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May 14th, 2015

7 of Top 8 in Men’s Quarters; Murray, Serena Duck Out at Rome

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic was stretched to three sets for the second time this week at the Italian Open on Thursday, rallying to defeat Thomaz Bellucci 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 in the third round of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia.

It was the 19th consecutive match win for the Serb, who will next meet Kei Nishikori in the quarterfinals after Japan’s No. 1 player defeated Djokovic’s Serb countryman and friend Viktor Troicki 6-4, 6-3.

Djokovic also needed three sets to beat Nicolas Almagro …

Posted by Staff @ 10:27 pm in Tennis | 170 Comments »

May 14th, 2015

Andy Murray Is 10-0 As A Married Man; Federer, Djokovic Weren’t That Good After Their Weddings! [Chart]

Andy Murray’s a perfect 10-0 in his first 10 matches as a married man. So how does that stack up with how his fellow mates like Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic and others did when they returned post-wedding? Turns out, very well. He’s enjoying the best start for a married tennis pro among this recent group of Hall of Famers (or soon to be).

He’s the only one who was perfect and the only one to win a title in his …

Posted by Staff @ 1:03 pm in Charts | 14 Comments »

May 14th, 2015

An Elbow Injury Forces Serena Williams Out Of Rome, Gives 3rd Walkover In Last 6 Events

Citing a bad right elbow, 2-time defending Rome champion Serena Williams has decided to withdraw from Rome ahead of her third round match with fellow American Christina McHale.

“It was not an easy decision, I talked to my coach who said it would not be a smart thing to play,” Serena said. “I hate quitting. But this is not quitting, it’s just making a better decision.

“My elbow injury started in Madrid, I was not serving with my hardest. I have to …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:48 am in Rome | 2 Comments »

May 14th, 2015

Tired Andy Murray Withdraws From Rome

Andy Murray has officially withdrawn from the Rome even, he said today. Murray was scheduled to play David Goffin later this afternoon, but after a “flat” pratice the Scot felt it best if he pull out from the event rather than risk injury.

“I’m tired, I felt OK yesterday but I was pretty exhausted when I got up,” Murray said. “I had a 40 minute warm-up and felt extremely flat and was shattered. I talked to my team about what the …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:35 am in Rome | 33 Comments »

May 13th, 2015

Federer, Murray Impress In Rome Debuts; Nadal v Isner Thursday

B-level clay guys Roger Federer and Andy Murray cruised in their 2015 Rome openers on Wednesday. Murray extended his current win streak to 10 after taking care of Jeremy Chardy 6-4, 6-2. A year ago, Chardy stunned Federer, but the Frenchman posed no risk to Murray who’s played a lot of tennis the last few weeks.

“My legs were a bit tired at the beginning,” said Murray. “But then I started to feel better after the first few games. For me, …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 6:29 pm in Rome | 167 Comments »

May 13th, 2015

Azarenka Eliminates Wozniacki From Rome; Bouchard Gets A Rare Win; Venus v Halep Thursday

In a battle of former No. 1s, Victoria Azarenka again got the better of Caroline Wozniacki, beating the Dane like she did in Australia in straight sets 6-2, 7-6(2) in the second round at the Rome Masters.

“There are never too many surprises out there, for either of us,” said Azarenka who served for the match at 6-5. “We’ve played so many times now, and this year too, and she’s always a tough opponent. It had been a while since …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 6:19 pm in Rome | No Comments »

May 12th, 2015

Djokovic Drops A Set In Rome Opener, Serena Rolls; Nadal, Federer, Murray In Action Tuesday

Novak Djokovic opened his Rome title defense with a hard-fought 3-set win over Spanish veteran Nicolas Almagro 6-1, 6-7(5), 6-3.

“At the end of the day it’s a win after three weeks with no official match,” said Djokovic. “In the important moments today, I did feel a little bit uncomfortable. Maybe that’s due to a lack of competitive play in the past couple of weeks. But I won against a quality player, who knows how to play on the big stage. …

Posted by Staff @ 5:16 pm in Rome | 52 Comments »

May 11th, 2015

Djokovic Opens Rome Title Defense Tuesday; Serena, Sharapova Lead Women

After skipping the Madrid Masters, World No. 1 Novak Djokovic returns to action Tuesday at the Rome Masters where he’ll face former Top 10 Nicolas Almagro in the second round.

The Serb, who beat Rafael Nadal in the final last year, is seeking his fourth Masters title of the season. And he enters on a 17 match win streak having won 21 straight at this Masters level.

“I want to build a platform to get off and perform well,” Djokovic said Saturday.

“At …

Posted by Staff @ 11:50 pm in Rome | 63 Comments »

May 11th, 2015

7 Things I Think I Thought About Rafael Nadal’s Loss To Andy Murray In Madrid

After entering the month of May with zero career final appearances in clay events, Andy Murray now has TWO CLAY TITLES in the span of just six days! What the heck happened?

Let’s see.

Thanks to a relatively easy draw, Murray won Munich last Monday over Phil Kohlschreiber, a tough but winable finale. But then to destroy both of Madrid’s 2014 finalists this weekend like he did, culminating with yesterday’s 6-3, 6-2 romp over Rafael Nadal?

That’s pretty incredible, a run absolutely …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 3:41 pm in French Open | 75 Comments »

May 11th, 2015

Andy Murray Is Undefeated As A Married Man, And He Leads The ATP In Clay Titles In 2015!

What a turnaround for Andy Murray. Since getting married a month ago, Murray has not only gone undefeated (9-0) but he now leads the ATP in clay titles for 2015 with two!

He hasn't lost since getting married, so naturally @andy_murray writes 'Marriage Works' on the TV camera! #SSNHQ pic.twitter.com/sJrcw9mSEk

— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) May 10, 2015

Murray, who had never even made a clay final before his wedding …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:10 am in Madrid, Romance | 20 Comments »


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ATP - May 18 WTA - May 18
1 Novak Djokovic1 Serena Williams
2 Roger Federer2 Maria Sharapova
3 Andy Murray3 Simona Halep
4 Tomas Berdych4 Petra Kvitova
5 Kei Nishikori5 Caroline Wozniacki
6 Milos Raonic6 Eugenie Bouchard
7 Rafael Nadal7 Ana Ivanovic
8 David Ferrer8
9 Stan Wawrinka9 Ekaterina Makarova
10 Marin Cilic10 Andrea Petkovic
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