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Posted by Staff on March 3rd, 2017 @ 9:23 am

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Nadal Recovers After Bagel; Monday Miami Features Federer v Del Potro

Posted by Staff on March 26th, 2017 @ 11:50 pm

Rafael Nadal losing a set 6-0?

The former No. 1 rebounded from one of the worst starts of his career on Sunday at the Miami Open to eventually defeat No. 26 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber 0-6, 6-2, 6-3.

“He was doing everything good, so that’s sport,” Nadal said. “When somebody is playing the way that he was playing that first set, I lose the set because he was playing too good. That’s it. …

Kerber Wins; Venus vs. Kuzy Monday at Miami Open

Posted by Special on March 26th, 2017 @ 11:08 pm

World No. 1 Angelique Kerber led the third-round winners on Sunday at the Miami Open, defeating unseeded American Shelby Rogers 6-4, 7-5 to advance to a meeting with Japan’s dangerous unseeded Risa Ozaki.

“It was a good match,” said Kerber, who was down a break in both sets. “I was trying to feel my game again. I was moving good, but it was not so easy because she didn’t play badly. …

Pliskova, Wozniacki Sunday Miami Winners; Former Champ Radwanska Out

Posted by Staff on March 26th, 2017 @ 10:52 am

2012 champion Agnieszka Radwanska was bounced in the third round of Miami by veteran Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-0, 6-3 Saturday.

Lucic-Baroni had just beaten Radwanska at the Australian Open and she did it against Saturday in South Florida.

“It was a great match today, she’s obviously a top player and has been for many years,” Lucic-Baroni told WTA. “I know what I had to do when I walked into the court. It’s always …

Federer, Del Potro Advanced To Miami 3R Showdown; Nadal, Nishikori Return Sunday

Posted by Staff on March 26th, 2017 @ 10:32 am

Roger Federer and Juan Martin del Potro advanced to a Monday third round in Miami. Federer upped his sparkling 2017 record to 14-1 after beating American teen Frances Tiafoe 7-6(2), 6-3 on a rainy Saturday.

“I’ve hit with Frances maybe twice before. I saw the power he had, the explosivity he had, how he easily can generate pace. He seemed to be fearless, good serving, taking the ball early and making …

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Now Has A Tson

Posted by Tom Gainey on March 25th, 2017 @ 1:32 pm

Congratulations to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and his girlfriend Noura El Shwekh who welcomed a baby boy Friday, the tennis star revealed on twitter.

Des étoiles plein les yeux, je vous annonce la naissance de notre fils ! 👶🏽 pic.twitter.com/hM5XZrFYXY

— Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (@tsonga7) March 24, 2017

The French No. 1 skipped Miami to be there for the birth of his first child.

Tsonga becomes the …

Frances Tiafoe: Oh My God I’m Going To Play Federer!

Posted by Tom Gainey on March 25th, 2017 @ 1:17 pm

America has a good crop of youngsters coming up through the ranks, and today one of the gets center stage as 19-year-old Frances Tiafoe takes on Roger Federer in the second round at Miami.

Tiafoe had to qualify just to get into the event, and he made the most of it collecting his second career Masters match win beating another qualifier, Konstantin Kravchuk, in the first round. But now the Maryland …

Rafael Nadal: Roger’s Had A Great Start To 2017 But Novak And Andy Are Still The Favorites

Posted by Tom Gainey on March 25th, 2017 @ 1:02 pm

Despite Roger Federer’s fantastic start of 2017 winning the Australian Open and Indian Wells, Rafael Nadal still says that Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray are the top players.

Both Djokovic and Murray have combined to reach just one final, and that was when they played each other in Doha at the start of the year. Since then, it’s been upset after upset. But Nadal points out, it’s still very early in …

Friday Seeded Bloodbath at Men’s Miami Open Tennis; Federer Saturday

Posted by Staff on March 25th, 2017 @ 12:37 am

It was a bloodbath on Friday at the Miami Open as two Top 10 seeds out of a total of 10 overall seeds made exits.

Safely into the third round were Top 10 seeds No. 2 Kei Nishikori who stunted the big serving of Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-3; No. 3 Milos Raonic who defeated veteran Serb Viktor Troicki 6-3, 7-5; and No. 5 Rafa Nadal who eased past Israel’s Dudi Sela …

Halep Struggles Through, Lower Seeds Fall like Flies at Miami Open

Posted by Staff on March 24th, 2017 @ 11:55 pm

All five Top 10 seeds in action won their openers on Friday at the Miami Open while a bulky eight lower seeds made exits in second-round play.

Top 10-seeded winners were No. 3 Simona Halep fighting past Japan’s Naomi Osaka 6-4, 2-6, 6-3; No. 6 Garbine Muguruza coming from a set down to defeat unseeded American Christina McHale 0-6, 7-6(6), 6-4; No. 7 Svetlana Kuznetsova rolling Mandy Minella 6-2, 6-2; No. …

No. 1 Kerber, Venus In Action Friday In Miami; Wozniacki, Pliskova Advance

Posted by Staff on March 24th, 2017 @ 10:00 am

Second seed Karolina Pliskova continued her form in her Miami opener Thursday crushing Madison Brengle 6-1, 6-3.

“The last few matches it’s not really about my serve because the percentage is a little low, but I’m happy that I have my game from the baseline,” said Pliskova who lost first round here last year. “I was feeling the ball pretty well today.

“It was a tough one today against an …

Nadal, Dimitrov, Raonic Open Play Friday In Miami; Nishikori v Anderson

Posted by Special on March 24th, 2017 @ 9:45 am

Rafael Nadal begins his bid to win a first Miami Open title Friday in a second round match against Dudi Sela of Israel.

“Winning Miami is not an obsession. I would love to add Miami to my CV. The opportunities are not eternal, although I hope to have more in the future,” Nadal said earlier in the week. “I had four chances and in two of them I was very close. …

Bouchard, Jankovic Among Miami Open Losers; Seeds On Thursday

Posted by Staff on March 22nd, 2017 @ 11:30 pm

A former world No. 1 junior was a winner and an Olympic gold medalist a loser on Wednesday, the final day before the seeds take to the court on Thursday at the Miami Open.

American and former world No. 1 junior Taylor Townsend, the focus of weight issues between coaches and the USTA in past years, appeared not exactly svelte, but her fittest in past years in fending off 15-year-old fellow …

Hungry Iguana Hassles Haas; Unseeded Americans Have Day at Miami Open

Posted by Jeremy Davis on March 22nd, 2017 @ 9:34 pm

It was a banner day for young (and not so “Young”) unseeded Americans on Wednesday at the Miami Open as four moved into the second round in Key Biscayne, Fla.

Taylor Fritz beat Czech Adam Pavlasek 6-2, 6-3; Jared Donaldson served down Brit Kyle Edmund 2-6, 7-6(4), 6-2; Ernesto Escobedo defeated Brit Daniel Evans 7-5, 0-6, 6-3; and veteran Donald Young outlasted Germany’s Dustin “Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em” Brown …

Rafael Nadal: Winning Miami Is Not An Obession

Posted by Tom Gainey on March 22nd, 2017 @ 10:16 am

One of thew few titles not on Rafael Nadal’s incredible resume is the Miami Open, which begins today. Nadal has finished runner-up four times leaving Miami along with the Paris Indoors the only Masters events Rafa hasn’t won.

“Winning Miami is not an obsession. I would love to add Miami to my CV. The opportunities are not eternal, although I hope to have more in the future,” said Nadal. “I had …

WTA Miami Prediction: Pain, For You Viewers

Posted by Jeremy Davis on March 21st, 2017 @ 2:38 pm

What’s the prediction on the women’s side at Miami?

Pain.

At least for you tennis fans.

The pain of no Serena Williams. She gave up the No. 1 ranking last week to Angie Kerber when she pulled out of both Indian Wells and Miami. The pain of Angie Kerber being No. 1. She has won no titles in six events this year. She hasn’t even reached a final.

The pain of no one being …