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August Off-Topic Thread

Posted by Staff on August 5th, 2018 @ 10:33 am

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Roger Federer v Novak Djokovic Meet In The Cincinnati Final; Who’s The Pick?

Posted by Sean Randall on August 19th, 2018 @ 1:33 am

The dream final is set, and no, it’s not Marin Cilic against David Goffin. It’s better. A lot better! It’s the resumption of the Roger Federer v Novak Djokovic rivalry which the Serb leads by the slightest of margins, 23-22.

After a horrendous start the season, Djokovic has seen a resurgence this summer winning Wimbledon and then this week coming through four straight 3-set matches including today’s 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 victory …

Federer Weathers Warwinka; Djokovic Stays Alive In Cincinnati Title Hunt

Posted by Staff on August 18th, 2018 @ 1:56 am

Several of the top men were forced to double-up on Friday after the heavy rains a day earlier. Seven-time champion Roger Federer won both his matches, cruising past Leonardo Mayer 6-1, 7-6(6) in just over an hour, then returning in the evening to take on Stan Wawrinka.

Wawrinka, who earlier finished off Marton Fucsovics, held off break points late in the first then snared the tiebreaker for a one set let. …

Ironwoman Halep, Kvitova Into WTA Cincinnati Semis

Posted by Staff on August 17th, 2018 @ 11:30 pm

Top-seeded Simona Halep, the ironwoman of the WTA tour over the last couple weeks, won two matches on Friday to move into the semifinals at the Western & Southern Open.

The Romanian beat No. 15 Ashleigh Barty 7-5, 6-4 earlier in the day, then in the evening beat the Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko 6-4, 6-1.

“It was a tough day,” said Halep, who trailed Tsurenka 1-4, 0-40 before winning the next five games. …

3 Top-10 Seeds Lose, Rains Force Halep to Double-Up Friday at WTA Cincinnati

Posted by Staff on August 17th, 2018 @ 8:14 am

More rain and more upsets were the order of the day on Thursday at the Western & Southern Open, where the Top 10 seeds posted a 1-3 win-loss record in second- and third-round action.

The carnage included No. 3 Sloane Stephens losing to No. 15 Elise Mertens 7-6(8), 6-2; No. 4 Angie Kerber ousted by No. 13 Madison Keys 2-6, 7-6(3), 6-4; and No. 6 Caroline Garcia falling to Aryna Sabalenka …

Rain Wreaks Havoc In Cincinnati; Federer Scheduled Twice Fri, Djokovic-Dimitrov To Finish

Posted by Staff on August 16th, 2018 @ 11:42 pm

As it has most of this hard court summer, rain is again causing problems for the pro tour. Today in Cincinnati, just 11 of 20 matches scheduled were completed, and only three of those were on the men’s side.

Juan Martin del Potro was still a round behind but he quickly took care of Hyeon Chung 6-2, 6-3. He was scheduled to play later against Nick Kyrgios but that was cancelled.

“I …

Is Tennis’s New Serve Clock Doing Anything?

Posted by Sean Randall on August 16th, 2018 @ 3:16 pm

I first said tennis needed a “Serve Clock” back in 2008, and though within four years we would see one. Well, it took 10 but it’s finally here, and probably here to stay because… IT’S NOT DOING ANYTHING!

From what I’ve seen these past couple of weeks is that there really hasn’t been much change to pace of play that I’ve noticed. It’s interesting to see the clock wind down, …

There Were 3 Billion Reasons To Change The Davis Cup

Posted by Sean Randall on August 16th, 2018 @ 2:47 pm

Led by European soccer player Gerard Pique, a company named Kosmos offered $3 billion over 25 years to the Davis Cup and its competing nations to overhaul the current format, and today in Orlando they took the money and ran!

So what’s in store?

Starting next year, the Davis Cup will effectively now be played over a single week at the end of the year, following the ATP Finals.

This new tournament will …

Djokovic Overcomes Slow Start In Rainy Cincy, Zverev Stays Winless; Federer Returns Thurs

Posted by Staff on August 16th, 2018 @ 1:09 am

Novak Djokovic has never won the Cincinnati Masters, and after dropping the opening set to Frenchman Adrian Mannarino it looked like it was going to stay that way. But the Serb picked him game up and cruised from there to a 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 victory.

“I think it adds more to the motivation rather than pressure,” Djokovic said of being the first to win all nine Masters. “I really want …

Kvitova Grounds Serena; Four Top 10ers Up Wednesday at WTA Cincinnati

Posted by Staff on August 15th, 2018 @ 9:17 am

The Top 10 seeds held their ground on Tuesday at the Western & Southern Open, including No. 8 seed Petra Kvitova who held off unseeded Serena Williams 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 in second-round play.

“It was a pleasure to share the court with Serena, she’s such a champion,” Kvitova said after the high-level encounter. “We are both coming back — from injury, from motherhood — so it’s something really special to play …

Federer Wins In Summer Debut; Djokovic, Delpo, Wawrinka v Nishikori Wed.

Posted by Staff on August 15th, 2018 @ 12:19 am

Roger Federer cruised in his first hard court match of the summer. The 7-time champion needed just 74 minutes to beat Peter Gojowzcyk 6-4, 6-4.

“I felt good in that first match, to be honest, walking out, hardly any nerves,” Federer said. “I think I knew what I wanted to do, what I had to do. Game plan is very simple. It’s straightforward, it’s fast-court tennis.

“I’m only feeling better every day …

Serena Rolls in Cincinnati Debut, Lines Up Tuesday Meeting Against Kvitova

Posted by Staff on August 14th, 2018 @ 9:01 am

Serena Williams debuted like a bomb shell on Monday at the Western & Southern Open, while two seeds were upset and a third barely escaped in Cincinnati.

Williams never let up in destroying Australian Daria Gavrilova 6-1, 6-2 to set up a meeting with No. 8 seed Petra Kvitova.

“It’s never easy, no matter what the scoreline says,” said Williams afterwards. “I definitely felt relaxed after the first break, but it’s just …

Djokovic, Wawrinka Monday Winners In Cincinnati, Murray Out; Federer Set For Summer Debut

Posted by Staff on August 13th, 2018 @ 11:41 pm

Several of the top names in tennis were action on Monday at the Cincinnati Masters. And the results were mixed.

Two-time tournament champion Andy Murray made his 2018 Masters debut but struggled in a 6-1, 1-6, 6-4 loss to Lucas Pouille. The French who once beat Rafael Nadal at the US Open, fell last week to teen Felix Auger-Alissiame. But this afternoon, opened and finished strong in his first career win …

No Big 4 Reunion In Cincinnati, Rafael Nadal Withdraws

Posted by Sean Randall on August 12th, 2018 @ 10:01 pm

Just hours after winning his 4th Canadian Open title, world No. 1 Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the Cincinnati event which began today.

Nadal did have a bye and was projected to meet either Dusan Lajovic or Milos Raonic in his opener late Tuesday or Wednesday. But he will not be playing.

“I am very sorry to announce that I won’t be playing in Cincinnati this year. No other reason than …

Halep Tops Stephens in Another Blockbuster in WTA Rogers Cup Final

Posted by Staff on August 12th, 2018 @ 9:44 pm

World No. 1 Simona Halep and Sloane Stephens are developing into the rivalry on the WTA tour.

After Halep squeaked-out a come-from-behind victory in the French Open final a couple months ago, the Romanian on Sunday in Montreal again proved her mettle, beating Stephens 7-6(6), 3-6, 6-4 to win the Rogers Cup title.

“This week, it’s been an amazing effort,” said Halep after claiming her third title of the year. “It’s brutal, …

Nadal Hangs On, Beats Tsitsipas To Win 4th Canadian Open, 33rd Masters

Posted by Sean Randall on August 12th, 2018 @ 9:43 pm

Rafael Nadal dominated birthday boy Stefanos Tsitsipas early, then had to hang on late for a 6-2, 7-6(4) victory to win his fourth Canadian Open title in Toronto this afternoon.

After the two traded love holds to start the match, Nadal broke Tsitipas then rolled to a quick 6-2 first set. The Greek, who was celebrating his 20th birthday Sunday, just couldn’t find the mark really on anything.

Meanwhile, Rafa was …