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Djokovic, Kyrgios Headline Davis Cup QF This Weekend; Previews

Posted by Jeremy Davis on April 6th, 2017 @ 2:46 am

Former world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, Nick Kyrgios, David Goffin and Jack Sock are the headliners this weekend for their respective countries for the Davis Cup World Group quarterfinals, held in Australia, Belgium, France and Serbia.

Here is a look at the four quarterfinal meetings and who is favored to move into the semis:

ITALY at BELGIUM
Spiroudome de Charleroi, Charleroi, Belgium
Surface: hard indoor

This tie will be all about No. 2 — who …

11 Things I Think I Thought About Roger Federer And The First Quarter Of 2017

Posted by Sean Randall on April 5th, 2017 @ 8:27 pm

The Miami Open wrapped up what has been a remarkable and, to many, a shocking first quarter to 2017. Here are some thoughts.

1. The Return Of Roger Federer
Three months into 2017 and who would have believed ROGER FEDERER would be the top guy in tennis. I don’t even think the most die-hard Federer fans would have dreamed of the possibility that he would lead the ATP Race after Miami. …

Rafael Nadal: I’m Ready To Win Titles, But I’m Not The Favorite Yet To Win The French

Posted by Tom Gainey on April 3rd, 2017 @ 4:30 pm

Rafael Nadal suffered his fourth straight loss to Roger Federer yesterday in the Miami Open final. It was also his fifth straight runner-up at the event and third of the season. But the former No. 1 is happy with his first quarter of the season despite not winning a crown.

“I think I am close to what I need to be,” Nadal said. “I am at a very high level of …

Roger Federer: The Second Half Of The Season Is My Priority, That’s Why I’m Going To Take A Break

Posted by Tom Gainey on April 3rd, 2017 @ 4:23 pm

In his post-match presser following an impressive win over Rafael Nadal in the Miami final, Roger Federer reiterated that he is not planning on playing any clay court lead-up events to the French Open. Instead, he said, he’ll work out in the gym and practice on hard courts and focus on the post-French schedule which includes Wimbledon and the summer hard courts.

“I think it’s more about relaxing right now, …

Federer Increases ATP Race Lead, Can Nadal Catch Him Before The French?

Posted by Tom Gainey on April 3rd, 2017 @ 10:36 am

We’ve reached the quarter mark of the 2017 ATP season and so far it’s been all Roger Federer. The Swiss is 19-1 on the season after claiming his third Miami Open title yesterday cruising past Rafael Nadal.

Federer began the year No. 16 in the 52-week rankings and is now No. 4. And in the Race, he is now 1,810 ahead of Nadal and in the lead for the first …

Keys, Miami Open Champ Konta Headline WTA Charleston

Posted by Staff on April 2nd, 2017 @ 11:50 pm

VOLVO CAR OPEN
Charleston, S.C.; Surface: clay

Seeds: Madison Keys, Johanna Konta, Venus Williams, Elena Vesnina, Caroline Wozniacki, Samantha Stosur, Kiki Bertens, Anastasija Sevastova, Daria Gavrilova, Irina-Camelia Begu, Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, Yulia Putintseva, Zhang Shuai, Lauren Davis, Lucie Safarova, Katerina Siniakova

Floaters: Sara Errani, Jelena Jankovic, Monica Puig

Notes: Keys the only Top 10er in the field…The Top 8 seeds receive opening-round byes…Tough starts for (9) Gavrilova vs. Errani, (6) Sam Stosur vs. Jankovic in …

Unstoppable Roger Federer Tames Rafael Nadal Again for Miami Open Title

Posted by Staff on April 2nd, 2017 @ 6:38 pm

Roger Federer will take a well-deserved rest until the French Open after Sunday winning the Miami Open with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over his rival Rafael Nadal.

Federer, who also won the Australian Open and Indian Wells over the first three months of the year, won Indian Wells and Miami back-to-back for the third time in his career, and dropped Nadal to 0-5 in career Miami finals.

He is projected to return …

2017 Miami Open Men’s Final Open Thread: Roger Federer v Rafael Nadal

Posted by Staff on April 2nd, 2017 @ 11:52 am

Two of the greats of the game resume their rivalry Sunday in the Miami Open final. It’s the 37th meeting between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, a rivalry which first began in Miami back in 2004 when a 17-year-old Nadal stunned Federer.

Nadal leads 23-13 but Federer has turned the tables winning their last three meetings.

Nadal is 14-8 in final meetings and owns a 12-5 advantage in ATP Masters 1000 …

Konta Wins Biggest Career Title at WTA Miami

Posted by Staff on April 1st, 2017 @ 10:34 pm

No. 10 seed Johanna Konta brute-forced former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki off the court 6-4, 6-3 on Saturday to win the biggest title of her career at the Miami Open.

The Brit picked up where she left off from a powerful display in the semifinals against another world No. 1, Venus Williams. In the final Konta hit 33 winners to only 19 unforced errors.

“It was really important for me to straightaway …

Miami Final Preview: Roger Federer v Rafael Nadal, Who’s Pick?

Posted by Sean Randall on April 1st, 2017 @ 5:46 pm

Missing Andy Murray? Missing Novak Djokovic? Yup, it’s been that kind of year. Just when Murray and Djokovic thought the tour was in their possession, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal came back just to spoil their 2017 party, and right now they are running away with the tour. And one of them will take home the Miami title, which Murray and Djokovic had won the last six years.

Federer, to me, …

Watch Nick Kyrgios Calmly Hit A Tweener Half-Volley Winner Against Roger Federer [Video]

Posted by Tom Gainey on April 1st, 2017 @ 12:01 pm

Among the many highlights during Roger Federer’s thrilling win last night over Nick Kyrgios in the Miami quarterfinals was this “cheeky” tweener Kyrgios hit early in the second set.

And the way he hit it was like it was nothing. And to Kyrgios, this is common.

Interestingly (not in the video), Federer gave him nothing back in return. Afterward, he did say he was …

Roger Federer: I’ve Beaten Rafa 3 Times In A Row, I Might As Well Make It 4! [Video]

Posted by Tom Gainey on April 1st, 2017 @ 11:49 am

Another epic 3-set win over Nick Kyrgios put Roger Federer into a another showdown with rival Rafael Nadal. Rafa leads 23-13 overall but Federer’s won their last three meetings including two this year, at the Australian Open and at Indian Wells.

So after the match, still soaking wet Federer joked, “I hope I can keep the roll running, it’s the first time I’ve beaten Rafa three times in a row, so …

Boris Becker Urged Novak Djokovic To Get Back To Business During Federer-Kyrgios Last Night

Posted by Tom Gainey on April 1st, 2017 @ 11:41 am

Former coach Boris Becker had some words from Novak Djokovic during Roger Federer’s epic 3-set win over Nick Kyrgios last night in Miami.

Djokovic has struggled this year since winning in Doha, and he missed Miami for the first time due to an elbow injury. With Roger and Rafael Nadal now back in charge of the tour, Becker urged Djokovic to get back in the game in a tweet.

“I hope my …

Poll: Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal? Who’ll Win The Miami Final?

Posted by Staff on April 1st, 2017 @ 11:25 am

For the third time this year and the 37th time overall, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will renew what it one of the great rivalries in tennis.

Nadal leads 23-13 however Federer has taken their last three meetings including the Australian Open final and just last month at Indian Wells.

The split their two prior Miami meetings in 2004, their first meeting, and in the 2005 final who by …

Federer Holds Off Combustible Kyrgios in Miami Open Semis, to Face Nadal

Posted by Staff on March 31st, 2017 @ 10:39 pm

Nick Kyrios generally held it together until the end of the third set on Friday night against Roger Federer at the Miami Open, until yelling at spectators, a critical double fault in the third set break, then several racquet smashes on the court punctuated the meeting as the former No. 1 Swiss squeaked-out the win 7-6(9), 6-7(9), 7-6(5) in 3 hours, 11 minutes.

“It was close from the beginning,” Federer said …