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Andy Murray v Milos Raonic In The Queen’s Lendl-McEnroe Bowl, Who’s The Pick?

Posted by Sean Randall on June 18th, 2016 @ 4:29 pm

While Halle was hit with upsets, the “dream” final in Queen’s was set today as Andy Murray and Milos Raonic will battle for the title on Sunday.

The greater subplot is Ivan Lendl and John McEnroe will resume their rivalry but from the coaching boxes. What are the odds? The first week the two get back into coaching and already they meet?

But let’s slow down. After just a week …

8-Time Halle Champion Roger Federer Falls To The Future In Alexander Zverev

Posted by Sean Randall on June 18th, 2016 @ 3:59 pm

Last week in Germany it was Dominic Thiem. This weekend the honor of eliminating the great Roger Federer fell to another youngster, teen Alexander Zverev. The 19-year-old German pocketed his first career Top 10 victory beating the world No. 3 Federer impressively 7-6(4), 5-7, 6-3.

Zverev came oh so close earlier this year in a tough loss to Rafael Nadal at Indian Wells. But today, the teen didn’t blink serving …

Madison Keys Reaches Birmingham SFs, Closes In On Top 10; Angelique Kerber Falls

Posted by Staff on June 17th, 2016 @ 7:50 pm

Madison Keys moved within one match win of breaking the Top 10 Friday after a 6-7(1), 6-4, 6-2 win over teen Jelena Ostapenko to reach the Birmingham semifinals.

“It’s tough being on the tour for this long and being at the old age of 21; these 19 year olds are tough!” joked Keys.

Keys will meet Carla Saurez Navarro in the semifinals. Should Keys reach the final, she will be assured of …

Roger Federer Faces Alexander Zverev For Spot In Halle Final; Dominic Thiem Gets Day Off

Posted by Staff on June 17th, 2016 @ 7:25 pm

Roger Federer will get another look at Alexander Zverev, this time in the 19-year-old’s home country in Germany Saturday. In the Halle quarterfinals today, Federer took care of David Goffin 6-1, 7-6(10).

“I thought it was my best match thus far,” said Federer who was down a break in the second as Goffin serves for the set. “It is a good win for me and I’m clearly very happy to …

Andy Murray Needs 3 In Queen’s, Meets Marin Cilic In SFs; Milos Raonic Stays Perfect Under McEnroe

Posted by Staff on June 17th, 2016 @ 7:00 pm

Andy Murray moved a step closer to winning a fifth Queen’s title on Friday dismissing countryman Kyle Edmund 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.

“Kyle was hitting the ball big throughout the match. At the end of that second set, he was going for it,” Murray said of the 21-year-old. “When he’s landing first serves and then getting the first shot of the rally on his forehand, he can dictate a lot of the …

Uncle Toni: The Plan Is For Rafa To Return In Toronto

Posted by Tom Gainey on June 17th, 2016 @ 9:33 am

Good news! According to Uncle Toni, Rafael Nadal is on track for a return next month on July 25th at the Toronto Masters.

“Rafa is doing well,” Uncle Toni said. “The Federation doctor has said that everything is progressing as it should, in the time frame we expected. Now he has to start strengthening his wrist and his arm a little bit, and in two weeks we will start training …

Roger Federer v David Goffin, Dominic Thiem v Philipp Kohlschreiber Friday In Halle

Posted by Staff on June 16th, 2016 @ 10:51 pm

Roger Federer resumes his bid for a ninth Halle title Friday in the Halle quarterfinals against David Goffin.

Federer advanced to his 14th straight tournament quarterfinal beating Malek Jaziri 6-3, 7-5. Federer, though, was down a break in the second set 3-0.

“I thought he was reading my serve throughout the first set. So, I started to serve a little bit different in the second set. I was having more success that …

Andy Murray, Milos Raonic Move Into Queen’s QFs; John Isner Blows 10 MPs In Loss

Posted by Staff on June 16th, 2016 @ 10:39 pm

Tournament top seeds Andy Murray and Milos Raonic both advanced in straights to the quarterfinals on Thursday at Queen’s.

World No. 2 Murray breezed past countryman Aljaz Bedene 6-3, 6-4.

“I had to be a little bit more proactive against someone playing predominantly from the back of the court,” Murray said. “I had never played against him before. I have practiced with him a few times but have never seen him …

Rafael Nadal To Play Olympics Doubles With Marc Lopez And Mixed With Garbine Muguruza?

Posted by Tom Gainey on June 16th, 2016 @ 9:54 am

According to the Royal Spanish Tennis Federation, Rafael Nadal right now is officially slated to play in singles and both doubles events at the Rio Olympics in August.

Nadal will team with French Open winners Marc Lopez in men’s doubles and Garbine Muguruza in the mixed event.

Captain Conchita Martinez did say teams could get changed before the events begin. But as of now on the submitted list of participants for …

Ivan Lendl Says He Wants To Ruin Novak Djokovic’s Chances At A Calendar Year Grand Slam

Posted by Tom Gainey on June 16th, 2016 @ 9:34 am

Now back in tennis as Andy Murray’s coach, Ivan Lendl says he’s out to ruin Novak Djokovic bid to complete at Calendar Grand Slam.

Speaking to the Guardian, Lendl explained:
“In tennis there is the career grand slam, there is four in a row, there is the calendar year grand slam and the golden slam. He [Djokovic] has a chance to do that this year,” he said.

“Obviously Andy and I would …

Milos Raonic Finishes Off Nick Kyrgios In Queen’s; John Isner Serves Notice Smacking 25 Aces In Win

Posted by Staff on June 15th, 2016 @ 7:04 pm

In a suspended match, Milos Raonic broke late thanks to two double faults and finally finished off Nick Kyrgios in three sets Wednesday in Queen’s 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-4. The match was resumed today at the start of the third set.

The win also marked the first for the new coaching tandem of John McEnroe and Raonic.

In another match scheduled for Tuesday, John Isner used his booming serve to crush 25 aces …

Roger Federer Wins, Kei Nishikori Withdraws With A Bad Rib In Halle

Posted by Staff on June 15th, 2016 @ 6:52 pm

Roger Federer opened his bid for a ninth Halle title with a 6-4, 7-6(3) win over German Jan-Lennard Struff.

“I served well and have no issues with my serves,” said Federer. “The returns are decided by the opponent. But Jan-Lennard stood up well and it was a good match.”

Despite the win, Federer says he’s still trying to work his way back into a groove.

“The bar is naturally lower overall just because …

Maria Sharapova Files Appeal With CAS, Seeks Full Elimination Of 2-Year Doping Ban

Posted by Staff on June 14th, 2016 @ 7:36 pm

Maria Sharapova officially filed her appeal with CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport) in Switzerland hoping to have her 2-year ban from tennis thrown out.

Sharapova and is hoping to learn of a decision by July 18.

In the release:
In her appeal to the CAS, Ms Sharapova seeks the annulment of the Tribunal’s decision to sanction her with a two-year period of ineligibility further to an anti-doping rule violation. Ms …

Roger Federer Returns Wednesday In Halle; Tomas Berdych Bounced

Posted by Staff on June 14th, 2016 @ 7:25 pm

Nine-time champion Roger Federer returns Wednesday in Halle to face German Jan-Lennard Struff in a first meeting. Federer is coming off a semifinal run last week in Stuttgart where he lost to Dominic Thiem.

“I’m just hoping I can keep up a good level from Stuttgart. It got better as the tournament progressed. It was unfortunate that I couldn’t win against Thiem but after all I felt improvement throughout,” Federer said.

Playing …

Andy Murray Advances In Rainy London; Kyrgios-Raonic, Isner-Del Potro To Finish Wednesday

Posted by Staff on June 14th, 2016 @ 7:10 pm

Andy Murray opened his grass season with a tough 7-6(8), 7-6(1) win over Den Bosch champion Nicolas Mahut in the first round at the Queen’s Club in rainy London today.

Murray, who is making his return with Ivan Lendl this week, was down a break in both sets – Mahut served for the second – but overcame both deficits to win in straight sets.

“It was a good win. Nicolas is a …