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Sandgren Sacks Norrie For First Career ATP Title In Auckland

Posted by Staff on January 12th, 2019 @ 11:49 pm

With a load of 360 ATP points coming off in Melbourne following his quarterfinal run there a year ago, Tennys Sandgren needed to do something to ease the points pressure. And Saturday in Auckland he helped his cause in a big way capturing his first career ATP title and winning 250 points beating Cameron Norrie 6-4, 6-2 in the Auckland final.

“I’m a little bit at a loss for words, honestly. …

Kenin Claims First WTA Title, Defeats Schmiedlova In Hobart Final

Posted by Staff on January 12th, 2019 @ 11:40 pm

Sofia Kenin took home her first career title Saturday in Hobart, beating Anna Karolina Schmiedlova in straight sets 6-3, 6-0.

“I’m so happy to have gotten this title,” the 20-year-old Kenin said.”It was my first year and I’m looking forward to coming back here for many more years to come.”

Schmiedlova may have been feeling a big of fatigue after two previous three setters leading up to the final.

“It was really unexpected, …

Kvitova Bests Barty In Sydney Thriller

Posted by Staff on January 12th, 2019 @ 11:24 pm

Petra Kvitova is in fine form heading into the season’s first Grand Slam. The Czech lefty collected her second Sydney title beating Australian hope Ash Barty 1-6, 7-5, 7-6(3).

Kvitova, who has never lost to Barty, had to overcome a 3-0 deficit in the decider.

“I left everything out there, I was cramping in the end,” Kvitova told the media, during her post-match press conference. “It was such a great final, to …

Murray Opens Farewell Australian Open Monday; Federer, Nadal, Wozniacki On Court

Posted by Staff on January 12th, 2019 @ 11:06 pm

On a busy opening day at the Australian Open, 5-time finalist Andy Murray will be in the spotlight, overshadowing his rivals like Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal as the Brit begins his final appearance in Melbourne.

Murray will face Roberto Bautista Agut who he leads 3-0 and 7-0 in sets, but the 31-year-old of course is struggling with a right hip injury that will force his retirement at Wimbledon. And Bautista …

Preview: Serena Is Back, But So Is Everyone Else At The Australian Open

Posted by Jeremy Davis on January 12th, 2019 @ 8:39 pm

Last year a mere six players had a crack at leaving Australia with the No. 1 ranking. The 2019 Australian just told 2018 to hold its beer. Because this year ELEVEN women can walk away with the top spot. And none of them are named Serena Williams!

Of course realistically the number isn’t that high. Or maybe it should be when you consider the last eight Grand Slams have been won …

Alexander Zverev Thinks He’s Found The Answer To His Grand Slam Woes

Posted by Tom Gainey on January 12th, 2019 @ 1:01 am

We are about to find out quickly if Alexander Zverev has solved his problems in Grand Slams. The German who has only been to one Slam quarterfinal, says he now knows what the issue is.

“I came to [ATP Finals] and I wasn’t playing my best,” Zverev said Saturday in Melbourne. “I lost to Khachanov 6-2, 6-1. I lost to other guys. I really wasn’t playing well. I came to London …

Rafael Nadal: I Feel Good, If I Am Not Feeling Good, I Will Not Be Here

Posted by Tom Gainey on January 11th, 2019 @ 11:22 pm

After not having hit an official ball on the tour since the US Open semifinal retirement loss to Juan Martin del Potro, Rafael Nadal says he’s finally feeling good and ready to put the array of injuries since New York behind him.

“I feel good,” Nadal told the Melbourne media on Saturday. “If I am not feeling good, I will not be here. I have good feelings in terms of …

Nick Kyrgios: Realistically, I Could Be Top 10 At The End Of 2019

Posted by Tom Gainey on January 11th, 2019 @ 11:12 pm

The embattled Nick Kyrgios has put it out there, that he thinks he can be Top 10 by the end of the year.

The 23-year-old met the media Saturday in Melbourne and says if he can stay healthy enough and be mentally motivated to playing a full schedule, a top 10 ranking could happen.

“If I get right physically and mentally, I play the events, do well, I think I was 13 …

Teary Andy Murray Announces Wimbledon Retirement, But It Could Come Sooner

Posted by Staff on January 10th, 2019 @ 8:13 pm

In a tearful press conference an hour ago at the Australian Open, an emotional Andy Murray revealed the pain in his hip is just not going away. And retirement is now on the table in the very, very near future.

“I need to have an end point because I’m just playing with no idea of when the pain will stop,” Murray said today. “Making that decision, I think I can get …

Australian Open Men’s Draw: Can Anyone Stop A Djokovic v Federer Final?

Posted by Sean Randall on January 10th, 2019 @ 8:07 am

For many tennis fans in the US, today really marks the start of a challenging few weeks of sleep as tennis kicks into high gear Down under in Australia.

Earlier today in the wee hours, the draws were unveiled, and what a way to start the 2019 Grand Slam season. With the exception of Juan Martin Del Potro and Richard Gasquet, all the top men are back, though maybe not at …

Novak Djokovic And A Poor-Moving Andy Murray Played A Practice Match Today At The Australian Open

Posted by Tom Gainey on January 9th, 2019 @ 11:16 pm

Just hours before the draw, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray hit on MCA Thursday afternoon in Melbourne.

The 1:30pm practice match was free to the public between the two who have met four times in the Australian Open final. Here’s how some of the British media reported on it:

Andy Murray losing a full on practice set 6-1 to Novak Djokovic. Still that awkward step between points although

Australian Open Seeds Announced: Djokovic, Halep Lead Way

Posted by Tom Gainey on January 9th, 2019 @ 10:31 pm

Seedings were officially released for the Australian Open, which holds its draw in a matter of hours.

Six-time champion Novak Djokovic is the top seed for a 5th time, first since 2016. He’s never lost a match at the Australian Open as a top seed, boasting a 28-0 mark with titles in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016.

2018 finalist Simona Halep is the No. 1 seed for the ladies for a second …

Del Potro To Open Season In Delray Beach

Posted by Tom Gainey on January 9th, 2019 @ 10:19 pm

After missing the Australian swing, Juan Martin del Potro is slated to begin his 2019 campaign in Delray Beach on Tuesday, February 19 at 8pm, the tournament announced.

“I have great memories of Delray Beach and the fans, from winning the title in 2011 to starting my comeback here in 2016,” said Juan Martin del Potro. “This city will always be a special place for me.”

The Argentine has been out after …

January Off-Topic Thread

Posted by Staff on January 6th, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

Non tennis posts for January go here.

Nishikori Oustlasts Medvedev In Brisbane For First Title In Nearly Three Years

Posted by Staff on January 6th, 2019 @ 5:38 pm

A year ago Kei Nishikori was just coming off a wrist injury, and readying for the challenger tour after Australia.

Now, the former US Open finalist is already back playing top tier tennis. The 29-year-old today collected his first title since 2016 Memphis, beating Russian Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 to win Brisbane.

“To win the tournament is very emotional. That’s why I’m playing,” said Nishikori. “I was trying in every final …