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2014 ATP Finals: How the players rated



TENNIS 2014 ATP FINALS – With the ATP Finals over it is time to rate the performances of the nine players who took part in the tournament that was rather disappointing. The only highlight was the all-Swiss semifinal. From London, Paul Sassoon


The 2014 ATP Finals had an unexpected and underwhelming ending with Federer forced to withdraw because of injuries, but it has left a lot of speculation and unanswered questions. How injured is the Swiss? Is he trying to save himself for the Davis Cup? And what happened between Federer, his wife Mirka and Wawrinka? The first two questions will be answered next weekend in Lille but the answer to the last one is probably never come out.

The tournament was disappointing for the most part and the exhibition match that ended it is probably a fitting show end with. Let’s look at how the players performed:

Novak Djokovic (A-), The serb won his fifth Master title and secured the end of year number one position in the ATP rankings, so overall a really good week for him. In the whole event he only dropped one set in the semifinal against Nishikori. He lost that set because of a drop in concentration when he took issue with the crowd that applauded his double fault on break point. As I wrote at the time, the applause was more due to the fans wanting to see a longer match rather than against the world number one. Nole’s tennis level is probably worth an A+ but that gesture towards the fans after that double fault is something that a world number one like him should not do. It wasn’t anything major, especially because he did apologise later.

Roger Federer (B+), The Swiss also deserved more for his performances on court, but the ending was not the best. He was fantastic in the three Round Robin matches and he took part in one of the best matches of the year in the semifinal against Wawrinka. I couldn’t give him an A, not because he didn’t play the final, after all we cannot assume that he just wanted to save his back for the Davis Cup, he retired only three times in his career prior to yesterday, so he should have at leas the benefit of the doubt, but because he didn’t come into the press room to talk with the media. Some further explanations were necessary and the speculation going on now is also a result of not having a press conference.

Stan Wawrinka (B-), Stan the man played a fantastic semifinal and deserved to play in the final against Djokovic. That match was easily the highlight of the tournament, but at the end of the day he did miss four match points and he should have been able to finish Federer off before the final set tie-break as he was in control of the match. Had he played better in the Round Robin matches I would have put his performance on the same level as Federer’s.

Kei Nishikori (C+), It was a good performance in his first ATP Finals. Reaching the semifinals at the first attempt is always a great feat. Also he has been the only player capable of taking a set from the Serb. The disappointing par twas that bagel he received in the last set of the semifinal, he should have been able to win at least a game as he had the chance to do so at the start of the set.

David Ferrer (C), There is no better example of a real professional player on tour than David Ferrer. He came to London as an alternate and just spent four days training and taking care of a back problem, but when he was called in to replace Raonic he played a good match, fighting for three sets against Nishikori despite the fact that he had no chance of qualifying for the semifinals

Tomas Berdych (D), Same old story for the Czech player. He has the talent to be competing at the very top for the big titles on tour, including this one, but he has never been able to really challenge for the trophies that matter. Again he seemed to be happy to be here and far too content of being behind the top players. He needs to try something different as time to leave his mark is running out.

Andy Murray (D), I was expecting more from him. His run in the last couple of months was probably too much and he arrived in London with an empty tank. Still he should have done better than winning just one match and he should have avoided the humiliation of losing 6-0, 6-1 against Federer. He gets some extra marks for coming to the rescue of the ATP accepting to play an exhibition match with Djokovic and a doubles with McEnroe, Cash and Henman with only a couple of hours notice and for no money at all.

Milos Raonic and Marin Cilic (F), It was their first time at the ATP Finals, but that is not enough of an excuse for such poor performances. Nor is the slow court that penalises the serve. If you want to be a top ten player and stay there for some time you cannot depend only on the serve, there must be a plan B. I hope they will learn from this experience and come back better prepared in the future.


ATP RANKINGS UPDATE: Novak Djokovic, No.1 once more



After the US Open the Serbian champion reclaims top spot. Alexander Zverev is back in the Top 10


By Roberto Ferri

Don’t ever underestimate the heart of a champion”

Rudy Tomjanovich coined this maxim just after his Houston Rockets won the NBA championship in 1995. He was paying homage to Akeem Holajuwon. It perfectly suits the heart of Daniil Medvedev, who proved 99% of tennis fans in the world to be wrong, convinced as they were that he would lose the semifinal to former No 1 Carlos Alcaraz.

But his dream to win a second US Open, after his triumph in 2021, was shattered by another champion, whose heart and class is even greater: that’s Novak Djokovic, who affixes his seal on his return to No.1, equalling Margaret Court Smith’s record of 24 majors.

Djokovic dethroning Alcaraz is not the only change in the top 20: Sascha Zverev is back in the top 10 after almost one year and Ben Shelton, great protagonist of the Us Open, debuts in the top 20 best players in the world.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrei Rublev and Alexander Zverev gain 2 positions.

Ben Shelton devours 28 positions.

Sinner, Tiafoe, Norrie and Dimitrov lose one.

Casper Ruud and Karen Khachanov, runner up and semi-finalist respectively  at the 2022 US  Open, drop 4 positions.

One step forward for Fritz, de Minaur, Paul, Auger-Aliassime and Hurkacz.


From 12 to 19 November the 8 best players of the ranking based on the points earned in the ongoing solar season will be playing the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin.

Will Novak Djokovic succeed in winning a second straight title? He appears to be heading in the right direction.


Thanks to his triumph at the US Open the Serbian overtakes Alcaraz also in the Race to Turin.

Jannik Sinner holds fourth spot while Andrei Rublev overtakes Stefanos Tsitsipas and is now fifth.

The eighth position is occupied by Alexander Zverev.

Last year runner up, Casper Ruud is currently 10th. This means he would feature in Turin as a reserve.


The Next Gen Finals, dedicated to the best under 21s, (8 effectives and 2 reserves) of the season will take place this year in Gedda, Saudi Arabia.

The 2022 winner, Brandon Nakashima, will not be defending his title, since he was born in 2001.

PositionPlayerCountryPtsYOB ATP rank
6Van AsscheFrance597200469
12Llamas RuizSpain3702002133

Taking for granted that Alcaraz and, most likely Rune, will be playing the ATP Finals, we have included in the chart the 12 current top under 21s.


Besides Ben Shelton, other 11 players have achieved their career highest this week.

We tribute a double applause to the four players who are making their debut in the top 100.

The 25-year-old Croatian Borna Gojo, 22-year-old Australian Rinky Hijkata and the Swiss next gen Dominic Stricker all reap the reward for their brilliant runs at the US Open. Seyboth Wild, the Brazilian who stunned Medvedev in the first round of Roland Garros leaps to No.76 after winning the Challenger in Como last week.

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Translated by Kingsley Elliot Kaye

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COMMENT: Novak Djokovic Proves His Greatness At US Open



Love him, or hate him. But respect him.


No tennis player has ever been better than Novak Djokovic.

Even Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer have to take their hats off to Novak, and admire him.

Now that Rafa and Roger have left Djokovic on his own stage at least for now, tennis fans love Novak.


Djokovic’s performance on Sunday evening in the U.S. Open final was simply amazing. Daniil Medvedev also played his heart out, but Djokovic went one step further. He was sensational.

It was a thrill-a-minute three-set match. It lasted well into the night after starting at mid-afternoon. The second set alone lasted 104 minutes.

Djokovic was the winner, 6-3, 7-6 (5), 6-3, but New York still loves 2021 champion Medvedev.


At 36, the oldest U.S. Open men’s champion ever, Djokovic obviously has a special place in his heart for the number four. It’s the number of times he has won this tournament and the 24th time he has won a Grand Slam title.

The number 24 also was displayed prominently on the white jacket. Novak, his team members and family wore for the victory celebration as a tribute to the No. 24 jersey of deceased friend Kobe Bryant.

Djokovic lost his footing at least three times in the tight second set, stumbling to the surface once, apparently due to the length of the rallies.

Djokovic could look like he was almost completely wiped out of it physically one minute, and then play like Superman the next minute.


Both men played great tennis, especially in the thrill-a-second second set in which Medvedev gained one set point in the 12th game before Djokovic recovered to force a tiebreaker.

Medvedev appeared to be in charge after out-playing Novak to win one of his drop shots to take a 5-4 lead in the tiebreaker. The match may have been decided on the next three points, all won by Djokovic on errors by the 6-6 Russian.

The big question now is what happens next January in the Australian Open. Right now, Djokovic probably wants to play . . . and win what has been his favorite tournament as far as success. But things can change quickly for players in their mid-30s. Just ask Roger or Rafa.

James Beck was the 2003 winner of the USTA National Media Award. A 1995 MBA graduate of The Citadel, he can be reached at Jamesbecktennis@gmail.com.

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Alcaraz Fell Victim To Unbeatable Medvedev

Carlos Alcaraz was no match for Daniil Medvedev in the US Open semi-finals.



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A star had to fall. There was no other way.


This time, Carlos Alcaraz was the victim. Daniil Medvedev was unbeatable.

The 6-6 Russian was everywhere, playing almost perfect tennis in a 7-6 (3), 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 win over Alcaraz.

So, one former champion went down while one advanced to Sunday’s final at the U.S. Open.

And then there was Novak Djokovic, another former champion headed for the title match.


The U.S. Open couldn’t lose once Djokovic dominated young American Ben Shelton, 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (4).

Djokovic appeared to be content with just winning while getting the preliminaries over with. He seemed to be a little miffed by Shelton’s cockiness. There were no hugs or embraces when the match ended. Just a handshake.

Shelton has huge potential, but it’s going to take some time before he’s ready to join the likes of Djokovic, Medvedev and Alcaraz. He’s a better athlete than he is tennis player.

Novak is ready to go for a record 24th Grand Slam title.

Believe it or not, Medvedev will be playing in his fifth Grand Slam final.

Sunday should be a great day in Arthur Ashe Stadium, with two former champs, Djokovic and Medvedev, going against each other.


The women’s final will be interesting. Can Coco Gauff compete with Aryna Sabalenka?

Sabalenka looked helpless against Madison Keys’ big strokes and serves in the first set of their semifinal on Thursday.

Sabalenka couldn’t win even one game in that set. She looked helpless.

But she obviously felt all along that she could beat Keys anytime she wanted. Or why else would the powerful Sabalenka go for broke on almost every shot? And it almost cost her.

Amazingly, Sabalenka waited almost to the final moments to decide to play within her game and stop the wildness.

Once Sabalenka decided to settle down and play to win, Keys went just the opposite way, similarly to her one-sided loss to Sloane Stephens in the 2017 U.S. Open final.

Keys appeared ready to win this time as she held a 6-0, 5-4 advantage over new world’s No. 1 Sabalenka, who seemed to be stumbling all over the court as she repeatedly hit wild shots in every direction.

Just like that, everything changed. Sabalenka started hitting winners everywhere as Keys reversed roles with Sabalenka. Not only did Sabalenka win the second set while dropping just one point in a tiebreaker, she stormed through a decisive 10-point third-set tiebreaker to win the match.

James Beck was the 2003 winner of the USTA National Media Award. 1995 MBA graduate of The Citadel, he can be reached at Jamesbecktennis@gmail.com.

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