Saturday, November 30, 2013

Wawrinka Will Stay With Magnus Norman in 2014

Stan Wawrinka has announced that he'll stay with Magnus Norman in 2014, and that the Swede will travel with him more in 2014, announced.

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“Stan is an amazingly talented tennis player and a true professional," Norman said in the news release. "He is a pleasure to work with and I believe this is just the beginning. We had initially agreed to work on a trial basis but after seeing how well we work as a team it was only natural for me to commit long term. We have agreed that I will be on the road more than I have been in previous years and I very much look forward to the seasons ahead as I feel that with hard work and commitment Stan has the potential and ability to excel even further.”

Wawrinka went 51-23 on the season with a quarterfinal appearance in Roland Garros and his first ever Grand Slam semifinal at the U.S. Open. The 28-year-old finished the season at No. 8 in the world.

“I have had one of the best years of my career and I feel that the relationship, trust and confidence I have built over the last 10 months with Magnus has obviously paid off gauging from my results to date” said Wawrinka.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Judy Murray Speaks Out against Stepanek's Shirt

While most tennis folks were debating the wisdom of Team Serbia's choice of leaving Novak Djokovic out of today's extremely important Davis Cup doubles rubber in Belgrade, Judy Murray was debating the fashion choices of Czech doubles star, Radek Stepanek.

As Ben Rothenberg wrote earlier this year: "For Stepanek, the Show Starts with the Shirt".

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Dumb Question, Smart Answer from Wawrinka

If there was ever a question designed to start a rivalry between two players, this was it. Credit to Stanislas the Manislas Wawrinka for not falling into the trap. I'm sure it was a good-natured question, asked in a good-natured manner, but still, a TRAP.

Here's what Wawrinka was asked after he defeated Tomas Berdych in his first round-robin match at this year's ATP World Tour Finals in London:
Q. So now it's clear that Wawrinka is better than Berdych.

STANISLAS WAWRINKA: The ranking doesn't lie. He's No.5 or 6. I'm only No.8. So far he's the best player. For sure this year, I play him three times, I beat him three times. Three important ones. First in Madrid to come back into the top 10, then US Open to make my first semifinal and then here. I'm really happy the way I'm playing against him, but it doesn't mean I'm a better tennis player than him.

Rafa Not Too Concerned about Losing London Final to Djokovic

Novak Djokovic ends 2013 on a high note when his rivalry with Rafael Nadal is concerned, but Nadal isn't too concerned that he fell to his main adversary on his last match of the year. "Certainly I think that's not going to change my career, winning or losing today," Nadal said after falling to Djokovic, 6-3, 6-4, at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. "I will not be a better player, talking about the history, with that or without that match--that's my feeling, personal feeling. Maybe I am wrong.

"That's fine. I normally except very well the losses, so I am not very disappointed."

Check the video above for more of Nadal's insight.

Monday, November 4, 2013

TN Heroes and Zeros: Djokovic Surging

Today's weekly Heroes and Zeros column for Tennis Now gives Hero No. 1 status to Novak Djokovic for conjuring up three straight titles down the stretch to put the No. 1 ranking back within reach as the elite eight head into the Barclays World Tour Finals this week.

The Serb could have hung his head after a rough and somewhat disappointing Grand Slam season. Instead all he has done is reel off 17 straight wins to push Serbia into another Davis Cup final and win three more titles.

Read more about Djokovic's heroics, and the Russian Fed Cup teams' disappointing showing in the Fed Cup final, plus more, here.

What Nadal Needs to Remain No. 1 at Year End

Even if he doesn't win the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London, the odds are still pretty good that Rafael Nadal will finish 2013 as the No. 1-ranked player.

Here's the ranking scenario in London, per the ATP:

NO. 1 RANKING UPDATE – For the first time since the ’09 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, year-end No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings is still up for grabs between current No. 1 Rafael Nadal and No. 2 Novak Djokovic.

Here’s the No. 1 scenario:

 If Nadal wins two matches (2 RR matches or 1 RR match and SF match), he will clinch the No.1  Djokovic must win 2 RR matches and win the tournament for a chance at the No. 1 ranking.

Nadal and Djokovic will both play their first matches on Tuesday. In a rematch of Saturday's Paris Masters semifinals, Nadal will play David Ferrer and Djokovic will play Roger Federer.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Today's TN Posts

Since many of my tennis articles go straight to Tennis Now, I figured I'd start posting them here for those of you who think I've been slacking. It's clearly not the case...

Today on Tennis Now:

1. ATP World Tour Finals Preview, in which I boldly pick Juan Martin del Potro as the winner

2. Recap of Simona Halep's title run in Sofia (her 6th title of the season, and 6th of her career)

3. A write-up of Italy's Fed Cup-clinching Sunday in Cagliari, Italy