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February 28th, 2015

Roger Federer Joined The 9,000 Ace Club With This Serve [Video]

Roger Federer’s list of career milestones continues to grow. Today during an exhilarating 63, 75 win over rival Novak Djokovic in the Dubai final, Federer hit his 9,000th career ace at the start of the sixth game of the second set.

Here’s it is:

“I think I remember which one it was even because I was even counting a little bit!” admitted Federer after the match. “I think it was one of the swinger wides maybe. I’m …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 12:50 pm in Charts, Dubai | 29 Comments »

February 28th, 2015

Victoria Azarenka Meets Football Great David Beckham [Video]

Maybe the highlight of Victoria Azarenka’s Friday wasn’t earning her first career win over Venus Williams, but it was later meeting footballer David Beckham who was in the stands watching her semifinal victory.

Azarenka said she noticed the English legend during the match.

“When they showed him on the TV, everybody started screaming,” Azarenka said. “Of course I noticed that. I tried to show off a little bit of my football skills to keep the crowd entertaining.”

Picture of the day,

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:13 am in Doha, Videos | 2 Comments »

February 28th, 2015

Rafael Nadal Shows Why He’s So Tough On Clay – Watch This Point [Video]

Late in a blowout 61, 61 win over Federico Delbonis in the Buenos Aires quarterfinal, Rafael Nadal showcased some of his skills that makes him the best clay court player in the world.

What retrieving from Rafa!

“The match was positive for me,” said Nadal. “My attitude was very good today. I moved in a positive way again. I would say I played better than the past few months. Maybe the feeling with the ball wasn’t fantastic, …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:04 am in Best Shots, Videos | 7 Comments »

February 27th, 2015

Roger Federer v Novak Djokovic In The 2015 Dubai Final, Who’s The Pick? Azarenka Beats Venus In Doha

Our first big marquee ATP final of the season is set for Saturday in Dubai where the top two tennis players in the world, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, meet for the first time this season.

The two played times last year (not including their canceled ATP finals match) with Federer winning three including the semifinals a year ago in Dubai.

Federer leads overall 19-17 winning at least a set in their last seven, but in finals Djokovic actually holds the edge …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 5:48 pm in Doha, Dubai | 153 Comments »

February 26th, 2015

Murray Stunned By Coric In Dubai, Djokovic, Federer Dominate; Venus Takes Out Radwanska In Doha

Andy Murray’s struggled continued Thursday in Dubai where the recent Australian Open finalist was crushed by 18-year-old Borna Coric 6-1, 6-3.

“He didn’t make many errors,” said Murray who made 55 unforced errors himself and won just 14% of serve return points. “He played very solid and he moved well. I made way too many mistakes from the beginning of the match right through to the end, early in rallies, rushing points.”

Since losing to Novak Djokovic in the Australian …

Posted by Staff @ 6:16 pm in Doha, Dubai | 147 Comments »

February 26th, 2015

Just 18, Borna Coric Already Has Wins Over Rafael Nadal And Now Andy Murray

Youngster Borna Coric’s star continues to rise. The 18-year-old from Croatia beat Rafael Nadal last fall and today he earned his second “Big Four” scalp stunning Andy Murray in routine fashion 61, 63 in the quarterfinals at Dubai today.

“[It’s] one of the biggest wins, for sure,” said Coric who won the US Open juniors in 2013. “I was just trying to maintain my level, stay in the rallies as long as I can, which I was doing really well. …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:33 am in Dubai | 81 Comments »

February 26th, 2015

Novak Djokovic: Playing Borna Coric Is Like Playing Myself!

Even before his big win today over Andy Murray, Borna Coric was getting massive praise from the best in the game. Yesterday after a win over Andrey Golubev, World No. 1 Novak Djokovic admitted that he sees a lot of himself in the young 18-year-old from Croatia.

“He’s definitely one of the most talented players right now the world,” Djokovic said of Coric. “He beat Nadal in Basel four or five months ago, and since that tournament you can feel he …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:10 am in Dubai | 12 Comments »

February 26th, 2015

After 7 Years, Ryan Harrison Finally Got His First Top 10 Win, Now He’s Ready To Become The Best In The World!

Ryan Harrison is never short on confidence. Last night the brash American collected his first career Top 10 win beating Grigor Dimitrov 75, 46, 60 in the second round at the Acapulco Open.

The 169th-ranked Harrison entered the match 0-22 lifetime against Top 10 players until the win yesterday over the defending champion. And he was quick to remind everyone he still intends on becoming the very best in the world.

“I feel good,” said Harrison who had to qualify for …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:00 am in 2015 Season | 13 Comments »

February 25th, 2015

Federer Rights Ship After Hot Sauce Spill in Dubai

Roger Federer and Richard Gasquet advanced to a quarterfinal meeting on Wednesday at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in Dubai, where top-seeded Novak Djokovic also moved into the quarters.

The No. 2-seeded Federer straight-setted Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco 6-4, 6-3, while the Frenchman Gasquet hopes to continue his roll after saving a match point in upsetting No. 7 seed Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(6).

Federer needed to rebound from a 1-4 deficit in the opening set against the Spaniard Verdasco. …

Posted by Staff @ 4:10 pm in Dubai | 78 Comments »

February 25th, 2015

Novak Djokovic: Because Of Injuries We Don’t Know What Tomorrow Will Bring For Rafael Nadal

After a win yesterday in Dubai over Vasek Pospisil, World No. 1 Novak Djokovic assessed the current state of rival Rafael Nadal, indicating that due to his injuries Rafa remains an unpredictable player.

“I know him for a long time and I know one thing: that he’s a great competitor,” Djokovic said. “He’s been struggling with injuries throughout his career, it’s obvious. He had couple big injuries that kept him away from the tour for six months‑plus. If he’s going to …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:09 am in Clay Season, Dubai | 70 Comments »

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