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Fiery Fognini Loses 1st 13 Points Then Wins ATP Sao Paulo Championship

Posted by Jeremy Davis on March 4th, 2018 @ 1:48 pm

At age 30, Fabio Fognini is showing he is far from retiring, far from no longer receiving fines for his outlandish behavior, and far from no longer winning titles, as he displayed Saturday in Sao Paulo.

The Italian 5-foot-10 stallion won his first title since 2017 Gstaad, also on clay, after defeating 22-year-old riser Nicolas Jarry 1-6, 6-1, 6-4 in the championship match at the Brasil Open.

“It is never easy to …

Tsurenko Tops Voegele to Defend WTA Acapulco Title

Posted by Staff on March 4th, 2018 @ 1:21 pm

Lesia Tsurenko defended her WTA Acapulco title from a set down on Saturday night, defeating unseeded Swiss Stefanie Voegele 5-7, 7-6(2), 6-2 in the final of the Abierto Mexicano TELCEL presentado por HSBC.

Voegele pushed the 2017 champion Tsurenko to almost three hours over three sets, coming into the final after an inspiring week that included an upset over No. 1 seed Sloane Stephens.

“It’s such a special tournament for me, winning …

Bautista Agut Turns Around Drought for ATP Dubai Title

Posted by Staff on March 3rd, 2018 @ 10:33 pm

No. 3-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut stopped a three-match losing streak to win the ATP Dubai title on Saturday, in the final defeating hot-handed No. 2 seed Lucas Pouille 6-3, 6-4 at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

“I played very good, very aggressively,” Bautista Agut said after claiming his second title of 2018. “I didn’t give him all the court, all the control of the game. I played very good tennis …

Sadly, Here’s Who Won’t Be At Indian Wells

Posted by Staff on March 2nd, 2018 @ 6:03 pm

The list on injured continues to grow on the men’s tour. Already, several players have withdraw from Indian Wells (and Miami). Here’s the running list:

Rafael Nadal (plus Miami)
Stan Wawrinka (plus Miami)
Andy Murray (plus Miami)
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
David Goffin
Richard Gasquet

One bit of hope is that Novak Djokovic is still expected to compete. The event begins in a week.

Rafael Nadal Is Now Out Of Indian Wells And Miami

Posted by Staff on March 2nd, 2018 @ 5:55 pm

Rafael Nadal made won’t be playing any hard court matches this month. The former world No. 1 officially withdrew from both Indian Wells and Miami as he continues recovery from a hip injury sustained at the Australian Open.

“Hi everyone. Unfortunately, the injury I suffered in Acapulco before starting the tournament is in the same area as the one suffered in Melbourne,” Nadal wrote on social media. “I won’t be able …

Del Potro Stays Perfect Against Thiem, Meets Zverev In Acapulco SFs

Posted by Staff on March 2nd, 2018 @ 10:27 am

Juan Martin del Potro ran his record to 4-0 against Dominic Thiem taming the Austrian 6-2, 7-6(7).

In a rematch of the US Open epic, Del Potro raced out to a quick break in the first set. He earned another break early in the second but the Argentine failed to close it out serving at 5-4.

Thiem pushed for the breaker, and led 6-4 and again had set point with Del …

Stan Wawrinka Pulls Out Of Indian Wells, Miami

Posted by Tom Gainey on March 1st, 2018 @ 11:52 am

Stan Wawrinka has officially withdrawn from upcoming Masters events in Indian Wells and Miami, the Swiss announced today.

Wawrinka, who made the Indian Wells final last year, underwent left knee surgery last August, and despite playing in Australia, still needs more time for recovery. He withdrew last week from Marseille.

“Unfortunately I need to announce that I won’t be able to play in Indian Wells and Miami,” Wawrinka said. “They are both …

Andy Murray Could Be Back For The Clay?

Posted by Tom Gainey on March 1st, 2018 @ 10:40 am

According to media speculation out of England, Andy Murray could be back as early as May after undergoing hip surgery in January.

Murray’s not on a tennis court yet, but is in the gym and doing Pilates. But there is hope he’ll be hitting tennis balls again next month, perhaps in Miami. And if things go well, some are expecting an early return maybe in Paris.

Former coach Boris …

Novak Djokovic Is Back Practicing

Posted by Tom Gainey on February 28th, 2018 @ 12:23 pm

Following surgery on his right hand/elbow earlier this month, Novak Djokovic returned to practice on Tuesday. The Serb posted a video on social media of him hitting at the Piatti Tennis Center in Italy.

While he looks fine on groundstrokes, his big issue with the elbow was the serve.

As of now, there’s no date for Djokovic’s return….

Roger Federer Wins Two Laureus Awards; Serena Named Sportswoman Of The Year

Posted by Tom Gainey on February 28th, 2018 @ 12:10 pm

Roger Federer once again walked away a winner last night at the Laureus Awards show in Monaco.

The 36-year-old took home the Sportsman of the Year and Comeback of the Year honors, giving him a total of six Laureus awards during his career.

“This is a very special moment for me,” Federer said. “Everyone knows how highly I value my Laureus Awards, so to win another would have been wonderful, but to …

Rafael Nadal Pulls Out Of Acapulco With Hip Injury

Posted by Tom Gainey on February 28th, 2018 @ 11:59 am

Rafael Nadal’s return from a hip injury has been delayed. The star was to play this week in Acapulco but the hip injury he sustained at the Australian Open hasn’t fully healed forcing him out of the event yesterday.

“I believe that all the necessary cares had been taken, I arrived to Cozumel to work on my adaptation, but yesterday in the last training before starting the tournament,” Nadal said Tuesday. …

Russian Khachanov Drains Pouille in 3-Setter in ATP Marseille Final

Posted by Staff on February 26th, 2018 @ 9:43 am

Six-foot-six Russian Karen Khachanov won his second career ATP title on Sunday, edging red-hot local favorite Lucas Pouille 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 for the Open 13 Provence crown.

“I just need to keep working and keep going,” the 21-year-old Khachanov said afterwards. “I felt I was playing good here from the first day. It’s nice to play on a full court in the final, and I hope to come back next year.”

The …

American Tiafoe Wins 1st Career Title at ATP Delray Beach

Posted by Staff on February 26th, 2018 @ 12:29 am

American Frances Tiafoe made his breakthrough on Sunday at the Delray Beach Open, winning his first career title after cruising past unseeded Peter Gojowczyk 6-1, 6-4.

The 20 year old became the youngest American to win an ATP title since 19-year-old Andy Roddick at 2002 Houston. He also became the first-ever wildcard to raise the trophy in Delray Beach.

“I was not expecting this week, especially with how the year started and …

Schwartzman Beats Verdasco for ATP Rio Title; Next Meeting in Acapulco 1st Round

Posted by Staff on February 26th, 2018 @ 12:11 am

The diminutive Diego Schwartzman won his second career title, and the biggest of his career Sunday when he defeated veteran Fernando Versasco 6-2, 6-2 for the ATP 500-level Rio Open crown.

He will make his Top 20 debut when the next ATP rankings are released on Monday.

“Everything was perfect — every match, every set was perfect for me, playing my best tennis,” Schwartzman said afterwards. “I think he was a little …

Cuevas Goes for 4 in a Row at ATP Sao Paulo; Preview

Posted by Staff on February 25th, 2018 @ 11:53 pm

Pablo Cuevas goes for a fourth title in a row this week at the Brasil Open. Last year Cuevas denied this year’s top seed, Al Ramos Vinolas, in the final.

Also in the mix are Gael Monfils and the outspoken social media critic Tennys Sandgren.

SAO PAULO, Brazil; surface: clay

Seeds: Albert Ramos Vinolas, Fabio Fognini, Pablo Cuevas, Gael Monfils, Leonardo Mayer, Guido Pella, Tennys Sandgren, Federico Delbonis

Floaters: Guillermo Garcia-Lopez


Only one …