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Crosscourt Shots

By Kami Mattioli

10.19.2016

This is the first in a multipart series — each week we’ll be highlighting what’s trending in the tennis world — both on- and off-court — that you might have missed.


NO DJOKING MATTER


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By claiming titles in both Beijing and Shanghai, Andy Murray put himself in position to compete for the No. 1 ranking by year’s end, but he’s not ready to go there just yet. Murray pointed to the challenge of playing in London as a roadblock to overtaking Novak Djokovic for the top spot, telling the DailyMail,” If I win every match between now and the end of the year, I'm sure I would get to No. 1.  I've never done well at the O2 [in London] before. I've never actually played particularly well in Paris until last year.”


Murray also said that he could actually end up “quite far behind” in points if Djokovic wins in Paris next month, so he plans only to focus on what he can control.


“I'm trying to be smart with my schedule, make sure I take enough rest and finish it as strong as I can and then I will have a good opportunity next year to do it.'

BACK LIKE SHE NEVER LEFT

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Former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki is climbing her way back to the top 20 with the help of a strong performance at the U.S. Open followed by two title wins in Asia. Prior to the U.S. Open, the Danish star was ranked No. 74.


On Sunday, Wozniacki defeated Kristina Mladenovic, 6-1, 6-7 (4), 6-2, in Hong Kong to clinch her 25th WTA title. She adds another from Tokyo earlier this month.


Just how impressive is Wozniacki’s recent turnaround? Her record for the season was 13-14 prior to arriving at Flushing Meadows. She’s 15-3 in the weeks since, sending her to No. 17 overall.

PLAYER TO WATCH

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American Jack Sock, currently ranked 23rd overall, has found the Asian leg of the tour very fruitful. Sock secured his place as the top-ranked American on the ATP leaderboard after reaching the quarterfinals in Shanghai by defeating sixth-ranked Milos Raonic in the Round of 16.


Sock was ousted in his quarterfinal match by Frenchman Gilles Simon, 6-4, 4-6, 6-7(5), but went on to win the doubles title with partner John Isner. At No. 23, Sock is one spot shy of his career-high ranking, a feat he achieved in January, but seems poised to continue his upward climb.