Novak Djokovic dominated in Paris again as Caroline Wozniacki dominated the New York Marathon. The ATP World Tour Finals group draws were also made.
Novak Djokovic successfully defended his Paris Masters title, beating Milos Raonic 6-2, 6-3 in the final. It’s the Serb’s 20th Masters title and his 3rd in Paris. Raonic looked nervous in his second Masters final as he failed to convert the openings he was given, including 3 consecutive break points in the first set.
This tournament marked Novak’s first since the birth of his son Stefan. “It’s beautiful to win my first match after becoming a father,” he said afterwards. The World No.1 has now reached 600 career victories – a feat achieved by only 4 other active players. The victory also increases Djokovic’s lead over Federer in the race for year-end No.1.
Andrea Petkovic won her 3rd title of the year at the Tournament of Champions in Sofia. She defeated Flavia Pennetta 1-6, 6-4, 6-3. Petkovic was broken 3 times in an awful first set, before rallying back to take the match. It’s Andrea’s first hard-court title. The win will also give Petkovic a confidence boost as she prepares for the Fed Cup final against Czech Republic this weekend.
ATP World Tour Finals
8 singles players have qualified for the year-end tournament, held in the O2 in London. Yesterday, the draw was made for the group stage. Group A will comprise of Novak Djokovic, Stanislas Wawrinka, Marin Cilic and Tomas Berdych while Roger Federer, Kei Nishikori, Andy Murray and Milos Raonic make up Group B.
The doubles groups were also decided on Monday. 3-time champions, the Bryan Brothers, will be joined in Group A by Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares, Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau and Lukasz Kubot and Robert Lindsteadt. Group B sees veterans Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic compete against Julien Benneteau and Eduoard Roger-Vasselin, Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez and Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo. New champions will be crowned as last year’s winners, David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco, failed to qualify.
Fed Cup Final
This weekend, the Czech Republic and Germany will contest the Fed Cup final in Prague. Petra Kvitova, Lucie Safarova, Karolina Pliskova and Lucie Hradecka will fly the flag for the Czechs. The German team of Angelique Kerber, Andrea Petkovic, Sabine Lisicki and Julia Goerges will be hoping to win their first Fed Cup title since 1992. The hard-courts in Prague are expected to play fast, which would play to the strengths of Wimbledon champion, Kvitova.
On Sunday, Caroline Wozniacki finished the New York City Marathon, in a time of 3 hours, 26 minutes and 33 seconds. Wozniacki averaged a little under 8 minutes per mile. Her time was good enough to qualify her for next April’s Boston Marathon. Afterwards, the World No.8 revealed that her goal time was 3 hours and 30 minutes.
Smiling as she crossed the finish line, Caroline was greeted by family and friends, including Serena Williams, who gave her her medal. It was the Dane’s first marathon and, apparently, won’t be her last. “Right now, I don’t think I’m going to do one for a few years,” she said after the race. “But probably at some point I’m going to do another one.”
Caroline has also raised over $80,000 for Team for Kids.
Eilís Brennan, Pundit Arena