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April 15th, 2015

Novak Djokovic Wins Second Laureus Sportsman Of The Year

In a ceremony at Shanghai Grand Theatre, tennis World No. 1 Novak Djokovic took home the prestigious honor of being named Laureus World Sportsman Of The Year earlier today.

The Serb beat out other hopefuls including Lewis Hamilton (Motor Racing), Renaud Lavillenie (Athletics), Rory McIlroy (Golf), Cristiano Ronaldo (Football) and Marc Marquez (Motorcycling).

It’s the second time Djokovic has won the award after his 2011 season.

“The past season was one of the best in my career,” Djokovic said. “I achieved great …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 11:08 am in 2015 Season | 25 Comments »

April 15th, 2015

With A New Racquet, Rafael Nadal Began His Clay Campaign By Playing What He Called His Best Match Of The Year

After a tough start to the season, maybe Rafael Nadal really is finding his footing on his favorite red clay. Nadal, who has just won title since the French Open, began this European clay season with a crushing 62, 61 win over Lucas Pouille, calling the win one his of best performances of the year.

“Today, I played solidly,” said Nadal. “Today, I played with no mistakes in a row. I played aggressively when I had to play aggressive. I hit …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:57 am in Monte Carlo | 23 Comments »

April 15th, 2015

Novak Djokovic Jokes He Doesn’t Miss Playing Rafael Nadal

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have played 42 times but not once since their French Open battle in the final a year. And Djokovic doesn’t mind that he hasn’t faced off against his main rival who he trails 23-19.

“Well, not so much, honestly,” Djokovic joked about missing RAfa. “We have played over 40 times. I’m sure that I’m going to play him more. Maybe it happens this week, maybe not. But, you know, he’s somebody that has made history in …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:34 am in Monte Carlo | 5 Comments »

April 14th, 2015

Nadal, Federer On Tap Wednesday In Monte Carlo; Djokovic Dominates In Opener

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic upped his Masters win streak to 17 following a 6-1, 6-4 win today over Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the second round at the Monte Carlo Open.

Playing his first clay match since his 4-set French Open loss to Rafael Nadal in the final, Djokovic was pleased with his performance.

“I felt very good,” the 2013 Monte Carlo champ said. “I thought, considering the amount of months that I haven’t played on the clay courts, to play against somebody …

Posted by Staff @ 5:55 pm in Monte Carlo | 34 Comments »

April 14th, 2015

8-Time Monte Carlo Champion Rafael Nadal Says He’s Not The Favorite To Win Anything

Rafael Nadal returns to his European red dirt this week in Monte Carlo, but the King of Clay doesn’t think he’s the favorite to win much less anything.

“I’m not the favorite for anything,” Nadal said. “I have been playing worse than the rest of the rivals of mine. The pressure is not for me.

“I am arriving here with the motivation to do something better than what I am doing.”

Nadal is coming off a poor March during which he only won …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 11:18 am in Monte Carlo | 52 Comments »

April 13th, 2015

Novak Djokovic Opens Clay Campaign Tuesday In Monte Carlo; Gulbis Wins One Game

With an eye toward winning the French Ope, Novak Djokovic opens his 2015 clay season Tuesday in Monte Carlo. The World No. 1, who has won his last 16 Masters 1000 matches, will take on qualifier Alberto Ramos-Vinolas in the second round at the tournament he won in 2013.

Also in action are French favorites Gael Monfils and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. David Ferrer is also on court along with US Open champion Marin Cilic.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are expected in second …

Posted by Staff @ 11:00 pm in Monte Carlo | 19 Comments »

April 13th, 2015

Roger Federer: I’ve Done The Right Things To Prepare For This Clay Season

A well-rested Roger Federer met the media Sunday in Monte Carlo. The Swiss, who has never won the Monte Carlo title, came close a year ago but was done in by fatigue, a cold and by good friend Stan Wawrinka in three sets.

“I got quite tired in the third set and also had a horrible cold,” Federer said of 2014. “I was not feeling like my absolute best, but still I was able to play well. Stan deserved the …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:51 am in Clay Season, Monte Carlo | 9 Comments »

April 13th, 2015

Peaking Novak Djokovic Passes Rafael Nadal In Weeks At No. 1, Is The Goal To Reach Roger?

Novak Djokovic officially passed Rafael Nadal in terms of weeks at No. 1 today. This week marks the Serb’s 142nd week on top of the ATP rankings, just ahead of Nadal’s 141.

Djokovic’s next target is John McEnroe at 170 weeks. He could reach McnEnroe if he stays on top at the end of October. Roger Federer leads all players at 302. To reach Roger, Djokovic would have to hold No. 1 for another 163 weeks, or just before the French …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:33 am in Monte Carlo, Rankings | 59 Comments »

April 12th, 2015

Kerber, Klizan, Schmiedlova, Sock Win ATP/WTA Titles

Sock Wins Maiden Title on Clay at ATP Houston

American Jack Sock won his first ATP title on home turf, beating fellow American Sam Querrey 7-6(9), 7-6(2) for the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship title.

“It feels incredible,” Sock said. “Clay is my favorite surface. It feels surreal. It feels incredible, and to have friends and family here to share it with me feels even better.”

The 22-year-old Sock weathered a two-hour rain delay, and in the first set saved three set points. …

Posted by Staff @ 9:39 pm in Tennis | 4 Comments »

April 11th, 2015

Preview: Schiavone, 2-time Champ D-Lino at WTA Bogota

Bogota, Colombia; Surface: clay

Seeds: Elina Svitolina, Monica Puig, Ajla Tomljanovic, Francesca Schiavone, Yaroslava Shvedova, Shelby Rogers, Timea Babos, Irini Falconi

Floaters: Sorana Cirstea, Lourdes Dominguez Lino

Notes: Not a lot of stars with Stuttgart looming next week…Tough starts for (8) Falconi vs. Cirstea, and (6) Rogers vs. the Spanish veteran Dominguez Lino…Wildcards went to Maria Paulina Perez Garcia, Maria Herazo Gonzalez, and Yuliana Lizarazo…Caroline Garcia beat Jelena Jankovic in last year’s final…Returning former champs in the field are Dominguez Lino …

Posted by Staff @ 11:40 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

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