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Sonego Saves MP To Beat Kecmanovic For Antalya Title

Posted by Staff on June 29th, 2019 @ 4:26 pm

Lorenzo Sonego joined countryman Matteo Berrettini as Italians to win grass titles this month after denying Miomir Kecmanovic 6-7(5), 7-6(5), 6-1 in the final of the Antalya ATP event in Turkey.

To win his first ATP trophy, Sonego saved a match point on his own serve late in the second, then rolled the 19-year-old in the decider.

“It is the first title and I am so happy for my family, for my …

Fritz Beats Querrey For First Title In Eastbourne

Posted by Staff on June 29th, 2019 @ 4:07 pm

Taylor Fritz is officially an ATP champion. Saturday on the grass in Eastbourne, Fritz beat countryman Sam Querrey 6-3, 6-4 to win his first career ATP title.

“It’s so amazing. I almost can’t even believe it. I’m still trying to take it in,” Fritz said after winning the first all-American final of the year. “I’ve wanted to win a Tour title ever since I made the final of one when I …

Pliskova Captures Eastbourne Crown Over Kerber

Posted by Staff on June 29th, 2019 @ 12:55 pm

Karolina Pliskova showed why she is among he top Wimbledon favorites after taking her second Eastbourne title Saturday beating Angelique Kerber 6-1, 6-4.

“Especially on the grass, this serve is working. My game I think from the baseline…normally you’re never gonna ace 20 times with Angie, but you need to just step after the serve and just to be aggressive,” Pliskova said.

“I lost my serve in the first set, but I …

Men’s Preview: Djokovic, Nadal Resume Chase For Federer At Wimbledon

Posted by Sean Randall on June 28th, 2019 @ 12:46 pm

The Wimbledon draw is out, the big interest was in which half would the “downgraded” No. 3 seed Rafael Nadal land and it turns out to be with Roger Federer.

But the bigger story at Wimbledon is Nadal and Novak Djokovic’s chase for Federer’s 20. The two have split this year’s two Slams and overall have won the last five.

Following his French win, Nadal is now just two behind Federer …

Wimbledon Seedings: Djokovic, Barty Top Seeds; Federer Bumped Over Nadal

Posted by Staff on June 26th, 2019 @ 10:15 am

The Wimbledon seedings were released today. As custom, the men’s seedings were based of a formula while the committee followed the WTA rankings for the women’s seedings.

About the only consternation was Roger Federer bump to No. 2 over World No. 2 Rafael Nadal. Federer won Halle this past weekend while Nadal chose not play to a warm-up, a decision that could have cost him the second seed. Nadal hasn’t made …

Andy Murray: Potentially I Could Play Singles At The US Open

Posted by Tom Gainey on June 24th, 2019 @ 10:57 pm

After a successful, pain-free return from hip surgery last week at Queen’s, Andy Murray is leaving the door open for a return in singles, as early as the US Open.

“Potentially, yeah,” Murray said of playing singles at the US Open. “But I don’t care, really, either way. Like, it would be nice to play at the US Open, but if I don’t — look, I got so much enjoyment and …

Andy Murray: I Don’t Feel Any Pain In My Hip, It’s Brilliant

Posted by Tom Gainey on June 24th, 2019 @ 10:43 pm

After a busy week of doubles in Queen’s where he teamed with Feliciano Lopez to take the doubles title, Andy Murray was thrilled with how his hip held up after his first event since January.

“I expected it to be sore, but I literally, ave nothing there,” Murray said Sunday. “I spoke to Bob Bryan about that, and he said, a little bit in Australia, having a few little aches and …

Auger-Aliassime In ATP Race Top 10

Posted by Tom Gainey on June 24th, 2019 @ 10:28 pm

About halfway through the 2019 season, young Canadian Felix Auger Aliassime has been one of the breakout stars.

The 18-year-old already has 28 wins on the year with three ATP finals, two semifinals and seven Top 20 wins including two over Top 10 Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Auger-Aliassime has seen his ranking jump from outside the Top 100 at No. 108 at the start of the year to a current mark of No. 21.

“I …

Kenin Completes Comeback To Stun Bencic In Mallorca Final

Posted by Staff on June 23rd, 2019 @ 6:51 pm

Sofia Kenin collected her second career title Sunday stunning Belinda Bencic 6–7(2), 7–6(5), 6–4 to win the Mallorca title in Spain.

Bencic broke the American then served for it at 5-4 in the second when the American saved three match points, one of which came on a double fault, one of 13 served by the Swiss.

“Hard work, for sure, is paying off big time,” she said after the 2 hour, 42 …

Lopez Sweeps Queen’s, Edges Simon In Singles, Teams With Murray For Doubles Crown

Posted by Staff on June 23rd, 2019 @ 6:38 pm

What a day for Feliciano Lopez. The part-time tournament director won both the singles and doubles titles Sunday in Queen’s.

The 37-year-old edged Gilles Simon in a 3-set thriller 6-2, 6-7(4), 7-6(2). Lopez had command of the second set breaker up 4-2 but didn’t win another point. Then blew break chances early in the third but hung on in the breaker for his second Queen’s title in the last three years.

“I …

Barty Beats Goerges To Win Birmingham And Claim No. 1 Ranking

Posted by Staff on June 23rd, 2019 @ 12:21 pm

The WTA will have a new No. 1 player tomorrow as Ash Barty will takeover the top spot after claiming the Birmingham title with a 6-3, 7-5 win.

Barty becomes the 27th woman to reach No. 1 and the second Australian to do it since Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1976.

“It’s just been the most incredible journey for myself and my team,” Barty told the crowd.

Barty was not even inside the Top …

Federer A PeRFect 10 In Halle, Beats Goffin

Posted by Staff on June 23rd, 2019 @ 12:12 pm

For the first time in his legendary career, Roger Federer reached 10 titles at a single event, hitting that mark today in Halle after beating David Goffin 7-6(2), 6-1.

“I just can’t believe it. When I played here first in 2000, it was unthinkable for me that I would once win the title ten times,” Federer told the crowd.

The 37-year-old Halle’s haul eclipsed his nine trophies at Basel.

“It’s amazing. For some …

Juan Martin Del Potro Undergoes Right Knee Surgery, Career In The Balance

Posted by Staff on June 22nd, 2019 @ 11:31 pm

Juan Martin del Potro underwent surgery on his right knee on Saturday in Barcelona after a spill he took during Queen’s re-injured that knee which was fractured last fall.

La operación salió muy bien. Ya recuperándome. Gracias por sus mensajes de apoyo y aliento! 👍🏼💖🤗🤕

Surgery went well. Now entering rehab mode. Thanks for your support, I really appreciate it! pic.twitter.com/QZRtUCarWm

— Juan M. del Potro …

Barty Plays For No. 1 And Birmingham Title Sunday Against Goerges

Posted by Staff on June 22nd, 2019 @ 9:33 pm

Just two weeks after stunning the tennis world taking the French Open title, Ash Barty is now two sets from securing WTA No. 1 ranking. Barty will play for the top spot and the Birmingham title Sunday against German Julia Goerges.

Barty bested Barbora Strycova 6-4, 6-4 to win her 11th straight match. And now she’s on the verge of No. 1.

“I have to try and do what I can do …

Lopez Stops Auger-Aliassime, Will Face Simon For Queen’s Title Then Join Murray For Doubles Crown

Posted by Staff on June 22nd, 2019 @ 9:15 pm

Feliciano Lopez was a busy man Saturday at Queen’s. The Spaniard won not one, not two but three matches en route to both singles and the doubles finals.

Lopez began his day stopping the run of 18-year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-7(3), 6-3, 6-4. The match between 37-year-old Lopez and 18-year-old Auger-Aliassime marked the largest age difference in an ATP Tour semifinal or final since Hong Kong in 1977, when Ken Rosewall (43) …