The top 8 (well, technically 9 with Rafa out) are getting ready to battle in London at the ATP Barclays World Tour Finals. The groups have been made. The match-ups have been drawn. And we are just a couple days out. So I asked my fellow playtesters for their fearless predictions on who will take the World Tour Finals next week and here’s what they had to say…
Chris — “Fed for the win! He’s due for a big win.”
Michelle — “It’s all about Milos! He may not have won me the racquet bracket this year at the US Open, but Milos is ready to go for the WTF! He is coming into London with a fresh hair cut for sure and a great showing in Paris having lost in the finals to Novak after beating Federer and Berdych. The big serving 23 year old is going to finish the year off strong and start 2015 off with confidence! If you can’t tell, I usually make my picks with my heart…not always my head!”
Andy – “In a test of consistency and a battle of the fittest, I’ll take the King Federer Express for the win! He’s been remarkably solid all year and I think will have no problem getting through the group play. His biggest test will be Novak Djokovic in the final, whom he’s 3-2 against in 2014. Novak’s two wins…6-4 in the fifth in the finals and Wimbledon and 7-6 in the third in the finals of Indian Wells. Roger’s wins over Novak have been far more convincing this year, and he’s ready to cap this 2014 campaign off with his 7th ATP World Tour Final title!”
Karly — “My pick is Federer. Yes, the reasonings behind my pick are mostly biased and based on the fact that I am a Fed Fan, but as the Australian Open and US Open showed us this year, the No.1 seed doesn’t always win the tournament. I’m hoping this is the case for this tournament too!”
In an unlikely turn of events at the US Open, two players who had never made it to a Grand Slam final found themselves taking the stage to battle on Monday.
Croatian sensation and Head player, Marin Cilic closed out an amazing two week run by defeating Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 in a routine win. With 17 aces and 35 winners, Cilic saved 8 of the 9 break points he faced and played like he belonged at the top. The 25 year old credited his win to all of his hard work and his team, including former Wimbledon Champion, Goran Ivanisevic. Nishikori also had a tournament to be proud of, left his heart on the court but just didn’t have enough to put away the big hitting Cilic on Monday.
On the women’s side of things, off court besties, Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki faced each other in the finals. Serena proved to be too strong again and was running Wozniacki all over the court — even her marathon training wasn’t enough to upset the number one seed. Serena captured her 6th US Open title and 18th Grand Slam title to add to her impressive resume.
The Bryan Brothers hit 100 titles last weekend at the Open taking the men’s doubles, while the Russian team of Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina, long time Fed Cup partners, captured the Women’s doubles title.
I don’t know about you guys, but I’m already missing the tennis…good thing we have some Davis Cup action to look forward to this weekend!
I don’t know about you guys, but I am ready for tennis season to be back in full force! I am counting down the days until the Australian Open! But until then, let’s discuss some player/coach relationships as it seems like lately there has been an influx of new relationships being formed.
It’s not new to see former pros on the coaching end of things, but it seems like lately, all of our favorite players from the past have made their way back to the circuit via coaching. Brad Gilbert has worked with the best of them — everyone from Agassi, Roddick, Andy Murray to Nishikori and even Sam Querrey. Some of those relationships blossomed in chemistry, and some were duds. In 2013, we saw Sharapova hire, and quickly fire, Jimmy Connors — but let’s be honest, there wasn’t enough room on the court for those two superstars. Then there was Martina Hingis’ stint in coaching Anastasia Pavlyuchnkova…until Martina realized how much she missed the limelight and competition.
So, who do we have paired up in 2014?
Federer and Edberg are working together in 2014 — photos by Cynthia Lum