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Nadal v Dimitrov, Zverev v Kyrgios Saturday In Beijing; Cilic The Favorite In Tokyo

Posted by Sean Randall on October 6th, 2017 @ 9:58 pm

It’s a tasty final four in Beijing tomorrow with Rafael Nadal taking on Grigor Dimitrov and then Alexander Zverev hooks up with Nick Kyrgios.

With the Top 3 seeds plus No. 8 Kyrgios, that’s a pretty darn good line-up considering all the injuries in the men’s game right now.

Earlier today, Nadal ran his win streak to 11 after withstanding 22 aces to deny John Isner 6-4, 7-6(0). Since saving …

Alexander Zverev Becomes Third Player To Qualify For ATP Finals

Posted by Staff on October 6th, 2017 @ 5:57 pm

After his win today over Andrey Rublev in Beijing, Alexander Zverev become the third player to qualify for the ATP Finals in London next month, joining Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

“I think it’s great for any player to qualify for a prestigious event that we have in London,” said Zverev. “It’s really an award for, I think, every player that shows that you’ve been one of the best players, not …

Pliskova Outsted In Beijing By Cirstea; Kvitova Clocks Wozniacki

Posted by Staff on October 6th, 2017 @ 12:09 am

Two more Top 10 seeds fell Thursday at the Premier Mandatory event in Beijing. World No. 4 Karolina Pliskova was shocked by former Top 25 Sorana Cirstea 6-1, 7-5.

“I didn’t think about her ranking, I just focused on my game today,” said Cirstea. “I’ve been playing well lately, it’s just that probably results didn’t come as quick as I hoped. But I was working well lately, and doing the right …

Nadal Cruises Into Beijing QFs, Will Face Isner Friday; Rublev To Meet Zverev

Posted by Staff on October 5th, 2017 @ 11:38 pm

Rafael Nadal collected his 10th straight match win beating Russian 21-year-old Karen Khachanov 6-3, 6-3 to reach the Beijing quarterfinals. Nadal, who won Beijing in 2005, won for a second time over Khachanov after Wimbledon.

Rafa will now meet John Isner who just beat the Spaniard in an exhibition match at the Laver Cup.

“Happy about the match today,” said Nadal. “I think I played a solid match. Tomorrow will be a …

Dimitrov Downs Del Potro, Kyrgios Wins; Nadal, Zverev On Court Thurs. In Beijing

Posted by Special on October 4th, 2017 @ 11:25 pm

Grigor Dimitrov took down Juan Martin del Potro for the third straight time Wednesday in Beijing, dispatching the former US Open champion 7-6(6), 7-5.

“Very pleased that I was able to finish in straight sets. DelPo is an absolutely unbelievable competitor,” said Dimitrov. “Every time we play it’s absolutely stunning. He’s a great guy. I love practising with him. I love competing against him.”

Dimitrov was 0-5 against the Argentine but has …

Halep Finally Beats Sharapova To Reach Beijing QFs; Wozniacki-Kvitova Thurs.

Posted by Sean Randall on October 4th, 2017 @ 11:05 pm

After seven straight failed bids, Simona Halep finally got her first career win over Maria Sharapova and she did it in fine style with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over the Russian.

“It was a great match, I think I played my best tennis against her,” Halep said after the 72-minute win. “I served pretty well, and the work that I did after the US Open, I could see it on court …

October Off-Topic Thread

Posted by Staff on October 3rd, 2017 @ 10:35 pm

Non tennis posts for October go here.

Sharapova To Face Halep Wednesday In Beijing

Posted by Staff on October 3rd, 2017 @ 10:34 pm

In a rematch of their US Open opening round epic, Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep collide Wednesday in Beijing. Sharapova, who leads Halep 7-0, advanced to the third round after consecutive three set wins over Anastasija Sevastova and then today Ekaterina Makarova.

Halep on Tuesday, earned a retirement 6-1, 2-1 victory over Magdalena Rybarikova who had to pull out of a match due to illness.

“You can take a little bit away …

Raonic Returns From Wrist Surgery With A Win In Tokyo

Posted by Staff on October 3rd, 2017 @ 10:17 pm

In Tokyo, Milos Raonic made his first appearance since Canada and his return started off on a good note beating Viktor Troicki 6-3, 6-4. Raonic had been out after left wrist surgery.

“It was a good match for me in a lot of ways, disciplined and competed well – considering the circumstances,” said Raonic. “I couldn’t hit over a backhand, but I made the most of it.

“The injury developed over the …

Nadal Saves Matchpoints v Pouille In Beijing; Del Potro-Dimitrov Wednesday

Posted by Staff on October 3rd, 2017 @ 10:13 pm

Playing his first official match since winning the US Open, Rafael Nadal was pushed to the very brink in his opening match against Lucas Pouille, saving two matchpoints in a 4-6, 7-6(6), 7-5 victory.

Nadal was down 6-4 in the second set breaker before winning the last four points to push the third.

“Was a very tough first round, as I say the other day,” Nadal said. “He played well, I think. …

Cilic, Thiem, Raonic Headline ATP Tokyo; Preview

Posted by Staff on October 1st, 2017 @ 11:35 pm

RAKUTEN JAPAN OPEN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
TOKYO, Japan; surface: hard

Seeds: Marin Cilic, Dominic Thiem, Milos Raonic, David Goffin, Kevin Anderson, Sam Querrey, Albert Ramos Vinolas, Diego Schwartzman

Floaters: Gilles Simon, Viktor Troicki, Richard Gasquet, Feliciano Lopez, Donald Young, Steve Johnson

Notes:

Interesting starts for (5) Anderson vs. Simon, (3) Raonic vs. Troicki, (6) Querrey vs. Gasquet, (4) Goffin vs. Lopez, (8) Schwartzman vs. Young, and (2) Thiem vs. Johnson…

Wildcards were awarded to Japan’s Taro Daniel, …

Nadal Goes for 12 Years Between Titles at ATP China Open in Beijing

Posted by Staff on October 1st, 2017 @ 12:33 pm

CHINA OPEN
BEIJING, China; surface: hard

Seeds: Rafael Nadal, Alexander Zverev, Grigor Dimitrov, Pablo Carreno Busta, Roberto Bautista Agut, John Isner, Tomas Berdych, Nick Kyrgios

Floaters: Lucas Pouille, Damir Dzumhur, Juan Martin del Potro, Mischa Zverev, Jared Donaldson, Jack Sock

Notes:

Tough starts for (1) Nadal vs. Pouille who he is 1-1 career against, (3) Dimitrov vs. the streaking Dzumhur (winner to likely meet Del Potro), and (7) Berdych vs. the streaking Donaldson (winner to …

Istomin Ends 2-Year Drought with ATP Chengdu Title

Posted by Staff on October 1st, 2017 @ 11:56 am

Uzbekistan’s 31-year-old Denis Istomin won the Chengdu Open in China on Sunday, in the final benefiting when Marcos Baghdatis retired at 3-2 in the first set citing a back injury.

Two years ago Istomin became the first player from Uzbekistan to win an ATP title when he raised the trophy in Nottingham on grass.

“I know his situation, because I’ve had a lot of injuries,” said Istomin. “I know the feeling and …

Goffin Wins ATP Shenzhen, 1st Title in 3 Years

Posted by Staff on October 1st, 2017 @ 11:37 am

Belgian David Goffin broke a three-year title drought on Sunday in China, beating No. 5 seed Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-3 to win the Shenzhen Open.

The win ended a six-final losing streak and upped his record to 1-3 in finals this year.

“This one is really special because you know it’s always tough to come back from injuries,” said Goffin, who suffered an ankle injury at the French Open that kept …

Garcia Tops Barty in Rising Star Final at WTA Wuhan

Posted by Staff on September 30th, 2017 @ 2:12 pm

France’s Caroline Garcia won the biggest title of her career in the unlikely all-unseeded final of the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open in China, defeating Ashleigh Barty 6-7(3), 7-6(4), 6-2.

The tournament featured eight of the Top 10 players on the WTA rankings.

“I just feel very happy and proud of my fight of today, proud of all the work we did,” Garcia said. “Sometimes, it was difficult for me after some good …