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Nadal Rolls, Djokovic Survives, Murray And Wawrinka Fall In Monte Carlo; Friday QFs

Posted by Staff on April 20th, 2017 @ 9:18 pm

Who said the era of clay court specialists was dead?

Not world No. 1 Andy Murray, or No. 3 Stan Wawrinka.

Both were sent home on Thursday from the Monte Carlo Masters. Murray was outlasted 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 by No. 15 seed Al Ramos-Vinolas of Spain, while Wawrinka was dismissed 6-4, 6-4 by No. 16 seed Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay.

“The most normal thing would be to lose the match,” said Ramos-Vinolas on …

Murray Wins, Nadal Struggles at Monte Carlo; Nadal v Zverev Thursday

Posted by Staff on April 20th, 2017 @ 12:28 am

World No. 1 Andy Murray led an all-star cast into the third round at the Monte Carlo Masters on Wednesday, including No. 3 Stan Wawrinka and No. 4 Rafael Nadal.

Murray was a 7-5, 7-5 winner over Gilles Muller, while Wawrinka and Nadal struggled. The Swiss beat Czech Jiri Vesely 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, while the Spaniard beat Brit Kyle Edmund in an uneven 6-0, 5-7, 6-3 meeting.

“I definitely played better as …

Novak Djokovic: I Don’t Fear Anyone!

Posted by Tom Gainey on April 19th, 2017 @ 11:52 pm

Following a tough 3-set comeback win over Gilles Simon Tuesday in Monte Carlo, Novak Djokovic was asked who he was afraid of at the French Open.

“I don’t fear anyone,” Djokovic responded.

Djokovic, who won the French Open last year to complete his career Slam, has just one title in the last ninth months, winning at Doha at the start of the year.

And with his recent struggles, Djokovic said the …

Serena Williams Is Pregnant!

Posted by Tom Gainey on April 19th, 2017 @ 11:38 pm

Serena Williams dropped a bombshell Wednesday revealing on snapchat that she’s 20 weeks pregnant. The 35-year-old is engaged to Reddit co-found Alex Ohanian with a wedding date still to be announced.

Serena hasn’t played since winning the Australian Open, a title she won while pregnant! And her pregnancy likely means she’s done for the season with the baby expected around the US Open.

Serena will be 36 in September and with a …

Djokovic Survives Simon Upset Bid In Monte Carlo; Nadal, Murray Tomorrow

Posted by Staff on April 18th, 2017 @ 4:20 pm

Novak Djokovic’s struggled continued Tuesday in Monte Carlo. The Serb who had won just five tournament matches since his Doha title to start the year, was nearly bounced in his clay opener today against Gilles Simon.

The Frenchman led with a break in the third and served for the match at 5-4. But with Simon spraying errors and missing volleys, Djokovic took the last three games to escape with a 6-3, …

Djokovic Returns Tuesday In Monte Carlo; Seeds 6-0 Led By Zverev Domination, Berdych Comeback

Posted by Staff on April 17th, 2017 @ 6:20 pm

On the first full day of play at Monte Carlo, the seeds went 6-0 led by former finalist Tomas Berdcyh’s 3-set comeback win. Berdych, who made the final in 2015 losing to Novak Djokovic, dropped the first set before winning the next two to deny qualifier Alex Kuznetsov 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Berdych will await the winner of the Paire-Haas match scheduled for tomorrow.

Germany phenom Alexander Zverev rolled in his opener …

Johnson Unlikely Houston Winner, Overcomes Cramps And Bellucci For 2nd ATP Title

Posted by Staff on April 16th, 2017 @ 10:41 pm

American Steve Johnson won an unlikely first career claycourt title on Sunday at the Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship in Houston, Texas.

The No. 4 seed, who has in the last few weeks been to Australia and back to represent his country in Davis Cup, beat clay court veteran and No. 8 seed Thomaz Bellucci 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(5) for his second career title.

“My body has just physically …

Coric Wins 1st Career Title After Kohlschreiber Lock-up at ATP Marrakech

Posted by Staff on April 16th, 2017 @ 10:15 pm

With a little help from German veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber, Croat Borna Coric won his career-first title on Sunday.

Coric saved five match points in downing Kohlschreiber 5-7, 7-6(3), 7-5 in the final of the Grand Prix Hassan II in Marrakech, Morocco.

A runner-up in Marrakech last year, the Croatian won the longest final on the ATP World Tour this year.

“I served very well in the big points,” he said. “It’s an awesome …

Schiavone, in Farewell Tour, Wins WTA Bogota Leading to French Open

Posted by Staff on April 16th, 2017 @ 9:42 pm

Former world No. 4 Francesca Schiavone is setting herself up to go out in style.

The former French Open champion is in her farewell season on the WTA tour. This week she hadn’t won a WTA match through almost the first four months of the year, but the 36 year old captured the title on Sunday at the Claro Open Colsanitas in Colombia, Bogota, in the final upsetting No. 4-seeded Spaniard …

WTA Teen Qualifier Marketa Vondrousova Breaks Out at Biel for 1st Title

Posted by Staff on April 16th, 2017 @ 9:20 pm

Teen qualifier Marketa Vondrousova, playing in just her second career WTA-level tournament, won the inaugural Ladies Open Biel Bienne on Sunday, in the final defeating Anett Kontaveit, 6-4, 7-6(6) in Switzerland.

Vondrousova was 2-2 in ITF-level finals this year entering the event.

“It’s the biggest win of my career, because I’d mostly played smaller tournaments, 25Ks and 60Ks,” she said after the match. “This was one of my first big tournaments, and …

Andy Murray: I’m A Horrible Cook, The Only Think I Can Make Is Scrambled Eggs [Video]

Posted by Tom Gainey on April 16th, 2017 @ 11:56 am

While visiting the famed l’Hotel de Paris Saturday evening in Monte Carlo, Andy Murray was asked about his cooking habits.

“I’m not good at all. Scrambled eggs is my best dish,” Murray said. “I really enjoy my food, but I’m a horrible cook unfortunately.”

After missing Miami with an elbow injury, Murray is back this week to play Monte Carlo. The world No. 1 will play the winner either Tommy Robredo or …

Eugenie Bouchard Wins 3 Games In Loss At ITF Futures Event

Posted by Tom Gainey on April 16th, 2017 @ 11:40 am

The struggling Eugenie Bouchard dipped down to the ITF Futures level this week looking for some match wins. Bouchard is ranked 56 in the world but hasn’t won a match since Australia, losing her last five.

So the 23-year-old signed up to play the $80K ITF clay event this week in Indian Harbour, Florida. Bouchard won her first two rounds but lost in the quarterfinals to Vicky Duval 60, 63.

Duval, …

Roger Federer Might Not Play The French Open?

Posted by Tom Gainey on April 16th, 2017 @ 11:12 am

In a new interview, Roger Federer revealed he might not even play the French Open. Federer, who missed the French last year, told the Swiss media outlet RTS that he hasn’t 100% commented to playing in Paris.

Via google translation:
“But is it certain that you will be engaged at Roland Garros?”

ROGER FEDERER: We will make a final decision on May 10, at the end of my training camp in Dubai. …

Monte Carlo Preview: Murray, Djokovic Return To Battle; Nadal Seeks 10th Title

Posted by Sean Randall on April 14th, 2017 @ 2:29 pm

The clay season beings in earnest on Sunday on the shores of the Medditerean in Monte Carlo. Race No. 1 Roger Federer won’t be there but after missing Miami, the top two in the world — according to rankings — will be. Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic are back along with Stan Wawrinka as the trio try to thwart Rafael Nadal’s bid to defend his title and win a …

Roger Federer: I Should Be Back For The French Open, That’s The Plan!

Posted by Tom Gainey on April 11th, 2017 @ 2:14 pm

Roger Federer is sticking to his plan of playing no clay lead-up events to the French Open. The Swiss has withdrawn from all Madrid and Rome – though he could still take a late wildcard – and said yesterday in Zurich where he played Andy Murray. that there’s been no change of plan.

“I’ll be resting most of the time and the body needs a rest,” Federer said. “I can feel …