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Posted by Staff on May 3rd, 2018 @ 11:15 am

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Kvitova Strong In Birmingham, Buzarnescu Beats Svitolina For Second Time This Month

Posted by Staff on June 22nd, 2018 @ 9:46 pm

Petra Kvitova continued to prove that she’s the Wimbledon favorite. The 2-time Wimbledon champion rolled into the Mallorca semifinals beating Julia Goerges 6-1, 6-4.

“I think the score looks a little bit different compared to game. I think I found my game after the second half of the first set,” Kvitova said after the match.

“I think in the beginning of the match, we were both kind of finding the rhythm, …

Djokovic Gets 800th Career Win; Kyrgios Cracks 32 Aces Again At Queen’s

Posted by Staff on June 22nd, 2018 @ 8:15 pm

Novak Djokovic became just the 10th player in the Open Era to reach the 800 win plateau after cruising past Adrian Mannarino 7-5, 6-1 in the Queen’s Club quarterfinals.

“There were times when I was thinking and questioning everything when I was injured and going through surgery process, but, you know, everyone has those moments,” Djokovic said.

“Everyone has doubtful moments. So that’s life. Life comes in cycles and teaches you lessons. …

Federer Wins 19th Straight On Grass At Halle; Coric Into First Grass SF

Posted by Staff on June 22nd, 2018 @ 8:03 pm

Roger Federer was pushed again in Halle. A day after saving two match points in a thriller against Benoit Paire, Federer had to come from a break down in the second to beat Matt Ebden 7-6(2), 7-5.

The Aussie Ebden served for the second at 5-4 but couldn’t force the decider as the 9-time Halle champ won the last four games to win his 19th straight match on grass.

“First and second …

Djokovic Dominates Dimtrov In Queen’s; Kyrgios Eliminates Edmund

Posted by Staff on June 21st, 2018 @ 10:23 pm

Novak Djokovic picked up one of his best wins of the season thrashing World No. 5 Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-1 in the Queen’s second round.

It’s was Djokovic’s first Top 5 victory since beating World No. 1 Andy Murray in the Doha final at the start of 2017! And he improves to 7-1 against Dimitrov.

“I’m still kind of finding my form,” Djokovic said. “This was a great test, playing against …

Federer Saves Match Points To Beat Paire In Halle, Faces Ebden In QF

Posted by Staff on June 21st, 2018 @ 10:09 pm

Roger Federer had never lost a set before to Benoit Paire, but today in Halle he nearly lost the match. The 9-time Halle champion cruised in the opener but an early break in the second led to Paire’s first set win against the Swiss.

In the third, Federer held match points with Paire serving 15-40, 4-5. In the breaker, Paire led by early mini-break then had two match points of his …

Federer, Djokovic Returns To Action Thursday In Halle, Queen’s

Posted by Staff on June 20th, 2018 @ 11:43 pm

It was a mixed day for US Open champions Wednesday on the grass at Queen’s. Marin Cilic edged Gilles Muller 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 while Stan Wawrinka wasn’t as fortunate falling to Wimbledon semifinalist Sam Querrey 7-5, 6-7, 6-1.

“It’s frustrating to lose it,” said Wawrinka. “I think the level is there. I think I’m moving quite well on the grass and I was feeling good. I had a lot of chances …

After Stunning French Open Loss, Novak Djokovic Cleared His Mind

Posted by Tom Gainey on June 20th, 2018 @ 10:36 am

Following a stunning loss to Marco Cecchinato at the French Open, Novak Djokovic wasn’t sure he’d even play the grass season. But after clearing his mind, he’s back!

The Serb rolled John Millman yesterday in his Queen’s opener, then opened up on what brought him back t tennis.

“It was hiking with my wife with no kids for five days, if you really want to know,” Djokovic said. “It was a …

Roger Federer Still Mum On Nike / Uniqlo Clothing Deal

Posted by Tom Gainey on June 20th, 2018 @ 10:26 am

Roger Federer continues to remain silent on what’s happening with his clothing deal. Rumors have been swirling that after years of being the face of Nike tennis – the sports apparel maker did not renew its contract with the Swiss star back in March – Federer will switch to Uniqlo in a 10-year deal worth $30M per year, according to some.

When asked for an update Monday in Halle, Federer didn’t …

Federer Cruises In Halle Opener For 17th Straight Grass Win; Coric Upsets Zverev

Posted by Staff on June 19th, 2018 @ 10:57 pm

Roger Federer began his bid for a 10th Halle title in great form cruising past Slovenia’s Aljaz Bedene 6-3, 6-4. The Stuttgart champion improved his grass win streak to 17.

“I think I got out of the blocks well,” Federer said. “I felt good right away. You know, it’s a bit of an easier court to play here in Halle than last week in Stuttgart. It’ a bit harder, so the …

Kyrgios Spoils Murray Return In Queen’s; Djokovic Rolls, Raonic Injured Again

Posted by Staff on June 19th, 2018 @ 10:43 pm

Andy Murray got a standing ovation but he didn’t win the match. In his first tour appearance in 11 months, Murray thrilled his home fans for much of the afternoon in his contest against Nick Kyrgios. But in the end, the Australian was just a tad better getting a tough 2-6, 7-6(4), 7-5 in two hours, 39 minutes.

Murray, who had never lost to Kyrgios in five meetings dropping just one …

Preview: Federer Goes for No. 10 at ATP Halle Gerry Weber Open

Posted by Staff on June 17th, 2018 @ 9:19 pm

Roger Federer attempts an amazing 10th Gerry Weber Open title, challenged by fellow Top 10ers Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem who is fresh off his French Open runner-up effort.

GERRY WEBER OPEN
HALLE, Germany; surface: grass

Seeds: Roger Federer Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem, Roberto Bautista Agut, Lucas Pouille, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Kei Nishikori, Richard Gasquet

Floaters: Benoit Paire, Steve Johnson, Mischa Zverev, Borna Coric

Notes:

Three of the Top 10 lead by Federer who last year dominated …

Djokovic, Wawrinka, Murray Unseeded at Queen’s Club/Fever-Tree Championships

Posted by Staff on June 17th, 2018 @ 7:43 pm

An insane field at Queen’s Club this year features four of the Top 10, but more shockingly unseeded Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka, Andy Murray, Nick Kyrgos, Milos Raonic and defending champion Feliciano Lopez.

Murray, playing his first match of the year coming back from injury, faces Kyrgios in his opener.

FEVER-TREE CHAMPIONSHIPS
LONDON, Great Britain; surface: grass

Seeds: Marin Cilic, Grigor Dimitrov, Kevin Anderson, David Goffin, Sam Querrey, Jack Sock, Kyle Edmund, Tomas Berdych

Floaters: …

Azarenka, Kuzy, Stosur Unseeded Floaters Vying for WTA Mallorca Open Title

Posted by Staff on June 17th, 2018 @ 5:24 pm

Caroline Garcia will try and recreate the grasscourt magic from two years ago when she raised the title at the Mallorca Open, returning this year as the top seed.

Anastasija Sevastova defends her 2017 crown against No. 2 seed and former No. 1 Angie Kerber, and dangerous unseeded floaters Victoria Azarenka, Svetlana Kuznetsova, and Sam Stosur.

MALLORCA OPEN
Mallorca, Spain; surface: grass

Seeds: Caroline Garcia, Angelique Kerber, Anastasija Sevastova, Anett Kontaveit, Carla Suarez Navarro, …

Former Wimbledon champions Muguruza, Kvitova Headline WTA Birmingham on Grass

Posted by Staff on June 17th, 2018 @ 5:11 pm

Four of the WTA Top 10, including former Wimbledon champions Garbine Muguruza and Petra Kvitova, lead a strong field at the Nature Valley Classic in Birmingham, England on grass.

Upset-makers in the field include CoCo Vandeweghe, Ashleigh Barty and Johanna Konta.

NATURE VALLEY CLASSIC — BIRMINGHAM
Birmingham, Great Britain; surface: grass

Seeds: Garbine Muguruza, Elina Svitolina, Karolina Pliskova, Petra Kvitova, Julia Goerges, Daria Kasatkina, Elise Mertens, CoCo Vandeweghe

Floaters: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Magdalena Rybarikova, Ashleigh Barty, …

Federer Announces Return of Grasscourt Season with ATP Stuttgart Crown and Return to No. 1

Posted by Staff on June 17th, 2018 @ 3:43 pm

Roger Federer announced the return of the grasscourt season on Sunday by raising the MercedesCup title in Stuttgart and returning to the No. 1 ATP ranking, displacing recent French Open champion Rafael Nadal.

It came on the heels of an 11-week vacation as the 36-year-old Swiss skipped the claycourt season to heal injuries and prepare for his assault on the grass.

In the final Federer beat No. 7 seed and 2016 Wimbledon …