Tennis Server ATP/WTA Pro Tennis Showcase - ATP World Tour Finals 2010 - Another Year
nodot nodot
Pro Tennis Showcase
November 21, 2010

Subscribe to Match Reports

Pro Tennis Showcase Archive

Player Profile Index (Men)
Player Profile Index (Women)

Contact Tennis Server

Tennis Server
HOME PAGE

Do You Want To Be A Better Tennis Player?

Then Sign Up For A Free Subscription to the Tennis Server INTERACTIVE
E-mail Newsletter!

You will join 25,000 other subscribers in receiving news of updates to the Tennis Server along with monthly tennis tips from tennis pro Tom Veneziano that won't be found on the web site.
 
Best of all, it is free!

Player Profiles:
 
Top Pros (Women)
tennis ball Serena Williams
tennis ball Maria Sharapova
tennis ball Simona Halep
tennis ball Petra Kvitova
tennis ball Ana Ivanovic
tennis ball Agnieszka Radwanska
tennis ball Eugenie Bouchard
tennis ball Caroline Wozniacki
tennis ball Angelique Kerber
tennis ball Dominika Cibulkova
 ... more profiles
 
Top Pros (Men)
tennis ball Novak Djokovic
tennis ball Roger Federer
tennis ball Rafael Nadal
tennis ball Stanislas Wawrinka
tennis ball Kei Nishikori
tennis ball Andy Murray
tennis ball Tomas Berdych
tennis ball Milos Raonic
tennis ball Marin Cilic
tennis ball David Ferrer
 ... more profiles
 
Tennis Features Icon TENNIS FEATURES:

BETWEEN THE LINES - Ray Bowers takes an analytical and sometimes controversial look at the ATP/WTA professional tour.
 
PRO TENNIS SHOWCASE - Tennis match reports and photography from around the world.
 
TURBO TENNIS - Ron Waite turbocharges your tennis game with tennis tips, strategic considerations, training and practice regimens, and mental mindsets and exercises.
 
TENNIS ANYONE? - USPTA Pro John Mills' quick player tip.
 
WILD CARDS - Each month a guest column by a new writer.
 
TENNIS SET - Jani Macari Pallis, Ph.D. looks at tennis science, engineering and technology.
 
MORTAL TENNIS - Greg Moran's tennis archive on how regular humans can play better tennis.
 
MENTAL EQUIPMENT - Explore the mental side of the game with Dr. John Murray.
 
TENNIS WARRIOR - Tom Veneziano's Tennis Warrior archive.
 
HARDSCRABBLE SCRAMBLE - USPTA pro Mike Whittington's player tip archive.
 
TENNIS EQUIPMENT TIPS.

Tennis Community Icon TENNIS COMMUNITY:


Tennis Book, DVD, and Video Index
 
Tennis Server Match Reports
 
Editor's Letter
 
Become a Tennis Server Sponsor

Explore The Tennis Net Icon EXPLORE THE TENNIS NET:

Pro Tennis Calendar & Event Links
 
Tennis News and Live Tennis Scores
 
Tennis Links on the Web
 

nodot
Pro Tennis Showcase Banner
 
Green Dot
 
Tennis Warehouse Logo
 
Green Dot

 
nodot
ATP World Tour Finals 2010, London, UK
November 21, 2010
Editorial by Jane Voigt.

Jane Voigt Photo
Jane Voigt

Another Year
 
November 21, 2010 -- So here we are again at the end of another season. We meet for the second time in London at the O2 Arena situated along the winding Thames. Players arrive by water taxi from their hotels and exit to a stage fit for smack-down wrestling, The Black Eyed Peas, or sport. In this case it's The Barclay's ATP World Tennis Finals and only the best eight men have been invited.
 
The end of another ATP season is really an oxymoron. These great eight don't have an offseason of any consequence, although that's about to change. For now Novak Djokovic seems more pumped about December's Davis Cup Finals, where his team will confront France, than any commitment or desire to fill the shoes of the #3 player in the world who is making his fourth successive appearance. Maybe he'll use the big blue stage for practice. Or repeat his one title that came in 2008.
 
Whatever the intentions are for the eight elites -- Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Robin Soderling, Andy Murray, Tomas Berdych, David Ferrer, Andy Roddick -- center court is certainly a beauty of a spot to show off their talents.
 
The lighting dramatically focuses fans' attention on center stage court. The audience is blacked out, for the most part. Their only recognition comes from applause and cheers. Players can't look to their boxes unless they're seated in the first row, like Andy Murray's Mom, girlfriend, et al. Does this bothers players?
 
If for the entire season they've been able to catch a coach's eye and now they can't make that connection it could cause a bit of a gap in their minds. Let's hope the best of 2010 can stand alone, like for real, without having reassurance.
 
Rafael Nadal was fined at Wimbledon this year, during his come-from-behind five-set win over Phillipp Petzschner in the quarterfinals. Without much of an answer to Petzschner's aggression, the Spaniard took a time out in the middle of a game and was caught red-handed by the chair umpire leaning back in his chair and listening to one of his coaching team. Anyway you slice it that was coaching and illegal.
 
Nadal denied the allegation fiercely at his post-match press conference. However the next day he was contrite in his apologetic appeal to fans, saying if you break the rules you must pay. Quite a turn around, but the correct one.
 
The darkened audience could then be one reason Nadal said, "It's harder to win five matches against the top eight than seven rounds of a Grand Slam." He can't look to Coach Uncle Tony. And, Rafael is an extremely habitual guy -- does obsessive work here?
 
His pre-match routines and match habits border on legendary. The shower ten minutes before he enters a court, the order of the bottles under his chair, the sweat wiping between points, and the tug ... ah, yes, the tug. Nothing but the best from the world's number one.
 
Coming into the ATP Championships as #1 holds extra weight over this proud man's head. He performed miserably in 2009, entering London tired and injured. He didn't win one set, which is extremely uncharacteristic of El Toro, the player frequently described as the one who plays every point like it's match point.
 
This year is different. Nadal won three consecutive majors and stands atop the ATP Rankings by a margin of nearly 4,000 points to #2 Federer. Nadal skipped the Paris Masters 1000 to nurse a sore serving shoulder, too, so he is fresher than any other player in the draw. He won the ATP Tour's Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award for the first time, even with the coaching fine. Federer had won the award for the six previous years.
 
However, lacking match play could deter Nadal's success, especially when every match is akin to a quarterfinal match and your match record is the worst of all players in attendance. He won't have the luxury of a couple first rounds to play into shape, either. His first opponent is a top-eight player: Andy Roddick.
 
Rafael is making his sixth straight appearance at the ATP Champions. For Federer, it's his ninth straight appearance. For six-and-a-half years these two men have held the number-one ranking. Their rivalry has been expressed as the best sport has to offer. Their matches make headlines, and they galvanize fans to their respective opinionated corners.
 
Since the top two ranked players are relegated to separate groups -- Nadal in Group A and Federer in Group B -- the possibility of a crowd-favorite final looms. Last year's titleholder, Nikolay Davydenko, isn't on hand to defend his title. It's the first time in five years he won't play, having ended the year ranked 22.
 
First-time entrant Tomas Berdych has the most reasons to be nervous. Rising to heights as Wimbledon's runner-up this year, the Czech Republic man imploded from the pressure of his achievements the remainder of the season. However, this stage could be just as much of a turning point for him and a way to end the constant skepticism about his ability to consistently perform up to top-ten standards.
 
2010 marks the 40th anniversary of a men's year-end championship. Tokyo was the inaugural home of the 1970 Masters. After several years of re-branded championships and moves from multiple European cities to Madison Square Garden in New York City, The Tennis Masters Cup was born in 2000 as a jointly owned extravaganza by the Grand Slam Committee, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and the ATP Tour.
 
Unlike the women's year-ending event, which spends three years in one location, the ATP Championships share four-year contracts with each of its host cities. London's spaceship shaped O2 arena remains the venue through 2012.
 
And as far as title leaders, the guys who have proven themselves worthy champions during a season and culminating at the finale, we have to look back to the 80s and 90s. Sharing the number one position are Ivan Lendl and Pete Sampras, each having hoisted the trophy five times. Ilie Nastase and Roger Federer share the number two spot, with the Swiss maestro winning in 2003-04, and 2006-07. However, Andre Agassi holds a most prestigious record having qualified 14 times between 1988 and 2003.
 
This year, though, the last of the first decade of the 21st Century pits eight men of superior tennis skill and fitness, something that distinguishes them from the best of the last two decades of the 20th Century.
 
The group breakdowns go like this: Group A -- Nadal, Djokovic, Berdych, and Roddick; and Group B -- Federer, Soderling, Murray, and Ferrer. Group B has been deemed the 'harder groups' by fans worldwide and multiple net survey results.
 
First out from Group B was the hometown hopeful Andy Murray and Robin Soderling, hot off his first Masters title in Paris two weeks ago. Murray, intent on separating himself from his group, defeated the Swede 62 64 and jumped around in victory, an odd reaction from the normally docile Scot. Murray also could have satisfied a minor strife as Soderling one-upped Murray in the last week's ranking. Murray is now at #5 and Soderling at #4.
 
Roger Federer defeated David Ferrer 64 61 in the second singles match from today. Three games extended beyond eight minutes. But, in the end, Federer proved himself and rose to 11-0 against the Spaniard.
 
And what about The Barclay's ATP World Tennis Finals marking the end of the men's season and signaling relaxation and rest for the players? President Adam Helfant and the ATP Board of Directors announced today that they have extended the offseason from five to seven weeks, beginning in 2012. The number of tournaments will remain the same, the AP reported.
 
"Our 2012 and 2013 calendars each provide for the 7-week offseason, meaning our players will have an additional two weeks to spend away from the rigors of life on tour before taking up the cause again in the following year," President Helfant said.
 

 

Green DotGreen DotGreen Dot

Player Profile Index (Men) | Pro Tennis Showcase Archive | Player Profile Index (Women)

SUBSCRIBE TO THE TENNIS SERVER PHOTO FEED

join our mailing list
* indicates required

All Tennis Server photography is copyrighted by the photographer and/or the Tennis Server, and all rights are reserved. You may not copy these images without permission. While you are welcome to create hyperlinks to Tennis Server web pages, you may not embed these images into other web pages or blogs without permission. To request permission, please use this contact form. Please be sure to clearly indicate exactly which photograph(s) you are requesting permission to use, as terms and conditions will vary depending on the photographer and the photograph.


 

nodot
nodot
Google
Web tennisserver.com
nodot nodot
The Tennis Server
Ticket Exchange

Your Source for tickets to professional tennis & golf events.
 
Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Tennis Tickets 11/7-11/14
 
Davis Cup Finals: France vs Switzerland Tennis Tickets 11/21
 
Chris Evert Pro-Celeb Tennis Classic Tickets 11/22-11/23
 
2015 BNP Paribas Open Tickets Indian Wells 3/11-3/22
 
2015 Miami Open Tennis Tickets 3/23-4/5
 
2015 US Open Tennis Tickets 8/31-9/13
 

 

Tennis MindGame

 
Popular Tennis books:
 
Smart Tennis by John Murray
 
Winning Ugly: Mental Warfare in Tennis-Lessons from a Master by Brad Gilbert, Steve Jamison
 
The Best Tennis of Your Life: 50 Mental Strategies for Fearless Performance by Jeff Greenwald
 
The Inner Game of Tennis by W. Timothy Gallwey
 
Most Recent Articles:
 
December 15, 2014 Between The Lines: Player of the Year 2014 by Ray Bowers.
 
Tennis Warrior: The Racket-Back Myth by Tom Veneziano.
 
November 2014 Tennis Anyone: Coil by John Mills.
 
November 2014 Turbo Tennis: Double Your Pleasure by Ron Waite.
 
November 11, 2014 Between The Lines: Woman of the Year 2014 by Ray Bowers.
 
October 2014 Wild Cards: Roger Rolls Through 300; Serena Wins First Championship In Cincinnati by Vince Barr.
 
Tennis Warrior: Five Powerful Tennis Concepts by Tom Veneziano.
 
October 2014 Tennis Anyone: Why Can I Not Poach? by John Mills.
 
October 2014 Turbo Tennis: Momentum Revisited by Ron Waite.
 
August 2014 Wild Cards: The Tennis Round Table: Interviews With Jim Courier, Todd Martin & Mark Philippoussis in Arizona by Vince Barr.
 

 

 

 

 
 
Featured events in the Tennis Server Ticket Exchanges:
 
  Featured Tickets:
BNP Paribas Open Tickets Indian Wells CA Tennis Garden
Miami Open Tennis Tickets Miami Key Biscayne FL Crandon Park Center
 

  Featured Tickets:
Western & Southern Open Cincinnati Tennis Tickets Session 5 W&SFG Cincy Mason OH Lindner Family Center Financial Group Masters
Western & Southern Open Cincinnati Tennis Tickets Session 6 W&SFG Cincy Mason OH Lindner Family Center Financial Group Masters
Western & Southern Open Cincinnati Tennis Tickets Session 7 W&SFG Cincy Mason OH Lindner Family Center Financial Group Masters
Western & Southern Open Cincinnati Tennis Tickets Session 8 W&SFG Cincy Mason OH Lindner Family Center Financial Group Masters

  Featured Tickets:
US Open Tennis Tickets Men's Quarterfinals Session 21 New York City NYC NY Flushing Meadows Corona
US Open Tennis Tickets Men's Quarterfinals Session 20 New York City NYC NY Flushing Meadows Corona
US Open Tennis Tickets Men's Quarterfinals Session 19 New York City NYC NY Flushing Meadows Corona
US Open Tennis Tickets Session 18 Men's Fourth Round Women's Quarterfinals New York City NYC NY Flushing Meadows Corona
US Open Tennis Tickets Session 17 Men's Fourth Round Women's Quarterfinals New York City NYC NY Flushing Meadows Corona

  Featured Tickets:
Sony Open Tennis Session 5 Tickets Miami Men's Singles 1st Round Women's Singles 2nd Key Biscayne FL Crandon Park Center
Sony Open Tennis Session 6 Tickets Miami Men's Singles 1st Round Women's Singles 2nd Key Biscayne FL Crandon Park Center
Sony Open Tennis Session 7 Tickets Miami Men's & Women's Singles 2nd Round Key Biscayne FL Crandon Park Center
Sony Open Tennis Session 8 Tickets Miami Men's & Women's Singles 2nd Round Key Biscayne FL Crandon Park Center
Great American Beer Festival Tickets Denver CO Colorado Convention Center

  Featured Tickets:
US Open Tennis Tickets Session 2 Opening Round New York City NYC NY Flushing Meadows Corona
US Open Tennis Tickets Session 1 Opening Round New York City NYC NY Flushing Meadows Corona
US Open Tennis Tickets Grounds Admission Pass Flushing Meadows Corona New York NY National Tennis Center 8/26-9/9
Arthur Ashe Kids' Day Tickets Flushing Meadows Corona New York NY
Great American Beer Festival Tickets Denver CO Colorado Convention Center

 
 
"Tennis Server" is a registered trademark and "Tennis Server INTERACTIVE" is a trademark of Tennis Server. All original material and graphics on the Tennis Server are copyrighted 1994 - by Tennis Server and its sponsors and contributors. Please do not reproduce without permission.

 

Tennis Server
Cliff Kurtzman
Editor-in-chief
2323 Clear Lake City Boulevard
Suite 180-139
Houston, Texas 77062-8120
Phone: (281) 480-6300
Fax: (281) 480-7715
Online Contact Form
How to support Tennis Server as a Sponsor/Advertiser
Tennis Server Privacy Policy