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August 15th, 2015

Serena vs. Streaking Bencic in Toronto Semis; Djokovic and Chardy Save MPs

Unseeded Swiss Belinda Bencic continued her breakthrough tournament on Friday at the Rogers Cup in Toronto, upsetting No. 5 seed Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 6-2 to set up a semifinal meeting with world No. 1 Serena Williams.

At 4-4 in the first set the Swiss ripped off six straight games to take control of the match.

“I’m in the semifinals — I cannot believe it,” said Bencic, who earlier in the week toppled Genie Bouchard, former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki and Sabine Lisicki. …

Posted by Staff @ 12:28 am in Tennis | 105 Comments »

August 14th, 2015

In Defense Of Nick Kyrgios

Yeah, yeah. I know Nick Kyrgios is a terrible guy. He’s the most hated player in the sport right now. He’s toxic. He’s a horse’s ass. He’s all those things, and you’d be right to say all those things and more.

What he did the other night during his match against Stan Wawrinka, telling the crowd and TV audience that Thanasi Kokkinakis was banging Stan’s alleged girlfriend, Donna Vekic, was unacceptable and reprehensible. And he deserves the widespread backlash and …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 1:33 pm in Canadian Open | 116 Comments »

August 14th, 2015

Nadal, Djokovic, Murray All Winners, Kyrgios The Big Loser Thursday In Montreal; Serena In Toronto QFs

A trio of former champions all advanced to the Friday quarterfinals. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic breezed past the rising American Jack Sock 6-2, 6-1.

“I never played him before so it took me some time to really figure out what his patterns were of the serves, his game in general,” Djokovic said of Sock. “I did watch him many times before, but it’s different when you’re standing on the court trying to read the rotation, especially of his forehand because …

Posted by Staff @ 1:33 am in Canadian Open | 241 Comments »

August 13th, 2015

ATP Slaps Nick Kyrgios With $10,000 Fine, Leaves Door Open For Further Discipline And Possible Suspension

The ATP hit Nick Kyrgios with a $10,000 fine and left the door open for even more action after the Australian’s insulting remarks yesterday to Stan Wawrinka and his alleged girlfriend Donna Vekic last night in Montreal.

In a statement, the ATP said, “Nick Kyrgios has been fined the maximum on site amount of $10,000 for an insulting comment he made to Stan Wawrinka during their second round match at the Rogers Cup in Montreal, Canada. The ATP also said …

Posted by Staff @ 3:52 pm in Canadian Open | 58 Comments »

August 13th, 2015

Caroline Wozniacki Takes Exception With WTA Rules Forcing Her Play Tournaments When She’s Not At Her Best

Following a 75, 75 loss yesterday to Belinda Bencic in Toronto, former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki levied an attack on the WTA for making her play when she’s not ready to be at her best.

“I think the WTA is all about, you know, they’re like we want the players healthy, we want them to play at their best level at every tournament and we want to make it tough for them,” Wozniacki said. “And that’s good, but the fact that …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 2:27 pm in Canadian Open | No Comments »

August 13th, 2015

Andy Murray Has To Play His Brother Jamie Today In An “Awkward” Doubles Match

Andy Murray will have to play two today in Montreal, but what’s the bigger match. First, the 2-time Canadian singles winner will meet big-serving Lefty Gilles Muller in the third round.

Then, he’ll team with Leander Paes in the doubles against his brother Jamie and his partner John Peers.

“It’s a bit awkward,” Murray said yesterday after beating Tommy Robredo. “I don’t know how the Williams sisters have done that and played some great matches against each other in huge events. Obviously …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 2:07 pm in Canadian Open | 1 Comment »

August 13th, 2015

Rafael Nadal Doesn’t Know If He Can Win The US Open

Rafael Nadal began his summer swing yesterday in Montreal beating Sergiy Stakhovsky 7-6, 6-3. Nadal, who’s won the Canadian Open three times, was asked about his chances ahead at the US Open, which he missed last year but won twice in 2010 and 2013.

“I don’t know if I have a chance at the US Open,” Nadal said. “The only thing that I know is that all the ups and downs I had during the whole season, the line is positive.

“That’s …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 1:57 pm in Canadian Open, US Open | 1 Comment »

August 13th, 2015

Kei Nishikori Says He Doesn’t Feel Much Pressure To Win From Japan

World No. 4 Kei Nishikori said yesterday that despite swiftly rising up the ranks, he doesn’t feel any extra pressure from his home country of Japan where he’s such a popular star.

“I’m very comfortable,” said Nishikori after an opening win over Pablo Andujar. “I don’t feel much pressure from Japan or anything. I just try to focus what I can do.

“It’s very honor to be No. 1 player right now in Asia. I hope tennis gets bigger in Asia. …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 1:44 pm in Canadian Open | 3 Comments »

August 13th, 2015

Nick Kyrgios Apologizes For Remarks Made Against Stan Wawrinka And His Girlfriend Donna Vekic

After creating a firestorm of controversy last night with a rude remark during his match with Stan Wawrinka in Montreal, Nick Kyrgios went on Facebook this afternoon to issue an apology.

“I would like to take this opportunity to apologise for the comments I made during the match last night vs Stan Wawrinka,” Kyrgios wrote. “My comments were made in the heat of the moment and were unacceptable on many levels. In addition to the private apology I’ve made, …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 1:06 pm in Canadian Open | 12 Comments »

August 13th, 2015

Nick Kyrgios To Stan Wawrinka: Kokkinakis Banged Your Girlfriend, Sorry To Tell You That Mate [Video]

The story of the day in tennis isn’t the great matches featured in Canada or Serena Williams’s assault on history, instead, it’s the continued incredible antics of Nick Kyrgios. Last night, the outspoken Aussie did it again, creating a firestorm of controversy and disgust across the internet for the words he said during his match against Stan Wawrinka in Montreal.

Minutes after losing the first set, during the first game Kyrgios muttered something he wanted no one to hear and everyone …

Posted by Staff @ 9:23 am in Canadian Open, Videos | 85 Comments »

August 12th, 2015

8 Top 10 Players Exit Wednesday at ATP Montreal, WTA Toronto

More than half the men’s seeds in play, including four of the Top 10, were shocked out of the ATP Rogers Cup in Montreal on a chaotic Wednesday.

No. 3 Stan Wawrinka, No. 5 Tomas Berdych, No. 6 Marin Cilic, No. 9 Gilles Simon, No. 14 Grigor Dimitrov and No. 15 Gael Monfils were all shown the exit, with unseeded Americans and Aussies doing the majority of the upset damage.

American qualifier Donald Young sent out the No. 5-seeded Berdych 7-6(5), 6-3, …

Posted by Staff @ 11:29 pm in Tennis | 31 Comments »

August 12th, 2015

Serena Rallies To Beat Pennetta In Toronto; Bouchard Bounced By Bencic

Serena Williams did it again. Like we saw at the French Open, Serena lost the first set to Flavia Pennetta, got down a break in the second before roaring back to win 11 of the last 12 games to take the match 2-6, 6-3, 6-0.

“I just told myself to drop it, like drop the racquet low and get ready to do everything I could to get into the game and to try to do different things, and that’s what I …

Posted by Staff @ 9:43 am in Canadian Open | 9 Comments »

August 12th, 2015

Djokovic Wins, Murray Suspended In Montreal; Nadal, Nishikori Today

Novak Djokovic opened his 2015 hardcourt summer swing with a tough 6-3, 7-6(4) win over Brazilian lefty Thomaz Bellucci in the second round at the Montreal Masters.

The Serb collected his 250th career Masters 1000 victory, but it wasn’t easy on a day that was delayed by early showers.

“I thought the conditions were, because of the rain, quite heavy and slow,” said Djokovic. “So I think it suited Bellucci very well. Nevertheless, credit to him for playing some really solid, resilient …

Posted by Staff @ 9:21 am in Canadian Open | 117 Comments »

August 11th, 2015

Tennis Experts Weigh In On What’s Wrong With Rafael Nadal

In a new CNN story, the author spoke to many top names in tennis about what the issue is with Rafael Nadal and his 2015 decline.

Here’s a summary of what the experts said.

Andy Roddick of the BBC: Rafa probably won’t win another Slam.

Coach Nick Bollettieri: Rafa needs a new voice, new coach, he’s lost the fear factor in the locker room and he’s no longer winning the long rallies like he did before.

Former coach of Roddick and McEnroe Larry …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 12:51 pm in Canadian Open | 67 Comments »

August 11th, 2015

Rafael Nadal Says He’s Mentally In Good Shape, But Will It Be Enough?

Rafael Nadal slump has been one of the major stories this season. The Spaniard has been far from his best as his ranking as fallen, now at No. 9 this week.

But Nadal did just win his first European clay title last week in Hamburg so he begins the summer hardcourt swing with some momentum and some confidence.

“It’s always about adapting your tennis. There’s a different way of hitting the ball, but at the end of the day it’s tennis. Hamburg …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 11:49 am in Canadian Open | 6 Comments »


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ATP - Aug 24 WTA - Aug 24
1 Novak Djokovic1 Serena Williams
2 Roger Federer2 Simona Halep
3 Andy Murray3 Maria Sharapova
4 Kei Nishikori4 Caroline Wozniacki
5 Stan Wawrinka5 Petra Kvitova
6 Tomas Berdych6 Lucie Safarova
7 David Ferrer7 Ana Ivanovic
8 Rafael Nadal8 Karolina Pliskova
9 Marin Cilic9 Garbine Muguruza Blanco
10 Milos Raonic10 Carla Suarez Navarro
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