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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 »

February 13th, 2015

Roger Federer Releases Schedule Through Wimbledon, Miami Isn’t On It

Earlier today Roger Federer updated his fans via facebook with his tentative schedule through Wimbledon. One glaring omission in the absence once again of Miami. A 2-time champion at the event, Federer also skipped the South Florida event in 2013. Last year he lost in the quarterfinals to Kei Nishikori.

Here’s what Federer wrote:
“I’ve been back on the practice courts for the last couple of days. Very excited to be back on the ATP World Tour at the end of the …

Posted by Staff @ 12:26 pm in 2015 Season | 23 Comments »

February 12th, 2015

Top Seeds Bouchard, Kerber Bounced Out Of Antwerp; Murray, Berdych Advance In Rotterdam

WTA starlet Genie Bouchard’s first tour-level appearance as a top seed fell flat as the Canadian was bounced out of Antwerp in her opening round by Mona Barthel 4-6, 6-1, 6-2.

“It’s always tough to play against Genie. She plays so well, you really have to play your best,” Barthel said afterwards. “But today I was able to play my game, play aggressive and come into the net. At the end I had some nerves, but I’m happy I could play …

Posted by Staff @ 7:10 pm in 2015 Season, Memphis, Rotterdam | 4 Comments »

February 11th, 2015

Murray, Wawrinka Rotterdam Winners, Dimitrov Falls; Bouchard Debuts Thursday In Antwerp

Andy Murray began his brief winter indoor swing with a strong 6-3, 6-2 win over the dangerous Nicolas Mahut in the first round at Rotterdam.

The top-seeded Murray, who won the title in 2009, was playing his first match since the Australian Open final 10 days ago.

“Today I served well when I was behind up until the second to last service game,” Murray said. “I was down break points in the first three service games of the second set and …

Posted by Staff @ 6:55 pm in 2015 Season | 58 Comments »

February 10th, 2015

Andy Murray: Physically I’m Better Now Than When I Played The US Open Last Year [Video]

Following a tough loss to Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open final last weekend, Andy Murray is upbeat about what’s to come. The Scot shed some light on the post-Australian Open while in Rotterdam this week indicating again that he’s in better shape, both physically and mentally, this year.

And he says now he’s ready again to compete for major titles. But his focus will be on maintaining a consistent level of play throughout the year.

Murray, who won the title in …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 12:44 pm in Videos | 20 Comments »


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ATP - Mar 02 WTA - Mar 02
1 Novak Djokovic1 Serena Williams
2 Roger Federer2 Maria Sharapova
3 Rafael Nadal3 Simona Halep
4 Kei Nishikori4 Petra Kvitova
5 Andy Murray5 Caroline Wozniacki
6 Milos Raonic6 Ana Ivanovic
7 Stan Wawrinka7 Eugenie Bouchard
8 David Ferrer8 Agnieszka Radwanska
9 Tomas Berdych9 Ekaterina Makarova
10 Marin Cilic10 Andrea Petkovic
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