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April 23rd, 2015

French Open Champions Nadal, Sharapova Ousted Thursday; Kvitova Continues To Struggle

Both reigning French Open champions Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova lost today in their respective tournaments. Nadal suffered his second straight loss to Italian Fabio Fognini losing to the Italian 6-4, 7-6(6).

“I think today I played really solid tennis,” said Fognini. “I was hitting the ball really well in both sets. The key of course was winning the second set. It would have been difficult playing him at one-set-all, especially the way I would have lost the second set, having …

Posted by Staff @ 9:18 pm in Barcelona, Stuttgart | 17 Comments »

April 23rd, 2015

Rafael Nadal Loses To Fabio Fognini Again? Yup, It’s Time To Panic!

I said at the start of the clay season that despite his poor start to 2015, it wasn’t time to worry yet about Rafa, the clay was here. He’d do well in Monte Carlo and probably come away with a 9th Barcelona title. Well, after a lackluster loss to Novak Djokovic in the Monte Carlo semis followed by today’s stunning straight set less to Fabio Fognini in the THIRD ROUND of Barcelona… I must say, IT’S TIME TO …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 3:09 pm in Barcelona | 190 Comments »

April 23rd, 2015

Nadal Avenges Almagro Loss, Now Faces Fognini In Barcelona; Lisicki Eats Two Bagels In Stuttgart

A day after stunning 2010 champion Fernando Verdasco, youngster Andrey Rublev was at it again on the red clay courts of Barcelona, leading another former Top 15 player, Fabio Fognini. But a set a 2-0 lead in the second wasn’t enough as the Italian came back to end the 17-year-old’s run 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.

The flashy Fognini now has a rematch with Rafael Nadal, who he beat in the semifinals at Rio in February. Nadal avenged a 2014 Barcelona loss to …

Posted by Staff @ 12:23 am in Barcelona, Stuttgart | 96 Comments »

April 21st, 2015

Verdasco Stunned By 17-Year-Old Rublev In Barcelona; Nadal Seeks Revenge On Almagro

Just a month after beating Rafael Nadal in Miami, Fernando Verdasco was stunned today in Barcelona by 17-year-old qualifier Andrey Rublev 7-6(4), 6-3 in the opening round. It was the young Russian’s biggest career win, and fifth of his career on the ATP tour.

The No. 329-ranked Rublev moves on to face Fabio Fognini tomorrow. Rublev won the 2014 French Open juniors.

Verdasco won the Barcelona title in 2010.

Ruso, 17 años y con cara de niño.Ha dado la campanada

Posted by Staff @ 5:38 pm in Barcelona | 63 Comments »

April 20th, 2015

Novak Djokovic Has More Ranking Points Than Roger Federer And Rafael Nadal Combined!

Novak Djokovic’s sweep of the first three Masters events plus the Australian Open has increased his ATP Ranking lead over Roger Federer this week by 5,640 points. For some perspective, Rafael Nadal doesn’t even have 5,640 points! So adding Nadal’s points to Federer’s wouldn’t even match Novak’s total.

Remember just last fall Federer and Djokovic were dueling for the No. 1 ranking. Now the Serb has built a massive lead which should keep his top ranking safe for quite …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:58 am in Rankings | 181 Comments »

April 19th, 2015

Fed Cup Anarchy: Swiss Don’t Miss; U.S., Canada Fail

What DIDN’T happen during this Fed Cup weekend?

The U.S. discovered that a world No. 1 alone doesn’t make a team, Canada’s Genie Bouchard continued sliding down the charts, the Czechs and Russians rose to the Fed Cup final (come back Maria Sharapova!), and Martina Hingis is a decoy for the new Swiss Miss.

Here are the crazy results from this weekend:

WORLD GROUP SEMIFINALS

Czech Republic d. France 3-1

The Czechs sweep to a 3-0 win behind an opening singles win from …

Posted by Staff @ 10:59 pm in Fed Cup, Tennis | 2 Comments »

April 19th, 2015

ATP/WTA Previews: Nadal in Barcelona, Loaded WTA Stuttgart

PORSCHE TENNIS GRAND PRIX
Stuttgart, Germany; Surface: clay

Seeds: Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova, Caroline Wozniacki, Ana Ivanovic, Ekaterina Makarova, Agnieszka Radwanska, Carla Suarez Navarro

Floaters: Angie Kerber, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Andrea Petkovic, Lucie Safarova, Sara Errani, Garbine Muguruza

Notes: All eight seeds are Top 10 ranked…The top four seeds all receive byes but tough possible early openers include (1) Sharapova vs. Angie Kerber, (3) Kvitova vs. Kuznetsova, (8) Suarez Navarro vs. Petkovic, (4) Wozniacki vs. Safarova, (7) Radwanska vs. Errani, and (2) Halep …

Posted by Staff @ 6:35 pm in Barcelona, Stuttgart, Tennis | 11 Comments »

April 19th, 2015

Dominant Djokovic Bashes Berdych for Monte Carlo Crown

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic showed he is the player to beat during the 2015 claycourt season, on Sunday turning back a red hot Tomas Berdych 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 to win a career second Monte Carlo title.

The Serb extended his winning streak in early 2015 to 17 straight matches, and is the first player in ATP history to win the first three Masters events in a season following Indian Wells and Miami.

“The fact that now I won (the first) three …

Posted by Staff @ 4:48 pm in Monte Carlo | 113 Comments »

April 19th, 2015

Rafael Nadal: I’m Not Far From My Best Level, It Was A Positive Week

Despite suffering a one-sided loss yesterday to main rival Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal was upbeat in his post-match presser, saying that he feels after an injury-marred 2014 he’s close to returning back to his old self.

Nadal picked up his first Top 10 win since the French Open Friday beating David Ferrer, and showed some glimpses of his old self yesterday against Djokovic.

Nadal will now head to Barcelona where he is a 9-time champion, but lost last year in the …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:11 am in Monte Carlo | 27 Comments »

April 19th, 2015

Karma: Eugenie Bouchard Refuses To Shake Dulgheru’s Hand, Then Loses To Her In Singles! [Video]

That’s karma. Eugenie Bouchard’s forgettable 2015 continued this weekend in Fed Cup on Montreal. The Canadian, who opted back in late to the team, created a stir by not shaking the hand of her opening round opponent from Romania, Alexandra Dulgerhu, during the draw ceremony.

“It’s nothing personal towards her. I just don’t believe in wishing my opponent good luck before the match. After we play I will shake her hand, no matter what happens,” Bouchard explained to a Romanian …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:56 am in Fed Cup, Videos | 63 Comments »


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2 Roger Federer2 Simona Halep
3 Andy Murray3 Maria Sharapova
4 Rafael Nadal4 Petra Kvitova
5 Kei Nishikori5 Caroline Wozniacki
6 Milos Raonic6 Eugenie Bouchard
7 Tomas Berdych7 Ana Ivanovic
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