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August 21st, 2015

Djokovic, Murray Survive Scares In Cincinnati, Nadal Doesn’t; Federer Flies Past Anderson

It was a memorable round of 16 at the Cincinnati Masters today with seven of the Top 8 players in the world in action. And the top guys had their share of troubles.

French Open champion Stan Wawrinka began the day having to beat the dangerous Ivo Karlovic in a three tiebreak affair 6-7(2), 7-6(5), 7-6(5).

Top seed and 4-time finalist Novak Djokovic was next on center and figured to be the heavy favorite against David Goffin who had never beaten a …

Posted by Staff @ 12:55 am in Cincinnati | 176 Comments »

August 21st, 2015

Serena Crushes Knapp In Cincinnati, Faces Ivanovic In Rematch Of 2014 Final; Azarenka, Bencic Retire With Injuries

After a patchy opener on Wednesday, Serena Williams had no trouble Thursday hammering Karin Knapp 6-0, 6-2 in the third round at the Cincinnati Masters.

“More than anything I was just trying to stay positive and trying to have fun,” Serena said. “I did so well here last year, so I just really want to stay in the tournament.”

The world No. 1 and defending champion won her 45th match of the season, and it set her up with a Friday quarterfinal …

Posted by Staff @ 12:28 am in Cincinnati | No Comments »

August 20th, 2015

John McEnroe Says He Could Beat Serena Williams, Could He? [Video]

John McEnroe is never one to shy away from controversy, so last night on the Jimmy Kimmel show the outspoken tennis great declared that he could beat women’s World No. 1 Serena Williams!

“I believe I could still take here,” McEnroe said about playing Serena. “If I lose, to God forbid, to a women then I’m not allowed into any men’s locker room for the next 15 years, or possibly the end of my life. So that’s part of …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 3:11 pm in Cincinnati, Videos | 15 Comments »

August 20th, 2015

Serena Into Cincinnati Sweet 16, Azarenka Beats Wozniacki, Bencic Win Streak At 8

For defending champion Serena Williams it was a struggle at times but she got through her opening round beating Tsvetana Pironkova in Cincinnati earlier today 7-5, 6-3.

“When I play in front of a great crowd, I really want to play well,” Serena said.

“There wasn’t anything really tactical in particular for me today, I always just try to play my game and be consistent and stay focused. I always just try to stay focused and play the best that I can.”

Serena …

Posted by Staff @ 2:35 am in Cincinnati | 2 Comments »

August 20th, 2015

Nadal Closes In On Federer QF Cincinnati Showdown; Murray v Dimitrov Thursday

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are now just one win from a Friday night Cincinnati showdown. Tonight, Nadal advanced over Canadian Open semifinalist Jeremy Chardy in impressive fashion 6-3, 6-4 in a late night affair that didn’t begin until after 11:30pm!

“[In Montreal last week], in the quarter-finals, I didn’t compete as well as I wanted to,” said Nadal, who was eliminated in straight sets by Kei Nishikori in Canada. “But I am working hard, I had a positive start against …

Posted by Staff @ 2:18 am in Cincinnati | 303 Comments »

August 19th, 2015

Stan Wawrinka: No Nick Kyrgios Didn’t Apologize, I Prefer Not To Talk About Him [Video]

Following a tough 3-set win over Borna Coric earlier today in Cincinnati, 2-time Grand Slam champion was interview on court by Sky Sports, and of course the topic of Nick Kyrgios came up.

The 20-year-old Aussie offered an apology for stating that his countryman Thanasi Kokkinakis slept with Stan’s girlfriend, Donna Vekic.

But Wawrinka didn’t consider it an apology, and he really doesn’t want to talk about Kyrgios.

“I’m trying to put it away,” Wawrinka said of the whole incident.

“He …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 4:52 pm in Cincinnati, Videos | 12 Comments »

August 19th, 2015

After Five Events Already This Summer, John Isner Wants To Get Away From Tennis!

After already playing five of out six weeks since Wimbledon, John Isner is ready to take a break from tennis.

While some players like Roger Federer are playing their first event of the summer, Isner’s already played Newport, Atlanta, Washington, Canada and now Cincinnati, and after losing in the first round yesterday to his friend Sam Querrey, he’s done.

“I have definitely felt better before,” said Isner after the loss. “You know, you put some good weeks together. It can put you …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 4:27 pm in Cincinnati | 8 Comments »

August 19th, 2015

Roger Federer Is So Relaxed In Cincinnati, He All But Forgot He Had A Match Tuesday Night

When you are 34, a 17-time Grand Slam champion with four kids and wife, sometimes tennis takes a backseat, even at tournaments.

Last night after a 64, 64 victory over Roberto Bautista Agut, Roger Federer admitted that for some moments during the day he forgot he had a match in the evening!

“For most of the day I was not even aware,” Federer said of his Tuesday evening match against the Spaniard. “I mean, I knew I had a match tonight, but …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 4:12 pm in Cincinnati | 16 Comments »

August 19th, 2015

Federer Cruises In Cincinnati Opener; Nadal, Djokovic Murray Today

Six-time champion Roger Federer breezed the opening match of his title defense. The World No. 3 ousted Spaniard Roberto Buatista Agut 6-4, 6-4.

The Swiss made just 43% of first serves for the match, but he never faced a break point in the victory.

“It’s the first round of the hard court season for the next six plus months or so,” said Federer. “I have things in mind to work on for the hard-court season. No. 1, you have to be fit …

Posted by Staff @ 9:25 am in Cincinnati | 79 Comments »

August 19th, 2015

Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova Pull Out Of Cincinnati; Defending Champion Serena Today

The Cincinnati Masters suffered two big blows last night in the women’s field with both Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova withdrawing.

Venus, who had won her first round match, was scheduled to play the night session against 2014 finalist Ana Ivanovic before the 35-year-old abruptly pulled out due to a viral illness.

“I”m definitely going to rest,” Venus said. “I definitely want to go home to Florida, but it’s just something I’ve got to do and get ready for the Open. I …

Posted by Staff @ 9:08 am in Cincinnati | No Comments »

August 18th, 2015

Serena Williams Has A Twin?

See for yourself, Serena Williams sent out this Instagram picture of someone who looks just like here!

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 5:27 pm in Social Media | 3 Comments »

August 18th, 2015

Look What Happened To Andy Murray At This Ice Cream Stand Today

After winning his third Canadian Open title over the weekend and snapping an 8-match losing streak to rival Novak Djokovic, it’s no wonder Andy Murray had some fun in preparation for Cincinnati.

Today, Murray donned a wig to surprise tennis fans at the one of the ice cream concessions on site at the Cincinnati Masters.

Anyone ever said you look like @andy_murray? This @CincyTennis ice cream server looks a LOT like #ATP World No. 2!

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 5:17 pm in Cincinnati | 1 Comment »

August 18th, 2015

6- Time Champion Roger Federer In Action Tonight In Cincinnati; Venus, Isner, Berdych Also Today

Roger Federer begins his summer swing tonight in Cincinnati against Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut. The Swiss, who hasn’t hit a ball since the Wimbledon final, is a 6-time champion at the event.

Federer is 3-0 in matches (8-0 in sets, 48-20 in games) against Roberto Bautista Agut going into their match at 7 pm on Center Court. Federer just turned 34 last week.

Also on the schedule are second-round matches featuring No. 6 seed Tomas Berdych and US Open champion No. 7 …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:53 am in Cincinnati | 65 Comments »

August 17th, 2015

Andy Murray Now Has Masters Titles Over Rafael Nadal And Novak Djokovic This Year

Andy Murray may not be winning Grand Slams, but he just won his second Masters event of the season yesterday beating longtime rival Novak Djokovic 64, 46, 63 to win a 3-hour Canadian Open Montreal final.

Murray, who hadn’t dropped a set and played recent matches late in the evening, proved the aggressor early against the World No. 1, and then hung in the end to win his third Canadian Open title.

“I did come up and play aggressively when I needed …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 2:37 pm in Cincinnati | 56 Comments »

August 17th, 2015

Novak Djokovic: The Difference Today Against Andy Murray Was His Serve And My Serve

It was a tough way to end a 30-match Masters win streak but that’s what happened to Novak Djokovic as his run came to an yesterday to rival Andy Murray 64, 46, 63 in a 3-hour marathon Canadian Open final.

“You never like losing, but any streak comes to an end,” said Djokovic who hadn’t lost in a Masters since the Shanghai semifinals. “I’m fine, I lost to a better player today. I lost to Andy, who I know very well.”

Djokovic, …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 2:17 pm in Cincinnati | 21 Comments »


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ATP - Aug 31 WTA - Aug 31
1 Novak Djokovic1 Serena Williams
2 Roger Federer2 Simona Halep
3 Andy Murray3 Maria Sharapova
4 Kei Nishikori4 Petra Kvitova
5 Stan Wawrinka5 Caroline Wozniacki
6 Tomas Berdych6 Lucie Safarova
7 David Ferrer7 Ana Ivanovic
8 Rafael Nadal8 Karolina Pliskova
9 Marin Cilic9 Garbine Muguruza Blanco
10 Milos Raonic10 Carla Suarez Navarro
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