Winners Of ATP Challenger Tour Finals 2011-2014

by on April 16, 2015
in ATP Tour

ATP Challenger

ATP Challenger Tour Finals is held at the end of each year where top seven players compete against each other and one of the players is invited from the country where the tournament is being held. There are total of eight players who are divided in two groups with four players each and play round-robin matches against the other players in the second group. Those players with the best record from both the groups advance to the semi-finals with the winners, playing in the final against each other to determine the champion.

From 2011 to 2014 these tournament has been held in Sao Paulo. In 2011- 2012, tournament was held on the Indoor hard surface at Ginasio do Ibirapuera. In the year 2013, the ATP Challenger Tour Finals was held on the Outdoor Clay Court and in 2014 it was again held on the Indoor clay at the Esporte Clube Pinheiros.

Final 2014

In the finale, Schwartzman played against Brazilian wild card entry Guilherme Clezar winning the two straight sets 7-5, 6-4.  During the match Schwartzman outsmarted Clezar winning the match in 73 minutes. Schwartzman, who is at present the 77 in World ranking earned 110 ATP ranking points and also won prize money of US-$ 84,900. He is the only second Argentine after Guido Pella to win the final of ATP Challenger Tour finals. Schwartzman can rightly be said as the deserving player of this award winning the title in 2014 and winning most number of matches with total of 48 throughout the year.

Finale 2013

Filippo Volandri of Italy won finale of ATP Challenger Tour in the year 2013 over Alejandro Gonzalez in three rounds with 4-6, 6-4, 6-2. Volandri won match total in just 52 minutes and won his 12th trophy on the Challenger trophy. Volandri has become the ninth active player to win the award. The Italian who also held No 25th spot once won $84,900 with the title and adds 110 points taking him inside the Top 70 of the Emirates ATP rankings for the first time after April last year. Runner up Gonzalez also received $46,200 for his run to the final and achieved the status of sixth Colombian born player to enter in the Top 100 earlier in the week.

Finale 2012

Argentina player Guido Pella who defeated Adrian Ungur, sixth seeded player winning three sets with 6-3, 6-7(4), 7-6(4). Pella has entered the Top 100 for the first time in the South African Airway ATP Rankings for the first time. At present Pella is 124th seeded and enhanced 4-0 record in ATP challenger Tour finals in 2012 adding one more to his winning streak including in Salinas, Manta and Campinas

Finale 2011

German player Cedrik-Marcel Stebe won the match against Dudi Sela of Israel in 2011 winning two straight sets with 6-2, 6-4.  Stebe is a very versatile player and has other talents like he is a pianist, drummer, golfer and also a footballer. Stabe is the newest shining star and one of the fastest achiever in ATP World Tour in the past 15 months.

ATP World Tour 250, 2015 And The Winning Players

by on April 16, 2015
in ATP Tour

David Ferrer

ATP World Tour 250 has been the latest one from the Association of Tennis Professionals from the 2009 ATP World Tour. ATP World tour 250 comes last amongst the events on the tour and is now a part of the ATP International Series. There are 40 tournaments in the series and in order to win single championship, the player needs to earn 250 ranking points. For singles draws consist of 28, 32 or 48 and for doubles it is 16 and 24.

In the year 2015, matches are going on and it here it becomes pertinent to discuss about the winners who have won their matches yet.  In Brisbane Roger Federer of Switzerland played against Milos Raonic of Canada winning with 6-4, 6-7 and 6-4.

In Doha tournament, David Ferrer versus Tomas Berdych was held and Ferrer won with 6-4, 7-5.  Stan Wawrinka hade face off with Aljaz Bendene, where Wawrinka won after playing two sets scoring 6-3 and 6-4. In Auckland Jiri Vesely played against Adrian Mannarino winning straight two sets scoring 6-3 and 6-2. Viktor Troicki took away the title during match held at Sydney in straight sets of 6-2, 6-3.

Roger Federer

Roger Federer is currently ranked as number two player by the Association of tennis professionals. The Swiss tennis player is often considered as the greatest player of all time. Federer has held a spot within top ten tennis players of the World since 2002 and in top twenty since April 2001. There are so many records in the hand of Federer and one such record is holding number one position for consecutive 302 weeks which is an incredible record for any tennis player as well as a tennis fan. The tennis superstar has won total of 17 Grand slams singles titles. He qualified Grand slam title for at least five times and made way to Wimbeldon final nine times.

 David Ferrer Ern

This Spanish professional tennis player is popularly known as clay-court specialist. Reason for this title is that he has won almost half of his titles on the clay court but along with the clay-court he has also shown his mettle on other surface as well. Ferrer was the part of Spain Davis Cup Team that held the trophy in 2008, 2009 and 2011.

Stan Wawrinka

Currently Swiss number two and World number 4 Stan Wawrinka is one of the most talented superstars in the tennis world today. On January 27th, 2014, Wawrinka achieved his highest ranking of number 3 after winning his first Grand Slam event.  Warwinka won the gold medal during men double’s event at the 2008 Summer Olympics teaming with Roger Federer.

Jiri Vesely

Vesely is a Czech professional tennis player and made his Davis Cup debut for the Czech Republic. He has won total of nine singles titles along with three challengers. Vesely also won a match in 2014 French Open and after that he qualified for the third round of Wimbeldon as a wildcard.

Viktor Troicki

Troicki won his second grand title of the career at the Apia International in Sydney defeating Gilles Muller.

ATP World Tour 500 And The Players Who Have Set The Record

by on April 16, 2015
in ATP Tour

ATP World Tour 500

ATP World Tour 500 series is the third most significant tier of men’s tennis tournament behind four Grand Slam tournaments, and the ATP World Tour Masters 1000. ATP World Tour 500 is also known as ATP International Series Gold and the Championship series. Within the series there are total of 13 tournaments with different draws of 32, 48 and 56 singles and 16 and 24 for doubles. Total ranking point is 500 that champion of single tournament should achieve. All leading players should have played at least four 500 tournaments out of which any one should be after the US Open tournament. The score of the player will be zero if he could not play total four or failed to play in one after the US Open.

Spanish superstar Rafael Nadal stands as the topmost record holder with highest number of the record for most number of singles with single titles of 15 and in doubles the record is held by Nenad Zimonjic holding 12 trophies in all. Juan Martin del Potro, Stefan Edberg and Boris Becker won the maximum trophies in a calendar year totalling with four.

Rafael Nadal

Nadal is the shining star in the Tennis world and currently ranked at number 3 in the World. He has got the honour of the finest clay court player ever and is popularly called, “The King of Clay”. Nadal is superb in all court and this is the sole reason why he is being considered as one of the best all rounder, tennis world has come. His fans regard him as the best player of all time. In his career until now this Spanish star has won total of 14 Grand Slams titles, clinching gold medal in Olympic 2008 in singles. He also holds record of 27 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 and a record 15 ATP World Tour 500 Tournaments. Nadal reached the peak of his performance in 2010 when he became the seventh player in history and youngest amongst the four players in the Open Era to win career Grand Slam.

Additionally he is the only second one after legend Andre Agassi to race through the single Career Golden Slam. He also got Laureus World Sportsman of the year in 2011.

Nenad Zimonjic

This Serbian player was ranked as number one in 2008 doubles and at present holds the seventh spot in the World.  Zimonjic is the only player from Serbia after Slobodan Živojinović to hold the number one title in the World. Zimonjic is remembered for his two best performance till date when in 2004 he scored win over none other than Andre Agassi in St Polten followed by win over Nicolas Kiefer in 2005 on the grass of Halle. What makes it more exciting and worth is that both were first round victories. In his career Zimonjic has played as member of Serbia Davis team, after being member of Yugoslavia Davis Cup team and Serbia and Montenegro Davis Cup team. As a member of Serbian player he has played both singles and doubles and in the year he also played in the capacity of captain of the national team.

ATP World Tour Final

by on April 16, 2015
in ATP Tour

ATP Tour Finals

ATP World Tour Final or Barclays ATP World Tour Finals is a tournament held for the professional men tennis players every year in the month of November at the O2 Arena in London, United Kingdom. This tournament is generally the last in the series of Association of Tennis professionals World Tour and top eight single players face each other in this series along with the double teams of the ATP rankings. Started in 1970, this tournament is highly popular amongst the all tennis fans and tennis playing Nations.  In singles reigning champion is Novak Djokovic and doubles trophy is defended by Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan.

This tournament differs from other series in a way that this is not a direct knock-out and instead eight players are divided into two groups of four and compete against the players of other groups, playing three round robin matches. Till date not a single player has got play semi-finals after losing more than one round-robin match. As of now the tournament is held in the general format of creating groups of four players and advancing into the semi finals and final. However, few years have been exceptions when this tournament walked over with surprising decisions. For instance in 1970-71, the winner was decided by taking out the best performed player after robin round with no semi finals and finals. In the years 1982, 1983 and 1984 there was 12 players knock out tournament without any round robin matches. Similarly in 1985, 16 player knock out was held with no round robin match. In this tournament, winners are given maximum 1500 rankings points, with each round-robin loss, 200 points are deducted from that amount.

 Roger Federer is one player that holds most number of records in single tournament with total of six. Generally the tournament is named after the sponsors of the tour but from 1990-2008 competition was non-sponsored. However, IBM sponsored the singles portion of the events. Barclays PLC started sponsoring the tournament in 2009. In 2009 the tournament was renamed to the ATP World Tour Finals and is played in London from 2009 to 2013. After 2012, organisers took extension of another two years up to 2015. Previously double and single tournaments were organised separately, but now they are held together running in the same week and also at the same location.

ATP World Tour is considered as one of the most important indoor tennis tournaments on the World tournament. But here also there are few exceptions when this event has been organized outdoor as well during 1974 Melbourne & 2003-2004 after modifying the conditions of play and keeping it in control on the ground as well as illumination system. Here is the price list of top 5 players and their prize money:-

Rank   Player                         YTD               Singles                        Doubles          Career

  1. David Ferrer                          $195,000         $195,000         $0                    $24,928,109
  2. Berdych, Tomas                     $102,675         $102,675         $0                    $20,152,143
  1. Vesely, Jiri                              $92,595           $91,530           $1,065             $797,125
  2. Troicki, Viktor                       $80,730           $80,730           $0                    $4,739,091

5. Federer, Roger              $80,000           $80,000           $0                    $88,691,538

Most memorable moments of French Open tennis tournament

Roland Garros or French Open has been the grand slam of unforgettable contests. Riveting tennis, amazing comebacks, controversial moments and emotional displays during periods of high drama and thrill have combined to create some of the most unforgettable French Open matches. Here are our top picks for most memorable moments of French Open matches:

1. Steffi Graf defeats Martina Hingis 1999 final

Graf v hingis french open

Graf’s comprehensive win over martina Hingis in this final offered all the elements of controversy, unforgettable match, crow involvement, tension, star quality, display of emotions, sentimental value and comeback. Hingis was top seeded then and had won first set with 2-0 lead in second set when things turned. Hingis was serving for match at 5-4 when Graf made a comeback and won three straight games to level. She dominated the third set after winning second set and ended up being the champion. Hingis complained a lot about umpiring during the match which also cost her penalty. Graf after winning the match said that this was her final French Open and announced her retirement two months later.

2. Michael Chang defeated Ivan Lendl, 1989

Chang v Lendl

It is the most memorable fourth round of French Open as Michael Chang’s upset of Ivan Lendl left everyone in shock. Chang’s 4-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 victory had a little bit of everything including stunning upset despite Chang’s cramps, remarkable comeback and underhand serve on crucial point. This match became much more unforgettable as Chang went on to win the tournament at the age of 17, becoming the youngest make to win a Grand Slam.

3. Chris Evert defeated Martina Navratilova 1985 final

Evert v Navratilova

This was the 65th and best of the 80 matches played between Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert. At this point, Navratilova was leading 33-31 against Evert and had won 15 of previous 16 meetings. But Evert was able to win this match 6-3, 6-7, 7-5 to reclaim world No.1 rank at age 30.

4. Rafael Nadal defeated Novak Djokovic 2013 semifinal

Nadal v Djokovic

At that time, Nadal had won 7 French Open titles but Novak Djokobic was world No. 1. It was the greatest resilient shown by both players that highlighted this match. Nadal’s 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-7(3), 9-7 victory over Djokovic in this semifinal is memorable for its riveting nature and high level of play.

5. Robin Soderling defeated Nadal 2009

Soderling french open 2009

It was the fourth round of French Open when Robin Soderling defeated Nadal with a score of 6-2, 6-7, 6-4, 7-6. Since 2005, Nadal lost just one match at Roland Garros. Before this match, Nadal was 60-1 in the French Open, winning the title eight of the nine times he had played the event. It was in 2009 where Soderling pulled off a stunning upset.

Greatest Wimbledon finals in the history of tennis

by on September 6, 2014
in Grand Slam: Wimbledon

Greatness of any tennis match results from combination of tennis excellent, excitement, memorable moments and tight competition. All these four elements were present in many matches of the world’s most prestigious tennis even, Wimbledon. However we have chosen some of the best Wimbledon finals for your delight.

1. Roger Federer v Rafael Nadal, 2008

Roger Federer v Rafael Nadal

The rivalry of Federer and Nadal has been the highlight of this decade. They have faced each other at all tennis formats and have provided much needed entertainment to spectators. In 2007, Federer’s five set victory over Nadal was considered the best. However right after an year in 2008, the two maestros faced eachother in the final again which was considered the greatest match ever played in Wimbledon. They played classic tennis for four hours and 48 minutes, the longest final in Wimbledon history. Nadal was victorious with a splendor of 6-4, 6-4, 6-7(5-7), 6-7(6-8), 9-7.

2. John McEnroe v Bjorn Borg, 1980

Borg Mcenroe

It was the fourth set tie breaker in 1980 Wimbledon finals that took 22 minutes and 34 points between Borg and McEnroe. The match offered plenty of intrigue because of contrasting styles and personas of Borg and McEnroe. The resilience of Borg in winning the 5th set 8-6 was another addition to the match’s lore.

3. Patrick Rafter v Goran Ivanisevic 2001

patrick rafter and ivanesvic  final

It was all about Goran Ivanisevic who became the first player to win Wimbledon based on wild card entry. The match see sawed as Rafter was invincible. In the 16th game of the final set, Rafter saved three match points but Ivanisevic capitalized on fourth winning 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 2-6, 9-7.

4. Venus Williams v Lindsay Davenport 2005

venus williams v davenport  wimbledon

This match lasted for two hours and 45 minutes. Venus Williams was victorious over Lindsay Davenport with a score of 4-6, 7-6, 9-7. It wasn’t just the length of match that made it a significant Wimbledon final but it was the fact that Davenport was No. 1 at that time and she was beaten by Venus who at that time was ranked No. 14 for Wimbledon. Venus became the lowest-seeded female player to win it.

5. Steffi Graf v Arantxa Sanchez 1995

graf v sanchez

This women’s final in 1995 witnessed 32 point game in the third set. The rivalry between Graf and Sanchez was exciting as they had already exchanged world No.1 ranking six times before this match. The most critical moment of the match was when Vicario served at 5-5. The 11th game ended in 2 minutes and included 13 deuce but eventually Graf turned out victorious.

Memorable tennis matches of US Open

by on September 3, 2014
in Grand Slam: US Open

In Flushing Meadows of the US tennis courts, some of the greatest tennis players have entertained spectators with their exquisite game. Some tennis matches in the open era of US Open are still recalled for offering the best possible sports entertainment. Speaking of which, 2011 US Open semifinal between Roger Federer and Djokovic has been a recent addition to a list of some of the finest tennis matches. We have come up with a list of most memorable tennis match of US Open. The rankings given to these matches have been based on the star power, drama of the match and the significance of the contest.

1. Andre Agassi v Pete Sampras, 2001

sampras v agassi us open

This quarterfinal of 2001 US Open featured everything a tennis fan could want. Two greatest American tennis players who already owned 21 Grand Slam singles titles between them met for the 32nd time. The contest was extremely close throughout the match. There was not a single service break in this fantastic match. Sampras finished off his 6-7(7-9), 7-6(7-2), 7-6(7-2), 7-6(7-5) victory at 12:14am. Best part was that a crowd of 23,033 at Arthur Ashe Stadium remained in attendance till the end.

2. Chris Evert v Martina Navratilova, 1984

navratilova v evert us open

Navratilova’s 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in this match has to be the most compelling win in her career. In 1983, Navratlova had beaten Evert 6-3, 6-1 in the US Open finals and had continued her 12 straight times win against Evert. This match was the 61st meeting between these two rivals. Although Evert used a lot of variety in her game style but she somehow managed to fall again.

3. Steffi Graf v Monica Seles, 1995

sles and graf us open

It was the most dramatic match between Monica Seles and Steffi Graf where Steffi was victorious 7-6, 0-6, 6-3.  Steffi was facing immense pressure due to her personal life issues. Also, Graf had to spend time in a hospital before this match for MRI that was performed on her aching foot. In a tie-break of first set, Graf won the set but Seles dominated the second set very convincingly and won the set in just 27 minutes. However Graf responded with her best tennis in the third set to claim the match.

4. Jimmy Connors v John McEnroe, 1980

mcenroe v connors

Connors and McEnroe, the greatest American tennis players, never really liked each other and had their own attitudes. McEnroe was leading 6-4, 5-4 when Connors took control of the match and won 11 straight games eventually leading two sets to one and 2-0 in the 4th set of this match. McEnroe was about to win on the match point in fourth set but Connors responded with big strokes to tie the match. In the fifth set, McEnroe at one point lost control of his racket and was fined $250. This set went to tie-breaker and eventually McEnroe won the match.

5. Roger Federer v Nova Djokovic, 2011

fderer v djokovic us open

It has to be the most memorable match and easily recalled too. Djokovic played his greatest clutch shots to beat Roger Federer  6-7, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 in the 2011 US Open semifinals.  

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