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April 9th, 2014

2014 Marquee Clay Schedules: Follow Nadal, Djokovic And Federer On The Road To Roland Garros

The “Road To Roland Garros” kicked off this week with two appetizer-sized stops in Houston and Casablanca. The main course, however, begins next week with the Big Three of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and late wildcard entrant Roger Federer battling in Monte Carlo.

The 32-year-old Federer hasn’t played the event since 2011 and with all his match play already this year and his mantra of keeping a healthy schedule, it was a surprise he’d add an event here. But he must …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 1:45 pm in Clay Season | 98 Comments »

April 8th, 2014

Andrea Petkovic Can Have Fun Like Nobody Else [Video]

The entertaining Andrea Petkovic has a lot to celebrate. The German star who’s battled a series of unfortunately injuries had one of her best weeks of her career winning the Charleston event on Sunday.

The long comeback road and the 75, 62 win over Jana Cepelova reduced Petkovic to tears.

“I don’t know why but I just sort of broke down,” Petkovic said. “I was happy. Normally I don’t cry when I’m sad – I cry when I’m happy, strangely, so it’s …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:44 am in Videos | 2 Comments »

April 8th, 2014

Roger Federer, Andy Murray Not Scheduled To Play Monte Carlo

The first big clay event of the season begins next week in Monte Carlo. King of Clay Rafael Nadal will be the top seed at the tournament he has won eight times. Novak Djokovic, who broke Nadal’s run last year, is seeded second.

Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka is also entered along with David Ferrer, Tomas Berdych and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Missing from the event right now, however, are Roger Federer and Andy Murray.

Federer, who has never won the event, hasn’t played …

Posted by Staff @ 10:32 am in Monte Carlo | 30 Comments »

April 8th, 2014

Davis Cup Playoffs: Serbia Goes To India, Spain Travels To Brazil

The Davis Cup playoffs draw was released earlier this morning. The notable ties have former champions making long, tough trips after a summer hardcourt swing.

With main draw berths on the line, Serbia goes to India, Spain makes the long trip to Brazil and Argentina will have to go to Israel.

The winning teams will have a place in the 2015 World Group. The losers will fall to zonal play.

2014 World Group play-offs (12-14 September)
India (c) v Serbia (s)
Brazil (c) v Spain …

Posted by Staff @ 10:14 am in Davis Cup | 5 Comments »

April 8th, 2014

Novak Djokovic Discusses His Life Story On Italian TV [Video]

World No. 2 Novak Djokovic appeared on Italian TV over the weekend. The recent Miami and Indian Wells champion discussed his game and his life story (in Italian!) on Rai’s “Che Tempo Che Fa” show Sunday night in Milan.

Djokovic will defend his 2013 Monte Carlo title next week when he joins rival Rafael Nadal and possibly Roger Federer in the first big clay event of the season.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:04 am in Videos | 39 Comments »

April 7th, 2014

Isner Headlines Houston; ATP/WTA Previews

Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship
Houston, Tex., USA; Surface: clay

Seeds: John Isner, Tommy Robredo, Nicolas Almagro, Fernando Verdasco, Feliciano Lopez, Juan Monaco, Lleyton Hewitt, Ivo Karlovic

Floaters: Sam Querrey, Jack Sock, (WC) Marcos Baghdatis

Notes: (7) Hewitt likely to meet Querrey 2nd rd., and (8) Karlovic opens against Sock…Wildcards went to Marcos Baghdatis and Americans Steve Johnson and Rhyne Williams…Pulling from the event were Pablo Cuevas, Alejandro Falla, Bradley Klahn, and Janko Tipsarevic…Isner beat Almagro in last year’s final…The …

Posted by Staff @ 1:20 am in Tennis | 1 Comment »

April 6th, 2014

Ivanovic, Petkovic Win Titles; Davis Cup QF Recap

German Petkovic Rebounds from Injury to Win Charleston

No. 14-seeded Andrea Petkovic won her third title of the year on Sunday at the Family Circle Cup, defeating unseeded Jana Cepelova 7-5, 6-4. “When I was down facing set point [in the first set], I just told myself, ‘You gotta let loose and you gotta relax a little bit because otherwise you’re not going to win this match,’” Petkovic said. “And so I relaxed, and I started hitting the ball harder and …

Posted by Staff @ 11:48 pm in Davis Cup, Tennis | 4 Comments »

April 5th, 2014

Here Are Roger Federer’s 100 Career Best Shots [Video]

A Roger Federer fan has compiled some, or 100, of Roger’s greatest shots during his career.

The fan who made the video, username “Raz Oo”, offered his explanation for his selections. So don’t moan.

“You know what they say: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. So if one shot is ranked higher than another that you enjoy more; I’m sorry, but everyone has diferent perspective of things. I should also say that some shots were excluded due to the …

Posted by Staff @ 6:16 pm in Best Shots, Videos | 104 Comments »

April 5th, 2014

Watch Stanislas Wawrinka Get Knocked Down On Matchpoint By This Golubev Forehand [Video]

The Swiss are in trouble in Davis Cup this weekend in Geneva. The favorites were tied 1-1 with visiting Kazakhstan after the singles, but with Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka things looked promising for a rebound in the doubles today.

However it didn’t go their way as the Kazakh team of Aleksandr Nedovyesov and Andrey Golubev stunned the gold medal winners 64, 76(5), 46, 76(6).

The match culminated with this forehand blast off Golubev’s racquet. A shot that absolutely knocked Wawrinka down …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 3:29 pm in Davis Cup, Videos | 12 Comments »

April 3rd, 2014

Davis Cup Quarterfinals: Federer, Wawrinka Lead Favored Swiss; Murray Sick In Italy

Round Two of the Davis Cup gets underway Friday with quarterfinal play featuring a trio of Grand Slam champions.

Roger Federer and Australian Open winner Stanislas Wawrinka continue their march toward an elusive title as their Swiss team host Kazakhstan in Geneva.

“I think it can feel strange for everybody when you have Roger on the team and he is No. 2 in the tie,” said Wawrinka. “It’s just because I played so well at the beginning of the season winning my …

Posted by Staff @ 10:53 pm in Davis Cup | 111 Comments »


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1 Rafael Nadal1 Serena Williams
2 Novak Djokovic2 Na Li
3 Stanislas Wawrinka3 Agnieszka Radwanska
4 Roger Federer4 Victoria Azarenka
5 Tomas Berdych5 Simona Halep
6 David Ferrer6 Petra Kvitova
7 Juan Martin Del Potro7 Angelique Kerber
8 Andy Murray8 Jelena Jankovic
9 Richard Gasquet9 Maria Sharapova
10 Milos Raonic10 Dominika Cibulkova
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