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Paris Masters Title & ATP Finals Berth Captured by Jack Sock - Mondays with Bob Greene

 

 

STARS

Jack Sock beat Filip Krajinovic 5-7 6-4 6-1 to win the Rolex Paris Masters in Paris, France

Julia Goerges beat CoCo Vandeweghe 7-5 6-1 to win the Hengqin Life WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai, China

 

SAYING

“Incredible week.” – Jack Sock, after winning the Rolex Paris Masters and qualifying for the ATP World Tour Finals.

“This was the best week in my life. I will never forget this moment in my life. Coming from qualifying to the final was a dream come true.” – Filip Krajinovic, a qualifier who reached the final of the Rolex Paris Masters.

“I can’t imagine a better ending to the season, two titles in two weeks.” – Julia Goerges, after capping her two-week winning by capturing the Hengqin Life WTA Elite Trophy.

“Pulling out from any event is tough, but especially from here, from Paris.” – Rafael Nadal.

“She said yes. So thrilled to be engaged to my soulmate.” – NBA player David Lee, writing on Instagram about his engagement to Caroline Wozniacki.

 

SWEET SOCK SUCCESS

Losing the first set, Jack Sock rallied to defeat qualifier Filip Krajinovic and win the Paris Masters title and a spot in the season-ending Nitto ATP Finals in London. “Incredible week,” Sock said. “Hard to describe it honestly. I don’t think it’s really hit or soaked in yet.” The victory boosted the American into the Top 10 for the first time and a spot in the elite eight-player London field. “Coming in this week I had no idea I could even make London,” Sock said. “To come back from the deficit I was down in my first match here, and to have this trophy next to me now and talking to you guys (media) has been an incredible achievement.” The 25-year-old trailed Kyle Edmund 5-1 in the third set in his opener, only to come from behind. And in the final, Krajinovic took the opening set before Sock began the second by breaking serve. He closed out the victory with a five-game streak to end the match.

 

SECOND TITLE

German’s Julia Goerges won her second title of the year, the WTA Elite Trophy, by stopping American CoCo Vandeweghe in straight sets. By winning, Goerges will end the season with a career-high ranking of 14th in the world. It was the 29-year-old German’s ninth straight match win. The tournament’s 12-player singles field featured the top players on the women’s tour who did not qualify for last week’s WTA Finals in Singapore, plus one wild card given to China’s top-ranked player, Peng Shuai. Vandeweghe won the first three games to begin the match. But Goerges finally broke back in the ninth game and eventually took the opening set 7-5. The German then dominated the second set, winning seven games in a row at one point. “I’m looking forward to next year,” Goerges said.

 

STRUCK DOWN

A right knee injury forced Rafael Nadal to withdraw from the Rolex Paris Masters before his quarterfinal against qualifier Filip Krajinovic. “I have to pull out,” Nadal said. “Of course, it’s a very hard decision for me. Pulling out from any event is tough, but especially from here, from Paris. As I said a lot of times, it’s the most important city in my career, without a doubt.” Earlier in the week Nadal clinched the year-end number one ranking. “I feel like home here and for the relationship that I have with the French federation, with everybody, it’s a very tough day for me,” Nadal said. The Spaniard has never won the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title in Paris.

 

SINO WINNERS

Duan Ying-Ying and Han Xinyun won the Hengqin Life WTA Elite Trophy doubles in an all-Chinese final. The two stopped Lu Jing-Jing and Zhang Shuai with just the loss of three games. It is the first WTA doubles crown for Duan, who was playing in her first WTA doubles final. Han won her second career trophy in her sixth career final. Five of Han’s finals have come in China, but this was her first victory in her home country. She won her first doubles champions in Hobart, Australia, last year teaming with American Christina McHale.

 

SERBIAN DROP

Novak Djokovic has dropped out of the Top 10 rankings for the first time in more than a decade. The Serbian right-hander has not played since Wimbledon in July, ending his season because of an elbow injury. It is the first time since March 200 that Djokovic has been ranked lower than 10th in the world. The 30-year-old Serb is hoping to return to action at the exhibition World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi in December.

 

SECURES SPOT

David Goffin is the first Belgian to qualify for the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals. Ranked 10th in the world, Goffin clinched his spot in the eight-player tournament when he beat Frenchman Lucas Pouille in the third round of the Paris Masters. Others who qualified for the elite event are Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Dominic Thiem, Marin Cilic, Alexander Zverev, Grigor Dimitrov and Jack Sock.

 

SET FOR ACTION

Andy Murray, who hasn’t played since Wimbledon in July, will face off against Roger Federer in an exhibition match in Scotland. The event is to raise money for charity. “We’re going to have a good time,” Federer said, “and I think it’s wonderful what he (Murray) is doing in his philanthropic efforts.” Murray is expected to return to the ATP World Tour in Brisbane, Australia, at a tournament that begins on New Year’s Eve. “Tennis is a difficult sport for coming back from injuries,” said Michael Davison, a sports medicine specialist and managing director of Isokinetic London. “You can’t manage your minutes like you would in football by coming on for half-an-hour towards the end. No one knows how long a match will last or how far you might go in a tournament. So an exhibition like this is the nearest thing Murray will be able to get to playing competitive tennis in a controlled environment.”

 

SPECIAL COUPLE

The year keeps getting better for Caroline Wozniacki. Ranked third in the world, Wozniacki announced her engagement to American basketball player David Lee by posting a picture of her diamond engagement ring on Twitter alongside a caption which read: “Happiest day of my life yesterday saying yes to my soulmate.” A 34-year-old NBA free agent who spent most of his career with the New York Knicks and Golden State Warriors, Lee also posted about the engagement.

 

SAYS SHE CAN

Former world number one Steffi Graf believes Serena Williams can surpass Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 Grand Slam tournament singles titles. The 36-year-old Williams has not played since winning her 23rd major at the Australian Open in January while pregnant. She gave birth to a girl in September and has talked about defending her Australian Open title in January. “Absolutely yes” Graf said when asked about Williams’ chances of breaking the record. “I think a lot of it is determined on her drive and if that is what she wants to do.” Graf won 22 Grand Slam tournament titles. “You know, everything that she has shown over her career just makes you believe that if she has that in her sights, then she will go after it and achieve it,” Graf said.

 

SHARED PERFORMANCES

Paris: Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo beat Ivan Dodig and Marcel Granollers 7-6 (3) 3-6 10-6 (match tiebreak)

Zhuhai: Duan Ying-Ying and Han Xinyun beat Lu Jing-Jing and Zhang Shuai 6-2 6-1

 

SURFING

Milan: www.nextgenatpfinals.com/

Bratislava: www.tennisslovakopen.sk/uvod.html

Limoges: www.engieopendelimoges.fr/

Zhenzen: www.missionhillschina.com

Tokyo: http://ando-open.toyko

London: www.nittoatpfinals.com/

Taipei: www.oectennis.com/bin/home.php

 

TOURNAMENTS THIS WEEK

MEN

$1,275,000 Next Gen ATP Finals, Milan, Italy, hard

106,000 Peugeot Slovak Open, Bratislava, Slovak Republic, hard

 

WOMEN

$115,000 WTA EA Hua Hin Championship, Hua Hin, Thailand, hard

$115,000 Engie Open de Limoges, Limoges, Frances, hard

$100,000 Shenzhen Open, Shenzhen, China, hard

$100,000 Ando Securities Open, Tokyo, Japan, hard

 

FED CUP

Final

Belarus vs. United States at Minsk, Belarus

 

TOURNAMENTS NEXT WEEK

MEN

$6,500,000 Nitto ATP Finals, London, Great Brittan, hard

 

WOMEN

$115,000 OEC Taipei WTA, Taipei, Taiwan, carpet

 

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