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September 17th, 2014

US Open Champ Marin Cilic Greeted By 20,000 Fans In Homecoming Celebration

Marin Cilic arrived home in his hometown of Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina, as a Grand Slam champion. Over 20,000 turned out to welcome Cilic back home for the celebrations.

“Thank you everyone, especially my parents and my loved ones, because without them this would not be possible,” Cilic said. “Thank You God and Our Lady of Medjugorje for showing me the path to take. I am delighted not only for myself but for the people around me who rejoiced in …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 11:25 am in US Open, Videos | 6 Comments »

September 17th, 2014

Nicole Vaidisova Wins First Pro Match In 4.5 Years

Former teen phenom Nicole Vaidisova won her first match in over four years yesterday defeating another former young prodigy Sesil Karatancheva 63, 64 in the first round at the Albuquerque USTA circuit event.

“It was surreal,” Vaidisova said to the Albuquerque Journal. “It was the first time in four years I played a match. It was a little nerve-racking, but I’m so glad I got through.

Vaidisova was a former Top 10 standout who retired from the game at just 21 …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:32 am in 2014 Season | 1 Comment »

September 15th, 2014

10 Things I Think I Thought About Marin Cilic, The Big Four And The No. 1 Race

As we head down the homestretch of another tennis season – we have just 2 months left – I’ve put together a few post-US Open thoughts.

1. Cilic Cometh
I’m not going to get carried away and predict multiple majors for Marin Cilic, I need to see more from the lanky Croat first. That said, I’ve always thought he had a lot of game and plenty of potential, but for whatever reasons he never fulfilled that until his last three matches in …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 6:14 pm in 2014 Season, US Open | 47 Comments »

September 14th, 2014

Weekend Wrap: Swiss in Davis Cup Final; Venus Upset in Quebec Final

Switzerland and France will contest the 2014 Davis Cup final after both nations advanced over the weekend, with Switzerland keeping alive a quest for a first-ever championship for Roger Federer.

Federer clinched the tie for the Swiss in the first singles match on Sunday, beating Italy and Fabio Fognini 6-2, 6-3, 7-6(4) in Geneva. It is the first appearance in the final for the Swiss nation since 1992.

“I think I really struggled,” said Federer after a low-quality match from both players. …

Posted by Staff @ 7:38 pm in Davis Cup, Tennis | 14 Comments »

September 14th, 2014

ATP/WTA Previews: Kerber Leads Killer Field in Tokyo

MOSELLE OPEN
Metz, France; Surface: Indoor Hard

Seeds: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gael Monfils, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Lukas Rosol, Jeremy Chardy, Joao Sousa, Jerzy Janowicz, David Goffin

Floaters: Gilles Muller, (WC) Nicolas Mahut

Notes: Potential tough starts for (1) Tsonga after a bye vs. the power-serving upset-specialist Muller, and (5) Chardy, who has never won a match in Metz in two attempts, vs. countryman (WC) Mahut…Wildcards went to France’s Laurent Lokoli, Mahut, and Paul-Henri Mathieu…Notable withdrawals from the event were Gilles Simon (wrist) and Stan Wawrinka (fatugue)…Simon …

Posted by Staff @ 7:35 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

September 14th, 2014

More Gael Monfils Highlight Reel Stupidity [Video]

It seems every time Gael Monfils takes the court he does something that warrants a second, third, a 100th look. Here’s today’s must-see highlight from his dead rubber win over Lukos Rosol during France’s Davis Cup semifinal victory over the Czech Republic played at Roland Garros:

Posted by Staff @ 2:12 pm in Best Shots, Davis Cup, Videos | 7 Comments »

September 14th, 2014

Roger Federer Looks ______ In This Town And Country Cover Picture

Roger Federer is the featured cover celebrity in the latest Town and Country magazine. And the cover picture of Federer is quite incredible.

Town and Country (Max Vadukul)

Some quotes from the article:
On feeling joy when he steps onto the tennis court:
I want to be happy when I play. For me it’s the only right thing to do: to be happy, feel happy, and also share that with the …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:21 am in 2014 Season | 24 Comments »

September 14th, 2014

Watch Roger Federer Get Carried Around The Court After Putting Switzerland In Davis Cup Finals [Video]

We don’t see Roger Federer carried often but today he was. After clinching Switzerland’s Davis Cup semifinal win over Italy with a 62, 63, 76(4) victory over Fabio Fognini, Federer’s teammates picked up the 17-time Slam champion and carried him around the court in celebration with the 18,000 fans in Geneva.

Federer and Wawrinka, who led Switzerland to the 3-1 win, now head to France for the Davis Cup final on November 21. For all his accomplishments, Federer has never won …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:06 am in Davis Cup, Videos | 36 Comments »

September 12th, 2014

What the Future Holds for Cilic, Nishikori After US Open

Marin Cilic beating Kei Nishikori in the US Open final, eliminating Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic respectively in the semifinals, shook up the men’s tennis world.

What does the next 14 months through the end of 2015 hold for both players? Besides loads of cash?

For breakthroughs sake, both players have been branded successes in part due to their high-profile coaches — Croatian countryman Goran Ivanisevic for Cilic, and fellow Asian Michael Chang for Nishikori.

Cilic has the greater upside rankings-wise over the …

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 11:34 am in Tennis | 24 Comments »

September 12th, 2014

Davis Cup SFs: Federer Tries To Take Switzerland To The Finals

Roger Federer will try to return Switzerland to the Davis Cup finals for the first time since 1992 this weekend when his country hosts Italy. Federer, who has never won a Davis Cup title in his career, is eager for the opportunity.

“As a team, we haven’t had much success over the past 50 years, so people in Switzerland still talk about 20 years ago when we made the finals,” Federer said. “Hopefully they’ll talk about this tie in 20 years, …

Posted by Staff @ 9:15 am in Davis Cup | 22 Comments »


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Rankings
ATP - Sep 15 WTA - Sep 15
1 Novak Djokovic1 Serena Williams
2 Rafael Nadal2 Simona Halep
3 Roger Federer3 Petra Kvitova
4 Stan Wawrinka4 Maria Sharapova
5 David Ferrer5 Agnieszka Radwanska
6 Milos Raonic6 Na Li
7 Tomas Berdych7 Eugenie Bouchard
8 Kei Nishikori8 Angelique Kerber
9 Marin Cilic9 Caroline Wozniacki
10 Grigor Dimitrov10 Ana Ivanovic
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