Masters Cup

Is Nadal’s Reign of Dominance Over?

October 31, 2009

Rafael Nadal has not won a tournament since the Rome Masters in May. Since then, the No. 2-ranked Spaniard has gone seven straight tournaments without a win, while losing his No. 1 ranking to Roger Federer on July 6. Most players would consider the 23-7 record Rafa has posted in that span a success, but […]

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Davydenko Downs Nadal at Shanghai

October 19, 2009

Nikolay Davydenko whipped top-seeded Rafael Nadal 7-6 (3), 6-3 yesterday to win the Shanghai Masters for his fourth title in four finals this year. The sixth-seeded Russian broke Nadal in the decisive sixth game of the second set to capture his 18th career championship. Davydenko’s flat groundstrokes and sharply angled winners neutralized Nadal’s aggressive game […]

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Federer Ends Nadal Clay Streak at Madrid

May 17, 2009

Roger Federer got a huge shot of confidence today just ahead of the French Open, defeating top-ranked Rafael Nadal 6-4, 6-4 to win his first title of the season at the Madrid Masters. The second-ranked Federer broke a sluggish Nadal once in each set before firing his sixth ace to win his first championship since […]

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The Curious Case of David Nalbandian

March 31, 2009

When he’s good, he’s extremely good. Brilliant would be a better term, really. When he’s bad, he’s very bad. Okay, let’s be charitable – very disappointing. David Nalbandian, one of the most gifted and talented players on tour, should have been playing Andy Murray today in a marquee round of 16 match up at the […]

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Nadal Reigns Supreme in 2008

December 31, 2008

Rafael Nadal had a season for the ages. Highlights included supplanting Roger Federer as No. 1 in the world, winning the French Open and Wimbledon, and taking the Olympic gold medal in Beijing in August. The Spaniard had an incredible 82-11 record and won eight tournaments in all, including a string of five in a […]

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Djokovic Drubs Davydenko in Shanghai

November 17, 2008

Novak Djokovic crushed Nikolay Davydenko 6-1, 7-5 to win the season-ending Masters Cup final yesterday in Shanghai. The victory completed perfect bookends for the No. 3-ranked Djokovic’s season. Djokovic won the Australian Open in January for his first Grand Slam. The Serb also won Masters Series titles at Indian Wells in March and Rome in […]

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Tsonga Tops Nalbandian to Win Paris Masters

November 3, 2008

Two of the hottest players on the ATP tour met in Paris yesterday to decide who would go to Shanghai. In their first meeting ever, Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated defending champion David Nalbandian 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in the final of the Paris Masters. With the win, Tsonga sealed the eighth and final spot in the […]

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Nalbandian Breezes To Stockholm Open Title

October 13, 2008

As fall settles in on Europe, Argentina’s David Nalbandian is heating up once again. Nalbandian defeated Sweden’s Robin Soderling 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 in the Stockholm Open final yesterday, capturing his second title of the year and ninth in his career. The top-seeded Argentine played nearly flawless tennis all week, dropping but one set in five […]

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Federer Drought Ends With 5th U.S. Open Title

September 9, 2008

It was a day late due to Tropical Storm Hanna, but it was definitely worth the wait for Roger Federer. The Swiss Maestro won his fifth straight U.S. Open title yesterday, downing No. 6-seed Andy Murray 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 in a match delayed a day because of Saturday’s rain-interrupted semifinal between Murray and Rafael Nadal. The […]

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Nalbandian Back on Track With Win in Buenos Aires

February 25, 2008

David Nalbandian won his first ATP tournament on home soil yesterday, defeating fellow Argentine Jose Acasuso 3-6, 7-6, 6-4 in the Copa Telmex final in Buenos Aires. The title was the eighth of Nalbandian’s career and third in his last five tournaments. The 26-year-old improved to 8-1 on the season, suffering his only loss in the […]

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