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Thiem Out For Another Title In Munich; Almagro, Dimitrov Sunday Favorites Against First-Time Title Hopefuls

Posted by Staff on April 30th, 2016 @ 9:47 pm

Dominic Theim knocked down wunderkind Alexander Zverev 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 to advance to the Munich final where he’ll face another German in Philipp Kohlschreiber.

“It’s unbelievable how he plays at 19 years old,” Thiem said. “I lost the first set and then I changed a little bit… more slice, more drop shots, and I think this was one of the key points to win it.”

Thiem will seek his third title of …

Is Rafael Nadal For Real? Novak Djokovic Leads Big 4 At Madrid Masters

Posted by Sean Randall on April 30th, 2016 @ 11:53 am

Looking at the past champions in Madrid, the tournament has been dominated by the Big 4 since its switch to clay in 2009. The quartet of Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Roger Federer and home hero Rafael Nadal have accounted for the last seven titles there (10 of the last 11 if you include the indoor event), and there’s little reason to think that trend won’t continue next week in Spain.

The …

Zverev Knocks Goffin Out Of Munich, Will Face Thiem In SF; Kyrgios Too Strong For Coric In Estoril

Posted by Staff on April 29th, 2016 @ 7:20 pm

The young guns continue to make their presence felt on the ATP Tour. Today in Estoril, 21-year-old Nick Kyrgios knocked out 19-year-old Borna Coric 6-4, 6-4 in a highly-anticipated Next Generation matchup.

Kyrgios now collides with Nicolas Almagro. Another under-24 Pablo Carreno Busta stunned top seed Gilles Simon to reach the semifinals. He’ll meet Benoit Paire.

“I’m not going to think about it too much,” Kyrgios said of playing Almagro. “I know …

Roger Federer Will Play Madrid

Posted by Tom Gainey on April 29th, 2016 @ 9:25 am

The Madrid Open confirmed Roger Federer will play in the event which begins on Sunday.

“Federer is one of the best players in history and Madrid is a special place for him,” tournament director Manolo Santana said. “We are delighted to have him back in the Caja Mágica. In addition, he is one of the fans’ favourites because of everything he has achieved in his career. We will be welcoming …

Serena Williams Withdraws From Madrid, Her Third Pull-Out In 2016

Posted by Tom Gainey on April 29th, 2016 @ 9:13 am

Flu has forced Serena Williams out of the Madrid Open on Friday. Serena made the semifinals last year when she lost to Petra Kvitova, and twice won the event.

“Unfortunately, I have to withdraw from Madrid because I’ve been battling the flu and I’m not at 100%. I look forward to returning soon,” Serena said.

The 34-year-old hasn’t won a title since Cincinnati last summer and she’s just 2-2 …

Nick Kyrgios v Borna Coric In Estoril; Juan Martin Del Potro Advances In Munich

Posted by Staff on April 28th, 2016 @ 4:54 pm

In a Next Gen battle, Nick Kyrgios and Borna Coric will meet Friday in the Estoril quarterfinals. Today, Kyrgios, who turned 21 on Wednesday, won both meeting against the 19-year-old Coric in juniors.

“The only thing I remember was the surface they were on,” said Kyrgios. “I played him once on grass and I think the other time was on hard court. He’s improved a lot, we’ve both improved, and we’ve …

Juan Martin Del Potro Wins First Clay Match In Three Years In Munich, Gael Monfils Withdraws

Posted by Staff on April 27th, 2016 @ 2:06 pm

Juan Martin del Potro began his 2016 clay season on a positive note beating Dustin Brown 7-6(2), 6-2 on a chilly day at the Munich Open. The victory was the Argentine’s first on clay in almost three years since beating Andrey Kuznetsov in 2013 Rome.

“I’m very happy to win my first match in three years on clay,” del Potro said. “I was quite nervous at the end of the match …

Rafael Nadal Files Defamation Lawsuit Against Roselyne Bachelot

Posted by Tom Gainey on April 26th, 2016 @ 10:05 am

Rafael Nadal said a month ago that he would sue Roselyne Bachelot after the French sports minister alleged the Spaniard was serving a doping suspension in 2012. Yesterday, Nadal backed up threat by filing suit against Bachelot in Paris.

In a statement Monday, Nadal said:

“I hereby make public the defamation law suit against Mrs. Roselyne Bachelot, that I have filed today April 25th 2016 before the Paris law courts.

“This legal …

Roger Federer: Nadal Is The Player Beat At The French Open, Novak Has Never Won There

Posted by Tom Gainey on April 25th, 2016 @ 10:09 am

Roger Federer was in Barcelona last week for Wilson sponsor purposes and the Swiss met the press. And the topic in Spain was the resurgence of Rafael Nadal, something Federer had no doubts about.

“Zero. Absolutely not,” Federer said to Italian press via google translation. “Maybe you journalists were upset, but we players of course were not. A guy who won nine times in Paris, nine times in Monte Carlo, …

Rafael Nadal Now Ranks No. 2 In The 2016 ATP Points Race

Posted by Tom Gainey on April 25th, 2016 @ 9:40 am

Thanks to a perfect April during which he won back-to-back titles at Monte Carlo and Barcelona, Rafael Nadal has seen his 2016 ATP points race ranking rise from No. 14 to No. 2 this week!

Now “just” 2,050 points behind leader Novak Djokovic, Nadal could match the Serb before the French Open and pass him in Paris. That’s if Djokovic were to lose early at all three events while Nadal continues …

Watch Rafael Nadal Jump In The Pool After Winning Barcelona… He Didn’t Take His Socks Off! [Video]

Posted by Tom Gainey on April 25th, 2016 @ 9:29 am

After winning Barcelona Sunday, Rafael Nadal did his tradition pool jump with the ballkids. And he didn’t even take his socks off!

Nadal has plenty of reasons to celebrate. The former No. 1 has resurrected his game and maybe his career this month winning 10 straight matches including Monte Carlo and Barcelona. He now has nine titles at EACH event.

Nadal also ties Guillermo Vilas for …

WTA First as Unheralded Buyukakcay Wins Istanbul Title

Posted by Staff on April 25th, 2016 @ 9:20 am

Cagla Buyukakcay became the first-ever player from Turkey to win a WTA title when she defeated No. 5 seed Danka Kovinic, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 for the TEP BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup title.

“It’s an incredible week for me to win the title at home, to break into the Top 100 with this tournament, to play against someone with my crowd,” said the unseeded Buyukakcay. “I was playing better and better …

It Was Snowing At The Munich Tennis Tournament!

Posted by Tom Gainey on April 25th, 2016 @ 9:14 am

Play was temporarily suspended Sunday at the red clay event in Munich because of…SNOW!

Do we have a "snow rule" @ATPWorldTour @BMWOpenbyFWUAG ☃☃😁

— John Peers (@johnwpeers) April 24, 2016

“I have never seen anything like this before,” said Australian doubles specialist John Peers. “It’s the first time at an outdoor tour-level event that I have seen snow and matches had …

Kerber Opens Can of Whip-Ass in All-German WTA Stuttgart Final

Posted by Staff on April 24th, 2016 @ 5:25 pm

It has been a long time since an all-German Stuttgart final — never, actually — so Aussie Open champ Angie Kerber and qualifier Laura Siegemund enjoyed putting on an all-German show on Sunday for the home crowd.

Unfortunately Kerber enjoyed it much more, stomping the exhausted 28-year-old journeywoman 6-4, 6-0 for her second title of the year at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix.

“I was trying to stay focused after she really …

Resurgent Rafael Nadal Wins Barcelona, Ties Guillermo Vilas’ All-Time Clay Mark

Posted by Staff on April 24th, 2016 @ 4:44 pm

Rafael Nadal, it is safe to say, has put his troubles on clay behind him.

The Spaniard won his second title of the year, and second in a row after the Masters Monte Carlo, defeating two-time defending champion Kei Nishikori 6-4, 7-5 in the final of the Barcelona Open BancSabadell in Spain where he didn’t lose a set all week.

Nadal took back the crown from Nishikori for his ninth career Barcelona …