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February 19th, 2015

Poll: Will Novak Djokovic Keep His No. 1 Ranking For The Entire 2015 Season?

With rivals Roger Federer aging and Rafael Nadal returning from injury, Novak Djokovic is primed for a repeat of his 2014 No. 1 ranking finish. But will the Serb do something he’s never done before, that is maintain the top spot for the duration of the 2015 season?

The case for Djokovic staying No. 1 every week this year…
* Rivals Roger Federer (aging), Rafael Nadal (returning from injury)
* Young guns still a year or more away
* Is Andy Murray a real …

Posted by Staff @ 10:15 am in No. 1 ranking, Polls | 93 Comments »

February 18th, 2015

After Slow Start, Rafael Nadal Rolls Bellucci In Brazil

Playing his first clay match since his ninth French Open title last June, Rafael Nadal started slow but then found his form cruising past Thomaz Bellucci 6-4, 6-1 in his Rio opener.

The two lefties traded no fewer than five breaks in a scratchy first set before Nadal broke at 4-4 then served out the set.

Nadal then rolled in the second to win his 15th match in Brazil without a loss. The defending champion now faces young countryman Pablo Carreno Busta …

Posted by Staff @ 10:26 am in Rio | 29 Comments »

February 17th, 2015

Juan Martin Del Potro Was Training With Gabriela Sabatini In Miami!

Over the weekend, Juan Martin del Potro posted on facebook that he had hit tennis balls with Argentine legend Gabriela Sabatini in Miami.

“What a way to finish a great week: the best practice with my friend, the one and only, Gaby,” he wrote on Saturday.

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Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:10 am in 2015 Season | 12 Comments »

February 17th, 2015

Undefeated In Brazil, Rafael Nadal Returns To Clay Tonight In Rio

The King of Clay, Rafael Nadal, returns to his favorite surface tonight at the Rio Open. After a disappointing Australian Open where he lost to Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinals, Nadal is excited but cautious to be back on the dirt.

“During my career, I try to have the mentality to not only be all day doing what is strictly for tennis,” Nadal said last week. “I think one of the things I always say during my career is that I …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:48 am in Latin Swing, Rio | 19 Comments »

February 17th, 2015

Roger Federer Adds New ATP Event In Istanbul To His Clay Schedule

Just days after announcing his schedule for the first half of 2015, Roger Federer has already made a change. The 33-year-old revealed he has added the Istanbul Open scheduled from April 27 – May 3.

This is the first year for the Istanbul and the first ever ATP-level event held in Turkey. According to Federer, it’s his first trip the to city and to the country.

As he has grown older, Federer has spread his brand to countries he’s never played. …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:36 am in 2015 Season | 53 Comments »

February 15th, 2015

Cuevas, Hantuchova, Nishikori, Petkovic, Wawrinka Win Titles

Nishikori Makes History with 3rd Consecutive Memphis Title

Kei Nishikori did it the hard way this week in Memphis, three times coming back from a set down, and in the final defeating Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-4 for his third consecutive Memphis Open title.

“Today’s match was much different than [the past] couple of matches,” said Nishikori, the first player to win the Memphis title in three consecutive years since the tournament’s inception in 1975. “I played really solid from the baseline and …

Posted by Staff @ 8:35 pm in Tennis | 8 Comments »

February 14th, 2015

WTA Previews: Serena, Genie Pull from Still-strong Dubai

DUBAI DUTY FREE TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Dubai, UAE; Surface: hard

Seeds: Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova, Caroline Wozniacki, Ana Ivanovic, Agnieszka Radwanska, Ekaterina Makarova, Angelique Kerber, Venus Williams, Andrea Petkovic, Flavia Pennetta, Lucie Safarova, Jelena Jankovic, Carla Suarez Navarro, Alize Cornet, Peng Shuai, Karolina Pliskova

Floaters: Sam Stosur, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Sabine Lisicki, Caroline Garcia

Notes: Seven of the Top 10, four former No. 1s and two unseeded former Slam winners makes for an ultra-competitive field, even without world No. 1 Serena Williams (who withdrew due to …

Posted by Staff @ 10:33 pm in Tennis | No Comments »

February 14th, 2015

Nadal Heads Hot Rio Field; ATP Marseille, Delray Previews

RIO OPEN PRESENTED BY CLARO
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Surface: clay

Seeds: Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer, Tommy Robredo, Fabio Fognini, Leonardo Mayer, Pablo Cuevas, Santiago Giraldo, Martin Klizan

Floaters: Nicolas Almagro, Juan Monaco

Notes: The 2nd edition of the ATP 500 tournament pulls in Top 10ers Nadal and Ferrer of Spain…Nadal beat Alexandr Dolgopolov in last year’s inaugural final…Openers of note are (1) Nadal vs. Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci, (6) Cuevas vs. Almagro, and (7) Giraldo vs. Monaco…Wildcards were awarded to Brazil’s Guilherme Clezar, Joao …

Posted by Staff @ 9:42 pm in Tennis | 18 Comments »

February 14th, 2015

Berdych, Wawrinka Meet In Rotterdam Final; Vanni Surprises In Sao Paulo

Tomas Berdych and Stan Wawrinka both reached the Rotterdam final today in straight set fashion. The defending champ Berdych overmatched Gilles Simon 6-2, 6-1. A day earlier it was Simon who stunned top seed Andy Murray, but the Frenchman had no answer for the burly Czech.

Berdych seeks his first title since Rotterdam last year, and 11th of his career. Wawrinka eyes his second of the season and the 9th of his career.

In Memphis, Kevin Anderson advanced to the final with …

Posted by Staff @ 6:33 pm in Memphis, Rotterdam | 33 Comments »

February 13th, 2015

Simon Slays Murray In Rotterdam, Berdych, Wawrinka Advance; Young Ousts Tomic In Memphis

Andy Murray’s Rotterdam hopes came to a crashing end today as the top seed fell to Gilles Simon 6-4, 6-2 in the quarterfinals. Murray, who had shown such promise reaching the Australian Open final, had won 12 straight matches over the Frenchman.

“I struggled with most of the shots, to be honest,” said Murray. “At the beginning of the match my backhand, at the end of the match my forehand. It was tough. I felt I was hitting the ball too …

Posted by Staff @ 6:45 pm in Memphis, Rotterdam | 13 Comments »


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ATP - Feb 23 WTA - Feb 23
1 Novak Djokovic1 Serena Williams
2 Roger Federer2 Maria Sharapova
3 Andy Murray3 Simona Halep
4 Rafael Nadal4 Petra Kvitova
5 Kei Nishikori5 Caroline Wozniacki
6 Milos Raonic6 Ana Ivanovic
7 Stan Wawrinka7 Eugenie Bouchard
8 Tomas Berdych8 Agnieszka Radwanska
9 David Ferrer9 Ekaterina Makarova
10 Grigor Dimitrov10 Andrea Petkovic
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