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Davis Cup SFs: Andy Murray v Juan Martin Del Potro Friday; Rafael Nadal Travels To India

Posted by Staff on September 15th, 2016 @ 6:32 pm

It’s a big Davis Cup semifinal weekend coming up. In the World Group, Andy Murray and his British team will host Argentina while the France travels to Croatia.

In the Friday opener, Murray will battle Juan Martin del Potro in a rematch of their gold medal match in Rio last month.

“It will be a very tough match. We obviously had a great battle in Rio. It was four hours, lots of …

Stan Wawrinka Beat Novak Djokovic Sunday, Then Lost To Jimmy Fallon On Monday

Posted by Tom Gainey on September 14th, 2016 @ 9:07 am

After winning his first US Open title beating Novak Djokovic in Sunday, Stan Wawrinka made the media rounds Monday and one of his stops was the Jimmy Fallon show.

Instead of a former interview, Stan and “Jamie” saddled up for a friend game of tennis on the Wii. But it Jimmy taking top honors.

10 Things I Think I Thought About Stan Wawrinka, Novak Djokovic And The US Open

Posted by Sean Randall on September 12th, 2016 @ 7:40 pm

With the US Open over some closing thoughts on the final Grand Slam of the tennis season….

1. Stan Is The Man
When the given the chance on the biggest stages, Stan Wawrinka will take it. Don’t believe it? He’s won Slams beating THREE No. 1s (three of the Big 3!). That in itself is hard to do; how many Slams has Andy Murray won beating the Big 3 Yeah, not that …

Stan Wawrinka: I Was Crying, I Was Shaking Right Before The US Open Final!

Posted by Tom Gainey on September 12th, 2016 @ 9:37 am

Stan Wawrinka collected his third career Grand Slam title winning a first US Open Sunday beating Novak Djokovic 67, 64, 75, 63 in four hours.

Wawrinka finished the event beating former champion Juan Martin del Potro, 2014 finalist Kei Nishikori and then the No. 1 Djokovic, all in four sets.

Under Magnus Norman, Wawrinka has won three Grand Slam titles beating three World No. 1s, and he’s won his last 11 finals. …

Novak Djokovic Presser: I Lost My Nerves In The Important Moments, He Kept His Cool

Posted by Tom Gainey on September 12th, 2016 @ 9:27 am

Novak Djokovic slipped to just 2-5 in US Open finals after losing a 4-hour battle yesterday to rival Stan Wawrinka 67, 64, 75, 63.

After a bizarre passage to the final, one leaving some to question where his level was really at, Djokovic was sharp at the start building a 5-2 lead. But Wawrinka shook off the early nerves and got back into the match, beating Djokovic once again after dropping …

Stan Wawrinka Wins Third Slam At US Open, Takes Down Novak Djokovic In 4 Sets

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

Stan Wawrinka is a 3-time Grand Slam champion! Wawrinka added to his resume today claiming the US Open title stunning top seed and World No. 1 Novak Djokovic 6-7(1), 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 in 3 hours, 55 minutes.

“This is amazing, for sure, amazing two weeks,” said Wawrinka. “I spend so much time on the court. Today I knew it will be a really tough battle again playing the No. 1 player, …

US Open Final: Novak Djokovic v Stan Wawrinka, Who’s The Pick?

Posted by Sean Randall on September 10th, 2016 @ 9:08 pm

We are down to just two at the final Grand Slam on the 2016 tennis calendar. And it’s Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka for the US Open title tomorrow in New York City.

Before I get to the title match, a quick look back at how the two got to the final Sunday.

Djokovic didn’t look great but did what he needed to do to get past Gael Monfils in the …

Kerber, New No. 1, Secures Top Spot by Beating Pliskova in US Open Final

Posted by Staff on September 10th, 2016 @ 8:16 pm

Angie Kerber put a stamp on her new reign at the No. 1 ranking on Saturday at the US Open, outlasting big-serving No. 10 seed and breakout player Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in the final.

Kerber had wrapped-up the No. 1 ranking when Serena Williams lost in the semifinals, and then went 2-0 as the yet-unofficial No. 1 by winning her semifinal match and the final. The new WTA rankings …

Eugenie Bouchard Leads Quebec City; WTA Previews Next Week

Posted by Staff on September 10th, 2016 @ 6:06 pm

Quebec City, Canada; Surface: indoor carpet

Seeds: Eugenie Bouchard, Annika Beck, Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, Julia Goerges, Naomi Broady, Mona Barthel, Evgeniya Rodina, Samantha Crawford

Floaters: Bethanie Mattek-Sands

Notes: The No. 2-seeded Beck starts against the upset specialist Mattek-Sands…Wildcards were awarded to Canucks Francoise Abanda, Aleksandra Wozniak and Carol Zhao…The last three seeds are ranked outside the WTA Top 90…Withdrawing from the event were Timea Babos, Anna-Lena Friedsam, Monica Niculescu, former Slam champ …

Angelique Kerber vs Karolina Pliskova For The 2016 US Open Title

Posted by Staff on September 10th, 2016 @ 4:16 pm

In a surprise final, new No. 1 Angelique Kerber will battle Karolina Pliskova this afternoon in the finals of the last Grand Slam of the season.

The German Kerber has won four of seven but Pliskova won their most recent meeting last month in Cincinnati losing just four games.

Te 24-year-old Pliskova also comes in winning 11 straight matches including wins over both Williams sisters, Serena and Venus, this week.

After being …

Djokovic Solves Monfils Riddle In US Open Semifinals; Wawrinka Powers Past Nishikori

Posted by Staff on September 10th, 2016 @ 12:11 am

Novak Djokovic advanced to his seventh US Open final beating an unpredictable Gael Monfils 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 in the semifinals at the US Open Friday.

In the heat and humidity of the day with temperatures soaring into the 90s for the 3pm start, Djokovic raced out to a 5-0 lead in just 21 minutes over the misfiring Monfils.

With Djokovic on the edge of securing the first set, Monfils decided to …

Gael Monfils: Djokovic Is Too Good For Me, So I Had To Switch Strategy And That Doesn’t Make Me Unprofessional

Posted by Staff on September 9th, 2016 @ 11:53 pm

In one of the more bizarre matches in recent Grand Slam semifinal history, Gael Monfils lost to Novak Djokovic in four set at the US Open today.

The result wasn’t much of a surprise because Djokovic is the World No. 1, the defending champion and had beaten the Frenchman in all 12 of their prior meetings. But the match will be remembered for Monfils’s unusual rope-a-dope tank tactics he employed down …

Novak Djokovic: I Had Phases Where I Was Pissed Off By What Monfils Was Doing

Posted by Staff on September 9th, 2016 @ 10:24 pm

In a crazy match, Novak Djokovic struggled with injuries, the odd behavior of his opponent but got through Gael Monfils 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 to reach his 7th US Open final.

The Serb received treatment on both his right and left shoulders during the match, and was also seen in pain. Meanwhile, Monfils went to a semi-tank rope-a-dope strategy after quickly going down 5-0 in the first set. The tactic worked …

Novak Djokovic v Gael Monfils, Stan Wawrinka v Kei Nishikori; US Open SF Picks And Pans

Posted by Sean Randall on September 9th, 2016 @ 11:37 am

This is it! The final weekend of the 2016 Grand Slam season. Novak Djokovic made it. But several of the other top names didn’t.

Roger Federer is on the mend with a bad knee. Rafael Nadal is still dealing with nerves in pressure situations and Andy Murray might want to wear headphones during his matches going forward so he doesn’t get distracted by gong-like noises.

But Stan Wawrinka is back as he …

Serena Williams: I Wasn’t 100%, But Pliskova Played Well, She Deserved To Win

Posted by Staff on September 9th, 2016 @ 12:25 am

For the second straight year Serena Williams was dismissed from the US Open in the semifinals. Last year, chasing a historic calendar Slam, Serena was shocked by Italian first-time Slam semifinalist Roberta Vinci.

Today, she lost once again to a player who had never before made a Slam semifinal, this time to Karolina Pliskova 6-2, 7-6(5) ending for now the chance to pass Steffi Graf for the lead in Open Era …