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October 23rd, 2014

Federer v Dimitrov, Nadal v Coric In Basel; Murray, Ferrer Alive In Valencia

A couple of good matches are lined up Friday in Basel. Five-time tournament champion – and favorite to win a sixth – Roger Federer meets his younger doppelganger Grigor Dimitrov. Rafael Nadal is also in quarterfinal action against rising star Borna Coric.

Federer dropped the first to Denis Istomin today before recovering to win 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. I was able to only catch the first set, a set in which Federer looked pretty flat and listless.

“I thought I was lacking rhythm …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 6:26 pm in Fall Season | 99 Comments »

October 22nd, 2014

Federer, Nadal Breeze In Basel; Murray, Ferrer Advance In Valencia

Top tennis draws Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal both breezed today in early round play in Basel. Playing in his first match, home favorite and 5-time tournament champion Federer blew out Gilles Muller 6-1, 6-2 in just 47 minutes.

“I am very happy with how the first round went here,” said Federer. “It was totally different to Shanghai, when I saved five match points [v Mayer]. This time around, I was really in control from the get-go. I hope I can …

Posted by Staff @ 7:08 pm in Fall Season | 48 Comments »

October 22nd, 2014

Serena Williams Blasted by Halep in Embarrassment

World No. 1 Serena Williams was made to look like a failed qualifier on Tuesday at the WTA Finals in Singapore, receiving a 6-0, 6-2 beatdown at the hands of Romanian former world No. 2 Simona Halep.

Williams described the encounter as “embarrassing” in a post-match conference where she maintained a smile while at the same time looking like she could begin crying at any moment.

“My forehand was off today,” Williams said. “It’s obviously gone on an early vacation. My serve …

Posted by Staff @ 10:42 am in Tennis | 4 Comments »

October 22nd, 2014

Serena Williams Got Bageled For Just The Seventh Time In Her Career [Chart]

Earlier today the WTA Finals in Singapore saw its first big upset as Simona Halep not only ended Serena Williams’s 16-match win streak at the event, but also dominated the World No. 1 beating her in resounding fashion 60, 62.

The 60 bagel Serena ate was just the 7th of a career that began 19 years ago in 1995! That’s seven bagel sets in 801 career matches!

Here’s a list of all the players to have won a 60 set off Serena …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:05 am in Charts, WTA Championships | 5 Comments »

October 22nd, 2014

Novak Djokovic’s Baby’s Name Is Stefan

A very happy Novak Djokovic took to twitter to officially confirm the birth of he and wife Jelena Ristic’s first child. The new baby boy, named Stefan, was born yesterday in Nice, France, which is near their home in Monte Carlo.

Stefan, our baby angel was born! I am so proud of my beautiful wife Jelena! Thank you so much for your love and support. We love you all!!!

— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) October 22, 2014

The …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:26 am in 2014 Season | 16 Comments »

October 21st, 2014

It’s A Boy! Novak Djokovic Is Now A Father!

In a breaking story, media out of Serbia are reporting that Novak Djokovic’s wife, Jelena Ristic, has given birth today to a baby boy.

According to the story, the families have been celebrating at the “Novak” restaurants. Good times for everyone and congratulations to the happy couple!

As this is still not 100% confirmed publicly by Djokovic, we don’t have a name yet for the baby. Just a hunch, it probably won’t be Rafa or Roger.

Tennis-wise, this is perfect news for …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 5:41 pm in 2014 Season | 65 Comments »

October 21st, 2014

Federer Surprised By Shot At No. 1; Murray, Nadal In Action Wednesday

With the clock running out, Roger Federer and Andy Murray are both in action on Wednesday in Europe, with both aiming for lofty goals.

Despite going Slam-less in 2014, Federer finds himself with a decent shot at the year-end No. 1 ranking, and that chase resumes this week in Basel where 500 points are available for the taking.

“It’s all to play for and I hope to start off well in Basel,” said Federer trails Novak Djokovic by 990 ranking points. “The …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 5:20 pm in Fall Season | 67 Comments »

October 21st, 2014

WTA Finals: Wozniacki Edges Sharapova, Serena v Halep Wednesday

In one of the better matches of the season, Caroline Wozniacki continued her resurgence beating Maria Sharapova Tuesday in round robin play at the Singapore WTA Finals.

Wozniacki, who also beat Sharapova at the US Open, took this one 7-6(4), 6-7(5), 6-2 in 3 hours, 15 minutes.

“I just feel like right now with all the training and running I’ve been doing, I can keep being out there and keep running,” said Wozniacki who was down a break in the first. “I …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 5:03 pm in WTA Championships | 3 Comments »

October 21st, 2014

Serena Williams Explains Her “Splits”

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During 64, 64 win over Ana Ivanovic in the opening day of the WTA Finals, Serena Williams did one of her trademark splits.

The World No. 1 is one of the more muscular players on the women’s tour, so it’s quite extraordinary she has that kind of flexibility. And after the win, she spoke …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:04 am in WTA Championships | 4 Comments »

October 21st, 2014

Rafael Nadal Looks Good In Basel Return

Playing with an inflamed appendix, Rafael Nadal dominated Simone Bolelli 6-2, 6-2 in his first round of Basel.

“This was a very important victory for me,” said Nadal who is playing in Basel for the first time in 10 years. “I played a good match, a solid one. I played with not many mistakes.”

The 29-year-old Bolelli dropsh to 0-33 lifetime against Top 10 players.

Nadal will play the winner of the Edouard Roger-Vasselin and qualifier Pierre-Hugues Herbert match in the second round.

Rafa …

Posted by Staff @ 9:49 am in Fall Season | 4 Comments »

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ATP - Oct 27 WTA - Oct 27
1 Novak Djokovic1 Serena Williams
2 Roger Federer2 Maria Sharapova
3 Rafael Nadal3 Simona Halep
4 Stan Wawrinka4 Petra Kvitova
5 Tomas Berdych5 Ana Ivanovic
6 David Ferrer6 Agnieszka Radwanska
7 Kei Nishikori7 Eugenie Bouchard
8 Andy Murray8 Caroline Wozniacki
9 Marin Cilic9 Na Li
10 Milos Raonic10 Angelique Kerber
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