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Posted by Staff on February 8th, 2017 @ 7:41 pm

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Roger Federer: Days Later, I Still Cannot Believe I Won The Australian Open

Posted by Tom Gainey on February 8th, 2017 @ 10:41 am

In a recent Q&A with Time Magazine, Roger Federer reflected on his improbable win at the Australian Open.

“Honestly, I never thought I’d be able to win this tournament,” Federer said. “That’s what stands out to me three days later. I still can’t believe I was able to make it all happen. This one has a very special, different taste than all the other Grand Slams I ever won. …

Was The Australian Open Court Faster Than Wimbledon? Roger Federer Didn’t Mind!

Posted by Tom Gainey on February 8th, 2017 @ 10:29 am

According to Hawkeye data, the playing surface on Rod Laver Arena during the Australian Open this year was quicker than that of Wimbledon last year, and much more faster than the Australian Open in 2014.

Jim Courier, who’s much better at tennis than math (not “tenths” but “hundredths”), broke the court speed data down on Channel 7 during the event, saying his “head almost flew off” when he saw the numbers….

Rafael Nadal To Return To Queen’s, Part Of Busy Schedule Ahead

Posted by Staff on February 7th, 2017 @ 1:49 pm

Rafael Nadal announced he will return to Queen’s this summer. Nadal won the title in 2008 beating Novak Djokovic, but hasn’t played it since 2011.

“I am very happy to be coming back to Queen’s in June,” said Nadal. “Winning the title in 2008 is a great memory for me, the people that organize the event at Queen’s and the British crowds are fantastic, and it is the best way …

Stan Wawrinka Withdraws From Rotterdam Due To A Knee Injury

Posted by Staff on February 7th, 2017 @ 1:33 pm

Stan Wawrinka won’t be playing Rotterdam next week due to a knee injury. Wawrinka was seen during the Australian Open wearing a strapping on just below his right knee.

“Stan called me this afternoon to share the bad news,” tournament director Richard Krajicek said. “Test results today showed that he is not able to play matches as a result of his knee. The medical advice came as a complete and unpleasant …

Davis Cup Capsules: Defending Champ Argentina Stunned; Canada Disqualified

Posted by Staff on February 6th, 2017 @ 3:48 pm

Serbia d. Russia 3-0
at Serbia, indoor hardcourt

Novak Djokovic came from a set down to beat Daniil Medvedev, but Serb Viktor Troicki was the hero of the weekend. Trociki outlasted Karen Khachanov in a fifth-set tiebreak in the opening singles, then clinched in the doubles with former doubles No. 1 and team captain Nenad Zimonjic over Russians Konstantin Kravchuk and Andrey Kuznetsov 6-3, 7-6(3), 6-7(5), 6-4.

In the April quarterfinals they will …

Denis Shapovalov Hits Chair Umpire In Face With Ball, Gets Disqualified [Video]

Posted by Tom Gainey on February 5th, 2017 @ 5:55 pm

“It’s the worst nightmare,” the commentator on TV said. And it was. 17-year-old Denis Shapovalov was trying to get his Canadian team into the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup against Great Britain earlier today when things took a horrible turn.

Down two sets and in deep trouble after getting broken in the deciding rubber against Kyle Edmund, Shapovalov smacked a ball in frustration except this one found the face of the …

Novak Djokovic Is Still Struggling With A Shoulder Injury

Posted by Tom Gainey on February 5th, 2017 @ 5:27 pm

Novak Djokovic scraped through a 4-set win in his Davis Cup opener against Russia Friday. But in doing so, Djokovic was again troubled by his right shoulder, which required treatment in the first set against 20-year-old Daniil Medvedev.

Djokovic won the match 36, 64, 61, 10 after Medvedev retired with cramps. And Serbia took the tie Saturday in the doubles as captain Nenad Zimonjic subbed in for Djokovic to team with …

Quality WTA St. Pete Final Ends with Mladenovic Raising 1st Title

Posted by Staff on February 5th, 2017 @ 1:22 pm

French 23-year-old Kristina Mladenovic won the first title of her career on Sunday, defeating Yulia Putintseva 6-2, 6-7(3), 6-4 at the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy in Russia.

She broke an 0-3 career streak in finals, this week upending Australian Open finalist Venus Williams and defending champion Roberta Vinci en route to the championship match.

Putintseva also left a trail of seeded players en route to the final, ousting former world No. 2 …

Svitolina Closes on Top 10 After WTA Taiwan Open Title

Posted by Staff on February 5th, 2017 @ 11:36 am

Top-seeded Elina Svitolina won her fifth career WTA title on Sunday when she defeated unseeded Peng Shuai 6-3, 6-2 in the final of the Taiwan Open.

“I was playing very well, and stayed solid mentally and physically,” she said. “That’s a positive. I came here to Taipei trying to improve my game, to push myself and see what I could do. This week, then, was very positive.”

On the precipice of cracking …

Dimitrov Doesn’t Diss Sofia; Cilic in Montpellier; ATP Previews

Posted by Staff on February 4th, 2017 @ 4:53 pm

Montpellier, France; surface: indoor hard

Seeds: Marin Cilic, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Richard Gasquet, Alexander Zverev, Feliciano Lopez, Mischa Zverev, Marcel Granollers, Fernando Verdasco

Floaters: Dustin Brown, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, Daniel Evans

Notes: Cilic the only Top 10er but a lot of big second-tier names, along with both Zverev brothers seeded for possibly the first time together at a tour event…The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Potential tough starts for (1) Cilic after …

Davis Cup First Round Preview: Djokovic, Kyrgios, Zverev, Gasquet Headline

Posted by Staff on February 2nd, 2017 @ 7:37 pm

Following a busy Olympic season and many of the top stars close to or into their 30s, the first round World Group Davis Cup field is without many marquee names. But a few (5 in the Top 20) are still making their appearance.

Former World No. 1 Novak Djokovic leads a Serbian team that welcomes a young, talented Russian squad. The Russians are anchored by 20-year-olds Karen Khanchanov and Daniil Medevedev. …

8 Things I Think About Thought About Roger Federer’s Australian Open Win And The GOAT

Posted by Sean Randall on January 31st, 2017 @ 10:35 pm

It’s time to wrap up what was best called an unpredictable Australian Open which culminated in a win by Roger Federer over Rafael Nadal in a final absolutely no one saw coming a month ago. Once again, just when you think you know tennis, you don’t.

1. The Win
What an incredible effort by Federer to not only get up off the mat from a 3-1 deficit in the fifth, but to …

Roger Federer Gets Hero’s Welcome At Zurich Airport [Video]

Posted by Tom Gainey on January 31st, 2017 @ 9:50 am

Roger Federer returned to Switzerland earlier today to a hero’s welcome of cheers and bells at the Zurich airport. And he arrived still clutching the Australian Open trophy he won from Rafael Nadal in their 5-set epic final Sunday.

After his first official tournament in six months, Federer has almost a month of downtime before returning to the tour in his second home of Dubai which begins on February 27….

Roger Federer Gives Wife Mirka A Celebratory Hug And Kiss After Australian Open Title [Video]

Posted by Tom Gainey on January 31st, 2017 @ 8:30 am

Australia is a special place for Roger Federer. The Swiss met his wife Mirka at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and Sunday in Melbourne following his incredible 5-set win over Rafael Nadal in the title match, the tournament cameras caught Federer sharing the moment with Mirka: