Todd’s Tennis Takes: ATP & WTA NotesWednesday, November 13, 2013 20:53
ATP & WTA…last updated 11/12/13…most recent on top.
Notes from the Tours
ATP: Djoker Wins ATP Championships 2nd Year in a Row
Novak Djokovic was looking at a rather pedestrian season by his standards after the last grand slam ended – a loss in the US Open finals to Rafael Nadal – 1 slam title, 2 slam r-ups, just two other titles all year, and a record of 50-9. Then came the Fall Season and he caught fire big-time…22-0 and 4 more titles, 12 of those 22 wins coming against Top 10 talent, and 2 wins over Rafa. It’s the 3rd 20+ match winning streak of his career, and he now has a Davis Cup final to play against the Czech Republic to cap off this wonderful 2 month stretch.
He beat Nadal 6-3, 6-4 in the final Monday, after dispatching Federer, Del Potro, Gasquet, and then Wawrinka earlier in the tournament. It was his 3rd ATP Championships title, winning it also in 2008 and 2012.
ATP: Djokovic Wins Masters Paris, 3rd Straight Title
Playing David Ferrer in the finals, Novak Djokovic spotted the grinding Spaniard early breaks in both sets before eventually breaking back twice in each to take his 40th career title 7-5, 7-5 in Paris. Since losing to Rafael Nadal in the finals of the US Open, Novak Djokovic has won all three tournaments he’s entered, two of them Masters events, giving him 16 career Masters titles, #4 all-time. He took out Federer in 3 sets in the semis, and had no troubles with Stanislas Wawrinka in the QFs, after struggling to gain 5-set wins over the Swiss #2 at the Aussie and US Opens this year. He goes into the ATP year-end championships on a 17-match winning streak since losing in the US Open final to Nadal, who lost here in the semis to Ferrer.
WTA: Serena Closes Epic 2013 Season With WTA Championships Win at Istanbul
Stupendous. Ridiculous. Dominant. Serena was all that and more in 2013 as she had a season for the ages, winning 11 titles, including 2 slams, and going 78-4 on the year. In her 16-year career, she has won 57 titles, a full 19.3% of them coming this year, when she turned 32 in September. She took out Li Na in the finals of the WTA Chamnpionships as Na closed out a strong 2013 at a career-high ranking of #3.
WTA: Simona Halep Wins 6th Title of 2013, Taking Sofia Crown Over Stosur
The young Romanian concluded a dream season by beating Samantha Stosur in a final for the 2nd time in two weeks, this time 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 in Sofia, Bulgaria after beating her 7-6 (2), 6-2 at Moscow in October. She closed the match much like she’s closed 2013, in dominating fashion, winning 20 of the last 26 points.
ATP: Djoker Takes Shanghai Title, 7-6 Over Del Potro in 3rd Set
After dominating the opening set 6-1, the Serbian found himself quickly down a break in the 2nd, and ended up giving up that set 6-3. But Djokovic’s steely nerves, strong service returns, and phenomenal defense counteracted the tall Argentine’s stinging, flat groundstrokes, and he ended up winning the tiebreaker 7-3 after missing out on two match points at Del Potro’s serve, 4-5, 15-40. Match point was classic Djoker – a great reaching FH return of serve, then a pinpoint BH winner down the line to take the crown, his 15th Masters title, 3rd Shanghai crown, and 39th tournament win of Djokovic’s career. Showing how hard it is to take a Masters Series event, Del Potro remains winless in them, garnering just 3 runner-ups, despite being a grand Slam champ (2009 US Open) with 16 tour titles.
WTA: Stosur wins 2nd Title of 2013, 5th of Career
Samantha Stosur has finally won more than one tournament in a season, taking the title at Osaka over teenage high-riser Eugenie Bouchard (more on her to your right), after the Canadian teen took the first set 6-3. Stosur also took the Carlsbad title in July this year.
WTA: Kerber Wins Linz Over Ivanovic
German Angelique Kerber won her 3rd career title in Linz, Austria, also clinching the final spot in the year-end WTA Championships. For the beautiful Serbian Ivanovic, this was her first WTA final since winning Bali in 2011. She is now 11-5 in WTA finals, all but two of those titles coming before 2009.
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