Will Rafael Nadal play at Swiss Indoors, Basel 2013?

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Today morning, many Swiss newspapers reported that Swiss Indoors, Basel tournament president Roger Brennwald (whom Google translator always translates as Burning Forests for reasons which are beyond me) is in advanced talks with Rafael Nadal for playing at Swiss Indoors, Basel 2013.


I was shell-shocked to hear this news. Mainly because I don’t think, Rafa’s knees are that perfect that he can risk playing an ATP-500 tournament.


So, will Rafa Nadal sign up a contract with Swiss Indoors, Basel for playing in 2013?



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Photo of shirt-less Rafael Nadal as he changes his shirt after the Quarter-final match of Barcelona Open. Pic taken by Enrique Carrion



So, I wrote a full fledged article on our Tennis forum mentioning why I feel that Rafa Nadal shouldn’t play at Swiss Indoors, Basel 2013, even if gets offered a 1 million CHF/ USD contract offer.


You can read the full article here —-





PS: Also, I need to mention that amidst all rumors, Roger Federer in an interview to Rene Stauffer had clarified that he will be playing at Swiss Indoors, Basel 2013 without a contract. I had also translated the full interview, even Rene Stauffer had actually tweeted the link. In case, you missed that translated interview of Roger Federer given to Rene Stauffer, you can read it on our forum right here.


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Should Rafael Nadal be given a protected seeding or a top 4 seeding at French Open, 2013?


Yesterday there was a report in a French Website RMCSPORT, which quoted Roland Garros committee member and former French Davis Cup captain Guy Forget as, “Roland Garros should change the seedings system for French Open, 2013 to avoid a Quarter-Final clash between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic as it would be a shame to see Rafa and Djokovic playing in the Quarters,”



Before we go any further, let me firstly clarify that Rafael Nadal still has a mathematical chance of regaining No. 4 ranking before French Open, 2013. For a detailed in-depth analysis as to how it is possible, click here.



Now, let us consider, that Rafael Nadal won’t be able to regain 4th Rank before French Open, 2013 & will be ranked 5th after Italian Open (Rome Masters), 2013. So, if we go by Rankings, Rafa Nadal would get the 5th Seeding at French Open, 2013.


So, what that means, Rafa Nadal being the 5th seed can face any of the Top-4 seeds in the Quarter-Finals of French Open, 2013.





So, should the Roland Garros organizing committee do the same like Wimbledon does & tinker the seedings for French Open, 2013?



Should Rafael Nadal be given a special or a protected seeding of #4 at French Open, 2013 to keep the interest in the tournament alive?


How fair will it be give a higher seeding to Rafa Nadal given that David Ferrer will be 300 points ahead of Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray will be 2200 ATP points ahead of Rafael Nadal?


Should Rafael Nadal be given a higher seeding (at Roland Garros, 2013) than David Ferrer or Andy Murray if he fails to regain the No. 4 ranking before the French Open, 2013?


As John McEnroe suggested, should Rafa Nadal be given the No. 1 seeding for French Open, 2013?


I started this discussion along with a poll on our Tennis forum. For an in-depth analysis, comments & poll, jump straight to the forum & here is the link —-




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Will Rafael Nadal be able to get No. 4 seeding for Roland Garros, French Open 2013?


This post by me is a detailed discussion & explanation of Rafael Nadal’s ranking points of 2013. This post covers all scenarios under which Rafa Nadal can regain no  4 ranking from David Ferrer.

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As, I had recently explained that Rafael Nadal after spending almost 7 years & 8 months in the Top-4 moved down to No. 5 in the rankings after Australian Open, 2013. So, as a result of the No. 5 ranking, Nadal got the No. 5 seeding at Indian Wells & thus, had to play vs Federer in the Quarter-Finals of BNP Paribas Open, 2013.


Before, I get in to discussion about Rafa’s ranking, let me remind you that players seeded 5th to 8th get to play players seeded 1st to 4th in the Quarter-Finals. Thus, if a player of Rafa Nadal’s quality gets to play any of the Top 3 guys in the Quarters, that in itself is a semi-final.


This discussion covers the following in details :


(I) How many ATP Ranking points Rafael Nadal has to defend before the start of French Open, Roland Garros, 2013?

(ii) How many ATP ranking points David Ferrer, Tomas Berdych, Juan Martin Del potro, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga have to defend before the start of French Open, 2013?

(iii) Will Rafa Nadal be able to regain the No. 4 ranking from David Ferrer and thus be seeded 4th at French Open, 2013?

(iv) If Rafael Nadal doesn’t have a good Monte Carlo masters, Barcelona open, Mutua Mardrid Open and Italian Open, can Rafa Nadal’s ranking fall more or will Nadal’s ranking will be 5th?

(v) Will Rafael Nadal be able to keep his ranking in the Top-8 before French Open, 2013 so that he doesn’t have to face any of the Top 4 in the pre-Quarter-final which will be really-2 sad.

I discussed all these questions and virtually every thing related to Rafa Nadal’s ranking compared to other Top 8 players on our Tennis forum. If interested here is the link ———-




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ATP Tennis Ranking possibilities after Barclays World Tour Finals Final Showdown, O2, London 2012

As you will be aware the season ending World Tour Finals (WTF) is starting from 5th November, 2012 at O2, London. The Top-8 players (excluding Rafa Nadal who withdrew from WTF because of a knee injury) will be participating in the World Tour Finals, if you are yet to see the draw, see it here.

In this detailed post of mine, I am covering all the ATP Ranking scenarios that can arise or change after World Tour Finals, 2012.


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As I explained in my another article, as ATP had sent me a clarification that Basel/Valencia 2011, Bercy Masters, 2011 & World Tour Finals, 2011 will drop-down in the ATP Rankings to be announced on 5th November, 2012.



So, many people have asked me ::



I) how the ATP ranking possibilities will look like after World Tour Finals 2012 ?


ii) What will the Tennis 2012 year-end rankings & points will be?


iii) Why ATP deducted 3000 points from Roger Federer’s ranking points after Federer skipped BNP PARIBAS BERCY PARIS MASTERS 2012?


iv) Does Andy Murray have any chance left to end 2012 as the No .2 ?



v) Now, that Novak Djokovic has regained No. 1 ranking on 5th November, 2012, can Roger Federer regain No. 1 ranking if he wins the Barclays World Tour Finals, 2012 undefeated?



vi) What is the draw, schedule of the season ending World Tour Finals (WTF)?


Vii) How is the draw of World Tour Finals (WTF) made?


viii) What other changes in ATP Rankings of David Ferrer, Rafael Nadal, Tomas Berdych, Juan Martin Del potro, Janko Tipsarevic, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Richard Gasquet can be we see after World Tour Finals, 2012?


ix) Will Rafael Nadal end 2012 as Number. 4 or can David Ferrer snatch this No. 4 ranking from Rafa Nadal after World Tour Finals, 2012?


For the answer to all these questions, see this detailed write-up on our Tennis forum ——





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Difference between ATP year-end Tennis Ranking, how Normal Tennis ranking points differ from Year to Date (Race to London) Rankings

Firstly, its a theoretical explanation of ATP Rankings, so, I advise, only the serious readers to keep reading :).

For the past 40 days (after US Open), I have been virtually flooded by queries related to Year-end, Normal Rankings & Year to date Rankings (which ATP refers to as Race to London on the ATP Web-site).


The first & foremost question which seems to confuse majority of people is ::

The whole world is saying Roger Federer is the Tennis world’s no. 1, but why is the Mens Tennis governing body ATP’s web-site is showing Roger Federer as No. 2 while Novak Djokovic is being shown No. 1?


If you open the ATP web-site & click on Rankings on the Top, this is what you get to see first & foremost :::::: (immediately after US Open)


If you closely see on the LHS (Left Hand side), there are 5 types of rankings that ATP displays on its web-site.

(i) (Normal 52 weeks) Singles Rankings
(ii) Singles Race to London,
(iii) Doubles Rankings,


(iv) Doubles Team Race to London
(v) YTD Challengers Rankings.

PS: YTD here by means the Year to Date & year here in means the calendar year starting on 1st January.

Now, the next realistic question is why has ATP made Race to London or the singles YTD Rankings as the default rankings on its web-site? Or, in simpler words, why is that YTD Rankings (Race to London) opens up on the ATP web-site by default when you click on Rankings?



I explained every thing that you needed to know about ATP rankings and how points are given in the Normal Rankings, Year To Date rankings Race to London Rankings and how year-end rankings and how top 30 commitment players are chosen in my article on my favorite tennis web-site.



Here is the link of my article —-






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Sachin Tendulkar & Anjali photos taken from Royal Box during Roger Federer match at Wimbledon 2012

Here are some 100% exclusive photos of Sachin Tendulkar with his beautiful wife Anjali Tendulkar taken at Wimbledon’s Royal Box today during the semi-final of Wimbledon 2012 between Roger Federer & Novak Djokovic on 5th July, 2012 ..

So, here are a few pics of the legendary Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar or S.R. Tendulkar or Sachin Tendulkar taken on July, 5th, 2012

Sachin Tendulkar smiling after Roger Federer won the first set vs Novak Djokovic





Continue seeing the pics on our Tennis site… Here is the link for you all ———





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Roger Federer’s official dress for Olympics 2012

So, finally Nike Tennis have announced the official dress for Roger Federer for the London Olympics starting later this month.

As you all know, Wimbledon championships have a white colored protocol or call it dress code for all players.

But, thankfully, for Olympics, there won’t be any such protocol & players are free to wear colors chosen by them or their respective associations.

So, its always good to see colors returning back :)

Here’s his official T-shirt which with he will be trying to defend his doubles gold & trying for glory in the singles competition :::

As you all know, this red color has been chosen as we all know, that the official color of Swiss flag is red, so this shirt has been designed & I’m sure, Roger Federer will look awesome in it.

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continue seeing, what Roger Federer will be wearing for Olympics, 2012 including Shirts, Shorts, Nike shoes, hair band , Practice shirts on our Tennis site here —-





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ATP Ranking Scenarios after Wimbledon 2012

As all of you are aware that Wimbledon championships are starting from 25th June, 2012. There is no denying of the fact, that Wimbledon is no doubt the most followed Grand slam of all the four slams.

But, this year, promises to be even more interesting especially from a Top 4 point of view :::

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Novak Djokovic will be defending his Wimbledon title & also, he became no. 1 in 2011 by winning the Wimbledon 2011. So, he has to defend not just the title but also, complete one full year at Number. 1.

Rafael Nadal will be trying for his third Wimbledon title & if he manages to win Wimbledon,he has a chance to get to No. 1, also, he will become the first ever man in the history of Tennis to do the “Old World Triple” twice in his career.

Old world triple means winning titles at Rome, Paris & London.

Roger Federer will be trying for his 17th Grand slam & his 7th Wimbedon & a chance to regain No. 1.

Andy Murray too will be trying for his 1st ever Grand slam.

So, this post of mine is to cover all ranking scenarios post Wimbledon 2012, so read on —-

Now, these are the latest ATP ranking points of top 8 as announced on 18th June, 2012 :::

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Can Novak Djokovic retain No. 1 ranking after Wimbledon 2012?

Can Rafael Nadal regain No. 1 ranking after Wimbledon 2012?


How can Roger Federer regain No. 1 ranking after Wimbledon 2012?


How far can Andy Murray go if he wins Wimbledon 2012?



For a detailed discussion on all possible ranking scenarios after Wimbledon 2012, visit our Tennis site —————–




Watch out for a PDF made by me, I can guarantee you that after seeing that, you too will be an expert in ATP rankings.



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Roger Federer Outfit Dress Uniform Cap Shirt Shorts Shoes for Wimbledon 2012

As you all are aware that Nike is the sponsor of Roger Federer’s outfits.


So, a few days back, Nike announced the dress of Roger Federer for AELTC, Wimbledon 2012, London….



Here is a complete summary of his dress, along with a extensive discussion on his outfit ::


This is how, his T-shirt will look like :::



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For seeing, the complete outfit along with detailed discussion on the dress, Much talked Nike ZOOM Vapor 9 Tour shoes , RF cap, jacket, jersey, socks, shorts,  please visit the official Roger Federer fans web site, here is the link for the same —-




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ATP TENNIS Ranking points Scenarios after French Open 2012

Read the comprehensive discussion on points distribution after Wimbledon 2012, here ——–






In this article, I will be explaining the ATP ranking points scenarios after French Open 2012.


As you all must be aware, that Wimbledon seedings will be more or less based on the ATP Ranking points to be announced after French Open, 2012…


For Wimbledon seedings & PDF draw, please see this post on our Tennis website




So, read on, if you are interested in this topic…


Ok, now, see the ATP ranking points that were announced by ATP on 28th May, 2012 ::: (It is practically impossible for me to cover more players other than top 8, so, if you have any question other than TOP 8, please drop in a comment after Logging in)

Here is how, the ranking points looked like of the top eight players immediately before the start of French Open, 2012 :::

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So, as you can see, the battle for No 1 is still more or less between the Top 3 & with Andy Murray already out from the semi finals race, the Top 3 are the players to watch out for ….

So, as you can see, the battle for No 1 is still more or less between the Top 3 & with Andy Murray already out from the semi finals race, the Top 3 are the players to watch out for :::

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Keep reading the article on our tennis site here ————- (also, has a comprehensive discussion how will Roger Federer regain No. 2 ranking from Rafael Nadal post French Open, 2012).





PS : Please be informed that I have covered the ATP points scenario of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, David Ferrer, Tomas Berdych, Janko Tipsarevic, Juan Martin Delpotro, John Isner & do remember, the seedings will be more or less as per the rankings post French Open, 2012…



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