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Nick Kyrgios v Borna Coric In Estoril; Juan Martin Del Potro Advances In Munich

Posted by Staff on April 28th, 2016 @ 4:54 pm

In a Next Gen battle, Nick Kyrgios and Borna Coric will meet Friday in the Estoril quarterfinals. Today, Kyrgios, who turned 21 on Wednesday, won both meeting against the 19-year-old Coric in juniors.

“The only thing I remember was the surface they were on,” said Kyrgios. “I played him once on grass and I think the other time was on hard court. He’s improved a lot, we’ve both improved, and we’ve …

Juan Martin Del Potro Wins First Clay Match In Three Years In Munich, Gael Monfils Withdraws

Posted by Staff on April 27th, 2016 @ 2:06 pm

Juan Martin del Potro began his 2016 clay season on a positive note beating Dustin Brown 7-6(2), 6-2 on a chilly day at the Munich Open. The victory was the Argentine’s first on clay in almost three years since beating Andrey Kuznetsov in 2013 Rome.

“I’m very happy to win my first match in three years on clay,” del Potro said. “I was quite nervous at the end of the match …

Rafael Nadal Files Defamation Lawsuit Against Roselyne Bachelot

Posted by Tom Gainey on April 26th, 2016 @ 10:05 am

Rafael Nadal said a month ago that he would sue Roselyne Bachelot after the French sports minister alleged the Spaniard was serving a doping suspension in 2012. Yesterday, Nadal backed up threat by filing suit against Bachelot in Paris.

In a statement Monday, Nadal said:

“I hereby make public the defamation law suit against Mrs. Roselyne Bachelot, that I have filed today April 25th 2016 before the Paris law courts.

“This legal …

Roger Federer: Nadal Is The Player Beat At The French Open, Novak Has Never Won There

Posted by Tom Gainey on April 25th, 2016 @ 10:09 am

Roger Federer was in Barcelona last week for Wilson sponsor purposes and the Swiss met the press. And the topic in Spain was the resurgence of Rafael Nadal, something Federer had no doubts about.

“Zero. Absolutely not,” Federer said to Italian press via google translation. “Maybe you journalists were upset, but we players of course were not. A guy who won nine times in Paris, nine times in Monte Carlo, …

Rafael Nadal Now Ranks No. 2 In The 2016 ATP Points Race

Posted by Tom Gainey on April 25th, 2016 @ 9:40 am

Thanks to a perfect April during which he won back-to-back titles at Monte Carlo and Barcelona, Rafael Nadal has seen his 2016 ATP points race ranking rise from No. 14 to No. 2 this week!

Now “just” 2,050 points behind leader Novak Djokovic, Nadal could match the Serb before the French Open and pass him in Paris. That’s if Djokovic were to lose early at all three events while Nadal continues …

Watch Rafael Nadal Jump In The Pool After Winning Barcelona… He Didn’t Take His Socks Off! [Video]

Posted by Tom Gainey on April 25th, 2016 @ 9:29 am

After winning Barcelona Sunday, Rafael Nadal did his tradition pool jump with the ballkids. And he didn’t even take his socks off!

Nadal has plenty of reasons to celebrate. The former No. 1 has resurrected his game and maybe his career this month winning 10 straight matches including Monte Carlo and Barcelona. He now has nine titles at EACH event.

Nadal also ties Guillermo Vilas for …

WTA First as Unheralded Buyukakcay Wins Istanbul Title

Posted by Staff on April 25th, 2016 @ 9:20 am

Cagla Buyukakcay became the first-ever player from Turkey to win a WTA title when she defeated No. 5 seed Danka Kovinic, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 for the TEP BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup title.

“It’s an incredible week for me to win the title at home, to break into the Top 100 with this tournament, to play against someone with my crowd,” said the unseeded Buyukakcay. “I was playing better and better …

It Was Snowing At The Munich Tennis Tournament!

Posted by Tom Gainey on April 25th, 2016 @ 9:14 am

Play was temporarily suspended Sunday at the red clay event in Munich because of…SNOW!

Do we have a "snow rule" @ATPWorldTour @BMWOpenbyFWUAG ☃☃😁

— John Peers (@johnwpeers) April 24, 2016

“I have never seen anything like this before,” said Australian doubles specialist John Peers. “It’s the first time at an outdoor tour-level event that I have seen snow and matches had …

Kerber Opens Can of Whip-Ass in All-German WTA Stuttgart Final

Posted by Staff on April 24th, 2016 @ 5:25 pm

It has been a long time since an all-German Stuttgart final — never, actually — so Aussie Open champ Angie Kerber and qualifier Laura Siegemund enjoyed putting on an all-German show on Sunday for the home crowd.

Unfortunately Kerber enjoyed it much more, stomping the exhausted 28-year-old journeywoman 6-4, 6-0 for her second title of the year at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix.

“I was trying to stay focused after she really …

Resurgent Rafael Nadal Wins Barcelona, Ties Guillermo Vilas’ All-Time Clay Mark

Posted by Staff on April 24th, 2016 @ 4:44 pm

Rafael Nadal, it is safe to say, has put his troubles on clay behind him.

The Spaniard won his second title of the year, and second in a row after the Masters Monte Carlo, defeating two-time defending champion Kei Nishikori 6-4, 7-5 in the final of the Barcelona Open BancSabadell in Spain where he didn’t lose a set all week.

Nadal took back the crown from Nishikori for his ninth career Barcelona …

Del Potro Returns at Munich; ATP Previews This Week

Posted by Staff on April 24th, 2016 @ 10:11 am

The Top 10 players are all resting-up for next week’s Masters-level Mutua Madrid Open, but there is plenty to action to look for this week, including Juan Martin del Potro returning in Munich, Gilles Simon and Nick Kyrgios headlining Estoril, and Bernie “The Tank Engine” Tomic and Grigor Dimitrov in Istanbul.

Here is a look at the fields:

Munich, Germany; Surface: clay

Seeds: David Goffin, Gael Monfils, Dominic Thiem, …

Angelique Kerber, Surprising Laura Siegemund Battle In All-German Stuttgart Final

Posted by Staff on April 23rd, 2016 @ 6:31 pm

A German will again be crowned champion of Stuttgart Sunday when defending champion Angelique Kerber meets countryman and qualifier Laura Siegemund.

Kerber needed three sets to get past Petra Kvitova 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 to reach her second straight final in her home country.

“I found my rhythm quickly in the final set and it was important for my game. The Stuttgart crowd is absolutely incredible. It gave me a big boost and …

Stosur, Kuzy, Multiple Slam Winners at Prague; Rabat; WTA Previews

Posted by Staff on April 23rd, 2016 @ 4:46 pm

No Top 10 players are in action this week on the WTA tour as everyone is resting-up for the Mutua Madrid Open in Spain next week, but Prague features multiple Slam winners, while Swiss Timea Bacsinszky heads the Rabat field where she will attempt to get her mojo back.

Here is a look at the fields:

Prague, Czech Republic; Surface: clay

Seeds: Svetlana Kuznetsova, Lucie Safarova, Karolina Pliskova, Samantha Stosur, …

Rafael Nadal Meets Kei Nishikori In Blockbuster Barcelona Final, Who’s The Pick?

Posted by Sean Randall on April 23rd, 2016 @ 3:52 pm

So far so good for Rafael Nadal. After a dismal start to the 2016 season, Nadal has picked up his game just as the tour turned to the European red clay. Imagine that!

He won Monte Carlo and is now backing up it impressively this week in Barcelona. The field isn’t anywhere near as strong as Monaco, but Nadal’s got two pretty good wins the last two days beating Fabio …

Petra Kvitova Meets Angelique Kerber In Stuttgart SFs; Laura Siegemund Keeps Winning

Posted by Staff on April 22nd, 2016 @ 6:55 pm

Former Grand Slam champions Petra Kvitova and German star Angelique Kerber will meet in the semifinals Saturday in Stuttgart.

Kvitova advanced after blowing out Wimbledon finalist Garbine Muguruza in the third set 6-1, 3-6, 6-0.

“I think it’s very tough because I wasn’t playing bad, you know,” Muguruza said. “I was running and trying to fight for every point but she was coming with great shots.

“And then, I was like, I’m …