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The 2017 ATP Awards – Help Ubitennis Choose Our Nominations

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Roger Federer winning his 11th Stefan Edberg award (zimbio.com)

As the year approaches its climax, the selection process for the annual ATP Awards has begun. The head of Ubitennis is one of the members of the media invited to vote, but this time our nominees will be decided by our readers.

 

Started in the 1970s, the ATP awards recognize players, coaches and tournaments for their achievements over the season. The voting process differs for each category with both players and fans taking part. Meanwhile, the Emirates rankings dictates which player will receive the year-end number one honour.

Ubitennis will be voting on which players should be shortlisted for three different categories. The most improved player, the comeback player of the year and the Stefan Edberg sportsmanship award.

The most improved player recognizes those who has risen up the rankings and improved their performance over the past 12 months. Alexander Zverev is a nominee for this category following his stellar year. Rising 20 places to fourth in the world since the start of the season, the German has won five ATP titles, including two Masters 1000 trophies. Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta has broken new territory by reaching the quarter-finals at two grand slams (French Open and Wimbledon). The 26-year-old now lies at a ranking high of 10th in the world, claiming his sole title of the season so far in Estoril, Portugal. Another candidate is Denis Shapovalov, who has risen almost 200 places to 51st in the world. At the age of 18 he has already won two Challenger titles and reached the fourth round of the US Open.

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are likely to battle it out for the comeback player of the year trophy. Each player has won two grand slam titles since returning to the tour from injury. 36-year-old Federer missed six months last year due to a knee injury, but returned to the tour winning both the Australian Open and Wimbledon Championships. Meanwhile, Nadal previously experienced problems with his wrist before returning to world No.1 this season. The Spaniard currently has five ATP titles under his belt in 2017, including a tenth French Open trophy as well as the US Open. Other contenders include US Open finalist Kevin Anderson and Janko Tipsarevic.

Finally, the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship award recognizes those who has conducted a high level of professionalism and integrity. Federer has dominated the category in recent years, winning it a record 12 times. Candidates this season include Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer, Juan Martin del Potro and Marin Cilic.

How does the Ubitennis vote work?

Those invited to participate in the selection process are asked to rank players. Ubitennis will invite our readers to fill out a short survey (see below) to pick who they think should win each category. The four players with the highest score for each category will then be officially nominated to the awards by us. Putting the decision in the hands of our readers.

We also invite readers to comment at the bottom on this article if they feel that there is a name missing and deserve to be nominated. We will also take those comments into consideration.

The poll will be open for 48 hours to allow enough time for the votes to be counted and submitted to the ATP.

The ATP Awards will take place in November.

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Jannik Sinner reaches the quarter final at the ATP Challenger in Ortisei

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Just five days after winning the ATP Next Gen title in Milan Italian 18-year-old rising star Jannik Sinner returned to the court to play at the Sparkasse Challenger in Ortisei in Val Gardena, less than two hours from his hometown of San Candido in the Italian region of Sudtyol.

 

Sinner started his tournament in Ortisei with a 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 win over Lucas Miedler and continued his campaign with a 6-3 6-4 win over his compatriot Roberto Marcora in a sold-out night session to qualify for the quarter finals.

Sinner broke Marcora in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead and held on his next service games to close out the first set 6-3 with an ace after rallying from 0-30 down in the ninth game. Sinner broke serve in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead in the second set and never looked back in his next service games to seal the win. Sinner will face Federico Gaio, who beat world number 172 Danilo Petrovic 6-4 6-4.

Sinner became the youngest winner ever in the ATP Challenger circuit last February in Bergamo. He won his second Challenger title in Lexington last summer. He has improved his ranking by 600 points to a career-high of number 96 in the ATP Ranking.

Italian wild card Lorenzo Musetti swept aside Bernabé Zapata Miralles 6-4 6-0 setting up a quarter final match against Austria’s Sebastian Ofner, who beat his compatriot Dennis Novak in the tie-break of the third set 3-6 6-3 7-6 (8-6).

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Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek end the season with a win over Rain Klaasen and Michael Venus

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Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek beat Jonas Bjorkman Group winners Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 in the doubles tournament at the ATP Finals in London ending their season with a win.

 

Klaasen and Venus got the first break of the match in the fifth game, but they were broken back in the eighth game, as they failed to serve out for the first set.

Dodig and Polasek earned a chance to close out the first set in the 10th game. Klaasen and Venus fended off two set points to force a tie-break. Klaasen and Venus took a 4-3 lead, but Dodig and Polasek reeled off four points to seal the tie-break 7-4.

Dodig and Polasek earned an early break at the start of the second set and held on their serve to claim the win.

“I think we had amazing season. We played 11 tournaments together and now we are here in London. To close the season with a win here is a great feeling. We are looking forward to next year”,said Dodig.

 “It’s awesome to win here. The atmosphere throughout the week has been great. It’s been an unbelievable journey. I am really happy we can finish the season with a win here. There is no better feeling”, said Polasek.  

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Matteo Berrettini Scores Historic Win Before Exit From ATP Finals

The 23-year-old ends his breakthrough season on the ATP Tour with another milestone in his career.

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LONDON: Matteo Berrettini has become the first Italian man in history to win a match at the ATP Finals after defeating Dominic Thiem on Thursday afternoon.

 

The world No.8 managed to dismantle the game of his rival, who was far from his best at times, with the help of his blistering serve to seal the 7-6(3), 6-3, victory. Ending Thiem’s streak of four consecutive wins over top 10 players, including Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer earlier this week. In total Berrettini hit 30 winners to 21 unforced errors and converted both of his break point opportunities.

“I’ve always had great fights against him. I was able to stay mentally focused, especially in the first set when I lost my serve because I didn’t play a great game.” Berrettini said afterward.
“I’m really happy with my performance because I am not feeling great physically.” He added.

The downside to the round-robin format of the event is that some matches end up being irrelevant with this being one of them. Regardless of the outcome, Thiem has already qualified for the semi-finals and Berrettini is on his way out. Nevertheless, the 23-year-old Italian was playing for pride at The O2 Arena.

A close start to the match saw neither playing managing to gain any momentum during the first eight games. Then inconsistencies in Thiem’s game started to haunt him. Berrettini’s ability to hit the ball deep into the court forced his rival to make a series of errors as he broke for a 5-4 lead. However, it was his turn to stumble behind his serve as Thiem broke back to level with relative ease.

Despite neither player capitalizing on their advantages, the tiebreaker was a one-sided encounter. Three Thiem unforced errors, as well as a winning Berrettini slice, saw him go behind 0-4 in the blink of an eye. Creating enough of a margin for Berrettini to seal the first set with the help of a 134 mph ace.

Thiem clearly looked flat on the court compared to two days ago when he downed Djokovic, however, nothing should be taken away from Berrettini. Who kept focus and stuck to his game plan throughout the match. A backhand passing shot, followed by a crosscourt winner enabled him to break once again midway through the second set. Easing towards victory after just 76 minutes play, Berrettini closed the match out with a delicate drop shot.

“I’m really proud of myself, but also for my team, my family and my friends. It’s been an unbelievable season.” He reflected on his year.
“I didn’t expect at the beginning of the season to be here (in London). I hope to come back next year, but now I just want to say thanks to those guys (his team). Without them, it couldn’t be possible.”
“I’m happy to finish with a win.“

Despite the loss, Thiem will finish at the top of the Bjorg Born Group. He will play the runner-up of the other group in the semi-finals on Saturday.

Whilst Berrettini’s ATP season is over, he can’t rest yet. Next week he will be in Madrid playing for his country in the Davis Cup along with many other of his fellow players.

“There is one more event. I have to rest a little bit and then I think I deserve a holiday.” He declared.

Berrettini ends 2019 with 43 wins on the ATP Tour in what is a career best. He started the year ranked 54th in the world and didn’t make his top 10 debut until last month.

Italian men in the ATP Finals

-C. Barazzutti in 1978 – 0 wins and 3 loses
-A. Panatta in 1975 – 0 wins and 3 losses
-M. Barrettini in 2019 – 1 win and 2 losses

 

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