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de Minaur ended last year at 208, now up to a career best ranking of 33 after beating Simon in the Japan Open. Still only 19.


He’s got a bit of a young little Lleyton about him. Apart from the rampant obnoxiousness


How do you work out that he’s up to 33?
Don’t they wait til after the tournament before updating it?
Plus by my checking, if he loses his next match he only gets 45 points and that’s only enough to get him to 35th if no other players change


Live tennis rankings mate. Have to also take into consideration the other players’ points lost for not defending points from last year.


Who is this guy?

Khachanov Stuns Djokovic For Maiden Masters 1000 Crown

Karen Khachanov sprung one of the biggest upsets of the year on Sunday, stunning World No. 2 and four-time champion Novak Djokovic 7-5, 6-4 for the Rolex Paris Masters title.

Hitting big and refusing to allow Djokovic to find his rhythm, Khachanov claimed his maiden ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown in dramatic fashion on the indoor hard courts of Paris-Bercy. The 22-year-old Russian announced himself to the tennis world with the biggest victory of his young career. He reeled off four straight Top 10 wins (d. Isner, Zverev, Thiem and Djokovic), finishing his 2018 campaign at a career-high No. 11 in the ATP Rankings.

“It means the world to me,” Khachanov said after the match. “I couldn’t be happier to finish the season like this.”

Coming into the match, all attention was on Djokovic’s bid for a record-tying 33rd Masters 1000 title and 23rd straight match win, but it was Khachanov who extended his own run of 11 wins in 12 matches. He improves to 4-0 in ATP World Tour title matches, having also lifted trophies in Marseille and his home capital of Moscow this year.

Djokovic burst out of the gates with a quick break for 3-1. The Serbian applied immediate pressure on Khachanov’s serve, as the 22-year-old had no answer for his opponent’s baseline blows. But the change in momentum was swift and impressive. Khachanov quickly snatched the break back, reeling off 10 straight points and finding great depth off his forehand side to put Djokovic on his heels.

The Russian’s surge continued in the latter stages of the set. He gave Djokovic a taste of his own medicine, turning defense into offense in a flash at 5-5 30/40 to grab another break and close out the opener in efficient fashion. He sealed the set with his third ace after 58 minutes.

Khachanov refused to relinquish his stranglehold as the second set got underway, racing to a set and a break lead. Djokovic saved a pair of break chances at 1-1 15/40, but his 22-year-old opponent struck a running forehand winner to earn at third opportunity, which he would not squander.

He would hold his nerve when serving out the match, sealing a 7-5, 6-4 win in one hour and 39 minutes.

“One thing that with Novak you cannot just go to the net because he has unbelievable passing shots,” Khachanov added. "You have to really prepare your coming through. You have to really sort out the right shots when you can step in and go to the net.

“So of course, the best scenario if I’m hitting left-right and I’m coming to the net with a shorter ball, sometimes it was not possible, but sometimes I did it really well. But in general, my game is aggressive and I have to try to step in more and to play the way I played, actually.”

With the win, Khachanov becomes the first Russian to win an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title since Nikolay Davydenko in Shanghai in 2009. Along with 22-year-old Daniil Medvedev, also a three-time winner this year, and Next Gen ATP Finals qualifier Andrey Rublev, the European nation is trending skyward as 2018 comes to a close.

In addition, No. 18 Khachanov is the lowest-ranked player to claim a Masters 1000 trophy since No. 26 Ivan Ljubicic in Indian Wells in 2010. While Djokovic, Federer and Nadal continue to set the bar, this also marks the second straight year with three first-time Masters 1000 champions.

Djokovic will next head to the Nitto ATP Finals, where he enters as World No. 1 in the ATP Rankings. He was appearing in his 47th Masters 1000 final and 104th title match at the tour-level.

“I want to talk about how well he played all week,” said Djokovic. "He absolutely deserved to win the match today. So all the credit to him. He deserves it. He’s a young player up and coming. But already an established player, a top player. And he showed great quality today and he showed why we’re going to see a lot of him in the future.

“I’m satisfied of course and I’m going to be No. 1 tomorrow officially. What more can I ask for? I mean, I won 20-plus matches in a row and had a most amazing last five months of the year.”

Revenge was sweet for Khachanov, who fell in straight sets in their lone previous FedEx ATP Head2Head encounter at Wimbledon earlier this year.


This was not a huge surprise imo.
He pushed Nadal very hard at the US Open, he’s well entrenched in the top 20 and he dismantled Thiem and Zverev before this final.

I reckon he’ll be close to no 1 in 12 months time


The Date Of The Australian Open Is Going To Change

The 2020 Aussie Open will be pushed back one week to make way for a new ATP Cup team event.

That year’s open had been scheduled to start on 13 January, but will now start on 20 January.

The new “ATP Cup” will run from 3-12 January in three yet to be decided Australian cities.

Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley said on Friday:

"This is an amazing opportunity, in close collaboration with the players and the tour, to deliver a globally impactful event that further elevates the sport and the fan interest in it.

"We want to keep growing tennis, give the players an environment where they can perform to the best of their abilities and then ensure they are appropriately appreciated and rewarded.

“This event will help us all achieve that while connecting with new generations of tennis fans. It will provide a new source of inspiration for young athletes to choose our sport.”


How about starting it just after the US open before we get our first fatality through extreme dehydration


so that officially screws the Hopman Cup


We’re rubbish at tennis. And everything else. The talents there but it’s sitting on the couch.


BS. Couch-sitting and AFL should both be in olympics - summer & winter. There’s 4 gold medals already.


Finding the remote should get the nod to.


Think that could put a dent in crowds given that the tournament is played during the school holidays


Bit of a write about Zverev over the weekend about him fulfilling his potential. Well he stepped up to beat Djokovic.

Alexander Zverev became the youngest champion at the Nitto ATP Finals in a decade on Sunday, stunning World No. 1 Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-3 to lift the biggest title of his career.

The 21-year-old, the youngest player to triumph at the season finale since Djokovic in 2008, was already the first German to reach the championship match at the season finale since 1996, when Boris Becker did it. And now Zverev is the first player from his country to lift the trophy since Becker did so in 1995, dashing Djokovic’s hopes of a perfect ending to a fairytale season in which he returned from a right elbow injury back to No. 1 in the ATP Rankings.

“Right now I really can’t describe it,” Zverev said on court of his feelings. “I’m unbelievably happy, obviously it’s the biggest title that I’ve ever won.”

One year ago, Zverev made his debut at The O2, falling short of reaching the semi-finals. But the 10-time ATP World Tour champion showed his growth, beating six-time champion Roger Federer in straight sets on Saturday and now Djokovic for the victory.


Zverev will not reach his potential until he goes deep in Grand Slam. He is dead set ordinary in Slams.


The world knows Ash Barty as a special talent. Australia doesn’t.

The 22-year-old is a known threat to the players at the top of the women’s game — and is the one the best players in the world.

There is no more going under the radar. Everywhere in tennis, her secret is out.

Barty’s rise to a career-high WTA Ranking of No. 15 in the world only tells a small part of why she is considered by some high profile commentators a real chance of winning a grand slam as early as 2019.

Still raw after two full seasons back on the WTA Tour following her cricket cameo, when Barty gets it right she is scary good. At least that’s how the tennis world sees her. Australia is still catching up.

The New York Times recent investigative survey to find the best shots in women’s tennis right now had one particular irregularity — Ashleigh Barty.

But it’s not her TV profile or even her fourth round appearance at the US Open in September that blew the Queenslander’s cover. That was blown by the Times survey which showed just how highly-rated she is in the women’s game right now.

More than 20 coaches, former players and analysts, including Aussie Nicole Pratt and former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, across the WTA Tour found judged Barty to be one of the most dangerous players on the Tour.

Right now, she has the best backhand slice in women’s tennis, according to the survey.

Her arsenal also includes the best overall net game, the second best second serve, one of the top five forehands and the third best overall feel and touch on the WTA Tour right now.


Is that a story about Ash Barty or an ad for kayo


Super tiebreak at 6-6 in the decider at Aus Open from next year.



Really? ■■■■


Australian Open can get f.ucked. that’s worse than USO.