^^^ I agree, Oracle86,
that Klizan has been doing well. But he lost to Cilic today. Cilic can play so beautifully, but seems allergic to consistency!!
Here are a couple of pieces from the ATP site, that I hought interesting:SHANGHAI ROLEX MASTERS 2012
Djokovic Makes Securing World No. 1 Ranking An Objective; Praises Murray
by ATP Staff
Novak Djokovic says that the goal of finishing No. 1 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings this year does not weigh heavily on his mind.
[The] No. 1 of the world is a goal for me till the end of the year, [it is] definitely an objective [and] something I [will] try to achieve, said Djokovic on Tuesday at the Shanghai Rolex Masters.
But it's not daily on my mind. I obviously try to focus on my day-to-day commitments that I have at the tournaments and every match that I play in. This [has been] my mindset always and was working well so far.
Djokovic won his third straight China Open title in Beijing (d. Tsonga) on Sunday to further extend his lead over Roger Federer in the South African Airways ATP Rankings Race To London, with four weeks left in the regular ATP World Tour. Djokovic could return to World No. 1 next week if he wins the Shanghai title and Federer does not reach the quarter-finals.
Djokovic, Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray have already qualified for the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at The O2 in London from 5-12 November. Four singles berths remain up for grabs.
Ahead of his media conference, Djokovic practised with Murray, his long-time friend and rival, at the penultimate ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament of the season.
When asked whether Murray could go on and add to his US Open title triumph, Djokovic admitted, I don't think it's good to predict anything because tennis is such a unique sport, individual sport. A lot of factors are involved. Obviously mentally it's a matter of staying strong, staying healthy physically, trying to perform your best on a regular basis.
He won his first Grand Slam. He could have won it already a couple years ago. He's a quality player. He's [been] one of the best players in the world in the last five years, there's no question about it. He's been improving ever since he got to professional tennis. He definitely is a contender to win all the Grand Slams, there's no question about it.
Djokovic, the second seed at the Shanghai Rolex Masters, will begin his campaign against Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria in the second round on Wednesday.http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2012/10/41/Shanghai-Djokovic-World-No-1-Goal.aspx
SHANGHAI ROLEX MASTERS 2012Federer Aims To Finish Year At World No. 1; Ready For Shanghai Challenge
by ATP Staff |
Roger Federer admitted at the Shanghai Rolex Masters on Sunday that he hopes to finish the year at No. 1 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings.
I hope I will finish World No. 1 at the end of the year, said Federer, who is competing for the first time since the US Open. "For me it's about trying to play well here in Shanghai and go from there. If everything would have been totally focused on World No. 1, I would have gone to Tokyo or Beijing, most likely, and all those things.
"I've already reached my goal by getting back to World No. 1 in the summer. That was for me the goal, getting back there and winning a Grand Slam, particularly Wimbledon. I feel very much at peace and I'm happy. I always have to look 12 months ahead, as well, making sure I stay injury free, that I stay hungry for more. This is where if it works out, great, and if it doesn't, someone else plays better. I am here, so I'll give it the best shot I can and we'll see how it goes.
Novak Djokovic has a 1,490 points lead over Federer in the South African Airways ATP Rankings Race To London. The Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, the elite eight-man season-ending championship, will be held at The O2 in London from 5-12 November.
Federer also believes US Open champion Andy Murray who is also bidding to capture a third straight Shanghai title this week has a shot at becoming World No. 1 over the next 12 months.
He's saying the right things, said Federer. He has results that back up his chances to become World No. 1, maybe even at the end of the year, maybe at the beginning of the next year. If not then, he's got a shot till next year's Wimbledon almost if he were to win there. His next nine months are going to be extremely interesting to follow.
I think he's done so well, I said it right off the bat, his reaction was amazing right after not winning Wimbledon against me, then coming back and winning the Olympics, still battling it out through Toronto and Cincinnati, then bringing the victory home, his first Grand Slam, at the US Open. [Im] very impressed, [it was] great to see. I hope for him he can achieve it eventually.
This week, Federer is hoping to win a record 22nd ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown. The 2010 Shanghai runner-up is set to play Chinese wild card Ze Zhang or a qualifier in the second round.
I love playing here in China, he said. I've had some amazing weeks here in my life. I do appreciate all the support I get here. I didn't want to miss it. I really tried to keep my schedule as flexible as I could so I could come to Shanghai. I'm very relieved and happy now that I'm here. I want to play well and go deep into the tournament. The focus is clearly on the first round, making sure I find my way into the tournament first. http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2012/10/41/Shanghai-Federer-World-No-1-Fight.aspx