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World Tour Finals: Federer off to a flying start



TENNIS WORLD TOUR FINAL – Roger Federer got off to a convincing start in the Group B of the round robin with a 6-1 7-6 win over Milos Raonic on his 13th appearance at the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena in London. Diego Sampaolo


Roger Federer made a winning debut taking a re-match over Milos Raonic who beat the Swiss legend in the quarter finals of the Paris Bercy Master 1000. This time experience in this kind of tournaments made the difference in favour of Federer who saved all the four break points he faced to win his opening match at the ATP World Finals for the 10th time in his career. He needed 87 minutes to beat the young Canadian newcomer who has qualified for the first time in his career in the ATP Finals.

Federer, who brought up only one break point chance in the quarter final match in Paris, got six break point opportunities against the Canadian big-server.

Federer broke serve in the second game and cruised to 3-0 lead in the opening set. The six-time ATP Finals champion got a double break in the sixth game to wrap up the first set with 6-1 after 25 minutes. Federer dropped just four service points in the first set.

Raonic saved a break point early in the third game of the second set. The young Canadian player fought back from 0-40 twice to bring up break point chances at 2-2 and 3-3 but Federer held nerve and managed to save them. Raonic could not convert any of his four break point chances in the second set

Federer faced a tough opposition from Raonic at the end of the second set and had to save a break point point on Raonic’s set point at 5-6 30-40 with a service winner. The second set came down to the tie-break where Federer dominated with 7-0 after Raonic made a double fault and a forehand error.

Federer now leads 7-1 in his career head-to-head matches against Raonic.

On Tuesday afternoon Federer will take on Kei Nishikori who won the first of his four career head-to-head matches against Andy Murray with 6-4 6-4. Murray will face a crucial match against Raonic on Tuesday

“I was happy with how I performed. I thank the crowd for the standing ovation when I entered the building. The second set was much tougher. It was an important set to win. I don’t think he played a great breaker but it was great to win. It’s a small relief but we have a tough group, so it’s going to be hard advancing, buti t brings me a step closer. I am looking forward to playing Nishikori now.”

Federer talked about his targets he set at the start of the year and what woul mean for him to end the year at the top of the ranking.

“I have now five finals. I made another five finals. We are in the Davis Cup final. It was a very successful year. Better than I thought it was going to be, I figured I was going to struggle until March this year. Success kicked in quite quickly with Brisbane and the Australian Open. The rankings came by surprise all of a sudden. I had a small shot at World Number 1 after winning Shanghai. But It’s highly unlikely it’s going to happen. For me personally it doesn’t matter if it happened at the end of the year or another week during the year, as long as you could get back to world number 1 one more time. That would be very special because I have been there and I know how much it would mean. Winning a tournament is a one-week thing but getting back to world number 1 is an entirely different animal”, said Federer.

Raonic was obviously disappointed after losing 7-0 in the tie-break of the second set. “It can come down to one play. We might be playing a third set. It’s obviously disappointing the way I finished the second set. It took me more than one set to find my way into the match because of playing Roger, not because of playing here for the first time”, said Raonic

Asked about his next match against Murray, Raonic said: “It’s a completely different match. Things are going to be different than the first match”.


Tennis Player Disqualified From Shanghai Qualifying Match Two Points Away From Victory



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It will be a match that Australia’s Marc Polmans will never forget but for all the wrong reasons.


The World No.140 looked to be on the verge of victory against Italy’s Stefano Napolitano when leading their match 7-6(3), 6-6(6-5), in the final round of qualifying at the Shanghai Masters. However, disaster struck at the next point when Polmans temper got the better of him and subsequently cost him.

With match point, he approached the net to hit a backhand shot but it ended up in the net. Prompting the frustrated 26-year-old to hit a tennis ball that unfortunately hit the umpire. As a result of that action, he was automatically disqualified from the match which handed Napolitano the victory and a place in the main draw.

It is not the first time a tennis player has been disqualified for such an incident. During a 2017 Davis Cup tie between Canada and Great Britain, Denis Shapovalov was disqualified for firing a tennis ball that hit the umpire’s eye. Novak Djokovic was also disqualified from the 2020 US Open after hitting a ball that accidentally struck a lines judge.

“Players shall not violently, dangerously or with anger hit, kick or throw
a tennis ball while on the grounds of the tournament site except in the reasonable pursuit of a point during a match (including warm-up),
” the 2023 ATP rulebook outlines.
“For purposes of this rule, abuse of balls is defined as intentionally or reckless- ly hitting a ball out of the enclosure of the court, hitting a ball dangerously or recklessly within the court or hitting a ball with disregard of the conse- quences.’
“Violation of this section shall subject a player to a fine of up to $350 for each violation. In addition, if such violation occurs during a match, the player shall be penalized in accordance with the Point Penalty Schedule.”

It is a tough lesson for Polmans to learn. He was on the verge of playing in the main draw of a Masters 1000 event for the first time in his career. He is currently the 10th highest-ranked Australian player on the ATP Tour and reached the final of a Challenger event in Guangzhou, China last month.

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Team World One Win Away From Victory in Laver Cup

Team World take a huge 10-2 lead over Team Europe heading into the final day



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After losing the first four editions of the Laver Cup, Team World look set to win the event for a second time as the event reaches its conclusion tomorrow.


Team World Captain John McEnroe was thrilled with the day’s results but warned against complacency: “We’re just going to keep doing what we’re doing. The job’s not done but we’re pretty close.”

American duo Taylor Fritz and Frances Tiafoe both earned straight sets wins over Andrey Rublev and Hubert Hurkacz, while Felix Auger-Aliassime and Ben Shelton beat Hurkacz and Gael Monfils.

“I want to play well for the guys,” said Tiafoe after his singles victory. “I played really well tonight. Just being in a team environment is so foreign to us as tennis players, it’s such an individual sport.”

After winning his third singles match in three appearances at the Laver Cup, Fritz was also motivated to do well:

“Yesterday, all the guys played really well. I felt that and wanted to come out on court and show what I can do. That definitely motivated me. Any type of team environment, I feel like it always elevates my game. I feel like my record in team events is really strong because I have a team cheering for me. I get pumped up. I’m excited to play for them. It just adds more pressure and fire to it. I think I play better in those situations.”

The doubles was a typically dynamic and feisty affair, and after the match Shelton was full of praise for his partner:

“It’s amazing, when you play with a guy who serves and returns like Felix, is as athletic as him, and goes back for the overhead as strong as him, it’s a fun time,” said Shelton. “We call him ‘Laver Cup Felix’ because he turns into something special this week, just glad I got to share the court with him at least once.”

Auger-Aliassime returned the compliments: “The best comes out of me when I’m playing not only for myself but for team-mates. Ben carried me through the end of that match, it was tough for me to get it done.”

Casper Ruud, meanwhile, beat Tommy Paul for Europe’s only points so far.

Matches on the final day are worth three points each – meaning that Team Europe would have to win all four remaining matches to prevent Team World from winning the trophy.

T. Fritz def A. Rublev 6-2, 7-6
F. Tiafoe def H. Hurkacz 7-5, 6-3
F. Auger-Aliassime & B. Shelton def H.Hurkacz & G. Monfils 7-5, 6-4
C. Ruud def T. Paul 7-6, 6-2

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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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