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Marach/Pavic Discuss First Victory Over Herbert/Mahut At Nitto ATP Finals

1 hour 8 min ago
Watch as Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic share their thoughts on their maiden win over Frenchmen Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut and clinching the year-end No. 1 Doubles Team ATP Ranking.

Sock & Bryan Thrilled With Opening Performance At Nitto ATP Finals

1 hour 15 min ago
Watch Jack Sock and Mike Bryan reflect on their victory against Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo on Monday at the 2018 Nitto ATP Finals.

Match Point: Djokovic Completes Isner Victory In Style At The Nitto ATP Finals

1 hour 39 min ago
Watch as Novak Djokovic finds the line with a backhand cross-court passing shot to claim victory over John Isner at the Nitto ATP Finals. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Novak Dominant As He Begins Pursuit Of 6th London Crown

2 hours 3 min ago

Novak Djokovic was awarded the ATP World Tour No. 1 trophy on Sunday, as the Serbian has guaranteed that he will finish the year as the No. 1 player in the ATP Rankings for the fifth time. The 31-year-old showed why on Monday, beating American John Isner 6-4, 6-3 for his first win at the 2018 Nitto ATP Finals.

Perhaps the most telling statistic of the match is that Isner won just 64 per cent of his first-serve points. The American started the week third on the ATP World Tour this season by capturing 81.4 per cent of his first-serve points this year. But despite employing plenty of variety — smacking serves that registered at more than 140 mph and using his slice and kick serve to change the pace and try to break his opponent’s rhythm — Djokovic always seemed to find a way to get the point back to neutral, or at least put the ball deep in the court. And it was fitting that Djokovic finished off a 74-minute victory with one of many stunning passing-shot winners.

Djokovic has now earned 50 tour-level match wins 11 times in the past 12 years, and he is 32-2 since the start of Wimbledon, including four tournament victories during that time. It has been a tremendous run for the top seed, who will be the first player to be ranked outside the Top 20 and finish the same season at No. 1 in the history of the ATP Rankings.

This year’s Wimbledon, Cincinnati, US Open and Shanghai champion, Djokovic has now won his opening match at the Nitto ATP Finals in 10 consecutive appearances, dating back to the tournament’s final edition in China. Djokovic, who now leads Isner 9-2 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series, owns a 32-11 mark at the season finale, while the rest of Group Guga Kuerten has three combined victories at the event.

Isner entered the match leading the ATP World Tour margin by a wide margin in service games won category this year, holding 94.2 per cent of the time according to Infosys ATP Scores & Stats. But Djokovic made clear early on that he was not intimidated, earning break point in each of the American’s first three service games. And while Isner used 127 mph and 126 mph second serves to stave off Djokovic’s pressure in his first two service games, he could not hold off the World No. 1.

Djokovic broke with a cross-court forehand winner that zoomed past the serve-and-volleying Isner, and he did not look back from there in the opener, losing just four of his own service points in the first set. And while Isner did well to hold through 3-3 in the second set, Isner overplayed a low forehand approach shot, whipping it into the net to give the Serbian his second break of the match, which was ultimately decisive. 

Ronaldo Becomes Ball Kid At Nitto ATP Finals

2 hours 22 min ago
Watch as Juventus and Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo gets involved in ball kid duties at the Nitto ATP Finals. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Sock Floors Melo With Punishing Forehand At The Nitto ATP Finals

2 hours 26 min ago
Watch as Marcelo Melo suffers a painful blow at the hands of Jack Sock's forehand at the Nitto ATP Finals. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

John Isner: Happy Family Life = On-court Success

2 hours 41 min ago
John Isner says life with wife Madison and two-month-old daughter Hunter Grace helps to keep him calm on court and his results in perspective.

Kelsey Anderson Diaries: Inside Player Gift Bags At The Nitto ATP Finals

3 hours 4 min ago
Watch as Kelsey Anderson provides a sneak peek into the gifts husband Kevin Anderson has received during the Nitto ATP Finals.

Fan's Favourites' Bryan/Sock Open London Account

3 hours 55 min ago

Mike Bryan and Jack Sock got their Nitto ATP Finals campaign off to a winning start on Monday night at The O2 in London. The fifth seeds, winners of the Wimbledon and US Open crowns, saved one set point in the second set en route to defeating last year’s finalists and third seeds Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo 6-3, 7-6(5) in 87 minutes.

Last week, Mike Bryan and Sock were named the ATPWorldTour.com Fans’ Favourites presented by Moët & Chandon in the 2018 ATP World Tour Awards. Bryan, who previously won this award with his twin brother Bob Bryan from 2005-17, and Sock have a 17-5 record together since teaming up in mid-June at the Fever-Tree Championships.

Bryan and Sock broke Kubot to love for a 3-1 lead in the first set, which was dominated by the forehand firepower of Sock, who last year competed in the singles competition at The O2. Kubot and Melo settled into a repeat of the US Open final in September, returning aggressively and rushing the net to create opportunities in the second set. Deciding deuce points went begging on Sock and Bryan’s serves in the sixth and eighth games of the set, before Melo survived two break points at 4-4.

Mike Bryan saved one set point on Sock’s serve at 4-5, on a deciding deuce point, with a reaction volley that Kubot couldn’t scramble up. In an inevitable tie-break, a fitting conclusion for such a competitive set, Bryan and Sock broke clear at 2/2, but Melo – who had been hit with a fizzing forehand from Sock midway through the second set – produced his own groundstroke power to keep the Brazilian/Polish team in the match. But Kubot double faulted on match point.

Kubot and Melo, the 2017 year-end No. 1s in the ATP Doubles Team Rankings, were attempting to record their 40th match win in 60 matches this season. The pair has picked up ATP World Tour crowns at the Sydney International (d. Struff/Troicki), the Gerry Weber Open in Halle (d. Zverevs), the China Open in Beijing (d. Marach/Pavic) and the Rolex Shanghai Masters (d. Murray/Soares).

Day 3 Preview: Can Roger Bounce Back Against Thiem?

4 hours 14 min ago
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Will Roger Federer bounce back?

That will be the leading story on Tuesday as Group Lleyton Hewitt contests its second of three round-robin matches at the Nitto ATP Finals.

On the opening day of play, No. 7 seed Kei Nishikori stunned Federer, dealing the six-time champion his first straight-sets defeat in group play at the season finale. In fact, Federer had lost just three round-robin matches since the tournament moved to The O2 in London in 2009.

So now, Federer will look to get back on track when he faces Dominic Thiem, who also lost against Kevin Anderson in straight sets in his first match. Interestingly, Thiem leads his FedEx ATP Head2Head series against Federer 2-1, with all three of their matches coming in 2016.

“We haven't played in a while,” Federer said. “I haven't thought about the match, to be honest. I haven't had enough time. I wasn't even thinking who I'm going to play next. I just know I need to do better than today. That's pretty much it.”

Thiem will take confidence into the encounter knowing that while it’s been more than two years since he has shared a court with the 99-time tour-level titlist, the Austrian saved two match points to beat Federer in Stuttgart in their most recent match-up. But the sixth seed knows he will have to get off to a quicker start against Federer than he did against Anderson, as he faced seven break points in the opening set against the South African.

“I didn't have a good start,” Thiem said. “I was in trouble almost every service game. So the first set was not really good.”

While that will be the singles match during the evening session, Sunday’s two winners will battle it out to stay undefeated during the day session. Nishikori takes a 5-3 FedEx ATP Head2Head series lead into his meeting against Anderson, as they compete against one another for the fourth time this year and the third time in less than three weeks.

Anderson was impressive in his first-ever match at the season finale, dismissing Thiem, who is competing at The O2 for the third time.

“I think it was important going out there and getting off to a good start,” Anderson said. “I definitely felt a little bit nervous. But I was able to settle very quickly and find a really good rhythm, taking care of my serve games nicely.”

Anderson will hope to serve well against Nishikori, too. The 32-year-old has beaten the Japanese superstar at both of the events he has won this season, ousting Nishikori in the New York Open semi-finals and beating him to win the Erste Bank Open 500 in Vienna.

But Nishikori is also in excellent form, having won 20 of his past 26 matches, reaching the quarter-finals or better at his final six tournaments of the year. It’s easy to forget that Nishikori played two ATP Challenger Tour events to begin his season as he came back from a wrist injury.

“I'm happy for him because he started [2018] playing Challengers. That was a bold decision early on,” Federer said after his loss to the Japanese. “That deserves credit and respect. I think we all have that for Kei because he's a great fighter.”

Nishikori will hope that fight is enough to take out Anderson as he pursues his third semi-final showing at the Nitto ATP Finals in four appearances. If the seventh seed beats Anderson and Federer takes down Thiem, Nishikori will move through. The same goes for Anderson if he wins on Tuesday, and Thiem stuns Federer.

Did You Know?
Federer has only lost two round-robin matches at the Nitto ATP Finals once in his career, in 2008. That was the only time in 15 previous appearances that the Swiss did not advance to the semi-finals.

Hot Shot: Sock Dismisses Melo Serve With Rocket Forehand At The Nitto ATP Finals

4 hours 17 min ago
Watch Hot Shot as Jack Sock fires a forehand return past Lukasz Kubot at the Nitto ATP Finals. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

ATP Supporting UNICEF At The Nitto ATP Finals 2018

4 hours 31 min ago
Find out about the partnership between the ATP and UNICEF at the 2018 Nitto ATP Finals. Photo Credit: Julian Finney/Getty Images.

ATP Supporting UNICEF At The Nitto ATP Finals

4 hours 41 min ago

The ATP is once again supporting UNICEF, working together to try to make the world a better place for children. 

For every ace hit at the 2018 Nitto ATP Finals in singles and doubles, the ATP will donate £100. In 2017, the ATP donated £30,400 for the 304 aces struck at the season finale to help protect children in danger around the world. And since 2016, the Nitto ATP Finals has helped raise more than £300,000 for the world's leading children's organisation.

The ATP has also given fans a chance a special opportunity in 2018 to buy a limited number of tickets to round-robin play for just £10 and an accompanying booking fee, from which £10 for each ticket is being donated to UNICEF.

Entering this year’s Nitto ATP Finals, the tournament’s eight singles competitors had hit 4,860 aces in 2018, with six London contenders in the Top 12 on the ATP World Tour in the category this season, according to Infosys ATP Scores & Stats. John Isner (1,173) and Kevin Anderson (1,058), the eighth and fourth seeds at The O2, respectively, are the only players who have passed the 1,000-ace mark this year.

Marach/Pavic Presented 2018 ATP World Tour No. 1 Doubles Team Trophy

5 hours 7 min ago
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Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic were honoured during an on-court ceremony Monday at the Nitto ATP Finals, receiving their ATP World Tour No. 1 Doubles Team trophy from ATP Executive Chairman & President Chris Kermode.

“It's tough to find words for this, but [we’re] really honoured to receive this award today,” said Marach. “We worked very hard from last year, and I think all the hard work paid off. What we’ve achieved this year is unbelievable. We had an unreal start of the year and we continued very solid throughout the year, and now receiving this ATP World Tour No. 1 is very special for us.”

The Austrian-Croatian duo clinched the year-end top spot for the first time, becoming the first players from their respective countries to achieve the feat in any of the ATP Rankings (singles, doubles, team). Marach, 38, is the oldest member of a year-end No. 1 doubles team since 38-year-old Sherwood Stewart in 1984. The 25-year-old Pavic is the youngest member of a year-end No. 1 doubles team since Todd Woodbridge, 24, in 1995.

"We did not expect that," said Pavic of finishing year-end No. 1. “Our goal this year was to qualify for the [Nitto ATP Finals] because last year we were first alternates… It was incredible, the start to the year. It gave us a lot of confidence and later on we were good. We were consistent throughout the year."

Marach and Pavic, who first joined forces in March 2017, have captured four doubles titles from nine finals in their first full season together. They won 17 straight matches to start the year, lifting three consecutive trophies at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha, the ASB Classic in Auckland and the Australian Open. Their winning streak came to an end on 18 February with a runner-up finish at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam, one of three ATP World Tour 500-level final appearances this season.

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The players captured their fourth team crown of 2018 at the Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open in May. In addition to their runner-up finish in Rotterdam, Marach and Pavic contested their third Grand Slam final at Roland Garros in June, the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters, plus the German Tennis Championships 2018 presented by Kampmann and the China Open in Beijing.

Chris Kermode, the ATP Executive Chairman & President, said, "To finish the season as the year-end No. 1 team is the ultimate accolade, a reflection of excellence and consistency throughout a gruelling doubles season that covers 67 tournaments across 31 countries. From January to November, it’s the prize that all teams are chasing, and Oliver and Mate should be hugely proud of their achievements. On behalf of the ATP, many congratulations on a remarkable season."

Anderson Looks To Remain Undefeated At Nitto ATP Finals Against Nishikori

5 hours 32 min ago
Watch a preview of Tuesday's match at the 2018 Nitto ATP Finals between Kevin Anderson and Kei Nishikori. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Federer Hopes To Bounce Back Against Thiem At Nitto ATP Finals

5 hours 33 min ago
Watch a preview of Tuesday's match at the 2018 Nitto ATP Finals between Roger Federer and Dominic Thiem. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Zverev Discusses Cilic Victory, Court Speed At The Nitto ATP Finals

5 hours 36 min ago
Watch as Alexander Zverev shares his opinion on his straight-sets win over Marin Cilic and the speed of the court at The O2. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Hot Shot: Zverev Earns Match Point With 'Thunderbolt' Backhand At Nitto ATP Finals

5 hours 47 min ago
Watch Hot Shot as Alexander Zverev rips a backhand up the line to move one point from victory against Marin Cilic at the Nitto ATP Finals. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com. Photo credit: AFP/Getty Images.

Pella Powers To Uruguay Open Title

5 hours 58 min ago
Rain forced Guido Pella to win two matches on Sunday to claim his 13th ATP Challenger Tour crown and second in Montevideo. Video courtesy of Uruguay Open.

Highlights: Zverev Extends Winning Record Over Cilic To Start His Nitto ATP Finals

6 hours 20 min ago
Watch highlights as Alexander Zverev battles through two tie-breaks to beat Marin Cilic in Group Guga Kuerten's first match at the 2018 Nitto ATP Finals. Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic also defeat Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut. Photo Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.