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June 19th, 2015

Andy Murray Says If He Could Have Any Single Shot In Tennis He Would Take John Isner’s Serve

Following his 75, 64 win yesterday over Fernando Verdasco at Queen’s, Andy Murray was asked what shot he like to have from his fellow players, he said he’d take John Isner’s serve.

“Probably would be Isner’s serve, I think,” Murray said. “It makes the game a whole lot easier when you can serve like that. But, I mean, there is a bunch of guys that serve unbelievably well, but I think his first and second serve are ‑‑ probably that package …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:14 am in Queens | 8 Comments »

June 19th, 2015

Ivo Karlovic Just Hit A 3-Set Record 45 Aces In a Win Over Tomas Berdych Today In Halle [Chart]

A day after John Isner and Feliciano Lopez combined for 65 aces in Queen’s (and two after Sabine Lisicki’s mark), Ivo Karlovic did them one better smashing 45 aces in a win over Tomas Berdych today in the Halle quarterfinals.

The 45 aces are the most ever hit in a 3-set match, it’s just the fifth time anyone has hit 40+ aces in a 3-set match.

“I’m extremely happy about the record,” said Karlovic. “Hitting aces helps a lot, you can avoid …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:03 am in Charts, Halle | 8 Comments »

June 19th, 2015

Juan Martin Del Potro Recovers From A Third Surgery On His Left Wrist

A few days after a heartfelt message announcing his continued issues with his left wrist, Juan Martin del Potro tweeted out a post-surgery photo surgery Thursday.

“Hello. Here I am recovering after the surgery. I’m really thankful to you for being there and for your messages,” he said after the 1 hour, 20 minute procedure.

Hola. Acá recuperándome de la cirugía. Todo salió bien. Les agradezco de corazón por estar pendientes y por su apoyo.

— …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:50 am in Injuries | No Comments »

June 18th, 2015

Murray Advances At Queen’s, Defending Champion Dimitrov Out; Federer In Halle QFs

Three-time champion Andy Murray eased past Fernando Verdasco today 7-5, 6-4 to advance to the Queen’s quarterfinals.

“It wasn’t perfect, but I felt I dug myself out of a few difficult situations when I was behind on my serve,” said Murray. “Especially in the second set, [I] played some good points there, [served] a few aces.

“I will definitely need to make sure I start a bit sharper than I have in the last couple of matches, because I played a couple …

Posted by Staff @ 9:24 pm in Halle, Queens | 14 Comments »

June 18th, 2015

Thanasi Kokkinakis Admits He Played Like Rubbish, But Is Glad He Saw Some Celebs In The Crowd

Thanasi Kokkinakis got a grass tennis lesson yesterday from Gilles Simon during a 64, 62 loss at the Queen’s Club second round. But the 19-year-old Australian took some fun out of it, joking afterward that at least he got to see some popular faces in the crowd.

“I saw that,” Kokkinakis said we told Top Gear present Jeremy Clarkson was watching in the stands. “Got a bit distracted, actually. Oh, there he is from Top Gear. Again, disappointing performance in front …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 1:19 pm in Queens | 3 Comments »

June 18th, 2015

Stan Wawrinka Rates Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Then Andy Murray As His Wimbledon Favorites

With just 10 days or so from the start of Wimbledon, the prognosticators are getting ready. Among them is French Open champion Stan Wawrinka who offered his favorites to win when asked yesterday after losing to Kevin Anderson in Queen’s.

“I put Novak, Roger, Murray,” Wawrinka said of his Wimbledon favorites.

“Novak is No. 1,” he went on. “He’s been playing so well since last years now and especially this year. I’m sure after losing French Open final he wants more, he …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 12:57 pm in Wimbledon | 7 Comments »

June 17th, 2015

Lisicki Cracks A Record 27 Aces In Birmingham; Ivanovic, Bouchard Upset, Azarenka Withdraws

German star Sabine Lisicki blasted a WTA record 27 aces en route to a 6-1, 7-6(4) win over Belinda Bencic today in the second round at Birmingham.

“It’s nice to have another record!” Lisicki said on court. “It’s obviously a good weapon to have on grass. And I love playing on grass, so it’s nice to be back at the Aegon Classic Birmingham.”

Last summer, Lisicki hit the fastest serve ever recorded.

While the 8th-seeded Lisicki advanced, several seeds weren’t as fortunate. …

Posted by Staff @ 7:16 pm in Grass season | 7 Comments »

June 17th, 2015

Federer Downs Gulbis In Halle; Anderson Ousts Wawrinka At Queen’s

Roger Federer gained revenge on Ernests Gulbis for a French Open loss last year, sending off the Latvian 6-3, 7-5 to reach the Friday quarterfinals in Halle.

“It is a grass-court match and he’s got a big serve, so regardless of what his level is, he’s always going to be tough for himself and for the opponent,” said Federer. “I served well when I had to and I’m pleased about the overall performance today.”

Federer will face Florian Mayer in the quarters.

“I …

Posted by Staff @ 7:02 pm in Halle, Queens | 66 Comments »

June 17th, 2015

Roger Federer Isn’t Pleased That Boris Becker Says That He And Novak Djokovic Don’t Get Along

Last week Boris Becker jumped into the fire pproclaiming that Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer don’t like each other. It wasn’t much of a revelation as the two have had their issues, especially early on and you rarely see them together in exos. But there has been little evidence of animosity of late.

However Becker, in his new book “Wimbledon: My Life and Career at the All England Club”, contends they are still not friends saying the two “don’t …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:33 am in 2015 Season | 36 Comments »

June 17th, 2015

Nick Kyrgios: I Need To Get Away From Tennis, Delete My ATP App, Play Video Games And Chill!

Energetic superstar Nick Kyrgios is already burning out. Just 20, the Australian phenom is feeling the grind of the pro circuit.

Battling an illness after an elbow problem last month, Kyrgios lost in just 49 minutes to Stan Wawrinka at Queen’s on Tuesday, and afterward he hinted at taking a break before Wimbledon.

“I have been sick for the last week,” Kyrgios said.

“Probably going to stay in my house for a couple of days and sleep, play computer games and chill …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:54 am in Queens | 25 Comments »

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