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Petra Kvitova Meets Angelique Kerber In Stuttgart SFs; Laura Siegemund Keeps Winning

Posted by Staff on April 22nd, 2016 @ 6:55 pm

Former Grand Slam champions Petra Kvitova and German star Angelique Kerber will meet in the semifinals Saturday in Stuttgart.

Kvitova advanced after blowing out Wimbledon finalist Garbine Muguruza in the third set 6-1, 3-6, 6-0.

“I think it’s very tough because I wasn’t playing bad, you know,” Muguruza said. “I was running and trying to fight for every point but she was coming with great shots.

“And then, I was like, I’m …

Former Champions Rafael Nadal, Kei Nishikori Continue On Barcelona Collision Course

Posted by Staff on April 22nd, 2016 @ 6:40 pm

Eight-time champion Rafael Nadal and 2-time defending Barcelona winner Kei Nishikori continued on their collision course to a Sunday showdown today in quarterfinal play.

Nadal resumed his recent resurgent beating the tricky Italian Fabio Fognini 6-2, 7-6(1). It was the Spaniard’s eighth straight match win.

“It was a match on a really high level. Great win against one of the best players on clay in straight sets. I can’t complain,” said Nadal. …

TIU: So Far In 2016, Two Tour Matches Have Triggered A Match Fixing Alert

Posted by Tom Gainey on April 22nd, 2016 @ 9:59 am

In its effort to become more transparent, the Tennis Integrity Unit released a quarterly report earlier today summarizing their “Match Alerts” data for the first three months of the season.

What they saw in 24,110 matches was that 48 or .2% triggered an “alert”, which is an “indicator that something inappropriate may have happened”.

At the tour levels (Grand Slams, ATP, WTA), the TIU found 2 matches, one at the Australian Open …

Roger Federer Gets A Street In Switzerland Named After Him [Video]

Posted by Tom Gainey on April 22nd, 2016 @ 9:39 am

Roger Federer received yet another honor. The 17-time Grand Slam champions had a street named after him in Biel, Switzerland.

The street called “Roger Federer Allee” will lead to the new Swiss National tennis center once it opens in 2017. Federer trained there as a teen from 1997 until 2002.

While this is Federer’s first street in Switzerland, he does have one already in Germany. Halle …

Simona Halep Slammed By Qualifier Laura Siegemund In Stuttgart; Kvitova v Muguruza Friday

Posted by Staff on April 21st, 2016 @ 6:48 pm

Simona Halep’s disappointing 2016 continued Thursday in her opening match at Stuttgart where the former French Open finalist was slammed by German qualifier Laura Siegemund 6-1, 6-2.

“I think it’d be presumptuous to say [the match] was perfect, because there is always something to improve,” Siegemund said. “But that was very good and of course I’m mega happy. I have not expected that it would go so smoothly.”

The 6th-ranked Halep, who …

Rafael Nadal Faces Fabio Fognini Friday In Barcelona; Kei Nishikori Win Streak At 12

Posted by Staff on April 21st, 2016 @ 6:30 pm

On a rainy day, Rafael Nadal won his seventh straight match Thursday crushing countryman Albert Montanes 6-2, 6-2 at the Barcelona Open. He then said with so much time left in the day that he might go see a movie!

“I need to do my recovery work as it is the second tournament in a row, last week was a hard week with a lot of long matches and so I’ll …

Novak Djokovic: If There’s No Proof Tennis Is Not Clean, Then Tennis Is Clean!

Posted by Tom Gainey on April 20th, 2016 @ 10:02 am

After winning this third Laureus Sportsman of the Year honor, Novak Djokovic responded to Andy Murray’s claim that there’s doping in tennis, making it clear he didn’t share the Scot’s view.

“As long as we don’t have proof that game is not clean, then it is clean,” Djokovic told the Telegraph. “I’ve read what he said, I have great relationship with Andy, I’ve spoken to him, he didn’t …

Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams Win Laureus Awards Monday [Video]

Posted by Staff on April 19th, 2016 @ 11:45 pm

World No. 1s Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams both took home Laureus Awards on Monday in Berlin. Serena won the Sportswoman of the Year award for the second time in three years, and a for the fourth time overall.

Djokovic took home Sportsman of the Years honors for the second consecutive year and third time.

“He had a great year again,” said coach Boris Becker. ‘He’s played 88 matches, has won 82, …

Rafael Nadal Opens Bid For A Ninth Barcelona Title Wednesday

Posted by Staff on April 19th, 2016 @ 11:34 pm

Reenergized from a Monte Carlo title – his biggest in almost two years – Rafael Nadal returns to his home country Wednesday seeking a ninth title in Barcelona.

Nadal opens play against countryman Marcel Granollers who he leads 3-0 in their series. And he comes off a ninth Monte Carlo title Sunday after consecutive wins over Dominic Thiem, Stan Wawrinka, Andy Murray and then in the final Gael Monfils.

“I am very …

Gael Monfils: I Want To Win A Big Title, The French Open Is My Dream

Posted by Tom Gainey on April 18th, 2016 @ 2:15 pm

One of the nice surprises of 2016 has been the play of Gael Monfils. The Frenchman has sidelined the showboating antics this year in favor of a more focused game. And results are clear.

Monfils began the year ranked No. 24 and he’s already up 10 spots after reaching his first clay Masters final yesterday in Monte Carlo.

He’s also 20-6 on the season with two finals and a quarterfinal at the …

Rafael Nadal: This Monte Carlo Victory Confirms That I Am Better Now!

Posted by Tom Gainey on April 18th, 2016 @ 2:03 pm

Rafael Nadal collected his biggest title since the 2014 French Open yesterday by winning his ninth Monte Carlo title beating Gael Monfils in three sets.

The win wrapped up an impressive week for Nadal who’s had his share of struggles this season. Nadal posted victories over four Top 16 players in succession, defeating Dominic Thiem, Stan Wawrinka, Andy Murray and then Monfils.

“Have been a very important week for me,” Nadal said. …

Roger Federer Is Undecided On Playing Madrid Or Rome

Posted by Tom Gainey on April 18th, 2016 @ 10:24 am

Just because Roger Federer played Monte Carlo doesn’t mean we’ll be seeing the Swiss at more French Open warm-up events this spring.

Federer, who didn’t have any pre-French clay events on his original schedule, told the press after losing Friday in Monte Carlo that he doesn’t have a set schedule before Paris.

“I definitely won’t play the next couple of weeks,” Federer said Friday. “And Madrid I’ll decide probably like 10 …

Andy Murray Suspicious Of Players Who Don’t Get Tired, Boris Becker Hits Back On Doping Claims

Posted by Tom Gainey on April 18th, 2016 @ 9:53 am

Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic’s coach, Boris Becker, are at odds over allegations the Scot made. Murray spoke to the Daily Mail last week and urged authorities to step-up its war on doping.

“I have played against players and thought, ‘They won’t go away’ or ‘They don’t seem to be getting tired’,” Murray told the paper. “Have I ever been suspicious of someone? Yeah. You hear things.

“It’s harder to tell …

Fed Cup Playoffs: Former Powerhouse Russia Out of World Group I, as is 4-time Champ Italy

Posted by Staff on April 17th, 2016 @ 5:59 pm

The halcyon days of Russian Fed Cup are no more. With no players in the Top 30 representing, the Russians are pounded into zonal play by former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, who won her first two singles matches before Belarus’ No. 100-ranked Aliaksandra Sasnovich beat Russia’s Margarita Gasparyan to put Belarus into World Group I for 2017. It is the first time in Belarus Fed Cup …

France v Czech in Fed Cup Final, Capsules; Falconi Wins Bogota

Posted by Staff on April 17th, 2016 @ 5:55 pm

Fed Cup World Group Semifinals

The Dutch couldn’t hold a lead as Kiki Bertens twice put them out ahead, but got no support as France clinches in the deciding doubles. Bertens beat France’s Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic, but the Netherlands couldn’t get singles wins out of either Richel Hogenkamp or Arantxa Rus.

In the deciding doubles Garcia/Mladenovic bore down to defeat Bertens/Hogenkamp 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.

“It’s difficult …