Saturday, November 26, 2011

Djokovic eliminated, Bryans advance in ATP Finals

   Novak Djokovic, ranked No. 1 in the world in singles, and Bob and Mike Bryan, the top-ranked doubles team, lost Friday in the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London.
   The Bryan twins, however, advanced to the semifinals of the season-culminating tournament.
   Djokovic, admittedly burned out from one of the greatest years in tennis history, was eliminated with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 loss to fellow Serb Janko Tipsarevic.
   “What is missing … is that freshness,” Djokovic, the 2008 champion, told reporters after finishing third in his group with a 1-2 record. “The will to win, just being on the court, giving 100 percent. I’m not able to do that now because I just have very little left.”
   Djokovic finished the season with a 70-6 record. He won 10 titles, including the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.
   The Bryans, former Stanford All-Americans who already had clinched a berth in the semifinals, lost to fourth-seeded Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes of India 6-4, 6-2 to finish second in their group at 2-1.
   In today's singles semifinals, fourth-seeded Roger Federer will face fifth-seeded David Ferrer, and sixth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will meet seventh-seeded Tomas Berdych. The matches will be shown on tape delay at 8 a.m. PST and 2 p.m., respectively, on Tennis Channel.
   In the doubles semis, the Bryans will play third-seeded Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor at 4:15 a.m., and Bhupathi and Paes will take on eighth-seeded Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski at 10:15 a.m. Tennis Channel will televise both matches live.  

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