The following news has not been revealed anywhere in the world to date. Andy Murray was cheated out of a possible spot in the semi finals of the ATP World Tour Finals.
Murray was excluded from the semi finals because he was said to have one less game than Roger Federer with 43 to Roger’s 44. However, simple arithmetic shows that they both won 44 games.
To this day The ATP World Tour Finals has posted that Murray missed out on the semi-final spot because he won one less game than Roger Federer 43 games to 44.
Murray’s 44 games won:
- On Day 1 Murray defeated del Potro 6-3, 3-6, 6-2. Murray’s score in each set is listed first so the No.4 seed won 15 games (6+3+6=15).
- On Day 3 Federer defeated Murray 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. Murray’s score in each set is listed second so the Scot won 10 games (3+6+1= 10).
- On Day 5 Murray defeated Verdasco 6-4, 6-7, 7-6. Murray’s score in each set is listed first so he won 19 games (6+6+7= 19).
- 15 + 10 + 19 = 44.
Federer’s 44 games won:
- On Day 1 Federer won 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 against Verdasco. Federer’s score in each set is listed first so the No.1 seed won 17 games (4+7+6=17).
- On Day 3 Federer beat Murray 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. Federer’s score in each set is listed first so the Swiss won 15 games (6+3+6=15).
- On Day 5 del Potro defeated Federer 6-2, 6-7, 6-3. Federer’s score in each set is listed second so he won 12 games (2+7+3= 12).
- 17 + 15 + 12 = 44.
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How do you think the semi-final spots should be allocated in the ATP World Tour Finals?
OCA believes that if 2 players results are tied then they should play one full set with a tie-break at 6 games all against each other to split the deadlock.
This set would create great entertainment and added value for the crowd and for the millions of viewers around the world. This deciding set should be played as the first match on the very next day of play. If this had been done in London 2009 then Federer and Murray would have played on Day 6 which was the final day of play for the “Group B” round robin matches.
When players’ battle out the entire year to qualify for these end-of-year championships it does not make sense that a count back system should be used. Whoever the better player is on the day should always be the deciding factor in tennis.
In part two of this story we will look at other possible deadlock scenarios to determine who should qualify for the semi finals.
For more on the ATP Tour Finals click these links -> ATP World Tour Finals Results, ATP World Tour Finals in London, ATP World Tour Finals Draw, Understanding the Men’s Pro Tour #1 and Understanding the Men’s Pro Tour #2.
Today’s POST is dedicated to Stan Smith. Smith was born on this day in 1946. The American won 2 Grand Slam singles titles, the US Open in 1971 and a Wimbledon Championship in 1972. He first achieved his highest career ranking of World No.1 in 1972.
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