Novak Djokovic and Jelena Ristic have welcomed a new baby boy to their family. Congratulations to the couple!

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Mother and child are said to be feeling quite well after a delivery without complications. Djokovic’s parents, Srdjan and Diana, apparently organized a “modest” celebration at the restaurant Novak, named for their son, in New Belgrade, a municipality in the Serbian capital of Belgrade. Ristic’s parents, Miomir and Vera, are thought to be with their daughter and the main men in her life in Nice, France, where she gave birth.

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At the start of today, there was a small elite and exclusive group of 4 currently active ATP players who hold 30 or more ATP titles.  These 4 were Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadel and Lleyton Hewitt (now, did that last name surprise you?)  By titles we mean main tour 250, 500, 1000, olympic medals  and Grand Slams.

Novak Djokovic holds 46 titles his “best” year (to date) was 2011 when he won 10 titles that year including 3 of the 4 grand slams (only Roland Garros was missing from the collection), 2013 was his next best year with 7 titles with one grand slam title (Australian Open).

Roger Federer holds 81 currently, with his best year being 2006 where he won 12 titles including 3 of the 4 slams (again only Roland Garros was missing from the slam collection), 2004 & 2005 were his next best years where he won 11 titles each that year.  In 2013 the year he was struggling for form he won only 1 title which was in Halle.

Rafael Nadal holds 64 titles, with his best year being 2005 where he won 11 titles and his first grand slam (Roland Garros), 2013 was his next best year with 10 titles which included 2 grand slams (Roland Garros and US Open), his worst year was his first on tour in 2004 where he won just 1 title.

Then there is a gap to the 4th player Lleyton Hewitt he holds 30 titles, his best year was 2001 where he won 6 titles including US Open.  2002 was his next best year with 5 titles including Wimbldeon, followed by 2000 and 2004 with 4 titles.  This is a pretty impressive and small group of players on the tour currently.

Today, a 5th player joined this small and exclusive group and this author is very happy he has.  Andy Murray today joined this group, he won his 30th title today by winning the 250 event in Vienna.  His best year to date has been 2009 where he won 6 titles but no slams.  His next best years to date were 2008 & 2011 where he won 5 titles and no slams but he did reach the semi finals at Wimbledon.  2012 was the year he won his first slam (US Open), on the back of the Olympic gold medal.  His defining moment came in 2013 as he won (what to us Brits) is the big one, he brought the Wimbledon title home.  2014 has not been a great year for titles, but coming off the back of his recovery from his back surgery at the end of 2013 he has won 2 titles in less than a month (and the year isn’t over yet) – his 2 titles for this year so far are Shenzhen and the one he added today Vienna.  This shows that Andy is on the rise and back amongst the elite where he belongs.

Welcome to the group Andy.

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The Inaugural Shenzhen Open took place 28th September 2014.  In the final 2 players desperate for a win but for very different reasons.  The top seed left in the competition was Andy Murray, who had taken a Wild Card to even play this event.  His opponent was Tommy Robredo from Spain, both men hungry for the title.  Andy was seeking his first title since Wimbledon 2013, having landed in his first final since that historic day at this very tournament.  Tommy was also seeking his first title of 2014, but this was his 2nd final of the year.  This looked like it could be down to whoever wanted it most, I can tell you that Andy Murray fans were hoping, praying, shouting, screaming, hiding behind cushions and willing Andy to win this.  Things didn’t start off well for the 2nd seed as he was broken in the first game, however he managed to get things back level all the way to 5-5.  Andy then lost his serve to take it 5-6 and Tommy served out the first set 7-5.

The second set was much the same in the fact that both fought hard and this time we landed in a tiebreak.  Andy didn’t get the best of starts as he dropped his serve and it was soon 3-1 to Tommy.  Soon after it was 6-2 Tommy and the British were screaming at the TV, although some of them were feeling ill, shaking and some even thinking it was all over at this point.  4 match points down, Tommy needed one point for the title.  This seemed to spur Andy into action and remarkably he levelled the score to 6-6.  He was then another match point down at 7-6.  Again he saved this and soon the score was 9-9 (US Open 2012 first set tie break anyone?), then he managed to break again for the very mini break, he had set point on his own serve (which has been very inconsistent lately) – everyone held their breath.  He got the point for the set, it was going 3 – which I guess was only fitting for the first ever final here.

As a Brit, I was willing Andy on, he needed this title much more than we fans did.  He was still playing well and broke Robredo in the first game of the final set, and more importantly (from our point of view) he held his own serve to take a 2-0 lead.  Tommy then held serve for 2-1.  It was the last game he would win, Andy appeared to have broken Tommy’s will, and he hardly won any points from there on in.  Andy was soon at 5-1 with Tommy having to serve to stay in this.  He couldn’t do it, Andy broke him and won the title.  In his acceptance speech he recognised that Tommy deserved to win the match and that he (Andy) had been lucky in that 2nd set tiebreak.

This win gives Murray 250 ranking points and moves him to 10th in the Race to London.  Next tournament is Beijing masters (500)

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He’s done it! Andy Murray has made his first final since that historic Wimbledon 2013 final when he ended our wait for a British Wimbledon Champion.   Since that amazing day he has had an off season, firstly having back surgery and trying to recover from that, losing his coach (Ivan Lendl), appointing a new coach and then making the QF of Australian Open, Wimbledon, US Open and the Semi finals of Roland Garros (his best performance for a while on the red dirt – we Brits don’t like red dirt!).  Other than these excellent performances, he has failed to reach any final.  He added 2 extra tournaments to his schedule before Shanghai, as he needs to get his ranking back up from 11, and having no points to defend from here on in, he is trying to do this and also qualify for the WTF in London.

Andy accepted a wild card into the inaugural Shenzhen Open tournament, after the bye he received in round 1 as second seed, he progressed without dropping a set to the Semi finals.  All of his matches to this point had been in the evening, meaning that the conditions, especially the humidity, where not an issue.  The semi final was held in the day time, 2nd on the schedule.  At the time of taking to the court the humidity was 88 degrees, this showed as Andy struggled in the conditions, his serve was off (to be honest, it has been very inconsistent for a while), his forehand was misfiring and he was missing shots he usually gets without difficulty.  The conditions also meant that the ball and court during the daytime were different to how they are during the evening, this may have had a bearing on the first set.  His opponent was Juan Monaco, and Juan took the first set 6-2!  Murray fans are used to “Murraycoasters” and they braced themselves for another!

In the second set, Andy did start to play better, he got off to a good start with a break of serve, however Monaco broke back and soon the set was level at 3-3.  Then the change occurred, something clicked (or someone gave Andy a coffee or a Redbull!) his forehand was back, his first serve made an appearance (not as much as people would like) he was making his shots again.  Levelling the match by taking the 2nd set 6-3, it was going the distance.  The Brits held their breath, his fans watching, wondering, and hoping (plus worrying, praying, pacing) that he he had finally turned this match around.  Their prayers were answered, as Murray showed he still had the will to win, he served up a bagel to Monaco in the last set, and his first serve was definitely improving in the last set.  The humidity had dropped as had the temperature, this appeared to help Murray and he has made a final for the first time in 2014.  Can he win the title in Shenzhen?  This author hopes so.

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Caroline Wozniacki really knows how to travel! Fly like a G6!

Caroline posted this to her Facebook. Just shows top players have a completely different live to players around 100 in the world or below. Time to change the prizemoney structure ATP and WTA Tour!

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Ana Ivanovic wins the 2014 Tokyo WTA tour title.

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Victoria Azarenka’s statement about the rest of the 2014 season:

Hi everyone, I have some news to share…Unfortunately I will not be competing in any tournaments for the remainder of the season. It has been a very tough year for me. I have been trying my best to improve day in and day out by pushing and pushing…but that does not appear to be the best approach for me right now. I will use this time to work on making a full recovery and take care of my body to compete at my best next season. I always believe that everything happens for a reason and everything doesn’t happen the way you’d want it to but it is up to you to make the best out of everything that does…and that is exactly what I am going to do.

The sad part about making this decision is not being able to play in these amazing tournaments that I really enjoy playing in every year and performing in front of all of you! You are all truly my motivation and inspiration! I want to thank all my fans and my team for your support. It means a lot to me. I love you guys. There is a great deal for us to accomplish still. And I will be there with all my heart and passion giving you 100% to get it done! Love V

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We have received a tip that Li Na will be announcing her retirement from tennis on the 19th of September. The announcement will be happening on CCTV-5, a sports channel owned by state broadcaster China Central Television.

She is reportedly retiring because she is unable to continue competing due to her physical condition.

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Caroline Wozniacki Central Park Selfie While Training for New York Marathon

September 18, 2014

Only 6 weeks left until the New York marathon and Caroline Wozniacki is still in heavy training mode. Although she had some time for a quick selfie in central park while training.

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ATP Race for London WTF Finals – Andy Murray

September 15, 2014

So we are into the Asian swing, the last part of the tennis year, where the big names can gain any extra points they need to try and qualify for the World Tour Finals in London.  Andy Murray is currently WR 11 and quite low in the race, however, he was out for the last [...]

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Martina Navratilova Proposed to Her Long Time Girlfriend During US Open 2014

September 8, 2014

#TennisChannel's @Martina Navratilova proposing in the TC @usopen suite! Congrats!! #shesaidyes #happilyeverafter pic.twitter.com/bDfdCVfDAD — TennisChannelPR (@TennisChannelPR) September 6, 2014

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Andy Murray and the curse of Armstrong

September 1, 2014

Andy Murray is at Flushing Meadows for the last grand slam of the year.  He has progressed to the second round of this years tournament, but it has not been an easy road. Whenever Andy has to play on Louis Armstrong court (by his own admission, not one of his favourite courts) he struggles.  In [...]

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Roger Federer Launches His Official Instagram Account

August 26, 2014

If you haven’t heard Roger Federer has just launched his official Instagram account – http://instagram.com/rogerfederer Here is his first and only shot:

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Ana Ivanovic Team Selfie on the Way to the US Open 2014

August 26, 2014

Ana Ivanovic thought she would share a selfie of her team as they were heading to the US Open 2014.

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Head Tennis and (RED) Partner to Help Fight for an AIDS Free Generation

August 25, 2014

Head and (RED) are partnering to help fight for an AIDS free generation. HEAD stars Novak Djokovic, Maria Sharapova, Andy Murray, Tomas Berdych, Sloane Stephens, Marin Cilic and Richard Gasquet show their support for the good cause.

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Ana Ivanovic 2014 US Open Dress / Outfit from Adidas

August 24, 2014

Adidas announced what Ana Ivanovic would be wearing at the 2014 US Open. Here it is!

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Caroline Wozniacki is Fit! New York Marathon Has Got Nothing

August 7, 2014

The New York marathon is getting very close. Caroline Wozniacki has been training to run the marathon, so after her match today she went for a 10km run.

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Roger Federer Testing His New Racquet RF97 – Its Bad Ass!

August 1, 2014

Roger Federer has just announced he will be using his new racquet at the US Open. Here is the cool intro video. Enjoy.

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