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September 30th, 2014

Nadal Dominates In Return At Beijing, Djokovic Stays Perfect; Serena, Sharapova Advance

Rafael Nadal showed no rust Tuesday in Beijing. Playing in his first match in three months, Nadal crushed Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-0 in the first round of the China Open.

Nadal, who missed the US hardcourt swing due to a right wrist injury, ran his record to 13-0 against the Frenchman after never getting broken and only losing three points on serve in the second set.

“In general I have to be happy the way that I played,” Nadal said. “After three …

Posted by Staff @ 1:09 pm in beijing | 7 Comments »

September 29th, 2014

Nadal Returns Tonight In Beijing, Djokovic Begins Final No. 1 Push; Serena Survives Scare

After a lengthy recovery from a right wrist injury, Rafael Nadal makes his long-awaited return to tennis Tuesday in Beijing where the 2013 finalist will face former Top 10 Richard Gasquet.

“The injury I my wrist, as I said before, I cannot say 100% because I still feel something when I start for the first five minutes of the practice,” Nadal said over the weekend. “But in general the injury is not limiting me to compete. The injury is past, I …

Posted by Staff @ 1:37 pm in beijing | 50 Comments »

September 29th, 2014

ATP London Race (29 Sept 14): Murray Moves Up, Nishikori Strengthens London Bid

Weekend winners Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori both strengthened their position for the November ATP Finals in London. Murray’s Shenzhen title moved him up one spot to No. 10, just 105 points from No. 8 Tomas Berdych.

US Open finalist Nishikori won the Kuala Lumpur title which moved him closer to No. 5 Marin Cilic and gave him some extra padding between him and Ferrer/Berdych.

Both titles yesterday were worth 250 ranking points. This week the points double to 500 at Tokyo …

Posted by Staff @ 1:15 pm in ATP Finals | 2 Comments »

September 28th, 2014

Kvitova, Murray, Nishikori Win WTA/ATP Titles

Murray Saves Match Points, Wins 1st Title in 15 Months

Andy Murray ended a 15-month title drought and boosted his chances of qualifying for the ATP year-end championships after coming from a set down to defeat Tommy Robredo 5-7, 7-6(9), 6-1 in the final of the Shenzhen Open in China.

“The way that the match was won doesn’t happen very often,” said Murray after saving five match points. “It’s rare to win a match like that. I was very close to losing. …

Posted by Staff @ 6:40 pm in Tennis | 5 Comments »

September 28th, 2014

Watch This Cool Trick Serve From Elina Svitolina [Video]

One of the many new stars on the WTA is Elina Svitolina. The Ukranian who just turned 20 is ranked No. 34, just one spot shy of her career-best.

Svitolina is known for having one of the better serves among the younger generation. And in an Instagram post earlier today, she showed that she can also have some fun with the serve as well with this unique, toss-less delivery.

“My serve trick !! Show me yours …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 2:48 pm in Videos | No Comments »

September 28th, 2014

Did You Know Novak Djokovic Has Never Lost In Beijing? He’s 19-0 At The China Open!

Novak Djokovic returns to China this week to put a stamp on his No. 1 ranking, and the Serb has had a lot of success in the country. Djokovic enters the China Open having won all 19 matches he’s played in Beijing winning the tournament four times!

And overall Djokovic, who has also won the Shanghai Masters 1000 the last two years, is a 20 match win streak in China!

Wins/Event
5 2013 Shanghai (d del Potro)
5 2013 Beijing (d Nadal)
5 2012 Shanghai …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 2:07 pm in beijing, Fall Season | 53 Comments »

September 28th, 2014

Andy Murray: Hopefully I Can Win Another Title By The End Of The Year!

Andy Murray saved a personal-best five matchpoints to win his first title in over 14 months earlier today defeating Tommy Robredo 57, 76(9), 61 in the final at Shenzhen. The 32-year-old Robredo led Murray by a set and 6-2 in the second set breaker before the Scot turned it around.

“I got lucky, basically, at the end of the second set,” Murray said. “I fought hard, tried my best and thankfully managed to turn it round. Tommy had a great tournament; …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 1:40 pm in Fall Season | 2 Comments »

September 27th, 2014

ATP/WTA Previews: Nadal, Serena Rock China Open Field

CHINA OPEN
Beijing, China; Surface: hard

Men’s Seeds: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Tomas Berdych, Marin Cilic, Grigor Dimitrov, Andy Murray, Ernests Gulbis, John Isner

Men’s Floaters: Lukas Rosol, Vasek “Popsicle” Pospisil, Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco, Jerzy Janowicz, Feliciano “F-Lo” Lopez, Fabio “The Fabulous One” Fognini, “Dr.” Ivo Karlovic, Richard Gasquet

Men’s Notes: A whole lot o’ shakin’ goin’ on in Beijing where the return of Rafael Nadal and no byes results in a slew of opening-round salivation-level matches…Openers of interest include (2) Nadal vs. …

Posted by Staff @ 10:58 pm in Tennis | 3 Comments »

September 27th, 2014

Murray Reaches First ATP Final In 14 Months; Nishikori Strong In Kuala Lumpur

Andy Murray advanced to his first ATP final since his 2013 Wimbledon title. The 2-time Slam champion needed three sets to turn away Juan Monaco 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 in the semifinals at the new tournament in Shenzhen.

“He started the match well,” said Murray. “I was struggling a little bit with my timing. Obviously, the conditions were very hard today. But I feel good and I’m into my first final for a while. I’ll try tomorrow. Hopefully it’ll be a good …

Posted by Staff @ 11:34 am in Fall Season | 23 Comments »

September 27th, 2014

Rafael Nadal Ready For Final Push, Admits Right Wrist Still Isn’t 100%

Rafael Nadal met the media today in Beijing, site of the China Open which begins on Sunday. Nadal, who hasn’t played a match since a stunning Wimbledon fourth round loss to Nick Kyrgios almost three months ago, says his right wrist still is not 100% but it’s doing better.

“I am fine,” said Nadal. “I am much better. The thing is the injury, the evolution of the injury, was a bit slow and took a little bit of time. But that’s …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:36 am in beijing | 12 Comments »


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ATP - Sep 29 WTA - Sep 29
1 Novak Djokovic1 Serena Williams
2 Rafael Nadal2 Simona Halep
3 Roger Federer3 Petra Kvitova
4 Stan Wawrinka4 Maria Sharapova
5 David Ferrer5 Na Li
6 Tomas Berdych6 Agnieszka Radwanska
7 Kei Nishikori7 Eugenie Bouchard
8 Milos Raonic8 Caroline Wozniacki
9 Marin Cilic9 Ana Ivanovic
10 Grigor Dimitrov10 Angelique Kerber
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