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London | Federer still the Master

Roger Federer reached his 14th semi-final in his 15th appearance at the year-end ATP Finals by overcoming Alexander Zverev 7-6 5-7 6-1 in just his second-round robin group match. The victory for the oldest ever competitor at the event against the youngest  in nine years saw 36-year-old Federer stay on course for a record seventh title triumph at the tournament. And with world No.1 Rafa Nadal withdrawing through knee trouble, the odds are even shorter on the Swiss master achieving his stated aim of glory under the dome at the 02 Centre in...

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London | Sock scores his first O2 win

Jack Sock has ensured all four first-time qualifiers by right, marked their debuts with a victory at the Nitto ATP Finals – despite being woken up at 4am by a fire alarm at his hotel on the morning of it. The American defeated Marin Cilic  5-7 6-2 7-6 to follow triumphant debutants  Alexander Zverev, David Goffin, who played as an alternate for the injured Gael Monfils last year, and Grigor Dimitrov. He was clearly alert even though the unwanted wake-up call left him having to shiver in the cold outside his temporary abode alongside fellow residents and 02 competitors...

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London | Nadal loses and withdraws from the O2

Rafa Nadal has quit in pain at the Nitto ATP Finals in London with a nagging knee problem after losing his opening group match 7-6 6-7 6-4 to David Goffin. He made the decision before the end of the thrilling encounter at the 02. And the 31-year-old, who won the French and US Open in 2017, declared: “I really believe that I don’t deserve after this great season to spend two more days on court with these terrible feelings.” Nadal was clearly troubled by the injury which forced him to retire before his quarter-final at the recent Paris...

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London | Federer marks return to the O2 with a win

It was like “happy” Roger Federer had never been away as he began his bid for a magnificent seventh title at the ATP World Tour finals with a 6-4 7-6 win over American Jack Sock. Federer, 36, who missed last year’s event during six months out injured, has secured the Australian Open and Wimbledon crowns for Grand Slams 18 and 19 in 2017. And he is desperate to end his “perfect season” – in which he has lost just four times – by lifting the end-of-term championship at the rocking 02 Arena in south...

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Milan | Chung pushes Rublev into meltdown

The inaugural Next Gen Finals drew to a close leaving many wondering whether it had been a successful innovation by the ATP. As a spectacle it certainly succeeded but the jury is out on all the changes which were trialled. Nonetheless as a competition, it certainly provided plenty of fast action and some exciting tennis, most especially in the actual final which pitched the world No37, Andrey Rublev of Russia, the highest ranked player in the 21 and-under eight-man field, against the world No.54, Hyeon Chung of South Korea, the only player to be unbeaten during the week’s round-robin...

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Milan | A tight final is promised

The highest ranked player in the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan, arrived in the final after crushing his fellow 20-year-old opponent with the power that has seen him climb to 37 on the main tour. Andrey Rublev, who started the week tentatively at the Fiera Milano auditorium, is ending it in storming fashion as he dispatched Borna Coric 4-1 4-3(6) 4-1 in just over the...

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Milan | Chung secures Next Gen semi-final slot

South Korean Hyeon Chung became the first player to book his ticket to the semi-finals of the Next Gen ATP Finals on the third day of the Milan event. The 54th-ranked Chung made it two wins out of two in the round robin format being used in the inaugural edition of the under-21 version of the ATP Tour...

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Milan | Rublev recovers to win Next Gen opener

It was time to get the real show on the road following the dubious draw ceremony involving models and a catwalk with the new ATP Next Gen Finals in Milan launched into its ground-breaking format which includes the first-to-four games in each set, best-of-five-set matches, no-let rule on serves, no linesmen with HawkEye Live covering them, coach contact allowed via headset between sets, free movement of public during play and a stop-clock on...

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