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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 »

September 26th, 2014

Murray, Nishikori Continue On Road To London; Kvitova v Bouchard In Wuhan Final

Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori improved their positions reaching the semifinals at their respective events in Shenzhen and Kuala Lumpur.

Murray, who’s currently down at 11th, beat Lukas Lacko 6-3, 7-5 to reach the Shenzhen semifinals where he’ll meet Juan Monaco, an upset winner over Richard Gasquet. The second semifinal pits Tommy Robredo against Santiago Giraldo.

Murray, who has never played Monaco, is seeking his first final since his 2013 Wimbledon triumph.

“I was a little bit frustrated at the start of the …

Posted by Staff @ 12:24 pm in Fall Season | 17 Comments »

September 25th, 2014

Rafael Nadal Arrives In Kazakhstan For His Exo Match Today Against Tsonga [Video]

Rafael Nadal arrived in Kazakhstan yesterday for a scheduled Thursday exhibition match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Astana. The Spanish star hasn’t played since Wimbledon after missing the US summer swing due to a right wrist injury.

Nadal is expected to fly to Beijing for the China Open after the match. He’s also scheduled to play in Shanghai in two weeks.

Post match:

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:11 am in Exhibitions, Videos | 8 Comments »

September 25th, 2014

Maria Sharapova Flew Coach Class Leaving Wuhan?

After a tough loss Wednesday to Timea Bacsinszky, tennis superstar Maria Sharapova was in better spirits today. On a flight out of Wuhan (to Beijing?), Sharapova took this photo of someone in a row ahead of her reading about the 5-time Grand Slam champion.

Hey buddy, I'm right behind you… :) pic.twitter.com/deVaMfetzr

— Maria Sharapova (@MariaSharapova) September 25, 2014

Did she really take the picture? Did her “buddy” ever turn around and notice the woman on …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:10 am in beijing, Social Media | 9 Comments »

September 24th, 2014

2014 Fall Preview: With No. 1 At Stake, Where Will Federer, Nadal, Djokovic Be These Last Few Months

As we enter the final few months of the 2014 tennis season, here’s where the top guys are scheduled to be playing:

Djokovic (4): Sept 29 – Beijing, Oct 5 – Shanghai, Oct 27 – Paris, Nov 9 – London
Federer (5): Oct 5 – Shanghai, Oct 20 – Basel, Oct 27 – Paris, Nov 9 – London, Nov 21 – Davis Cup
Nadal (5): Sept 29 – Beijing, Oct 5 – Shanghai, Oct 20 – Basel, Oct 27 – Paris, Nov …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 1:26 pm in 2014 Season, ATP Finals, Davis Cup | 43 Comments »

September 23rd, 2014

Roger Federer’s #PhotoshopRF For India!

In celebration of his first trip to India, Roger Federer announced a #PhotoshopRF meme on twitter earlier today. Federer asked his fans to photoshop himself into Indian themed pictures.

Maybe you guys could help #PhotoshopRF? Show me where I should visit and I'll retweet the best pics!

— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) September 23, 2014

The results were hilarious!

@rogerfederer Don't forget to take a Rickshaw! #PhotoshopRF pic.twitter.com/JvnGkZdnox

— Sarah Downs (@sarah19_89) …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:58 am in Exhibitions, Social Media | 11 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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