Month: November 2013

Bryans win Paris Masters doubles title (Yahoo Sports)

Bob and Mike Bryan beat Alexander Peya of Austria and Bruno Soares of Brazil 6-3, 6-3 Sunday in the final of the Paris Masters to win their 11th title this season. The American twins, who also won the Paris Masters in 2005 and 2007, have already clinched the year-end No. 1 ranking. ”It’s definitely our best season,” Bob Bryan said. Being able to play on big courts like this and to hold the trophy is why we’re still here playing and we’ve done that a lot this year, which has really put a smile on our face.” The Bryans’ season…

Tennis-Nadal on track for elusive Paris Masters title

* Nadal downs last year’s runner-up Janowicz * Gasquet, Wawrinka complete Tour finals lineup * Djokovic also through to last eight (Recasts after Nadal wins) By Julien Pretot PARIS, Oct 31 (Reuters) – World number one Rafa Nadal broke the stubborn resistance of Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz’s to win 7-5 6-4 and reach the last eight of the Paris Masters on Thursday. In the semi-finals of the Paris event – one of only three Masters titles the Spaniard has yet to win – Nadal faces local favourite Richard Gasquet who, along with Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka, have completed the ATP World Tour…

Murray wants glory or bust in Australia

Wimbledon champion Andy Murray said on Thursday that he will only compete in next year's Australian Open if he feels capable of mounting a serious challenge to win it. He is now working his way back to full fitness, but says he will not cut any corners in his preparations for the Australian Open, which begins on January 13. "I would be disappointed to miss the Australian Open because it's a Grand Slam. it's a serious thing to have done — (it is important) that you don't come back just to play a match or to the Australian Open.

Tennis-No mask needed as daunting Djokovic beats Isner

By Julien Pretot PARIS, Oct 31 (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic dispensed with the Darth Vader mask but still proved too daunting an adversary for American John Isner as he reached the Paris Masters quarter-finals with a 6-7(5) 6-1 6-2 victory on Thursday. No Darth Vader,” Djokovic, who watched nine aces fly by him in the opener, told a news conference. Roger Federer showed glimpses of his brilliant best as the 17-times grand slam champion outclassed German Philip Kohlschreiber 6-3 6-4 to advance into the last eight. A day after securing his place at next week’s ATP World Tour finals, the…

Tennis-Wawrinka stays on course for London as Nadal cruises

Stanislas Wawrinka ran into a spot of bother but stayed on track for the ATP World Tour finals by seeing off Spain’s Feliciano Lopez 6-3 3-6 6-3 in the second round of the Paris Masters on Wednesday. Three tickets remain up for grabs, with Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, David Ferrer, Juan Martin del Potro and Tomas Berdych having already qualified. World number four Andy Murray of Britain has pulled out because of back surgery. Wawrinka’s victory means that Spaniard Nicolas Almagro is ruled out of the race.

Djokovic, Nadal, Federer, Ferrer advance in Paris (Yahoo Sports)

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic overcame big servers Thursday to reach the Paris Masters quarterfinals. Nadal beat last year’s runner-up, Jerzy Janowicz, 7-5, 6-4, and Djokovic rallied from a set down to top John Isner 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-2. Roger Federer, defending champion David Ferrer, Juan Martin del Potro, Tomas Berdych, Stanislas Wawrinka and Richard Gasquet also won their third-round matches.

Wawrinka, Gasquet book last 2 ATP Finals spots (Yahoo Sports)

Richard Gasquet and Stanislas Wawrinka took the last two spots in the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals after Milos Raonic lost to Tomas Berdych 7-6 (13), 6-4 on Thursday in the third round of the Paris Masters. Raonic needed at least a runner-up finish in Paris to have a chance to qualify for the London tournament next week, which features the top eight players. This will be Wawrinka’s first appearance; Gasquet also qualified in 2007.