Category Archives: London

Win A Chance To Meet Roger Federer Thanks To Credit Suisse

Let’s face it, there isn’t a tennis fan in the world who wouldn’t love to meet Roger Federer. No matter who your favourite player in the world is you can’t deny the effortless, poetry in motion that is Federer’s game. Read more »

Andy Roddick Arrives In Brisbane

After his flight looked to possibly be snowed in, Andy Roddick has landed in Brisbane ahead of his title defense which starts in the new year. Roddick arrived with wife Brooklyn Decker to adjust to the hot Australian climate and get some practice in on an out door court.

Roddick, who spent most of last year dealing with mono, has worked hard in his down time, particularly since the world tour finals in London, to get fit and ready to make a challenge for a Grand Slam title in Melbourne. Read more »

Nadal V Verdasco: My Favourite Match Of All Time

It’s the end of the season and people are always talking about what the best match of the season was and I can’t pick one. For some reason most people’s favourite, the Murray V Nadal Barclays Tour Finals match, just doesn’t do it for me. Murray was struggling to control his anger, Nadal letting good leads slip… It just wasn’t it for me. There’s no doubt it was a match with huge intensity but for me the best match I’ve ever seen remains Nadal V Verdasco at the 2009 Australian Open, followed by Nadal V Federer at Wimbledon in 2008. Read more »

Federer Shows Nadal His Backhand, Takes London Title

The ATP season is officially over, completed with a Nadal V Federer final that was won by the former world number one Roger Federer 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. Federer not only went home with the trophy but also 1 million pounds for being undefeated during the tournament. Read more »

2010 ATP Season To End With A Nadal Federer Final In London

The organizers of the Barclays Tour Finals in London could not have asked for a better end to the tournament and season than to see the greatest rivalry in tennis played out once more. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal only meet each other in finals these days, and a season ending, winner takes all final will send on of them into the 2011 season, and off to Australia brimming with confidence. Read more »

>Djokovic Fills Final Semi's Position


Novak Djokovic has completed the line up for the four left standing at the Barclays Tour Finals. The final four, unsurprisingly, consist of the four players who have held the top four rankings exclusively until almost two weeks ago: Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. Djokovic booked his spot after sending Andy Roddick home in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3, without a win to his name.

Djokovic was forced to work hard, for over seven minutes, to hold his opening service game after initially being up 40-15. Roddick was broken in the fourth game and continued to look almost disinterested, sometimes looking like he was just smacking ball from one side to another to see if that could get the job done.

The Serbian, on the other hand, looked hungry as he went after the set, knowing that winning it would mean his qualification into the semi finals. Roddick on the other hand had to win in straight sets to get through. After 31 minutes Roddick already knew he was going home he just had to ride out another set first.

Roddick is now scheduled to have about ten days of rest before he begins preparation for next season – not a lot of time off for someone who’s looking as jaded and over it as the American number one.

Looking ahead to the semi’s, unless Murray suddenly finds some form it’s looking like we might see a Federer V Nadal final, which you’d have to favour the Swiss maestro in. You cant deny that while both Rog and Rafa have been playing well, Fed arrived in form and Rafa’s worked his way towards being in full flight and on a fast, indoor surface Federer will have the edge unless Rafa’s will to win in greater than the four time winner of the tour finals.

Either way the good news for both Murray and Federer is that they will both have had an extra day of rest when they step up to the plate tonight.

“Nights like tonight, it’s a lonely place on court a lot of times. But that’s the way sports is. I’ve been struggling physically for a while now. It’s been a tough battle between trying to get healthy and finding the right balance between working and not getting hurt. The season probably came to an end at about the right time.” – Andy Roddick

>Nadal Rages Into Semi's


It was the Wimbledon final rematch that promised great shot making and drama and it didn’t disappoint. After a battle in the first set there was argument with the umpire from Nadal which only served to fire him up as he then accelerated towards the finish line, winning 7-6, 6-1.

Nadal came under early fire, Berdych finding ways to use his strength and height to cope with the spin and bounce of the Spaniards shots, working his way to two break points. Nadal, a ferocious competitor fought for every single point like it was a fight to the death, spurring himself on with a series of loud cries of “Vamos!” and “Si!”, sending his opponent a clear message as held.

Nadal returned the favour with some blistering returns to bring up two break points in the fifth game, on of which Berdych saved with a huge forehand down the line that the world number one couldn’t control. Berdych held for the 3-2 lead.

When Rafa served to push for a tie break Berdych hit a ball that the umpire called out, Nadal sticking his hand in the air to challenge if it wasn’t overruled. Berdych complained and then challenged. The ball on the Hawk-Eye review was only just in. Rafa had returned the ball in the court. Because it was Berdych who’s challenge was accepted it should have been a replay, instead Berdych and the umpire believed that the point was Berdych’s because Nadal had interupted play. Nadal became irate and understandably so complaining that it wasn’t fair, and he almost sat down and refused to play.

It appeared that despite the fact that the umpire had overruled and it was Berdych’s they were saying that Nadal had interrupted play. In the event that Nadal had interrupted play and the ball had not been overruled and Nadal’s challenge was proven incorrect as it would have been, then Berdych deserves the point. However, the umpire overruled, agreeing with Nadal that it looked long, and Berdych challenged. Not the other way around.

The fact that the umpire overruled changes everything. Berdych challenged. Berdych was correct. Replay the point.

Rafa, then emotionally charged, took the game and the set before channeling his frustration into destroying Berdych in the second set. An enraged bull is a dangerous site on the other side of the net. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Nadal so irritated that he looked like he was going on strike.

After the match Nadal, who has won almost $8 million and has a 69:9 win:loss record for this season looked back on his season and the drama filled match.

“For me, finish the season winning all the matches in the group, three victories against top eight players in probably the most difficult surface for me, is unbelievable now. I am very happy to be in  semi-finals. Tomorrow going to be a very difficult match against one of the best players of the world. I’m very happy how I am playing, how I improved during the tournament and for me today was a very good match.

You always can have a better season. You can win in every place. But for me, is very difficult to imagine. In my case, is almost impossible.” – Rafael Nadal

“Every time you play No. 1 player in the world, is a great experience. I need to learn from the mistakes. That’s how I can be better for the future. It was one of my goals for this year to get here and I’m happy for that.” – Tomas Berdych

“It just show how the referee is probably scared of him and just let him to talk with him too long. The rules are quite correct, you know. When you ask for the challenge, and he stops the game.  It’s so simple that the point is what the challenge shows, and let’s play and continue, not to be talking. It’s not the mistake of Rafa. It’s the mistake of the referee. He just need to show him (Nadal) that it’s not like he can do whatever he wants on the court, just let him play. It should be more, you know, continuous.” – Tomas Berdych
“I am right, but is mistake for him. But he is a great umpire and everybody have a mistake. I think he did today. Everybody have a mistake. If my ball went out, the mistake was myself.” – Rafa Nadal

>Murray Secures Semi Final Position

>David Ferrer has left London empty handed after being beaten convincingly by Andy Murray 6-2, 6-2 in just 69 minutes. It wasn’t an impressive match from Murray, who has struggled with his consistency, but he managed to pull it together and qualify for the semi finals. Ferrer, on the other hand, has lost all three of his matches in London.

Ferrer held his opening service game and then stating giving Murray trouble early, running him around the court and showing Murray up as he struggled to get his backhand going. With a double break point opportunity in Murray’s opening service he dumped a backhand in the net.

With Ferrer ahead 2-0 it seemed like Murray was well aware of how many games he needed to make it through to the semi finals, having missed out last year by just one game. He responded immediately, shrugging off his opening errors and playing more aggressively to find his way to triple break point, needing all three to get things back on serve.

Ferrer had another chance to break in the next service game, narrowly missing. Ferrer who is 15cm shorter and a 12kg lighter (at least), was broken again, having only won 1 out of 9 points when Murray went to a 3-2 lead.

When Murray secured the first set 6-2 he let out a roar knowing he was safely through to the semi finals.

The rest of the match was much the same, Ferrer clinging on for dear life and Murray dominating as he should. Both players were broken in their opening service games, Ferrer then held his second before Murray reeled off 5 straight games to take the match.

“I’m going to be playing against someone like Rafa. I’ll try and win but I’m not sure I’ve got a whole lot of chance if I play him. I’ve watched his matches here. He’s been playing unbelievably well. I don’t seem to beat those guys in the big matches. I need to do it in a big match, in the semis. I have to see whether I can do that or not. Am I confident? No, not really.” – Andy Murray
“I’m not sure I’ve got a whole lot of chance if I play against Nadal. He’s obviously the best player in the world. He’s playing unbelievably well. I don’t seem to beat these guys in the big matches. It was a good match tonight. I played well. Returned well. To win against someone as tough as David with that score line, must have played well.” – Andy Murray 

“I thought Andy played a very good match. I served very bad all this week. And with these players,  is very difficult. If I don’t serve good, is difficult. I don’t think I was focused in the match with Andy. I tried my best. But today I had a lot of problems, physically, mentality. Is difficult to play with these guys. If I am not perfect, 100 per cent, is impossible.” – David Ferrer

>Federer Stamps Out Soderlings Finals Hopes

>Roger Federer has secured his spot in the World Tour Finals semi finals in London after his unblemished record was improved after defeating Robin Soderling 7-6, 6-3 after just 78 minutes of play.

The game was a fairly typical Federer-Soderling match where you know the outcome. You know Soderling will make some incredible shots, displaying his amazing strength and power. You know luck is always on Federer’s side. You know Federer will rise to the occasion and is playing beautiful tennis at the moment. In short you know Federer’s going to win.

Federer drew first blood for an early break of serve for 2-1 lead. Soderling continued to thump down some huge serves, scrambling around the court trying to make up for lost ground, knowing full well that Federer has, in the past, got away from him very quickly.

Soderling then broke back to level at 4-4 after Federer pushed a routine forehand long.

The match intensity increased during the tiebreak but from early on Soderling found himself behind and unable to make up the distance. When a backhand of Federer’s appeared to by mishit from Soderling’s perspective, he let the ball go where it dropped into the back corner of the court, sealing the first set. After the match he explained the error. “At first I was pretty sure it was going out. But as soon as I let it go, I felt like this one is going much closer to the line than I expected. Of course, it went in. It was a little bit unlucky but it’s my fault.”

After 8 minutes of battling Soderling managed to hold serve at 2-2. The comparative ease with which Federer was winning serve, sometimes throwing in some serve and volley play, made it clear the end was near for Soderling.

Robin saw a slight sign of hope when he was up 15-30 in the seventh game but with Federer serving so consistently that hope was quickly snuffed out. Federer produced a series of incredible forehands and backhands, ripping balls cross court and up the line, beating Soderling at the net for the break he needed to serve it out.

“I’m happy I was able to come out and play a good, tough, solid match against a player who I thought was in good shape. I purposely didn’t want to know the calculations before the match. Last year that played on my mind a little bit. I’m happy that all three matches were straight sets wins with no wasted energy. I’m playing real well. I’m through to the semis. So it’s all real good right now.

“Starting the season great in Australia, finishing the season great in London would be, you know, the circle is sort of closed. Then again, I’m still two matches away, two really tough matches. I’m most likely going to play against top five guys. Depends who I play, I don’t even know yet. It’s going to be a tough weekend ahead of me. That’s my focus right now.

So far it’s been good, you know. I won against top-10 players in straight sets. That’s going to make me feel obviously awfully good for the weekend. But I hope I can keep it up. Tournament’s not over yet. This is really when it starts for me.” – Roger Federer

>Frustrated Roddick Defeated By Berdych

>In the second round of play in Group A’s round robin Tomas Berdych beat And Roddick 7-5, 6-3.

Berdych came out like a different player, not overwhelmed by the nerves that had gotten the better of him the other day against Novak Djokovic.

The first set saw some brilliant serving from both players but Berdych struggled at the net and Roddick was rewarded with two set points at 5-4. Berdych managed to use his forehand to dig himself back to deuce. Some big serving and a lone great volley got the Czech back on serve at 5-5.

After the match Roddick seemed to feel this was the turning point in the match. “The set points, the first return I hit well. I came under it, hit a really good forehand. He kind of took a chance a little bit. He hadn’t gone forehand on a second serve. He went there on both of them. Obviously I wasn’t looking forehand on either one. In retrospect, I should have been.”

Roddick showed his superior net skills, trying to change things up, but was passed by brilliant running down the line backhand. With two game point in hand Roddick produced one double fault and then was beaten by an inch perfect cross court backhand that looked like it was going to sail long. Roddick then paid the price for serving only 2 of 8 first serves in the game and was broken by a hooked forehand return.

The anticipation skills of Roddick were on display but his replies didn’t make enough of a difference as Berdych started to feel more confident and worked the angles of the court with his deadly shot making ability. Berdych’s level of play changed the momentum of the game from Roddick being the more dominant, to the American being in big trouble.

The difference between the two became that Berdych was winning the big points, the break points and Roddick was just watching them sail passed. The same thing happened against Nadal. The Spaniard walked away with the match but Roddick won more points throughout the course of the game – just not the right ones.

Roddick started venting his frustration as he started to miss some shots and Berdych started hitting harder. The neon advertising lights behind Berdych, interestingly from Lacoste who actually sponsor the American, flashed and then were turned off, distracting Andy and only serving to fan the flames of his frustration.

When Berdych broke in that game for a 3-2 lead, Roddick broke his racket against his foot for which he was warned. Roddick turned to the umpire and said “It’s my racket it doesn’t affect anyone else… If I break my racket on my foot what the hell does it matter to you?”

Roddick later joked with the media that “I was angry with myself and there wasn’t anybody else to talk to at that moment.”

Roddick was up and pacing the baseline long before time was called, clearly letting his frustration get the better of him. The more annoyed Roddick became the more confident Berdych became, even displaying some great touch at the net while improving his first serve percentage.

A small ray of hope opened up in the eight game after a double fault from Berdych but it was quickly snuffed out to the frustration of Andy. Roddick continued to mutter to himself as Berdych smiled when another winner skimmed off the line. Berdych produced winner after winner and before long had double match point, only needing one.

Berdych will now face Rafa Nadal while Andy Roddick will face Novak Djokovic.

“I don’t think he came into the match with a lot of confidence. Being able to get through that definitely raised his confidence level. I’ve beaten him three times this year. I have a pretty good idea what to do. Now, if you don’t execute it, it makes most game plans look stupid.” – Andy Roddick

“The neons in the back weren’t quite to the settled position. They were still advertising fun stuff. When you’re trying to track a ball, it’s kind of hard with neon lights and stuff. Then Tomas noticed it, a couple of them just went out before we played a point.” – Andy Roddick

“I played him this year three times, all three times he won. I was many times in this position. But not often I was able to get back, you know, just to do couple of good serves, you know, get to the deuce, then win the game. That’s the thing what’s gonna give you really a lot of, you know, the positive confidence and stuff like that. I just went there, serve twice pretty good, turn the game, the last pick-up volley was very tough one, and I made it. And then the next game just made a quick break, and that was the key of the game.” – Tomas Berdych on defending break points int the first set.