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Iron Man Kyrgios Grinds Down Goffin for ATP Tokyo Title

Posted by Staff on October 9th, 2016 @ 8:30 pm

No. 15-ranked Nick Kyrgios won his third title of the year on Sunday, outlasting David Goffin 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 to raise the trophy at the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships in Tokyo.

“It was tough, we had a lot of long rallies,” said the 21 year old, who saved 11 of the 12 break points against him. “I thought the way I returned today got me a lot of opportunities. …

Radwanska Beats Break-Out Star Konta for China Open Trophy

Posted by Staff on October 9th, 2016 @ 1:21 pm

Agnieszka Radwanska, a player who thrives in Asia, won her ninth career title on the continent out of a career 20 on Sunday, beating Brit Johanna Konta 6-4, 6-2 to claim the China Open title.

“It’s top players from the first round and I’ve been playing my best tennis all week so of course I’m very happy to win this tournament again,” said Radwanska of the Premier-level event. “This trophy is …

Konta Reaches Top 10 And Reaches Beijing Final Against Radwanska

Posted by Staff on October 8th, 2016 @ 8:13 pm

Johanna Konta is set to become the first British woman in the Top 10 in 32 years on Monday after beating Madison Keys in three sets 7-6, 4-6, 6-4 to reach the Beijing finals.

“It’s pretty cool,” Konta said.

“I think because I’m so immersed in this tournament still, it’s obviously something that’s really humbling and really nice to hear.

“I work my hardest to be able to go into the latter …

Kyrgios Handles Monfils, Faces Goffin For Tokyo Title

Posted by Staff on October 8th, 2016 @ 8:04 pm

Nick Kyrgios will bid for a third career title Sunday in Tokyo after the Australian dispatched Gael Monfils 6-4, 6-4.

“It was an unbelievable match, we both played very well,” Kyrgios said. “The crowd loved it and we both had a lot of fun out there. Not many people on tour can hit the type of shots Gael can. He’s an unbelievable entertainer and athlete. We play different games. I rely …

Murray To Meet Dimitrov In Beijing Final; Raonic Withdraws With Right Ankle Injury

Posted by Staff on October 8th, 2016 @ 7:58 pm

Andy Murray will seek his first career Beijing title against Grigor Dimitrov in the Sunday final. In the semifinals, Murray blasted past David Ferrer 6-2, 6-3.

“I was obviously 2-1 down with a break in the first set,” Murray said. “Played very well. Even the period in the second set where he came back a bit, when he broke me, there was a lot of long points. Really good tennis I …

Keys Clips Kvitova In A Thriller To Reach Beijing SFs, Konta Awaits

Posted by Staff on October 7th, 2016 @ 1:00 pm

Madison Keys clipped Petra Kvitova in a thriller 6-3, 6-7(2), 7-6(5) to reach the semifinals in Beijing. Keys actually led the Czech 3-0 in the third set then hung on to take the breaker in the final set.

“I think I played a pretty solid first set today, then she raised her level,” Keys said. “I just think at the end it became a couple of points here or there. I …

Dimitrov Dominates Nadal In Beijing; Murray Rolls Into SF Battle With Ferrer

Posted by Staff on October 7th, 2016 @ 11:56 am

Grigor Dimitrov won his first career match over Rafael Nadal seven tries and he did it in dominating fashion, beating the Spaniard 6-2, 6-4 to reach the Beijing semifinals.

“I feel that I played a bad match in a lot of aspects. Is obvious that Grigor played much better than me, so he deserved to win,” Nadal said. “I cannot have two breaks and lose 6-2 the first set. When this …

Monfils Edges Karlovic To Reach Tokyo SFs, Will Face Kyrgios; Cilic To Meet Goffin

Posted by Staff on October 7th, 2016 @ 10:18 am

Ivo Karlovic had played five tiebreakers in five sets of tennis entering his quarterfinal against Gael Monfils in the Tokyo semifinals. And the trend continued today, but this time Karlovic lost both in a 7-6(6), 7-6(6) defeat to the Frenchman.

Behind 18 aces Nick Kyrgios cruised past Gilles Muller 6-2, 6-4.

“I thought I played great today,” Kyrgios said. “I served well, returned well and my engagement level was really good the …

Kerber Crashes Out Of Beijing To Svitolina; Keys v Kvitova Friday

Posted by Staff on October 6th, 2016 @ 3:54 pm

For the second time in the last 60 days, Elina Svitolina has toppled a world No. 1. The Ukranian stunned Serena Williams at the Rio Olympics and Thursday in Beijing she bounced current No. 1 Angelique Kerber out of Beijing 6-3, 7-5.

“I’m really, really happy that I won today,” Svitolina said. “Really happy that I finish with two sets because last time playing in Montreal, I was really close …

Monfils Beats Simon, Kyrgios Gets Walkover In Tokyo; 5 Of Top 8 Seeds Make QFs

Posted by Staff on October 6th, 2016 @ 3:35 pm

In the match of the day in Tokyo, Gael Monfils earned a spot in the quarterfinals after beating countryman Gilles Simon 6-1, 6-4 Thursday.

Monfils fought back from 4-1 down in the second to win the last five games of the match.

“In the second set, Gilles started to run a lot better. He played really great for four games or so and I knew I needed to be patient for his …

Nadal, Dimitrov Advance To QF Clash In Rainy Beijing; Murray Faces Edmund

Posted by Staff on October 6th, 2016 @ 3:20 pm

Former champion Rafael Nadal hung on to deny Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 6-1, 7-6(6) to reach the quarterfinals at the Beijing China Open.

“I think I played a fantastic first set. Great level of tennis, serving very good, hitting so good. During the second set, I slowed the rhythm a little bit and he played very well,” said Nadal. “I feel very happy that I won that tie-break. I think I played …

Murray Drops 3 Games In Beijing; Nadal Returns Thurs Plus Dimitrov-Pouille, Wozniacki-Radwanska

Posted by Sean Randall on October 5th, 2016 @ 4:45 pm

Andy Murray’s Asian swing if off to a good start in Beijing. In the first round he blitzed Andreas Seppi and earlier today he buried Andrey Kuznetsov 6-2, 6-1.

Recall Murray came up a bit lame at the end of his Davis Cup win over Guido Pella last month. But the Scot says he’s doing much better now.

“I felt fine when I came here. I trained for a couple of days …

Injuries Kick Kei Nishokori And Tomas Berdych Out Of Tokyo

Posted by Sean Randall on October 5th, 2016 @ 4:21 pm

Two former champions were bounced out of Tokyo on Wednesday. Local favorite Kei Nishikori was up 3-0 on Joao Sousa before a butt muscle injury ended his hopes of a third title in Tokyo.

How bad was it? Here’s Kei:

“The pain came suddenly, which was very alarming to me because I have never felt something like this before. The injury happened at 2-0, 30-40 when I had the break point. It …

4 Thoughts On Maria Sharapova’s Appeal “Victory”

Posted by Sean Randall on October 5th, 2016 @ 4:07 pm

After months and months, Maria Sharapova finally got the decision of her appeal. CAS cut her 2-year ban down to 15 months after determining Sharapova was at fault for not abiding by the rules but she didn’t do it on purpose.


1. Is Sharapova In The Clear?
That depends on who you ask. Her supporters, her fans will say she’s clear but her fellow players still have to wonder why …

Zverev Downs Thiem, Kvitova Keeps Rolling at China Open

Posted by Staff on October 5th, 2016 @ 1:29 am

The lowest seed in action on Tuesday at the China Open, hot-handed No. 14 Petra Kvitova topped Chinese qualifier Wang Yafan 6-4, 6-1 to set up a blockbuster meeting with defending champ Garbine Muguruza.

“I think I still do have motivation,” said the Wuhan champ Kvitova, trying to qualify for the WTA year-end championship. “I think it was a great week in Wuhan. I think that gave me more motivation and …