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March 24th, 2015

Rafael Nadal: At First I Thought This Ankle Injury Would End My Tournament, Now I Think I Can Play

A day after taking a spill and injuring his right ankle during a practice session in Miami, Rafael Nadal said he hopes to be ready for action on Friday.

Nadal talked to the press today about his right ankle, telling Reuters:

“In the beginning I thought it was going to be the end of the tournament,” Nadal told Reuters. “But I don’t know now, I don’t think so. I think I am going to be able to compete here. …

Posted by Staff @ 5:26 pm in Miami | 27 Comments »

March 24th, 2015

Miami Men’s Preview: Will Novak Djokovic Defend Or Can Rafael Nadal Finally Win In South Florida?

The second Tennis Masters event of the season begins Wednesday in Miami. Indian Wells finalist Roger Federer won’t be there, but World No. 1 Novak Djokovic returns bidding for a fifth career Miami title under the hot and sticky South Florida sun. Let’s go right to the draw.

First Quarter
Djokovic, who has won his last 10 Masters matches, is housed in comfortable first quarter that slots him against David Ferrer in the last eight. Djokovic could also run into Gilles Muller, …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 10:32 am in Miami | 45 Comments »

March 23rd, 2015

Rafael Nadal Takes A Tumble In Miami, Is He OK?

Seeking his first career title in Miami, Rafael Nadal’s preparations took a tumble this afternoon when the former No. 1 fell during practice.

Not much else is known about the fall, only speculative pictures from social media.

Hope Nadal can still play! #miamiopen #tennis (@ Crandon Tennis Center in Key Biscayne, FL) https://t.co/pUI2BsT9ee pic.twitter.com/6n8MQ6Odzk

— Sherman (@shermanur) March 23, 2015

More pics of Nadal after the fall.Explaining to the physio what happened

Posted by Staff @ 7:36 pm in Miami | 17 Comments »

March 23rd, 2015

Rafael Nadal Is Returning To Queen’s This Year, He Makes The Wimbledon Final Everytime He Plays There

Rafael Nadal will be returning to Queen’s this summer for the first time since 2001, the historic grass event announced today. Nadal, who had been playing in Halle along with Roger Federer due to tax reasons,has played at The Queen’s Club five times before, winning the title in 2008. After each appearance he has gone on to reach the Wimbledon final (2006, ’07, ’08, ’10 and ’11).

“I always loved playing at The Queen’s Club and I am very happy …

Posted by Staff @ 7:19 pm in Queens, Wimbledon | 8 Comments »

March 23rd, 2015

Simona Halep Wins Biggest Career Title, And Now She Has The Most Ranking Points In 2015

It wasn’t the greatest match ever played – far from it – but one Simona Halep won’t soon forget. The 23-year-old Halep won her first Premier Mandatory WTA title at Indian Wells yesterday outlasting former champion Jelena Jankovic 26, 75, 64.

It was Halep’s 11th title of her career and third on the season. The HungarianRomanian, who benefited from Serena Williams’s withdrawal from the semifinals, also moves her to the top spot in the WTA Road to Singapore:

1 Simona Halep …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 11:30 am in Indian Wells | 4 Comments »

March 23rd, 2015

Novak Djokovic Explains Why His Hand Was Shaking So Uncontrollably Between The 2nd And 3rd Sets v Federer [Video]

Even the best feel the pressure. After blowing a second set break lead and a point for 52, Novak Djokovic served three double faults in the tiebreak to hand Roger Federer the second set yesterday in their Indian Wells final yesterday.

Djokovic missed his chance in the second. The match should have been over. And then the double faults. Federer was back and the crowd was firmly on the Swiss’s side. And with Federer taking a toilet break, the TV camera …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 11:16 am in Indian Wells, Videos | 11 Comments »

March 23rd, 2015

Novak Djokovic: This Win Over Federer Gives Me A Lot Of Confidence For The Rest Of The Season

World No. 1 and top seed Novak Djokovic captured his fourth Indian Wells title Sunday with a stirring 62, 67(5), 63 win over rival Roger Federer in one of the best match of 2015.

Djokovic looked in complete command leading by a set and by a second set break (with a point for a double break) until the Swiss roared back to force a third, thanks to several ill-timed double faults. But after a brief delay – see Djokovic’s hand …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 11:06 am in Indian Wells | 50 Comments »

March 23rd, 2015

Roger Federer: I’ll Probably Forget This Loss To Novak “In Like 25 Minutes Or So”

For the second straight year Roger Federer lost to Novak Djokovic in a 3-set Indian Wells final. Federer was on the losing side early and at risk of getting wiped off the court, but the Swiss overcame a break deficit in the second set and then won a thrilling breaker.

Djokovic, though, jumped in from early on Federer in the third and never lost his grip winning his 50th career title 63, 67(5), 62.

While Djokovic heads to Miami as the defending …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:52 am in Indian Wells | 14 Comments »

March 22nd, 2015

What do IW Titles Mean for Djokovic, Halep?

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and No. 3 Simona Halep captured titles on Sunday at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif., but what do the two championships mean for the players nearing the tail end of the U.S. spring hardcourt season?

Halep is No. 1 — in 2015. She leads the points race in 2015-only points, meaning she has been the best player thus far in 2015, and leads the race to qualify for the year-end WTA Championships.

It didn’t …

Posted by Staff @ 9:22 pm in Indian Wells | 32 Comments »

March 21st, 2015

Roger Federer v Novak Djokovic (Again) In The Indian Wells Final, Who’s The Pick?

For the second straight year Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic collide in the first Masters event of the season at Indian Wells.

After a rather unsettling Friday, things returned to norm on Saturday for the men’s semifinals. Djokovic got things started blowing out a hapless Andy Murray 6-2, 6-3 for his sixth straight win over the Scot.

Djokovic looked so comfortable out there in his footing and movement while Murray was having all sorts of issues, especially with that serve …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 7:11 pm in Indian Wells | 265 Comments »


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2 Roger Federer2 Maria Sharapova
3 Rafael Nadal3 Simona Halep
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5 Kei Nishikori5 Caroline Wozniacki
6 Milos Raonic6 Ana Ivanovic
7 David Ferrer7 Eugenie Bouchard
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