Tomas Berdych defeated the 12th-seeded Feliciano Lopez at the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris on Thursday, moving him into the quarterfinals. The Czech’s win also puts him one victory away from qualifying for the ATP World Tour Finals for the fifth consecutive year, which he will accomplish if he can move into the semifinals this week.
Stan Wawrinka moved into the third-round of the BNP Paribas Masters on Wednesday, rolling past Austrian Dominic Thiem 6-4, 7-6(6) in his first match this week in Paris. The third-seeded Switzerland native avenged a defeat he suffered at the hands of Thiem at the Mutua Madrid Open earlier this year, and was looking to snap a three-match losing streak overall.
World number one Novak Djokovic was a 6-3, 6-4 second-round winner Tuesday over Philipp Kohlschreiber at the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris to advance to round three. The defending champ in Paris, it was Djokovic’s return to action after the birth of his son Stefan last week with his wife Jelena.
Roger Federer captured his sixth Swiss Indoors Basel title on Sunday, defeating David Goffin 6-2, 6-2. In doing so, the Switzerland native moves closer to Novak Djokovic for the year-end number one spot.
Serena Williams exacted revenge for her embarrassing loss to Simona Halep earlier in the week by defeating the Romanian 6-3, 6-0 in Singapore to win her third straight WTA Finals. Serena suffered her worst loss in 16 years to Halep in the second round of the WTA Finals’ round-robin stage from Singapore.
Evert, Austin, Capriati, Davenport, Williams, Williams, Bellis? Not quite yet, but 15-year-old CC Bellis, TR Blue Chip and rising sophomore, Class of 2017 has the best chance to ascend to become the next great American since Serena.
The FIFA World Cup, Tour de France, Lebron, Melo ... forget about it! The biggest local sports news for Long Island tennis fans is Noah Rubin. He's the 2014 Wimbledon Boy's Champion, which is a truly remarkable achievement, but not his biggest accomplishment of the week.
The Group stages of this year's World Cup have drawn 62.3 million U.S. viewers to Univision Deportes, while Wimbledon ratings on ESPN are about 1/10 of that number. I love Wimbledon, it's a magical place and a great event, but let's face it, Wimbledon’s image is stuffy and the announcing is as hip as an old man with a pony tail and an earring.
In the first three months of 2013 the ATP challenger tour will be testing out a new rule, the elimination of the service let. Though there are no immediate plans to implement this rule in a broader scope there is no question that this is the first attempt at doing just that. Would this potential change be a positive thing for the sport? I think so.
The stance you use when hitting the ball determines the concentration needed concerning your shoulder turn. If you hit in the more conservative closed stance, where there is a turn step and hit, the shoulders will naturally turn sideways because the left leg (if right handed) is pointed toward the net.
When playing doubles, we are positioned many times during the match at the service line, or we are attacking forward toward the net, in both cases, we are subject to low, oncoming shots that require us to pick the ball up off a short hop, that’s the half volley.