Scoreboard and Calendar
by James Buddell|
DRAMATIC RACE TO SHANGHAI REACHES CONCLUSION
After weeks of innumerable changes in the ATP 2008 Race, when calculator batteries died as quickly as the hopes of Tennis Masters Cup Shanghai contenders faded with early tournament exits, the dramatic race finally reached its conclusion in the very last match of the regular season.
With seven players already packing their suitcases and finalizing visa applications, the final berth was to be clinched in a fascinating winner-takes-all championship clash between Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and defending champion David Nalbandian of Argentina at the BNP Paribas Masters. Just as countryman Sebastien Grosjean had done seven years earlier, Tsonga thrived on the support of a raucous home crowd to claim a dramatic 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 victory and clinch the final place in the eight-man field.
Five of the elite eight featured in Shanghai are aged 23 or younger, guaranteeing an enticing clash of youthful exuberance and experience in the season's final showdown.
UNSTOPPABLE MURRAY MAKES HIS MARK
The 'Big Three' became the 'Big Four' as 21-year-old Murray lit up the final quarter of the season with near-unstoppable tennis. The Scot capped a tremendous summer with a run to his first Grand Slam final at the US Open, where he recorded his first win in six career meetings over Rafael Nadal in the semifinals before ultimately bowing down to the excellence of Federer in the championship match.
His Tennis Masters Cup spot assured, Murray kicked on, winning 14 straight matches to capture back-to-back titles at Masters Series Madrid and St. Petersburg before falling to Nalbandian in the Paris quarterfinals.
To earn victory in Madrid, Murray toppled Federer 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 in the semifinals before edging past the in-form Simon in the final. Murray's triumph saw him become the first player to win the Cincinnati and Madrid ATP Masters Series events consecutively (since 2002), and the first Briton to own two Masters Series shields. The following week in St. Petersburg, he successfully defended his crown with victory over Andrey Golubev in the final to claim his fifth title of the season and, in doing so, joined the elite company of Nadal (eight) as the only two players to have collected five or more titles in 2008.
RAFA TO FINISH ON TOP OF THE WORLD, RECEIVES ROYAL HONOUR
For the first time since 2004, the South African Airways ATP Rankings will boast a new year-end No. 1, as Nadal is guaranteed to finish as the World No. 1 for the first time. He is the first Spaniard to do so and ends Federer's four-year reign at the top of the year-end Rankings.
The 22-year-old Spaniard will finish as the 15th different year-end No. 1 after taking over the mantle from his fierce rival Federer on August 18, ending the Swiss superstar's 237-week reign. The Mallorcan is the first left-hander to finish No. 1 since John McEnroe in 1984 and the third left-hander to do so in the 36-year history of the ATP Rankings.
In recognition of his success, the 2008 Prince of Asturias Awards for Sports was bestowed upon Nadal – presented by Don Felipe de Borbon. Nadal was selected for the award – beating Olympic heroes Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt and Yelena Isinbayeva – not only in recognition of his outstanding success on the tennis court, but also for his great sportsmanship and humility both in victory and defeat.
- Nadal Roland Garros 2013
- Deuce 2013
- Barclays ATP World Tour Finals 2012
- Roland Garros - Wimbledon 2012
- Ferrero Retirement Tribute
- Barclays ATP World Tour Finals 2011
- Roddick Retirement Tribute
- US Open 2012
- Federer No1
- Nadal Roland Garros
- Nadal Grand Slam
- Nadal Masters 1000
- Australian Open 2012
- Nestor 800
- Federer 15 Quest
- Djokovic No1
- US Open 2011
- US Open 2010
- US Open 2009
- Roland Garros - Wimbledon 2011
- Roland Garros & Wimbledon 2010
- Barclays ATP World Tour Finals 2010
- Bryans Record Weeks At No 1
- Bryans Doubles Teams Record
- Barclays ATP World Tour Finals 2009
- DEUCE Australian Open 2011
- Australian Open 2010
- Roland Garros & Wimbledon 2009
- Australian Open 2009
- Finals 2008
- US Open 2008
- Roland Garros 2008
- Australian Open 2008
- Finals 2007
- US Open 2007
In This Issue
- Crazy Court Calls
- Project 45 No Longer a Secret
- Tributes to a Legend
- Shark Bites
- The Last Time... David Ferrer
- ATP World Tour Begins New Dawn
- Murray Muscles His Way Into ATP Elite
- Ivo Karlovic: More Than Just a Serve
- Bryan Brothers Remain Doubles' Dynamic Duo
- Making History in a Hurry
- You Can Quote Me On That... If You're Quick