Federer on fire

Federer will be the favorite heading into the ATP Finals

After Novak Djokovic fought off match points against Roger Federer once again at the US Open two months ago, it was hard to conceive that the Swiss would be called the favorite heading into the ATP World Finals. But after winning his second straight tournament with a 6-1, 7-6 victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to nail down his maiden Bercy/Paris Masters 1000, the 30-year-old looks better than anyone on tour now.

With Djokovic contending with a shoulder injury and Rafa Nadal appearing mentally tired and out of form (and also possibly looking ahead to Davis cup), it

Djokovic’s storied season grinding to injured halt

Novak's shoulder is suffering.

Novak Djokovic pulled out of his much-anticipated quarterfinal against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the Paris/Bercy Masters with the same shoulder injury that affected him in Basel and now it sounds like he wished his year would end today, saying that his body needs some a serious R & R after a long season, or two seasons if you count 2010 when he didn

Quick WTA Championships Picks


Urzula Radwanska will watch Aga and Caro (sitting back to back) face off.

The TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships Istanbul kicks off play on Tuesday with a 5 p.m. start, featuring a Red Group matches between Petra Kvitova and Vera Zvonareva and Caroline Wozniacki and Agnieszka Radwanska, followed by a White Group match between Maria Sharapova and Samantha Stosur.


Tsonga foils Federer again

Big Jo knocked out Roger again.

By Ed Klajman


A new No. 1 , but the same defending champion

The new No. 1 still has his biggest challenge ahead: facing Rafa. Lum photo

WIMBLEDON – Novak Djokovic needed to go into the Wimbledon final with a near perfect record in order to nab the No.1 ranking for the first time. Rafael Nadal needed to silence a nation for the third time to reach the Wimbledon final again.

In a highly anticipated men

Splendid on the grass

Murray will face Roddick who once knocked him out at Wimbledon

The tours have been back on grass for five days now and it took that long for Rafael Nadal to almost redline in Queens when he went down to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-7 6-4 6-1 in the quarters. Give credit to Nadal for honoring his commitment by contesting Queens after an exhaustive title run to the RG final but really, was it a wise idea to play.

“Probably after losing the second set mentally I lost my concentration,” he said. “The negative thing is I lost; the positive thing is I have few days off and can stop a little bit mentally. I can be a little bit more relaxed, because every day I play with pressure. “That’s what happened for me the last four months every day.”

Tsonga will face British wildcard James Ward who took down defending champion Sam Querrey 3-6 6-3 6-4 and then France

Who Can Stop the Rafa Slam?

The following is my top 10 picks in order for which men will fare the best at the AussieOpen, which is not totally based on ranking.


The Spaniard has been ill but should be fine by the time he strikes the first ball in Melbourne. Rod Laver Arena is a bit slower than the US Open and that will play more in Nadal