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

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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 OPEN
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

Notes:

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.

OPEN 13 PROVENCE
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

Notes:

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 OPEN PRESENTED BY CLARO
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

Notes:

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 DUTY FREE TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
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:
OLDEST NO. 1s
36 Roger Federer (Feb 19, 2018)
33 Andre Agassi (Sep 7, 2003)
31 Rafael Nadal (Feb 18, 2018)

LONGEST GAPS BETWEEN STINTS AT NO. 1
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 …