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Jamie Murray Earns 500th Win: 'It's Motivating To Go For More'

  • Posted: Nov 03, 2022

Jamie Murray Earns 500th Win: ‘It’s Motivating To Go For More’

Former World No. 1 celebrates another milestone

Jamie Murray walked off Court 2 on Thursday happy to be in the quarter-finals of the Rolex Paris Masters with partner Matthew Ebden. What he did not know is that their triumph against third seeds Marcelo Arevalo and Jean-Julien Rojer marked his 500th tour-level win.

“It’s cool. I wasn’t aware of that at all, actually, that I was close to getting there. But it’s a cool thing, a nice milestone to have in your career,” Murray told “It doesn’t feel like I’ve been winning that much this year, so a nice way to finish the year and give a nice motivation for next season and try to get to 600 at some point.”

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Murray became just the second active doubles player to reach the 500-wins mark, joining Brazilian Marcelo Melo (590-375). It is another big achievement for the Scot, who has climbed to No. 1 in the Pepperstone ATP Doubles Rankings and lifted 27 tour-level trophies.

“The thing with tennis is it’s so constant and you’re always thinking about the next event or the next match or the next practice. You’re kind of always looking to the future, you’re not always in the present or taking time to take stock of what you’ve done in your career,” Murray said. “I’ve obviously had a really good career to this point. Always want to do better and strive for more, but if you’d told me as a kid that I’d win 500 matches on the ATP Tour, I probably would have been like, ‘Yes please, I’ll take that!’ It’s motivating to go for more and try to keep working hard, try to get more success, be in the winners’ circle as often as you can.

“It’s not easy, the level is really high these days all through the rankings. That’s a cool thing to achieve, but let’s go for more.”

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One of the most memorable wins of Murray’s 500 came in the 2008 Delray Beach final. Max Mirnyi and Murray defeated legendary duo Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan. It was the Scot’s first victory against the twin brothers.

“They were the greatest ever and it’s who I think all the guys look up to and get on Tour with a chance to play against them and compete against them,” Murray said. “I was fortunate to play against them so many times in the end but I think when I beat them with Max Mirnyi in Delray, at that point you’re thinking, ‘Okay, I can compete here on the Tour and maybe do some good things.’ That one stands out for me.”

Other matches Murray recalled include when he claimed his first ATP Tour title in 2007 in San Jose with Eric Butorac and emerging victorious in 2018 in Cincinnati with Bruno Soares.

Murray will next year be playing with Kiwi Michael Venus. But for now, he is focussed on finishing the year on a high in Paris with an ATP Masters 1000 title still to play for. Then it will be back to work as the lefty continues his push back to the top.

“It’s easy for me right now because this year was difficult, last year was kind of difficult as well. Now my ranking has dropped a bit, but I still feel like I’m capable of playing at the top of the game and being in the Top 10,” Murray said. “I want to try to get back there, that’s my motivation. And obviously it helps to be winning matches in these events.”

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Doubles: Teams Battle In Paris For Last 2 Turin Spots

  • Posted: Nov 03, 2022

Doubles: Teams Battle In Paris For Last 2 Turin Spots

Crucial quarter-finals set for Friday

Three Nitto ATP Finals doubles contenders pushed their claims at the Rolex Paris Masters Thursday, but Marcelo Arevalo and Jean-Julien Rojer, who have already booked their spot in Turin, suffered an opening-round loss in Bercy.

Third seeds Arevalo and Rojer won the first set against Matthew Ebden and Jamie Murray but slipped to a 3-6, 6-3, 10-5 defeat as Murray rallied to claim his 500th career match win.

After saving two match points, seventh seeds Lloyd Glasspool and Harri Heliovaara, who are next in line to qualify for Turin, converted their fourth match point in a narrow 6-3, 6-7(5), 15-13 victory over Daniel Evans and John Peers. Glasspool and Heliovaara, who are sixth in the Pepperstone ATP Live Doubles Teams Rankings, will face Ebden and Murray in the quarter-finals Friday.

Ivan Dodig and Austin Krajicek, seventh in the Race, extended their winning streak to nine by ousting German pair Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen 6-3, 7-6(5). Dodig and Krajicek won their previous two tournaments in Naples and Basel.

The Croatian-American duo will next meet top seeds Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury in the quarter-finals, a rematch from the Roland Garros quarter-final encounter, which Dodig and Krajicek won en route to a runner-up finish.

German Tim Puetz and Australian Michael Venus, who are ninth in the Race, escaped home favourites Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-2, 3-6, 10-8.

Only two doubles qualification spots remain at the coveted Nitto ATP Finals.

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Tsitsipas Holds Off Home Hope Moutet In Paris

  • Posted: Nov 03, 2022

Tsitsipas Holds Off Home Hope Moutet In Paris

Greek to face Paul in quarters

After controlling the early action against home favourite Corentin Moutet on Thursday, Stefanos Tsitsipas survived a tense finish to advance the quarter-finals at the Rolex Paris Masters.

With his 6-3, 7-6(3) victory, Tsitsipas advances to his 14th quarter-final of the season and keeps alive his hopes of finishing the year atop the Pepperstone ATP Rankings. He has moved up two places this week to No. 3 in the Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings, and could pass Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz with deep runs in both Paris and Turin.

“I’m happy because I knew I had to not just deal with a player today but also with the crowd,” Tsitsipas said after battling Moutet and the French crowd. “It’s not something that I really think about when I play, but it’s kind of present and it’s there. It worked out really well for me towards the end. I was very solid and consistent, knowing that I can really generate more opportunities from my serve.

“I was laser-focused on every single one of the points,” he continiued. “I played some good shots deep and short, and it was a very good ending.”

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The Greek dominated the opening set with strong serving and held three break points at 0/40 early in the second. But Moutet’s battling hold changed the complexion of the match and invited the centre court crowd into the action, the 23-year-old delivering with 16 straight points on serve as he put Tsitsipas under pressure.

“I need to stay calm in these moments,” he said of that crucial period. “I’ve had situations like this in the past and I kind of know how it feels like not to be able to push through those situations. But I knew that he’s really zoned in and focused; that’s perhaps his last opportunity to show something. So I was just trying to stay in the moment, waiting for the opportunity perhaps deeper into the set. Eventually, with my qualities as a player, I was able to bring the best out of my game.”


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The fifth seed held firm and did not face a break point despite Moutet’s late surge, then turned around the decisive tie-break after falling behind 0/2, winning its final four points to secure his Tour-leading 59th win of the 2022 season.

While Moutet did much of his damage with his deft touch, Tsitsipas’ biggest weapon was his serve as he won 91 per cent (30/33) of points on his first delivery. Thanks in large part to his powerful serving, he spent much of the match on the front foot, hitting 29 per cent of his shots from attacking positions according to the INSIGHTS: In Attack metrics.

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Through to the Paris quarter-finals for the second time (2019), the Greek will next face American Tommy Paul, a 6-4, 6-4 winner against 14th seed Pablo Carreno Busta in the day’s final match. Following Paris, Tsitsipas will close the year by making his fourth straight appearance at the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin, beginning 13 November.

Moutet, who equalled the biggest win of his career by beating World No. 13 Cameron Norrie in a match that finished at 3:03 a.m. in the early hours of Thursday morning, was competing in the third round at an ATP Masters 1000 for the first time.

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Djokovic Keeps Winning Streaks Alive WIth Khachanov Win In Paris

  • Posted: Nov 03, 2022

Djokovic Keeps Winning Streaks Alive WIth Khachanov Win In Paris

Serbian to face #NextGenATP Musetti in quarter-finals

Novak Djokovic avenged his 2018 championship match defeat to Karen Khachanov in style on Thursday at the Rolex Paris Masters, where the Serbian delivered a commanding performance for a 6-4, 6-1 third-round victory.

With the win, Djokovic extended his winning streak in tour-level matches to 11. It was also an 11th straight victory for the Serbian at the ATP Masters 1000 event in Paris, where he has not lost since he fell to Khachanov in the 2018 final.

“Khachanov is someone I know really well,” said Djokovic after the match. “We train [together] a lot, and we played almost 10 times against each other on different surfaces… He beat me four years ago in the final, so I know he likes this surface, he likes these conditions.

“The first [set] was quite even, I had my chances, he had a break, and he was hanging on and I broke his serve in the 10th game of the first set and I think after that the momentum shifted. In the second set I was a different player. I think I stepped it up even more, served better, and I’m just really pleased with the way I finished.”

The sixth-seeded Djokovic appeared in a confident mood after his opening win against Maxime Cressy but he was initially pegged back by Khachanov, who recovered an early 0-3 deficit to draw level in the opening set. The World No. 19 had little joy against the free-flowing Djokovic from that point on, however, as the Serbian converted four of eight break points and struck 17 winners to wrap an 87-minute win.

In quintessential Djokovic fashion, the Serbian’s defence proved decisive for nullifying Khachanov’s powerful groundstrokes. According to Tennis Data Innovation’s INSIGHTS Steal Scores for the match, the 90-time tour-level finalist found a way to win 50 per cent of points when he was defending, well above the ATP Tour average of 34 per cent.

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Djokovic’s 11-match winning streak has included title runs in Tel Aviv and Astana, and the Serbian will seek to maintain his good European indoor hard-court form as he chases a record-extending seventh title in Paris and a record-equalling sixth crown at the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin in two weeks’ time.

A title run in the French capital would also earn the 35-year-old a record-extending 39th Masters 1000 crown overall. His quarter-final opponent in Paris will be Lorenzo Musetti, who upset third seed Casper Ruud 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 earlier on Thursday.

“He’s definitely a much-improved player on [hard courts],” said Djokovic of Musetti, who clinched his maiden tour-level trophy on the surface in October in Naples. “He has had some big wins this week, his first title a few weeks ago on [hard courts].

“He’s so talented, he’s got everything in his game. He can play in the court, he can defend well, he’s got great movement, but I know his game well and I’m looking forward to a good challenge.”

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After A Final Magical Moment, Gilles Simon Bids Adieu

  • Posted: Nov 03, 2022

After A Final Magical Moment, Gilles Simon Bids Adieu

Frenchman, who climbed as high as World No. 6, retires after 20-year career

Before walking on Court Central Monday evening to play Andy Murray at the Rolex Paris Masters, Gilles Simon felt the same pressure he had before each of his 895 previous tour-level matches.

“I feel the exact same stress that I had on every match, because it is the same logic, the same routine. You have a match to play, you have a tournament and you need to prepare, and this is the only thing I know in the end,” Simon told “That’s why it is easier for me to focus on this, because trying to be ready for a match is what I’ve done for 20 years.”

However similar the process was, Simon knew in the bigger picture, it was different. His retirement tournament this week at Bercy turned out to be a memorable farewell as he showed the world why he was one of the trickiest opponents of his generation.

The 14-time ATP Tour titlist put forth a courageous effort in Paris, rallying with the crowd’s support to oust the former World No. 1 Murray, whom he had only defeated twice from 18 previous attempts. His run did not stop there, as Simon upset BNP Paribas Open champion Taylor Fritz in the second round, ending the American’s hopes of qualifying for the Nitto ATP Finals.

The Frenchman fell short Thursday against red-hot Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, but Simon had produced his final moment of magic.

“I just feel so lucky to have been a tennis player. It’s what I have always wanted to be,” Simon said after the match. “I was a professional tennis player for a long time, and that’s why I was lucky twice and I could stop when I wanted, and so I have been lucky three times.”

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Simon, who finished his career with a 504-394 tour-level record, has long enjoyed a love affair with the sport. Ask any player who has spent time with the Frenchman, and they will tell stories of Simon’s memorable tennis talks. His passion for the sport is unmistakable.

“I just always loved tennis and it’s very interesting for me. It’s a very interesting game. So many things on so many levels. Physically, technically, mentally, everything. It’s a very nice sport, it’s the best sport obviously!” Simon said. “Some tennis players would tell you that they play tennis, but they would have been happy to play something else, but this is not my case.

“I really enjoy the sport so much and I think this is why I am so passionate about it, and this is why I try to know it as good as I can, and it’s also why I was playing it that long. I think all the players who are playing at 35, 36, 37 or 40 years old, for sure they love the sport.”

The Frenchman harnessed his passion into an unparalleled understanding of the sport. Simon was never the strongest or quickest player on the circuit, but he used his mind to outsmart opponents for two decades.

Never afraid to utilise unique tactics, Simon at the 2016 Australian Open encouraged Novak Djokovic into 100 unforced errors in a match (the Serbian needed four hours and 32 minutes to triumph). Simon thrived by driving opponents crazy.

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Another Frenchman, Benjamin Bonzi, said Simon is “like a professor on the tennis court. Everything about his strategy, his physical movement and everything. He put something different into tennis. He was not very powerful, he didn’t have a big serve. When he was at his best, his movement was so good and he put the ball in difficult positions.”

Simon admitted he was not sure why his colleagues feel so strongly about his tennis acumen.

“I think it’s because I think a lot about tennis and I try to explain it also with words, when most other players are more maybe sometimes feeling something and working on some of the emotions. I’m not really good with the emotions,” Simon said. “[I rely] more [on] logic, that’s how I am, so maybe because the way I talk about it and try to be precise on everything gives this feeling.

“But when I see other players, I feel there are many more geniuses than myself on the Tour.”

Simon likes that tennis is a “very complete sport” with many components to balance in order to earn success. There is a physical side to the sport, with a wide range of skills required, but there is also a mental side that often proves key to performing on the world’s biggest stages.

“Mentally you have a huge amount of pressure because you are alone. It is not a team sport,” Simon said. “Some days you feel good, and you feel invincible. And some days you are the worst athlete on Earth, and you cannot perform anything.”

The Frenchman added that no matter how a player feels, they must step on court and give it their all. It is them against an opponent, with nobody who can physically help them. For two decades, the Frenchman has thrived under that spotlight.

“You have to be such a good athlete physically, you have to have the skills technically, you have to be strong mentally, and the moment one of these three parts is not there, you’re going to fail,” Simon said. “It adds pressure. It’s a direct contest with your opponent, the ranking is changing every week. This is what I like. I feel it’s a very difficult sport where you have to be honest with yourself if you want to improve and if you want to be the best tennis player you can be.”

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Alcaraz Races Past Dimitrov To Paris QFs

  • Posted: Nov 03, 2022

Alcaraz Races Past Dimitrov To Paris QFs

World No. 1 to take on Rublev or Rune in quarter-finals

A lightning-fast start set the tone for Carlos Alcaraz on Thursday at the Rolex Paris Masters, where the World No. 1 won nine of the first 10 games en route to a 6-1, 6-3 third-round victory against Grigor Dimitrov.

Alcaraz was dialled-in from the start in his maiden ATP Head2Head meeting with the former World No. 3 Dimitrov. Striking the ball cleanly off both wings from the baseline and deploying his drop shot to good effect throughout, the Spaniard converted five of seven break points against the Bulgarian’s serve to wrap an impressive 72-minute win.

“I started playing pretty well,” said Alcaraz after the match. “[Grigor’s] level is very much not the level you saw today, but I played very well. At the end of the second set, it was tougher for me, he came back, he raised the level and obviously it was tough. He had the chance to go up in the second set, I had to stay calm in that moment and show my best to not allow him to go up.”

In a near-flawless opening, Alcaraz’s all-around game left the former World No. 3 Dimitrov with few chances to counter. The Spaniard dropped just two points behind serve in the first set as he picked up where he had left off in his straight-sets second-round win against Yoshihito Nishioka.

Dimitrov found his feet to reel off three straight games from 0-3 to draw level in the second set before carving out two break point opportunities for a 4-3 lead, but Alcaraz’s relentless consistency proved crucial. He held off the Bulgarian’s charge to advance to the quarter-finals for the first time in Paris, where he will take on seventh seed Andrey Rublev or Holger Rune.

“In that moment you have to stay calm, to think [about] what is happening and after that try to change a little bit,” said Alcaraz, when asked about Dimitrov’s second-set comeback. “I [made] a couple of mistakes at the beginning of the match, but after that I stayed calm.”

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Should Alcaraz lift his third Masters 1000 title of the year in Paris, the 19-year-old would be confirmed as the year-end No. 1 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings ahead of his debut appearance at the Nitto ATP Finals. He admitted he was enjoying playing in front of his parents in the French capital, where he received the ATP No. 1 trophy presented by Pepperstone during a ceremony on Monday evening.

“It’s such a pleasure,” said Alcaraz. “It’s tough to bring them to tournaments, and to have them in the box during the week is so special. Of course, taking the trophy for No. 1 in front of them was so special for me.”

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In The Footsteps Of Federer: Stricker Aims To Set Pace On Milan Debut

  • Posted: Nov 03, 2022

In The Footsteps Of Federer: Stricker Aims To Set Pace On Milan Debut

20-year-old has taken training tips from legendary fellow Swiss

When it comes to mastering the unique scoring format at next week’s Intesa Sanpaolo Next Gen ATP Finals, Dominic Stricker may be able to turn to his love of golf for help.

“I think it’s a good idea,” Stricker recently told after being asked about the fast-paced first-to-four-games set structure used at the 21-and-under event. “Because you really have to forget what happened maybe five minutes ago. If you don’t forget it, you’ve already lost the next set.

“It’s maybe a bit like golf. If you play one hole really bad, you just have to accept it and go to the next hole because if you don’t, a lot could go wrong.”

As well as the time he has spent on the golf course, the 20-year-old lefty Stricker will hope that the experience of training with ATP Tour legend and countryman Roger Federer can benefit him in tough moments during his upcoming Milan campaign.

“It is lucky,” said Stricker’s coach, Sven Swinnen, who spent two years as Federer’s classmate and daily practice partner at the Swiss national federation when the pair were in their teens. “Roger invited Dominic to Dubai twice already to do some practice, some pre-season stuff, so that was really helpful. Roger knows us now pretty well and we got some really good tips from him.”

“Of course, if you live in Switzerland…My one big idol [had to be] Roger Federer,” added Stricker. “Roger is Swiss and has a pretty similar game to how I would like to play.”

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Stricker in action at Wimbledon qualifying in June. Photo Credit: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images.

Much of Federer’s career was defined by his battles with rivals such as Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, and Stricker is excited at trying to establish himself among a new flock of young stars on the ATP Tour. He cites former Intesa Sanpaolo Next Gen ATP Finals champions Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner as inspirations but believes it might not be long before he and this year’s other Milan competitors are also ready to challenge the best in the world.

“[Alcaraz and Sinner] are so young,” said Stricker. “They are playing so good at the moment, it’s good to see that already guys my age, they can make the breakthrough. Holger [Rune] as well… It’s great to see, and then you know that you can maybe also get there in a few years or whenever.

“These guys are doing a great job and I don’t see that there’s a big gap between us, but I just have to keep doing my thing and it will come, I hope.”

The signs are certainly promising for Stricker. After launching his ATP Tour career in 2021 with a stunning straight-sets victory over former World No. 3 Marin Cilic at the beginning of back-to-back quarter-final runs in Geneva and Stuttgart, he has continued his progress this season. Two ATP Challenger Tour titles and a 4-5 record at ATP Tour events have helped him rise to a career-high No. 116 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings.

The Swiss is also becoming more accustomed to taking on the ATP Tour elite. He notched four Top 40 wins this season, against Aslan Karatsev, Maxime Cressy (twice) and Botic van de Zandschulp, while he also competed well against Stefanos Tsitsipas and Pablo Carreno Busta. His meeting with Tsitsipas on the grass in Stuttgart stands out for Stricker.

“[It was] a great experience,” said the Swiss. “A tough match, but he plays pretty well on grass and he played pretty well. It’s just great to play these guys to see where you stand.

“It was a pretty good match from my side, he played pretty good as well. It was [6-3, 6-4] but it was pretty close, and I had my chances as well. It was 2-2, I had break points, so it’s good to see that it’s not such a big gap.”

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Dominic Stricker and Stefanos Tsitsipas in Stuttgart. Photo Credit: Christian Kaspar-Bartke/Getty Images.

Stricker’s strong 2022 season has earned him a debut appearance at next week’s Intesa Sanpaolo Next Gen ATP Finals. The Swiss is looking forward to competing at the Allianz Cloud in Milan in an event that he has previously only had the chance to admire from afar.

“I watched the highlights of the previous edition, when Carlos won,” said Stricker. “That was pretty impressive… I watched the [2018 edition] when Stefanos [won] too.

“It’s a special tournament, for sure, if you reach it. It’s something great, it means a lot and I think [it means] you’ve had a pretty good year, if you’re in the Top 8 of these young guys. It’s something special for sure.

“The format is something else, you have to be focused from the first point. You also have to be when it’s a longer set but I think if you play these short sets, it’s more important. I think [the format] is good, to have a new challenge.”

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Granollers & Zeballos Set For Third Straight Nitto ATP Finals Appearance

  • Posted: Nov 03, 2022

Granollers & Zeballos Set For Third Straight Nitto ATP Finals Appearance

Spots for two doubles teams remain in Turin

Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos are the sixth team to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals, which will be played from 13-20 November at the Pala Alpitour in Turin. The Spanish-Argentine tandem will make its third consecutive appearance at the season finale.

Granollers and Zeballos advanced to the semi-finals of the year-end championships in 2020 and 2021, falling to the eventual champions on each occasion.

It has been a consistent season for the Spaniard and Argentine, who lifted their seventh ATP Tour trophy as a team in Halle. It is the fourth consecutive year in which they have earned at least one crown at an ATP 500 event or above.

Granollers and Zeballos thrived at the Grand Slam championships this season, reaching the final at Wimbledon and the semi-finals at the Australian Open and Roland Garros.

It is Granollers’ seventh appearance at the year-end championships. In 2012, he won the Nitto ATP Finals with Marc Lopez.

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