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Novak Djokovic Opens Play Wednesday In Toronto; Wawrinka, Berdych, Monfils Tuesday Winners

Posted by Staff on July 26th, 2016 @ 10:54 pm

Top seed and 3-time champion Novak Djokovic will open his summer hardcourt season Wednesday afternoon in Toronto. The Serb who will seek a fourth Canadian Open title takes on lefty Gilles Muller in the second round.

It’s Djokovic’s first singles match since a shock upset loss to Sam Querrey in the third round at Wimbledon earlier this month.

Djokovic did play earlier today in a loss with countryman Nenad Zimonjic to …

Roger Federer’s 2016 Season Is Over, His Knee Still Needs More Rehab

Posted by Staff on July 26th, 2016 @ 1:47 pm

Roger Federer’s surgically repaired left knee still isn’t right and because of it he has withdrawn from the rest of 2016, the Swiss announced moments ago on Facebook.

Dear Fans,
I’m extremely disappointed to announce that I will not be able to represent Switzerland at the Olympic Games in Rio and that I will also miss the remainder of the season. Considering all options after consulting with my doctors and my team, …

Nick Kyrgios: Canadians Support Their Athletes Better Than Australians Do

Posted by Tom Gainey on July 26th, 2016 @ 10:25 am

Following a peculiar loss to 17-year-old Denis Shapovalov last night, Nick Kyrgios said that Australian fans don’t support their players in the way that Canadians do.

“I think the Canadians probably support their athletes a little better than the Australians do,” Kyrgios said.

When asked to clarify the statement, he said, “I think it speaks for itself.”

Of course, Kyrgios’ antics might not help his cause, especially after the performance he …

Novak Djokovic Says He Has No Expectations As He Tries To Win 30th Masters Event In Toronto

Posted by Tom Gainey on July 26th, 2016 @ 10:09 am

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is playing down his chances of winning a fourth Canadian Open title and 30th at the Masters level this week in Toronto. The Serb is the big favorite after the withdrawals of Andy Murray, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

“I don’t expect anything. I just try to get myself ready for performing as best as I can,” Djokovic said about the week. “I had a bit …

Petra Kvitova, Sam Stosur Advance In Montreal; Eugenie Bouchard v Lucie Safarova Tuesday

Posted by Staff on July 26th, 2016 @ 12:14 am

Rain hit opening day at the Canadian Open women’s event in Montreal, but several matches were still completed. Among the early winners was former champion Petra Kvitova who crushed Magda Linette 6-1, 6-2.

Earlier, Sam Stosur took care of Heather Watson 7-5, 6-3 and Elina Svitolina beat Jennifer Brady 6-2, 6-4.

Italian Camila Giorgi knocked out Sloane Stephens 7-6(2), 7-6(4) and Daria Gavrilova set a Tuesday date with Simona Halep by defeating …

Nick Kyrgios Double Faults Out Of Canadian Open To Teen Denis Shapovalov; Stan Wawrinka Tuesday

Posted by Staff on July 26th, 2016 @ 12:12 am

Tennis bad boy Nick Kyrgios was stunned today at the Canadian Open by 17-year-old Denis Shapovalov 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-3.

The Canadian Shapovalov, who had won the Wimbledon junior title, opened the match ominously falling behind 0-40 in his first service game. But using a nice serve and a strong forehand, the lefty overcame the deficit to hold and settled in for the night of his life and earned his first career …

Johanna Konta Stuns Venus Williams To Capture First Career WTA Title In Stanford

Posted by Staff on July 24th, 2016 @ 11:49 pm

Andy Murray has company. His compatriot Johanna Konta is on the rise! The No. 3-seeded Konta continued her overwhelming serving during the week in defeating the former No. 1 and two-time Bank of the West Classic champion Venus Williams 7-5, 5-7, 6-2 to win her first WTA title.

Konta was making her debut in the event, while Venus made her first appearance 20 years ago, winning a match in her debut …

Gael Monfils Saves MP To Beat Ivo Karlovic For Washington Title; Yanina Wickmayer Wins Two

Posted by Staff on July 24th, 2016 @ 11:16 pm

Frenchman Gael “Force” Monfils kicked off his summer hardcourt season with his first title in Washington. And he did it the hard way.

The No. 2-seeded Monfils came from a set down in the final to defeat No. 13-seeded “Dr.” Ivo Karlovic 5-7, 7-6(6), 6-4 saving a match point.

“It’s a real pleasure for me,” said Monfils, who won his first title in two years. “When I first came, I saw big …

Unstoppable Laura Siegemund Wins 1st Career WTA Title, Prepares for Rio Olympics

Posted by Staff on July 24th, 2016 @ 1:45 pm

German Laura Siegemund’s amazing rise at the age of 28 continued on the WTA tour Sunday as the No. 6 seed won her first career title at the Ericsson Open in Bastad, Sweden, beating Czech Katerina Siniakova 7-5, 6-1.

“I was in good shape, and was playing well last week as well,” Siegemund said. “I knew I could do well here, but winning the whole thing is something you might not …

Paolo Lorenzi Sets Record As Oldest 1st Time ATP Winner With Kitzbuhel Trophy Over Nikoloz Basilashvili

Posted by Staff on July 24th, 2016 @ 1:21 pm

Italian Paolo Lorenzi became the oldest player ever to win a first-time title on the ATP tour on Saturday when the No. 4 seed beat Nikoloz Basilashvili, 6-3, 6-4 in the final of the Generali Open in Kitzbuhel.

“I don’t look at the age, so I don’t mind if it’s happening at 34,” Lorenzi said.

Lorenzi is 1-1 in career finals after losing last year at Sao Paulo.

At 34 years, 7 …

Feliciano Lopez Wins Title, But Robin Haase The GOAT At ATP Gstaad

Posted by Jeremy Davis on July 24th, 2016 @ 12:52 pm

Ten years after first finishing runner-up, Feliciano “F-Lo” lopez won the ATP Gstaad title on Sunday, defeating unseeded Robin Haase 6-4, 7-5 in the championship match of the J. Safara Sarasin Swiss Open.

“I’ve been waiting 10 years to win this title,” said Lopez, who a decade ago lost to Richard Gasquet in the final. “It’s been a long wait since 2006, but it’s been worth it. This is a very …

Serena the Favorite, Bouchard Under Fire Entering WTA Canadian Open

Posted by Jeremy Davis on July 23rd, 2016 @ 5:33 pm

Nine of the Top 10 are in Montreal next week for the Canadian Open, where world No. 1 Serena Williams will make her first appearance since Wimbledon.

Local “favorite,” Canadian Genie Bouchard, enters the event amidst a tough 2016 campaign, and has been getting ripped by the local media entering the event. The outlet Le Devoir led with the headline, “Eugenie Bouchard: it’s so difficult to like her,” and noted that …

Toronto Preview: Lone Big 4 Entrant Novak Djokovic Returns As Heavy Favorite

Posted by Sean Randall on July 23rd, 2016 @ 2:00 pm

Thanks to the Olympics, the summer schedule this year is as claustrophobic as you will ever see. And it especially hurts the first Masters event of this hardcourt swing, the Canadian Open Masters in Toronto. With the start of Rio exactly two weeks away, Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal said no thanks to Canada. So too did former champion JW Tsonga.

Novak Djokovic, however, is in. And …

Novak Djokovic Confirms Participation In Canadian Open, Rio Olympics And Cincinnati

Posted by Tom Gainey on July 22nd, 2016 @ 3:05 pm

On his website, Novak Djokovic confirmed his summer schedule earlier this week.

The Serb will seek a fourth title at the Toronto Masters starting on Monday (the draw will be released later tonight).

He will then travel to Brazil for the Olympic games which begin on Saturday, August 6 before returning to the U.S. to bid for a first title in Cincinnati on August 15.

Djokovic was stunned on July 2 …

Baby Roger Federer!

Posted by Tom Gainey on July 22nd, 2016 @ 2:44 pm

As part of a new Nike campaign, the sneaker maker is releasing pictures of their most famous stars when they were just a baby.

And here’s Roger Federer.

“My story began by climbing Switzerland’s junior tennis rankings. Now, I play on the biggest stages around the world. @nike #JustDoIt”

Federer celebrates his 35th birthday on August 8.