations meet in Australia for the second year running in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas quarterfinals on 7-9 April [news_time] => 2017-02-23 10:01:00 [external_link] => [ngid] => 24 [nid] => 17636 [image_file_id] => 0 [newsgroup] => Kansainvälinen uutisointi [livefeed] => 0 ) 1
22.02.2017: How Good Is Your Serve? stdClass Object ( [title] => How Good Is Your Serve? [caption] => Ever wondered just how effective a first serve is over a second serve? The answer is right around 40 per cent better on average, and surprisingly, it has changed very little in the past quarter of a century in our sport. A 26-season study of first-and-second serve-win percentages from 1991 to 2016 uncovered that time and technology have had very little influence on the performance of what is widely regarded as the most dominant shot in a match. Tennis discussions often focus on how athletes are getting faster, racquets are getting more powerful, and strings let players manipulate the ball like it’s on a Yo-Yo. These factors all seem to be true on the surface, but somehow fail to significantly move the needle when you look at raw serve analytics. An Infosys ATP Beyond The Numbers analysis of the Top 50 performers in first and second serve points won every season from 1991 to 2016 uncovers an average 43 per cent improvement in first serve points won over second serve points won. Since 2000, the average has been slightly less at 41 per cent. World No. 1 Andy Murray averaged winning 76 per cent of his first serve points in 2016, and 54 per cent on second serves. That created a 41 per cent advantage for his first-serve win percentage over his second serve - exactly the same as the larger 2016 sample size. Top 50 Performers 1991-2016: 1st & 2nd Serve Wins Percentage / Percentage Improvement Year 1st Serve Points Won 2nd Serve Points Won Percentage Improvement 2016 75% 53% 41% 2015 75% 53% 41% 2014 75% 53% 42% 2013 75% 53% 42% 2012 74% 53% 39% 2011 74% 53% 40% 2010 75% 53% 41% 2009 75% 53% 42% 2008 75% 53% 40% 2007 75% 53% 41% 2006 73% 53% 40% 2005 74% 53% 41% 2004 75% 53% 42% 2003 74% 53% 40% 2002 74% 52% 41% 2001 74% 52% 42% 2000 75% 52% 44% 1999 75% 51% 45% 1998 75% 51% 48% 1997 75% 50% 50% 1996 76% 51% 48% 1995 75% 51% 47% 1994 75% 51% 47% 1993 75% 51% 45% 1992 74% 52% 43% 1991 73% 52% 40% Average 75% 52% 43% Top 50 - 1st Serve Points Won Average (75%) The ATP Stats LEADERBOARDS, powered by the Infosys Information Platform, show that the Top 50 performers in first-serve points won each season has hardly changed at all over the past 20 years, dating back to 1997. The average has either been 73 per cent, 74 per cent or 75 per cent. The highest season was 1996 at 76 per cent, which was the only time it reached that level since 1991. Top 50 - 2nd Serve Points Won Average (52%) There has also been remarkable consistency in average second-serve points won as well, producing an average of 52 per cent points won, while deviating just four data points from 50 per cent to 53 per cent. For the past 14 straight seasons, from 2003 to 2016, the points won average of the leading 50 players in this specific service category has been 53 per cent each year. Top 50 - Percentage Difference (43%) The average difference in points won of 43 per cent was bumped all the way up 50 per cent in 1997. The mid-1990s in general were the most dominant serving era in our sport, with players such as Pete Sampras, Richard Krajicek, Goran Ivanisevic, Greg Rusedski and Boris Becker leading the way. At the recently completed 2017 Australian Open, players averaged making 61 per cent of their first serves for the tournament. Tennis in so many ways is a numbers game. Knowing how many first serves typically go in, what their return investment is, and the corresponding win percentage with second serves helps us better organise the sport in our minds. And also allows us to know exactly what to expect in a match. [ALSO LIKE] [content] =>

Ever wondered just how effective a first serve is over a second serve?

The answer is right around 40 per cent better on average, and surprisingly, it has changed very little in the past quarter of a century in our sport.

A 26-season study of first-and-second serve-win percentages from 1991 to 2016 uncovered that time and technology have had very little influence on the performance of what is widely regarded as the most dominant shot in a match.

Tennis discussions often focus on how athletes are getting faster, racquets are getting more powerful, and strings let players manipulate the ball like it’s on a Yo-Yo. These factors all seem to be true on the surface, but somehow fail to significantly move the needle when you look at raw serve analytics.

An Infosys ATP Beyond The Numbers analysis of the Top 50 performers in first and second serve points won every season from 1991 to 2016 uncovers an average 43 per cent improvement in first serve points won over second serve points won. Since 2000, the average has been slightly less at 41 per cent.

World No. 1 Andy Murray averaged winning 76 per cent of his first serve points in 2016, and 54 per cent on second serves. That created a 41 per cent advantage for his first-serve win percentage over his second serve - exactly the same as the larger 2016 sample size.

Top 50 Performers 1991-2016: 1st & 2nd Serve Wins Percentage / Percentage Improvement

Year 1st Serve Points Won 2nd Serve Points Won Percentage Improvement
2016 75% 53% 41%
2015 75% 53% 41%
2014 75% 53% 42%
2013 75% 53% 42%
2012 74% 53% 39%
2011 74% 53% 40%
2010 75% 53% 41%
2009 75% 53% 42%
2008 75% 53% 40%
2007 75% 53% 41%
2006 73% 53% 40%
2005 74% 53% 41%
2004 75% 53% 42%
2003 74% 53% 40%
2002 74% 52% 41%
2001 74% 52% 42%
2000 75% 52% 44%
1999 75% 51% 45%
1998 75% 51% 48%
1997 75% 50% 50%
1996 76% 51% 48%
1995 75% 51% 47%
1994 75% 51% 47%
1993 75% 51% 45%
1992 74% 52% 43%
1991 73% 52% 40%
Average 75% 52% 43%

Top 50 - 1st Serve Points Won Average (75%)
The ATP Stats LEADERBOARDS, powered by the Infosys Information Platform, show that the Top 50 performers in first-serve points won each season has hardly changed at all over the past 20 years, dating back to 1997. The average has either been 73 per cent, 74 per cent or 75 per cent. The highest season was 1996 at 76 per cent, which was the only time it reached that level since 1991.

Top 50 - 2nd Serve Points Won Average (52%)
There has also been remarkable consistency in average second-serve points won as well, producing an average of 52 per cent points won, while deviating just four data points from 50 per cent to 53 per cent. For the past 14 straight seasons, from 2003 to 2016, the points won average of the leading 50 players in this specific service category has been 53 per cent each year.

Top 50 - Percentage Difference (43%)
The average difference in points won of 43 per cent was bumped all the way up 50 per cent in 1997. The mid-1990s in general were the most dominant serving era in our sport, with players such as Pete Sampras, Richard Krajicek, Goran Ivanisevic, Greg Rusedski and Boris Becker leading the way.

At the recently completed 2017 Australian Open, players averaged making 61 per cent of their first serves for the tournament. Tennis in so many ways is a numbers game. Knowing how many first serves typically go in, what their return investment is, and the corresponding win percentage with second serves helps us better organise the sport in our minds. And also allows us to know exactly what to expect in a match.

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22.02.2017: Six Things To Know About Casper Ruud stdClass Object ( [title] => Six Things To Know About Casper Ruud [caption] => #NextGenATP player Casper Ruud has caused a stir at the Rio Open, where he defeated Rogerio Dutra Silva to claim his first ATP World Tour win. Ahead of his second-round contest with Roberto Carballes Baena, we present the need-to-know on the 18-year-old Norwegian. 1. Tennis Is In His DNA His father, Christian Ruud, was a Top 50 professional tennis player. He reached his career-high No. 39 in the Emirates ATP Rankings on 9 October 1995, and finished his career with 115 tour-level victories. "I have a great relationship with my father," said Ruud. "Sometimes in the world of sport it isn't easy to have such a strong relationship, but for us it's marvellous. "We are both very competitive and both love to win at everything. We do it with the greatest respect and it's a healthy rivalry. He is an essential part of my team. I don't feel any pressure that he was a professional player. In fact, it's the opposite; it has helped me a lot." 2. He Scored His First ATP Win At A 500 Tournament His first victory came in his third ATP World Tour tournament. "It's been great," said Ruud. "Not just winning my first match, but having the chance to be here and playing in an ATP World Tour 500. I am the lowest-ranked player in the draw, so I'm the underdog in every match and that's more comfortable for me. I'm trying to keep my feet on the ground and keep working hard." Yesterday I was in sorrow for missing out @theweeknd concert in Oslo but today made it all up, thanks Rio!!??????? @RioOpenOficial— Casper Ruud (@CasperRuud98) February 21, 2017 3. He Is Already A Rising Star In Norway "Norwegians really like to see young, home-grown talent making progress," said Ruud. "We have Martin Odegaard, who plays for Real Madrid, as well as one of the best skiers in the world, and now they are starting to enjoy tennis. It's great for the Federation and for us. If people enjoy following me, then that's great!” 4. He's On A Rapid Rise After turning professional in 2015, Ruud is a player who has got the most out of every experience in all levels of professional tennis. He won his first ITF Futures in Paguera, Spain, in February 2016. In his first ATP Challenger Tour event in Seville, also last year, he came through qualifying and ended up winning the title (d. Daniel). In one year, the teenager jumped from outside the Top 1,000 to the verge of the Top 200 and also secured the prestigious No. 1 mantle on the junior circuit. [ALSO LIKE] 5. His Coach Is Spanish Pedro Rico has been Ruud's coach for two years. With the Spaniard, Ruud has made rapid progress. The partnership gels perfectly between the passionate Spaniard and the cool and calm Scandinavian. "The phrase I hear the most in Team Casper is 'No Stress'," said Rico. "Pedro is great," said Ruud. "He is helping me so much to get better, and together we have already gone from outside the Top 1,000 to be the No. 1 junior and close to the Top 200." 6. Milan Is His Goal For The Season "For the young players, the Next Gen ATP Finals is the biggest event we can win,” said the 18-year-old Ruud. “It is a big motivation. "Everyone wants to qualify and that means it won't be easy. It's too soon to think about it at the moment, but for me it would be a huge honour to participate." [content] =>

#NextGenATP player Casper Ruud has caused a stir at the Rio Open, where he defeated Rogerio Dutra Silva to claim his first ATP World Tour win. Ahead of his second-round contest with Roberto Carballes Baena, we present the need-to-know on the 18-year-old Norwegian.

1. Tennis Is In His DNA
His father, Christian Ruud, was a Top 50 professional tennis player. He reached his career-high No. 39 in the Emirates ATP Rankings on 9 October 1995, and finished his career with 115 tour-level victories.

"I have a great relationship with my father," said Ruud. "Sometimes in the world of sport it isn't easy to have such a strong relationship, but for us it's marvellous.

"We are both very competitive and both love to win at everything. We do it with the greatest respect and it's a healthy rivalry. He is an essential part of my team. I don't feel any pressure that he was a professional player. In fact, it's the opposite; it has helped me a lot."

2. He Scored His First ATP Win At A 500 Tournament
His first victory came in his third ATP World Tour tournament. "It's been great," said Ruud. "Not just winning my first match, but having the chance to be here and playing in an ATP World Tour 500. I am the lowest-ranked player in the draw, so I'm the underdog in every match and that's more comfortable for me. I'm trying to keep my feet on the ground and keep working hard."

3. He Is Already A Rising Star In Norway
"Norwegians really like to see young, home-grown talent making progress," said Ruud. "We have Martin Odegaard, who plays for Real Madrid, as well as one of the best skiers in the world, and now they are starting to enjoy tennis. It's great for the Federation and for us. If people enjoy following me, then that's great!”

4. He's On A Rapid Rise
After turning professional in 2015, Ruud is a player who has got the most out of every experience in all levels of professional tennis. He won his first ITF Futures in Paguera, Spain, in February 2016. In his first ATP Challenger Tour event in Seville, also last year, he came through qualifying and ended up winning the title (d. Daniel).

In one year, the teenager jumped from outside the Top 1,000 to the verge of the Top 200 and also secured the prestigious No. 1 mantle on the junior circuit.

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5. His Coach Is Spanish
Pedro Rico has been Ruud's coach for two years. With the Spaniard, Ruud has made rapid progress. The partnership gels perfectly between the passionate Spaniard and the cool and calm Scandinavian. "The phrase I hear the most in Team Casper is 'No Stress'," said Rico.

"Pedro is great," said Ruud. "He is helping me so much to get better, and together we have already gone from outside the Top 1,000 to be the No. 1 junior and close to the Top 200."

6. Milan Is His Goal For The Season
"For the young players, the Next Gen ATP Finals is the biggest event we can win,” said the 18-year-old Ruud. “It is a big motivation.

"Everyone wants to qualify and that means it won't be easy. It's too soon to think about it at the moment, but for me it would be a huge honour to participate."

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21.02.2017: Serbia v Spain quarterfinal to be held in Belgrade stdClass Object ( [title] => Serbia v Spain quarterfinal to be held in Belgrade [caption] => Serbia will host Spain in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas quarterfinals on an indoor hard court at the Aleksandar Nikolic Hall in Belgrade [content] => Serbia will host Spain in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas quarterfinals on an indoor hard court at the Aleksandar Nikolic Hall in Belgrade [news_time] => 2017-02-21 12:32:00 [external_link] => [ngid] => 24 [nid] => 17637 [image_file_id] => 0 [newsgroup] => Kansainvälinen uutisointi [livefeed] => 0 ) 1
20.02.2017: France to host Great Britain in Rouen stdClass Object ( [title] => France to host Great Britain in Rouen [caption] => France will host its Davis Cup by BNP Paribas quarterfinal with Great Britain on an indoor clay court at the Kindarena in Rouen on 7-9 April, the FFT announced on Monday [content] => France will host its Davis Cup by BNP Paribas quarterfinal with Great Britain on an indoor clay court at the Kindarena in Rouen on 7-9 April, the FFT announced on Monday [news_time] => 2017-02-20 16:22:00 [external_link] => [ngid] => 24 [nid] => 17638 [image_file_id] => 0 [newsgroup] => Kansainvälinen uutisointi [livefeed] => 0 ) 1
20.02.2017: China P.R. books play-off with Kazakhstan stdClass Object ( [title] => China P.R. books play-off with Kazakhstan [caption] => China P.R. will take on Kazakhstan in April after defeating Chinese Taipei 5-0 in the Asia/Oceania Zone Group I first round on 17-19 February [content] => China P.R. will take on Kazakhstan in April after defeating Chinese Taipei 5-0 in the Asia/Oceania Zone Group I first round on 17-19 February [news_time] => 2017-02-20 12:07:00 [external_link] => [ngid] => 24 [nid] => 17639 [image_file_id] => 0 [newsgroup] => Kansainvälinen uutisointi [livefeed] => 0 ) 1
16.02.2017: Del Potro In Training Ahead of Season Debut stdClass Object ( [title] => Del Potro In Training Ahead of Season Debut [caption] => Ahead of one of the most eagerly awaited returns to the ATP World Tour for 2017, Juan Martin del Potro has released behind-the-scenes footage of his preparations back home in Argentina. The former World No. 4 in the Emirates ATP Rankings announced earlier in the week he would start his season at the Delray Beach Open, the site of his tour comeback last season. This week, he hit the courts with Gael Monfils and #NextGenATP player Elias Ymer at Crandon Park in Miami to practise for his season-opening campaign. His video footage from Tandil and Buenos Aires was filmed with his physiotherapist Diego Rodriguez before he shifted his preparations to the U.S. [ALSO LIKE] [content] =>

Ahead of one of the most eagerly awaited returns to the ATP World Tour for 2017, Juan Martin del Potro has released behind-the-scenes footage of his preparations back home in Argentina. The former World No. 4 in the Emirates ATP Rankings announced earlier in the week he would start his season at the Delray Beach Open, the site of his tour comeback last season.

This week, he hit the courts with Gael Monfils and #NextGenATP player Elias Ymer at Crandon Park in Miami to practise for his season-opening campaign. His video footage from Tandil and Buenos Aires was filmed with his physiotherapist Diego Rodriguez before he shifted his preparations to the U.S.

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16.02.2017: Chinese Taipei looks to turn the tables on China, P.R. stdClass Object ( [title] => Chinese Taipei looks to turn the tables on China, P.R. [caption] => There?s more Davis Cup by BNP Paribas action this weekend as Chinese Taipei take on China, P.R. in their delayed Asia/Oceania Zone Group I first round tie [content] => There?s more Davis Cup by BNP Paribas action this weekend as Chinese Taipei take on China, P.R. in their delayed Asia/Oceania Zone Group I first round tie [news_time] => 2017-02-16 13:00:00 [external_link] => [ngid] => 24 [nid] => 17640 [image_file_id] => 0 [newsgroup] => Kansainvälinen uutisointi [livefeed] => 0 ) 1
16.02.2017: Isner Pushed In Memphis Opener stdClass Object ( [title] => Isner Pushed In Memphis Opener [caption] => Former finalist John Isner had to dig deep to overcome #NextGenATP player Yoshihito Nishioka to get his Memphis Open campaign off to a winning start on Wednesday. The second-seeded American ground out a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory against the 21-year-old lefty to land a quarter-final match against his countryman Donald Young. “So tough, I knew it would be,” Isner said. “Getting a bye is a bit of a double-edged sword – you’re playing someone who’s already played a match, feeling confident. “Whereas myself, I didn’t quite have that coming into this match. The main thing is I held my composure pretty good and got an early break in the second and was able to ride that out. The third set was very tough.” [ALSO LIKE] Earlier, 2015 semi-finalist Young saw off #NextGenATP countryman Reilly Opelka 7-6(3), 6-3. Opelka defeated Young in the Atlanta quarter-finals last season in their only prior FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting. “Maybe it’s a good thing I just played a lefty,” Isner said of facing Young. “I know he’s going to use his slider serve out wide, and play aggressive tennis, which is what he does. He’s a shot-maker, lightning fast.” In the final all-American battle of the night, unseeded Ryan Harrison easily dispatched of No. 3 seed Sam Querrey. Harrison, coming off a Challenger title in Dallas earlier this month, advanced 6-3, 6-1. The win sets up a quarter-final showdown with Damir Dzumhur. The unseeded Bosnian earlier defeated Belgium’s Steve Dacris 7-6(2), 6-4. “I played really well,” Harrison said. “Sam’s a great player for a long time and I know what he’s capable of. “Basically if there was any hesitation from me, he’d go after me. I felt like early on I got some momentum going and then once I felt like I had momentum I was just trying to focus on swinging at my shots. I’ve always played great defence so I was able to grind out some gritty points too.” [content] =>

Former finalist John Isner had to dig deep to overcome #NextGenATP player Yoshihito Nishioka to get his Memphis Open campaign off to a winning start on Wednesday. The second-seeded American ground out a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory against the 21-year-old lefty to land a quarter-final match against his countryman Donald Young.

“So tough, I knew it would be,” Isner said. “Getting a bye is a bit of a double-edged sword – you’re playing someone who’s already played a match, feeling confident.

“Whereas myself, I didn’t quite have that coming into this match. The main thing is I held my composure pretty good and got an early break in the second and was able to ride that out. The third set was very tough.”

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Earlier, 2015 semi-finalist Young saw off #NextGenATP countryman Reilly Opelka 7-6(3), 6-3. Opelka defeated Young in the Atlanta quarter-finals last season in their only prior FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting.

“Maybe it’s a good thing I just played a lefty,” Isner said of facing Young. “I know he’s going to use his slider serve out wide, and play aggressive tennis, which is what he does. He’s a shot-maker, lightning fast.”

In the final all-American battle of the night, unseeded Ryan Harrison easily dispatched of No. 3 seed Sam Querrey. Harrison, coming off a Challenger title in Dallas earlier this month, advanced 6-3, 6-1.

The win sets up a quarter-final showdown with Damir Dzumhur. The unseeded Bosnian earlier defeated Belgium’s Steve Dacris 7-6(2), 6-4.

“I played really well,” Harrison said. “Sam’s a great player for a long time and I know what he’s capable of.

“Basically if there was any hesitation from me, he’d go after me. I felt like early on I got some momentum going and then once I felt like I had momentum I was just trying to focus on swinging at my shots. I’ve always played great defence so I was able to grind out some gritty points too.”

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16.02.2017: Kerber, Cibulkova & More Glam Up For Doha Player Gala stdClass Object ( [title] => Kerber, Cibulkova & More Glam Up For Doha Player Gala [caption] => Take a look inside the glamorous Doha Player Gala with Angelique Kerber, Dominika Cibulkova, Agnieszka Radwanska and more WTA stars at the Qatar Total Open! [content] => Take a look inside the glamorous Doha Player Gala with Angelique Kerber, Dominika Cibulkova, Agnieszka Radwanska and more WTA stars at the Qatar Total Open! [news_time] => 2017-02-16 10:49:44 [external_link] => http://www.wtatennis.com/news/article/6321122 [ngid] => 24 [nid] => 17623 [image_file_id] => 0 [newsgroup] => Kansainvälinen uutisointi [livefeed] => 0 ) 1
16.02.2017: Konta v Halep As Great Britain Draws Romania stdClass Object ( [title] => Konta v Halep As Great Britain Draws Romania [caption] => The Fed Cup World Group II play-off draw has thrown out a potential heavyweight clash between Johanna Konta and World No.4 Simona Halep. [content] => The Fed Cup World Group II play-off draw has thrown out a potential heavyweight clash between Johanna Konta and World No.4 Simona Halep. [news_time] => 2017-02-16 10:49:44 [external_link] => http://www.wtatennis.com/news/article/6320036 [ngid] => 24 [nid] => 17624 [image_file_id] => 0 [newsgroup] => Kansainvälinen uutisointi [livefeed] => 0 ) 1
16.02.2017: Serena Happier Than Shes Ever Been, Says Mom stdClass Object ( [title] => Serena Happier Than Shes Ever Been, Says Mom [caption] => Serena Williams's mom Oracene Price says her daughter is the happiest she's ever been - with silverware in her hands and a ring on her finger. [content] => Serena Williams's mom Oracene Price says her daughter is the happiest she's ever been - with silverware in her hands and a ring on her finger. [news_time] => 2017-02-16 10:49:44 [external_link] => http://www.wtatennis.com/news/article/6317176 [ngid] => 24 [nid] => 17625 [image_file_id] => 0 [newsgroup] => Kansainvälinen uutisointi [livefeed] => 0 ) 1
16.02.2017: Kerber Focused On Winning, Not Rankings stdClass Object ( [title] => Kerber Focused On Winning, Not Rankings [caption] => Former World No.1 Angelique Kerber lost her top spot at the Australian Open - but she is more worried about her form than her ranking. [content] => Former World No.1 Angelique Kerber lost her top spot at the Australian Open - but she is more worried about her form than her ranking. [news_time] => 2017-02-16 10:49:44 [external_link] => http://www.wtatennis.com/news/article/6317219 [ngid] => 24 [nid] => 17626 [image_file_id] => 0 [newsgroup] => Kansainvälinen uutisointi [livefeed] => 0 ) 1
16.02.2017: Wozniacki Battles Past Bertens In Doha stdClass Object ( [title] => Wozniacki Battles Past Bertens In Doha [caption] => The WTA World No.18 was 0-2 down twice against Kiki Bertens but fought back to win 6-2, 6-3. [content] => The WTA World No.18 was 0-2 down twice against Kiki Bertens but fought back to win 6-2, 6-3. [news_time] => 2017-02-16 10:49:43 [external_link] => http://www.wtatennis.com/news/article/6323036 [ngid] => 24 [nid] => 17622 [image_file_id] => 0 [newsgroup] => Kansainvälinen uutisointi [livefeed] => 0 ) 1
16.02.2017: Nishikori Bounces Back In Buenos Aires stdClass Object ( [title] => Nishikori Bounces Back In Buenos Aires [caption] => Top seed Kei Nishikori survived an inspired challenge from home favourite Diego Schwartzman to win in his first outing at the Argentina Open in five years on Wednesday. The Japanese World No. 5 in the Emirates ATP Rankings fought back to claim a 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 result to advance to the quarter-finals. Nishikori had won the Memphis Open title as top seed for the past three years but elected to change up his schedule to play in South American in 2017. Looking to transfer that good fortune as top seed to the clay in Buenos Aires, however, Nishikori found his run under serious pressure early on when his Argentine opponent, ranked No. 50 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, broke to take the opening set. From 1-2 down in the second set, however, Nishikori found another gear. He reeled off 11 of the last 14 games to book a quarter-final clash with sixth seed Joao Sousa, of Portugal. Sousa ended the hopes of another local, Federico Delbonis, 7-5, 6-3. Fourth seed Pablo Carreno Busta and fifth seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas booked an all-Spanish quarter-final after their respective second-round wins. Carreno Busta held off Italian qualifier Alessandro Giannessi 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 in the pair’s first ATP World Tour level match. Carreno Busta had won four previous meetings between the two at the Challenger level and in qualifying rounds. Ramos-Vinolas progressed when his opponent, Leonardo Mayer, of Argentina, retired when trailing 6-7(4), 7-6(3), 1-0 with a right leg injury. [content] =>

Top seed Kei Nishikori survived an inspired challenge from home favourite Diego Schwartzman to win in his first outing at the Argentina Open in five years on Wednesday. The Japanese World No. 5 in the Emirates ATP Rankings fought back to claim a 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 result to advance to the quarter-finals.

Nishikori had won the Memphis Open title as top seed for the past three years but elected to change up his schedule to play in South American in 2017. Looking to transfer that good fortune as top seed to the clay in Buenos Aires, however, Nishikori found his run under serious pressure early on when his Argentine opponent, ranked No. 50 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, broke to take the opening set.

From 1-2 down in the second set, however, Nishikori found another gear. He reeled off 11 of the last 14 games to book a quarter-final clash with sixth seed Joao Sousa, of Portugal. Sousa ended the hopes of another local, Federico Delbonis, 7-5, 6-3.

Fourth seed Pablo Carreno Busta and fifth seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas booked an all-Spanish quarter-final after their respective second-round wins. Carreno Busta held off Italian qualifier Alessandro Giannessi 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 in the pair’s first ATP World Tour level match.

Carreno Busta had won four previous meetings between the two at the Challenger level and in qualifying rounds. Ramos-Vinolas progressed when his opponent, Leonardo Mayer, of Argentina, retired when trailing 6-7(4), 7-6(3), 1-0 with a right leg injury.

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16.02.2017: Thiem Battles Back Past Zverev stdClass Object ( [title] => Thiem Battles Back Past Zverev [caption] => Second seed Dominic Thiem booked his place in the second round of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament with a confidence-boosting 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Alexander Zverev in the latest installment of their burgeoning rivalry.  #NextGenATP star Zverev, playing his first match at a career-high Emirates ATP Ranking of No. 18 having lifted the Open Sud de France title last week, saved four break points and struck five aces to clinch the first set. Watch Full Match Replays At Tennis TV However, World No. 8 Thiem, having held a 3-1 record in the pair’s FedEx ATP Head2Head, dictated play in the next two sets by winning 82 per cent of points on first serve. “He’s one of the best players in the world right now. He played an amazing match at the Australian Open against Rafa (Nadal), just won his second title in Montpellier, so it was a horrible draw for me,” said Thiem. [ALSO LIKE] “Even though I was 0-4 down I felt pretty good from the start of the match, I was hitting my returns well, used my slice smartly. Overall it was my best performance in a long time. For my confidence this is exactly what I needed, a very good match against a really, really good player.” Having rallied back, the Austrian earned a second round contest with Gilles Simon. Thiem won their last two encounters to edge the FedEx ATP Head2Head 3-2, and expects another tough task on Thursday. “It’s going to be our sixth meeting, so no surprises. He plays a bit different, a guy who goes for the rallies, doesn’t make any mistakes. It will be a physically demanding match.”  Another Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga impressed with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Apia International Sydney champion Gilles Muller. Tsonga, who reached the Rotterdam final in 2011, did not face a break point and hit 17 winners en route to victory in just over an hour.  [content] =>

Second seed Dominic Thiem booked his place in the second round of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament with a confidence-boosting 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Alexander Zverev in the latest installment of their burgeoning rivalry. 

#NextGenATP star Zverev, playing his first match at a career-high Emirates ATP Ranking of No. 18 having lifted the Open Sud de France title last week, saved four break points and struck five aces to clinch the first set.

Watch Full Match Replays At Tennis TV

However, World No. 8 Thiem, having held a 3-1 record in the pair’s FedEx ATP Head2Head, dictated play in the next two sets by winning 82 per cent of points on first serve.

He’s one of the best players in the world right now. He played an amazing match at the Australian Open against Rafa (Nadal), just won his second title in Montpellier, so it was a horrible draw for me,” said Thiem.

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“Even though I was 0-4 down I felt pretty good from the start of the match, I was hitting my returns well, used my slice smartly. Overall it was my best performance in a long time. For my confidence this is exactly what I needed, a very good match against a really, really good player.”

Having rallied back, the Austrian earned a second round contest with Gilles Simon. Thiem won their last two encounters to edge the FedEx ATP Head2Head 3-2, and expects another tough task on Thursday. “It’s going to be our sixth meeting, so no surprises. He plays a bit different, a guy who goes for the rallies, doesn’t make any mistakes. It will be a physically demanding match.” 

Another Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga impressed with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Apia International Sydney champion Gilles Muller. Tsonga, who reached the Rotterdam final in 2011, did not face a break point and hit 17 winners en route to victory in just over an hour. 

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15.02.2017: Thiem Tops Zverev In Rotterdam 2017 Wednesday Highlights stdClass Object ( [title] => Thiem Tops Zverev In Rotterdam 2017 Wednesday Highlights [caption] => Watch Wednesday highlights of wins for Dominic Thiem, Grigor Dimitrov, David Goffin and defending champion Martin Klizan at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam. Watch live Rotterdam matches at TennisTV.com. Photo: Henk Koster [content] => Watch Wednesday highlights of wins for Dominic Thiem, Grigor Dimitrov, David Goffin and defending champion Martin Klizan at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam. Watch live Rotterdam matches at TennisTV.com. Photo: Henk Koster [news_time] => 2017-02-15 17:29:03 [external_link] => http://www.atpworldtour.com/en/video/thiem-tops-zverev-in-rotterdam-2017-wednesday-highlights [ngid] => 24 [nid] => 17620 [image_file_id] => 0 [newsgroup] => Kansainvälinen uutisointi [livefeed] => 0 ) 1
15.02.2017: Belgium to host Italy quarterfinal in Charleroi stdClass Object ( [title] => Belgium to host Italy quarterfinal in Charleroi [caption] => Belgium will host its Davis Cup by BNP Paribas quarterfinal with Italy at the Spiroudome de Charleroi on 7-9 April [content] => Belgium will host its Davis Cup by BNP Paribas quarterfinal with Italy at the Spiroudome de Charleroi on 7-9 April [news_time] => 2017-02-15 13:55:00 [external_link] => [ngid] => 24 [nid] => 17641 [image_file_id] => 0 [newsgroup] => Kansainvälinen uutisointi [livefeed] => 0 ) 1
15.02.2017: Resurgent Robredo Downs Fognini In Buenos Aires stdClass Object ( [title] => Resurgent Robredo Downs Fognini In Buenos Aires [caption] => Former champion Tommy Robredo’s season debut is off to a flying start with the 34-year-old seeing off No. 7 seed Fabio Fognini in the first round of the Argentina Open on Tuesday. The Spaniard inched ahead in the pair’s FedEx Head2Head series 5-4 with the 6-4, 6-3 result. Having undergone right elbow surgery last season, the former World No. 16 in the Emirates ATP Rankings arrived in Buenos Aires on a protected ranking of No. 57. But against Fognini, there were few signs of any rust. He broke the Italian four times in the one-hour, 13-minute affair. He will next face either Victor Estrella Burgos or Thiago Monteiro. [ALSO LIKE] Robredo’s countryman, fifth seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas, had a far more difficult task reaching the second round. Ramos-Vinolas narrowly edged home hopeful Guido Pella 6-7(8), 6-4, 7-6(6). In a clash of former Top 20 players, Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov had a convincing win over Serbian wild card Janko Tipsarevic 6-3, 6-3. The win books Dolgopolov a meeting with No. 2 seed Pablo Cuevas. The Ukrainian star leads their FedEx ATP H2H series 1-0, with the win coming on the clay of Buenos Aires in 2014. Argentine wild card Carlos Berloq scored a 6-4, 6-4 result over Slovak qualifier Jozef Kovalik and was joined in the second round by countrymen Guido Andreozzi and Diego Schwartzman. Italian qualifier Alessandro Giannessi beat Brazil’s Rogerio Dutra Silva 5-7, 7-6(6), 6-4, saving a match point in the process. [content] =>

Former champion Tommy Robredo’s season debut is off to a flying start with the 34-year-old seeing off No. 7 seed Fabio Fognini in the first round of the Argentina Open on Tuesday. The Spaniard inched ahead in the pair’s FedEx Head2Head series 5-4 with the 6-4, 6-3 result.

Having undergone right elbow surgery last season, the former World No. 16 in the Emirates ATP Rankings arrived in Buenos Aires on a protected ranking of No. 57. But against Fognini, there were few signs of any rust.

He broke the Italian four times in the one-hour, 13-minute affair. He will next face either Victor Estrella Burgos or Thiago Monteiro.

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Robredo’s countryman, fifth seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas, had a far more difficult task reaching the second round. Ramos-Vinolas narrowly edged home hopeful Guido Pella 6-7(8), 6-4, 7-6(6).

In a clash of former Top 20 players, Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov had a convincing win over Serbian wild card Janko Tipsarevic 6-3, 6-3. The win books Dolgopolov a meeting with No. 2 seed Pablo Cuevas. The Ukrainian star leads their FedEx ATP H2H series 1-0, with the win coming on the clay of Buenos Aires in 2014.

Argentine wild card Carlos Berloq scored a 6-4, 6-4 result over Slovak qualifier Jozef Kovalik and was joined in the second round by countrymen Guido Andreozzi and Diego SchwartzmanItalian qualifier Alessandro Giannessi beat Brazil’s Rogerio Dutra Silva 5-7, 7-6(6), 6-4, saving a match point in the process.

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14.02.2017: Draw announced for Aprils play-offs stdClass Object ( [title] => Draw announced for Aprils play-offs [caption] => The ITF has announced the draw for the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group and World II play-offs on 22-23 April [content] => The ITF has announced the draw for the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group and World II play-offs on 22-23 April [news_time] => 2017-02-14 12:11:00 [external_link] => [ngid] => 24 [nid] => 17642 [image_file_id] => 0 [newsgroup] => Kansainvälinen uutisointi [livefeed] => 0 ) 1
14.02.2017: Next Stop, Doha: Who Will Dominate In The Desert? stdClass Object ( [title] => Next Stop, Doha: Who Will Dominate In The Desert? [caption] => Top 20 players' schedules, upcoming tournaments, birthdays and more - check out what's on tap for this week on the WTA as the tour hits Doha. [content] => Top 20 players' schedules, upcoming tournaments, birthdays and more - check out what's on tap for this week on the WTA as the tour hits Doha. [news_time] => 2017-02-14 09:45:10 [external_link] => http://www.wtatennis.com/news/article/6317900 [ngid] => 24 [nid] => 17610 [image_file_id] => 0 [newsgroup] => Kansainvälinen uutisointi [livefeed] => 0 ) 1
14.02.2017: Argentines Enjoy Homecoming In Buenos Aires 2017 stdClass Object ( [title] => Argentines Enjoy Homecoming In Buenos Aires 2017 [caption] => Diego Schwartzman and Federico Delbonis describe the experience and benefits of playing at their home country tournament, the Argentina Open. [content] => Diego Schwartzman and Federico Delbonis describe the experience and benefits of playing at their home country tournament, the Argentina Open. [news_time] => 2017-02-14 02:41:00 [external_link] => http://www.atpworldtour.com/en/video/argentines-enjoy-homecoming-in-buenos-aires-2017 [ngid] => 24 [nid] => 17606 [image_file_id] => 0 [newsgroup] => Kansainvälinen uutisointi [livefeed] => 0 ) 1
13.02.2017: Memphis 2017 stdClass Object ( [title] => Memphis 2017 [caption] => [content] => [news_time] => 2017-02-13 23:19:00 [external_link] => http://www.atpworldtour.com/en/photos/memphis-2017 [ngid] => 24 [nid] => 17607 [image_file_id] => 0 [newsgroup] => Kansainvälinen uutisointi [livefeed] => 0 ) 1
13.02.2017: Sofia 2017 stdClass Object ( [title] => Sofia 2017 [caption] => [content] => [news_time] => 2017-02-13 22:12:00 [external_link] => http://www.atpworldtour.com/en/photos/sofia-2017 [ngid] => 24 [nid] => 17608 [image_file_id] => 0 [newsgroup] => Kansainvälinen uutisointi [livefeed] => 0 ) 1
13.02.2017: Rotterdam 2017 stdClass Object ( [title] => Rotterdam 2017 [caption] => [content] => [news_time] => 2017-02-13 21:50:00 [external_link] => http://www.atpworldtour.com/en/photos/rotterdam-2017 [ngid] => 24 [nid] => 17609 [image_file_id] => 0 [newsgroup] => Kansainvälinen uutisointi [livefeed] => 0 ) 1
13.02.2017: USA braced for tough tie against Czechs in last four stdClass Object ( [title] => USA braced for tough tie against Czechs in last four [caption] => USA reached its first Fed Cup semifinal since 2010 with victory Germany and now face an even more daunting opponent: defending champions Czech Republic [content] => USA reached its first Fed Cup semifinal since 2010 with victory Germany and now face an even more daunting opponent: defending champions Czech Republic [news_time] => 2017-02-13 19:17:00 [external_link] => [ngid] => 24 [nid] => 17611 [image_file_id] => 0 [newsgroup] => Kansainvälinen uutisointi [livefeed] => 0 ) 1
13.02.2017: Czech triumph a tribute to influence of Kvitova stdClass Object ( [title] => Czech triumph a tribute to influence of Kvitova [caption] => Petra Kvitova's absence from Fed Cup last weekend was keenly felt, but the Czech team were inspired to victory over Spain in Ostrava with the five-time champion heavily in their thoughts [content] => Petra Kvitova's absence from Fed Cup last weekend was keenly felt, but the Czech team were inspired to victory over Spain in Ostrava with the five-time champion heavily in their thoughts [news_time] => 2017-02-13 17:46:00 [external_link] => [ngid] => 24 [nid] => 17612 [image_file_id] => 0 [newsgroup] => Kansainvälinen uutisointi [livefeed] => 0 ) 1
13.02.2017: Team spirit the key for semifinal-bound Switzerland stdClass Object ( [title] => Team spirit the key for semifinal-bound Switzerland [caption] => Switzerland's close-knit Fed Cup team saw off France at the weekend and now look ahead to the a second consecutive semifinal appearance [content] => Switzerland's close-knit Fed Cup team saw off France at the weekend and now look ahead to the a second consecutive semifinal appearance [news_time] => 2017-02-13 17:30:00 [external_link] => [ngid] => 24 [nid] => 17613 [image_file_id] => 0 [newsgroup] => Kansainvälinen uutisointi [livefeed] => 0 ) 1
13.02.2017: Seeds announced for play-offs draw (1) stdClass Object ( [title] => Seeds announced for play-offs draw (1) [caption] => The ITF has announced the seeds for the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group and World Group II play-offs draw which takes place on Tuesday at 10am GMT [content] => The ITF has announced the seeds for the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group and World Group II play-offs draw which takes place on Tuesday at 10am GMT [news_time] => 2017-02-13 15:04:00 [external_link] => [ngid] => 24 [nid] => 17614 [image_file_id] => 0 [newsgroup] => Kansainvälinen uutisointi [livefeed] => 0 ) 1
13.02.2017: Belarus ready for first crack at Fed Cup semifinals stdClass Object ( [title] => Belarus ready for first crack at Fed Cup semifinals [caption] => Having upset Netherlands at the weekend, thoughts now turn to Belarus' first appearance in the Fed Cup semifinals - a home tie against Switzerland [content] => Having upset Netherlands at the weekend, thoughts now turn to Belarus' first appearance in the Fed Cup semifinals - a home tie against Switzerland [news_time] => 2017-02-13 14:41:00 [external_link] => [ngid] => 24 [nid] => 17615 [image_file_id] => 0 [newsgroup] => Kansainvälinen uutisointi [livefeed] => 0 ) 1
13.02.2017: Serena Is My Hero, Says Venus stdClass Object ( [title] => Serena Is My Hero, Says Venus [caption] => Venus Williams has paid a fulsome tribute to her younger sister Serena in a new interview. [content] => Venus Williams has paid a fulsome tribute to her younger sister Serena in a new interview. [news_time] => 2017-02-13 13:39:55 [external_link] => http://www.wtatennis.com/news/article/6317104 [ngid] => 24 [nid] => 17597 [image_file_id] => 0 [newsgroup] => Kansainvälinen uutisointi [livefeed] => 0 ) 1
13.02.2017: Kerber Descends On Doha: 10 Things To Know About The Qatar Total Open stdClass Object ( [title] => Kerber Descends On Doha: 10 Things To Know About The Qatar Total Open [caption] => World No.2 Angelique Kerber headlines the first leg of the Middle East Swing; can the German reclaim the top spot from Serena Williams? This and more on wtatennis.com. [content] => World No.2 Angelique Kerber headlines the first leg of the Middle East Swing; can the German reclaim the top spot from Serena Williams? This and more on wtatennis.com. [news_time] => 2017-02-13 13:39:55 [external_link] => http://www.wtatennis.com/news/article/6315703 [ngid] => 24 [nid] => 17598 [image_file_id] => 0 [newsgroup] => Kansainvälinen uutisointi [livefeed] => 0 ) 1
13.02.2017: Pliskova, Strycova Sail To Fed Cup Semis Over Spain stdClass Object ( [title] => Pliskova, Strycova Sail To Fed Cup Semis Over Spain [caption] => Karolina Pliskova and Barbora Strycova pulled off back-to-back victories to clinch their first round tie for the Czech Republic against Spain and advance into an eighth straight semifinal. [content] => Karolina Pliskova and Barbora Strycova pulled off back-to-back victories to clinch their first round tie for the Czech Republic against Spain and advance into an eighth straight semifinal. [news_time] => 2017-02-13 13:39:55 [external_link] => http://www.wtatennis.com/news/article/6314895 [ngid] => 24 [nid] => 17599 [image_file_id] => 0 [newsgroup] => Kansainvälinen uutisointi [livefeed] => 0 ) 1
13.02.2017: Konta The Conqueror As Great Britain Advance stdClass Object ( [title] => Konta The Conqueror As Great Britain Advance [caption] => Johanna Konta came back from a set down to keep up Great Britain's 100% record in Group C and confirm its place in the Fed Cup promotion play-off [content] => Johanna Konta came back from a set down to keep up Great Britain's 100% record in Group C and confirm its place in the Fed Cup promotion play-off [news_time] => 2017-02-13 13:39:55 [external_link] => http://www.wtatennis.com/news/article/6309649 [ngid] => 24 [nid] => 17600 [image_file_id] => 0 [newsgroup] => Kansainvälinen uutisointi [livefeed] => 0 ) 1
13.02.2017: Foot Surgery Sidelines Stephens Until Summer stdClass Object ( [title] => Foot Surgery Sidelines Stephens Until Summer [caption] => Sloane Stephens will sit out the next few months after having surgery on her left foot, with a projected return of summer 2017; check out the update she sent to her fans. [content] => Sloane Stephens will sit out the next few months after having surgery on her left foot, with a projected return of summer 2017; check out the update she sent to her fans. [news_time] => 2017-02-13 13:39:55 [external_link] => http://www.wtatennis.com/news/article/6311468 [ngid] => 24 [nid] => 17601 [image_file_id] => 0 [newsgroup] => Kansainvälinen uutisointi [livefeed] => 0 ) 1
13.02.2017: Scouting Report: Nishikori Turns Title Hopes To South America stdClass Object ( [title] => Scouting Report: Nishikori Turns Title Hopes To South America [caption] => Three Continents Host Tournaments: There are three tournaments on three different continents, including the first ATP World Tour 500 event of the season. World No. 7 Marin Cilic is the top seed in Rotterdam. In Buenos Aires, World No. 5 Kei Nishikori is the top seed and in the first North American tournament of the season in Memphis, World No. 18 Ivo Karlovic is the top seed. Overall, 20 of the Top 30 in the Emirates ATP Rankings are in action. Emirates ATP Race to Milan Leaders: Six of the Top 20 in the Emirates ATP Race to Milan (as of Feb. 6) are in Rotterdam or Memphis. View full Race to Milan standings ABN AMRO WORLD TENNIS TOURNAMENT (Rotterdam): The top seed of the first 500 level tournament of the season is Cilic, who is making his fourth appearance in Rotterdam (8-3 record). His best result is a runner-up in 2014 (l. to Berdych). Overall eight of the Top 20 are in the field. The other seeds are: No. 2 Dominic Thiem, No. 3 David Goffin, No. 4 Tomas Berdych, No. 5 Grigor Dimitrov, No. 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, No. 7 Roberto Bautista Agut and No. 8 Lucas Pouille. Marin Top Seed Again: Cilic is the top seed in an ATP World Tour tournament for the 11th time in his career, the third this season. Last month he opened the season in Chennai as the top seed and lost in the 2R (after bye) to Kovalik. Last week in Montpellier he fell in the opening round (l. to Brown). The 28-year-old Croatian star has an outstanding 25-7 career record as the top seed in an ATP World Tour tournament, winning three titles and reaching two other finals:   2017 Montpellier: 2R (bye) 2017 Chennai: 2R (bye) 2015 Moscow: Champion 2013 Memphis: QF 2013 Zagreb: Champion 2011 Zagreb: QF  2010 Metz: QF 2010 Munich: Finalist 2010 Zagreb: Champion 2009 Vienna: Finalist Klizan Reigning Champion: Martin Klizan, the No. 1 player from Slovakia, is the reigning champion (d. No. 18 Monfils). Last year Klizan came in ranked No. 43 in the Emirates ATP Rankings and in his final three wins, he rallied each time from losing a first set tie-break to prevail in the third set. After a 1-4 start to this season, last week in Sofia, he advanced to the quarter-finals (l. to Basilashvili). Grigor On A Roll: No. 5 seed Grigor Dimitrov comes into Rotterdam with a career-best 14-1 match record on the season. With his defeat of David Goffin on home soil in the Sofia final, he became the first two-time ATP World Tour title winner this season. The 25-year-old Bulgarian won his fifth career ATP World Tour title in Brisbane, his first since June 2014 at Queen’s Club/London, defeating three straight Top 10 opponents: No. 8 Thiem (QF), No. 3 Raonic (SF) and No. 5 Nishikori. He then followed by reaching the semi-finals at the Australian Open where he lost to No. 9 Rafael Nadal 6-4 in the fifth set. Berdych Making 10th Visit: No. 4 seed Tomas Berdych is making his 10th appearance in Rotterdam. He has a 16-7 career record, winning the title in 2014 (d. Cilic) and reaching the final in 2015 (l. to Wawrinka). He also advanced to the semi-finals in 2012 (l. to del Potro) and the quarter-finals in 2011 (w/o vs. Tsonga). #NextGenATP Stars In Draw: There are three #NextGenATP stars in the main draw, led by top German Alexander Zverev, who is ranked No. 21.  Zverev claimed his second ATP World Tour title in Sunday’s Montpellier final (d. Gasquet). The others are No. 51 Karen Khachanov and No. 58 Borna Coric, who play each other in the first round. Zverev reached the quarter-finals last year and Coric lost in the 2R. Khachanov is making his debut. Greek wild card Stefanos Tsitsipas, 18, who finished as the No. 2 junior in the world last year, highlighted by semi-final results at Roland Garros and Wimbledon juniors, is making his ATP World Tour debut. He is ranked No. 203 after reaching a career-high No. 196 on Jan. 30. Local Wild Cards: Two of the three wild cards in the main draw are Dutchmen, led by the country’s top player No. 57 Robin Haase, who reached the quarter-finals in 2008 (d. No. 10 Murray) and 20-year-old Tallon Griekspoor , who is at a career-high No. 315. He is making his ATP World Tour debut. Doubles Draw: The top seeds are last year’s World No. 2 team: Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut, who won last year’s title with Vasek Pospisil. The other seeds are: No. 2 Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez, No. 3 Ivan Dodig and Marcel Granollers and No. 4 Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo. ARGENTINA OPEN (Buenos Aires): Latin America's “Golden Swing” continues on the clay of Buenos Aires, as the Argentine capital welcomes back World No. 5 Kei Nishikori, who returns for the first time since 2012 when he reached the quarter-finals. Five of the Top 30 players in the Emirates ATP Rankings are in the draw. The other seeds are: No. 2 Pablo Cuevas, No. 3 David Ferrer, a three-time champion (2012-14), No. 4 Pablo Carreno Busta, No. 5 Albert Ramos-Vinolas, No. 6 Joao Sousa, No. 7 Fabio Fognini and No. 8 Paolo Lorenzi, who was runner-up in Sunday’s final in Quito (l. to Estrella Burgos). Nishikori Top Seed: Nishikori finds himself as the top seed again in a February ATP World Tour tournament. For the past three years the Japanese star was the No. 1 seed in Memphis where he won the title each time. Overall, he won Memphis four straight years. He won his last 17 matches in Memphis and owns a 17-1 career record. In his previous Buenos Aires appearance five years ago, he came in ranked No. 17 and he lost to Wawrinka in the quarter-finals. Nishikori comes into Buenos Aires with a 6-2 match record on the season, reaching the final in Brisbane (l. to Dimitrov) and following with the 4R at the Australian Open (l. to Federer in five sets). Spanish Title Winners: Spaniards have called Buenos Aires home since 2009, with five different players from the country winning titles. The streak ended last year with Austrian Dominic Thiem winning the title over Spaniard Nicolas Almagro. Here are the Spanish winners from 2009-15 (winners in bold in this year’s draw): 2015: Rafael Nadal 2012-14: David Ferrer 2011: Nicolas Almagro 2010: Juan Carlos Ferrero 2009: Tommy Robredo     Ferrer Three-Time Champion: Ferrer has a 23-5 career match record in Buenos Aires, winning three straight titles from 2012-14. He was also runner-up in 2010 (l. to Ferrero). His 17-match Buenos Aires winning streak came to an end last year when he fell to Almagro in the semi-finals. Robredo Makes Season Debut: The other former champion in the field is 2009 winner Tommy Robredo. The 34-year-old Spaniard, who is making his season debut, has a 16-5 career record in Buenos Aires. He underwent right elbow surgery in April last year.  Robredo, who is ranked No. 548, is playing on a protected ranking of No. 57. Last season he went 2-6 on the ATP World Tour and 7-5 in ATP Challenger Tour events, closing with three straight quarter-final indoor results in Budapest, Brescia and Andria. Argentine Title Hopes: There is a tournament-high nine Argentines in the draw with one guaranteed in qualifying. The last player to win the title on home soil in Buenos Aires was David Nalbandian in 2008. No. 48 Federico Delbonis and No. 52 Diego Schwartzman are the two highest-ranked Argentines in the draw. Doubles Draw: The top seeds are reigning champions Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah. The other seeds are: No. 2 Pablo Carreno Busta and Pablo Cuevas, No. 3 Santiago Gonzalez and David Marrero and No. 4 Julio Peralta and Horacio Zeballos. MEMPHIS OPEN (Memphis): The first North American tournament of the season will crown a new champion for the first time since 2013 as reigning four-time champion Kei Nishikori is playing on clay in Buenos Aires for the first time since 2012, the last time the Memphis champion was not Nishikori (Jurgen Melzer). The top seed is big-serving Ivo Karlovic, who reached the final in 2014. This is the 41st anniversary of the only U.S. indoor tournament on the ATP World Tour, which is held at the Racquet Club of Memphis. The other seeds are No. 2 John Isner, No. 3 Sam Querrey, No. 4 Steve Johnson, No. 5 Bernard Tomic, No. 6 Adrian Mannarino, No. 7 Steve Darcis and No. 8 Yen-Hsun Lu.  Darcis (2008) and Querrey (2010) are the former champions in the field. #NextGenATP Stars In Draw: There are four American #NextGenATP stars in the draw, led by last year’s finalist Taylor Fritz (19), who climbed to a career-high No. 53 on Aug. 29 last year. He is No. 83 as of last week (Feb. 6). The other young stars on the rise are all at career-high rankings: wild cards Frances Tiafoe (19), at No. 94, Jared Donaldson (20), at No. 95 and Reilly Opelka (19), at No. 182. All four finished with their best year-end Emirates ATP Ranking last season and made big jumps from the previous year:    2016-2015 Ranking  2016 Highlights  Taylor Fritz  76-177 Finalist at Memphis; QF at Acapulco,Atlanta; Winner at Happy Valley Challenger. (Recipient of ATP Star of Tomorrow award (youngest in year-end Top 100)  Jared Donaldson  105-135  3rd round at US Open, Toronto  Frances Tiafoe  108/180  Winner at Granby & Stockton Challengers  Reilly Opelka  204-97  SF at Atlanta; Winner at Knoxville Challenger Querrey Streak:  Querrey is making his 11th straight appearance in Memphis. The 29-year-old Californian has a 20-9 career record, winning singles and doubles titles in 2010. Last year he was a doubles runner-up (w/Johnson). He was also a semi-finalist in 2015-16 and quarter-finalist in 2007, ’09, ’11-12.  Querrey hasfinished in the Top 50 Emirates ATP Rankings in seven of the past nine years, ending 2010 with a year-end best No. 18. Last year he defeated No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the 3R at Wimbledon en route to his first Grand Slam quarter-final (l. to Raonic). Towering Trio Of Power: The three tallest players on the ATP World Tour are in the main draw, led by 6’11” Karlovic and Opelka along with 6’10” Isner. In addition, 6’8” Kevin Anderson and 6’6” Querrey are in the draw. Isner led the ATP World Tour in aces last season with 1,159 followed by Karlovic with 1,131. Isner and Karlovic have combined to lead the ATP World Tour in aces in nine of the past 10 years. Karlovic is a five-time aces champion (2007-09, 2014-15) while Isner is a four-time champion (2010, ’12-13, ’16). Big John Top American: Isner, who reached the final in 2010 (l. to Querrey), finished last season as the top American on the ATP World Tour for the fifth straight year and in the Top 20 for the seventh year in a row at No. 19. The 31-year-old Tampa resident reached finals in Atlanta (l. to Kyrgios) and ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Paris (l. to Murray) and his streak of an ATP World Tour title for six years in a row ended. Bernie Is Back: No. 2 Aussie Bernard Tomic, who reached the quarter-finals two years ago (l. to Young) in his last Memphis appearance, is making his third tournament appearance (2-2 record). The 24-year-old finished last season at No. 26 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, his second straight Top 30 season (No. 18 in 2015). He reached the final in Acapulco and the 4R at the Australian Open and Wimbledon. Dreddy Time: One of the most entertaining players on the ATP World Tour, Dustin Brown returns to Memphis. The 32-year-old German, nicknamed “Dreddy” because of his dreadlocked hair, is a human highlight reel on the court. When googling “Dustin Brown YouTube, ” a full page of Brown’s amazing shots are displayed. Brown, who made his previous appearance in Memphis two years ago (2R), finished a year-end best No. 72 last season, highlighted by two semi-finals. He is coming off a quarter-final in Montpellier where he beat No. 7 Cilic in the 2R, his third career Top 10 win (first on hard courts). Former Champion Returns: Belgian Steve Darcis, who captured his second career ATP World Tour title in Memphis in 2008 (d. Soderling), is returning to the tournament for the first time since a 1R loss in 2009 (l. to Roddick). The 32-year-old Darcis, who reached a career-high No. 44 on May 12, 2008, less than three months after his Memphis title, finished a year-end best No. 61 that year.  He has struggled with injuries over the years, finishing outside the Top 100 in 2009-10 and 2013-14. But he has finished No. 86 in 2015-16. Anderson Looks To Rebound:  Kevin Anderson, who reached the final in his last Memphis appearance two years ago (l. to Nishikori), is trying to regain his Top 20 form in which he finished three straight years from 2013-15, highlighted by a year-end best No. 12 in ’15. He broke into the Top 10 on Oct. 12, 2015. The 30-year-old South African was sidelined by left knee, right shoulder and groin injuries last season, finishing No. 67, his lowest year-end ranking since 2009. Doubles Draw: The top seeds are Treat Huey and Max Mirnyi, No. 2 Oliver Marach and Fabrice Martin, No. 3 Robert Lindstedt and Michael Venus, and No. 4 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and Leander Paes.    [content] =>

Three Continents Host Tournaments: There are three tournaments on three different continents, including the first ATP World Tour 500 event of the season. World No. 7 Marin Cilic is the top seed in Rotterdam. In Buenos Aires, World No. 5 Kei Nishikori is the top seed and in the first North American tournament of the season in Memphis, World No. 18 Ivo Karlovic is the top seed. Overall, 20 of the Top 30 in the Emirates ATP Rankings are in action.

Emirates ATP Race to Milan Leaders: Six of the Top 20 in the Emirates ATP Race to Milan (as of Feb. 6) are in Rotterdam or Memphis.

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ABN AMRO WORLD TENNIS TOURNAMENT (Rotterdam): The top seed of the first 500 level tournament of the season is Cilic, who is making his fourth appearance in Rotterdam (8-3 record). His best result is a runner-up in 2014 (l. to Berdych). Overall eight of the Top 20 are in the field. The other seeds are: No. 2 Dominic Thiem, No. 3 David Goffin, No. 4 Tomas Berdych, No. 5 Grigor Dimitrov, No. 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, No. 7 Roberto Bautista Agut and No. 8 Lucas Pouille.

Marin Top Seed Again: Cilic is the top seed in an ATP World Tour tournament for the 11th time in his career, the third this season. Last month he opened the season in Chennai as the top seed and lost in the 2R (after bye) to Kovalik. Last week in Montpellier he fell in the opening round (l. to Brown). The 28-year-old Croatian star has an outstanding 25-7 career record as the top seed in an ATP World Tour tournament, winning three titles and reaching two other finals:  

2017 Montpellier: 2R (bye)
2017 Chennai: 2R (bye)
2015 Moscow: Champion
2013 Memphis: QF
2013 Zagreb: Champion
2011 Zagreb: QF 
2010 Metz: QF
2010 Munich: Finalist
2010 Zagreb: Champion
2009 Vienna: Finalist

Klizan Reigning Champion: Martin Klizan, the No. 1 player from Slovakia, is the reigning champion (d. No. 18 Monfils). Last year Klizan came in ranked No. 43 in the Emirates ATP Rankings and in his final three wins, he rallied each time from losing a first set tie-break to prevail in the third set. After a 1-4 start to this season, last week in Sofia, he advanced to the quarter-finals (l. to Basilashvili).

Grigor On A Roll: No. 5 seed Grigor Dimitrov comes into Rotterdam with a career-best 14-1 match record on the season. With his defeat of David Goffin on home soil in the Sofia final, he became the first two-time ATP World Tour title winner this season. The 25-year-old Bulgarian won his fifth career ATP World Tour title in Brisbane, his first since June 2014 at Queen’s Club/London, defeating three straight Top 10 opponents: No. 8 Thiem (QF), No. 3 Raonic (SF) and No. 5 Nishikori. He then followed by reaching the semi-finals at the Australian Open where he lost to No. 9 Rafael Nadal 6-4 in the fifth set.

Berdych Making 10th Visit: No. 4 seed Tomas Berdych is making his 10th appearance in Rotterdam. He has a 16-7 career record, winning the title in 2014 (d. Cilic) and reaching the final in 2015 (l. to Wawrinka). He also advanced to the semi-finals in 2012 (l. to del Potro) and the quarter-finals in 2011 (w/o vs. Tsonga).

#NextGenATP Stars In Draw: There are three #NextGenATP stars in the main draw, led by top German Alexander Zverev, who is ranked No. 21.  Zverev claimed his second ATP World Tour title in Sunday’s Montpellier final (d. Gasquet). The others are No. 51 Karen Khachanov and No. 58 Borna Coric, who play each other in the first round. Zverev reached the quarter-finals last year and Coric lost in the 2R. Khachanov is making his debut. Greek wild card Stefanos Tsitsipas, 18, who finished as the No. 2 junior in the world last year, highlighted by semi-final results at Roland Garros and Wimbledon juniors, is making his ATP World Tour debut. He is ranked No. 203 after reaching a career-high No. 196 on Jan. 30.

Local Wild Cards: Two of the three wild cards in the main draw are Dutchmen, led by the country’s top player No. 57 Robin Haase, who reached the quarter-finals in 2008 (d. No. 10 Murray) and 20-year-old Tallon Griekspoor , who is at a career-high No. 315. He is making his ATP World Tour debut.

Doubles Draw: The top seeds are last year’s World No. 2 team: Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut, who won last year’s title with Vasek Pospisil. The other seeds are: No. 2 Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez, No. 3 Ivan Dodig and Marcel Granollers and No. 4 Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo.

ARGENTINA OPEN (Buenos Aires): Latin America's “Golden Swing” continues on the clay of Buenos Aires, as the Argentine capital welcomes back World No. 5 Kei Nishikori, who returns for the first time since 2012 when he reached the quarter-finals. Five of the Top 30 players in the Emirates ATP Rankings are in the draw. The other seeds are: No. 2 Pablo Cuevas, No. 3 David Ferrer, a three-time champion (2012-14), No. 4 Pablo Carreno Busta, No. 5 Albert Ramos-Vinolas, No. 6 Joao Sousa, No. 7 Fabio Fognini and No. 8 Paolo Lorenzi, who was runner-up in Sunday’s final in Quito (l. to Estrella Burgos).

Nishikori Top Seed: Nishikori finds himself as the top seed again in a February ATP World Tour tournament. For the past three years the Japanese star was the No. 1 seed in Memphis where he won the title each time. Overall, he won Memphis four straight years. He won his last 17 matches in Memphis and owns a 17-1 career record. In his previous Buenos Aires appearance five years ago, he came in ranked No. 17 and he lost to Wawrinka in the quarter-finals. Nishikori comes into Buenos Aires with a 6-2 match record on the season, reaching the final in Brisbane (l. to Dimitrov) and following with the 4R at the Australian Open (l. to Federer in five sets).

Spanish Title Winners: Spaniards have called Buenos Aires home since 2009, with five different players from the country winning titles. The streak ended last year with Austrian Dominic Thiem winning the title over Spaniard Nicolas Almagro. Here are the Spanish winners from 2009-15 (winners in bold in this year’s draw):

2015: Rafael Nadal
2012-14: David Ferrer
2011: Nicolas Almagro
2010: Juan Carlos Ferrero
2009: Tommy Robredo    

Ferrer Three-Time Champion: Ferrer has a 23-5 career match record in Buenos Aires, winning three straight titles from 2012-14. He was also runner-up in 2010 (l. to Ferrero). His 17-match Buenos Aires winning streak came to an end last year when he fell to Almagro in the semi-finals.

Robredo Makes Season Debut: The other former champion in the field is 2009 winner Tommy Robredo. The 34-year-old Spaniard, who is making his season debut, has a 16-5 career record in Buenos Aires. He underwent right elbow surgery in April last year.  Robredo, who is ranked No. 548, is playing on a protected ranking of No. 57. Last season he went 2-6 on the ATP World Tour and 7-5 in ATP Challenger Tour events, closing with three straight quarter-final indoor results in Budapest, Brescia and Andria.

Argentine Title Hopes: There is a tournament-high nine Argentines in the draw with one guaranteed in qualifying. The last player to win the title on home soil in Buenos Aires was David Nalbandian in 2008. No. 48 Federico Delbonis and No. 52 Diego Schwartzman are the two highest-ranked Argentines in the draw.

Doubles Draw: The top seeds are reigning champions Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah. The other seeds are: No. 2 Pablo Carreno Busta and Pablo Cuevas, No. 3 Santiago Gonzalez and David Marrero and No. 4 Julio Peralta and Horacio Zeballos.

MEMPHIS OPEN (Memphis): The first North American tournament of the season will crown a new champion for the first time since 2013 as reigning four-time champion Kei Nishikori is playing on clay in Buenos Aires for the first time since 2012, the last time the Memphis champion was not Nishikori (Jurgen Melzer). The top seed is big-serving Ivo Karlovic, who reached the final in 2014. This is the 41st anniversary of the only U.S. indoor tournament on the ATP World Tour, which is held at the Racquet Club of Memphis. The other seeds are No. 2 John Isner, No. 3 Sam Querrey, No. 4 Steve Johnson, No. 5 Bernard Tomic, No. 6 Adrian Mannarino, No. 7 Steve Darcis and No. 8 Yen-Hsun Lu.  Darcis (2008) and Querrey (2010) are the former champions in the field.

#NextGenATP Stars In Draw: There are four American #NextGenATP stars in the draw, led by last year’s finalist Taylor Fritz (19), who climbed to a career-high No. 53 on Aug. 29 last year. He is No. 83 as of last week (Feb. 6). The other young stars on the rise are all at career-high rankings: wild cards Frances Tiafoe (19), at No. 94, Jared Donaldson (20), at No. 95 and Reilly Opelka (19), at No. 182. All four finished with their best year-end Emirates ATP Ranking last season and made big jumps from the previous year:

   2016-2015 Ranking  2016 Highlights
 Taylor Fritz  76-177 Finalist at Memphis; QF at Acapulco,Atlanta; Winner at Happy Valley Challenger. (Recipient of ATP Star of Tomorrow award (youngest in year-end Top 100)
 Jared Donaldson  105-135  3rd round at US Open, Toronto
 Frances Tiafoe  108/180  Winner at Granby & Stockton Challengers

 Reilly Opelka

 204-97  SF at Atlanta; Winner at Knoxville Challenger

Querrey Streak:  Querrey is making his 11th straight appearance in Memphis. The 29-year-old Californian has a 20-9 career record, winning singles and doubles titles in 2010. Last year he was a doubles runner-up (w/Johnson). He was also a semi-finalist in 2015-16 and quarter-finalist in 2007, ’09, ’11-12.  Querrey hasfinished in the Top 50 Emirates ATP Rankings in seven of the past nine years, ending 2010 with a year-end best No. 18. Last year he defeated No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the 3R at Wimbledon en route to his first Grand Slam quarter-final (l. to Raonic).

Towering Trio Of Power: The three tallest players on the ATP World Tour are in the main draw, led by 6’11” Karlovic and Opelka along with 6’10” Isner. In addition, 6’8” Kevin Anderson and 6’6” Querrey are in the draw. Isner led the ATP World Tour in aces last season with 1,159 followed by Karlovic with 1,131. Isner and Karlovic have combined to lead the ATP World Tour in aces in nine of the past 10 years. Karlovic is a five-time aces champion (2007-09, 2014-15) while Isner is a four-time champion (2010, ’12-13, ’16).

Big John Top American: Isner, who reached the final in 2010 (l. to Querrey), finished last season as the top American on the ATP World Tour for the fifth straight year and in the Top 20 for the seventh year in a row at No. 19. The 31-year-old Tampa resident reached finals in Atlanta (l. to Kyrgios) and ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Paris (l. to Murray) and his streak of an ATP World Tour title for six years in a row ended.

Bernie Is Back: No. 2 Aussie Bernard Tomic, who reached the quarter-finals two years ago (l. to Young) in his last Memphis appearance, is making his third tournament appearance (2-2 record). The 24-year-old finished last season at No. 26 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, his second straight Top 30 season (No. 18 in 2015). He reached the final in Acapulco and the 4R at the Australian Open and Wimbledon.

Dreddy Time: One of the most entertaining players on the ATP World Tour, Dustin Brown returns to Memphis. The 32-year-old German, nicknamed “Dreddy” because of his dreadlocked hair, is a human highlight reel on the court. When googling “Dustin Brown YouTube, ” a full page of Brown’s amazing shots are displayed. Brown, who made his previous appearance in Memphis two years ago (2R), finished a year-end best No. 72 last season, highlighted by two semi-finals. He is coming off a quarter-final in Montpellier where he beat No. 7 Cilic in the 2R, his third career Top 10 win (first on hard courts).

Former Champion Returns: Belgian Steve Darcis, who captured his second career ATP World Tour title in Memphis in 2008 (d. Soderling), is returning to the tournament for the first time since a 1R loss in 2009 (l. to Roddick). The 32-year-old Darcis, who reached a career-high No. 44 on May 12, 2008, less than three months after his Memphis title, finished a year-end best No. 61 that year.  He has struggled with injuries over the years, finishing outside the Top 100 in 2009-10 and 2013-14. But he has finished No. 86 in 2015-16.

Anderson Looks To Rebound:  Kevin Anderson, who reached the final in his last Memphis appearance two years ago (l. to Nishikori), is trying to regain his Top 20 form in which he finished three straight years from 2013-15, highlighted by a year-end best No. 12 in ’15. He broke into the Top 10 on Oct. 12, 2015. The 30-year-old South African was sidelined by left knee, right shoulder and groin injuries last season, finishing No. 67, his lowest year-end ranking since 2009.

Doubles Draw: The top seeds are Treat Huey and Max Mirnyi, No. 2 Oliver Marach and Fabrice Martin, No. 3 Robert Lindstedt and Michael Venus, and No. 4 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and Leander Paes. 

 

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13.02.2017: Berdych Praises Federer; Ready To Bounce Back In Rotterdam stdClass Object ( [title] => Berdych Praises Federer; Ready To Bounce Back In Rotterdam [caption] => It’s been more than three weeks since Tomas Berdych struck a ball competitively, yet the significance of his loss to Roger Federer in the Australian Open third round is still sinking in. ”It was kind of a strange match for me,” admitted Berdych, a former champion at the upcoming ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam. “The way he played was really incredible. I’ve played him so many times in the past. I almost want to say it was the best I’ve seen him play.” Berdych did little wrong in the 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 loss, their 23rd FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting, because he was given no opportunity by the Swiss superstar to find his game on 20 January on Rod Laver Arena. "I was under so much pressure, how he played. From the first point I had to defend. I didn’t know how I played, he either hit a winner or missed a shot. There was nothing in between. So it’s tough to judge how well or badly I played. I wasn’t in charge of any shot – that was quite unusual. "After the match, I was quite positive that he could go all the way and win it. In the end, he did. I think he’s the only one who can do something like that – after a six months’ absence from tournaments and win it. It was his first tournament and he won it. With all respect, it’s amazing.” If 35-year-old Federer can roll back the years, Berdych is hopeful he too can still improve. Under the guidance of Luka Kutanjac and Goran Ivanisevic, who isn’t in Rotterdam this week, 31-year-old Berdych is working to re-establish himself in the Top 10 of the Emirates ATP Rankings and claim the sport’s biggest prizes. "I have been working on my service motion, since I returned from injury and sickness,” the World No. 12 said. “So it’s not been a long time, but it’s working well. I tried it a couple of times in Australia, but it was windy. I’ve been trying to make it less predictable - good for me, not for my opponents. Goran, who'll return courtside in Indian Wells, is also trying to bring me more to the net.” "My goal remains to win a Grand Slam. Everything in my game is there, but it needs to click together for two weeks. Federer really found a way to play well, and win, by himself. "In the past when some players reached 31 or 32, it might have been one of their last seasons. But it isn’t any more. Tennis at the highest level sees players with their own physios and teams. It really helps and extends careers. Players are taking more breaks in between and it helps to prolong careers. I hope I can play my best tennis in the future. "In this current era, it will remain difficult for the youngsters to break through, but I believe the best of the crop will come through regardless. The [Emirates ATP] Race to Milan, finishing with the Next Gen ATP Finals, is a new and very important event for the development of young players. It’s a new motivation for them to attain a spot and very positive for the sport.” This week, in the familiar surrounds of the Rotterdam Ahoy, venue of the first ATP World Tour 500 tournament of the season, Berdych is hoping to build on the happy memories of successful campaigns in the Dutch city. “It’s one of the special weeks of the season, where I’ve generally had solid results. Of course, 2014 is a great memory at a traditionally very tough tournament to win. I like coming back when a tournament is doing very well for the players." Having beaten Marin Cilic for the 2014 title and finished runner-up to Stan Wawrinka the following year, the Czech begins his quest for a 14th ATP World Tour crown on Monday against qualifier Marius Copil. [content] =>

It’s been more than three weeks since Tomas Berdych struck a ball competitively, yet the significance of his loss to Roger Federer in the Australian Open third round is still sinking in.

”It was kind of a strange match for me,” admitted Berdych, a former champion at the upcoming ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam. “The way he played was really incredible. I’ve played him so many times in the past. I almost want to say it was the best I’ve seen him play.”

Berdych did little wrong in the 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 loss, their 23rd FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting, because he was given no opportunity by the Swiss superstar to find his game on 20 January on Rod Laver Arena.

"I was under so much pressure, how he played. From the first point I had to defend. I didn’t know how I played, he either hit a winner or missed a shot. There was nothing in between. So it’s tough to judge how well or badly I played. I wasn’t in charge of any shot – that was quite unusual.

"After the match, I was quite positive that he could go all the way and win it. In the end, he did. I think he’s the only one who can do something like that – after a six months’ absence from tournaments and win it. It was his first tournament and he won it. With all respect, it’s amazing.”

If 35-year-old Federer can roll back the years, Berdych is hopeful he too can still improve.

Under the guidance of Luka Kutanjac and Goran Ivanisevic, who isn’t in Rotterdam this week, 31-year-old Berdych is working to re-establish himself in the Top 10 of the Emirates ATP Rankings and claim the sport’s biggest prizes.

"I have been working on my service motion, since I returned from injury and sickness,” the World No. 12 said. “So it’s not been a long time, but it’s working well. I tried it a couple of times in Australia, but it was windy. I’ve been trying to make it less predictable - good for me, not for my opponents. Goran, who'll return courtside in Indian Wells, is also trying to bring me more to the net.”

"My goal remains to win a Grand Slam. Everything in my game is there, but it needs to click together for two weeks. Federer really found a way to play well, and win, by himself.

"In the past when some players reached 31 or 32, it might have been one of their last seasons. But it isn’t any more. Tennis at the highest level sees players with their own physios and teams. It really helps and extends careers. Players are taking more breaks in between and it helps to prolong careers. I hope I can play my best tennis in the future.

"In this current era, it will remain difficult for the youngsters to break through, but I believe the best of the crop will come through regardless. The [Emirates ATP] Race to Milan, finishing with the Next Gen ATP Finals, is a new and very important event for the development of young players. It’s a new motivation for them to attain a spot and very positive for the sport.”

This week, in the familiar surrounds of the Rotterdam Ahoy, venue of the first ATP World Tour 500 tournament of the season, Berdych is hoping to build on the happy memories of successful campaigns in the Dutch city. “It’s one of the special weeks of the season, where I’ve generally had solid results. Of course, 2014 is a great memory at a traditionally very tough tournament to win. I like coming back when a tournament is doing very well for the players."

Having beaten Marin Cilic for the 2014 title and finished runner-up to Stan Wawrinka the following year, the Czech begins his quest for a 14th ATP World Tour crown on Monday against qualifier Marius Copil.

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13.02.2017: Victor's Triple Treat In Quito stdClass Object ( [title] => Victor's Triple Treat In Quito [caption] => Victor Estrella Burgos completed a dramatic three-peat on Sunday at the Ecuador Open in Quito, saving a match point against third seed Paolo Lorenzi to take the title 6-7(2), 7-5, 7-6(6).  “It’s a great achievement for me to win three titles here,” said Estrella Burgos. “The recipe for my success here will be revealed when I retire [laughing], but for sure I’ll come back here next year. I’ll play in Quito every year until I retire.“ The victory over Lorenzi completes a truly unforgettable week for Estrella Burgos. He also saved three match points to defeat top seed Ivo Karlovic in a third-set tie-break in the second round. Watch: A full match replay of the final The Dominican Republican player improves to 15-0 in Quito. He’s the only player in ATP World Tour history to win at least three titles in one event and none anywhere else. Estrella Burgos also defeated Feliciano Lopez in a third-set tie-break to prevail in 2015, and beat Thomaz Bellucci in a tight three-set match in the 2016 final. “Without any doubt, this final has been the toughest,” said Estrella Burgos. “Paolo doesn’t give away anything because he is a great fighter.” Currently at No. 156 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, he’s the lowest-ranked singles champion since No. 192 Florian Mayer this past June in Halle. Estrella Burgos is projected to move back inside the Top 100 on Monday. He earns 250 Emirates ATP Rankings points and a cheque for $85,945. Lorenzi drops to 1-2 in ATP World Tour finals. His lone title came this past July in Kitzbuehel. The third seed picks up 150 Emirates ATP Rankings points and leaves Quito with $45,265. “I love playing here and I am sure I’ll be back next year,” said Lorenzi. “I loved the crowd here and how they welcomed and supported me during the whole week. I am thankful. I’m leaving with an ATP final and that’s very important for me.” [ALSO LIKE] Neither player faced a break point in the opening set, but the Italian went on a six-point run in the tie-break to capture the opening set. Lorenzi grabbed the crucial opening break to start the second set and it appeared that he might run away with the contest, but Estrella Burgos fought back to even the score at 4-4. He then broke Lorenzi once more up 6-5 to level the match at one set each. Estrella Burgos broke the Italian to take a 4-2 lead in the deciding set, but Lorenzi showed off his own tenacious spirit by breaking back in the very next game. Little separated the two players all the way through the final-set tie-break, but it was Estrella Burgos who saved a match point down 5/6 and then won the final two points to defend his crown.  [content] =>

Victor Estrella Burgos completed a dramatic three-peat on Sunday at the Ecuador Open in Quito, saving a match point against third seed Paolo Lorenzi to take the title 6-7(2), 7-5, 7-6(6). 

“It’s a great achievement for me to win three titles here,” said Estrella Burgos. “The recipe for my success here will be revealed when I retire [laughing], but for sure I’ll come back here next year. I’ll play in Quito every year until I retire.“

The victory over Lorenzi completes a truly unforgettable week for Estrella Burgos. He also saved three match points to defeat top seed Ivo Karlovic in a third-set tie-break in the second round.

Watch: A full match replay of the final

The Dominican Republican player improves to 15-0 in Quito. He’s the only player in ATP World Tour history to win at least three titles in one event and none anywhere else. Estrella Burgos also defeated Feliciano Lopez in a third-set tie-break to prevail in 2015, and beat Thomaz Bellucci in a tight three-set match in the 2016 final.

“Without any doubt, this final has been the toughest,” said Estrella Burgos. “Paolo doesn’t give away anything because he is a great fighter.”

Currently at No. 156 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, he’s the lowest-ranked singles champion since No. 192 Florian Mayer this past June in Halle. Estrella Burgos is projected to move back inside the Top 100 on Monday. He earns 250 Emirates ATP Rankings points and a cheque for $85,945.

Lorenzi drops to 1-2 in ATP World Tour finals. His lone title came this past July in Kitzbuehel. The third seed picks up 150 Emirates ATP Rankings points and leaves Quito with $45,265.

“I love playing here and I am sure I’ll be back next year,” said Lorenzi. “I loved the crowd here and how they welcomed and supported me during the whole week. I am thankful. I’m leaving with an ATP final and that’s very important for me.”

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Neither player faced a break point in the opening set, but the Italian went on a six-point run in the tie-break to capture the opening set. Lorenzi grabbed the crucial opening break to start the second set and it appeared that he might run away with the contest, but Estrella Burgos fought back to even the score at 4-4. He then broke Lorenzi once more up 6-5 to level the match at one set each.

Estrella Burgos broke the Italian to take a 4-2 lead in the deciding set, but Lorenzi showed off his own tenacious spirit by breaking back in the very next game. Little separated the two players all the way through the final-set tie-break, but it was Estrella Burgos who saved a match point down 5/6 and then won the final two points to defend his crown. 

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13.02.2017: Dimitrov Rules On Home Soil stdClass Object ( [title] => Dimitrov Rules On Home Soil [caption] => Home favourite Grigor Dimitrov continues to soar in 2017 having clinched the Garanti Koza Sofia Open title with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over David Goffin on Sunday. It was an extra special week for Dimitrov, who was playing a first ATP World Tour event on home soil. His recent resurgence up the Emirates ATP Rankings, recovering from No. 40 in July 2016 to being on the cusp of the Top 10, has captivated the nation as fans flocked to support their countryman. “This is my most prestigious title for sure, winning it at home is a tremendous success for me,” said the 25 year old, having secured the trophy with his mother watching on from court side. “I will treasure this title for the rest of my life, it’s something amazing for me." Watch: A full match replay of the final  All week his matches have been eagerly watched by ardent local support and that was no different in the final with a 12,000-strong sold out capacity cheering him on. “The crowd has been absolutely magnificent throughout,” added Dimitrov. “I’m more than thankful for their support." The Bulgarian opened his season by capturing a fifth ATP World Tour title in Brisbane, defeating three Top 10 opponents in a row, before continuing his stellar form in Sofia. The third seed had dropped just one service game all week ahead of the final and started against the World No. 11 in emphatic style. A delicate drop volley ignited a break to surge 3-0 ahead before the Belgian restored parity. Dimitrov, the victor on both previous occasions against Goffin, was forced to save four break points in an eight-minute game at 4-4. The set seemed destined for a tie-break until Dimitrov forced Goffin into a wayward backhand to edge halfway towards the trophy. World No.13 Dimitrov once again earned a 3-0 lead and then made it six successive games with a blistering forehand cross court winner on the stretch. Watch: Dimitrov Relishes Sofia Homecoming  Goffin was on the brink at 0-5 but was undeterred with some brave forays towards the net. He saved three match points, as Dimitrov’s double fault count reached nine, and managed to reduce his deficit to 4-5. However, the Bulgarian broke to be crowned champion at his home tournament. “David is an extremely good player, I just had to focus and just be there in each point and each game. He’s one of the toughest competitors out there,” said the World No. 13. “I was 5-1 up and 40-0 up (2nd set) and I still couldn’t close it out. The way he played at the end was incredible. I’m going to have a lot of battles with this guy in the future.” Despite missing out on a third ATP World Tour title, Goffin was satisified with another confidence-boosting tournament. “A really positive week, the beginning of the week was not easy, I couldn’t find my rhythm, but now I’ve played some good tennis,” said the Belgian. “It was a great week and really positive for the rest of the season.” [content] =>

Home favourite Grigor Dimitrov continues to soar in 2017 having clinched the Garanti Koza Sofia Open title with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over David Goffin on Sunday.

It was an extra special week for Dimitrov, who was playing a first ATP World Tour event on home soil. His recent resurgence up the Emirates ATP Rankings, recovering from No. 40 in July 2016 to being on the cusp of the Top 10, has captivated the nation as fans flocked to support their countryman.

“This is my most prestigious title for sure, winning it at home is a tremendous success for me,” said the 25 year old, having secured the trophy with his mother watching on from court side. “I will treasure this title for the rest of my life, it’s something amazing for me."

Watch: A full match replay of the final 

All week his matches have been eagerly watched by ardent local support and that was no different in the final with a 12,000-strong sold out capacity cheering him on. “The crowd has been absolutely magnificent throughout,” added Dimitrov. “I’m more than thankful for their support."

The Bulgarian opened his season by capturing a fifth ATP World Tour title in Brisbane, defeating three Top 10 opponents in a row, before continuing his stellar form in Sofia. The third seed had dropped just one service game all week ahead of the final and started against the World No. 11 in emphatic style.

A delicate drop volley ignited a break to surge 3-0 ahead before the Belgian restored parity. Dimitrov, the victor on both previous occasions against Goffin, was forced to save four break points in an eight-minute game at 4-4. The set seemed destined for a tie-break until Dimitrov forced Goffin into a wayward backhand to edge halfway towards the trophy. World No.13 Dimitrov once again earned a 3-0 lead and then made it six successive games with a blistering forehand cross court winner on the stretch.

Watch: Dimitrov Relishes Sofia Homecoming 

Goffin was on the brink at 0-5 but was undeterred with some brave forays towards the net. He saved three match points, as Dimitrov’s double fault count reached nine, and managed to reduce his deficit to 4-5. However, the Bulgarian broke to be crowned champion at his home tournament.

“David is an extremely good player, I just had to focus and just be there in each point and each game. He’s one of the toughest competitors out there,” said the World No. 13. “I was 5-1 up and 40-0 up (2nd set) and I still couldn’t close it out. The way he played at the end was incredible. I’m going to have a lot of battles with this guy in the future.”

Despite missing out on a third ATP World Tour title, Goffin was satisified with another confidence-boosting tournament. “A really positive week, the beginning of the week was not easy, I couldn’t find my rhythm, but now I’ve played some good tennis,” said the Belgian. “It was a great week and really positive for the rest of the season.”

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13.02.2017: Double Delight As Zverevs Triumph In Montpellier stdClass Object ( [title] => Double Delight As Zverevs Triumph In Montpellier [caption] => It was double delight for Alexander Zverev on Sunday at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier. Hot on the heels of winning his second ATP World Tour singles crown, the 19-year-old German paired with older brother, Mischa Zverev, to win the doubles crown. The duo defeated second seeds Fabrice Martin and Daniel Nestor 6-4, 6-7(3), 10-7 in 86 minutes to lift the trophy at the ATP World Tour 250 tournament. It is the first ATP World Tour doubles crown for the Zverev brothers, who had finished runners-up in Munich in 2015 and in Montpellier last year. "It was an amazing week," said Mischa Zverev. "Congrats to my brother, winning singles and doubles for the first time. It's always special playing doubles with him, especially playing well and winning. I'm really, really happy. I didn't expect it." Zverev, who beat Richard Gasquet in the singles final, is the first player to win the singles and doubles titles at the same tournament since Lleyton Hewitt triumphed at Newport in 2014. It is also the first time a pair of brothers won the doubles title after one of them had won the singles crown since Andy Murray did the double with Jamie Murray in Tokyo six years ago. [ALSO LIKE] "It's great to win singles and doubles," said Alexander Zverev. "I'm very happy the way we played. We only dropped one set in the tournament. I think it was a very successful tournament for the Zverevs." The 29-year-old Mischa Zverev collected his third ATP World Tour doubles title, nine years on from winning a pair of titles with Mikhail Youzhny in Tokyo and Halle. It is Alexander Zverev’s first doubles trophy. Martin and Nestor enjoyed a strong debut week together. The 30-year-old Martin, who won the Doha doubles crown with Jeremy Chardy at the start of the year, dropped to a 3-5 doubles final record. Nestor, 44, was seeking his 92nd tour-level doubles crown (91-60 finals record).  Watch: Zverevs Train Together In Tampa [content] =>

It was double delight for Alexander Zverev on Sunday at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier. Hot on the heels of winning his second ATP World Tour singles crown, the 19-year-old German paired with older brother, Mischa Zverev, to win the doubles crown.

The duo defeated second seeds Fabrice Martin and Daniel Nestor 6-4, 6-7(3), 10-7 in 86 minutes to lift the trophy at the ATP World Tour 250 tournament. It is the first ATP World Tour doubles crown for the Zverev brothers, who had finished runners-up in Munich in 2015 and in Montpellier last year.

"It was an amazing week," said Mischa Zverev. "Congrats to my brother, winning singles and doubles for the first time. It's always special playing doubles with him, especially playing well and winning. I'm really, really happy. I didn't expect it."

Zverev, who beat Richard Gasquet in the singles final, is the first player to win the singles and doubles titles at the same tournament since Lleyton Hewitt triumphed at Newport in 2014. It is also the first time a pair of brothers won the doubles title after one of them had won the singles crown since Andy Murray did the double with Jamie Murray in Tokyo six years ago.

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"It's great to win singles and doubles," said Alexander Zverev. "I'm very happy the way we played. We only dropped one set in the tournament. I think it was a very successful tournament for the Zverevs."

The 29-year-old Mischa Zverev collected his third ATP World Tour doubles title, nine years on from winning a pair of titles with Mikhail Youzhny in Tokyo and Halle. It is Alexander Zverev’s first doubles trophy.

Martin and Nestor enjoyed a strong debut week together. The 30-year-old Martin, who won the Doha doubles crown with Jeremy Chardy at the start of the year, dropped to a 3-5 doubles final record. Nestor, 44, was seeking his 92nd tour-level doubles crown (91-60 finals record). 

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12.02.2017: Del Potro Prepares To Start 2017 Season stdClass Object ( [title] => Del Potro Prepares To Start 2017 Season [caption] => Juan Martin del Potro is making his way to the U.S. ahead of the start of his 2017 season later this month. The Argentine had been training in Buenos Aires and is headed to Miami to continue practising. He is scheduled to return to tour-level action at the Delray Beach Open, which starts 20 February. Del Potro won the ATP World Tour 250 event in 2011 and reached the semi-finals there last year. The 6'6” right-hander delayed the start to his 2017 season to get a full pre-season. The 28 year old was unable to train during the 2015-2016 off-season because of rehab on his left wrist. [ALSO LIKE] Del Potro, who is still without a coach, started playing tennis again a few weeks ago in Tandil and Buenos Aires. He's coming off his best and – most importantly – his healthiest season on the ATP World Tour in years. In October, del Potro won the If Stockholm Open for his first title since January 2014. He jumped 552 spots in the Emirates ATP Rankings to his current position of No. 38. He also was named the Comeback Player Of The Year in the ATP World Tour Awards presented by Moët & Chandon. .@delpotrojuan castiga la bola en el entrenamiento, preparando el regreso al circuito. pic.twitter.com/4g0Dqd0DdT — Jorge Viale (@jorgeviale) February 10, 2017   [content] =>

Juan Martin del Potro is making his way to the U.S. ahead of the start of his 2017 season later this month. The Argentine had been training in Buenos Aires and is headed to Miami to continue practising. He is scheduled to return to tour-level action at the Delray Beach Open, which starts 20 February.

Del Potro won the ATP World Tour 250 event in 2011 and reached the semi-finals there last year. The 6'6” right-hander delayed the start to his 2017 season to get a full pre-season. The 28 year old was unable to train during the 2015-2016 off-season because of rehab on his left wrist.

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Del Potro, who is still without a coach, started playing tennis again a few weeks ago in Tandil and Buenos Aires. He's coming off his best and – most importantly – his healthiest season on the ATP World Tour in years.

In October, del Potro won the If Stockholm Open for his first title since January 2014. He jumped 552 spots in the Emirates ATP Rankings to his current position of No. 38. He also was named the Comeback Player Of The Year in the ATP World Tour Awards presented by Moët & Chandon.

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12.02.2017: Statement on Arnaud Gabas stdClass Object ( [title] => Statement on Arnaud Gabas [caption] => The ITF has issued a statement regarding chair umpire Arnaud Gabas after he underwent surgery in France [content] => The ITF has issued a statement regarding chair umpire Arnaud Gabas after he underwent surgery in France [news_time] => 2017-02-12 16:21:00 [external_link] => [ngid] => 24 [nid] => 17602 [image_file_id] => 0 [newsgroup] => Kansainvälinen uutisointi [livefeed] => 0 ) 1
12.02.2017: Dimitrov Stays Hot In Sofia stdClass Object ( [title] => Dimitrov Stays Hot In Sofia [caption] => Home favourite Grigor Dimitrov is one match away from a title at the Garanti Koza Sofia Open in Bulgaria. The third seed needed just 64 minutes to dispatch Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-1, 6-3 in their semi-final on Saturday.   “Best start of the tournament for me. Kept a solid game. Tried to be as composed as I could... and just use every opportunity that I can,” said Dimitrov. “I'm happy to be at home in the final.” Dimitrov won 89 per cent of his first-serve points and saved all three break points faced. The home favourite is going for his second title of the season. Dimitrov beat Kei Nishikori last month for the Brisbane International presented by Suncorp title.  The Bulgarian improves to 13-1 this season and continues to arguably play as well as he ever has. After recovering from dropping the first set of his opening round match in Sofia against Jerzy Janowicz, Dimitrov has been producing his best tennis this week. More: Dimitrov: The Simple Life Awaiting him in the final is second seed David Goffin, who came back from a break down in the third set to knock out fourth seed and defending champion Roberto Bautista Agut 5-7, 6-4, 7-6(3). Dimitrov leads his FedEx ATP Head2Head series against Goffin 2-0, including a quarter-final match last month at the Australian Open that Dimitrov won 6-3, 6-2, 6-4. “We played two weeks ago. I know what to expect from David again. He's looking for revenge,” said Dimitrov. [ALSO LIKE] Goffin fell behind 1-3 in the third set against Bautista Agut, but rallied in a back-and-forth decider that featured six service breaks. The Belgian hit 12 aces and saved six of the 11 break points he faced to beat prevail in two hours and 44 minutes. “It was a tough match, tough battle,” said Goffin. “I knew before that I had to fight against him because he's such a great fighter. I knew at the end I had to be offensive. The win is Goffin's first against Bautista Agut in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series. The Spaniard had been 2-0 against Goffin. The 26-year-old Belgian will go for his third career title on Sunday and his first since 2014. In doubles, Serbians Viktor Troicki and Nenad Zimonjic beat Mariusz Fyrstenberg of Poland and Martin Klizan of Slovakia 3-6, 7-6(5), 10-8 and will face Russians Mikhail Elgin and Andrey Kuznetsov in Sunday's final. [content] =>

Home favourite Grigor Dimitrov is one match away from a title at the Garanti Koza Sofia Open in Bulgaria. The third seed needed just 64 minutes to dispatch Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-1, 6-3 in their semi-final on Saturday.  

“Best start of the tournament for me. Kept a solid game. Tried to be as composed as I could... and just use every opportunity that I can,” said Dimitrov. “I'm happy to be at home in the final.”

Dimitrov won 89 per cent of his first-serve points and saved all three break points faced. The home favourite is going for his second title of the season. Dimitrov beat Kei Nishikori last month for the Brisbane International presented by Suncorp title. 

The Bulgarian improves to 13-1 this season and continues to arguably play as well as he ever has. After recovering from dropping the first set of his opening round match in Sofia against Jerzy Janowicz, Dimitrov has been producing his best tennis this week.

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Awaiting him in the final is second seed David Goffin, who came back from a break down in the third set to knock out fourth seed and defending champion Roberto Bautista Agut 5-7, 6-4, 7-6(3). Dimitrov leads his FedEx ATP Head2Head series against Goffin 2-0, including a quarter-final match last month at the Australian Open that Dimitrov won 6-3, 6-2, 6-4.

“We played two weeks ago. I know what to expect from David again. He's looking for revenge,” said Dimitrov.

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Goffin fell behind 1-3 in the third set against Bautista Agut, but rallied in a back-and-forth decider that featured six service breaks. The Belgian hit 12 aces and saved six of the 11 break points he faced to beat prevail in two hours and 44 minutes.

“It was a tough match, tough battle,” said Goffin. “I knew before that I had to fight against him because he's such a great fighter. I knew at the end I had to be offensive.

The win is Goffin's first against Bautista Agut in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series. The Spaniard had been 2-0 against Goffin.

The 26-year-old Belgian will go for his third career title on Sunday and his first since 2014.

In doubles, Serbians Viktor Troicki and Nenad Zimonjic beat Mariusz Fyrstenberg of Poland and Martin Klizan of Slovakia 3-6, 7-6(5), 10-8 and will face Russians Mikhail Elgin and Andrey Kuznetsov in Sunday's final.

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12.02.2017: Fed Cup Blog: Day One as it happened (1) stdClass Object ( [title] => Fed Cup Blog: Day One as it happened (1) [caption] => Keep up-to-date with all the action on the opening day of 2017 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas with our live blog which features news, photos, videos and much more besides [content] => Keep up-to-date with all the action on the opening day of 2017 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas with our live blog which features news, photos, videos and much more besides [news_time] => 2017-02-12 01:59:00 [external_link] => [ngid] => 24 [nid] => 17604 [image_file_id] => 0 [newsgroup] => Kansainvälinen uutisointi [livefeed] => 0 ) 1
09.02.2017: Sharapova Picks Up Madrid Wildcard stdClass Object ( [title] => Sharapova Picks Up Madrid Wildcard [caption] => Former World No.1 Maria Sharapova has claimed one of the wildcards for May's Mutua Madrid Open as she plans her WTA comeback. [content] => Former World No.1 Maria Sharapova has claimed one of the wildcards for May's Mutua Madrid Open as she plans her WTA comeback. [news_time] => 2017-02-09 11:50:56 [external_link] => http://www.wtatennis.com/news/article/6303595 [ngid] => 24 [nid] => 17585 [image_file_id] => 0 [newsgroup] => Kansainvälinen uutisointi [livefeed] => 0 ) 1
09.02.2017: Watson Leads Great Britain To First Triumph In Tallinn stdClass Object ( [title] => Watson Leads Great Britain To First Triumph In Tallinn [caption] => Heather Watson was quick out of the blocks, leading Great Britain on the path to a 3-0 victory in the Fed Cup opener against Portugal. [content] => Heather Watson was quick out of the blocks, leading Great Britain on the path to a 3-0 victory in the Fed Cup opener against Portugal. [news_time] => 2017-02-09 11:50:56 [external_link] => http://www.wtatennis.com/news/article/6303492 [ngid] => 24 [nid] => 17586 [image_file_id] => 0 [newsgroup] => Kansainvälinen uutisointi [livefeed] => 0 ) 1
09.02.2017: Judy Murray Calls For More Gender Equality In Tennis stdClass Object ( [title] => Judy Murray Calls For More Gender Equality In Tennis [caption] => Tennis coach and former Great Britain Fed Cup captain Judy Murray has called for more gender equality in the sport. [content] => Tennis coach and former Great Britain Fed Cup captain Judy Murray has called for more gender equality in the sport. [news_time] => 2017-02-09 11:50:56 [external_link] => http://www.wtatennis.com/news/article/6303432 [ngid] => 24 [nid] => 17587 [image_file_id] => 0 [newsgroup] => Kansainvälinen uutisointi [livefeed] => 0 ) 1
09.02.2017: Brown Takes Another Top 10 Win In Montpellier stdClass Object ( [title] => Brown Takes Another Top 10 Win In Montpellier [caption] => Dustin Brown added another Top 10 win to his growing tally of upsets on the ATP World Tour. The 32-year-old German toppled top seed Marin Cilic 6-4, 6-4 on Wednesday at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier. The hard-serving Brown struck eight aces and lost only three first-serve points (22/25) in the hour-long contest. He never faced a break point. Brown had been 3-11 lifetime against Top 10 players but his trio of victories had come on grass (Nadal, 2014 Halle, 2015 Wimbledon) and clay courts (Isner, 2014 Houston). Brown had been defeated – 0-9 – by Top 10 players on hard courts. [ALSO LIKE] Cilic suffered an opening loss in Montpellier for the second consecutive year. He lost to #NextGenATP star Alexander Zverev last year. The 28-year-old Croatian is now 1-3 on the season, having lost his Chennai opener and in the second round of the Australian Open last month. Alexander Zverev's older brother, Mischa Zverev, couldn't reproduce the tennis that saw him reach a Grand Slam quarter-final for the first time last month in Melbourne. The sixth-seeded Zverev fell to French qualifier Kenny De Schepper 6-4, 6-3. In the battle of 35 year olds, Spaniard Feliciano Lopez prevailed against Frenchman Julien Benneteau, blasting 16 aces to win 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(0) in just over two hours. Lopez saved a match point down 30/40, 4-5 in the third set. [content] =>

Dustin Brown added another Top 10 win to his growing tally of upsets on the ATP World Tour. The 32-year-old German toppled top seed Marin Cilic 6-4, 6-4 on Wednesday at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier.

The hard-serving Brown struck eight aces and lost only three first-serve points (22/25) in the hour-long contest. He never faced a break point.

Brown had been 3-11 lifetime against Top 10 players but his trio of victories had come on grass (Nadal, 2014 Halle, 2015 Wimbledon) and clay courts (Isner, 2014 Houston). Brown had been defeated – 0-9 – by Top 10 players on hard courts.

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Cilic suffered an opening loss in Montpellier for the second consecutive year. He lost to #NextGenATP star Alexander Zverev last year. The 28-year-old Croatian is now 1-3 on the season, having lost his Chennai opener and in the second round of the Australian Open last month.

Alexander Zverev's older brother, Mischa Zverev, couldn't reproduce the tennis that saw him reach a Grand Slam quarter-final for the first time last month in Melbourne. The sixth-seeded Zverev fell to French qualifier Kenny De Schepper 6-4, 6-3. In the battle of 35 year olds, Spaniard Feliciano Lopez prevailed against Frenchman Julien Benneteau, blasting 16 aces to win 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(0) in just over two hours. Lopez saved a match point down 30/40, 4-5 in the third set.

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09.02.2017: Murray, Del Potro Up For Global Sports Honours stdClass Object ( [title] => Murray, Del Potro Up For Global Sports Honours [caption] => Two of the ATP World Tour's biggest stars have been nominated for Laureus World Sports Awards, following a ballot of the world's media. Scot Andy Murray has been nominated for the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award and is competing against Usain Bolt, already a three-time Laureus winner, 5k and 10k Olympic champion Mo Farah, Cristiano Ronaldo and basketball duo Stephen Curry and LeBron James. Juan Martin del Potro is in contention for the Laureus Comeback of the Year Award and also has stiff competition. The Argentine is up against Michael Phelps, the most successful Olympian ever, Spain’s high jumper Ruth Beitia, British show jumper Nick Skelton, Mauritius triathlete Fabienne St Louis and Norwegian skier Aksel Lund Svindal. Olympians fill all six nomination places for the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award, including Americans Simone Biles, Katie Ledecky and Allyson Felix. German WTA No. 1 Angelique Kerber, Jamaican sprint star Elaine Thompson and British cyclist Laura Kenny are the remaining nominees. Laureus World Sports Academy Chairman Sean Fitzpatrick: “You always know in an Olympic year you are going to see a strong group of nominees and this year has certainly proved that. What delights me is that we have an amazing mix of some of the greatest names in sport who have been performing at the highest level for as long as a decade, combined with some of the most exciting new faces we have seen for many years. It really is going to be an exceptional Laureus Awards.” [ALSO LIKE] In another strong category, Mercedes AMG Petronas are nominated for the third straight year for the Laureus World Team of the Year Award, along with three football teams: European Champions Portugal, Champions League winners Real Madrid and Neymar-inspired Olympic gold medal winners Brazil. American teams Chicago Cubs, winner of their first baseball World Series for 108 years, and NBA champions Cleveland Cavaliers, led by LeBron James, are also shortlisted. After finishing second in 2014 and 2015, Nico Rosberg finally won the Formula One World Championship last year and has earned nomination for the Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year Award. Joining him are Olympic world-record breakers Almaz Ayana and Wayde van Niekerk, and three teams who performed heroically in 2016: English Premier League Champions Leicester City, European Championship quarter-finalists Iceland and Olympic Rugby Sevens gold medal winners Fiji. The Rio Paralympic Games provide all six nominees for the highly respected Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability Award: Swimmers Ihar Boki from Belarus and New Zealand’s Sophie Pascoe; visually-impaired Cuban sprinter Omara Durand, Iran weightlifter Siamand Rahman, Swiss wheelchair racer Marcel Hug and Italian fencer Beatrice Vio. The men’s and women’s surfing world champions John John Florence and Tyler Wright are nominated for the Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year Award, along with snowboarder Chloe Kim, skateboarder Pedro Barros, mountain biker Rachel Atherton and Estonia’s freestyle skier Kelly Sildaru, who at 13 became the youngest ever winner of a gold medal at the Winter X-Games. The eventual winners, as voted for by members of the Laureus World Sports Academy, will be revealed in Monaco on February 14. For the first time ever, sports fans will have the chance to make their voices heard in a brand new Best Sporting Moment of the Year Award, which will celebrate the power of sport. More information coming soon. While celebrating the greatest sporting successes of the year, the Laureus Awards Ceremony also showcases the work of Laureus Sport for Good, which uses the power of sport to end violence, discrimination and disadvantage, proving that sport can change the world. Today Laureus supports more than 100 programmes, in around 40 countries. Their work to transform society is championed by the Laureus World Sports Academy of more than 60 legends of sport. They are supported by more than 180 Laureus Ambassadors.   [content] =>

Two of the ATP World Tour's biggest stars have been nominated for Laureus World Sports Awards, following a ballot of the world's media. Scot Andy Murray has been nominated for the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award and is competing against Usain Bolt, already a three-time Laureus winner, 5k and 10k Olympic champion Mo Farah, Cristiano Ronaldo and basketball duo Stephen Curry and LeBron James.

Juan Martin del Potro is in contention for the Laureus Comeback of the Year Award and also has stiff competition. The Argentine is up against Michael Phelps, the most successful Olympian ever, Spain’s high jumper Ruth Beitia, British show jumper Nick Skelton, Mauritius triathlete Fabienne St Louis and Norwegian skier Aksel Lund Svindal.

Olympians fill all six nomination places for the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award, including Americans Simone Biles, Katie Ledecky and Allyson Felix. German WTA No. 1 Angelique Kerber, Jamaican sprint star Elaine Thompson and British cyclist Laura Kenny are the remaining nominees.

Laureus World Sports Academy Chairman Sean Fitzpatrick: “You always know in an Olympic year you are going to see a strong group of nominees and this year has certainly proved that. What delights me is that we have an amazing mix of some of the greatest names in sport who have been performing at the highest level for as long as a decade, combined with some of the most exciting new faces we have seen for many years. It really is going to be an exceptional Laureus Awards.”

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In another strong category, Mercedes AMG Petronas are nominated for the third straight year for the Laureus World Team of the Year Award, along with three football teams: European Champions Portugal, Champions League winners Real Madrid and Neymar-inspired Olympic gold medal winners Brazil. American teams Chicago Cubs, winner of their first baseball World Series for 108 years, and NBA champions Cleveland Cavaliers, led by LeBron James, are also shortlisted.

After finishing second in 2014 and 2015, Nico Rosberg finally won the Formula One World Championship last year and has earned nomination for the Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year Award. Joining him are Olympic world-record breakers Almaz Ayana and Wayde van Niekerk, and three teams who performed heroically in 2016: English Premier League Champions Leicester City, European Championship quarter-finalists Iceland and Olympic Rugby Sevens gold medal winners Fiji.

The Rio Paralympic Games provide all six nominees for the highly respected Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability Award: Swimmers Ihar Boki from Belarus and New Zealand’s Sophie Pascoe; visually-impaired Cuban sprinter Omara Durand, Iran weightlifter Siamand Rahman, Swiss wheelchair racer Marcel Hug and Italian fencer Beatrice Vio.

The men’s and women’s surfing world champions John John Florence and Tyler Wright are nominated for the Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year Award, along with snowboarder Chloe Kim, skateboarder Pedro Barros, mountain biker Rachel Atherton and Estonia’s freestyle skier Kelly Sildaru, who at 13 became the youngest ever winner of a gold medal at the Winter X-Games.

The eventual winners, as voted for by members of the Laureus World Sports Academy, will be revealed in Monaco on February 14. For the first time ever, sports fans will have the chance to make their voices heard in a brand new Best Sporting Moment of the Year Award, which will celebrate the power of sport. More information coming soon.

While celebrating the greatest sporting successes of the year, the Laureus Awards Ceremony also showcases the work of Laureus Sport for Good, which uses the power of sport to end violence, discrimination and disadvantage, proving that sport can change the world. Today Laureus supports more than 100 programmes, in around 40 countries. Their work to transform society is championed by the Laureus World Sports Academy of more than 60 legends of sport. They are supported by more than 180 Laureus Ambassadors.

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08.02.2017: Dimitrov Set For Homecoming In Sofia 2017 stdClass Object ( [title] => Dimitrov Set For Homecoming In Sofia 2017 [caption] => After an exhilarating Australian Open semi-final clash with Rafael Nadal, Grigor Dimitrov is ready for a nostalgic homecoming at the Garanti Koza Sofia Open. [content] => After an exhilarating Australian Open semi-final clash with Rafael Nadal, Grigor Dimitrov is ready for a nostalgic homecoming at the Garanti Koza Sofia Open. [news_time] => 2017-02-08 14:02:52 [external_link] => http://www.atpworldtour.com/en/video/dimitrov-set-for-homecoming-in-sofia-2017 [ngid] => 24 [nid] => 17581 [image_file_id] => 0 [newsgroup] => Kansainvälinen uutisointi [livefeed] => 0 ) 1
08.02.2017: Previewing Fantastic February On The ATP World Tour stdClass Object ( [title] => Previewing Fantastic February On The ATP World Tour [caption] => ATP World Tour Uncovered presented by Peugeot previews what will be a fantastic February on the ATP World Tour. Getty Images photo. [content] => ATP World Tour Uncovered presented by Peugeot previews what will be a fantastic February on the ATP World Tour. Getty Images photo. [news_time] => 2017-02-08 06:59:00 [external_link] => http://www.atpworldtour.com/en/video/previewing-fantastic-february-on-the-atp-world-tour [ngid] => 24 [nid] => 17582 [image_file_id] => 0 [newsgroup] => Kansainvälinen uutisointi [livefeed] => 0 ) 1
07.02.2017: Tickets On Sale For 2017 ATP Finals stdClass Object ( [title] => Tickets On Sale For 2017 ATP Finals [caption] => Get your tickets today for the 2017 ATP Finals, to be held at The O2 in London from 12-19 November. ATP World Tour Uncovered presented by Peugeot looks back at the prestigious season finale. [content] => Get your tickets today for the 2017 ATP Finals, to be held at The O2 in London from 12-19 November. ATP World Tour Uncovered presented by Peugeot looks back at the prestigious season finale. [news_time] => 2017-02-07 21:12:35 [external_link] => http://www.atpworldtour.com/en/video/tickets-on-sale-for-2017-atp-finals [ngid] => 24 [nid] => 17583 [image_file_id] => 0 [newsgroup] => Kansainvälinen uutisointi [livefeed] => 0 ) 1
07.02.2017: 2017 ATP Finals Tickets Go On Public Sale stdClass Object ( [title] => 2017 ATP Finals Tickets Go On Public Sale [caption] => Tickets to the 2017 ATP Finals are now on public sale, the ATP announced on Tuesday. From today, fans can secure their place at the prestigious season-ending showdown from 12-19 November at The O2 in London, featuring only the best eight qualified singles players and doubles teams, by purchasing tickets at www.ATPFinals.com. Just over a month into the 2017 ATP World Tour season, all eight qualification spots in singles and doubles remain up for grabs as players continue to battle throughout the season for a chance to compete for the last title of the year in London. Buy Your Tickets Now The 2017 season has got off to one of the most memorable starts in recent history, highlighted by a record-breaking Australian Open that culminated with the latest chapter of a Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal rivalry that has transcended the sport over the past 15 years. The Swiss and Spaniard are back at the top of the Emirates ATP Race to London in first and second place respectively. Elsewhere, Grigor Dimitrov has signalled his early intent with his best start to a season to-date, capturing a title at the Brisbane International presented by Suncorp before reaching the Australian Open semi-finals. The Bulgarian currently sits in third place in the Race, followed by Stan Wawrinka in fourth place. Last year’s ATP Finals produced a historic culmination to the season, marking the first time that the year-end No.1 ranking was on the line for both finalists in the final match of the year. Andy Murray defeated Novak Djokovic to capture his first ever season-ending crown, and in the process became only the 17th player in history to finish as year-end No.1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings (since 1973). The season-ending event has now welcomed more than 2 million fans to The O2 since it moved to London in 2009. ‘Last year’s spectacular finish to the season at The O2 will live long in the memory,’ said Chris Kermode, ATP Executive Chairman & President. ‘The 2017 season has got off to an amazing start and, with all roads leading to London in November, we look forward to welcoming another 250,000 fans to The O2 in November for our 2017season finale.’ This year’s tournament will offer a record breaking US$ 8 million in prize money. The season-ending event has been contested in major cities around the world with a rich history dating back to The Masters in 1970 in Tokyo. Since 2000, the event has taken place in cities such as Lisbon, Sydney and Shanghai, before moving to London in 2009 where it will be held through 2018. [content] =>

Tickets to the 2017 ATP Finals are now on public sale, the ATP announced on Tuesday. From today, fans can secure their place at the prestigious season-ending showdown from 12-19 November at The O2 in London, featuring only the best eight qualified singles players and doubles teams, by purchasing tickets at www.ATPFinals.com.

Just over a month into the 2017 ATP World Tour season, all eight qualification spots in singles and doubles remain up for grabs as players continue to battle throughout the season for a chance to compete for the last title of the year in London.

Buy Your Tickets Now

The 2017 season has got off to one of the most memorable starts in recent history, highlighted by a record-breaking Australian Open that culminated with the latest chapter of a Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal rivalry that has transcended the sport over the past 15 years.

The Swiss and Spaniard are back at the top of the Emirates ATP Race to London in first and second place respectively. Elsewhere, Grigor Dimitrov has signalled his early intent with his best start to a season to-date, capturing a title at the Brisbane International presented by Suncorp before reaching the Australian Open semi-finals. The Bulgarian currently sits in third place in the Race, followed by Stan Wawrinka in fourth place.

Last year’s ATP Finals produced a historic culmination to the season, marking the first time that the year-end No.1 ranking was on the line for both finalists in the final match of the year. Andy Murray defeated Novak Djokovic to capture his first ever season-ending crown, and in the process became only the 17th player in history to finish as year-end No.1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings (since 1973). The season-ending event has now welcomed more than 2 million fans to The O2 since it moved to London in 2009.

‘Last year’s spectacular finish to the season at The O2 will live long in the memory,’ said Chris Kermode, ATP Executive Chairman & President. ‘The 2017 season has got off to an amazing start and, with all roads leading to London in November, we look forward to welcoming another 250,000 fans to The O2 in November for our 2017season finale.’

This year’s tournament will offer a record breaking US$ 8 million in prize money. The season-ending event has been contested in major cities around the world with a rich history dating back to The Masters in 1970 in Tokyo. Since 2000, the event has taken place in cities such as Lisbon, Sydney and Shanghai, before moving to London in 2009 where it will be held through 2018.

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07.02.2017: Serena Spends The Day With New Mom Azarenka stdClass Object ( [title] => Serena Spends The Day With New Mom Azarenka [caption] => After winning her record-breaking 23rd Grand Slam title, Serena Williams met up with on-court rival and off-court friend, former World No.1 Victoria Azarenka, who recently had her first child. [content] => After winning her record-breaking 23rd Grand Slam title, Serena Williams met up with on-court rival and off-court friend, former World No.1 Victoria Azarenka, who recently had her first child. [news_time] => 2017-02-07 14:49:00 [external_link] => http://www.wtatennis.com/news/article/6298494 [ngid] => 24 [nid] => 17578 [image_file_id] => 0 [newsgroup] => Kansainvälinen uutisointi [livefeed] => 0 ) 1
07.02.2017: Ranking Movers: Mladenovic Closes In On Career-High, Russian Teen Vikhlyantseva Vaults Up At Home stdClass Object ( [title] => Ranking Movers: Mladenovic Closes In On Career-High, Russian Teen Vikhlyantseva Vaults Up At Home [caption] => St. Petersburg champ Kristina Mladenovic is within striking distance of the Top 30 while Russian teenager Natalia Vikhlyantseva made her Top 100 debut; who else moved up the WTA rankings? [content] => St. Petersburg champ Kristina Mladenovic is within striking distance of the Top 30 while Russian teenager Natalia Vikhlyantseva made her Top 100 debut; who else moved up the WTA rankings? [news_time] => 2017-02-07 14:48:59 [external_link] => http://www.wtatennis.com/news/article/6298168 [ngid] => 24 [nid] => 17577 [image_file_id] => 0 [newsgroup] => Kansainvälinen uutisointi [livefeed] => 0 ) 1
07.02.2017: Favourites fall on opening day in Metepec stdClass Object ( [title] => Favourites fall on opening day in Metepec [caption] => There was an unpredictable start to Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Americas Zone Group I action as Argentina and Brazil both lost on the opening day [content] => There was an unpredictable start to Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Americas Zone Group I action as Argentina and Brazil both lost on the opening day [news_time] => 2017-02-07 14:16:00 [external_link] => [ngid] => 24 [nid] => 17579 [image_file_id] => 0 [newsgroup] => Kansainvälinen uutisointi [livefeed] => 0 ) 1
07.02.2017: Nadal To Join Murray In Queen's Field stdClass Object ( [title] => Nadal To Join Murray In Queen's Field [caption] => Rafael Nadal will join Andy Murray in the Aegon Championships at The Queen’s Club in June. The Spaniard – winner of 69 ATP World Tour singles titles, including two Wimbledon crowns – can’t wait to return to the prestigious grass-court tournament he won in 2008.  “I am very happy to be coming back to Queen’s in June,” said Nadal, who went on to win Wimbledon for the first time nine years ago, just three weeks after his triumph at The Queen’s Club. “Winning the title in 2008 is a great memory for me, the people that organise the event at Queen’s and the British crowds are fantastic, and it is the best way for me to be ready for Wimbledon.” Nadal’s two Wimbledon titles (’08, ’10) both followed good runs at the Aegon Championships. He reached the Wimbledon final five times between 2006 and 2011, making the quarter-finals or better at The Queen’s Club prior to each one.  Stephen Farrow, Aegon Championships tournament director, was delighted to confirm the World No. 6 in the Emirates ATP Rankings had joined the field. “Rafa is one of the greatest tennis players of all time and one of the most popular ever to play at The Queen’s Club,” he said. “To be able to add his name to that of the world No.1, Andy Murray, in the Aegon Championships line-up in a year when we are expanding our Centre Court capacity by 30 per cent, and just a week after reaching the final in Australia, is wonderful news for the tournament, our spectators and our sponsors.” Tara McGregor-Woodhams, head of brand and sponsorship, Aegon UK said: “We are thrilled that Rafael Nadal has committed to playing the Aegon Championships this summer. Everyone loves watching him play, and we look forward to seeing him in June.” The Aegon Championships will be held from June 19-25 at The Queen’s Club, London. [content] =>

Rafael Nadal will join Andy Murray in the Aegon Championships at The Queen’s Club in June. The Spaniard – winner of 69 ATP World Tour singles titles, including two Wimbledon crowns – can’t wait to return to the prestigious grass-court tournament he won in 2008. 

“I am very happy to be coming back to Queen’s in June,” said Nadal, who went on to win Wimbledon for the first time nine years ago, just three weeks after his triumph at The Queen’s Club. “Winning the title in 2008 is a great memory for me, the people that organise the event at Queen’s and the British crowds are fantastic, and it is the best way for me to be ready for Wimbledon.”

Nadal’s two Wimbledon titles (’08, ’10) both followed good runs at the Aegon Championships. He reached the Wimbledon final five times between 2006 and 2011, making the quarter-finals or better at The Queen’s Club prior to each one. 

Stephen Farrow, Aegon Championships tournament director, was delighted to confirm the World No. 6 in the Emirates ATP Rankings had joined the field. “Rafa is one of the greatest tennis players of all time and one of the most popular ever to play at The Queen’s Club,” he said.

“To be able to add his name to that of the world No.1, Andy Murray, in the Aegon Championships line-up in a year when we are expanding our Centre Court capacity by 30 per cent, and just a week after reaching the final in Australia, is wonderful news for the tournament, our spectators and our sponsors.”

Tara McGregor-Woodhams, head of brand and sponsorship, Aegon UK said: “We are thrilled that Rafael Nadal has committed to playing the Aegon Championships this summer. Everyone loves watching him play, and we look forward to seeing him in June.”

The Aegon Championships will be held from June 19-25 at The Queen’s Club, London.

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07.02.2017: Tipsarevic Continues Climb To Top 100 In Quito stdClass Object ( [title] => Tipsarevic Continues Climb To Top 100 In Quito [caption] => Former World No. 8 Janko Tipsarevic took a step closer to returning to the Top 100 on Monday with a first-round win against Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver at the Ecuador Open. The Serbian wild card advanced when Gimeno-Traver retired down 1-4. The 32-year-old Tipsarevic started the year at No. 144 in the Emirates ATP Rankings but has climbed to No. 101 after winning back-to-back ATP Challenger Tour titles in Bangkok last month. He hasn't been inside the Top 100 since April 2014 when he was No. 94. [ALSO LIKE] Tipsarevic, who's playing in his first ATP World Tour tournament since Moscow last October, will meet 2016 finalist Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil in the second round. Austrian Gerald Melzer hit 14 aces to knock off sixth seed Horacio Zeballos of Argentina 6-7(4), 6-3, 7-6(4). Colombian Santiago Giraldo won 77 per cent of his first-serve points to beat German Benjamin Becker 6-4, 6-4. Wild card Giovanni Lapentti, playing his final ATP World Tour event, rode home-crowd support to take down No. 7 seed Thiago Monteiro, of Brazil, 6-3, 6-2. The 34-year- old from Guayaquil, who reached a career-high No. 110 in 2005, announced his would retire after this tournament and had not won a match in two prior appearances. Giovanni will team with brother Nicolas in doubles for the final time. Nicolas was ranked as high as No. 6 in the Emirates ATP Rankings in 1999. [content] =>

Former World No. 8 Janko Tipsarevic took a step closer to returning to the Top 100 on Monday with a first-round win against Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver at the Ecuador Open. The Serbian wild card advanced when Gimeno-Traver retired down 1-4.

The 32-year-old Tipsarevic started the year at No. 144 in the Emirates ATP Rankings but has climbed to No. 101 after winning back-to-back ATP Challenger Tour titles in Bangkok last month. He hasn't been inside the Top 100 since April 2014 when he was No. 94.

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Tipsarevic, who's playing in his first ATP World Tour tournament since Moscow last October, will meet 2016 finalist Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil in the second round. Austrian Gerald Melzer hit 14 aces to knock off sixth seed Horacio Zeballos of Argentina 6-7(4), 6-3, 7-6(4). Colombian Santiago Giraldo won 77 per cent of his first-serve points to beat German Benjamin Becker 6-4, 6-4.

Wild card Giovanni Lapentti, playing his final ATP World Tour event, rode home-crowd support to take down No. 7 seed Thiago Monteiro, of Brazil, 6-3, 6-2. The 34-year- old from Guayaquil, who reached a career-high No. 110 in 2005, announced his would retire after this tournament and had not won a match in two prior appearances.

Giovanni will team with brother Nicolas in doubles for the final time. Nicolas was ranked as high as No. 6 in the Emirates ATP Rankings in 1999.

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07.02.2017: Dimitrov?s Homecoming In Sofia stdClass Object ( [title] => Dimitrov?s Homecoming In Sofia [caption] => Grigor Dimitrov is a man in demand this week at the Garanti Koza Sofia Open. A national hero even before the 2017 Australian Open, his status has only elevated after his exhilarating semi-final with Rafael Nadal in Melbourne. He has turned his whole nation into avid tennis fans. It makes for perfect timing for a homecoming for the 25-year-old Dimitrov, who is set to play an ATP World Tour event in Bulgaria for the first time. It will be a nostalgic week for the right-hander, who will walk out to the support of 10,000 fans, including his nearest and dearest friends and family, for his first-round match on Thursday night.  “It's amazing,” Dimitrov told ATPWorldTour.com on Monday, following a practice session with top seed Dominic Thiem. “I think the last time I competed out here I was a junior, playing on the Futures on the clay courts. It's very special. I don't get the chance to come home often, so every time I'm here it's always pretty hectic. But what can I do? It's part of the game. No excuses. I'm here to play tennis,” added the Haskovo native, who was applauded into his pre-tournament press conference on Saturday before taking a selfie with the assembled media. pic.twitter.com/fou9IYqKJJ — Grigor Dimitrov (@GrigorDimitrov) February 4, 2017 "My family have always been by my side and supporting me throughout my career. Even when I'm not doing well they still think I'm the best! Nothing substitutes the love from your family. To play at home, in front of them, it's a feeling that you can only have as a player.” Bulgaria came to a standstill as Dimitrov battled Nadal for five sets a week and a half ago on Rod Laver Arena. For a nation starved of a sporting icon since footballer Dimitar Berbatov played in the English Premier League, everyone was behind Dimitrov’s every shot. It was joked that the only Bulgarian at work that Friday was Dimitrov. When asked his reaction to the level of interest, Dimitrov exclaimed, "I was excited! I actually asked myself that question (‘What was it like back home?’) and wished I could just have a peek at those kind of moments, even though I was performing. I honestly wished I could see it. I appreciate it. Bulgaria's a small country. We don't have that many sports right now and if I can bring that to the whole nation it's pretty amazing.” Victory was so close for Dimitrov, who had come into Melbourne on a hot streak, winning the Brisbane International presented by Suncorp at the start of the season. But he couldn’t convert two break points in the eighth game of the fifth set, and Nadal eventually prevailed, denying Dimitrov the chance to play Roger Federer in Dimitrov's first Grand Slam final. It was a long way from home for the young man who first started playing tennis against a wall when his mother handed him a racquet at the age of three. For someone who describes tennis as “my passion, my love, my work, my best friend,” defeat in Melbourne was difficult to digest. "I think it was very tough for me,” said Dimitrov. “As soon as the match ended I was in tears in the locker room. I was replaying the match at least 20 times the same night. I slept about two hours. It was not really the most pleasant day after. “But then I kind of realised that I got that far and I just had to get on with it. That's the next step. I don't want to discourage myself and I just need to keep my head high. Keep on working. Stay on the ground, stay humble and keep up the good work.” Dimitrov is no stranger to pressure, having shouldered national and international expectation on the ATP World Tour throughout his career. It has only increased after Melbourne and as such, it is a steely eyed, calm, focused and determined Dimitrov who is prepared to take on a strong field in Sofia, featuring Thiem, David Goffin and defending champion Roberto Bautista Agut. "I have to deal with the pressure, with the media, not disappointing at home. I'm aware of all these things and I'm just me. I'm going to do me. I'm going to give myself the best preparation that I can before my first match and hopefully everything unfolds on a positive note for me.” [content] =>

Grigor Dimitrov is a man in demand this week at the Garanti Koza Sofia Open. A national hero even before the 2017 Australian Open, his status has only elevated after his exhilarating semi-final with Rafael Nadal in Melbourne. He has turned his whole nation into avid tennis fans.

It makes for perfect timing for a homecoming for the 25-year-old Dimitrov, who is set to play an ATP World Tour event in Bulgaria for the first time. It will be a nostalgic week for the right-hander, who will walk out to the support of 10,000 fans, including his nearest and dearest friends and family, for his first-round match on Thursday night. 

“It's amazing,” Dimitrov told ATPWorldTour.com on Monday, following a practice session with top seed Dominic Thiem. “I think the last time I competed out here I was a junior, playing on the Futures on the clay courts. It's very special. I don't get the chance to come home often, so every time I'm here it's always pretty hectic. But what can I do? It's part of the game. No excuses. I'm here to play tennis,” added the Haskovo native, who was applauded into his pre-tournament press conference on Saturday before taking a selfie with the assembled media.

"My family have always been by my side and supporting me throughout my career. Even when I'm not doing well they still think I'm the best! Nothing substitutes the love from your family. To play at home, in front of them, it's a feeling that you can only have as a player.”

Bulgaria came to a standstill as Dimitrov battled Nadal for five sets a week and a half ago on Rod Laver Arena. For a nation starved of a sporting icon since footballer Dimitar Berbatov played in the English Premier League, everyone was behind Dimitrov’s every shot. It was joked that the only Bulgarian at work that Friday was Dimitrov.

When asked his reaction to the level of interest, Dimitrov exclaimed, "I was excited! I actually asked myself that question (‘What was it like back home?’) and wished I could just have a peek at those kind of moments, even though I was performing. I honestly wished I could see it. I appreciate it. Bulgaria's a small country. We don't have that many sports right now and if I can bring that to the whole nation it's pretty amazing.”

Victory was so close for Dimitrov, who had come into Melbourne on a hot streak, winning the Brisbane International presented by Suncorp at the start of the season. But he couldn’t convert two break points in the eighth game of the fifth set, and Nadal eventually prevailed, denying Dimitrov the chance to play Roger Federer in Dimitrov's first Grand Slam final.

It was a long way from home for the young man who first started playing tennis against a wall when his mother handed him a racquet at the age of three. For someone who describes tennis as “my passion, my love, my work, my best friend,” defeat in Melbourne was difficult to digest.

"I think it was very tough for me,” said Dimitrov. “As soon as the match ended I was in tears in the locker room. I was replaying the match at least 20 times the same night. I slept about two hours. It was not really the most pleasant day after.

“But then I kind of realised that I got that far and I just had to get on with it. That's the next step. I don't want to discourage myself and I just need to keep my head high. Keep on working. Stay on the ground, stay humble and keep up the good work.”

Dimitrov is no stranger to pressure, having shouldered national and international expectation on the ATP World Tour throughout his career. It has only increased after Melbourne and as such, it is a steely eyed, calm, focused and determined Dimitrov who is prepared to take on a strong field in Sofia, featuring Thiem, David Goffin and defending champion Roberto Bautista Agut.

"I have to deal with the pressure, with the media, not disappointing at home. I'm aware of all these things and I'm just me. I'm going to do me. I'm going to give myself the best preparation that I can before my first match and hopefully everything unfolds on a positive note for me.”

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06.02.2017: Harrison Returns To Top 70 & Mover Of The Week stdClass Object ( [title] => Harrison Returns To Top 70 & Mover Of The Week [caption] => Ryan Harrison has returned to the Top 70 of the Emirates ATP Rankings for the first time since 18 February 2013 (No. 69) after he captured the fourth ATP Challenger Tour title of his career. The 24-year-old American did not drop a set all week at the RBC Tennis Championships of Dallas and clinched the crown with a 6-3, 6-3 win over #NextGenATP Taylor Fritz. Read Report Harrison jumped 16 places to No. 62 – 19 positions off his career-high of No. 43 on 16 July 2012. The 19-year-old Fritz rose 15 spots to No. 83 in the Emirates ATP Rankings and is also currently No. 12 in the Emirates ATP Race To Milan, with the Top 7 singles players - aged 21-and-under - automatically qualifying for the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan in November Four other #NextGenATP players Hyeon Chung (No. 70, +3), Yoshihito Nishioka (No. 82, +3), Frances Tiafoe (No. 94, +3) and Jared Donaldson (No. 95, +5) also moved up in the Emirates ATP Rankings. View Latest Emirates ATP Rankings Elsewhere, former World No. 27 Adrian Mannarino notched ATP Challenger Tour trophy No. 13 on Sunday by beating German Peter Gojowczyk 6-4, 6-4 in the final of the Open BNP Paribas Banque De Bretagne. As a result, he moved up four spots to No. 56. View ATP Challenger Tour Section No Emirates ATP Rankings points were awarded at Davis Cup ties last week. [ALSO LIKE] [content] =>

Ryan Harrison has returned to the Top 70 of the Emirates ATP Rankings for the first time since 18 February 2013 (No. 69) after he captured the fourth ATP Challenger Tour title of his career. The 24-year-old American did not drop a set all week at the RBC Tennis Championships of Dallas and clinched the crown with a 6-3, 6-3 win over #NextGenATP Taylor Fritz. Read Report

Harrison jumped 16 places to No. 62 – 19 positions off his career-high of No. 43 on 16 July 2012. The 19-year-old Fritz rose 15 spots to No. 83 in the Emirates ATP Rankings and is also currently No. 12 in the Emirates ATP Race To Milan, with the Top 7 singles players - aged 21-and-under - automatically qualifying for the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan in November

Four other #NextGenATP players Hyeon Chung (No. 70, +3), Yoshihito Nishioka (No. 82, +3), Frances Tiafoe (No. 94, +3) and Jared Donaldson (No. 95, +5) also moved up in the Emirates ATP Rankings.

View Latest Emirates ATP Rankings

Elsewhere, former World No. 27 Adrian Mannarino notched ATP Challenger Tour trophy No. 13 on Sunday by beating German Peter Gojowczyk 6-4, 6-4 in the final of the Open BNP Paribas Banque De Bretagne. As a result, he moved up four spots to No. 56.

View ATP Challenger Tour Section

No Emirates ATP Rankings points were awarded at Davis Cup ties last week.

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06.02.2017: Mladenovic Majestic For Maiden WTA Title, Outlasts Putintseva In Classic stdClass Object ( [title] => Mladenovic Majestic For Maiden WTA Title, Outlasts Putintseva In Classic [caption] => Kristina Mladenovic left it all on the court to capture her first WTA title at the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy, dispatching Yulia Putintseva in three epic sets. [content] => Kristina Mladenovic left it all on the court to capture her first WTA title at the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy, dispatching Yulia Putintseva in three epic sets. [news_time] => 2017-02-06 09:17:19 [external_link] => http://www.wtatennis.com/news/article/6295349 [ngid] => 24 [nid] => 17567 [image_file_id] => 0 [newsgroup] => Kansainvälinen uutisointi [livefeed] => 0 ) 1
06.02.2017: Svitolina Sails To Taiwan Open Title stdClass Object ( [title] => Svitolina Sails To Taiwan Open Title [caption] => Top seed Elina Svitolina capped off a solid week in Taipei City with a fifth career WTA title, winning a decisive championship match against resurgent veteran Peng Shuai. [content] => Top seed Elina Svitolina capped off a solid week in Taipei City with a fifth career WTA title, winning a decisive championship match against resurgent veteran Peng Shuai. [news_time] => 2017-02-06 09:17:19 [external_link] => http://www.wtatennis.com/news/article/6295009 [ngid] => 24 [nid] => 17568 [image_file_id] => 0 [newsgroup] => Kansainvälinen uutisointi [livefeed] => 0 ) 1
06.02.2017: Davis Cup Blog: Day Three as it happened (1) stdClass Object ( [title] => Davis Cup Blog: Day Three as it happened (1) [caption] => Review all the action from day three of the 2017 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group first round on our blog [content] => Review all the action from day three of the 2017 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group first round on our blog [news_time] => 2017-02-06 01:59:00 [external_link] => [ngid] => 24 [nid] => 17569 [image_file_id] => 0 [newsgroup] => Kansainvälinen uutisointi [livefeed] => 0 ) 1
05.02.2017: Darcis' Heroics Propels Belgium To Davis Cup QF stdClass Object ( [title] => Darcis' Heroics Propels Belgium To Davis Cup QF [caption] => GERMANY 1, BELGIUM 4 Venue: Fraport Arena, Frankfurt, Germany (Indoor Hard) Steve Darcis' Davis Cup legend continues to grow, as the Belgian stalwart provided the heroics once again for the European nation. Darcis improved to an impressive 21-8 in Davis Cup singles play with a 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, 7-6(8) upset of Alexander Zverev in Sunday's fourth rubber, sending Belgium into the quarter-finals. The 32 year old's second straight Top 30 win comes on the heels of a five-set victory over Philipp Kohlschreiber to open the tie on Friday. Previously, Darcis was 0-9 against Top 30 opponents since stunning Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon in 2013. "You never know in Davis Cup," said Darcis. "They said it would be an easy match for Germany. That's why we love the Davis Cup. There are surprises and we had one today. The difference between us and them is that we are really a team. They have so many great players but we play with heart, for our country and for the people here." Without the services of World No. 11 David Goffin, Darcis was the clutch performer for 2015 finalist Belgium. On Sunday, he overcame a set and a break deficit against Zverev and remained poised after squandering three match points in the fourth-set tie-break. Darcis would turn aside a set point at 8-7, before sealing the victory 10-8 after three hours and two minutes. Zverev struck more winners (28-20) and more aces (21-7), but it was 73 unforced errors that made the difference. Belgium will face either defending champion Argentina or Italy in the quarter-finals. It is their third appearance in the last eight since 2007. SERBIA 4, RUSSIA 0 Venue: Cair Sports Center, Nis, Serbia (Indoor Hard) Serbia finished off a 4-1 victory over Russia on Sunday, as Dusan Lajovic defeated Konstantin Kravchuk 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in the lone dead rubber played. The hosts will next face either 2016 finalist Croatia or Spain in the quarter-finals. UNITED STATES 5, SWITZERLAND 0 Venue: Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex, Birmingham, Alabama (Indoor Hard) Team USA completed their sweep over Switzerland with two dead rubber victories on Sunday. Sam Querrey defeated Adrien Bossel 6-3, 7-5 and Steve Johnson moved past Antoine Bellier 6-4, 6-3. The Americans will now travel to Australia for a quarter-final tie in April. CANADA 2, GREAT BRITAIN 3 Venue: The Arena at TD Place, Ottawa, Canada (Indoor Hard) Vasek Pospisil continued his heroics in Ottawa on Sunday, delighting the home crowd by leveling the tie at 2-2 with a 7-6(3), 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(5) over Daniel Evans. The Canadian had been struggling with knee issues throughout the weekend and was unsure whether he’d take the court for the fourth rubber, but hammered 25 aces and 41 winners to prevail in three hours and 23 minutes. The highly competitive tie came to an unfortunate end when Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov was defaulted for inadvertently hitting the umpire in the eye with a ball in the deciding rubber against Kyle Edmund. The Brit was leading 6-3, 6-4, 2-1. Great Britain now moves on to play France in a quarter-final tie. [content] =>

GERMANY 1, BELGIUM 4
Venue: Fraport Arena, Frankfurt, Germany (Indoor Hard)

Steve Darcis' Davis Cup legend continues to grow, as the Belgian stalwart provided the heroics once again for the European nation. Darcis improved to an impressive 21-8 in Davis Cup singles play with a 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, 7-6(8) upset of Alexander Zverev in Sunday's fourth rubber, sending Belgium into the quarter-finals. The 32 year old's second straight Top 30 win comes on the heels of a five-set victory over Philipp Kohlschreiber to open the tie on Friday. Previously, Darcis was 0-9 against Top 30 opponents since stunning Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon in 2013.

"You never know in Davis Cup," said Darcis. "They said it would be an easy match for Germany. That's why we love the Davis Cup. There are surprises and we had one today. The difference between us and them is that we are really a team. They have so many great players but we play with heart, for our country and for the people here."

Without the services of World No. 11 David Goffin, Darcis was the clutch performer for 2015 finalist Belgium. On Sunday, he overcame a set and a break deficit against Zverev and remained poised after squandering three match points in the fourth-set tie-break. Darcis would turn aside a set point at 8-7, before sealing the victory 10-8 after three hours and two minutes. Zverev struck more winners (28-20) and more aces (21-7), but it was 73 unforced errors that made the difference.

Belgium will face either defending champion Argentina or Italy in the quarter-finals. It is their third appearance in the last eight since 2007.

SERBIA 4, RUSSIA 0
Venue: Cair Sports Center, Nis, Serbia (Indoor Hard)

Serbia finished off a 4-1 victory over Russia on Sunday, as Dusan Lajovic defeated Konstantin Kravchuk 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in the lone dead rubber played. The hosts will next face either 2016 finalist Croatia or Spain in the quarter-finals.

UNITED STATES 5, SWITZERLAND 0
Venue: Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex, Birmingham, Alabama (Indoor Hard)

Team USA completed their sweep over Switzerland with two dead rubber victories on Sunday. Sam Querrey defeated Adrien Bossel 6-3, 7-5 and Steve Johnson moved past Antoine Bellier 6-4, 6-3. The Americans will now travel to Australia for a quarter-final tie in April.

CANADA 2, GREAT BRITAIN 3
Venue: The Arena at TD Place, Ottawa, Canada (Indoor Hard)

Vasek Pospisil continued his heroics in Ottawa on Sunday, delighting the home crowd by leveling the tie at 2-2 with a 7-6(3), 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(5) over Daniel Evans. The Canadian had been struggling with knee issues throughout the weekend and was unsure whether he’d take the court for the fourth rubber, but hammered 25 aces and 41 winners to prevail in three hours and 23 minutes.

The highly competitive tie came to an unfortunate end when Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov was defaulted for inadvertently hitting the umpire in the eye with a ball in the deciding rubber against Kyle Edmund. The Brit was leading 6-3, 6-4, 2-1.

Great Britain now moves on to play France in a quarter-final tie.

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05.02.2017: Spain Completes Comeback For Davis Cup QF Berth stdClass Object ( [title] => Spain Completes Comeback For Davis Cup QF Berth [caption] => CROATIA 2, SPAIN 3 Venue: Gradski Vrt Hall, Osijek, Croatia (hard - indoor) No Rafael Nadal, no David Ferrer, no problem for Spain. The European nation overcame a 1-2 deficit to advance to the Davis Cup quarter-finals for the first time since 2012. Roberto Bautista Agut survived Franko Skugor 6-1, 6-7(4), 6-3, 7-6(6) in the fourth rubber, followed by a 7-6(4), 6-1, 6-4 victory for Pablo Carreno Busta over Nikola Mektic in the decider. "I felt a lot of pressure closing out the match but I kept going," said Bautista Agut. "It was a tough tie-break but I closed it. It's much more difficult in the Davis Cup. The crowd is supporting them a lot, but these are good things to learn from and I'm happy to give the second point to Spain." Spain is looking to complete its ascent back to Davis Cup prominence after being relegated to Group I in 2014. The Conchita Martinez-led squad will face Serbia in April for a spot in the semis. The loss for Croatia eliminates the 2016 finalists, who were without the services of Marin Cilic, Borna Coric, Ivo Karlovic and Ivan Dodig. It marks the fourth time in the last five years that the runners-up are defeated in the first round of the subsequent competition. Last year, the Croatians defeated 2015 finalists Belgium in the opening weekend.  ARGENTINA 2, ITALY 2 Venue: Parque Sarmiento, Buenos Aires, Argentina (clay) Defending champion Argentina is one match away from completing a historic comeback from 0-2 down after Carlos Berlocq ousted Paolo Lorenzi 4-6, 6-4, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in Sunday's Davis Cup reverse singles. The match included a long rain delay in the fourth set, but Berlocq regrouped to take the match in four hours and 14 minutes. The first-round tie is a rematch of a 2016 quarter-final clash, which saw the Argentines advance 3-1. They are hoping to avoid becoming the second Davis Cup champion in the past three years (Switzerland, 2015) to bow out in the first round in the subsequent edition. Argentina's Guido Pella and Andreas Seppi will square off in the deciding fifth rubber on Monday at 11am local time. AUSTRALIA 4, CZECH REPUBLIC 1 Venue: Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club, Melbourne, AUS (hard - outdoor) Australia finished off a 4-1 victory over the Czech Republic following Sunday's reverse singles. Sam Groth was defeated by Jiri Vesely in the fourth rubber 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, followed by World No. 65 Jordan Thompson downing Jan Satral 7-6(5), 6-2 to complete the tie. The Aussies will host the United States in the quarter-finals. JAPAN 1, FRANCE 4 Venue: Ariake Colosseum, Tokyo, JPN (hard - indoor) France completed a dominant 4-1 victory over host Japan, surging into the Davis Cup quarter-finals where they will next face either Great Britain or Canada. Nicolas Mahut opened Sunday's reverse singles with victory over Yoshihito Nishioka, when the Japanese star retired trailing 6-1, 1-1 due to a left wrist injury. The home nation registered their lone point of the tie when Yasutaka Uchiyama downed Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-4, 6-4.   [content] =>

CROATIA 2, SPAIN 3
Venue: Gradski Vrt Hall, Osijek, Croatia (hard - indoor)

No Rafael Nadal, no David Ferrer, no problem for Spain. The European nation overcame a 1-2 deficit to advance to the Davis Cup quarter-finals for the first time since 2012. Roberto Bautista Agut survived Franko Skugor 6-1, 6-7(4), 6-3, 7-6(6) in the fourth rubber, followed by a 7-6(4), 6-1, 6-4 victory for Pablo Carreno Busta over Nikola Mektic in the decider.

"I felt a lot of pressure closing out the match but I kept going," said Bautista Agut. "It was a tough tie-break but I closed it. It's much more difficult in the Davis Cup. The crowd is supporting them a lot, but these are good things to learn from and I'm happy to give the second point to Spain."

Spain is looking to complete its ascent back to Davis Cup prominence after being relegated to Group I in 2014. The Conchita Martinez-led squad will face Serbia in April for a spot in the semis.

The loss for Croatia eliminates the 2016 finalists, who were without the services of Marin Cilic, Borna Coric, Ivo Karlovic and Ivan Dodig. It marks the fourth time in the last five years that the runners-up are defeated in the first round of the subsequent competition. Last year, the Croatians defeated 2015 finalists Belgium in the opening weekend. 

ARGENTINA 2, ITALY 2
Venue: Parque Sarmiento, Buenos Aires, Argentina (clay)

Defending champion Argentina is one match away from completing a historic comeback from 0-2 down after Carlos Berlocq ousted Paolo Lorenzi 4-6, 6-4, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in Sunday's Davis Cup reverse singles. The match included a long rain delay in the fourth set, but Berlocq regrouped to take the match in four hours and 14 minutes.

The first-round tie is a rematch of a 2016 quarter-final clash, which saw the Argentines advance 3-1. They are hoping to avoid becoming the second Davis Cup champion in the past three years (Switzerland, 2015) to bow out in the first round in the subsequent edition.

Argentina's Guido Pella and Andreas Seppi will square off in the deciding fifth rubber on Monday at 11am local time.

AUSTRALIA 4, CZECH REPUBLIC 1
Venue: Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club, Melbourne, AUS (hard - outdoor)

Australia finished off a 4-1 victory over the Czech Republic following Sunday's reverse singles. Sam Groth was defeated by Jiri Vesely in the fourth rubber 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, followed by World No. 65 Jordan Thompson downing Jan Satral 7-6(5), 6-2 to complete the tie. The Aussies will host the United States in the quarter-finals.

JAPAN 1, FRANCE 4
Venue: Ariake Colosseum, Tokyo, JPN (hard - indoor)

France completed a dominant 4-1 victory over host Japan, surging into the Davis Cup quarter-finals where they will next face either Great Britain or Canada. Nicolas Mahut opened Sunday's reverse singles with victory over Yoshihito Nishioka, when the Japanese star retired trailing 6-1, 1-1 due to a left wrist injury. The home nation registered their lone point of the tie when Yasutaka Uchiyama downed Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-4, 6-4.  

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05.02.2017: Troicki, Zimonjic Lead Serbia To Davis Cup QF stdClass Object ( [title] => Troicki, Zimonjic Lead Serbia To Davis Cup QF [caption] => SERBIA 3, RUSSIA 0 Venue: Cair Sports Center, Nis, Serbia (Indoor Hard) Viktor Troicki was the hero in Serbia's title-clinching run in 2010 and the 30 year old is once again thriving in Davis Cup play. The Serbians are back in the quarter-finals for the third straight year after Troicki and former doubles No. 1 Nenad Zimonjic defeated Russians Konstantin Kravchuk and Andrey Kuznetsov 6-3, 7-6(3), 6-7(5), 6-4. The win also gives Zimonjic his first victory as Davis Cup captain. The home nation converted eight of 18 break chances during the three-hour and nine-minute encounter. Troicki is the marathon man of the tie after overcoming #NextGenATP star Karen Khachanov in a fifth-set tie-break on Friday afternoon in Nis. Also led by World No. 2 Novak Djokovic, eighth-seeded Serbia will face either Croatia or Serbia next. GERMANY 1, BELGIUM 2 Venue: Fraport Arena, Frankfurt, Germany (Indoor Hard) The Belgians are one win from snatching a road tie in Germany, after Ruben Bemelmans and Joris De Loore needed five sets to oust Alexander Zverev and Mischa Zverev 6-3, 7-6(4), 4-6, 4-6, 6-3. The 2015 runners-up are eyeing a slice of redemption after falling in the first round last year. Bemelmans and De Loore prevailed after three hours and 13 minutes, firing 55 total winners. They are 2-0 together in Davis Cup action, with both victories coming in five sets. Last year, the Belgian duo stunned Brazilians Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares in the World Group Play-off. "In the circumstances and with who we were playing and where, this feels better,” De Loore said. “It was hard because I thought we were the better pair but a few points changed it around. Alex’s serve is unbelievable but at the net he wasn't as strong as his brother.” UNITED STATES 3, SWITZERLAND 0 Venue: Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex, Birmingham, Alabama (Indoor Hard)  Team USA continued their dominance over Switzerland as Steve Johnson/Jack Sock moved past Adrien Bossel/Henri Laaksonen 7-6(3), 6-3, 7-6(5). Johnson/Sock saved set points while returning down 3-5 in the third set. Sock came in as a last-minute substitution for Sam Querrey and Laaksonen replaced Antoine Bellier. The American Davis Cup doubles lineup has a new look due to Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan announcing last month that they were stepping down from Davis Cup competition after 14 years of play. The Americans also defeated Switzerland 4-1 in Birmingham in 2009. That squad was led by Andy Roddick, James Blake and the Bryan brothers, while Stan Wawrinka headlined the Swiss team. The United States will now renew one of the most decorated rivalries in Davis Cup history when they play Australia in the quarter-finals after the Aussies defeated the Czech Republic this weekend. They’ve played 46 times dating back to 1905, with the Americans currently leading the head-to-head 26-20. Team USA prevailed over Australia 3-1 in last year’s World Group first-round tie on grass in Kooyong.  CANADA 2, GREAT BRITAIN 1 Venue: TD Place Arena, Ottawa, Canada (Indoor Hard) Dominic Inglot/Jamie Murray took the critical doubles point with a 7-6(1), 6-7(3), 7-6(3), 6-3 win over Daniel Nestor/Vasek Pospisil. Inglot/Murray fired 17 aces and 29 winners on the day to prevail in three hours and eight minutes. Pospisil has been dealing with knee issues throughout the weekend. He is still scheduled to play Daniel Evans in the fourth rubber, but Peter Polansky could come in as a potential substitute. Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov will play Kyle Edmund in the fifth and final match of the tie. [content] =>

SERBIA 3, RUSSIA 0
Venue: Cair Sports Center, Nis, Serbia (Indoor Hard)

Viktor Troicki was the hero in Serbia's title-clinching run in 2010 and the 30 year old is once again thriving in Davis Cup play. The Serbians are back in the quarter-finals for the third straight year after Troicki and former doubles No. 1 Nenad Zimonjic defeated Russians Konstantin Kravchuk and Andrey Kuznetsov 6-3, 7-6(3), 6-7(5), 6-4. The win also gives Zimonjic his first victory as Davis Cup captain.

The home nation converted eight of 18 break chances during the three-hour and nine-minute encounter. Troicki is the marathon man of the tie after overcoming #NextGenATP star Karen Khachanov in a fifth-set tie-break on Friday afternoon in Nis. Also led by World No. 2 Novak Djokovic, eighth-seeded Serbia will face either Croatia or Serbia next.

GERMANY 1, BELGIUM 2
Venue: Fraport Arena, Frankfurt, Germany (Indoor Hard)

The Belgians are one win from snatching a road tie in Germany, after Ruben Bemelmans and Joris De Loore needed five sets to oust Alexander Zverev and Mischa Zverev 6-3, 7-6(4), 4-6, 4-6, 6-3. The 2015 runners-up are eyeing a slice of redemption after falling in the first round last year.

Bemelmans and De Loore prevailed after three hours and 13 minutes, firing 55 total winners. They are 2-0 together in Davis Cup action, with both victories coming in five sets. Last year, the Belgian duo stunned Brazilians Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares in the World Group Play-off.

"In the circumstances and with who we were playing and where, this feels better,” De Loore said. “It was hard because I thought we were the better pair but a few points changed it around. Alex’s serve is unbelievable but at the net he wasn't as strong as his brother.”

UNITED STATES 3, SWITZERLAND 0

Venue: Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex, Birmingham, Alabama (Indoor Hard) 

Team USA continued their dominance over Switzerland as Steve Johnson/Jack Sock moved past Adrien Bossel/Henri Laaksonen 7-6(3), 6-3, 7-6(5). Johnson/Sock saved set points while returning down 3-5 in the third set. Sock came in as a last-minute substitution for Sam Querrey and Laaksonen replaced Antoine Bellier. The American Davis Cup doubles lineup has a new look due to Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan announcing last month that they were stepping down from Davis Cup competition after 14 years of play.

The Americans also defeated Switzerland 4-1 in Birmingham in 2009. That squad was led by Andy Roddick, James Blake and the Bryan brothers, while Stan Wawrinka headlined the Swiss team.

The United States will now renew one of the most decorated rivalries in Davis Cup history when they play Australia in the quarter-finals after the Aussies defeated the Czech Republic this weekend. They’ve played 46 times dating back to 1905, with the Americans currently leading the head-to-head 26-20. Team USA prevailed over Australia 3-1 in last year’s World Group first-round tie on grass in Kooyong. 

CANADA 2, GREAT BRITAIN 1

Venue: TD Place Arena, Ottawa, Canada (Indoor Hard)

Dominic Inglot/Jamie Murray took the critical doubles point with a 7-6(1), 6-7(3), 7-6(3), 6-3 win over Daniel Nestor/Vasek Pospisil. Inglot/Murray fired 17 aces and 29 winners on the day to prevail in three hours and eight minutes.

Pospisil has been dealing with knee issues throughout the weekend. He is still scheduled to play Daniel Evans in the fourth rubber, but Peter Polansky could come in as a potential substitute. Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov will play Kyle Edmund in the fifth and final match of the tie.

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04.02.2017: Australia, France Surge Into Davis Cup QF stdClass Object ( [title] => Australia, France Surge Into Davis Cup QF [caption] => AUSTRALIA 3, CZECH REPUBLIC 0 Venue: Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club, Melbourne, AUS (hard - outdoor) Australia has taken an unassailable 3-0 lead over the Czech Republic following Saturday's doubles victory for Sam Groth and John Peers. The Aussie duo defeated Jan Satral and Jiri Vesely 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 in one hour and 30 minutes, firing 11 aces. The 28-time champion Aussie squad has not dropped a set through three matches, including singles routs by Jordan Thompson and Nick Kyrgios on Friday. Played at the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club, former venue of the Australian Open, Groth and Peers powered their nation into its second World Group quarter-final in three years. They will face either Switzerland or the United States next. "It feels like I'm in a dream to be honest," said Peers, who is coming off a title run at the Australian Open with Henri Kontinen. "Hopefully when I wake up I'm just pinching myself to believe what has happened the past few weeks." "We came up to do a job and I thought we played great today," said Groth. "I played as good a match as I've played all year." JAPAN 0, FRANCE 3 Venue: Ariake Colosseum, Tokyo, JPN (hard - indoor) France's streak lives, as Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut sent Les Bleus into the Davis Cup quarter-finals for an eighth consecutive year, turning aside Yuichi Sugita, Yasutaka Uchiyama and Japan 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. The victory gives the visiting nation an unassailable 3-0 win at the Ariake Colosseum in Tokyo. Herbert and Mahut, the top players in the Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings, converted four of five break chances while saving eight of nine faced during the one-hour and 46-minute affair. Nine-time champion France will face either Canada or Great Britain next. "Davis Cup matches are never easy, but we won in straight sets," said Mahut. "It was not our best match, but we're happy to get through in three. We are very happy to get this point for France." ARGENTINA 1, ITALY 2 Venue: Parque Sarmiento, Buenos Aires, Argentina (clay) Defending champion Argentina staved off elimination in dramatic fashion, as Carlos Berlocq and Leonardo Mayer saved one match point to overcome Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 2-6, 7-6(7). Bolelli and Fognini nearly completed a miraculous two-set comeback, turning aside a match point at 6-5 in the decider and four more in the ensuing tie-break, before succumbing after four hours and eight minutes. Berlocq and Mayer improved to 3-0 as a tandem in Davis Cup play, having previously claimed victories in the 2015 quarter-finals and semi-finals. The Italians, champions at the 2015 Australian Open, were riding a three-match win streak in the team competition. The first-round tie is a rematch of a 2016 quarter-final clash, which saw the Argentines advance 3-1. They are hoping to avoid becoming the second Davis Cup champion in the last three years (Switzerland, 2015) to bow out in the first round the following year. CROATIA 2, SPAIN 1 Venue: Gradski Vrt Hall, Osijek, Croatia (hard - indoor) Croatia is one step from eliminating longtime Davis Cup powerhouse Spain after Nikola Mektic and Marin Draganja claimed a five-set win over 2016 ATP Finals contenders Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez 6-7(6), 7-6(7), 7-6(5), 2-6, 6-4. Without the services of Marin Cilic, Ivo Karlovic and Borna Coric, last year's runners-up Croatia will turn to Franko Skugor in Sunday's reverse singles against Roberto Bautista Agut. They had returned to the quarter-finals for the first time in four years in 2016, while Spain is looking to remain in the World Group after being relegated to Group I two years ago. "We were definitely not playing that well for the first two sets," said Mektic. "They also raised their game afterwards. But the way we played in the fifth set we definitely deserved it. And the court suited us, we were playing the best on it." [content] =>

AUSTRALIA 3, CZECH REPUBLIC 0
Venue: Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club, Melbourne, AUS (hard - outdoor)

Australia has taken an unassailable 3-0 lead over the Czech Republic following Saturday's doubles victory for Sam Groth and John Peers. The Aussie duo defeated Jan Satral and Jiri Vesely 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 in one hour and 30 minutes, firing 11 aces.

The 28-time champion Aussie squad has not dropped a set through three matches, including singles routs by Jordan Thompson and Nick Kyrgios on Friday. Played at the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club, former venue of the Australian Open, Groth and Peers powered their nation into its second World Group quarter-final in three years. They will face either Switzerland or the United States next.

"It feels like I'm in a dream to be honest," said Peers, who is coming off a title run at the Australian Open with Henri Kontinen. "Hopefully when I wake up I'm just pinching myself to believe what has happened the past few weeks."

"We came up to do a job and I thought we played great today," said Groth. "I played as good a match as I've played all year."

JAPAN 0, FRANCE 3
Venue: Ariake Colosseum, Tokyo, JPN (hard - indoor)

France's streak lives, as Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut sent Les Bleus into the Davis Cup quarter-finals for an eighth consecutive year, turning aside Yuichi Sugita, Yasutaka Uchiyama and Japan 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. The victory gives the visiting nation an unassailable 3-0 win at the Ariake Colosseum in Tokyo.

Herbert and Mahut, the top players in the Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings, converted four of five break chances while saving eight of nine faced during the one-hour and 46-minute affair. Nine-time champion France will face either Canada or Great Britain next.

"Davis Cup matches are never easy, but we won in straight sets," said Mahut. "It was not our best match, but we're happy to get through in three. We are very happy to get this point for France."

ARGENTINA 1, ITALY 2
Venue: Parque Sarmiento, Buenos Aires, Argentina (clay)

Defending champion Argentina staved off elimination in dramatic fashion, as Carlos Berlocq and Leonardo Mayer saved one match point to overcome Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 2-6, 7-6(7). Bolelli and Fognini nearly completed a miraculous two-set comeback, turning aside a match point at 6-5 in the decider and four more in the ensuing tie-break, before succumbing after four hours and eight minutes.

Berlocq and Mayer improved to 3-0 as a tandem in Davis Cup play, having previously claimed victories in the 2015 quarter-finals and semi-finals. The Italians, champions at the 2015 Australian Open, were riding a three-match win streak in the team competition.

The first-round tie is a rematch of a 2016 quarter-final clash, which saw the Argentines advance 3-1. They are hoping to avoid becoming the second Davis Cup champion in the last three years (Switzerland, 2015) to bow out in the first round the following year.

CROATIA 2, SPAIN 1
Venue: Gradski Vrt Hall, Osijek, Croatia (hard - indoor)

Croatia is one step from eliminating longtime Davis Cup powerhouse Spain after Nikola Mektic and Marin Draganja claimed a five-set win over 2016 ATP Finals contenders Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez 6-7(6), 7-6(7), 7-6(5), 2-6, 6-4.

Without the services of Marin Cilic, Ivo Karlovic and Borna Coric, last year's runners-up Croatia will turn to Franko Skugor in Sunday's reverse singles against Roberto Bautista Agut. They had returned to the quarter-finals for the first time in four years in 2016, while Spain is looking to remain in the World Group after being relegated to Group I two years ago.

"We were definitely not playing that well for the first two sets," said Mektic. "They also raised their game afterwards. But the way we played in the fifth set we definitely deserved it. And the court suited us, we were playing the best on it."

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02.02.2017: Venus Meets The Press In St. Petersburg stdClass Object ( [title] => Venus Meets The Press In St. Petersburg [caption] => Fresh off her run to the Australian Open final, Venus Williams gave some quotable quotes at the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy before her opening round match. [content] => Fresh off her run to the Australian Open final, Venus Williams gave some quotable quotes at the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy before her opening round match. [news_time] => 2017-02-02 14:20:59 [external_link] => http://www.wtatennis.com/news/article/6282494 [ngid] => 24 [nid] => 17555 [image_file_id] => 0 [newsgroup] => Kansainvälinen uutisointi [livefeed] => 0 ) 1
02.02.2017: Halep Quells Konjuh In St. Petersburg Opener stdClass Object ( [title] => Halep Quells Konjuh In St. Petersburg Opener [caption] => Top seed Simona Halep made a decisive debut at the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy, dispatching Croatian teenager Ana Konjuh in straight sets. [content] => Top seed Simona Halep made a decisive debut at the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy, dispatching Croatian teenager Ana Konjuh in straight sets. [news_time] => 2017-02-02 14:20:58 [external_link] => http://www.wtatennis.com/news/article/6283924 [ngid] => 24 [nid] => 17554 [image_file_id] => 0 [newsgroup] => Kansainvälinen uutisointi [livefeed] => 0 ) 1
01.02.2017: Evans Returns His Way To Career-High Ranking stdClass Object ( [title] => Evans Returns His Way To Career-High Ranking [caption] => Daniel Evans is a slow burn that has spectacularly caught fire. The British No. 2 boasts a career-high Emirates ATP Ranking of No. 45 this week, thanks to an impressive run Down Under in January. Evans earned his first career Emirates ATP Rankings points more than 10 years ago, back in November 2006, and was outside the Top 250 just 14 months ago. View Emirates ATP Rankings The 26 year old from Birmingham, England, is 7-2 in 2017. He reached his first career final at the Apia International Sydney and the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time at the Australian Open. Along the way, Evans defeated five Top 50 players, including No. 7 Marin Cilic, No. 8 Dominic Thiem and No. 27 Bernard Tomic. An Infosys ATP Beyond The Numbers analysis of Evans’ recent rise pinpoints a definitive improvement with his return game and showcases how he's being far more opportunistic converting break points. 2016 To 2017 Return Strategy Comparison Strategy / Points Won  2016 2017 Percentage-Point Improvement Break Points Converted  39% 52% 13 Return Games Won  20% 25% 5 Second-Serve Return  47% 52% 5 First-Serve Return 28% 30% 2 Return Points Won  36% 38% 2 The strategic category that has fueled his career-best ranking is converting break points, which has jumped 13 percentage points from 39 per cent in 2016 to a world-beating 52 per cent (34/65) so far this year. That even eclipses Australian Open champion Roger Federer, who converted 44 per cent (37/84) of his break-point opportunities in winning seven straight matches at Melbourne Park. The ATP Stats LEADERBOARDS, powered by the Infosys Information Platform, shows Evans to be No. 1 in the world so far in 2017 in converting break points among players who have had 50-plus break-point opportunities. Those metrics have directly helped the Brit raise his return game win percentage from 20 per cent to 25 per cent. It’s interesting to note that service games won have only improved one percentage point, from 80 per cent to 81 per cent, during the same period. [ALSO LIKE] It’s always difficult to improve against an opponent’s more powerful first serve when returning, so Evan’s two percentage-point gain (28 per cent to 30 per cent) in this area is more impressive than it seems on the surface. The five percentage-point leap on second-serve points won (47 per cent to 52 per cent) is significant as it jumps above the 50 per cent threshold, essentially providing Evans statistical ownership of his opponent’s second serves. There have also been some impressive numbers for Evans on the serving side of the equation. Evans hit only 95 aces during the 2016 season, and he is already at 55 after just two tournaments in 2017, representing 58 per cent of his 2016 total. Last season he saved 70 per cent of break points when he made his first serve and a very high 60 per cent behind his second serve, which was actually four percentage points better than fellow countryman and World No. 1 Andy Murray, at 56 per cent. Evan’s ranking is set to climb even higher this month, as he has only 60 points to defend from February 2016. He is playing at a Top 20 level so far in 2017, and it may not be too long before his ranking catches up with his scintillating level of play. More: Evans Picks Out Winning Style In Melbourne [content] =>

Daniel Evans is a slow burn that has spectacularly caught fire.

The British No. 2 boasts a career-high Emirates ATP Ranking of No. 45 this week, thanks to an impressive run Down Under in January. Evans earned his first career Emirates ATP Rankings points more than 10 years ago, back in November 2006, and was outside the Top 250 just 14 months ago.

View Emirates ATP Rankings

The 26 year old from Birmingham, England, is 7-2 in 2017. He reached his first career final at the Apia International Sydney and the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time at the Australian Open. Along the way, Evans defeated five Top 50 players, including No. 7 Marin Cilic, No. 8 Dominic Thiem and No. 27 Bernard Tomic.

An Infosys ATP Beyond The Numbers analysis of Evans’ recent rise pinpoints a definitive improvement with his return game and showcases how he's being far more opportunistic converting break points.

2016 To 2017 Return Strategy Comparison

Strategy / Points Won  2016 2017 Percentage-Point Improvement
Break Points Converted  39% 52% 13
Return Games Won  20% 25% 5
Second-Serve Return  47% 52% 5
First-Serve Return 28% 30% 2
Return Points Won  36% 38% 2

The strategic category that has fueled his career-best ranking is converting break points, which has jumped 13 percentage points from 39 per cent in 2016 to a world-beating 52 per cent (34/65) so far this year. That even eclipses Australian Open champion Roger Federer, who converted 44 per cent (37/84) of his break-point opportunities in winning seven straight matches at Melbourne Park.

The ATP Stats LEADERBOARDS, powered by the Infosys Information Platform, shows Evans to be No. 1 in the world so far in 2017 in converting break points among players who have had 50-plus break-point opportunities.

Those metrics have directly helped the Brit raise his return game win percentage from 20 per cent to 25 per cent. It’s interesting to note that service games won have only improved one percentage point, from 80 per cent to 81 per cent, during the same period.

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It’s always difficult to improve against an opponent’s more powerful first serve when returning, so Evan’s two percentage-point gain (28 per cent to 30 per cent) in this area is more impressive than it seems on the surface. The five percentage-point leap on second-serve points won (47 per cent to 52 per cent) is significant as it jumps above the 50 per cent threshold, essentially providing Evans statistical ownership of his opponent’s second serves.

There have also been some impressive numbers for Evans on the serving side of the equation. Evans hit only 95 aces during the 2016 season, and he is already at 55 after just two tournaments in 2017, representing 58 per cent of his 2016 total.

Last season he saved 70 per cent of break points when he made his first serve and a very high 60 per cent behind his second serve, which was actually four percentage points better than fellow countryman and World No. 1 Andy Murray, at 56 per cent.

Evan’s ranking is set to climb even higher this month, as he has only 60 points to defend from February 2016. He is playing at a Top 20 level so far in 2017, and it may not be too long before his ranking catches up with his scintillating level of play.

More: Evans Picks Out Winning Style In Melbourne

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01.02.2017: Big Titles: Federer Reclaims Outright Lead stdClass Object ( [title] => Big Titles: Federer Reclaims Outright Lead [caption] => It did not take long for Roger Federer to reclaim the top spot among 'Big Titles' winners, kicking off his 2017 campaign with the Australian Open title on Sunday. The Swiss' fifth triumph Down Under, as a result of a thrilling 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 win over Rafael Nadal, brings his Big Titles total haul to 48. Coupled with six ATP Finals crowns and 24 at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 level, Federer's 18th Grand Slam victory moves him ahead of Novak Djokovic for the Big Titles lead. He has won 89 tour-level crowns overall. Consistency has been the hallmark of Federer's career, since claiming his first Big Title in Hamburg nearly 16 years ago, when the tournament was a Masters 1000 event. He has since notched at least one such victory in 14 different seasons. The Swiss has played 206 tournaments at this level, averaging one title for each 4.3 events played. Djokovic is in second place with 47 in total. The all-time Masters 1000 leader (30) has also claimed 12 major crowns and five at the ATP Finals. The World No. 2 has by the far the best conversion rate of any player, past or present, winning one Big Title for every 3.2 events played at this level. Nadal, who was bidding for a 15th major crown, also boasts an exceptional strike rate, winning one Big Title for every 3.6 appearances. He is joint second all-time (with Pete Sampras) for most Grand Slam titles won with 14 and outright second all-time for most ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles won with 28 crowns, just two behind Djokovic's record haul. Current and Former Champions' Big Titles Won (Records Since 1990) Player Grand Slams ATP Finals 1000s Total (Avg) Roger Federer 18/69 6/14 24/123 48/206 (4.3) Novak Djokovic  12/49 5/10 30/94 47/153 (3.2) Rafael Nadal 14/47 0/7 28/98 42/152 (3.6) Pete Sampras 14/52 5/11 11/83 30/146 (4.9) Andre Agassi 8/61 1/13 17/90 26/164 (6.3) Andy Murray 3/44 1/8 14/92 18/142 (7.9) Boris Becker 2/26 2/6 5/51 9/83 (9.2) Thomas Muster 1/29 0/4 8/53 9/86 (9.6) Gustavo Kuerten 3/33 1/3 5/67 9/103 (11.4) Jim Courier 4/38 0/4 5/71 9/113 (12.6) Michael Chang 1/50 0/6 7/86 8/142 (17.8) Marat Safin 2/41 0/3 5/87 7/131 (18.7) Andy Roddick 1/46 0/6 5/75 6/127 (21.2) Lleyton Hewitt 2/66 2/4 2/75 6/145 (24.2) Patrick Rafter 2/35 0/2 2/48 4/85 (21.25) [content] =>

It did not take long for Roger Federer to reclaim the top spot among 'Big Titles' winners, kicking off his 2017 campaign with the Australian Open title on Sunday.

The Swiss' fifth triumph Down Under, as a result of a thrilling 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 win over Rafael Nadal, brings his Big Titles total haul to 48. Coupled with six ATP Finals crowns and 24 at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 level, Federer's 18th Grand Slam victory moves him ahead of Novak Djokovic for the Big Titles lead. He has won 89 tour-level crowns overall.

Consistency has been the hallmark of Federer's career, since claiming his first Big Title in Hamburg nearly 16 years ago, when the tournament was a Masters 1000 event. He has since notched at least one such victory in 14 different seasons. The Swiss has played 206 tournaments at this level, averaging one title for each 4.3 events played.

Djokovic is in second place with 47 in total. The all-time Masters 1000 leader (30) has also claimed 12 major crowns and five at the ATP Finals. The World No. 2 has by the far the best conversion rate of any player, past or present, winning one Big Title for every 3.2 events played at this level.

Nadal, who was bidding for a 15th major crown, also boasts an exceptional strike rate, winning one Big Title for every 3.6 appearances. He is joint second all-time (with Pete Sampras) for most Grand Slam titles won with 14 and outright second all-time for most ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles won with 28 crowns, just two behind Djokovic's record haul.

Current and Former Champions' Big Titles Won (Records Since 1990)

Player Grand Slams ATP Finals
1000s Total (Avg)
Roger Federer 18/69 6/14 24/123 48/206 (4.3)
Novak Djokovic  12/49 5/10 30/94 47/153 (3.2)
Rafael Nadal 14/47 0/7 28/98 42/152 (3.6)
Pete Sampras 14/52 5/11 11/83 30/146 (4.9)
Andre Agassi 8/61 1/13 17/90 26/164 (6.3)
Andy Murray 3/44 1/8 14/92 18/142 (7.9)
Boris Becker 2/26 2/6 5/51 9/83 (9.2)
Thomas Muster 1/29 0/4 8/53 9/86 (9.6)
Gustavo Kuerten 3/33 1/3 5/67 9/103 (11.4)
Jim Courier 4/38 0/4 5/71 9/113 (12.6)
Michael Chang 1/50 0/6 7/86 8/142 (17.8)
Marat Safin 2/41 0/3 5/87 7/131 (18.7)
Andy Roddick 1/46 0/6 5/75 6/127 (21.2)
Lleyton Hewitt 2/66 2/4 2/75 6/145 (24.2)
Patrick Rafter 2/35 0/2 2/48 4/85 (21.25)
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