Andy Murray a gagné une place dans la hiérarchie mondiale (2e), passant devant Roger Federer, selon le classement ATP publié lundi au lendemain de sa victoire au Masters 1000 de Montréal face à Novak Djokovic, toujours confortable no 1 mondial.
Federer n'a pas joué le tournoi canadien.
Rafael Nadal progresse encore d'un rang cette semaine après sa défaite en quarts à Montréal face à Kei Nishikori. Le Japonais, qui a été éliminé par Murray en demies, conserve sa 4e place.
Milos Raonic a quant à lui maintenu sa 10e place malgré une élimination rapide alors que Vasek Pospisil a perdu deux rangs (47)
Le Français Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, battu en quarts du Masters 1000 canadien où il défendait son titre, progresse néanmoins de 5 places et réintègre le top-20 en 19e position.
Son compatriote Jérémy Chardy, éliminé en demies par Djokovic, bondit de 22 places au 27e rang mondial.
Roger Federer has spent the past few weeks in Switzerland, practising and resting for the final push of the season. He’s back on the ATP Tour at one of his favourite stops.
The 34-year-old Swiss star is trying for an unprecedented seventh title in Cincinnati this week while getting his game in shape for the U.S. Open. The time off has helped.
Federer decided to sit out the Rogers Cup last week, avoiding back-to-back tournaments. Last year, he was the runner-up at the Rogers Cup, flew to Cincinnati and beat David Ferrer in three sets at the Western & Southern Open.“I’m fresh and obviously eager to play and can’t wait for the tournament to start, really,” Federer said after practice Sunday morning. “But practice has been going very well. I’m very happy with how I’m feeling.”
Federer is 6-0 when he reaches the finals in Cincinnati, where he’s very comfortable with the courts and has a good feeling because of his career success. This time, he’s also rested.
“Last year I came in tired from five straight matches in Toronto, arrived late, wasn’t sure if I was going to play, decided to play and thankfully I did,” Federer said. “I ended up winning here. Now I have had plenty of time.”
Novak Djokovic is the top seed. He has never won in Cincinnati, the only Masters tournament title that has eluded him. Djokovic has lost in the finals at Cincinnati four times, most recently to Federer in 2012.
John Isner, the top-ranked American, is trying to extend his summer success. He won in Atlanta, lost in the finals in Washington and dropped a three-set match in the quarter-finals in the Rogers Cup on Friday in Montreal, losing to Jérémy Chardy. He’s won 11 of his 13 matches on hard courts.
“I’m holding up pretty well, actually,” Isner said. “It’s amazing what just one day off can really do. I’ve been used to playing a match every day, pretty much.”
“It feels like there’s a laundry list of things that’s bothering me. I served a lot, so my arm was hurting. But I think the most important thing is I’m not injured per se, just pretty worn out. But it’s a good problem to have, rather than the other way around.”
He’ll play American Sam Querrey in the opening round, a match that both players would rather avoid because it means a quick exit for one of them.
“Aw, I guess it was bound to happen,” Isner said. “We’ve played these Masters events for years now, but never played each other in the first round. In my mind, it kind of stinks.”
The tournament began Sunday with Slovakia’s Martin Klizan beating Dominic Thiem 7-6 (5), 3-6, 7-6 (4) in a match that lasted 2 hours 32 minutes. The top players get first-round byes.
On the women’s side, Serena Williams is trying for her second straight Western & Southern Open title. She was 0-5 in the finals before breaking through last year with a two-set win over Ana Ivanovic.
Williams has extra motivation to play well in Cincinnati. She was upset by 18-year-old Belinda Bencic in the semi-finals of the Rogers Cup on Saturday night in Toronto. Williams double-faulted a dozen times and described her play as amateurish.
She wants to get her game smoothed out heading into the U.S. Open, where she’ll be trying to become the fourth woman to win all four Grand Slam titles in one year.
“It would be amazing,” Federer said. “I think it’s great what she’s been able to achieve throughout her career, especially now this late. This dominance is incredible, so I wish for her that she can do it. She still has time, a few more weeks, and she knows what it’s all about and I think it’s going to be a huge focus during New York.”
The New Delhi leg of the Mahesh Bhupathi-promoted extravaganza will take place from December 10-12 with 14-time Grand Slam champion Nadal set to lead defending champions Indian Aces in his debut season.
The second edition of the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) will provide Indians with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of savouring the grand rivalry betweenRoger Federerand Rafael Nadal.
The New Delhi leg of the Mahesh Bhupathi-promoted extravaganza will take place from December 10-12 with 14-time Grand Slam champion Nadal set to lead defending champions Indian Aces in his debut season. His face-off with record 17-time Grand Slam champion Federer, of the UAE Royals, will take place on December 12.
"Everyone is talking about IPTL on the Tour this year and I know all the players are going to practise harder. This year, the event will be bigger with Nadal playing for Aces. Indian sports lovers have a lot to look forward to in Delhi," Bhupathi said on Saturday.
Tennis fans in the Capital had the opportunity to witness another classic clash between Federer and World No.1 Novak Djokovic in 2014.
Nadal will have hard-hitting Frenchman Gael Monfils, fiery Polish star Agnieszka Radwanska (part of the Champions Tennis League last year like Leander Paes), on-court magician Fabrice Sontoro, 2015 French Open doubles champion Ivan Dodig and two of India's highly successful doubles stars, Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna.
Bhupathi, however, said that he won't be able to play for the next few months due to his engagement in hosting IPTL. "For the next four to five months, my complete focus will be on IPTL."
When asked if he will be competing next year at the professional circuit, Bhupathi quipped: "Your guess is as good as mine."
23-10 Though their rivalry is considered one of the greatest in tennis history, Rafael Nadal has a massive 23-10 lead over Roger Federer in their overall head-to-head record
MONTREAL Roger Federer pulled out of next month's Rogers Cup hard-court tournament on Wednesday.
A spokeswoman for Tennis Canada, Valerie Tetreault, wrote in an email to The Associated Press that Federer "wants to make sure he will be (in) top shape for" the U.S. Open, the year's last Grand Slam tournament, which begins Aug. 31.
"I am disappointed that I won't be playing in Montreal because it's a tournament and a city that I really enjoy and has incredible fans," Federer said in a statement released by Tennis Canada. "I hope to be back in the future."
Federer, owner of a record 17 major championships, has not competed since losing to Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final on July 12.
Federer, who turns 34 on Aug. 8, won the Rogers Cup twice, in 2004 and 2006, and he was the runner-up a year ago.
"We are obviously disappointed to have Roger withdraw as it is always a privilege to watch him play," tournament director Eugene Lapierre said in a statement. "We also understand his decision because, above all, he has always been very loyal to our event and we would love to see him play tennis for many more years to come."
Play begins Aug. 10 in Montreal. Federer will be replaced in the main draw by Jerzy Janowicz, a semifinalist at Wimbledon in 2013.
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Roger-Rafa is the marquee match-up. Slated for December 12.
That will add spice to the Indian edition of IPTL.
IPTL founder and managing director, Mahesh Bhupathi , co-owner Indian Aces Gulshan Jhurani (C) during the launch of IPTL season 2 2015 in New Delhi on Saturday. (Source: PTI)
A Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal clash is always a treat for tennis fans. What began in 2004, during the third round of the ATP Miami Masters event in which an 18-year-old Spaniard defeated the Swiss, the then world No. 1, has become part of tennis folklore.
Now, in a little over four months, tennis fans in the country will witness two of the best players slug it out in New Delhi during the second edition of the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL).
Their’s is the marquee match-up — slated for December 12 — that will add spice to the Indian edition of IPTL.
Nadal, who had withdrawn from the inaugural edition last year, will represent the Indian Aces, while Federer, who was part of the Indian team last year, will be a part of the UAE Royals. Meanwhile, reigning world No. 1 Novak Djokovic will be turning out for the Singapore Slammers after appearing for the UAE team last year.
The switch took place during the Player Draft that was held in April this year, where Japan Warriors was unveiled as the fifth franchise in the tournament which already has defending champions Indian Aces, the UAE Royals, the Singapore Slammers and the Manila Mavericks.
Giving Nadal company at Aces will be Gael Monfils, Agnieszka Radwanska and Fabrice Santoro. This year’s French Open doubles champion Ivan Dodig and India’s doubles stars Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna complete the line-up. On the upcoming second season, IPTL founder and managing director Mahesh Bhupathi said: “The first season has brought some of the world’s biggest tennis stars to cities in Asia for the first time in an all-new format. This year, we have added Japan, and with both Nadal and Nishikori in the mix, it will surely be an exciting prospect.”
Leander Paes will be another addition this year. Like Nadal, Paes too had turned down the offer to be part of IPTL’s inaugural edition.
In the second edition, however, Bhupathi’s former doubles partner will play for Japan Warriors, who will have the company of Kei Nishikori.
With the presence of Nadal, Nishikori and now the 42-year-old Paes, Bhupathi is confident the second edition of IPTL will be bigger and even better.
“It’s obviously great to have him this year around. There are very few players on the tennis court who can entertain like Leander, and this format is tailor-made for his style of play. When it comes to net-play he is easily the fastest player in the world, so it will be exciting to watch him in action,” Bhupathi said.
Since it’s inception last year, the format, the style of play and the franchise-based league’s viability was under the scanner. Bhupathi, though, quashed all criticism saying, “Yes, there was scepticism last year, but the manner in which players embraced the concept and the level of competition was such that we have managed to tick off all the boxes.”
The second edition will begin in Japan (December 2-4) and then proceed to Philippines (December 6-8), India (December 10-12), Dubai (December 14-16) and will finally round off in Singapore (December 18-20), with tickets for the India leg going on sale from August 2.
Going forward, Bhupathi admits India face a tough fight when they take on Czech Republic at the Davis Cup world group play-offs in Delhi next month.
“I have just got a call from Berdych (Tomas) last night asking me about hotel details… so they (Czech) are coming in full strength and we need nothing short of a mini-miracle if we have to beat them in Davis Cup,” he said.
Sumit Nagal may be on cloud nine after bagging his junior Wimbledon doubles crown last month, but his mentor Mahesh Bhupathi has a word of caution for him.
“Winning the Wimbledon at 17 is a confidence booster no doubt, but let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves… the transition from the juniors to the seniors is not going to be easy. It’s like taking 200 steps and he has to take them one step at a time. So the next 3-4 years will be crucial for him. We can give him all the support in terms of training that he requires,” Bhupathi added.