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Cincinnati Men’s Draw Preview: Who’s Playing? Andy Murray? Rafael Nadal? Kei Nishikori?

Posted by Sean Randall on August 15th, 2016 @ 1:02 am

Whew. Have you recovered from the Olympics? I haven’t. But the tennis world rarely stops to catch its breath. It just keeps going and going, and so to Cincinnati we go. Or at least some of the players do.

Novak Djokovic dropped out and Juan Martin del Potro never entered. And now we have to wonder how much the guys in the Rio medal round this weekend have left? And that’s …

Ivo Karlovic Beats Feliciano Lopez To Win Los Cabos, Returns To The Top 20

Posted by Staff on August 14th, 2016 @ 11:36 pm

Ivo Karlovic seems to be getting better with age. Earlier today at the inaugural event in Los Cabos, Mexico, the 37-year-old won his eighth career title beating Feliciano Lopez 7-6(5), 6-2.

“It was a difficult match in the beginning,” said Karlovic. “He was playing really well. I was a little lucky at the end of the first set, but that gave me confidence for the rest of the match. I realised …

Andy Murray Wins Historic Second Olympic Gold, Denies Juan Martin Del Potro In Rio

Posted by Staff on August 14th, 2016 @ 11:18 pm

Andy Murray made history Sunday becoming the first player to win multiple gold medals in singles and also the first to win them back-to-back. The Brit did it by beating a valiant Juan Martin del Potro in a topsy-turvy 4-hour, 2-minute affair 7-5, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5.

“The fact that it hasn’t been done before obviously shows that it’s very hard,” Murray said. “I’m very proud to have been the first one …

Venus Williams’s Bid For A Fifth Gold Falls Short In Mixed Final In Rio, Loses With Ram To Sock/Mattek-Sands

Posted by Staff on August 14th, 2016 @ 7:58 pm

Venus Williams’s bid for a record fifth Olympic tennis gold medal fell just short today in the mixed doubles final. Partnering with Rajeev Ram, Williams/Ram led Jack Sock and Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-3 in match tiebreak in the third set but couldn’t finish off their countryman.

Sock/Mattek-Sands rebounded winning seven of the last eight points to take it 6-7(3), 6-1, (10-7).

“This is probably going to be on the top,” said Mattek-Sands. “This …

Russians Makarova/Vesnina Win Women’s Doubles Gold In Rio, Beat Bacsinszky/Hingis

Posted by Staff on August 14th, 2016 @ 7:46 pm

Russian duo of Ekatarina Makarova and Elena Vesnina won Olympic gold today in the women’s doubles beating the Swiss team of Timea Bacsinszky and Martina Hingis 6-4, 6-4 in Rio.

“We wanted the Olympic medal, especially gold medal of course, since we were juniors,” said Makarova. “It was our dream from the kids. We really wanted to have a medal of Olympics.

“It’s much more for us than the Grand Slam. We …

Did Kei Nishikori Use A 10-Minute Shower Break To Help Him Win Bronze Over Rafael Nadal In Rio?

Posted by Staff on August 14th, 2016 @ 7:30 pm

Kei Nishikori won his first Olympic medal today beating Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-7(1), 6-3 in Rio this afternoon.
Nishikori becomes the first Japanese medalist in 96 years and it’s just the Olympic tennis medal for Japan.

“I’m very happy to win, to get a medal today, even though third place. It means a lot for me to especially beat Rafa today,” Nishikori said today after the 2-hour, 49-minute win.

“I knew before playing …

Monica Puig Stuns Angelique Kerber In Rio, Becomes First Puerto Rican To Win Gold At Olympics

Posted by Staff on August 14th, 2016 @ 12:27 am

What a week for Monica Puig. The 22-year-old ranked No. 34 in the world had never played the Olympics, never beaten a Top 3 player, had just one career title to her name and her country of Puerto Rico had never won a gold medal in any sport in any Olympics! But that has changed.

Earlier Saturday, Puig stunned World No. 2 and Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 …

Del Potro Outlasts Nadal In Rio Epic, Will Face Fresh Murray For Olympic Gold; Who’s The Pick?

Posted by Sean Randall on August 13th, 2016 @ 8:05 pm

As Bravo analyst Paul Annacone said, “OH MY GOODNESS”. And that about sums up today’s Juan Martin Del Potro v Rafael Nadal match won by the Argentine 5-7, 6-4, 7-6(5). I don’t like to use the term epic, but that’s what this match with great points, great drama and great spirit as two warriors battled each other and their gimpy left wrists for over three hours.

Del Potro led early with …

Petra Kvitova Holds Off Madison Keys For The Bronze Medal At Rio Olympics

Posted by Staff on August 13th, 2016 @ 3:41 pm

Petra Kvitova won the first singles medal at the Rio Olympics earlier today holding off American Madison Keys 7-5, 2-6, 6-2.

“I’m still a bit emotional, so if I cry, sorry,” the 2-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova said. “It means almost everything, definitely. Having a medal from the Olympics is one of the best things to happen in my career definitely, along with the two Wimbledon titles and winning Fed Cups and …

Juan Martin Del Potro v Rafael Nadal, Kei Nishikori v Andy Murray; Rio Olympics Men’s SF Picks And Pans

Posted by Sean Randall on August 13th, 2016 @ 2:00 am

It’s a fantastic final four at the 2016 Rio Olympics men’s tennis singles event. Top seed Novak Djokovic is absent, yes, but look who takes his spot in the men’s semifinals? His conqueror Juan Martin del Potro! So that works for me!

And Delpo meets Rafael Nadal while in the other semifinal it’s defending gold medalist Andy Murray against Kei Nishikori.

Incredibly today, all four players had to battle to make the …

Angelique Kerber Will Meet The Surprising Monica Puig For The Rio Olympics Women’s Singles Gold

Posted by Staff on August 13th, 2016 @ 1:17 am

German Angelique Kerber continued her incredible 2016 denying Madison Keys a spot in the Rio gold medal match beating the American Friday 6-3, 7-5 in the semifinals.

Kerber will try to become the first German woman to win singles golf after Steffi Graf in Seoul 1988. She also took silver at Barcelona 1992.

This far, the Australian Open champion hasn’t dropped a set and she’ll be the big favorite against the surprising …

Rafael Nadal And Marc Lopez Win Doubles Gold At The Rio Olympics

Posted by Staff on August 13th, 2016 @ 1:00 am

Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez took home the first gold medal in tennis at the Rio Olympics Friday. The Spanish duo topped Romanians Florin Mergea and Horia Tecau 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 in the men’s doubles gold medal match.

It was their first gold as a team and for Nadal his second following his 2008 gold in singles. And Rafa becomes the fourth player to win gold in singles and doubles after …

In Fight For No. 1, Serena Williams Will Test Shoulder And Play Cincinnati

Posted by Tom Gainey on August 12th, 2016 @ 10:43 am

After an early, surprising exit in Rio from both the singles and the doubles, Serena Williams will return to Cincinnati to defend her 2015 title.

“We are thrilled Serena is returning to defend her titles,” said tournament director Andre Silva. “She is a fan favorite wherever she goes, especially here in Cincinnati as the reigning champion.”

Williams will enter this year’s tournament on a 10-match winning streak in Cincinnati, having …

Murray, Del Potro Author Comebacks At Rio Olympics; Nadal Says No To Mixed, Stays Perfect In Singles

Posted by Staff on August 12th, 2016 @ 12:25 am

Andy Murray and Juan Martin del Potro both survived stern tests Thursday at the Rio Olympics.

In windy conditions, Murray came out strong against Italian veteran Fabio Fognini but fell apart in the second and went down 3-1 in the third. But the defending gold medalist roared back taking the last five games to win it 6-1, 2-6, 6-3.

“Just happy I got through and I have another opportunity tomorrow to …

Kvitova-Puig, Keys-Kerber In The Rio Olympic Women’s Semifinals

Posted by Staff on August 12th, 2016 @ 12:14 am

After a day of blowouts, the semifinals are set at the Rio Olympics and someone will walk away with their first gold medal. In fact, there will be three first-time medalists this year in the women’s singles competition with all four remaining reaching the medal round for a first time.

Petra Kvitova emerged from Serena Williams’s top spot in the draw after eliminating Elina Svitolina 6-2, 6-0.

Kvitova will face Monica Puig …