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August Off-Topic Thread

Posted by Staff on August 11th, 2017 @ 2:56 pm

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Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal Lead Laver Cup Exo Teams

Posted by Tom Gainey on August 23rd, 2017 @ 1:47 pm

It’s Roger Federer’s event, so of course he’s going to play the inagural Laver Cup next month in Prague. Also joining are Rafael Nadal, Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem, Marin Cilic and Tomas Berdych for the European Team.

“Team World” consists of Milos Raonic, Juan Martin del Potro, John Isner, Sam Querrey, Jack Sock and Denis Shapovalov.

Old rivals Bjorn Borg will captain the European team while John McEnroe is at the helm …

Poll: Who’s Your Early Favorite To Win The US Open? I’ll Go With Roger Federer’s Bad Back

Posted by Sean Randall on August 22nd, 2017 @ 3:41 pm

Yeah, Roger Federer’s playing. Yeah, so too is Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray as well. But this year’s US Open just feels more wide open than in the past.

Sure you have 3 of the Big 4 as the favorites, but they just don’t feel like locks to win it. That’s because we’ve seen breakthroughs this summer from Alexander Zverev, Nick Kyrgios, Grigor Dimitrov and Dominic Thiem continues to push ahead …

2017 US Open Women’s Seeds: Pliskova Top Seed Of Wide Open Field

Posted by Staff on August 21st, 2017 @ 1:57 pm

2016 finalist Karolina Pliskova will be the top seed at next week’s US Open. The Czech stayed No. 1 after Garbine Muguruza ended Simona Halep’s hope for the top spot yesterday in the Cincinnati final.

Missing from the event are No. 15 and 6-time champion Serena Williams and former French Open semifinalist and World No. 28 Timea Bacsinsky.

Defending champion Angelique Kerber and Svetlana Kuzetsova are the lone former winners in the …

2017 US Open Men’s Seeds: Rafael Nadal Top Seed For Third Time

Posted by Staff on August 21st, 2017 @ 1:39 pm

For the third time in his career, Rafael Nadal goes into the US Open as the No. 1 seed, after 2008, 2010 and 2013. Nadal’s two US Open titles in 2010 and 2013 came when he was the top seed.

It’s also the first time Nadal has been the top seed at a Grand Slam since the 2014 French Open.

Andy Murray, who just lost his No. 1 ranked today, is the …

Garbine Muguruza: I’m Happy People See Me As The Favorite To Win The US Open

Posted by Tom Gainey on August 21st, 2017 @ 12:59 pm

Garbine Muguruza is shying away from the fact that in this tumultuous year on the women’s tour, she’s emerged as the front-runner to win the US Open.

The 23-year-old just picked up her fifth career title crushing Simona Halep 61, 60 in the Cincinnati final.

“It’s normal, I guess, when people say that,” Muguruza said Sunday. “They always say, you know, when somebody is playing well, they always put a list …

Rafael Nadal Officially Returns To No. 1 In ATP Rankings

Posted by Tom Gainey on August 21st, 2017 @ 10:39 am

He’s back! For the first time in over three years, Rafael Nadal is officially back at No. 1 on the ATP Rankings.

Nadal last ranked No. 1 on July 6, 2014. This is his 4th stint at No. 1 and this week is his 142nd on top.

Nadal will hold the top spot for another two weeks at least through the US Open. But could lose it in New York …

Dimitrov Downs Kyrgios For 1st Masters Title at Cincinnati

Posted by Staff on August 20th, 2017 @ 11:31 pm

Grigor Dimitrov won his first Masters 1000 title on Sunday in Cincinnati, defeating Australia’s Nick Kyrgios 6-3, 7-5 to claim the Western & Southern Open championship.

It was a match-up of two first-time Masters finalists, slugging it out of the for their biggest career title. But some strong serving and play from Dimitrov plus three double faults from Kyrgios to give a break were the difference.

“I’m just happy and I’m humbled …

Muguruza Wins Title, Halep Falls Flat, Wins 1 Game in WTA Cincinnati Final

Posted by Staff on August 20th, 2017 @ 10:09 pm

Simona Halep is now 0-3 in opportunities to take the No. 1 ranking for the first time, and Sunday in Cincinnati was the most painful.

No. 4 seed Garbine Muguruza beat No. 2 seed Simona Halep 6-1, 6-0 in the final of the Western & Southern Open, denying Halep the No. 1 ranking and capturing her second title of the year.

“I think today was my best performance of the tournament, because …

Kyrgios, Dimitrov Advance In Tiebreakers To Reach Cincinnati Masters Final

Posted by Staff on August 20th, 2017 @ 1:10 am

We’ll have a new Masters champion on Sunday in Cincinnati! First-time Masters finalists Grigor Dimitrov and Nick Kyrgios collide for the Cincinnati title.

The two talented longshots at the start of the event both had similar semifinals matches, with both ending without a single break of serve.

Dimitrov was on during the day and picked up his first career win over 2013 Cincinnati finalist John Isner with a 7-6(4), 7-6(10) win …

Isner, Johnson Wave American Flag at ATP Winston-Salem; Preview

Posted by Staff on August 19th, 2017 @ 7:30 pm

No Top 10ers but plenty of players in Winston-Salem next week looking for that last-minute match play before moving on to Flushing Meadows and the US Open.

Here’s a look at the field:

WINSTON-SALEM OPEN
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., USA; Surface: hard

Seeds: Roberto Bautista Agut, Pablo Carreno Busta, John Isner, Pablo Cuevas, Steve Johnson, Paolo Lorenzi, Fernando Verdasco, Gilles Simon, Yuichi Sugita, Viktor Troicki, Aljaz Bedene, Chung Hyeon, Borna Coric, Daniil Medvedev, Jiri Vesely, Joao …

Halep, Muguruza Line-Up Cincinnati Final with No. 1 on the Line

Posted by Jeremy Davis on August 19th, 2017 @ 7:15 pm

Simona Halep and Garbine Muguruza will contest the Western & Southern final after comprehensive semifinal wins on Saturday in Cincinnati.

The No. 2-seeded Halep dismissed wild card Sloane Stephens 6-2, 6-1, improving to 5-2 career against the American.

Halep won the final six games to close out the match against Stephens, who was also a semifinalist the previous week in Toronto after returning from foot surgery. It is Halep’s second time in …

Radwanska, Kvitova, Stephens, Bouchard Highlight WTA New Haven; Preview

Posted by Staff on August 19th, 2017 @ 4:49 pm

Aggie Radwanska defends her 2016 title from the Connecticut Open, leading a field including Slam winner Petra Kvitova and streaking American Sloane Stephens hoping to get in some last-minute match practice prior to next week’s US Open.

Here’s a look at the field:

CONNECTICUT OPEN
NEW HAVEN, Conn., USA; Surface: hard

Seeds: Agnieszka Radwanska, Dominika Cibulkova, Petra Kvitova, Kristina Mladenovic, Elena Vesnina, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Barbora Strycova, Peng Shuai

Floaters: (WC) Genie Bouchard, (WC) Sloane Stephens, …

Kyrgios Cleans Nadal’s Clock, Big 4-Less Semifinal Set In Cincinnati

Posted by Sean Randall on August 19th, 2017 @ 12:59 am

A rather uneventful day in the Cincinnati men’s draw Friday finished with a loud, thunderous boom as Nick Kyrgios all but destroyed Rafael Nadal 6-2, 7-5 in the quarterfinals.

“Being a little kid playing on centre court of Cincinnati against Nadal, that’s the way the best has to come out,” said Kyrgios.

Kyrgios, who lost to Rafa the last two times they played after beating him at Wimbledon, came out with a …

Pliskova, Halep, Muguruza, Stephens Into WTA Cincy Semis

Posted by Staff on August 19th, 2017 @ 12:51 am

World No. 1 Karolina Pliskova and wild card Sloane Stephens won two matches on Friday at the rain-hit Western & Southern Open to advance into the semifinals at Cincinnati.

Pliskova defeated qualifier Camila Giorgi 6-3, 4-6, 6-0, then came back later in the day to beat No. 6 Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 6-4 to gain the semifinals.

In the semis she will meet No. 4 Garbine Muguruza who outlasted No. 8 Svetlana Kuznetsova …

Rain Stops Rafa, Dimitrov Dumps Delpo, Isner, Ferrer Advance At Cincinnati

Posted by Staff on August 18th, 2017 @ 1:08 am

On a very wet day at Cincinnati, six of the eight scheduled third round matches were completed, leaving two to finish on Friday.

Grigor Dimitrov began the day posting his first career win over Juan Martin del Potro who was visibly struggling with the heat by the end of the match in a 6-3, 7-5 defeat.

“He’s a tricky opponent… a super-experienced player,” said Dimitrov. “I definitely had to stay away …