Linda Pearce is the Chief Tennis Writer and general sports reporter for The Age. She writes about a range of sports, including football, netball, and gymnastics. Linda has twice been named Australian tennis writer of the year.
Top seed Angelique Kerber heads a strong Red Group at the WTA Finals after the round-robin draw was completed.
While Andy Murray is not convinced that fines will help or change Nick Kyrgios, the world No.2 is yet to comment on the suspension also handed to the tormented young Australian. Yet just as Murray's call in Shanghai for more open discussions around the mental health issues among the game's young players were considered and insightful, the unusual treatment element of the ATP's stick-and-carrot sanction is making its own statement.
Wayward tennis star Nick Kyrgios' season is over after the Australian received a ban and $32,000 fine following his poor behaviour during the Shanghai Masters.
Andy Murray insists he can glimpse it only in the distance, but Shanghai Masters finalist Roberto Bautista Agut has his own vision of the Scot's pursuit of the No.1 ranking.
Novak Djokovic plans to celebrate his son Stefan's second birthday on Friday and focus on his life off the court rather than tweak his late-season schedule to fortify his threatened No.1 ranking against Andy Murray's year-end assault.
Shanghai: A shirt-ripping, racquet-destroying, umpire-damning Novak Djokovic has suffered another setback in his quest to hold off Andy Murray's challenge for the year-end No.1 ranking, beaten 6-4, 6-4 in the semi-finals of the Shanghai Rolex Masters by Spanish 15th seed Roberto Bautista Agut.
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Novak Djokovic arrived at the Shanghai Masters seeking to rediscover his "inner joy" for the game.