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Nadal, Federer Open With Wins At Indian Wells; Djokovic Returns

Posted by Staff on March 11th, 2019 @ 10:32 am

Tournament favorites Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal began their march to a semifinal showdown Sunday at Indian Wells.

The 5-time champion Federer looked good early on against Peter Gojowczyk 6-1, 7-5. The German was up on Federer 3-1 in the second and held more break chances later, but Federer hung on to win in straights.

“For the first round I actually felt really good. If I maybe would have served a little …

Serena Retires To Muguruza At Indian Wells; Halep, Svitolina Advance

Posted by Staff on March 11th, 2019 @ 9:55 am

Serena Williams got off to a hot start jumping out to a 3-1 lead on Garbine Muguruza in the third round Sunday at Indian Wells. But the former No. 1 wouldn’t win another game dropping seven straight before retiring down 6-3, 1-0 to the Spaniard because of a viral illness.

“Before the match, I did not feel great, and then it just got worse with every second; extreme dizziness and extreme …

Djokovic Advances At Indian Wells, Kyrgios Crashes Out; Federer, Nadal Sunday

Posted by Staff on March 10th, 2019 @ 11:36 am

Novak Djokovic made a successful return to tennis Saturday at Indian Wells. The Serb hadn’t played on tour since capturing the Australian Open title in January, but got through a tough match against Bjorn Fratangelo 7-6(5), 6-2 to win his 50th career match in the desert.

Fratangelo served for the opening set at 5-4, but Djokovic broke and took the ensuing breaker.

“Credit to him. He played well and had nothing to …

Venus Overcomes Kvitova At Indian Wells; Serena v Muguruza Sunday

Posted by Staff on March 10th, 2019 @ 10:58 am

For the second straight day, a Williams sister stole the show at Indian Wells. Friday it was Serena subduing Victoria Azarenka in an epic, and yesterday Venus authored her own incredible win, taking down Australian Open finalist Petra Kvitova 4-6, 7-5, 6-4.

Kvitova led her fellow-Wimbledon champion 6-4, 3-0 with two breaks before the 38-year-old mounted a stunning comeback.

“A double break is not ideal against a great server, especially a …

Djokovic, Zverev, Tsitsipas v Auger-Aliassime Today At Indian Wells; Wawrinka Prevails

Posted by Staff on March 9th, 2019 @ 10:25 am

Seeds open play in the men’s draw Saturday at Indian Wells led by the return of Novak Djokovic. The Serb will play his first match since taking the Australian Open six weeks ago as he takes on former American junior standout Bjorn Fratangelo.

Fratangelo took the opening set against Djokovic three years ago when they met in the first round at Indian Wells. Last year, Djokovic lost in this round …

Serena Toughs Out Azarenka, Stephens Out; Venus v Kvitova Sat At Indian Wells

Posted by Staff on March 9th, 2019 @ 10:01 am

The big showdown between Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka lived up to the hype Friday night at Indian Wells.

The two good friends and moms slugged it out for over two hours in a competitive, exhilarating affair which ended on the side of Serena who held on for a tough 7-5, 6-3 win.

Serena led early 5-3 but but couldn’t seal it that easily. There were shades of her collapse to Karolina …

Venus Wins, Serena v Azarenka Friday At Indian Wells

Posted by Staff on March 8th, 2019 @ 10:22 am

The first big marquee showdown at Indian Wells takes place tonight as former champions, No. 1s, friends and moms, Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka collide.

Serena leads their head-to-head 17-4 but Azarenka won at Indian Wells in the 2016 final.

“It’s obviously going to be a really difficult match,” Azarenka said. “It’s not a second-round match for sure. But it’s going to be a huge challenge, you know? We haven’t played …

Andy Murray Says He’s Pain Free, Won’t Rule Out Wimbledon [Video]

Posted by Tom Gainey on March 6th, 2019 @ 11:07 am

Following hip surgery in late January, Andy Murray has announced that he’s pain free and he could be back on the courts at Wimbledon, at least maybe in doubles.

“It’s going well so far,” Murray said of the recovery. “I’m in no pain when I’m walking around.”

“Rehab is never loads of fun,” he said. “Because I’m seeing progress now and because I’m not in pain it’s sort of motivating me …

Indian Wells Men’s Preview: Djokovic, Federer Seek A Sixth Title

Posted by Sean Randall on March 5th, 2019 @ 11:13 pm

The first Masters event of the season kicks off Thursday in the lush surroundings of Indian Wells. The event features many of the big names though defending champion Juan Martin Del Potro was sadly a recent scratch due to lingering knee issues.

Novak Djokovic is a 5-time champion and once again he is the heavy favorite, and odds are he’s going to come away with No. 6.

Without Del Potro and …

Defending Champion Osaka, Serena Lead Loaded Indian Wells Field

Posted by Jeremy Davis on March 5th, 2019 @ 11:32 am

The time has come for Naomi Osaka to finally defend a title, and the question, how will she react?

Osaka made a stunning run a year ago at Indian Wells clobbering good friend Daria Kasatkina not just for her then-biggest career title, but only title. That was her first.

Twelve months later, Osaka improbably stands atop the tennis world having claimed the last two Grand Slams, beating Serena Williams in New …

Pella Takes First ATP Title In Sao Paulo Over Garin

Posted by Staff on March 3rd, 2019 @ 9:27 pm

Guido Pella added his name to the list of ATP champion Sunday winning his maiden title in Sao Paulo besting young Chilean Christian Garin 7-5, 6-3.

Pella had fallen short in his previous four finals, including blowing a set and break lead last month in Cordoba, but the 28-year-old lefty got it done this week without losing a single set.

“After five finals, it was time that I won the match. …

Wang Outlasts Kenin For Maiden WTA Title In Acapulco

Posted by Staff on March 3rd, 2019 @ 10:53 am

Yafan Wang came through in Acapulco to win her first career WTA title upending Sofia Kenin from a set down and a break down 2-6, 6-3, 7-5.

Playing in her second career WTA final, Wang found herself trailing 6-2, 2-0 before mounting an enormous comeback on the American.

“This is my first time in Acapulco, and I really like it here,” Wang said. “It was an amazing week. This is a good …

King Kyrgios Captures Acapulco, Beats Zverev In Final

Posted by Staff on March 3rd, 2019 @ 10:43 am

Nick Kyrgios finished off a dream week in style in Acapulco, best fellow youngster Alexander Zverev 6-3, 6-4 in the final Saturday night.

“It’s an amazing feeling. I didn’t expect much at all today. I knew I was the underdog going in and that he’s playing great tennis,” said Kyrgios. “He’s an incredible player and doesn’t have many weaknesses, so I knew I had to play my style of tennis. I’m …

Federer Beats Tsitsipas In Dubai For 100th Career Title

Posted by Staff on March 2nd, 2019 @ 9:40 pm

Roger Federer made history on Sunday in Dubai becoming the first player to win eight Dubai titles, beating Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-4 in comprehensive fashion.

Oh, Federer’s title was also the 100th of his storied career, joining only Jimmy Connors (109) as players to reach the 100 title mark in the Open Era.

“It’s been a long, wonderful journey,” the 37-year-old Federer told the crowd. “I have loved every minute.

“It’s been tough …

March Off-Topic Thread

Posted by Staff on March 2nd, 2019 @ 10:08 am

Non tennis goes here.