REVIEW: Federer claims seventh title in Dubai

TENNIS – Roger Federer saw off Novak Djokovic on Saturday, earning his seventh career tournament title in Dubai. Dubai joined Wimbledon and Halle as Federer’s favourite tournaments. He has won each of these on seven occasions. The Federer – Djokovic rivalry now comprises of 37 singles matches. In Open era, only Djokovic and Nadal have squared off more often. Federer claimed his 20th victory over Djokovic. The only player he has beaten more often is Andy Roddick (21 times).

MILESTONE: Roger Federer’s 1,000 career wins

TENNIS – By beating Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-7, 6-4 in the Brisbane final, Roger Federer joined Jimmy Connors (1,253) and Ivan Lendl (1,071) as the only male players in Open Era with 1,000 ATP career wins. Click on ‘continue reading’ to read more about Federer’s milestone of 1,000 wins at the ATP-tour. Continue reading

REVIEW: The 2014 ATP World Tour

TENNIS – The 2014 ATP World Tour officially ended with Switzerland’s first ever win in the Davis Cup final. With this win, Roger Federer added another price to his trophy case and finished his season on an incredible high. Click on continue reading to see how the big guns in tennis performed in 2014. Continue reading

INFOGRAPHIC: Djokovic and Federer for London greatness

TENNIS – Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are very much in the running to contest the final of the ATP World Tour Finals in  London. Our Infographic gives you the lowdown on this possible clash of the titans of tennis. Click on the picture to see the full size version.

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ANALYSE THIS: Is the ‘Big Four’ dominance over?

TENNIS: Marin Cilic won his first Grand Slam title last Monday by beating Kei Nishikori in the 2014 US Open. This was the first Grand Slam in nine years (since 2005 Australian Open) no member of the ‘Big Four’ reached the final. Since that final in Melbourne four players have been dominating men’s tennis: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. In only three of the last 39 Grand Slams the title has NOT been won by a ‘Big Four’ player: Juan Martin Del Potro (2009 US Open), Stanislas Wawrinka (2014 Australian Open) and Marin Cilic (2014 US Open). It is remarkable that two of those wins came in 2014 which raises the question if the dominant spell of the ‘Big Four’ is over. Continue reading

REVIEW: 2013 is Nadal’s third as end of year number one

TENNIS – Rafael Nadal is assured of the world number one ranking at the end of the year, just like he finished in 2008 and 2010. He is the sixth player to earn the distinction in more than two years, apart from Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, Ivan Lendl, Pete Sampras and Roger Federer. Nadal is the first player to achieve this feat in three non-adjacent years.

PREVIEW: Nadal facing Federer in Rome final

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.

Nadal can beat Federer for a record 20th time in ATP men’s singles matches. Nadal is also on 19 wins against Novak Djokovic and David Ferrer.

This is Nadal’s 35th Master Series final. Federer will play his 34th. Novak Djokovic is closest by these players on 24 finals.

Nadal has won 23 Masters Series tournaments, Federer is on 21 wins. Andre Agassi is closest by with 17 wins.