Bryan Brothers end year #1

Bryan brothers win doubles final at ATP final & end year #1

Bob and Mike Bryan won the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals to reclaim the year-end No. 1 doubles ranking, beating Max Mirnyi and Andy Ram 7-6 (3), 6-3 in Sunday’s final.

It is the third time the American brothers have won the tournament and the fifth time they will end the year as the top-ranked doubles team.

“It means so much,” Bob Bryan said. “It’s pretty much what we play for now. I mean, that’s the goal. Play well in the slams, but the ultimate goal is to finish No. 1.”

The twins got the only break of the final to go up 5-3 in the second set and Bob Bryan then served out the match at love at London’s O2 Arena. He fell to his knees in celebration before getting up to catch his brother as Mike jumped into his arms.

The Bryan brothers lost last year’s final to Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic, a result that dropped them to No. 2 in the rankings behind the Canadian and Serb. Nestor and Zimonjic entered the ATP finals as No. 1, but were eliminated in the round-robin phase.

“We felt like it was stolen from us last year,” Bob Bryan said. “Now we kind of crept up on those guys and stole it from them this year. We feel like it’s a little bit of a payback.”

Mirnyi and Ram beat the twins in the round-robin phase of the tournament, but couldn’t repeat the feat in the final.

“We like playing against them. We beat them three times this year, once this tournament,” Ram said. “We feel like we have the game, the right game to beat them.”

The Bryan brothers wasted three break points in the first set, taking a 40-0 lead in the seventh game. But Mirnyi and Ram held on and won the next four points—the point after deuce decides the games—to even the score at 4-4.

In the tiebreaker, Mirnyi and Ram took a 5-4 lead with a service winner from the tall Belarusian, but the Americans won the next three points to claim the first set.

“Max returned great, Andy played awesome,” Mike Bryan said. “It made for some great rallies out there. Feel fortunate to come out on top. They’re a great team. It’s a shame they’re splitting up next year. But all credit to them, they had a great year.”


World’s top men’s tennis players meet

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will meet on board the riverboat to the ATP World Tour Finals with the world number one ranking in their sights. After a season that began with Federer in floods of tears at the Australian Open and Spain’s Nadal seemingly on the verge of complete domination, men’s tennis has come full circle with the Swiss maestro once again ahead of the rest.

As London  prepares to welcome the world’s top eight singles players for a great scenario to launch the city’s five-year stint as hosts.

But Wednesday’s draw has opened up the possibility of some late twists and turns in the season finale, which splits eight of the world’s top nine players into two round-robin groups.

Federer, a four-times winner, must face Britain’s world number four Andy Murray, a player he has lost to on six of their nine meetings.

Juan Martin del Potro, the Argentine who stunned the Swiss in the US Open final, and dangerous Spaniard Fernando Verdasco also await in Group A.

Nadal, who trails Federer by 945 points could pocket 1,500 if he leaves London undefeated, he will take on Novak Djokovic and Russian Nikolay Davydenko in Group B.

Nadal must also face Sweden’s Robin Soderling, he ended his hopes of five consecutive French Open titles.

On paper, Nadal has the easier task, but he has not looked in peak condition in recent weeks.

The Spaniard lost heavily to Serbia’s Djokovic in the quarter-finals of last week’s Paris Masters.

Who do you think is going to come out on top?


Twitter & LinkedIn Sync Up

Twitter and LinkedIn Finally Sync Up

by one of my favorites:

LinkedIn and Twitter announced an integration today that should be interesting.

Starting sometime today, LinkedIn users can automatically feed their Twitter status updates to their LinkedIn status updates. While LinkedIn’s status update feature is right there for all to use, my experience is that people don’t use it nearly as much as they should – or certainly not like Twitter. (Even though LinkedIn has more members than Twitter.) This should be a real shot in the arm to LinkedIn from an exposure standpoint, but it may shake things up a bit too as the volume of status updates skyrockets.

The partnership is significant for another reason. I think this update is a further move towards positioning Twitter as the central content distribution hub for business. Facebook Fan Pages now offer easy Twitter integration and Bing and Google have established official ties with Twitter as well.

The ability to cross post goes both ways.

On LinkedIn

You can post from LinkedIn status and have it update twitter or the other way around. On LinkedIn you will change some setting and then click the Twitter box to have a LinkedIn status update post to Twitter.

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On Twitter

The Twitter integration works very much like the popular Selective Twitter App for Facebook, when you post on Twitter and add the hashtag #li or #in the twitter update will also post to LinkedIn.

twitter integration