as declared in London, Nov 13, 2017 (AFP) -Roger Federer has dismissed Rafael Nadal’s claim that it would be fairer if the ATP Tour Finals were played on clay courts.
As the world’s most formidable player on clay, Nadal has in the past suggested it would be better if the season-ending Tour Finals at least occasionally took place on his preferred surface.
There are currently three Masters 1000 events held on Nadal’s favoured clay, with none on the faster grass that Federer prefers.
Of the Grand Slams, only the French Open — won 10 times by Nadal — is on clay, while Wimbledon, where Federer has triumphed eight times — is the grass-court major.
If world number two Federer had played and won in France, he could have kept the race going into the Tour Finals — where he and Nadal are the leading contenders for the trophy.
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Roger Federer SLAMS Rafael Nadal after ATP World Tour Finals comments
Federer got his hopes of a 2017 swansong off to a flier with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Jack Sock at the 02 Arena.
Prior to the match, Nadal expressed his belief that the London showpiece should be a clay-court event.
“I believe that it’s not fair that a player like me really never played on a surface that was a little bit more favourable,” he said.
“I always played on the worst surface possible for me.
“If it’s indoor at the 02, then great, but you can build a different type of surface there.
Tennis: Zverev enjoys successful ATP Finals debut to beat Cilic, to face Federer next in clash of generations
LONDON (Reuters) – A few hours after old master Roger Federer reminded everyone of his enduring magic, Alexander Zverev, the man leading the next generation of men’s tennis, dazzled on his ATP Finals debut.
The crowd, the atmosphere is amazing,” Zverev, who revelled on the big stage, told reporters after the late-night finish.
At 3-2, he was 40-15 up on serve but Zverev, wound-up by an erroneous overrule, forged back to break with an exquisite lob.
Cilic then dropped serve to love at 4-5 to lose for the sixth time in seven matches at the year-ender.
But I enjoy playing in front of big stages, big crowds.”
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