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Wawrinka A 3-Set Winner In Basel, Raonic, Dimitrov Upset; Del Potro, Nishikori Wednesday

Posted by Staff on October 26th, 2016 @ 12:14 am

Countryman Marco Chiudinelli made Stan Wawrinka work in the first round in Basel today before the 3-time Grand Slam champion and tournament top seed prevailed 6-7(1), 6-1, 6-4.

“It was a tough physical and mental battle,” Wawrinka said. “It was a huge fight with Marco, he was playing at home and had the crowd on his side.

“It was so tough to beat him here. He played great and I had to …

No. 1 Hopeful Murray Opens Play Wednesday In Vienna Against Klizan; RBA, Pouille Fall

Posted by Staff on October 26th, 2016 @ 12:01 am

Andy Murray resumes his bid for the No. 1 ranking Wednesday when he opens play in Vienna against Martin Klizan. Murray is within striking distance of the idle Djokovic who holds about at 1,000 point lead in the 2016 ATP race.

“This would be my best chance to finish No. 1,” said Murray.. “But I’m still far from doing that, as Novak has a pretty big points lead. He normally plays …

Keys Locks Out Cibulkova, Kerber Gets Low on Halep Tuesday at WTA Finals

Posted by Staff on October 25th, 2016 @ 1:57 pm

First-time WTA Finals combatant Madison Keys kept her hopes alive Tuesday in Singapore, powering past Dominika Cibulkova 6-1, 6-4 to improve her record to 1-1 in round robin play at the WTA year-end event.

The American’s bruising forehand was to much for the 5-foot-4 Cibulkova, as was the serve which saw Cibulkova win only four points against in the opening set.

“It makes it a little more comfortable when you’re not facing …

Kuznetsova, Pliskova Save Match Points In WTA Finals Thrillers; Kerber-Halep Tuesday

Posted by Staff on October 24th, 2016 @ 8:41 pm

It was a thrilling Day 2 at the WTA Finals in Singapore Monday with both round robin matches going the distance and both winners had to save match points en route to victory.

First, defending champion Agnieszka made her debut going up against nemesis Svetlana Kuznetsova. The Russian who was the last player to get into the field had beaten Radwanska in 12 fo 16 meetings and looked on her way …

Kerber Squeaks By, Halep Tops Keys in WTA Final Openers; Monday Schedule

Posted by Staff on October 23rd, 2016 @ 8:34 pm

World No. 1 Angelique Kerber was tested straight off the bat on the opening Sunday at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals in Singapore as No. 7 seed Dominika Cibulkova stretched the German, who eventually prevailed 7-6(5), 2-6, 6-3.

“I cannot say I was nervous, but maybe I was too excited maybe in the beginning,” said Kerber, who was a break down in the final set. “But after few games I just …

Carreno Busta’s Out His 2nd Title, Beating Fognini at ATP Moscow

Posted by Staff on October 23rd, 2016 @ 7:58 pm

Spanish 25 year old Pablo Carreno Busta captured his second title of the year and his career on Sunday in Moscow, coming from a set down to defeat Italian veteran Fabio Fognini 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the final of the Kremlin Cup.

“When you win your first title, it’s a really special one, but this one is special also,” said Carreno Busta, who broke through for his first title prior to …

Gasquet Wins Title, Goffin Rues Chances at ATP Antwerp

Posted by Staff on October 23rd, 2016 @ 7:42 pm

Richard Gasquet is out of the race for the year-end championships, but that didn’t stop him from collecting the European Open in Antwerp, Belgium on Sunday. The No. 3 seed stopping unseeded Diego Schwartzman 7-6(4), 6-1 in the final.

It was his 14th career title and second of 2016 after Montpellier in February.

“It was a tough match, especially in the first set when I was leading 5-4, 40-love on my …

Del Potro Wins ATP Stockholm, 1st Title in Almost 3 Years

Posted by Staff on October 23rd, 2016 @ 7:03 pm

Fan favorite Juan Martin Del Potro, whose career looked like it might be over earlier this year after repeated wrist surgeries, won his first tournament in almost three years on Sunday, beating American Jack Sock 7-5, 6-1 in the final of the If Stockholm Open.

“I’ve been trying to fix my problems for the past two years and I didn’t expect to win a title at this moment in my …

Niculescu Upsets Kvitova, Knots 1st Title in Over 2 Years at WTA Luxembourg

Posted by Staff on October 23rd, 2016 @ 4:34 pm

Monica Niculescu ousted top seed Petra Kvitova 6-4, 6-0 to win her first title at the BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open.

It was the Romanian’s third straight final in three appearances in Luxembourg after losing finals in 2011-12.

“It was my best match this year,” said Niculescu who won her first title of the year. “I felt fantastic on the court, and after I took the first set I felt even better. …

Kuznetsova Wins Moscow, Ends 7-Year Drought with WTA Finals Appearance

Posted by Staff on October 22nd, 2016 @ 4:38 pm

Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova has reached the No. 2 world ranking, and collected two slam titles at the U.S. and French opens. Coming into this week the veteran was told she needed to win the Kremlin Cup in her home country to qualify for the year-end WTA Finals, and she responded.

Kuznetsova qualified for her sixth year-end championships on Saturday by beating Aussie Daria Gavrilova 6-2, 6-1 in the final.

“Before the match, …

Wawrinka Leads, Year-end Hopefuls Gather Next Week at Basel Swiss Indoors

Posted by Staff on October 22nd, 2016 @ 3:22 pm

Homegrown champ Stan Wawrinka is the top seed, and players Marin Cilic and David Goffin are looking to use Basel to boost their qualifying chances for the year-end championships at the Swiss Indoors next week.

Looking to stand in their way will be the two-time Basel champ Juan Martin del Potro and veterans Mikhail Youzhny, Marcos Baghdatis and Nicolas Mahut who will pose early-round challenges to seeds.

Here is a closer look …

Murray Looks to Close Further on No. 1 Djokovic at Vienna Open

Posted by Staff on October 22nd, 2016 @ 2:23 pm

Andy Murray is closing on world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, and Vienna this week could be a big part of the Brit having a shot at catching the Serb at the year-end championships.

Murray faces two other Top 10 players and a slew of dangerous floaters, with almost-guaranteed testers in the second and third rounds.

Here’s a closer look at the Vienna field:

Vienna, Austria; Surface: carpet

Seeds: Andy Murray, Tomas …

It’s Win And In For Svetlana Kuznetsova In The Moscow Final Saturday

Posted by Staff on October 21st, 2016 @ 11:31 pm

It’s simple, if Svetlana Kuznetsova beats Daria Gavrilova Saturday for the Moscow title, she earns the final spot in the WTA Finals in Singapore.

If Kuznetsova loses, that final spot in Singapore goes to Brit Johanna Konta who is already there ready to serve as the alternate if the Russian wins.

Earlier today, Kuznetsova had to fight off Elina Svitolina in a tough semifinal 6-1, 6-7(2), 6-4.

“I knew what I had to …

Del Potro v Dimitrov, Zverev v Sock In Stockholm SFs Saturday; Edmund Into First ATP SF In Antwerp

Posted by Staff on October 21st, 2016 @ 11:23 pm

It’s a good semifinalist line-up Saturday in Stockholm with former champion Grigor Dimitrov taking on Juan Martin del Potro and then youngsters Jack Sock and Alexander Zverev lock up.

Dimitrov continued his strong second half of 2016 edging Kevin Anderson in three sets while del Potro dominated fellow big man Ivo Karlovic 6-3, 6-4.

“I was expecting a tie-break in this match,” said del Potro. “But I’m happy to get the rest …

Rafael Nadal Opens Academy With Special Guest Roger Federer

Posted by Tom Gainey on October 21st, 2016 @ 11:08 pm

Rafael Nadal opened his Rafa Nadal Academy earlier this week, and to add even more star power to the event the Spaniard brought in good friend and rival Roger Federer.


The press conference:

The site: