Berdych Qualifies For 2014 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals?

October 31, 2014

LONDON – Tomas Berdych has clinched the sixth singles berth at the 2014 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, after he defeated Kevin Anderson in the BNP Paribas Masters quarter-finals on Friday.

The Czech, who secures his spot for the fifth straight year, joins two-time defending champion and 2008 titlist Novak Djokovic, six-time former winner Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka, Andy Murray and Marin Cilic at The O2 in London from 9-16 November. Spain’s Rafael Nadal also qualified, but was forced to withdraw as he will undergo appendix surgery next week. Kei Nishikori, David Ferrer and Milos Raonic are vying to capture the final two spots to complete the elite eight-player field.

The 29-year-old Berdych, who reached the semi-finals at the season finale in 2011 (l. to Tsonga), has compiled a 54-19 record in 2014. The Czech is a two-time titlist this year at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam (d. Cilic) and the If Stockholm Open (d. Dimitrov). He was also a runner-up at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships (l. to Federer), the Portugal Open in Oeiras (l. to Berlocq) and the China Open in Beijing (l. to Djokovic). Berdych also reached the semi-finals at the Australian Open (l. to Wawrinka).

The 2014 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals doubles field will feature 2003-04, ‘09 titlists Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan, 2008 and 2010 champions Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic, Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares, this year’s Roland Garros titlists Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin, Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau, 2012 season finale winners Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez, Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo, and Australian Open titlists Lukasz Kubot and Robert Lindstedt. The Bryans have already clinched the year-end No. 1 Emirates ATP Doubles Team Ranking for a record 10th time.

The Barclays ATP World Tour Finals has welcomed more than 1.25 million fans to The O2 arena over the past five years, establishing itself as the biggest indoor tennis tournament in the world since moving to London in 2009. Tickets can be purchased at: www.BarclaysATPWorldTourFinals.com.

Murray Qualifies For ATP World Tour Finals

October 30, 2014

LONDON – Andy Murray has qualified for the 2014 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals after he defeated Grigor Dimitrov on Thursday to reach the BNP Paribas Masters quarter-finals. Murray has secured his place for a seventh straight year to leave only three singles spots up for grabs at the season finale, to be held at The O2 in London from 9-16 November.

Murray, who did not play at the tournament last year following back surgery, will join two-time defending champion and 2008 titlist Novak Djokovic, six-time former winner Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka and Marin Cilic at the prestigious indoor tournament. Spain’s Rafael Nadal also qualified, but was forced to withdraw as he will undergo appendix surgery next week. Nishikori, who is No. 6 in the Emirates ATP Race To London and the next in line to qualify, Tomas Berdych (No. 7), David Ferrer (No. 9) and Milos Raonic (No. 10) all remain in contention for the last three places.

The 27-year-old Murray has compiled a 58-17 match record on the season, which includes three ATP World Tour titles. By clinching the Erste Bank Open (Vienna) title earlier this month he became the fifth active player to capture 30 trophies in his career — after Federer (82), Nadal (64), Djokovic (46) and Lleyton Hewitt (30). He has also picked up silverware at the Shenzhen Open and Valencia Open 500, saving five match points against Robredo in both finals. Murray is a three-time semi-finalist at the season finale, reaching the last four in Shanghai in 2008 (l. to Davydenko) and London in 2010 (l. to Nadal) and 2012 (l. to Federer). He is bidding to become the first British player to win the season finale.

This week in Paris, two doubles teams — Ivan Dodig and Marcel Melo, and Eric Butorac and Raven Klaasen — are vying to clinch the last remaining berth at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan, who have already clinched the year-end No. 1 Emirates ATP Doubles Team Ranking for a record 10th time and will attempt to lift their fourth title at the season finale (2003-04, ‘09), 2008 and 2010 champions Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic, Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares, this year’s Roland Garros titlists Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin, Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau, 2012 season finale winners Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez, and Australian Open titlists Lukasz Kubot and Robert Lindstedt have all secured their places at The O2.

The Barclays ATP World Tour Finals has welcomed more than 1.25 million fans to The O2 arena over the past five years, establishing itself as the biggest indoor tennis tournament in the world since moving to London in 2009. Tickets can be purchased at: www.BarclaysATPWorldTourFinals.com.

Paris Masters 2014: Order of Play for Friday, October 31

October 30, 2014

Friday’s order of play at the Paris Masters 1000 can be found at the link below.

Link: OOP.

Djokovic, Federer and Murray reach Paris Masters quarterfinals

October 30, 2014

BNP Paribas Masters, Paris, France

Third-round results:

(2) Roger Federer defeats Lukas Pouille 6-4, 6-4
(1) Novak Djokovic defeats Gael Monfils 63 76(2)
(6) Kei Nishikori defeats (10) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1, 4-6, 6-4
(14) Kevin Anderson defeats (3) Stan Wawrinka 6-7(2), 7-5, 7-6(3)
(8) Andy Murray defeats (9) Grigor Dimitrov 6-3, 6-3
(5) Tomas Berdych defeats (12) Feliciano Lopez 7-5, 6-3
(4) David Ferrer defeats Fernando Verdasco 6-1, 6-2
(7) Milos Raonic defeats (11) Roberto Bautista Agut 7-5, 7-6(7)

Federer, Ferrer, Nishikori and Murray reach Paris Masters third round

October 29, 2014

BNP Paribas Masters, Paris, France

Second-round results:

Gael Monfils defeats (13) John Isner 6-4, 7-6(4)
(3) Stan Wawrinka defeats Dominic Thiem 6-4, 7-6(6)
(10) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeats Jurgen Melzer 6-2, 4-6, 6-2
(11) Roberto Bautista Agut defeats Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-2
(8) Andy Murray defeats Julien Benneteau 6-3, 6-4
(2) Roger Federer defeats Jeremy Chardy 7-6(5) 6-7(5), 6-4
(7) Milos Raonic defeats Jack Sock 6-3, 5-7, 7-6(4)
(6) Kei Nishikori defeats Tommy Robredo 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-3
(4) David Ferrer defeats David Goffin 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
(9) Grigor Dimitrov defeats Pablo Cuevas 6-0, 6-3
Lukas Pouille defeats (16) Fabio Fognini 7-6(5), 7-6(7)
(12) Feliciano Lopez defeats Sam Querrey 6-4, 6-4

Paris Masters 2014: Order of play for Thursday, October 30

October 29, 2014

Thursday’s order of play at the Paris Masters in France can be found at the link below.

Link: OOP.

Djokovic, Monfils advance at Paris Masters; Simon ousted

October 28, 2014

BNP Paribas Masters, Paris, France

First-round results:

Gael Monfils defeats Joao Sousa 6-1, 6-4
Jeremy Chardy defeats Kenny De Schepper 7-6(5), 7-6(4)
Lukas Pouille defeats Ivo Karlovic 6-1, 6-4
David Goffin defeats Lukas Rosol 6-4, 6-3
Pablo Cuevas defeats Leonardo Mayer 7-6(3), 1-0 ret.
Tommy Robredo defeats Vasek Pospisil 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(5)

Second-round results:

(1) Novak Djokovic defeats Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 6-4
Fernando Verdasco defeats (15) Gilles Simon 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
(14) Kevin Anderson defeats Santiago Giraldo 6-4, 7-6(8)

Paris Masters 2014: Order of play for Wednesday, October 29

October 28, 2014

Wednesday’s order of play at the Paris Masters in France can be found at the link below.

Link: OOP.

Paris Masters 2014: Order of play for Tuesday, October 28

October 27, 2014

Tuesday’s order of play at the Paris Masters 1000 in France can be found at the link below.

Link: OOP.

Gasquet, Sock and Theim prevail in Pairs Masters Openers

October 27, 2014

BNP Paribas Masters, Paris, France

First-round results:

Richard Gasquet defeats Denis Istomin 6-7(4), 6-2, 4-0 ret.
Julien Benneteau defeats Yen-Hsun Lu 6-3, 6-4
Dominic Thiem defeats Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-2, 4-6, 6-0
Sam Querrey defeats Jerzy Janowicz 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-4
Philipp Kohlschreiber defeats Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-3, 6-1
Adrian Mannarino defeats Pierre-Hugues Herbert 7-6(3), 6-3
Santiago Giraldo defeats Mikhail Youzhny 6-2, 6-4
Jack Sock defeats Pablo Andujar 6-1, 6-1
Fernando Verdasco defeats Donald Young 4-6, 6-1, 6-3
Jurgen Melzer defeats Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-4, 6-1

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