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April 27th, 2015

Roger Federer Can’t Believe How Popular He Is In Turkey

Tennis legend Roger Federer is making his first appearance in Turkey this week at the inaugural Istanbul Open. And the tournament rolled out the red carpet for the star.

The Swiss has won 84 titles in 18 different countries. Will it be 85 and 19 after this week?

Federer opens play on Wednesday against the winner of Turkey’s Marcel Ilhan and Jarkko Nieminen. Federer and Ilhan will also play an exo match later today.

.@rogerfederer meets the press: "I didn't

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:53 am in Videos | 4 Comments »

April 27th, 2015

Novak Djokovic Might Not Play The Madrid Masters

According to Spanish sports outlet Marca, World No. 1 Novak Djokovic will skip the upcoming Madrid Masters.

Djokovic, who won the Madrid title in 2011 beating rival Rafael Nadal, missed the event last year due to a right wrist injury.

Djokovic has won the first three Masters events of the season and has built a massive lead in the rankings. After his second Monte Carlo title, Djokovic has won 17 straight matches and 21 straight matches at the Masters …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:38 am in Madrid | 7 Comments »

April 27th, 2015

French Open Won’t Seed Rafael Nadal Higher

Ending the debate, French Open tournament director Gilbert Ysern confirmed that the tournament would not seed 9-time champion Rafael Nadal higher than his ranking.

“We thought about it,” Ysern said to French sports paper L’Equipe. “We could not not ask the question for a champion like him, who has embodied the tournament for 10 years and only once not won a match. But the circumstances are different.

“In 2013, he came in injured. Today, it is his sporting level, it seems, …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:25 am in French Open | 3 Comments »

April 26th, 2015

Garcia-Lopez, Kerber, Nishikori, Win ATP/WTA Titles

Nishikori Successfully Defends ATP Barcelona Title

Kei Nishikori showed his claycourt chops on Sunday by successfully defending his title at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, defeating Spaniard Pablo Andujar 6-4, 6-4.

“I’m really happy I’m able to defend the title,” Nishikori said. “I think the second set was extremely tough and I don’t really know how I won it to be honest. Pablo was very aggressive, he kept moving the ball and made me run up and down all the time. I …

Posted by Staff @ 6:23 pm in Tennis | 8 Comments »

April 26th, 2015

Pliskova Tops in Singles and Doubles at Prague; Marrakech; WTA Previews

Marrakech, Morocoo; Surface: clay

Seeds: Garbine Muguruza, Timea Bacsinszky, Flavia Pennetta, Elina Svitolina, Mona Barthel, Roberta Vinci, Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, Monica Puig

Floaters: Donna Vekic

Notes: Tough start for (4) Svitolina vs. the Croat riser Vekic…Wildcards went to the top-seeded Muguruza, Morocco’s Rita Atik and Russia’s Darya Kasatkina (who starts against Muguruza)…Seven players including former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone pulled from the event…In last year’s final Spaniard Maria Teresa Torro Flor beat Switzerland’s Romina Oprandi…No former champions …

Posted by Staff @ 11:28 am in Tennis | No Comments »

April 25th, 2015

Wozniacki Outlasts Halep, Will Face Kerber In Stuttgart Final; Andujar Stuns Ferrer In Barcelona

Former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki continued her climb back up the rankings earning one of her best wins of the season beating No. 3 ranked Simona Halep 7-5, 5-7, 6-2 in the Stuttgart semifinals.

“I had my chances to close it out in the second set but I didn’t, but then you just have to suck it up and play a third set – there’s nothing else you can do about it,” said the 5th-ranked Wozniacki. “I came out strong there …

Posted by Staff @ 4:24 pm in Barcelona, Stuttgart | 50 Comments »

April 25th, 2015

ATP Previews: Federer in Turkey?; Munich, Estoril

Roger Federer goes to Turkey to collect a check, Andy Murray makes a Munich debut, and Estoril loads up on claycourt talent this week on tour:

Munich, Germany; Surface: clay

Seeds: Andy Murray, Gael Monfils, Roberto Bautista Agut, David Goffin, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Bernard Tomic, Martin Klizan, Fabio Fognini

Floaters: (WC) Janko Tipsarevic

Notes: The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…The No. 2-seeded Monfils could have plenty of chances to implode in the second round against either Pablo Andujar or Joao …

Posted by Staff @ 4:15 pm in Tennis | 20 Comments »

April 24th, 2015

It’s Already Over For the Agnieszka Radwanska-Martina Navratilova Coaching Relationship

Former Wimbledon finalist Agnieszka Radwanska announced today via twitter that she and coach Martina Navratilova have parted ways.

— Aga Radwanska (@ARadwanska) April 24, 2015

Radwanska said in statement, “I just wanted to thank Martina for her time and efforts over these last few months. It was a great experience to work with one of the all-time greats. However we both agreed that as Martina could not commit 100 percent to the project then it …

Posted by Staff @ 3:41 pm in Coaching | 4 Comments »

April 24th, 2015

2015 French Open Odds: Rafael Nadal Falls Further Behind Novak Djokovic As Pick To Win

According to bookmaker Bovada, Rafael Nadal is almost a 2/1 pick now to win the French Open. The King of Clay hadn’t been an underdog in a clay match in close to a decade until facing Novak Djokovic a week ago in Monte Carlo. Now the Spaniard continues to slide in the French Open betting odds.

Djokovic, who is seeking his first French Open title, is at 11/10 favorite to win followed by Nadal, Stan Wawrinka and then Kei …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:11 am in French Open, Gambling | 180 Comments »

April 24th, 2015

Roger Federer Is In A New Mercedes-Benz Commercial [Video]

“When you’ve been at the top of the game for so long, how do you stay there?”

Mercedes-Benz released a new spot featuring pitchman and tennis great Roger Federer. The car is the 2016 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S Coupe, and it sounds great. Vrooom.

“The best doesn’t come easy,” Federer says near the end of this extended ad, “but the best is always worth it.”

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:28 am in Videos | No Comments »

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1 Novak Djokovic1 Serena Williams
2 Roger Federer2 Simona Halep
3 Andy Murray3 Maria Sharapova
4 Rafael Nadal4 Petra Kvitova
5 Kei Nishikori5 Caroline Wozniacki
6 Milos Raonic6 Eugenie Bouchard
7 Tomas Berdych7 Ana Ivanovic
8 David Ferrer8 Ekaterina Makarova
9 Stan Wawrinka9 Agnieszka Radwanska
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