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Thiem Tames Djokovic, Nadal Next In Monte Carlo; Raonic Injured Again

Posted by Staff on April 19th, 2018 @ 6:14 pm

The marquee showdown Thursday in Monte Carlo between 2-time champion Dominic Thiem and Novak Djokovic lived up to the billing with the Austrian again taking down the former World No. 1 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-3.

The 2-hour, 29-minute affair looked Thiem’s way early as he was the aggressor early taking a quick 3-0 lead and then held set points at 5-3. But Djokovic clawed back and took a tight breaker.

Thiem got the …

Djokovic Sets Thiem Showdown Thursday In Monte Carlo; Nadal Rolls In Clay Opener

Posted by Staff on April 19th, 2018 @ 12:52 am

The first marquee match of the clay season takes place Thursday in Monte Carlo as 2-time champion Novak Djokovic takes on his French Open conqueror from a year ago, Dominic Thiem.

In one his best matches of a poor year, Djokovic gutted out a 7-6(5), 7-5 victory over the hot-handed Borna Coria on Wednesday. The Serb actually served for the match in the second but couldn’t close it out, but finally …

Nadal Opens Clay Season Wed. In Monte Carlo; Djokovic v Coric

Posted by Staff on April 17th, 2018 @ 10:10 pm

The King of Clay, Rafael Nadal, begins yet another clay season Wednesday in Monte Carlo where the Spaniard seeks an unprecedented 11th title. In his first tour match on clay since winning a 10th French Open last year, Nadal will meet German Aljaz Bedene.

“It’s been a love story between me and this event, the people who run the tournament,” said Nadal who is 64-3 lifetime at the event, which includes …

Pain-Free Djokovic Dominates In Clay Debut; Thiem v Rublev Tues At Monte Carlo

Posted by Staff on April 16th, 2018 @ 10:48 pm

After a disappointing March at Indian Wells and Miami, Novak Djokovic let go of star-studded coaching team in favor of his old confidant Marian Vajda. And so far so good after Djokovic destroyed his hapless countryman Duas Lajovic 6-0, 6-1 in the first round today at Monte Carlo.

“I thought it was good considering the amount of matches I’ve played in the last almost 12 months,” said Djokovic who resides in …

Emotional Johnson Repeats as ATP Houston Champion

Posted by Staff on April 15th, 2018 @ 7:44 pm

Steve Johnson repeated as the winner at the Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship on Sunday, beating fellow American and ATP final debutante Tennys Sandgren 7-6(2), 2-6, 6-4.

The 28-year-old American teared-up after match point, claiming the title roughly a year after the passing of his father.

Johnson became the first American to go back-to-back in Houston since Andy Roddick in 2001-02.

The 26-year-old Sandgren, who broke out by …

Andujar Lowest-Ranked ATP Winner in 20 Years at Casablanca

Posted by Staff on April 15th, 2018 @ 7:19 pm

World No. 355 Pablo Andujar became the lowest-ranked ATP winner in 20 years on Sunday when he beat first-time finalist Kyle Edmund 6-2, 6-2 for the Grand Prix Hassan II title.

He became the first player to win the title three times after wins in 2011-12.

“[I was] trying to make him move as much as I could,” Andujar told the media afterwards. “He attacks a lot and is a very strong …

Schmiedlova, Ranked Outside Top 100, Returns to Prominence After WTA Bogota Title

Posted by Staff on April 15th, 2018 @ 5:40 pm

Ranked outside the Top 100, Anna Karolina Schmiedlova of Slovakia found her form during the week at the Claro Open Colsanitas in Bogota, beating 2012 champion Lara Arruabarrena 6-2, 6-4 for a third career title.

“It was tough for me to finish it today, and I don’t know what happened,” said Schmiedlova, who led 5-1 in the second set. “I just wanted to end it, and I maybe played a little …

Ironwoman Mertens Wins 5 Matches in 2 Days for WTA Lugano Crowns

Posted by Staff on April 15th, 2018 @ 4:52 pm

Ironwoman and this year’s breakout Australian Open semifinalist Elise Mertens won her first claycourt title in singles and the doubles on Sunday at the Samsung Open in Lugano, Switzerland, after spending approximately six hours on the court the previous day.

The No. 2 seed in the singles final beat Belarusian teen Aryna Sabalenka 7-5, 6-2, for her second title of 2018 after Hobart.

“[Sabalenka is] very powerful and also has a great …

Nadal, Djokovic Headline Start Of Clay Season At Monte Carlo

Posted by Sean Randall on April 14th, 2018 @ 2:24 pm

The clay is here! And that mean’s Rafa time. So the question for the 2,034th straight year, is…can anyone stop Rafael Nadal? With his rivals either injured, on vacation or busy firing coaches, the only answer to that question is no, no?

Well, there is a catch. Nadal is coming off a hip injury which was supposed to be ok for Indian Wells/Miami but it wasn’t. He looked good at Davis …

Hyeong Chung Inks Deal With Car Maker Genesis

Posted by Tom Gainey on April 11th, 2018 @ 9:59 am

The endorsement money is starting roll in for 2018 break out star Hyeon Chung. The 21-year-old Australian Open semifinalist just signed a 5-year deal with Korean luxury car maker Genesis to become the brand’s first global ambassador.

“Ever since I was young, I always dreamed of playing tennis on a global stage while representing my Korean roots,” Chung said. “To be a part of an exciting Korean brand like Genesis allows …

Del Potro Announces Clay Schedule, No Monte Carlo

Posted by Tom Gainey on April 11th, 2018 @ 9:39 am

After nearly sweeping the “Sunshine Double” last month, Juan Martin del Potro is taking a break before returning to the courts in May.

The Argentine announced on Social Media he will skip Monte Carlo and play Madrid, Rome and then of course the French Open as his clay schedule.

Currently ranked No. 6, del Potro only has quarterfinal points at Rome (180) and third round points in Paris (90) to defend (total …

Is Novak Djokovic Back With Marian Vajda?

Posted by Tom Gainey on April 9th, 2018 @ 9:59 am

After Jettisoning Andre Agassi and Radek Stepanek, might Novak Djokovic be returning to former coach Marian Vajda?

Djokovic, who parted with Vajda a year ago, was spotted hitting with the Slovak last week at Pepe Imaz’s academy in Marbella, Spain. His brother, Marko, also works there.

Nothing official has been announced on Vajda from Djokovic. But one Serbian media outlet is reporting the partnership could be more than …

Bertens Blasts Goerges to Win 1st 2018 Title ar WTA Charleston

Posted by Staff on April 8th, 2018 @ 8:16 pm

Kiki Bertens won two matches on Sunday to claim the Volvo Car Open title in Charleston, S.C., in the final rolling past Julia Goerges 6-2, 6-1.

“It’s just unbelievable. I think I cannot really realize it yet, but I’m just so happy and proud I think of myself,” said the No. 12 seed Bertens. “It’s a great start of the clay court season, and hopefully still more to come, but this …

Nadal and Spain Survive Marathon, Davis Cup World Group Semifinals Set

Posted by Staff on April 8th, 2018 @ 7:57 pm

The table is set for the Sept. 14-16 Davis Cup semifinals which will feature the defending champion and the winningest country in Davis Cup history.

Quarterfinal Results:

France d. Italy 3-1

Lucas Pouille was the hero for the defending-champion French over the weekend. Pouille won the first singles 6-1 in the fifth over Andreas Seppi, then clinched in the first singles on Sunday, defeating Fabio Fognini from a set down 2-6, …

WTA Previews: Mladenovic Heads Lugano, Maria in Bogota

Posted by Staff on April 8th, 2018 @ 1:26 pm

SAMSUNG OPEN PRESENTED BY CORNER
LUGANO, Switzerland; Surface: clay

Seeds: Kristina Mladenovic, Elise Mertens, Anett Kontaveit, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Alize Cornet, Mihaela Buzarnescu, Aliaksandra Sasnovich, Alison Van Uytvanck

Floaters: Laura Siegemund, Oceane Dodin, Camila Giorgi, Mona Barthel

Notes:

The tournament moves to Lugano in its second year…The seedings were thrown into turmoil after the last-minute withdrawal of Carla Suarez Navarro…

Tough starts for the struggling (1) Mladenovic vs. last year’s breakout player Siegemund, (9) Van Uytvanck vs. …