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Cilic Wins Cincinnati; What Does Andy Murray’s Loss Mean?

Posted by Jeremy Davis on August 22nd, 2016 @ 12:10 am

Pretty much nothing.

The Brit is on top of the world (almost) at the No. 2 rank behind the struggling Novak Djokovic, who lost first round at the Rio Olympics and is suffering both physically and mentally.

Murray came directly to Cincy from winning a second consecutive gold medal at the Rio Olympics. Djokovic pulled from Cincy citing a left wrist injury. Can the US Open then the subsequent months before …

What Does Kerber’s Loss in WTA Cincinnati Final Mean for Serena and No. 1 Ranking?

Posted by Jeremy Davis on August 21st, 2016 @ 11:25 pm

Did Karolina Pliskova “shock” Angelique Kerber in the Sunday Cincinnati final, as the WTA website so boldly proclaimed?


The world No. 2 came straight from the Rio Olympics after losing in the final to an inspired Monica Puig. In Cincinnati she was exhausted, and her semifinal win over Simona Halep alone was a testament to her newfound mental resiliency.

The No. 15-seeded Pliskova beat Kerber 6-3, 6-1, to win the biggest tournament …

Everyone Withdraws from WTA Connecticut; Gasquet Leads Winson-Salem

Posted by Staff on August 21st, 2016 @ 3:34 pm

It’s the final week of play prior to the US Open.

Play features one event each on the ATP and WTA side — a surprising three Top 10 women in action (and rapidly changing, see below), but mostly a mix of players looking for some last-minute Slam preparation or some last-minute appearance cash.

Here’s a look at the ATP Winston-Salem Open and the WTA Connecticut Open:

Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Surface: hard

Seeds: Richard …

Due To Appendicitis Tomas Berdych Will Miss His First US Open

Posted by Tom Gainey on August 21st, 2016 @ 11:53 am

The US Open lost its first big name on the men’s side Saturday when Tomas Berdych withdrew due to appendicitis, he announced on social media.

“Dear Fans, I’m very disappointed to announce that I will not be able to compete at the US Open this year. I was just diagnosed with Appendicitis in Cincinnati so I will be flying back to Europe for additional checks and treatment. I will need to …

Streaking Murray Beats Raonic, Beats The Rain To Reach 3rd Cincinnati Final And Face Cilic

Posted by Staff on August 21st, 2016 @ 12:05 am

The Andy Murray – Milos Raonic rematch in the Cincinnati Masters semifinals fell flat as the Brit rolled to an easy 6-3, 6-3 win. The win puts Murray into his third Cincinnati final after titles in 2008 and 2011 and ups his career-best win streak to 22.

“I didn’t get broken the last couple of matches and when I was in difficult situations I made good choices,” Murray said. “That’s helped …

Kerber’s Handles Halep In Cincinnati, Faces Pliskova In Cincy Final With No. 1 Ranking At Stake

Posted by Staff on August 20th, 2016 @ 11:36 pm

The moment has come for Angelique Kerber. A year ago the German ranked No. 11 in the world and was hopeful of just making it to the Singapore Finals. A year later she’s two sets from the No. 1 ranking after reaching her second final at the Cincinnati Masters.

Serena Williams has held the top spot 183 weeks since regaining it on February 18, 2013 but Serena’s reign will …

Angelique Kerber: I’m Not Thinking About The No. 1 Ranking

Posted by Tom Gainey on August 20th, 2016 @ 12:33 pm

It’s the story in women’s tennis right now. Angelique Kerber is just two wins from taking over the No. 1 ranking from Serena Williams this week in Cincinnati.

Kerber won the silver medal last week in Rio for which she gained no points, but by winning Cinnciati she would overtake Serena who had to withdraw from her title defense earlier this week.

Kerber, though, isn’t feeling any added weight of the …

Milos Raonic: There Are Things I Could Have Done Better In The Wimbledon Final Against Murray

Posted by Tom Gainey on August 20th, 2016 @ 12:05 pm

Ahead of the rematch tonight, Milos Raonic admits he could have done a better job in certain areas in his Wimbledon final loss to Andy Murray.

“I think there are a lot of discussions that we’ve had with my team about situations in that final that I could have dealt with better,” Raonic said Friday in Cincinnati. “I’m definitely going to try to enforce those things, because these are the moments …

Hot Shot Grigor Dimitrov Says He’s Now Focused On Winning, And So Far It’s Working

Posted by Tom Gainey on August 20th, 2016 @ 11:50 am

After a mid-season season slump, Grigor Dimitrov has found his footing again this week in Cincinnati. The 25-year-old Bulgarian has enjoyed some of his best wins of this season in the Queen City with wins over Gilles Simon, Feliciano Lopez, Stan Wawrinka and yesterday Steve Johnson.

The former Top struggled earlier this year mired in a 6-match losing streak. But thanks to hard work things are looking up again and so …

Murray Tops Tomic, Big-Serving Raonic Next on Saturday at Cincinnati; Cilic-Dimitrov In Other SF

Posted by Staff on August 19th, 2016 @ 11:32 pm

Andy Murray, apparently, is unstoppable.

Fresh off his second straight gold medal effort at the Olympics, the Brit on Friday night turned back a stern test from Aussie Bernard Tomic 6-4, 6-4 to move into the semifinals at Cincinnati, extending his current win streak to a personal-best 21 wins in a row and claim his 200th career Masters victory.

“When I was behind on my on serve games I served well,” Murray …

Kerber Survives, Halep Next in Way for Her Run to No. 1 this Weekend in Cincy

Posted by Staff on August 19th, 2016 @ 10:30 pm

Weary from a silver medal run at the Rio Olympics and with the No. 1 ranking in sight for the first time, Angelique Kerber dug deep on Friday to defeat No. 9-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 in Cincinnati.

“I think it helps that I am really trying to staying positive and not thinking too much about the first set and about the weather,” Kerber said. “Because it was really …

Kerber Closing In On No. 1 Ranking, Streaking Halep Meets Radwanksa In Cincinnati

Posted by Staff on August 19th, 2016 @ 12:45 am

Second-seeded Angelique Kerber moved within three wins over the No. 1 ranking Friday at Cincinnati after toughing out Barbora Strycova 7-6(5), 6-4.

“It’s always tough to play against Barbora – we’ve had a lot of tough matches in the past – but I just tried to stay aggressive at the important moments and I’m really happy with how I played at the end,” Kerber said.

If Kerber wins the title, she’ll become …

Murray Slogs Through Anderson To Win 600th, Nadal Ousted By Coric, Nishikori Falls In Cincinnati

Posted by Staff on August 19th, 2016 @ 12:19 am

After a busy 23 hours of on court time Rio, Rafael Nadal finally ran out of gas today at the Cincinnati Masters, falling to 19-year-old Borna Coric 6-1, 6-3.

“He started the match very well, and I thought it was going to be very different,” Coric said. “But that’s tennis. One day you’re going to play well, one day you’re not going to play well.”

Coric had no trouble at all with …

American Gold-Winning Decathlete Ashton Eaton Rates Tennis Second Most Athletic Sport

Posted by Tom Gainey on August 18th, 2016 @ 1:19 pm

The toughest event at the Olympics is said to be the decathlon which requires competitors to test their skills in 10 different events. The winner is declared the greatest athlete on the planet. So what do those who are entered in the event think are other comparable sports? American Ashton Eaton, who won gold in the decathlon at 2012 London, says tennis is next!

“I personally believe tennis is the …

Roger Federer Has A New, Fantastic Mercedes Promo Spot [Video]

Posted by Tom Gainey on August 18th, 2016 @ 1:08 pm

Roger Federer has put the racquets away for 2016 but the tennis great is still making magic, off the court. Just watch this new spot from Mercedes-Benz which will put a smile on the face of any Federer fan.

There’s Federer Agassi, Federer McEnroe and more!