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  • 11/15/2014 3:59:52 PM
    It's the second semi-final in the doubles - the legendary Bryan brothers, up against the all-French pairing of Julien Benneteau and Eduard Roger-Vasselin (who I always think sounds like he got off a ship in Hastings in 1066). 
    11/15/2014 4:04:47 PM
  • GIVE ME 10
    Folks, I am going to go and get a cup of tea....I shall return in 10 minutes refreshed and ready to rock for a bit of doubles, some debate - just been arguing about the best shot ever played on a tennis court, your suggestions to @skysportstennis - and a look ahead to this evening's clash between Federer and Wawrinka. Boom - it doesn't get better.
    11/15/2014 4:09:27 PM
  • OOPS
    I just got horribly lost in the O2, I don't mind admitting. This place is massive and a total maze. 
    11/15/2014 4:38:14 PM
    Kei was playing great and this has been the best season of his life but he made some crucial double-faults in the third set.

    11/15/2014 4:39:35 PM
    "Of course I will watch the semi-final (between Federer and Wawrinka) - I'll get some popcorn and enjoy it from my bed...."

    11/15/2014 4:42:17 PM

  • Here's what defeat looks like...
    11/15/2014 4:45:18 PM

  • 11/15/2014 4:45:41 PM

  • 'Good game chief, good game...
    11/15/2014 4:47:03 PM
    Nishikori will be up first, so the media centre is emptying. Have you ever wondered what the media centre looks like at a major tennis event? Of course you haven't, but I'll show you anyway....the big screen in the middle is the stats screen, which provides real time stats, eg, first serve percentages, rallies won in iess than six shots....all the usual stuff. So if I give you a stat, it's not because I'm a total ninja and am keeping count - it's because of team of stats squirrels keeps it updated...

    11/15/2014 4:54:47 PM
  • So, next match is the doubles, at 6pm, then it's Fed v Waw at 8pm, or at least, no earlier than 8pm. And I can tell you, from getting hopelessly lost in the O2, that the place is packed with Swiss fans, most of them wearing their red Switzerland trackies.
    11/15/2014 4:59:52 PM
    I was debating/arguing about the greatest shot ever hit on a tennis court. A few votes from press colleagues around me for Federer's through the legs passing shot against Djokovic at the 2011 US Open. I have two suggestions. Trick shots? Mneh. Not for me. Context is everything. Federer, match point down against Nadal in THAT Wimbledon final, Nadal serves wide to Fed's backhand in the advantage court, and the Swiss maestro hits a drive like a tracer bullet, a centemetre over the net, passing Nadal. He had an inch to aim for. It was breathtaking, the only shot which has ever made me fall of the sofa, ending up looking a bit like William Defoe in Platoon. It was an impossibly nerveless shot in the circumstances shot - but he made it.

    11/15/2014 5:14:04 PM
    The second? Against me, scuffing ineffectually round the Hampshire junior circuit in the mid 80s. Bloke - can't remember his name - was beating me comfortably anyway, ended up about three and three. But early in the second set I chipped and charged to the net...decent approach to his backhand, and Bloke switches his racquet to his left hand and does me with a perfect, whippy crosscourt passing shot. It was the only shot in the whole match he played with his left hand. It haunts my dreams to this day, 30 years later. Why did he do it? I just want to know why? Was it you? If so, please tell me - why? 

    11/15/2014 5:14:59 PM
    Some unkind suggestions from my colleagues in the press box. 
    1) 'Because he could'. 
    2) 'He played the whole match - bar that one shot - with his wrong hand.' Yeah right. 
    11/15/2014 5:16:49 PM
    Hang on a minute...Oh. My. God. That is probably it, isn't it....
    11/15/2014 5:17:27 PM
    Kei has been answering the questions from the tennis press. First question: 'Is it possible to beat Novak on this court'.....

    "I would say I was close, sure. Even though the last set was a bagel, I had a couple of chances in the first couple of games in the third set. The first set he played really good, too good for me. The second, I played well, he got tight, and I took some risks. Even in the first couple of points in the third set, I thought I had it. I think I did too many unforced errors, then he started to play better." -

    11/15/2014 5:21:20 PM

    Q: Was fatigue a factor in the third set?

    "Mentally maybe I am a little bit. Physically I think I am getting stronger but yeah, I think it's going to be very important I do well this December, a lot of training, good practice, try to prepare for next year.  Roger, Novak, Rafa, they have more experience. It's always tough to play them. But I think I'm getting really close. I beart Roger this year and also Novak too." - Kei Nishikori

    11/15/2014 5:26:46 PM

    Q: Do you have a new appreciation for what Roger and Novak have done for so long, now that you've been at that level, or close to it, yourself?

    "Yeah - I really think about what they do. It's amazing. I couldn't imagine how they handle all the pressure. But, you know, I think I also get more motivation. I've really enjoyed this year, so hopefully I can keep going next year." - Kei Nishikori

    11/15/2014 5:32:43 PM
    Well, so long Kei, and thank you. A fantastic year, a US Open final, the semis here in London, and a world ranking of 5. That second set was a good a 30 minutes of tennis you will see against a world No 1 - ever. He pulverised Djokovic. Cheers for now Nish, and see you next year....

    Thanks, and so long Kei Nishikori,..
    11/15/2014 5:36:40 PM
  • 11/15/2014 5:43:13 PM
    I mentioned David Goffin earlier, getting his ATP Comeback of the Year trophy. Here's a pic of the young Belgian. 
    'Nice one, thanks, thanks a lot...
    11/15/2014 5:46:02 PM
    Continuing our reviews of the culinary possibilities here at the O2, ...The Five Guys bacon burger gets big thumbs up from my colleague Rishal....four stars out of five...and yes, other brands and restaurants are available..blah blah. I had an Urban Eat sandwich. Acceptable, I'd say...
    11/15/2014 5:49:59 PM
    Right, coming up shortly on SS3, you can watch quite simply the best doubles pairing of all time, Mike and Bob Bryan. The world No 1 pairing, 16 Grand Slam titles, playing in the Tour Finals for the 16th - yes 16th! - time. They lost their first match of the week against Kubot and Lindstedt, but won their next two to reach the semis. Their season record stands at 60-11 and their record against Roger-Vasselin and Benneteau is 3-0....
    11/15/2014 5:56:57 PM
    Benneteau - a veteran of the singles tour - and Roger-Vasselin, are playing in the finals for the first time. They have a 32-15 record in dubs this season and they won the French Open title, the first home players to win that crown since Noah and Leconte back in 1984. These two are the only players in the doubles top 10 to have singles rankings in the top 50. In other words, they are individually the best two players in the competition. So - these boys are no mugs. It's France v America, it's French Open champions against the Greatest....could be a cracking match. Check it out now on SS3 if you want, stick with me, or hey - live on the edge, go wild, do both!
    11/15/2014 6:07:51 PM
    Stunning opening game, which the Bryans hold - just. Shot of the game, a whipped cross-court pass from Roger-Vasselin that totally helpless at the net, just brilliant.

    11/15/2014 6:18:01 PM
    Uh-oh - not looking good for the French. Benneteau, the best server of the two, is broken in his first game. The Bryans' athleticism around court is astonishing. It's like the Harlem Globetrotters with rackets. For those of us who play a bit of doubles, you can learn so much by looking at the way they move, not individually, but as a team, covering the whole court at all times.  
    11/15/2014 6:22:33 PM
    A routine service game, and the French pair have hardly got going yet. They are the world No 4 pairing though, so they will, they will...
    11/15/2014 6:23:50 PM
    Deary me - this is like the first set of the Djokovic-Nishikori match. Roger-Vasselin is broken now, though at leas the got to deuce on his serve. The Americans are too quick at the net, too powerful with their returning. It's Bob, the left-hander, to serve next.
    11/15/2014 6:29:15 PM
    A hold to love - to watch two Frenchmen being steamrollered by a couple of Californian twins just living the dream, turn to Sky Sports 3 now...
    11/15/2014 6:30:38 PM
    And....Benneteau is broken again. First set over in what....19 minutes. I am beginning to feel sorry for two Frenchman. Doesn't happen often.
    11/15/2014 6:35:28 PM
    Chasing lost causes....
    11/15/2014 6:37:48 PM
    Bob B serves out the first game of the second set. Benneteau had a massive chance to take that to deuce, an easy backhand pass down the line was there for the taking, but he hits the top of the net. C'est une nightmare...

    11/15/2014 6:40:32 PM
    Well thank heavens for that. It was all getting a little embarrassing. Roger-Vasselin holds, though only just. The Bryans looked like picking that one up when they pulled it back to 30-30, Mike Bryan finally winning the point with his fourth smash in the face of some determined RV defence. But finally, the Frenchmen force the error on game point, and they have something to keep their morale just about intact. Relieved applause from the O2 fans...
    11/15/2014 6:45:43 PM
    No nonsense from Mike B on his service game - rattles through it with zero fuss or problems. 
    11/15/2014 6:46:49 PM
    Benneteau is proving the weak link on serve and he is broken again. The biggest difference between these two pairs is the standard of volleying. The Frenchmen can volley all right, but they don't have quite the same crispness, the same power, as the Americans. They missed two chances to put it away in that game, but missed one and were too short with the second, giving the Bryans another bite of the cherry - and they took it. Yet another volley is too short, half-court, and Bob drills a winner down the middle.
    11/15/2014 6:53:48 PM
    Another brutally efficient display of serving, another game to the Bryans. Poor Roger-Vasselin - he just played arguably the shot of the match, first of all somehow reaching what should have been a winner, wide to the left hand side of the court and almost ending up in Row A. His lob beat the Bryans too, but they ran back, retrieved, charged the net, and powered a volley past poor old R-V. Benneteau is left literally scratching his head. What to do? Time to go for the lines fellas, just go for winners and hope the Tennis Gods are smiling. 
    11/15/2014 6:57:31 PM

  • 11/15/2014 6:57:51 PM

  • Ce'st impossible! Nous avons besoin d'un Miracle, mon ami...

    11/15/2014 7:00:47 PM
    R-V holds, a good hold too, to just about keep them them in the match.
    11/15/2014 7:02:33 PM
    The Bryans are closing the door - but they were a little fortune there, R-V almost making it deuce with an exquisite double-handed backhand drive down the line that floated a millimetre out. Benneteau, who has not won a service game yet, is up next.
    11/15/2014 7:05:28 PM
    Third time lucky for Benneteau, he finally holds, and to love too! Why couldn't serve with the same power and accuracy earlier? It's all a bit late now and Bob Bryan, who for my money has the most awkward serve in doubles, lefty, swinging, powerful....just horrible to face....
    11/15/2014 7:07:43 PM
    They've done it! Big Bob serves out to love for the umpteenth time is his career, and the American twins, the greatest doubles pairing the sport has ever seen, are through to the final of the ATP Tour Finals for the sixth time. They will take on Melo and Dodig aiming for their fourth title on Sunday,
    11/15/2014 7:10:40 PM
    'Here we go bro', final number six...'
    11/15/2014 7:12:33 PM
    That took just 53 minutes - the second set taking up 34 of them - which makes it the quickest doubles match of the whole week. The Bryans were to good, too quick around the net, too accurate with their serving, too crisp with their volleys...just a masterclass of doubles play. 
    11/15/2014 7:15:24 PM
    Right, Federer v Wawrinka will be on at 8pm. Now I must admit, I didn't give Wawrinka much of a chance here this week. To me, since winning the Australian Open, he has gone backwards, and in the last couple of months he has been pretty dreadful. In fact he came into this tournament having lost four out of his last five matches. But sometimes someone creeps quietly through the draw, then pulls off a shock result. Remember Davydenko winning it a few years ago? But whatever happens between these two, their season goes beyond London. They have a Davis Cup final against France to contend with later this month,
    11/15/2014 7:20:40 PM
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