MELBOURNE – Russia’s world number 12 Svetlana Kuznetsova will miss next month’s Australian Open as she recovers from wrist surgery, organizers confirmed on Friday. The 32-year-old former French and U.S. Open champion was already rated doubtful and was missing from the official entry list when it was published on Friday along with China’s world number 94 Zheng Saisai, who has a right knee problem. Reigning champion Serena Williams was included in the field for the…"Kuznetsova out of Australian Open with wrist injury"
LONDON – Grigor Dimitrov claimed the biggest title of his career and sent out a huge statement of intent as the stylish Bulgarian beat David Goffin 7-5 4-6 6-3 to win the ATP Finals on Sunday. The 26-year-old recovered from losing his opening two service games to finally get the better of the willowy Belgian player, but it was fiercely-fought two-and-a-half hour duel with Goffin saving four match points before finally succumbing. Dimitrov’s unbeaten run…"Dimitrov comes of age to win ATP Finals title"
LONDON – Dominic Thiem might want to take a leaf out of Jack Sock’s book when he sits down to ponder a disappointing end to his year. While Sock played with a smile and on his face and some sparkle on his racket strings to reach this weekend’s last four of the ATP Finals, Thiem has lacked inspiration. It came to a head on Friday when, after winning the first three games against Belgium’s David…"Subdued Thiem could learn from Sock’s fun approach"
LONDON – At the start of the year there would have been long odds on Jack Sock, Grigor Dimitrov and David Goffin earning enough points to qualify for the ATP Finals, let alone reaching the last four. Belgian Goffin completed that trio, however, on Friday when he recovered from a sluggish start to thrash Dominic Thiem 6-4 6-1 and set up a daunting semi-final clash with six-times champion and overwhelming favorite Roger Federer. It promises…"Federer awaits after Goffin completes unusual semi-final cast"
LONDON – Jack Sock became the first American to reach the last four of the ATP Finals for 10 years when he stunned world number three Alexander Zverev in a firecracker of a match on Thursday. The world number nine, who barged through the back door to qualify for the London showpiece by winning the Paris Masters, triumphed 6-4 1-6 6-4 to prolong his London adventure. Roger Federer had already won the Boris Becker group,…"Sock stuns Zverev to prolong London adventure, Federer rolls on"
LONDON – Grigor Dimitrov stopped listening to the Roger Federer comparisons years ago but produced tennis the Swiss maestro would have been proud of to destroy David Goffin and reach the semi-finals of the ATP Finals on Wednesday. The 26-year-old has not always handled the expectations placed on his shoulders after he won the Wimbledon junior title in 2008 with a game style uncannily like Federer‘s. But after qualifying for the ATP Finals for the…"Sublime Dimitrov thrashes Goffin to reach semis"
LONDON – The spirit was as strong as ever but Rafael Nadal’s troublesome knee failed him in the end as the Spaniard quit the ATP Finals after a painful defeat by Belgium’s David Goffin on Monday. Nadal, at 31 the oldest player to finish a year ranked number one, fought until the last point, saving four match points in a compelling Pete Sampras Group clash, before losing 7-6(5) 6-7(4) 6-4 in two hours and 37…"Goffin puts Nadal out of his misery, Dimitrov wins"
LONDON – Rafael Nadal’s unforgettable season came to a painful end when he withdrew from the ATP Finals with a knee injury after defeat in his opening round-robin match against David Goffin on Monday. The Spaniard, already assured of ending the year as world number one having won a 10th French Open title and the U.S. Open, was clearly hobbling as he went down 7-6(5) 6-7(4) 6-4. “No, I‘m off,” the 31-year-old Nadal told reporters…"Nadal’s season ends in painful defeat by Goffin"
LONDON – Grigor Dimitrov made a winning start to his maiden ATP Finals when he outlasted Austrian Dominic Thiem 6-3 5-7 7-5 in a gripping afternoon duel at the O2 Arena on Monday. The opening match in the Pete Sampras Group produced a feast of stylish backhands from both players but it was Dimitrov, the first Bulgarian to qualify for the tournament in its 48-year-old history, who overcome some late jitters to prevail. World number…"Tennis: Dimitrov marks debut with narrow victory over Thiem"
MILAN – The huge hoardings around the O2 Arena promoting the season-ending ATP Finals will get some quizzical looks this year with several familiar faces conspicuous by their absence. Home favorite Andy Murray, who memorably won the 2016 title to end the year ranked number one, three-times London champion Novak Djokovic, who Murray beat, pugnacious Swiss Stan Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori, along with his Japanese fan club, are all absent after succumbing to injuries. Even…"Federer leads unfamiliar cast as Nadal sweats over injury"