Federer Ready To Fight For No. 1
by Kate Flory|
Tap into the essentials of the week ahead and re-live the highlights of the past week with our Weekly Snapshot, as we serve up an executive summary of what every fan should know, along with a look at the best in social media.
Who’s Playing This Week?
The eighth ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament of the year takes place this week in Shanghai. Roger Federer returns to action for the first time since leading Switzerland in Davis Cup action in September, and immediately finds his South African Airways ATP Rankings No. 1 spot under threat. In the Swiss’ 299th week as World No. 1, he could be usurped by No. 2 Novak Djokovic.
Should Federer fail to reach the quarter-finals and Djokovic win the title, the Serb would reclaim the No. 1 ranking, which he surrendered to Federer following the Swiss’ Wimbledon triumph (d. Murray). Read More...
Shanghai Rolex Masters: The Shanghai Rolex Masters could play a pivotal role in the South African Airways ATP Rankings Race To London, with 1000 points the prize for the winner. Tomas Berdych, Juan Martin del Potro, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Janko Tipsarevic will all look to press their claims to qualify for the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. World No. 3 Andy Murray returns as two-time defending champion, having beaten David Ferrer in last year’s finale and Federer the year before. The 31-year-old Federer is bidding to win a record-breaking 22nd ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown and fourth of the season.
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Roger Federer – 76 titles – one shy of John McEnroe (77) to move to joint-No. 3 on all-time list
Roger Federer aiming for 53rd hard-court title (already No. 1 all-time); Novak Djokovic his 25th (is already No. 6 on all-time list)
Roger Federer looking to win a record 22nd ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title – currently tied with Rafael Nadal on 21
Roger Federer – 868 match wins (No. 6 all-time), moves up to No. 5 by winning three matches in Shanghai to overtake Andre Agassi (870)
9 October - Cedrik-Marcel Stebe (22)
Player To Watch: Milos Raonic
The Canadian moved up one spot to No. 13 in the Race To London after his runner-up effort in Tokyo last week, where he saved two match points to defeat Murray in the semi-finals. Raonic is bidding to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London for the first time and is less than 500 points off Janko Tipsarevic in ninth position going into Shanghai. The 21-year-old Raonic has won two ATP World Tour titles this season at the Aircel Chennai Open (d. Tipsarevic) and the SAP Open in San Jose. His best showing in an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event came with back-to-back quarter-finals in Toronto and Cincinnati over the summer.
WEEK IN REVIEW
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Video Of The Week
Miami Heat NBA star Dwyane Wade gives props to Andy Murray’s stellar run during the Heat’s recent Media Day. Video courtesy Miami Heat.
In Case You Missed It…
Beijing: Novak Djokovic won his third straight China Open title on Sunday. The top seed recorded his sixth straight victory over third-seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6(4), 6-2 in one hour and 42 minutes for the 32nd trophy of his career (32-19 in finals). It was his 40th hard-court match win of the season. Djokovic is now 14-0 lifetime at the ATP World Tour 500 hard-court tournament in Beijing.
Djokovic: "It's been one of my most successful tournaments"
Beijing: Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan did not drop a set en route to winning their third China Open title in four years on Sunday. The top seeds beat Carlos Berlocq and Denis Istomin 6-3, 6-2, adding to their 2009-’10 crowns. It was their seventh title of the year (7-3 overall). It was Mike Bryan's 84th career doubles title (84-45), an all-time record, over-taking Australian Todd Woodbridge's mark of 83 trophies. Bob Bryan is now 82-44 in tour-level finals.
Bryan: "It's an honour to hold this prestigious record"
|Todd Woodbridge||Mike Bryan|
|Time Span||16 years||12 years|
|Grand Slam Finals||19||22|
|Weeks At No. 1||204||295|
|Year-End No. 1||3||6|
|Year-End Team No. 1||6||7|
Tokyo: Kei Nishikori became the first Japanese player to win the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships title on Sunday. Eighth seed Nishikori defeated sixth-seeded Canadian Milos Raonic 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-0 in two hours and nine minutes to lift his second ATP World Tour trophy. It was the youngest final in 58 tournaments on the ATP World Tour this year.
Nishikori: "I cannot believe I won the tournament"
• Roger Federer admitted at the Shanghai Rolex Masters on Sunday that he hopes to finish the year at No. 1 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings. More
• Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek became the fourth doubles team to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London next month. More
• World No. 1 Roger Federer and Lleyton Hewitt both took part in the Shanghai Rolex Masters draw ceremony on Saturday morning. Afterwards, Federer was taken to the Rolex Boutique on The Bund, while Hewitt walked along the waterfront area in the centre of the city, lining the Huangpu River. More
• Max Mirnyi was denied his 600th match win as he and Daniel Nestor were defeated by Carlos Berlocq and Denis Istomin 1-6, 6-3, 12-10 in the first round of the China Open on Thursday. Afterward, the Belarusian revealed he is content in the direction his career is going and outlined his plans to move into the corporate world to facilitate tennis growth in Belarus. More
• Andy Murray and Jamie Murray discuss sushi, dogs and the Ryder Cup among other topics. More
• Sixth seed Milos Raonic spent Wednesday touring around Asakusa, a district in Tokyo known for its temples and geishas. More
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