Archives for October 2012


Jack Sock won his first big Challenger title.

Novak Djokovic

The Serbian seems very gung-ho on seizing the No. 1 ranking back from Roger Federer and played with a lot of confidence with his back against the wall in his 5-7 7-6 6-3 win over Andy Murray in the Shanghai final. Of the five match points he faced, Djokovic ripped forehand winners on three and forced two errors off the Scot

Close race for ATP Player of Year

Hit List, Oct. 13, Shanghai. Murray to meet Djokovic

Andy goes for his 3rd straight win over Novak


Shanghai, Andy Murray d Roger Federer 6-4 6-4

Murray appears to be increasingly more comfortable in his role as a favored player. He wasn’t exactly a clear cut favorite here, but after winning the US Open he was at least 50-50 coming into this match. He served better, returned more aggressively and was more forceful from inside the baseline. Given that he is 25 and Federer is 31, it

Hit, List, Oct. 6: Beijing, Tokyo finals



Kei showed Japan that he can really play.

Tokyo final, Kei Nishikori d Milos Raonic 7-6 (5) 3-6 6-0

At least on this occasion, great returning, defense and movement overcame brute power. Raonic had played extremely well in upsetting Andy Murray in the semis but in the third set of the final he largely disappeared as Nishikori easily stretched him out from the backcourt and exposed his backhand. He also put on an A-plus return of serve performance.

It has been more than four years since Japan

Hit List, Beijing, October 2

Victoria Azarenka d. Sabine Lisicki 6-4 6-2:

When is the last time that Lisicki won two straight matches? Try the Olympics. Since then she