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Djokovic Survives Heat, Fucsovics At US Open, Federer Happy; Murray v Verdasco Wed

Posted by Staff on August 28th, 2018 @ 11:59 pm

Early in his career, Novak Djokovic was known to struggle in the heat. Then, he got fitter and rarely did he suffer in the steamy conditions. But that wasn’t the case today at the US Open where the Serb was melting in the 97F degree heat against Marton Fucsovics.

After taking the opening set, Djokovic looked to be in control of the 26-year-old from Hungary. No so. Djokovic began to look …

World No. 1 Halep Shocked on Day 1 at US Open; Draw Opens for Serena, Venus Williams

Posted by Staff on August 28th, 2018 @ 8:58 am

The US Open draw opened up for the Williams sisters, or at least one of the Williams sisters, when world No. 1 Simona Halep became the first top-seeded player to lose in the opening round of the US Open on Monday, falling 6-2, 6-4 to Estonian Kaia Kanepi.

“She has been playing really well in U.S. lately, so I thought I just have to be aggressive and try to stay calm. …

Former US Open Champs Nadal, Delpo, Murray, Wawrinka Day 1 Winners; Federer, Djokovic Tues.

Posted by Staff on August 28th, 2018 @ 12:34 am

Rafael Nadal opened his title defense with an easier-than-expected but unfortunate victory via retirement over countryman David Ferrer. In what will likely be his final Grand Slam match, the 36-year-old Ferrer retired for the first-time ever in a Slam down 6-3, 3-4 due to a lower leg/achilles issue.

A limping Ferrer tried to give it a go after calling for the trainer early in the second, but even though he was …

Serena Williams Isn’t Fussed That The French Open Has Banned Catsuits

Posted by Tom Gainey on August 25th, 2018 @ 10:52 pm

On the eve of the US Open, the big story in tennis isn’t the last Slam of the year, but rather the French Open. French Tennis Federation President Bernard Giudicelli recently said in an interview that the French Open will ban players from wearing catsuit-like outfits like the one Serena Williams wore this past year.

Catsuit anyone? For all the moms out there who had a tough

Alexander Zverev Explains Hiring Of Ivan Lendl

Posted by Tom Gainey on August 25th, 2018 @ 10:32 pm

Yesterday at the US Open, Alexander Zverev met the press on Louis Armstrong, and of course the hot topic was his hiring this week of former tennis great Ivan Lendl.

Zverev had been courting Lendl (and Boris Becker) for some time, but the will officially debut on Tuesday in New York.

“We’ve known each other for a few years now,” Zverev said. “He was working with Andy. Jez Green was also part …

Sabalenka Wins WTA New Haven for 1st Career Title

Posted by Staff on August 25th, 2018 @ 10:24 pm

Twenty-year-old Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus won her first career title on Saturday, in the Connecticut Open final deafeting Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 6-1, 6-4 in the final.

“I am so happy with my first title,” Sabalenka said, “This is a great feeling…I have to work more because the next year I have to do it again. This is how I feel right now.”

She improved to 1-2 in career finals after …

Medvedev Wins 2nd 2018 Title at ATP Winston-Salem

Posted by Staff on August 25th, 2018 @ 9:43 pm

Daniil Medvedev won the second title of his career, and the year, on Saturday when he defeated American Steve Johnson 6-4, 6-4 for the Winston-Salem Open title in North Carolina.

“At the beginning of the week, I didn’t think it was going to be possible because I was playing quite good but I didn’t feel I was at the right form to win a title,” he said after the final. “I …

Serena Will Need ‘Fire in the Belly’ in Tough 2018 US Open Draw; Preview

Posted by Staff on August 25th, 2018 @ 8:48 pm

Sloane Stephens defends her championship and Serena Williams plays her first US Open since the birth of her first child among a number of storylines this year in Flushing Meadows.

“That I would be the favorite at this point, almost a year after having a baby, is quite interesting,” Serena told reporters on Saturday. “I don’t know my draw, but if I want to be the best, I’m going to have …

Andy Murray: I Don’t Feel It’s Realistic For Me To Win The US Open

Posted by Tom Gainey on August 24th, 2018 @ 10:09 pm

Andy Murray was frank today when meeting the press during a special gathering on the new Louis Armstrong court, admitting that he didn’t think he could win the US Open this year.

“The last 10 or 11 years of my life I’ve dedicated all my training and off-seasons and stuff to prepare to perform well in these events,” said Murray who won the US Open in 2012. “Missing them is hard, …

Roger Federer: Winning The US Open Is A Big Priority For Me This Year

Posted by Tom Gainey on August 24th, 2018 @ 9:45 pm

It’s been 10 years since Roger Federer’s last US Open in 2008. And it the longest of the four Slams he’s gone without winning, so no wonder that the event he once won five straight years has become a priority for the now 37-year-old.

“It would mean the world to me,” Federer told the media today in a special Louis Armstrong press event. “It’s even a bigger priority this year, the …

Monday US Open Schedule: Nadal, Serena, Venus, Wawrinka v Dimitrov Headline

Posted by Staff on August 24th, 2018 @ 9:21 pm

The US Open begins with a bang on Monday with a monster 64-match schedule. Among the names are world No. 1s Rafael Nadal and Simona Halep plus many more champions including US Open winners Serena and Venus Williams, Juan Martin del Potro, Andy Murray, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Sloane Stephens and Victoria Azarenka.

With Louis Armstrong debuting a roof, the Ashe schedule has been reduced from three matches during the day to two, …

Men’s US Open Preview: Djokovic Lands In Federer Quarter In Draw, Nadal Looks Good

Posted by Sean Randall on August 23rd, 2018 @ 6:56 pm

The big question mark in the US Open draw was in which quarter would No. 6 seed Novak Djokovic fall? And look what happened. He didn’t get Alexander Zverev, not Rafael Nadal and he didn’t end up in Juan Martin Del Potro’s quarter. Instead, he winds up with Roger Federer! Ahhhhhhhhh….

So that’s not good for the tournament, not good for their fans and not good for either player. But the …

Alexander Zverev Adds Ivan Lendl To Coaching Team

Posted by Staff on August 21st, 2018 @ 6:11 pm

Hoping to change his fortune in Grand Slams, Alexander Zverev has added tennis great Ivan Lendl to his coaching team, the German star confirmed today.

A winner of eight Slams and 94 total titles, Lendl helped Andy Murray to his first to Slam wins at the 2012 US Open and 2013 Wimbledon, and got him to No. 1 in the rankings. They split after a second stint at the end …

2018 US Open Seeds: French Champs Halep, Nadal No. 1s; Serena Gets Bump

Posted by Staff on August 21st, 2018 @ 12:16 pm

The seedings for the upcoming US Open were released today by the tournament. True to form, the men’s seeds went along with the last ATP Rankings, put defending champion Rafael Nadal at No. 1, 5-time winner Roger Federer at 2, 2009 titlist Juan Martin del Potro at 3 and world No. 4 Alexander Zverev at 4.

Recent Wimbledon and Cincinnati winner Novak Djokovic stayed at No. 6 meaning he could be …

Novak Djokovic: Having Won All 9 Masters Is One Of The Most Special Moments In My Career

Posted by Tom Gainey on August 20th, 2018 @ 3:24 pm

Novak Djokovic was on top of the world Sunday winning a first Cincinnati title beating Roger Federer 64 64 in a final he had lost on five prior occasions, three to the Swiss.

The made Djokovic the very first player in history to have won all nine Masters events, something Federer nor Rafael Nadal have even come close to doing (both are two titles behind). And it may be a record …