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March 2nd, 2015

Wozniacki Heads Kuala Lumpur, Ivanovic Monterrey; WTA Previews

BMW MALAYSIAN OPEN
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Surface: hard

Seeds: Caroline Wozniacki, Sabine Lisicki, Casey Dellacqua, Jarmila Gajdosova, Klara Koukalova, Kurumi Nara, Bojana Jovanovski, Julia Goerges

Floaters: Alla Kudryatseva

Notes: Weak field, one potentially tough start for a seed in (8) Goerges vs. Alla Kudryatseva…Wildcards went to Chinese Taipei’s Hsieh Su-wei, Malaysia’s Jawairiah Noordin and Germany’s Sabine Lisicki…Donna Vekic beat Dominika Cibulkova in last year’s final…Hsieh Su-wei (2012) is the lone returning champion in the field.

ABIERTO MONTERREY AFIRME
Monterrey, Mexico; Surface: hard

Seeds: Ana Ivanovic, Sara Errani, …

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March 1st, 2015

Nadal Stops Bleeding with ATP Buenos Aires Title

Rafael Nadal capped a turbulent first two months of 2015 with the Argentina Open title, defeating Argentina’s Juan Monaco 6-4, 6-1.

A two-hour rain delay proceeded the Spaniard’s first title of the year after losses in his first three events of the year.

“I’m really happy because I have not been a champion for a long time,” Nadal said.

Nadal this year lost first round at Doha, in the quarterfinals at the Australian Open, and last week cramped against Fabio Fognini in a …

Posted by Staff @ 11:28 pm in Tennis | 14 Comments »

March 1st, 2015

Ferrer, Bacsinszky Collect Acapulco Titles

Spain’s David Ferrer and Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland won Abierto Mexicano Telcel titles on Saturday night, for the Spaniard a fourth career Acapulco crown.

The 32-year-old Ferrer in the final defeated top-seeded Kei Nishikori 6-3, 7-5 for his third title of 2015, improving to 18-1 on the season.

“Tonight I played my best match this week,” Ferrer said. “For sure. I played very aggressive, without mistakes. I tried to play my forehand to his forehand and with more energy. In important moments, …

Posted by Staff @ 1:01 pm in Tennis | 4 Comments »

February 28th, 2015

Rafael Nadal Tries To Match Clay Title Record Sunday In Buenos Aires

Rafael Nadal will bid for a record-tying 46th career clay court title Sunday in Buenos Aires. Today, Nadal overcame a 6-1 first set tiebreak deficit to beat Carolos Berlocq 7-6(7), 6-2 in the semifinals. Nadal will now meet good friend Juan Monaco in the final.

“I’m happy for Pico, who had long since reached a final,” said Nadal. “It’s a joy to play this decisive match against a friend and for me it is also very important to play my …

Posted by Staff @ 7:02 pm in Latin Swing | 41 Comments »

February 28th, 2015

Federer, Safarova Claim Desert Titles on Saturday

7th Heaven for Federer in Dubai

Roger Federer retained his title as the King of Dubai on Saturday, capturing his seventh career Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships title with a high-level 6-3, 7-5 victory over world No. 1 Novak Djokovic.

The 33-year-old improved to 7-2 career in Dubai finals alone, and marked his second title of 2015 after Brisbane.

“I think the first set belonged to me,” the Swiss said, “whereas the second set belonged to him more. He created many more opportunities. …

Posted by Staff @ 2:41 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

February 28th, 2015

Roger Federer Denies Novak Djokovic, Wins 7th Dubai Title

Defending champion Roger Federer won his seventh Dubai Open Saturday with an impressive 6-3, 7-5 win over World No. 1 Novak Djokovic. The win was Federer’s second of the season and 84th of his career. It’s also the third time after 2003 and 2012 that Federer has won Dubai without losing a set.

“The seventh is quite unbelievable, what I hear people talking about that, announcing I’m the six-time winner here in Dubai,” said Federer after his 10th straight win in …

Posted by Staff @ 2:38 pm in Dubai | 38 Comments »

February 28th, 2015

Roger Federer Joined The 9,000 Ace Club With This Serve [Video]

Roger Federer’s list of career milestones continues to grow. Today during an exhilarating 63, 75 win over rival Novak Djokovic in the Dubai final, Federer hit his 9,000th career ace at the start of the sixth game of the second set.

Here’s it is:

“I think I remember which one it was even because I was even counting a little bit!” admitted Federer after the match. “I think it was one of the swinger wides maybe. I’m …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 12:50 pm in Charts, Dubai | 28 Comments »

February 28th, 2015

Victoria Azarenka Meets Football Great David Beckham [Video]

Maybe the highlight of Victoria Azarenka’s Friday wasn’t earning her first career win over Venus Williams, but it was later meeting footballer David Beckham who was in the stands watching her semifinal victory.

Azarenka said she noticed the English legend during the match.

“When they showed him on the TV, everybody started screaming,” Azarenka said. “Of course I noticed that. I tried to show off a little bit of my football skills to keep the crowd entertaining.”

Picture of the day,

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:13 am in Doha, Videos | 2 Comments »

February 28th, 2015

Rafael Nadal Shows Why He’s So Tough On Clay – Watch This Point [Video]

Late in a blowout 61, 61 win over Federico Delbonis in the Buenos Aires quarterfinal, Rafael Nadal showcased some of his skills that makes him the best clay court player in the world.

What retrieving from Rafa!

“The match was positive for me,” said Nadal. “My attitude was very good today. I moved in a positive way again. I would say I played better than the past few months. Maybe the feeling with the ball wasn’t fantastic, …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:04 am in Best Shots, Videos | 7 Comments »

February 27th, 2015

Roger Federer v Novak Djokovic In The 2015 Dubai Final, Who’s The Pick? Azarenka Beats Venus In Doha

Our first big marquee ATP final of the season is set for Saturday in Dubai where the top two tennis players in the world, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, meet for the first time this season.

The two played times last year (not including their canceled ATP finals match) with Federer winning three including the semifinals a year ago in Dubai.

Federer leads overall 19-17 winning at least a set in their last seven, but in finals Djokovic actually holds the edge …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 5:48 pm in Doha, Dubai | 153 Comments »


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1 Novak Djokovic1 Serena Williams
2 Roger Federer2 Maria Sharapova
3 Andy Murray3 Simona Halep
4 Rafael Nadal4 Petra Kvitova
5 Kei Nishikori5 Caroline Wozniacki
6 Milos Raonic6 Ana Ivanovic
7 Stan Wawrinka7 Eugenie Bouchard
8 Tomas Berdych8 Agnieszka Radwanska
9 David Ferrer9 Ekaterina Makarova
10 Grigor Dimitrov10 Andrea Petkovic
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