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April 7th, 2014

Isner Headlines Houston; ATP/WTA Previews

Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship
Houston, Tex., USA; Surface: clay

Seeds: John Isner, Tommy Robredo, Nicolas Almagro, Fernando Verdasco, Feliciano Lopez, Juan Monaco, Lleyton Hewitt, Ivo Karlovic

Floaters: Sam Querrey, Jack Sock, (WC) Marcos Baghdatis

Notes: (7) Hewitt likely to meet Querrey 2nd rd., and (8) Karlovic opens against Sock…Wildcards went to Marcos Baghdatis and Americans Steve Johnson and Rhyne Williams…Pulling from the event were Pablo Cuevas, Alejandro Falla, Bradley Klahn, and Janko Tipsarevic…Isner beat Almagro in last year’s final…The …

Posted by Staff @ 1:20 am in Tennis | 1 Comment »

April 6th, 2014

Ivanovic, Petkovic Win Titles; Davis Cup QF Recap

German Petkovic Rebounds from Injury to Win Charleston

No. 14-seeded Andrea Petkovic won her third title of the year on Sunday at the Family Circle Cup, defeating unseeded Jana Cepelova 7-5, 6-4. “When I was down facing set point [in the first set], I just told myself, ‘You gotta let loose and you gotta relax a little bit because otherwise you’re not going to win this match,’” Petkovic said. “And so I relaxed, and I started hitting the ball harder and …

Posted by Staff @ 11:48 pm in Davis Cup, Tennis | 4 Comments »

April 5th, 2014

Here Are Roger Federer’s 100 Career Best Shots [Video]

A Roger Federer fan has compiled some, or 100, of Roger’s greatest shots during his career.

The fan who made the video, username “Raz Oo”, offered his explanation for his selections. So don’t moan.

“You know what they say: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. So if one shot is ranked higher than another that you enjoy more; I’m sorry, but everyone has diferent perspective of things. I should also say that some shots were excluded due to the …

Posted by Staff @ 6:16 pm in Best Shots, Videos | 104 Comments »

April 5th, 2014

Watch Stanislas Wawrinka Get Knocked Down On Matchpoint By This Golubev Forehand [Video]

The Swiss are in trouble in Davis Cup this weekend in Geneva. The favorites were tied 1-1 with visiting Kazakhstan after the singles, but with Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka things looked promising for a rebound in the doubles today.

However it didn’t go their way as the Kazakh team of Aleksandr Nedovyesov and Andrey Golubev stunned the gold medal winners 64, 76(5), 46, 76(6).

The match culminated with this forehand blast off Golubev’s racquet. A shot that absolutely knocked Wawrinka down …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 3:29 pm in Davis Cup, Videos | 12 Comments »

April 3rd, 2014

Davis Cup Quarterfinals: Federer, Wawrinka Lead Favored Swiss; Murray Sick In Italy

Round Two of the Davis Cup gets underway Friday with quarterfinal play featuring a trio of Grand Slam champions.

Roger Federer and Australian Open winner Stanislas Wawrinka continue their march toward an elusive title as their Swiss team host Kazakhstan in Geneva.

“I think it can feel strange for everybody when you have Roger on the team and he is No. 2 in the tie,” said Wawrinka. “It’s just because I played so well at the beginning of the season winning my …

Posted by Staff @ 10:53 pm in Davis Cup | 111 Comments »

April 3rd, 2014

Here’s Video Of Maria Sharapova On The Beach In A Bikini

After a humbling loss to Serena Williams last week in Miami, WTA superstar Maria Sharapova went on vacation. And Tuesday the bikini-clad blonde beauty was spotted well off the tennis court walking on the beach in Cancun, Mexico.

Can you hear the cameras clicking? How’d they even know it was her? Where was boyfriend Grigor Dimitrov?

After returning from shoulder surgery, the 26-year-old finished the first three months of the season without a title and ranking of No. 9….

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:28 am in Videos | 18 Comments »

April 3rd, 2014

Federer Practices With Wawrinka For Davis Cup, And A Happy Fan Gets A Selfie With Roger [Video]

In preparation for their upcoming tie with Kazakhstan this weekend, Swiss friends and teammates Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka shared a practice court Wednesday in Geneva.

The two Swiss stars anchor a team that could run the table to the end.

After the hit, some of the 2,000 fans who turned out for the practice got a chance to grab “Selfies” with their heroes.

Watch the end of the video for a sample of life after getting a selfie with Federer….

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:14 am in Davis Cup, Videos | 5 Comments »

April 3rd, 2014

Rafael Nadal: I Know I Can’t Play Forever But I Hope To Play For Many More Years

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal previewed the upcoming clay season as part of a promo from the Barcelona event later this month.

“I really look forward to the clay season and want to do well. I hope to play well at the first tournament in Monte Carlo,” said Nadal.

Nadal, who handily lost to rival Novak Djokovic Sunday in Miami, says he’s pleased with his season thus far, but knows he missed a big chance in Australia.

“The season is going well, …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:55 am in Clay Season | 92 Comments »

April 2nd, 2014

Exhausted Serena Crashes Out Of Charleston To Cepelova

Top seed and top ranked Serena Williams crashed out of the Family Circle Cup in Charleston on Tuesday night. The recent Miami champion complained an exhaustion after a 6-4, 6-4 loss to Slovak Jana Cepelova.

“I actually made the turnaround really, really well,” Serena said of going from the Miami hardcourts to the clay in South Caroline. “I’m really just dead. I need some weeks off where I don’t think about tennis and can kind of regroup. I’ve had a long …

Posted by Staff @ 10:45 am in Clay Season | 10 Comments »

April 1st, 2014

Poll: Who’ll Dominate On The Dirt? Will Nadal Resume His Reign Or Can Djokovic Breakthrough In Paris?

The clay season starts in a week, so let’s ask the tough question, who’ll come out on top when the tour turns red?

Rafael Nadal is the head-and-shoulders favorite. He’s the standard bearer, but Novak Djokovic has beaten him three straight times and nearly ended his French reign last year. So can Nadal be toppled?

A look at the favorites:

Rafael Nadal
The case for…
* 8-time French Open champion and the King of Clay, no one is close, etc, etc, etc
* Healthy again (knees, …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 11:47 am in Clay Season, French Open | 168 Comments »


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ATP - Apr 14 WTA - Apr 14
1 Rafael Nadal1 Serena Williams
2 Novak Djokovic2 Na Li
3 Stanislas Wawrinka3 Agnieszka Radwanska
4 Roger Federer4 Victoria Azarenka
5 Tomas Berdych5 Simona Halep
6 David Ferrer6 Petra Kvitova
7 Juan Martin Del Potro7 Angelique Kerber
8 Andy Murray8 Jelena Jankovic
9 Richard Gasquet9 Maria Sharapova
10 Milos Raonic10 Dominika Cibulkova
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