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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 The Swiss has withdrawn from all Madrid and Rome – though he could still take a late wildcard – and said yesterday in Zurich where he played Andy Murray.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 …

Andy Murray Is Back After Elbow Issue, Hopes To Play Monte Carlo

Posted by Tom Gainey on April 11th, 2017 @ 2:09 pm

Good news, Andy Murray is making progress on his bad elbow, the Scot said following an exo match yesterday against Roger Federer. And it looks like he’ll be back on tour maybe as early as next week!

“I’m hoping, if I keep progressing as I have with the elbow, to play Monte Carlo,” Murray said Monday following an exo loss to Roger Federer in Zurich.

“If not, then I just need …

Kyrgios Klubs U.S.; Davis Cup Quarterfinal Capsules

Posted by Staff on April 9th, 2017 @ 11:54 pm

Italians Simone Bocelli and Andreas Seppi stopped a Belgian sweep by winning the doubles. Steve Darcis beat Paolo Lorenzi in four and David Goffin beat Seppi in straights on day one. On Sunday Goffin clinched in the first match, defeating Lorenzi in straight sets.

“I love to play at home, I love the atmosphere when I’m playing in front of my crowd,” said Goffin, who has won 12 …

Kasatkina Wins All-Teen WTA Final Over Ostapenko

Posted by Staff on April 9th, 2017 @ 11:04 pm

It was the first all-teen final in eight years on the WTA tour and a glimpse of the future.

Daria Kasatkina won her first career WTA title on Sunday, defeating Jelena Ostapenko, 6-3, 6-1 in the final of the Volvo Car Open.

“It’s very difficult to describe my feeling now,” Kasatkina said. “I feel I’m just sleeping and everything is not real. I’m so happy. Really.”

The first set was a back-and-forth affair …

Pavlyuchenkova Keeps No. 1 Kerber Winless in WTA Monterrey Final

Posted by Staff on April 9th, 2017 @ 9:52 pm

No. 2 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova won her fourth career WTA Monterrey on Sunday, ousting world No. 1 Angelique Kerber 6-4, 2-6, 6-1 in the final of the Abierto GNP Seguros title.

“Some people just have four trophies in total, and I have four here,” Pavlyuchenkova said. “It’s very special and it’s a special place in my heart; it’s where I won my first title and since won three more.”

The Russian denied …

Sock, Isner and Co. at Houston; Dimitrov Heads Marrakech; ATP Previews

Posted by Staff on April 8th, 2017 @ 6:36 pm

HOUSTON, Texas, USA; Surface: red clay

Seeds: Jack Sock, John Isner, Sam Querrey, Steve Johnson, Fernando Verdasco, Feliciano Lopez, Donald Young, Thomaz Bellucci

Floaters: Reilly Opelka, Tommy Haas, Bjorn Fratangelo, Juan Monaco, Kevin Anderson, Frances Tiafoe

Notes: No Top 10ers, but the home fans get Americans as the Top 4 seeds…The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…The Tommy Haas goodbye tour hits Houston…Interesting starts for …

So How Is Roger Federer Doing It?

Posted by Sean Randall on April 8th, 2017 @ 3:46 pm

What a start to 2017 for Roger Federer. Who would have believed it? Just look at what he’s already accomplished:

Federer won the Australian Open for the first time since 2010.

Federer won Indian Wells for the first time since 2012.

Federer won Miami for the first time since 2006.

Federer swept Indian Wells and Miami for the third time in his career, first time since 2006 and he won the first three big …

Janko Tipsarevic: I Am Not Sure Federer Would Stand A Chance Against Novak From 2016

Posted by Tom Gainey on April 7th, 2017 @ 10:11 am

Not surprisingly, Janko Tipsarevic is backing his good friend Novak Djokovic. When asked about the recent rise of Roger Federer, Tipsarevic offered an explanation.

“I am not sure that Federer would stand a chance playing Novak from last year – I am not saying this because Nole is my friend, but because that is what I really think,” Tipsarevic said. “Secondly, I was told that this year was the fastest …

Novak Djokovic Says Skipping Miami Was Refreshing

Posted by Tom Gainey on April 7th, 2017 @ 9:46 am

Novak Djokovic is taking the positives after missing his title defense and his first Miami Open due to an elbow issue. With the elbow now healed, Djokovic said earlier this week at Davis Cup that he enjoyed the time off to spend with his wife and family.

“Of course I wanted to be on the court and defend my title but it just didn’t happen this time,” Djokovic said.

“At the …

April Off Topic Thread

Posted by Staff on April 7th, 2017 @ 12:28 am

Non-tennis topics go here.

Djokovic, Kyrgios Headline Davis Cup QF This Weekend; Previews

Posted by Jeremy Davis on April 6th, 2017 @ 2:46 am

Former world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, Nick Kyrgios, David Goffin and Jack Sock are the headliners this weekend for their respective countries for the Davis Cup World Group quarterfinals, held in Australia, Belgium, France and Serbia.

Here is a look at the four quarterfinal meetings and who is favored to move into the semis:

Spiroudome de Charleroi, Charleroi, Belgium
Surface: hard indoor

This tie will be all about No. 2 — who …

11 Things I Think I Thought About Roger Federer And The First Quarter Of 2017

Posted by Sean Randall on April 5th, 2017 @ 8:27 pm

The Miami Open wrapped up what has been a remarkable and, to many, a shocking first quarter to 2017. Here are some thoughts.

1. The Return Of Roger Federer
Three months into 2017 and who would have believed ROGER FEDERER would be the top guy in tennis. I don’t even think the most die-hard Federer fans would have dreamed of the possibility that he would lead the ATP Race after Miami. …

Rafael Nadal: I’m Ready To Win Titles, But I’m Not The Favorite Yet To Win The French

Posted by Tom Gainey on April 3rd, 2017 @ 4:30 pm

Rafael Nadal suffered his fourth straight loss to Roger Federer yesterday in the Miami Open final. It was also his fifth straight runner-up at the event and third of the season. But the former No. 1 is happy with his first quarter of the season despite not winning a crown.

“I think I am close to what I need to be,” Nadal said. “I am at a very high level of …

Roger Federer: The Second Half Of The Season Is My Priority, That’s Why I’m Going To Take A Break

Posted by Tom Gainey on April 3rd, 2017 @ 4:23 pm

In his post-match presser following an impressive win over Rafael Nadal in the Miami final, Roger Federer reiterated that he is not planning on playing any clay court lead-up events to the French Open. Instead, he said, he’ll work out in the gym and practice on hard courts and focus on the post-French schedule which includes Wimbledon and the summer hard courts.

“I think it’s more about relaxing right now, …