The X Blog - Dysfunctional Tennis Blogging at its Finest

February Off Topic Thread

Posted by Staff on February 2nd, 2018 @ 10:11 am

Non tennis go here.

Anderson Outserves Querrey for ATP New York Open TItle

Posted by Staff on February 19th, 2018 @ 12:48 am

Top-seeded South African Kevin Anderson won his first ATP title in three years on Sunday, defeating No. 2 seed Sam Querrey 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(1) for the inaugural New York Open championship.

It was Anderson’s first title since the 2015 Winston-Salem Open after battling back from injures.

“Tennis is a tough sport,” Anderson said afterwards. “You play three, four, five matches sometimes to get to the final and if it doesn’t go …

Thiem Tames Bedene for ATP Argentina Open Title

Posted by Staff on February 19th, 2018 @ 12:11 am

Dominic Thiem won his first title of the year Sunday, defeating Aljaz Bedene 6-2, 6-4 in the final of the Argentine Open.

Thiem did not drop a set all week, and is now 9-0 in Buenos Aires.

It was his first title since Rio de Janeiro in February 2017.

“When you win a tournament it’s good news, because we’re used to losing more than winning,” said a philosophical Thiem afterwards. “With these …

Gassed Kvitova Still Extends Streak, beats Muguruza for WTA Doha Trophy

Posted by Staff on February 18th, 2018 @ 2:44 pm

Petra Kvitova won her 13th match in a row to capture the Qatar Total Open title in Doha on Sunday, upsetting No. 3 seed Garbine Muguruza 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

The No. 16-seeded Kvitova won the St. Petersurg title two weeks ago, and last week went 2-0 in Fed Cup play.

It was Kvitova’s fourth victory over a Top 10 player in Doha after victories against Caroline Wozniacki, Julia Goerges and Elina Svitolina.

Kvitova …

Roger Rolls in Rotterdam as Federer Remains Perfect in 2018, Re-Takes No. 1

Posted by Staff on February 18th, 2018 @ 1:56 pm

Originally not scheduled to play Rotterdam, Roger Federer decided to drop into the Netherlands when the chance surfaced to take the No. 1 ranking from the idle Rafael Nadal.

It proved a nice one-week diversion for the Swiss who re-took the No. 1 ranking by reaching the semifinals, becoming the oldest No. 1 in history at 36, then Sunday breezed to the title after a 6-2, 6-2 win over Grigor Dimitrov.

“It’s …

Sock v Raonic 1st Round at ATP Delray Beach; Preview

Posted by Staff on February 18th, 2018 @ 2:11 am

Jack Sock is the top seed in Delray Beach, and will astoundingly meet his opponent in last year’s final, Milos Raonic, in the opening round.

DELRAY BEACH, Florida, USA; Surface: hard

Seeds: Jack Sock, Juan Martin del Potro, Kevin Anderson, Sam Querrey, Nick Kyrgios, John Isner, Adrian Mannarino, Chung Hyeon

Floaters: Milos Raonic, Radu Albot, Denis Shapovalov, Jeremy Chardy


Tough starts for (1) Sock vs. Raonic, (6) Isner vs. last week’s hot …

Wawrinka Looks to Find Form Again at ATP Marseilles; Preview

Posted by Staff on February 18th, 2018 @ 1:20 am

It’s anybody’s title this week in Marseille where the spotty Stan Wawrinka heads the field after the late withdrawal of David Goffin.

MARSEILLES, France; Surface: hard indoor

Seeds: Stan Wawrinka, Lucas Pouille, Tomas Berdych, Roberto Bautista Agut, Gilles Muller, Damir Dzumhur, Filip Krajinovic, Karen Khachanov

Floaters: Daniil Medvedev, Nicolas Mahut


No Top 10 players in the field, and the struggling-back-from-injury Wawrinka heads the field…

(6) Muller starts against Medvedev, with the winner to …

Cilic, Thiem, Carreno Busta Favorites at ATP Rio; Preview

Posted by Staff on February 18th, 2018 @ 12:48 am

Three of the Top 10 post for the ATP 500 event in Brazil, where top-seeded Marin Cilic will try his hand on clay with No. 2 seed Dominic Thiem defending his title.

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil; Surface: clay

Seeds: Marin Cilic, Dominic Thiem, Pablo Carreno Busta, Albert Ramos Vinolas, Fabio Fognini, Diego Schwartzman, Pablo Cuevas, Fernando Verdasco

Floaters: Gael Monfils


Tough start for (1) Cilic vs. a qualifier then Monfils…

Wildcards …

Svitolina, 6 of Top 10, Loaded Floaters Field at WTA Dubai

Posted by Staff on February 18th, 2018 @ 12:03 am

More than half of the Top 10 turn out this next week for the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, a field also loaded with floaters, including an unseeded former world No. 2 and an unseeded two-time Wimbledon champion.

DUBAI, UAE; Surface: hard

Seeds: Elina Svitolina, Garbine Muguruza, Karolina Pliskova, Jelena Ostapenko, Caroline Garcia, Angelique Kerber, Johanna Konta, Kristina Mladenovic

Floaters: Petra Kvitova, Anett Kontaveit, (WC) Naomi Osaka, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, …

Kvitova Comes Back On Wozniacki, Will Meet Muguruza In Doha Final

Posted by Staff on February 17th, 2018 @ 9:33 pm

Petra Kvitova stopped the hopes of Caroline Wozniacki edging the Dane 3-6, 7-6(3), 7-5 to reach the final in Doha where she will face Garbina Muguruza.

Kvitova opened slowly against the Australian Open champion, dropping the first set then going down 2-0 in the second. But the Czech got into gear, and after failing to serve it out at 5-4 in the third, she broke then completed that task to win …

New No. 1 Federer To Face Dimitrov For Rotterdam Title

Posted by Staff on February 17th, 2018 @ 9:19 pm

Newly minted No. 1 Roger Federer will face Grigor Dimitrov for the Rotterdam title on Sunday.

Federer won his 11th straight match of 2018 beating Andreas Seppi 6-3, 7-6(3).

Standing in his way of a 97th title is Dimitrov who advanced when David Goffin retired down a set after a ball freakishly ricocheted off is racquet hitting his eye.

“We had such a great battle,” Dimitrov said. “Playing David always excites me …

Roger Federer Sets No. 1 Records [Charts]

Posted by Tom Gainey on February 16th, 2018 @ 5:05 pm

Roger Federer continues to make history, and today the Swiss great became the oldest No. 1 in ATP Ranking history after beating Robin Haase to reach the Rotterdam semifinals.

Among the many records Federer set:
36 Roger Federer (Feb 19, 2018)
33 Andre Agassi (Sep 7, 2003)
31 Rafael Nadal (Feb 18, 2018)

5y,106d Roger Federer Nov 4, 2012-Feb 19, 2018
3y,142d Andre Agassi Feb 12, 1996-Jul 5, …

Roger Federer Becomes Oldest No. 1 In ATP History

Posted by Tom Gainey on February 16th, 2018 @ 4:43 pm

Congrats to Roger Federer and his fans. Just 19 months ago Federer’s career was in limbo after re-injuring his surgically repaired left knee in a 5-set loss to Milos Raonic at 2016 Wimbledon. Fast forward to today in the Rotterdam quarterfinals when a Robin Haase double fault returned the Swiss great to No. 1.

At 36, Federer on Monday will become the oldest No. 1 in ATP ranking history (since 1973). …

Pliskova Bounced By Bellis; Kerber v Wozniacki Fri In Doha

Posted by Staff on February 15th, 2018 @ 5:26 pm

Defending champion Karolina Pliskova was stunned by American qualifier CiCi Bellis 7-6(4), 6-3 in the third round of Doha on Thursday.

It was the 18-year-old’s first career Top 5 win on the WTA.

“This was huge for me,” Bellis said. “I think I played a really good match and just tried to track down as many balls as I could. Obviously, I’ve watched her play for many years and she’s one of …

Federer One Win From No. 1 Ranking; Dimitrov v Rublev Friday

Posted by Staff on February 15th, 2018 @ 5:10 pm

Roger Federer knocked off fellow veteran and good friend Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-6(8), 7-5 to reach the Rotterdam quarterfinals and move within just one match win of returning to No. 1, a position he hasn’t held in five years.

In his way will be Robin Haase.

The 36-year-old is set to become the oldest No. 1 in ATP ranking history. The last time the Swiss held No. 1 was back on October 4, …

Sharapova Sliced Up by Niculescu 1st Rd. at WTA Doha — What of Maria?

Posted by Jeremy Davis on February 12th, 2018 @ 5:19 pm

At 30 years old, Maria Sharapova is finding her comebacks in tennis to be all the tougher.

Slated as a second-round opponent for world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki this week at the Qatar Total Open in Doha, Sharapova was instead shuttled out in the first round by No. 92-ranked qualifier Monica Niculescu.

It was the first meeting between Sharapova and the unorthodox Niculescu, who primarily slices her shots off both the forehand …