LONDON -- Roger Federer didn't expect Andy Murray to be this far along in his recovery from injury, but says he knows the Briton still has some way to go before returning to competitive action. Murray said he is aiming to reach 100 percent first, but has set his sights on playing at the Brisbane International and then the Australian Open in the new year.Murray, 30, has not featured on the tour since Wimbledon, and while he was relatively competitive at the All England Club, he was battling a hip problem throughout. "Definitely he can move better, he can serve better," was the up-to-date judgment of Federer, who faced Murray in an exhibition match for charity in Glasgow last week and said he has missed him on the tour. "We know all these things. For a start, I think it was quite e...
Britain's Jamie Murray and Brazilian Bruno Soares pulled progress at the ATP Finals back into their own hands after they cruised to victory over Marcel Granollers and Ivan Dodig. After losing to Bob and Mike Bryan on Monday, Murray and Soares knew defeat here would end their hopes of reaching the semi-finals, but they delivered an emphatic response by winning 6-1 6-1. Murray and Soares can now guarantee their place in the last four by beating Marcelo Melo and Lukasz Kubot on Friday, while Dodig and Granollers are eliminated regardless. Defeat to Melo and Kubot would leave Murray and Soares relying on Dodig and Granollers to overcome the Bryan brothers. Story Continues
Neither Dominic Thiem nor David Goffin had had an impressive run thus far in the ATP World Tour Finals. But Friday was the day to make it count; the winner would progress to the semifinals on Saturday, while the loser would go home. After Goffin's absent Wednesday evening performance, Thiem was the marginal favourite. But the Belgian -- still with heavily strapped left knee -- fought to a straight sets 6-4, 6-1 victory. "It was difficult to play against Dominic, such a close friend and such a nice guy. But in the end, I was really happy about the way I played the match, I was really nervous towards the end of the match," Goffin said in his on-court interview after the match. Story Continues
So this edition of the ATP World Tour Finals was supposed to be remembered as the moment when all those predictions of a changing of the guard came to pass, eh? Not so fast, bub. True, five of the nine players (we're including Pablo Carreno Busta, who stepped in to replace injured Rafael Nadal) were World Tour Finals newbies. Six of the nine were 26 years old or younger. Grigor Dimitrov, a semifinalist in London, has patiently borne the nickname "Baby Fed" since he was a teenager, waiting for this moment to come. Story Continues
Just when we thought Roger Federer couldn't possibly achieve anymore with his career, the 36-year-old admitted to the press room on Thursday that he wasn't ruling out future Davis Cup and Olympic action. In his postmatch news conference -- after beating Marin Cilic in three sets to secure his 14th semifinal place in 15 appearances at the ATP Tour Finals -- Federer said "I haven't officially retired from the Davis Cup" though he admitted the Tokyo 2020 Olympics were a bit far ahead to be thinking about. However, he didn't rule out the possibility, either. This could mean that we see Federer competing for the Olympic singles gold medal -- one of the few accolades he has yet to win throughout his career -- nearing his 40s. We can only dream ... Story Continues