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Federer may drop to No 3 before too long

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From NY Times:

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Serbia’s Novak Djokovic crushed Nikolay Davydenko 6-1 7-5 to win the Masters Cup Sunday, underlining his credentials as a major challenger to Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer at the top of men’s tennis.

The Australian Open champion, who lost all his matches without winning a set on his debut at the season-ending shootout last year, earned $1.24 million to move to within 10 ranking points of world number two Federer.

The Swiss defending champion crashed out at the round-robin stage, while world number one Nadal missed the $4.45 million tournament through injury.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/11/16 at 05:03

Federer falls to Andy Murray’s tennis onslaught

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From BBC News text report of the 2008 Masters Cup match:

THIRD SET:

Murray 4-6 7-6 7-5 Federer
A double fault and a mis-hit brings up an eighth match point for Murray at 15-40. The Swiss world number two doesn’t look up for the fight this time – and he goes long. Murray wins the match and Federer is out of the Master Cup.

That’s it for Roger’s efforts in 2008. This time it seems that injury was a major contributor to his loss to Murray.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/11/14 at 07:21

Raf Nadal will miss the last two tournaments of 2008

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Nadal vs Federer en la final de Roland Garros 2007

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I guess winning early cost a lot of his physical health and match readiness.

From AP:

MADRID, Spain (AP) — Rafael Nadal pulled out of the season-ending Masters Cup in Shanghai on Monday, citing fatigue after a long season and the need to prepare for the Davis Cup final.

The world’s top-ranked player made the announcement on his Web site, describing his withdrawal as “one of the most difficult decisions in my career.”

Nadal, who won two Grand Slam titles and the Olympic gold medal this year as he supplanted Roger Federer at No. 1, said he was physically rundown.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/11/03 at 13:47