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The battle for the throne begins here. Murray won in Beijing
For many fans, autumn, oddly enough, is the favorite time of the tennis season. Fatigued after a busy year, top tennis players finish October in autopilot mode, and the more interesting the fight at the final Masters and ATP 500 tournaments becomes. In the week from October 3 to October 9, two competitions of this category were held in the men's round - in Beijing and Tokyo.
Kuznetsov's short voyage in Beijing
A slightly more representative roster gathered in the capital of China. This is due to the financial capabilities of the tournament, which simultaneously holds women's competitions on its courts - one of the largest in the WTA tour. A few days before the start from the China Open, his six-time and current champion, Novak Djokovic , Novak Djokovic withdrew from the China Open due to an elbow injury.
But, as you know, a holy place is never empty, so for the title in Beijing, a serious struggle unfolded.
The only representatives of Russia in the main draw of both tournaments were Qualified Konstantin Kravchuk and Andrey Kuznetsov . The draw brought them together in the first round of the Chinese tournament. Without much struggle, the first racket of Russia turned out to be stronger than his teammate - 6: 1, 6: 4. But already in the second round Kuznetsov had to clash with the first seeded, Andy Murray . In six starting games, tennis players made five breaks at once, and at the end of the match Andrei did not chalk up a single game won on the serve.
As a result, Murray did not lose until the final and the set, confidently dealing with Kuznetsov Andreas Seppi , Kyle Edmund and David Ferrer . In the upper part of the bracket, Dominik Tim was the most upset of his fans, who was squeezed out by the end of the season so much that already in the first round he lost to his most principled rival Alexander Zverev . p>
The return of Dimitrov and the faded Nadal
The struggle in the lower part of the grid was much more interesting. Hungry for victories this season gathered here Richard Gasquet , Rafael Nadal and Grigor Dimitrov , as well as those who want to rehabilitate themselves for their failure in St. Petersburg Milos Raonic .
2016 - Marseille, Atlanta, Tokyo.
All titles by Andy Murray (40):
2016 - Beijing, Olympics, Wimbledon, London, Rome; 2015 - Montreal, London, Madrid, Munich; 2014 - Valencia, Vienna, Shenzhen; 2013 - Wimbledon, London, Miami, Brisbane; 2012 - US Open, Olympics, Brisbane; 2011 - Shanghai, Tokyo, Bangkok, Cincinnati, London; 2010 - Shanghai, Toronto; 2009 - Valencia, Montreal, London, Miami, Rotterdam, Doha; 2008 - St. Petersburg, Madrid, Cincinnati, Marseille, Doha; 2007 - St. Petersburg, San Jose; 2006 - San Jose.
The Frenchman fell to the racket Pablo Carreno-Busta in the second round, but Nadal and Dimitrov had to find out which of them would fight for the the final with the formidable Canadian.
Before the start of the match, the Spaniard looked like a clear favorite,He started the tournament very promisingly, and also led in personal meetings against the Bulgarian 7: 0. But not only did Nadal end up losing, he did not manage to impose even a semblance of struggle on his opponent. 32 unforced mistakes made in an hour and a half led to the defeat of Raphael - 6: 2, 6: 4. To be fair, it should be noted that the Spaniard managed to get together for the rest of the game week and, together with his compatriot Carreño-Busta, won the doubles.
The audience was looking forward to the match between Dimitrov and Raonic, but at the last moment Milos was forced to withdraw from the semifinals due to a torn ligament in his right ankle.
Inoperative forehand and blow of the year
1. Novak Djokovic (Serbia) - 10,250 points - qualified for London.
2. Andy Murray (UK) - 8695 - qualified.
3. Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland) - 4980 - qualified.
4. Milos Raonic (Canada) - 4610.
5. Kei Nishikori (Japan) - 4360.
6. Gaelle Monfils (France) - 3545.
7. Rafael Nadal (Spain) - 3300.
8. Dominik Thiem (Austria) - 3205.
9. Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic) - 2880.
10. Marin Cilic (Croatia) - 2590.
11. David Goffin (Belgium) - 2475.
12. Nick Kiryos (Australia) - 2425.
The score of personal meetings between Murray and Dimitrov set up a fighting mood before the final: 7: 3, Andy was confidently ahead, but in Miami this season he lost to Grigor in three sets. True, at the US Open, the Bulgarian barely took his legs, taking only 5 games from his opponent, so it was very difficult to talk about his prospects in the new match.
The final for Dimitrov began disastrously - in the first game he filed two doubles mistakes, giving the Briton an advantage that he never let go until the very end of the set. Grigor chose the wrong tactics for the match, which confused all the cards for him - he was constantly away from the back line, entering the court only in extraordinary cases, so most of his attacks from the forehand ended with the ball not having enough speed and height to fly over the net ... Grigor had a break point when the score was 2: 3, but he thwarted the hold after a good serve of the opponent. Andy played quite steadily and served as well, practically not giving his opponent a chance to receive.
Having lost the starting game 4: 6, Dimitrov did not learn a lesson from what happened, already in the fifth game he gave Murray a second break. It would seem that Andy on the rails should finish the match and take the title. But with the score 3: 5 in favor of the Briton, Dimitrov succeeded in a space strike that knocked Andy out of a rut.
Murray lost 10 points in a row, and with them three games. As a result, the second set smoothly flowed into a tie-break, where at first there was an equal fight, but then Grigor's right hand began to fail again. The Bulgarian played a decisive game and failed to convert his sudden comeback into a victory in the set. Andy Murraywon his fifth title of the season and 40th in his career. His gap with Novak Djokovic in the championship race was reduced to 1555 points. Considering the Serb's problems in the second half of the season and the fact that there are still 4,500 potential points in the draw, the fight for the first place in the ranking at the end of the year promises to be very hot.
Nishikori's injury did not allow observing the pattern
Nick Kiryos (Australia, 6) - David Goffin (Belgium, 5) - 4: 6, 6: 3 , 7: 5.
Marcel Garnollers / Marcin Matkowski (Spain / Poland) - Raven Klaasen / Rajiv Ram (South Africa / USA, 2) - 6: 2 , 7: 6 (7: 4).
China Open. Beijing, China. ATP-500. Hard (indoor courts). Prize fund $ 4,164,780
Andy Murray (Great Britain, 1) - Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) - 6: 4, 7: 6 (7 : 2).
Pablo Carreño-Busta / Rafael Nadal (Spain) - Jack Sock / Bernard Tomic (USA / Australia) - 6: 7 (6: 8), 6: 2, [10: 8].
The tournament in Japan has been held without interruption since 1972, and in the first 40 years of its existence, only once the title remained with the owner of the courts. Moreover, this happened in the very first drawing and in the all-Japanese final - Toshiro Sakai turned out to be stronger than Jun Kooki . As the years passed, many great tennis players celebrated success in Tokyo - John McEnroe , Stefan Edberg , Jim Courier , Pete Sampras , Roger Federer . And in 2012, success finally deigned to Kei Nishikori , who then repeated his triumph two years later. Last year's victory on Japanese courts was celebrated by Stan Wawrinka , but fans could expect Kay to repeat the pleasant tradition of winning at home stadium every two years. Alas, injury prevented Nishikori from observing this rule.
Withdrawing from the tournament during the second round match against João Sousa , the Japanese opened the way to the final for David Goffin ... The quarter-finalist of Roland Garros frankly did not have the second half of the season, but in Tokyo, the Belgian finally found his game. In three sets of busting Souzu, in the semifinals David confidently outplayed Marina Chilic - 7: 5, 6: 4.
The second finalist was Nick Kirios , who suddenly rushed like a roller along its part of the net. In 1/4, the Australian defeated the offender Tomas Berdych Gilles Müller , and in the semifinals in one of the most spectacular matches of the year he defeated Gael Monfils .
There could be a struggle in the finale. Goffen, having made a break, played five break points in the starting party and went ahead in sets. The second batch developed mirroredly - Kiryos had already played five BPs (all in one game), made a break and managed to keep the gained advantage. In the final set, the finalists went head to head, but in the very ending Nick managed to add, DAvid, on the contrary, failed the game on his serve. 4: 6, 6: 3, 7: 5 - Nick Kyrjos won his third title of the season and on Monday will rise to 14th in the rankings, the highest of his career. Theoretically, the Australian can even intervene in the fight for getting to London - 800 points are now separating him from 8th place in the race Dominic Tim.
Next week the world's leading tennis players will go to Shanghai, where the penultimate Masters has already started season. Ahead is an interesting struggle for leadership in the ranking between Djokovic and Murray, as well as for a place in the sun - the last trips to London.