Tennis still waits for AO decisions

Following weeks of discuss, it now seems likely that the Australian Open will be delayed by a week or two from its scheduled start date of 18 January, according to the Sports Minister for Victoria.

Becker leaves German Tennis

Six-time Grand Slam champion Boris Becker has decided to leave his post at the German Tennis Federation at the end of the year because he says he no longer has the time to fulfil his role there.

Konta reunites with Zavialoff

Britain’s No 1, Johanna Konta, has reunited with her former coach Dimitri Zavialoff ahead of the 2021 season after a brief trial with Thomas Hogstedt in the summer and ending her curtailed 2020 campaign with just her hitting partner, Dan Smethurst.

Murray calls for players to be vaccinated

Tennis Australia is still struggling to get agreement on Covid-19 safety regulations for the first grand slam of the 2021 season which is due to start January 18.

Obituary – David N. Dinkins

New York’s first African-American Mayor and a benefactor for tennis died on 23 November at the age of 93.

Medvedev makes a clean sweep at the final O2

Daniil Medvedev has earned the biggest title of his career by winning the Nitto ATP Finals at the O2 and hopes it will serve as a springboard to greater things over the next few years, as he attempts to follow his beaten rival to a Grand Slam triumph.

Mektic & Koolhof triumph in ATP doubles final

Croatia’s Wesley Koolhof & Nikola Mektic from the Netherlands won their first doubles title as a team at the Nitto ATP Finals on Sunday, sealing their maiden title together by defeating Austria’s Jurgen Melzer & France’s Edouard Roger Vasselin, 6-2 4-6 [10-5],...

Thiem and Medvedev spring two shocks to reach final

This year’s Nitto ATP Final title will be settled for the last time at The O2 in London on Sunday and will surprisingly, not feature either of the top two players in the world following their respective defeats at the semi-final stage.

Salisbury & Ram lose No 1 spot hope

Saturday proved a step too far for Joe Salisbury & Rajeev Ram, who led by a set and a break, and were 7-1 up in the match tiebreak, but lost 6-7(7) 6-3 [11-9] to Edouard Roger-Vasselin & Jurgen Melzer. and, in so doing, let the No 1 World ranking slip out of...

Djokovic makes up the final four

The finish line is within reach as the top four players in the world gather themselves for a final lunge to become the 2020 Nitto ATP Finals champion and not only bring this year’s convoluted season to an end, but also bring the curtain down on The O2’s involvement...
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Wawrinka removes Rublev from the Paris field

Stan Wawrinka brought Andrey Rublev’s successful 11-match run to an end by defeating the Russian fifth seed 1-6 6-4 6-3 to make the quarter-finals of the Rolex Paris Masters and record his best post Covid-lockdown result.

I think of course at the beginning he was playing faster than me, was playing better than me. It was tough for me to really find any solution when he’s playing that well Stan Wawrinka

Rublev, who qualified for the ATP Finals at the O2 by winning the Amsterdam title last week, started well by storming through the opening set only for the Swiss three-time grand slam champion to recover thanks to his powerful game and greater experience.

“I think of course at the beginning he was playing faster than me, was playing better than me,” Wawrinka admitted. “It was tough for me to really find any solution when he’s playing that well.

“I was still believing that I could change something in my game and play a little bit better.”

Wawrinka progresses to a Friday meeting with Alexander Zverev who edged past Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 7-6(11) 6-7(7) 6-4, taken to three sets when he failed to convert a match point in the second and be forced into a decider.

“It’s going to be a tough one, for sure,” said Wawrinka, who has lost all three of his previous encounters with the German seeded four. “I lost to him in the Australian Open. Lost a few times to him already in the past. He’s a tough player for me to play, so it’s going to be interesting. I watched him a little bit tonight. He played also a long match. Hopefully I can deliver a great match tomorrow night.”

Zverev, the world number 7 and runner-up at this year’s US Open has other things on his mind which might prove distracting for his efforts on court.

Having confirmed that he is to be a father by a former girlfriend and then denied allegations of abuse to a second former girlfriend, Olga Sharypova, who has gone public in Racquet Magazine with more allegations of that nature, expanding on them and describing other incidents which including a punch in the face.

Meanwhile Rafa Nadal continues to add to his career wins with a 6-1 7-6(3) victory over Australian Jordan Thompson.

“I think I played a good first set. A lot of good shots, good winners, serving well. And then in the second, was not able to find a way to the break,” Nadal said of his 1001st victory.

“He started to serve very well, I think, and I missed a couple of returns that I could do better; I should do better.”

Nadal will meet his countryman Pablo Carreno Busta who remains in contention for that remaining place at the O2 following his 7-5 6-2 victory over the Slovak qualifier, Norbert Gombos.

“I need to be ready to play my best against an opponent that I know is playing well and with confidence,” Nadal said. “I hope to be ready to play my game well because that’s what I’m going to need.”

Frenchman Ugo Humbert kept up his own winning streak with his 8th win, this time upsetting Marin Cilic 6-3 6-7(4) 6-3 but could well find his hands full when he takes on a bigger hitter in Canada’s Milos Raonic, a 7-6(1) 6-1 winner over American qualifier Marcos Giron.

Finally, an intriguing match for Diego Schwartzman, the diminutive Argentine who is currently in the eighth and final place for the O2. To cement himself in that slot he needs to reach the semi-finals but needs to clear a big hurdle in the shape of Russia’s Daniil Medvedev.

The sixth seeded South American looks in good form recovering well to defeat Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 6-1 6-1 while Medvedev, seeded three, eventually eased past Aussie Alex De Minaur 5-7 6-2 6-2.



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