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Rain Ravages Cincinnati, First Round Matches Still To Be Completed; Murray, Nadal Wednesday

Posted by Staff on August 17th, 2016 @ 12:09 am

For a third straight day the Cincinnati Masters was impacted by rain. The schedule called for 37 matches on the day but just 20 were completed during numerous rain delays.

Four women’s first round and four from the men’s first round are unfinished and demand priority tomorrow.

Earlier today in the men’s draw, Richard Gasquet, David Goffin, Bernard Tomic and Gael Monfils all advanced.

American men did well with John Isner and …

Juan Martin Del Potro Given Wildcard Into US Open Main Draw

Posted by Staff on August 16th, 2016 @ 3:19 pm

Juan Martin del Potro has a spot in the US Open! The former champ is ranked No. 141 this week and because he protected ranking expires Monday, he wasn’t able to get in the US Open directly. But the US Open has awarded the 2009 champion a wildcard putting him in.

Also receiving spots in the main draw were Bjorn Fratangelo, Frances Tiafoe, Rajeev Ram, 2016 NCAA singles Mackenzie McDonald, 2016 …

Qualifier Vekic Upsets Ivanovic; Muguruza v Vandeweghe Tuesday In Cincinnati

Posted by Staff on August 16th, 2016 @ 12:07 am

The women’s event began Monday at a wet Cincinnati Masters. Americans Coco Vandeweghe and Christina McHale both earned early wins.

Vandeweghe, a winner over Sara Errani, will now meet French Open champion Garbine Muguruza tomorrow in the women’s marquee match.

“I was happy to live the experience in Rio, and I’m happy to be back,” Muguruza said. ‘Coming here, I’m motivated to have a great tournament because I haven’t played a lot …

Ferrer Falls, Young Americans Opelka, Donaldson Advance In Cincinnati; Isner, Wawrinka Tuesday

Posted by Staff on August 15th, 2016 @ 11:53 pm

Young Americans Jared Donaldson and Reilly Opelka posted big wins Monday at the Cincinnati Masters. The 19-year-old Donaldson surprised Nicolas Almagro 6-3, 7-6(2) while 18-year-old Opelka stunned Jeremy Chardy 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(9).

Chardy held two match points on the 6-foot-11 Floridian but couldn’t convert at 6-5 and 8-7 in the final set breaker.

Opelka is ranked No. 364 and comes off an Atlanta semifinal last month where he picked up his first …

Serena Williams Withdraws From Cincinnati, Angelique Kerber Will Be No. 1 By Winning Title

Posted by Staff on August 15th, 2016 @ 10:22 pm

Serena Williams took a wildcard last week into Cincinnati, but today the World No. 1 had to return because after a practice on site, her shoulder wasn’t good enough to defend her title.

“I’m very disappointed I’m not able to compete in the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati as I was really looking forward to defending my title,” the 2-time defending champion said. “My shoulder inflammation continues to be a …

Cincinnati Men’s Draw Preview: Who’s Playing? Andy Murray? Rafael Nadal? Kei Nishikori?

Posted by Sean Randall on August 15th, 2016 @ 1:02 am

Whew. Have you recovered from the Olympics? I haven’t. But the tennis world rarely stops to catch its breath. It just keeps going and going, and so to Cincinnati we go. Or at least some of the players do.

Novak Djokovic dropped out and Juan Martin del Potro never entered. And now we have to wonder how much the guys in the Rio medal round this weekend have left? And that’s …

Ivo Karlovic Beats Feliciano Lopez To Win Los Cabos, Returns To The Top 20

Posted by Staff on August 14th, 2016 @ 11:36 pm

Ivo Karlovic seems to be getting better with age. Earlier today at the inaugural event in Los Cabos, Mexico, the 37-year-old won his eighth career title beating Feliciano Lopez 7-6(5), 6-2.

“It was a difficult match in the beginning,” said Karlovic. “He was playing really well. I was a little lucky at the end of the first set, but that gave me confidence for the rest of the match. I realised …

Andy Murray Wins Historic Second Olympic Gold, Denies Juan Martin Del Potro In Rio

Posted by Staff on August 14th, 2016 @ 11:18 pm

Andy Murray made history Sunday becoming the first player to win multiple gold medals in singles and also the first to win them back-to-back. The Brit did it by beating a valiant Juan Martin del Potro in a topsy-turvy 4-hour, 2-minute affair 7-5, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5.

“The fact that it hasn’t been done before obviously shows that it’s very hard,” Murray said. “I’m very proud to have been the first one …

Venus Williams’s Bid For A Fifth Gold Falls Short In Mixed Final In Rio, Loses With Ram To Sock/Mattek-Sands

Posted by Staff on August 14th, 2016 @ 7:58 pm

Venus Williams’s bid for a record fifth Olympic tennis gold medal fell just short today in the mixed doubles final. Partnering with Rajeev Ram, Williams/Ram led Jack Sock and Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-3 in match tiebreak in the third set but couldn’t finish off their countryman.

Sock/Mattek-Sands rebounded winning seven of the last eight points to take it 6-7(3), 6-1, (10-7).

“This is probably going to be on the top,” said Mattek-Sands. “This …

Russians Makarova/Vesnina Win Women’s Doubles Gold In Rio, Beat Bacsinszky/Hingis

Posted by Staff on August 14th, 2016 @ 7:46 pm

Russian duo of Ekatarina Makarova and Elena Vesnina won Olympic gold today in the women’s doubles beating the Swiss team of Timea Bacsinszky and Martina Hingis 6-4, 6-4 in Rio.

“We wanted the Olympic medal, especially gold medal of course, since we were juniors,” said Makarova. “It was our dream from the kids. We really wanted to have a medal of Olympics.

“It’s much more for us than the Grand Slam. We …

Did Kei Nishikori Use A 10-Minute Shower Break To Help Him Win Bronze Over Rafael Nadal In Rio?

Posted by Staff on August 14th, 2016 @ 7:30 pm

Kei Nishikori won his first Olympic medal today beating Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-7(1), 6-3 in Rio this afternoon.
Nishikori becomes the first Japanese medalist in 96 years and it’s just the Olympic tennis medal for Japan.

“I’m very happy to win, to get a medal today, even though third place. It means a lot for me to especially beat Rafa today,” Nishikori said today after the 2-hour, 49-minute win.

“I knew before playing …

Monica Puig Stuns Angelique Kerber In Rio, Becomes First Puerto Rican To Win Gold At Olympics

Posted by Staff on August 14th, 2016 @ 12:27 am

What a week for Monica Puig. The 22-year-old ranked No. 34 in the world had never played the Olympics, never beaten a Top 3 player, had just one career title to her name and her country of Puerto Rico had never won a gold medal in any sport in any Olympics! But that has changed.

Earlier Saturday, Puig stunned World No. 2 and Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 …

Del Potro Outlasts Nadal In Rio Epic, Will Face Fresh Murray For Olympic Gold; Who’s The Pick?

Posted by Sean Randall on August 13th, 2016 @ 8:05 pm

As Bravo analyst Paul Annacone said, “OH MY GOODNESS”. And that about sums up today’s Juan Martin Del Potro v Rafael Nadal match won by the Argentine 5-7, 6-4, 7-6(5). I don’t like to use the term epic, but that’s what this match with great points, great drama and great spirit as two warriors battled each other and their gimpy left wrists for over three hours.

Del Potro led early with …

Petra Kvitova Holds Off Madison Keys For The Bronze Medal At Rio Olympics

Posted by Staff on August 13th, 2016 @ 3:41 pm

Petra Kvitova won the first singles medal at the Rio Olympics earlier today holding off American Madison Keys 7-5, 2-6, 6-2.

“I’m still a bit emotional, so if I cry, sorry,” the 2-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova said. “It means almost everything, definitely. Having a medal from the Olympics is one of the best things to happen in my career definitely, along with the two Wimbledon titles and winning Fed Cups and …

Juan Martin Del Potro v Rafael Nadal, Kei Nishikori v Andy Murray; Rio Olympics Men’s SF Picks And Pans

Posted by Sean Randall on August 13th, 2016 @ 2:00 am

It’s a fantastic final four at the 2016 Rio Olympics men’s tennis singles event. Top seed Novak Djokovic is absent, yes, but look who takes his spot in the men’s semifinals? His conqueror Juan Martin del Potro! So that works for me!

And Delpo meets Rafael Nadal while in the other semifinal it’s defending gold medalist Andy Murray against Kei Nishikori.

Incredibly today, all four players had to battle to make the …