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Milan | Next Gen gets off on wrong foot

In what is proving a massive public relations disaster, the ATP and Red Bull have had to apologise for the dubious show they put on for the draw of this week’s Next Gen Finals in Milan. The event, new to the men’s calendar, is meant to highlight the next generation of stars and in many ways, possible new rules. The field is restricted to players aged 21 or under with matches reduced to best-of-five four-game sets with a tie-break at 3-3 and sudden death deuce points. In addition, play has to start within five minutes of entering the court...

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Paris | Sock sneaks into London

The line-up for next week’s ATP Tour Finals is now complete as Jack Sock hammered his way to the Paris Masters title to leapfrog from 24th in the Race to London table last Monday, to eighth and dislodge Pablo Carreno Busta from making his debut at the O2. Sock, who hadn’t realised he was in the running for that final spot until Sky’s Marcus Buckland pointed it out to him during the week, eventually overpowered his opponent Filip Krajinovic, the Serbian qualifier 5-7 6-4 6-1 to claim the Bercy title, the first American to do so since Andre Agassi...

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Paris | Final berth at the O2 still to be decided

The run for London couldn’t have been more intriguing with two contenders for the final eighth spot contesting separate semi-finals at the Paris Master. Both needed to win the event to oust Pablo Carrena Busta from that eighth position. As it turns out, only one of them made it through to the title round, a seemingly rejuvenated Jack Sock who watched his American compatriot John Isner crash out of the race to the surprise package from Serbia, the qualifier and world No.77, Filip...

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Paris | Benneteau keeps French hopes alive

Following Rafa Nadal’s withdrawal from the Paris Masters, the title is now open for grabs with the semi-final line-up probably one of the most unlikely of the season while providing a couple of players the chance of making the O2 which starts Sunday week. Amongst the last four is the Serb qualifier, Filip Krajinovic, the world No.77, who benefited from Nadal’s withdrawal to reach his first Masters semi. He will face John Isner, the big American, who ended the equally big Argentine Juan Martin’s del Potro’s chances of snatching that last O2 spot. Isner won 6-4 6-7(5) 6-4 and...

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Paris | Nadal pulls out

The worst news tennis fans will have wanted to hear was announced on Friday afternoon when Rafa Nadal decided to withdraw from the Paris Masters only hours before he was due to play his quarter-final match. His sudden withdrawal with a knee injury also casts doubts on whether he will be making an appearance at the O2 in two weeks...

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Paris| Nadal remains on track

Rafa Nadal having secured the much-coveted end-of-season world No1. spot by beating South Korean Hyeon Chung 7-5 6-3 on Wednesday, reached the quarter-finals of the Paris Masters yesterday despite a slight hiccup in the second set against Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas. The Spaniard was made to work hard before reaching the last eight with a 6-3 6-7(5) 6-3...

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Basel | Federer wins and then pulls out of Paris

The crowds in Basel finally got the result they were hoping for when, after two hours and 31-minutes, Roger Federer finally claimed his eighth Swiss Open title preventing Juan Martin del Potro from collecting his third at the event. For Federer, the 6-7(5) 6-4 6-3 result in what was his 13th Basel final and 11th on the trot in his hometown, was a grueling affair as he showed his frustration on several occasions by hitting balls and striking the net when the play was not going his...

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Vienna | Pouille takes title

Fatigue played its part as Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the more experienced of the two French men contesting the Vienna Open final, succumbed to Lucas Pouille to give the younger of the two, his first ATP 500 title and the fourth of his career, The 23-year-old won through 6-1 6-4 in just 71-minutes for his third title of the season and in the process, became the first player to win a title on three different surfaces. For Tsonga, the final proved just one match too many. It was his 9th match in 11 days which also saw him successfully collect the...

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Basel | Federer and Del Potro for a third time

Juan Martin del Potro reached the final of the Swiss Open where he will meet the home favourite Roger Federer for a third time in Basel. DelPo, who won back-to-back Swiss titles in 2012 and ’13 beating the seven-time former champion Federer, on both occasions, will qualify for the ATP Finals in London if he wins the title on Sunday. However, the big fourth seed from Argentina, acknowledges that he is tired following his 6-4 6-4 defeat of the second seeded Marin Cilic Del Potro having appeared in the Shanghai semi-final a fortnight ago and won the Stockholm title...

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