TENNIS - Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer both reached the final in the ATP Masters Series in Rome on Saturday. Nadal has reached the final in Rome for a record eighth time.
TENNIS - Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will determine who will win the 2012 ATP World Tour Finals on Monday. Federer, who has reached the final of this tournament for the eighth time in his career, is already the competition record holder on six trophies. There is only one tournament that he has won more often.
TENNIS - With Rafael Nadal’s announcement to return to the tennis court in an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi in December, his 2012 season has officially come to an end. The Spaniard will forego the ATP World Tour Finals (for which he had already qualified) and the Davis Cup final, both tournaments taking place in November.
TENNIS - Roger Federer equalled an all-time Wimbledon record by winning his seventh men’s singles title. Federer joins William Renshaw and Pete Sampras, the latter being the only player to achieve the feat in the Open era (1968-present). Federer won his first singles title at Wimbledon since 2009.
TENNIS - Andy Murray is one of 21 players (from the 264 faced by Roger Federer is men’s singles matches) to hold a career winning record against the Swiss maestro. The Briton is one of only five players to have established that winning record whilst having faced Federer more than three times.
TENNIS - Andy Murray will enter his fourth Grand Slam final this Sunday, hoping to secure his first Major trophy. Only two players have lost four successive GS finals they have played in and Murray’s coach Ivan Lendl is the only player to lose his first four in the Open era. The other player to lose four in a row, Andy Roddick, won his first Major final before losing the next four.
TENNIS - The good people at DBD Media showed us the lovely work by Keith Prowse (find them on Twitter at @KeithProwse), a comprehensive Infographic on the history of men’s singles finals at Wimbledon. We were highly impressed by this piece of work and we will always show interest when people want to share something like this with us. Click Read More to see the graph.
TENNIS - Roger Federer reached his 24th career Grand Slam men’s singles final, extending the Open era record. His track record in the previous 23 is 16 wins and seven defeats. The only two players that have beaten Federer in the men’s singles final of a Grand Slam are Rafael Nadal (six times) and Juan Martín Del Potro (once).
TENNIS - Roger Federer secured a quarterfinal berth in his 33rd consecutive Grand Slam appearance and made it the 11th time in his career that he reached the last eight at Wimbledon. In that respect, he has equalled Boris Becker in second place and has only one other player still to catch.
TENNIS - If Roger Federer reaches the final at Wimbledon his projected points total for the post-Wimbledon ATP rankings will be 10,275. Since the current leader (Novak Djokovic) already has 10,370 projected points, Federer must somehow overtake that total. A Federer overall victory will give him 11,075 points. In that scenario, the draw dictates that Djokovic cannot accumulate more than 11,000 points, since his best possible result would be reaching the semifinals.
TENNIS - Andy Murray’s quarterfinal exit at Roland Garros means that his dream of winning a Grand Slam title has been put on hold. This was his 26th attempt at it and although the Scotsman is only 25, the window seems to be closing rapidly. Of 51 players that have won at least one GS title in the Open era, only five needed more than 25 attempts to succeed.
TENNIS - Rafael Nadal advanced to the semifinals at Roland Garros at the expense of Nicolás Almagro on Wednesday, giving Nadal his 50th singles win at the Porte d’Auteuil. He improved his career record to 50-1 at Roland Garros, having suffered his only defeat in the fourth round of 2009, when he was beaten by Robin Söderling.
TENNIS - Robin Söderling has announced that he will not be taking part at Roland Garros, which will be starting this Sunday in Paris. The Swede made it to the men’s singles final at the Porte d’Auteuil in both 2009 and 2010, however was beaten on two occasions. Söderling has not made it past the quarterfinals in any of the other Slams. Söderling is the only man to ever beat Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros (in the Last 16 in 2009). The Spaniard has a 45-1 won-lost record in the year’s only Major on clay.