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Isner Enters Record Books After 3rd ATP Newport Title

Posted by Staff on July 23rd, 2017 @ 9:53 pm

John Isner joined Greg Rusedski and Vijay Amritraj in Newport lore by winning a third title at the Hall of Fame Championships, on Sunday in the final beating Aussie qualifier Matthew Ebden 6-3, 7-6(4).

No player has won Newport four times.

“It’s hard to win a tournament,” said Isner after capturing his 11th career title. “It’s no small feat to come out here and be the last man standing. I’m very happy …

Ferrer Not Done, Claims ATP Bastad Clay Crown

Posted by Staff on July 23rd, 2017 @ 9:19 pm

Former French Open finalist David Ferrer had not won an ATP title in two years and was generally written off, but the Spaniard showed he is not done.

At 35 years of age Ferrer raised the SkiStar Swedish Open in Bastad on Sunday after defeating Alexandr “The Dog” Dolgopolov 6-4, 6-4, clinching victory on his seventh match point.

“It’s been two years that I haven’t won a tournament, so I’m really happy …

Russian Teen Rublev Confirms #NextGen Status with ATP Umag Title

Posted by Staff on July 23rd, 2017 @ 8:47 pm

Russian teen Andrey Rublev made good on his promise as one of the next generation of stars on the ATP World Tour, on Sunday beating No. 4 seed and veteran Paolo Lorenzi 6-4, 6-2 in the final of the Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag.

Rublev lost in the qualifying draw, then made the main draw as a lucky loser before upending No. 3 seed and defending champ Fabio Fognini in the …

50th Anniversary of Swiss Open Features No Federer, Wawrinka; ATP Preview

Posted by Staff on July 22nd, 2017 @ 4:31 pm

J.Safra Sarasin Swiss Open Gstaad
GSTAAD, Switzerland; surface: clay

Seeds: David Goffin, Roberto Bautista Agut, Feliciano Lopez, Fabio Fognini, Paolo Lorenzi, Robin Haase, Dusan Lajovic, Joao Sousa

Floaters: Ernests Gulbis, Mikhail Youzhny, Dustin Brown

Notes: The 50th edition of the tournament features the No. 14 Goffin as the top seed, and no Swiss players among the seeds…

Apparently no appearance money to attract Swiss legends Roger Federer or Stan Wawrinka, so the best local fans …

Haas, Veterans Look to Spice-Up Dull German Open Field; Preview

Posted by Staff on July 22nd, 2017 @ 3:06 pm

German Tennis Championships 2017
HAMBURG, Germany; surface: clay

Seeds: Albert Ramos Vinolas, Pablo Cuevas, Karen Khachanov, Gilles Simon, Benoit Paire, Diego Schwartzman, Fernando Verdasco, David Ferrer

Floaters: Martin Klizan, Andrey Kuznetsov

Notes: Ah how far the Hamburg event has fallen since its Masters-designation days — only one Top 25 player in Ramos Vinolas leads the field…

Tough start for (2) Cuevas vs. Kuznetsov who he is 0-1 career against…

Wildcards went to Germans Daniel Altmaier, Tommy …

Top-Seeded Isner in ATP Newport Quarters Today; Tennis Hall of Fame Induction Tomorrow

Posted by Staff on July 21st, 2017 @ 10:29 am

All-American quarterfinal play awaits fans today at the Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open in Newport, R.I., where on Friday top-seeded John Isner will square off against fellow American Dennis Novikov, and American Bjorn Fratangelo will face No. 4 seed Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

Novikov is a former USTA Boys’ 18s national hardcourt champion, and Fratangelo a former French Open juniors winner. The winners will meet in the Saturday quarterfinals.

The other semifinals were …

Roger Federer Admits To Partying Hard After Winning Wimbledon [Video]

Posted by Tom Gainey on July 20th, 2017 @ 9:49 am

Following his record 8th Wimbledon title, Roger Federer admitted to partying hard until the early morning Sunday night with his friends and his family.

Federer then had to get up early Monday to hit the media circus, but did so with a bit of a hangover – I’m sure Cilic wishes that had happened Saturday night.

“Went to bed at 5. I spent time without about 40 friends that came from …

Top Seed, Cuevas, Haas Lose at ATP Bastad

Posted by Staff on July 19th, 2017 @ 6:53 pm

No Top 15 players on the red dirt this week at the Skistar Swedish Open, where top-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta is already out, on Wednesday retiring against Russian Andrey Kuznetsov with an abdominal strain trailing 4-6, 7-6(5), 3-0.

“The key was not to give up until the end,” said Kuznetsov, who broke Carreno Busta when he served for the match. “I felt that I played during the whole match, in the …

Top-Seeded Sevastova Tries to Forget Double Bagel This Week at WTA Bucharest

Posted by Staff on July 19th, 2017 @ 11:00 am

The women of the WTA returned to the red clay this week in Romania, hoping to get some dirt court wins prior to the start of the U.S. summer hardcourt season.

The seeds at the BRD Bucharest Open, all ranked outside the Top 15, are Anastasija Sevastova, Carla Suarez Navarro, Julia Goerges, Elise Mertens, Sorana Cirstea, Irina-Camelia Begu, Tatjana Maria and Ekaterina Alexandrova. Cirstea was a first-round casualty, falling to Romanian …

With Hard Courts Ahead, Roger Federer Trails Rafael Nadal By Just 550 Race Points!

Posted by Tom Gainey on July 17th, 2017 @ 3:45 pm

Following his record 8th Wimbledon title Sunday, Roger Federer narrowed the gap Rafael Nadal had at No. 1 in the 2017 ATP Points race. Nadal’s lead is down to just 550 points as we enter the hard court and fall indoor season, on which Federer has had much success.

With 1,000 points available in Canada and Cincinnati, Federer could pass Nadal before the US Open. Or, Nadal could increase his lead, …

Federer Flawless Against Cilic, Wins Record 8th Wimbledon Title, 19th Grand Slam

Posted by Sean Randall on July 16th, 2017 @ 4:10 pm

He’s about to be 36, but that’s not a problem for Roger Federer. But it’s a problem for everyone else at the top of men’s tennis because after all these years – 17 of them – he’s still winning. The Swiss sorcerer continued to confound the very best in tennis winning a second Grand Slam of 2017, sweeping past Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 to collect a record 8th Wimbledon …

Tennis World Reacts To Roger Federer’s 8th Wimbledon Title

Posted by Tom Gainey on July 16th, 2017 @ 12:53 pm

On twitter, some of the best in tennis took to the social media site to congratulate Roger Federer on winning a record 8th Wimbledon.

Wim8bledon @rogerfederer please do not ever retire from tennis!! 🏆 #19 #grandslams . It's just a pleasure watching you play! 👏🏼👏🏼 pic.twitter.com/mX7fDUGTQ8

— Fernando Verdasco (@FerVerdasco) July 16, 2017

#19 @ Wimbledon https://t.co/0dlpjR11nE

— …

Marin Cilic Broke Down In Tears Early In The Second Set During The Wimbledon Final [Video]

Posted by Tom Gainey on July 16th, 2017 @ 12:34 pm

One of the strangest moments in recent Grand Slam finals history took place during Roger Federer straight set victory over Marin Cilic to win his 8th Wimbledon title, 19th Grand Slam.

With Federer up a set and 30 in the second and rolling in the match, Cilic broke down in tears on the changeover. The trainer and doctor were called with Cilic sobbing uncontrollably while being tended to. The medical didn’t …

Roger Federer’s Kids Weren’t Too Interested In Daddy Winning An 8th Wimbledon [Video]

Posted by Tom Gainey on July 16th, 2017 @ 12:23 pm

Roger Federer won a 19th Grand Slam title and set a record for his 8th Wimbledon, but 3-year-olds Lenny and Leo who have never seen daddy win on the grass at the AELTC weren’t terribly excited. But they sure were dressed nice!

They probably think it’s a nice view & a big playground,” Federer said. It’s a wonderful moment for us as a family.”

2017 Wimbledon Men’s Final Open Thread: Roger Federer v Marin Cilic

Posted by Staff on July 16th, 2017 @ 7:21 am

The 50th Wimbledon men’s final in the Open Era will be contested on this 16th day of July. Roger Federer seeks a record 8th Wimbledon title and a 19th Grand Slam title.

Across the net will be 6-foot-6 Marin Cilic. The Croat is into his first Wimbledon final and bids for a second Grand Slam title.

Head-to-head: Federer leads 6-1
An 8th career meeting for the pair, their 4th at a Grand Slam, …