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April 1st, 2015

Rafael Nadal Will Drop Out Of The Top 4; He Could Now Meet Novak Djokovic In the French QFs!

As was discussed on ESPN2 earlier today during the Andy Murray-Dominic Thiem match, Rafael Nadal will drop out of the Top 4 in the rankings on Monday, and he could fall to No. 6 if David Ferrer wins the title.

Fortunately for Nadal, he will have points to pick on the clay. Usually he has to defend week after week on the dirt, but not this season. After a down pre-French clay campaign in 2014, he’ll only have Madrid to defend …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 5:17 pm in Clay Season | 6 Comments »

April 1st, 2015

Novak Djokovic Doesn’t Like To Be Called A Veteran [Video]

Following a tough 3-set win over the tricky Alexandr Dolgopolov in Miami yesterday, 27-year-old Novak Djokovic was asked about his quarterfinal match against David Ferer, a battle of “two veterans” the reported stated.

“Did you say ‘two veterans’?” Djokovic smiled. “Thank you. That’s the first, I haven’t heard that. Thank you.

“This is a milestone,” Djokovic said. “This is a big thing for me to hear. I need to gather my thoughts here from what I heard just now,” he said. “Reality …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 12:18 pm in Miami, Videos | 3 Comments »

April 1st, 2015

Andy Murray Joins The 500 Win Club [Chart]

Andy Murray became just the 46th player to win 500 career matches on the ATP circuit yesterday following a 64, 36, 63 win over Kevin Anderson in the Miami fourth round.

“It means a lot,” Murray told Sky Sports. “There’s not a whole lot [of players] that have managed to get to 500. It’s very nice to have done that. To do it here in Miami was quite fitting. I’ve done a lot of hard yards on this court, put in …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 12:08 pm in Charts, Miami | 16 Comments »

April 1st, 2015

Djokovic Avoids Dog Bite, Venus Falls In Miami; Murray, Serena Wednesday

For the second time in the event defending champion Novak Djokovic needed the distance to prevail, this round overcoming a set down and 4-2 to deny Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-7(3), 7-5, 6-0.

“I fought my way through,” said Djokovic who won 11 of the last 12 games. “I was frustrated. I was losing my composure in the first set, because I didn’t feel good. So I was just trying to find a way to come back in the match.

“I don’t feel that …

Posted by Staff @ 12:46 am in Miami | 23 Comments »

March 30th, 2015

Isner Leads Upset Train at Miami Open; Djokovic on Tues.

Top-seeded Serena Williams would not take her foot off the pedal against an opponent that had beaten her twice and reached No. 2 in the world on Monday at the Miami Open, steamrolling past No. 24 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2, 6-3.

“Playing Svetlana, I know she’s super tough — we always have super tough matches,” Williams said. “The last time we played I was just fighting my hardest and I was barely able to win, so today I knew I had …

Posted by Staff @ 11:48 pm in Miami | 107 Comments »

March 30th, 2015

How Can Rafael Nadal Be The GOAT Without Ever Having Won Miami?

Ok, first let me address the inflammatory, clickbait headline. There’s truth to it. Rafael Nadal still hasn’t won Miami and we already know he’s never won the year-end ATP championships.

The ATP finals tournament is the biggest non-Slam event on the calendar. There’s no debate. Rafa’s never won it. Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, etc, have all won it, just not Nadal.

The Miami Masters has been considered the “Fifth Slam” for many years, especially before Larry Ellison …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 3:37 pm in Clay Season, Miami | 57 Comments »

March 30th, 2015

Nadal, Ivanovic Fall Out at Miami; Williams Sisters On Monday

An uncomfortable Rafael Nadal lost in three sets, and world No. 1 Serena Williams met the future on an eventful Sunday at the Miami Open.

“I was anxious on court,” Nadal said after a second straight career loss to Spanish countryman Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco. “I tried in every point, but I was not able to relax myself, calm myself.”

Verdasco denied Nadal another attempt at a first Miami Open title after the 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 upset.

“It’s a huge victory, and it’s …

Posted by Staff @ 12:22 am in Tennis | 18 Comments »

March 29th, 2015

Rafael Nadal: I’m Playing With Too Many Nerves At The Moment, And I Need To Fix It

Following his 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 third round loss today to countryman Fernando Verdasc, former World No. 1 Rafael Nadal said his nerves played a role in the defeat.

“It’s not the question of tennis, [It’s] the question of being relaxed enough to play well on court,” Nadal told reporters. “Today my game in general improved since a month and a half [ago]. But at the same time, [I’m] still playing with too many nerves for a lot of moments, in important …

Posted by Staff @ 11:53 pm in Miami | 57 Comments »

March 29th, 2015

Defending Champions Djokovic, Serena Saturday Miami Winners; Nadal, Murray On Court Sunday

Defending champions Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams opened their title defenses on a busy Saturday. Serena was on court in the after, thumping Monica Niculescu in a rematch of their Indian Wells tussle two weeks ago 6-3, 6-1.

“It was definitely easier today than last time,” Williams said of playing Niculescu. “I knew what to expect. I still got a little bit frustrated today, but overall was able to stay calm more than last time.

“I don’t think I had that many …

Posted by Staff @ 10:13 am in Miami | 83 Comments »

March 28th, 2015

Rafael Nadal Likes Indian Wells Because The Balls Bounce Higher There

Rafael Nadal talked about the differences between Indian Wells where he has won three times and this week’s Miami event where he has made the finals four times, never winning.

“Well, doesn’t matter,” Nadal said about the conditions. “I think is true that play with less humidity is easier for the body. Is true during my career I had more success in Indian Wells than here. I think I won three times, played another final, and couple of semifinals. Is true …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:40 am in Miami | 9 Comments »


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2 Roger Federer2 Maria Sharapova
3 Rafael Nadal3 Simona Halep
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5 Kei Nishikori5 Caroline Wozniacki
6 Milos Raonic6 Ana Ivanovic
7 David Ferrer7 Eugenie Bouchard
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