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February 23rd, 2015

Rafael Nadal’s Already Lost On Clay? Is It Time To Panic?

It hasn’t been the best of returns so far for Rafael Nadal. Two years ago, Nadal came back after a lengthy layoff and dominated the tour, eventually finishing the year No. 1. So the bar was set really high when he returned to tennis last month. And unfortunately things haven’t gone particularly smoothly.

Nadal stunningly lost to Michael Berrer in his Doha opener. Then at the Australian Open he really struggled against American journeyman Tim Smyczek before luckily pulling it out …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 5:21 pm in Latin Swing | 83 Comments »

February 23rd, 2015

Errani, Ferrer, Karlovic, Simon Win ATP/WTA Titles

Ferrer Eases Past Fognini for Rio Open Title

David Ferrer rolled over Fabio Fognini, who was unable to conjure the magic he displayed when defeating Rafael Nadal in the semifinals, 6-2, 6-3 in the final of the Rio Open on Sunday.

“It’s my 23rd tournament win and I never won here before in Rio,” said Ferrer, who claimed his second title of the year. “I had the chance to be in the Carnaval this week and all the facilities are good. This …

Posted by Staff @ 9:27 am in Tennis | 8 Comments »

February 21st, 2015

Fognini Ends Nadal’s Rio Run; Simon v Monfils In Marseille Finale; Young Seeks First Title In Delray

Defending champion Rafael Nadal suffered his first career loss in Brazil Saturday losing in the semifinals of the Rio Open to Fabio Fognini 1-6, 6-2, 7-5.

Nadal, who had won 52 straight clay semifinals and was a perfect 17-0 in Brazil, had beaten the flamboyant Italian in all four prior meetings. And after taking the first set easily and holding a break lead in the second, there was little to think things would change.

But playing on short rest – Rafa …

Posted by Staff @ 11:54 pm in Marseille, Rio | 120 Comments »

February 21st, 2015

Brutal Field at WTA Doha; ATP Previews

Doha, Qatar; Surface: hard

Seeds: Petra Kvitova, Simona Halep, Caroline Wozniacki, Agnieszka Radwanska, Ekaterina Makarova, Andrea Petkovic, Venus Williams, Angelique Kerber

Floaters: Jelena Jankovic, Garbine Muguruza, Lucie Safarova, Sam Stosur, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Flavia Pennetta, Victoria Azarenka, Alize Cornet

Notes: Just as many floaters as seeds make for interesting opening meetings from the start in Doha…Tough starts for (1) Kvitova after a bye likely vs. the former No. 1 Jankovic, (5) Makarova vs. Muguruza, (3) Wozniacki vs. the Safarova/Stosur winner, (4) Radwanska …

Posted by Staff @ 11:28 pm in Tennis | 19 Comments »

February 21st, 2015

Halep Wins Biggest Career Title at WTA Dubai

Simona Halep upheld her top seeding at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, on Saturday in the final topping No. 17 seed Karolina Pliskova 6-4, 7-6(4).

“At the beginning of the tournament some people asked me if I felt pressure because I was the No. 1 seed,” said the Romanian after claiming the biggest title of her career. “I said no, because I wasn’t thinking about it, and I just wanted to go on court and play match by match, because …

Posted by Staff @ 10:06 pm in Dubai, Tennis | 2 Comments »

February 21st, 2015

Refreshed Roger Federer Celebrates Chinese New Year In Dubai: “Let’s Hope It’s The Year Of The GOAT!” [Video]

On the eve of the men’s Dubai event, defending champion Roger Federer was on hand for a special ceremony Thursday night marking the Chinese New Year, the year of the Goat!

“It’s been a fantastic evening,” Federer said. “I’m honoured to have been part of this celebration. The Burj Al Arab is iconic, and this celebration is a nice gesture for the Chinese guests. I’ve had some amazing moments playing here in Dubai, especially playing here on the helipad, and playing …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:16 am in Dubai, Videos | 22 Comments »

February 21st, 2015

Watch Rafael Nadal Change His Shorts On The Court! [Video]

During the first changeover of the third set, Rafael Nadal decided that was the time for a quick change of shorts, except he had to do it ON THE COURT! With the crowd whistling away as the local Friday night time approached 3am, Nadal put on the towel then went about his business adjusting his shorts correctly after putting them on backwards at the end of the second set – he did win the first game of the third set …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:00 am in Videos | 3 Comments »

February 21st, 2015

Nadal Survives 3:18am Finish To Reach Rio SFs; Halep On Brink Of Biggest Career Title

In a match that began after 1am local time, Rafael Nadal overcame a set deficit to pull away from Pablo Cuevas 4-6, 7-5, 6-0 in the Rio quarterfinals.

“It was a complicated time at the beginning,” Nadal said. “But in the second set I felt better. I felt better control in the match even though I could not break him until 6-5. I’m happy because this was an important victory for me, to be able to be in a semi-final. It’s …

Posted by Staff @ 12:39 am in Dubai, Marseille, Rio | 26 Comments »

February 20th, 2015

Nadal Into Rio QFs; Bolelli Beats Raonic For First Top 10 Win In Marseille, Def Champ Gulbis Winless in 2015

It was another tough first set, but Rafael Nadal rolled into the Rio quarterfinals with a 7-5, 6-3 win over countryman Pablo Carreno Busta Thursday. Nadal, who is a perfect 16-0 lifetime in Brazil, now faces Pablo Cuevas in a first-time meeting on Friday.

“If my rival is Nadal, it is going to be the first time I face him,” said Cuevas who just won the Sao Paulo event on Sunday. “I am in a good moment. I will try to …

Posted by Staff @ 12:03 am in Dubai, Marseille, Rio | 15 Comments »

February 19th, 2015

Poll: Will Novak Djokovic Keep His No. 1 Ranking For The Entire 2015 Season?

With rivals Roger Federer aging and Rafael Nadal returning from injury, Novak Djokovic is primed for a repeat of his 2014 No. 1 ranking finish. But will the Serb do something he’s never done before, that is maintain the top spot for the duration of the 2015 season?

The case for Djokovic staying No. 1 every week this year…
* Rivals Roger Federer (aging), Rafael Nadal (returning from injury)
* Young guns still a year or more away
* Is Andy Murray a real …

Posted by Staff @ 10:15 am in No. 1 ranking, Polls | 93 Comments »

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ATP - Feb 23 WTA - Feb 23
1 Novak Djokovic1 Serena Williams
2 Roger Federer2 Maria Sharapova
3 Andy Murray3 Simona Halep
4 Rafael Nadal4 Petra Kvitova
5 Kei Nishikori5 Caroline Wozniacki
6 Milos Raonic6 Ana Ivanovic
7 Stan Wawrinka7 Eugenie Bouchard
8 Tomas Berdych8 Agnieszka Radwanska
9 David Ferrer9 Ekaterina Makarova
10 Grigor Dimitrov10 Andrea Petkovic
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