Monday, November 09, 2015

Djokovic to Opponents: Forget Paris

Novak Djokovic was merciless on Sunday, crushing Andy Murray 6-2, 6-4 for his 10th title of an outstanding year that now includes a record six Masters titles to add to his three Grand Slam wins. With 10 titles in 2015 and a runner-up finish in the fourth Slam, this may well be the greatest year in the history of men's tennis -- yet somehow it just seems so natural I'm not even surprised anymore.

Meanwhile ...

Top-seeded Venus Williams -- who at 35 is now in crazy old lady Billie Jean King terriroty -- beat Karolina Pliskova 7-5, 7-6 (6) on Sunday to win the WTA Elite Trophy, which brought together 11 of the top players who didn't qualify for last week's WTA Finals in Singapore. Pliskova had a set point at 6-5 in the tiebreaker but Williams hit back-to-back forehand winners -- of all things! -- to close out the win. ''Seven weeks here in Asia and now I feel like it's my home,'' Williams said. ''I'm so excited to win the first trophy in Zhuhai. All the players felt so welcome here and we appreciated all of the enthusiasm.'' With her third title of the year, Williams returns to the top 10 for the first time in more than four years. (Via AP)

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