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August Off-Topic Thread

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

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Bautista Agut, Tsonga, Popular Fognini Lead ATP St. Petersburg; Preview

Posted by Staff on September 16th, 2017 @ 9:41 pm

ST. PETERSBURG OPEN
St. Petersburg, Russia; surface: hard

Seeds: Roberto Bautista Agut, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Fabio Fognini, Adrian Mannarino, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Paolo Lorenzi, Viktor Troicki, Jan-Lennard Struff

Floaters: Borna Coric, Danill Medvedev

Notes:

No Top 10 players in the field…

Tough starts for (8) Struff vs. Coric, then the winner likely facing the streaking Medvedev…

Wildcards went to Tsonga and Russians Evgeny Donskoy and Evgeny Tyurnev…

Withdrawing from the event were Aljaz Bedene, Federico Delbonis, Kyle Edmund, Leonardo Mayer, …

Ostapenko the Favorite at WTA Seoul Korea Open; Preview

Posted by Staff on September 16th, 2017 @ 2:25 pm

Reigning French Open champion and No. 10 Jelena Ostapenko is the lone Top 25 player and the favorite at the KEB Hana Bank Incheon Airport Korea Open in Seoul.

KEB HANA BANK INCHEON AIRPORT KOREA OPEN
Seoul, Korea; surface: hard

Seeds: Jelena Ostapenko, Kiki Bertens, Kristyna Pliskova, Sorana Cirstea, Irina-Camelia Begu, Tatjana Maria, Lara Arruabarrena, Christina McHale

Floaters: Andrea Petkovic

Notes:

Not a deep field, but (2) Bertens could face the veteran Petkovic second round…

Wildcards went …

Muguruza, 5 of Top 10 Make WTA Toray Tokyo a Tough Test

Posted by Staff on September 16th, 2017 @ 1:56 pm

Five Top 10 players, including current world No. 1 Garbine Muguruza and former No. 1s Karoline Pliskova, Caroline Wozniacki and Angie Keber, make the 28-player Toray PPO Tennis field one of the toughest of the year.

TORAY PPO TENNIS
TOKYO, Japan; surface: hard

Seeds: Garbine Muguruza, Karolina Pliskova, Caroline Wozniacki, Johanna Konta, Dominika Cibulkova, Agnieszka Radwanska, Angelique Kerber, Kristina Mladenovic

Floaters: Carla Suarez Navarro, Naomi Osaka, Daria Gavrilova

Notes:

The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…

Wildcards …

Kyrgios, Tsonga, Goffin Lead Davis Cup Semifinals This Weekend

Posted by Staff on September 14th, 2017 @ 11:23 pm

The semifinals of the 2017 Davis Cup competition get underway Friday in Europe.

In Lille, France, the French team plays host to a depleted Serbian team. Novak Djokovic is out for the season and Viktor Troicki and Janko Tipsarevic are also unavailable. But taking their place will be Dusan Lajovic and Laslo Djere.

France will be paced by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Lucas Pouille with a powerful Nicholas Mahut/Pierre Hugues Herbert doubles team.

In …

Safarova, Mladenovic Head Post-US Open WTA Fields in Tokyo, Quebec City

Posted by Staff on September 11th, 2017 @ 9:31 pm

The WTA women get back into the grind this week immediately after the US Open at the Japan Open and the Tournoi de Quebec in Canada.

France’s Kristina Mladenovic heads the field in Tokyo, while world doubles No. 1 Lucie Safarova is the top seed in Canada.

Here is a look at the fields:

JAPAN WOMEN’S OPEN
TOKYO, Japan; surface: hard

Seeds: Kristina Mladenovic, Zhang Shuai, Elise Mertens, Kristyna Pliskova, Samantha Stosur, Naomi Osaka, Alison …

Rafael Nadal Rolls Over Kevin Anderson 16th Grand Slam Title, 3rd US Open

Posted by Sean Randall on September 10th, 2017 @ 11:14 pm

Rafael Nadal finished off his 2017 Grand Slam season in near-perfect form by crushing Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 to win his 16th Grand Slam title and third US Open.

“Very happy,” Nadal said. “Been a great two weeks. Increasing level of tennis, increasing of confidence during that two weeks. I have this trophy with me again here in New York. Means a lot to me. There is no better way …

Rafael Nadal v Kevin Anderson In The US Open Final, Who’s The Pick?

Posted by Sean Randall on September 10th, 2017 @ 1:36 pm

At the start of the tournament I picked Rafael Nadal to meet a tall guy in the US Open finals. Well, he’ll play a tall guy, but just not Alexander Zverev. Instead, it’s someone even taller in the 6-foot-8 Kevin Anderson.

And I had Zverev beating Nadal for the title, but I can’t do the same with Anderson.

Looking back at the semifinals, Nadal handled another big guy, Juan Martin …

Stephens Routs Buddy Keys for 1st Grand Slam Title at US Open

Posted by Staff on September 9th, 2017 @ 7:07 pm

Both players started out nervy, but only Sloane Stephens was able to shake it off, rolling over fellow American Madison Keys winning the last eight games to take it 6-3, 6-0 for her first Grand Slam title on Saturday at the US Open.

Unseeded after 11 months off due to foot surgery, Stephens was far steadier that the No. 15-seeded Keys, striking 10 winners to only six unseeded errors.

“When I had …

Nadal Wears Out Del Potro, to Meet Anderson in US Open Final

Posted by Staff on September 9th, 2017 @ 2:19 am

Soon-to-be world No. 1 Rafael Nadal wore down Juan Martin del Potro to move into the US Open final on Friday, setting up a meeting with Kevin Anderson in the championship.

Del Potro had enough for one set, winning the first then running out of gas in a 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, 6-2 defeat.

“After a couple of years of tough moments, it has been an emotional year,” said Nadal after reaching his …

Nadal v Del Potro, Carreno Busta v Anderson; US Open SF Picks And Pans

Posted by Sean Randall on September 8th, 2017 @ 2:50 pm

We are down to just four at the final Slam of the 2017 season. Rafael Nadal is there, that’s no big surprise, not after his Australian Open run and his results earlier in the year.

Then there’s Juan Martin Del Potro. That is a surprise. The Argentine really hasn’t been much of a factor this season. We’ve seen him get tough draw after tough draw, but never really emerge. That is …

Keys, Stephens Book All-American Final at US Open

Posted by Staff on September 8th, 2017 @ 12:40 am

The next generation of U.S. players will meet in the final of the US Open after Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens prevailed in semifinals on Thursday at Flushing Meadows.

The No. 15-seeded Keys kept her career record against fellow American CoCo Vandeweghe perfect, overwhelming the Californian 6-1, 6-2. It was her third straight event the two meet, and the outcome was the same.

“It feels absolutely amazing,” said Keys. “These are the …

All-American Grand Slam Women’s Semifinals [Chart]

Posted by Tom Gainey on September 7th, 2017 @ 10:10 am

According to the USTA, tonight’s US Open will be just the sixth time in the Open Era that all four women’s semifinalists at a Grand Slam are from America.

All American Grand Slam Women’s Semifinals
2017 US Open (Venus Williams, Sloane Stephens, CoCo Vandeweghe, Madison Keys)
1985 Wimbledon (Chris Evert, Zina Garrison, Martina Navratilova, Kathy Rinaldi)
1983 Australian Open (Zina Garrison, Kathy Jordan, Martina Navratilova, Pam Shriver)
1982 Australian Open (Chris Evert, Andrea Jaeger, Martina …

Roger Federer: Del Potro Has A Better Chance Of Beating Rafa Than Me In SFs Anyway

Posted by Tom Gainey on September 7th, 2017 @ 9:59 am

Roger Federer admitted after his 4-set loss to Juan Martin del Potro last night that he felt he wasn’t playing well enough to beat rival Rafael Nadal in the Friday semifinals. Rather, it was good that del Potro won because he would have a better chance against the Spaniard.

“Of course it is a pity, but, you know, Juan Martin deserves it more,” del Potro said. “I feel I have no …

Roger Federer Says He’s Still Stick To His Fall Schedule Which Includes 5 Events

Posted by Staff on September 7th, 2017 @ 1:50 am

Roger Federer missed a chance this week to return to No. 1 after losing tonight to Juan Martin del Potro in the quarterfinals at the US Open.

The Swiss, though, confirmed his upcoming schedule which he hopes to be 100% for.

“Now I have Laver Cup, Shanghai, Basel, Paris, and London,” Federer said. “That’s my schedule, and it won’t change. I hope I’m fully recovered and 100% fit when Laver Cup comes …

Del Potro Ruins Federer-Nadal SF Party at US Open

Posted by Staff on September 7th, 2017 @ 12:44 am

Juan Martin del Potro ruined the Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal party on Wednesday at the US Open when the former champion defeated the five-time winning Swiss 7-5, 3-6, 7-6(8) 6-4.

“I played my best match of the tournament,” said Del Potro, who saved four set points in the third-set tiebreak. “I served well and hit my forehand as hard as I can. We played a great match and I think I …