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!”
BG & Killer break down the epic battle to come between Murray and Djokovic in what feels like a semi or final at a major! Between first serve percentages and backhands, see who they pick to come out on top and who gets the edge going into this quarterfinal match.
As we anxiously await the start of the French Open, Head player Novak Djokovic claimed his fourth straight win last weekend over Rafael Nadal. That makes 3 Rome Masters titles for the Serbian player with a score of 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the final. Nole heads into Roland Garros as a major title favorite.
The victory in Rome gives Djokovic titles in three of the five Masters 1000 events played so far this season. “After three years it is a pleasure to win this trophy again. Rafa has such a tough game and is a difficult opponent always with his game and style.” said the Serb. Djokovic has now claimed Rome honors in 2008, 2011 and now 2014.
We thought it was worth noting to let you guys know that Nole donated all of his €549,000 prize money from the Rome Masters to the flood victims in his home country of Serbia. Pretty impressive!
In doubles, Nenad Zimonjic (also a Head Graphene Speed player) teamed up with Daniel Nestor to win their 27th tour-level team title in Rome, when they captured the doubles title for a second time after 2009. The sixth seeds defeated the team of Robin Haase and Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 7-6 (2) in the final.