Federer began the year by claiming a record-extending 20th Grand Slam title in Australia and while he won three other tournaments this year his season ended in frustrating fashion. "It's been an historic season in some ways," he said.
It was an historic day for the Arcadia High School Girls Tennis team as it won its first CIF-State Regional Championship on Saturday, defeating Campbell Hall 4-3 at the Claremont Club. The victory avenged a loss that the Apaches suffered to the Vikings (10-8) in the CIF Southern Section Open Division semifinals on November 8. The historic win also washed away the pain from last year, when the Apaches made the regional final but lost a narrow 4-3 decision to Corona del Mar. It was Angela Qiu that clinched the title for the Apaches with a win a singles competition. “This was an exciting match that could be have gone either way – just like our first match against (Campbell Hall),” Arcadia coach Ruth Legace said.
American duo Mike Bryan and Jack Sock have the chance to complete a memorable six months together when they play for the title at the ATP Finals on Sunday. Bryan, who has spent a career accumulating doubles titles with twin brother Bob, teamed up with Sock after his sibling suffered a hip injury and the duo have thrived. On Saturday the fifth seeds beat Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares 6-3 4-6 10-4 at the 02 Arena and will take on French pairing Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut in the final.
In a controversial move the International Tennis Federation (ITF) this year voted to revamp the 118-year-old team event which is known for its partisan, soccer-like crowds. Next weekend's Davis Cup final in Lille's Stade Pierre Mauroy, where hosts and defending champions France take on Croatia, will be the last of its kind. Wilander says the ITF should think again.
After pulling off one of the biggest wins of his career, Alexander Zverev was left apologizing for an unforced error he didn't make. Zverev denied Roger Federer a shot at a 100th career title by beating the Swiss great 7-5, 7-6 (5) at the ATP Finals on Saturday to advance to the championship match against Novak Djokovic. Zverev immediately signaled for the point to be stopped and the umpire ordered the point to be replayed.