ATP Finals—Laver on Medvedev's power use, Nadal dumping trademark shot
If anyone is in a position to make a comparison to the inaugural edition of the ATP's season-ending event from 50 years ago, it's Rod Laver.
This year's turn over of generations will display just how much the game has evolved, and will undoubtedly serve as the best farewell to the year-end event in London.
The pieces all fit—fierce competitive spirit, the ability to handle pain; the sensitivity, the sportsmanship and the awareness of others. Said Rafa, “I am not as happy as usual because the situation is tough for most of the people around the world.”
His father, Petr, won the Australian Open, but parental success hasn't often been passed to the next generation.
Winning from two sets down is evidence enough of a fighting quality not everyone possesses and to do so after a day’s rest spent traveling suggests something special.
He was a man who changed the face of French tennis and, as president of the International Tennis Federation between 1977 and 1991, influenced much of the tennis world.
We learned so many things watching—from afar—the most unusual Grand Slam tournament ever played and, happily, completed.