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March 30th, 2014

What Does Serena’s Sony Open Mean for No. 1, Clay Season?

For a set it was a stern test from the world No. 2, but Serena Williams held her world No. 1 ground 7-5, 6-1 over China’s Li Na on Saturday to win her seventh Sony Open title in Miami.

What does it mean for her world No. 1 status?

She still maintains a sizeable lead at No. 1, but the Chinese has shown that she can hang with Serena, despite the 11-1 head-to-head advantage for the American.

In the Sony Open final, Li …

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 10:16 pm in Tennis | No Comments »

March 30th, 2014

Djokovic Dominates Nadal For Fourth Miami Title And Third Straight Win Over The Spaniard

Novak Djokovic capped a masterful month of tennis by hammering his rival Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-3 today in the final at the Tennis Masters Miami.

The title follows the Indian Wells crown Djokovic took just two weeks ago over Roger Federer. And it’s his fourth straight at the Masters level.

He’s a master and today he mastered No. 1.

“It’s been a fantastic tournament, a very enjoyable time as it always is in Miami,” said Djokovic. “I played a great match, from the …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 4:52 pm in Miami | 101 Comments »

March 29th, 2014

Rafael Nadal v Novak Djokovic Meet In The Miami Final, Who’s The Pick?

The two best tennis players in the world – Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic – collide Sunday in the men’s final at the Miami Tennis Masters. It’s the 40th edition of their great rivalry and it’s a fitting conclusion to a wild first three months of the tennis season.

Nadal has the edge here in the series leading 22-17, however Djokovic has gotten the better of Rafa of late. Djokovic has won two straight post-US Open and since the start of …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 3:56 pm in Miami | 168 Comments »

March 28th, 2014

Preview: Serena Williams v Li Na, Sony Open Final

The Sony Open final on Saturday will feature the world No. 1 vs. world No. 2, but the two couldn’t be further apart on paper.

World No. 1 Serena Williams is appearing in her ninth Miami final, while it is the first for Li Na. Williams after a slow start rolled through her semifinal against Maria Sharapova, while Li struggled in a sloppy three-set win over Dominika Cibulkova.

Serena has lost once to the Chinese in 11 meetings, back in 2008.

Li does …

Posted by Staff @ 10:23 pm in Miami | 9 Comments »

March 28th, 2014

Miami Mess: Berdych, Nishikori Withdraw Sending Nadal, Djokovic To 40th Meeting Sunday

In one of the strangest days in pro tennis history, both Friday semifinals went uncontested due to a pair of walkovers at the Sony Open in Miami – a first for the men’s tour in the Open Era.

A bizarre series of events began just before 3pm when oft-injured Kei Nishikori announced he was pulling out of his match with Novak Djokovic due to a left groin injury.

“Very sorry to say that I have to pull out today,” the 24-year-old wrote …

Posted by Staff @ 7:33 pm in Miami | 46 Comments »

March 28th, 2014

Juan Martin Del Potro Is Back Home Following Surgery: It Will Take Many Months Of Recovery

Juan Martin del Potro arrived back in Argentina on Thursday after successful surgery Monday on his left wrist. The same doctor who operated on his right wrist four years, Dr. Richard Berger, performed the procedure at the Mayo Clinic on Rochester, Minn.

“During the operation, it was discovered that the damage to his wrist ligaments was worse than expected based upon the high resolution imaging obtained before the surgery,” a statement from the del Potro team read. “Even so, the surgery …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 1:17 pm in Injuries | 5 Comments »

March 28th, 2014

Rafael Nadal Explains Why He Takes His Shirt Off After Every Match

Rafael Nadal made it known why he has the habit of taking his shirt off after every match. I haven’t noticed the routine but the other people (women?) have.

Yesterday after his 3-set win over Milos Raonic explained why he’s apparently the only player who does that.

“I don’t want to get cold,” he said. “That’s the reason.

“Maybe the other players are not sweating as much as I do, so I cannot stay during all the interviews, …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 1:02 pm in Miami | 30 Comments »

March 28th, 2014

Fedal Wars: Today Is The 10 Year Anniversary Of The First Federer-Nadal Match [Video]

Today marks the ten year anniversary of the Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal rivalry. Then just 17, Nadal beat the then 2-time Slam winner Federer 63, 63 in the third round of Miami.

“It was a tough tournament,” said Federer looking back at the player he knew little about. “I came off of sunstroke in Indian Wells after beating Henman in the finals. I was in bed for four or five days, and then came here.”

“He played great and I was impressed with …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 12:52 pm in Fedal, Videos | 37 Comments »

March 27th, 2014

Will It Be Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal In The Sunday Final? Miami SFs Pick And Pans

Similar to Indian Wells, we have three guys we thought would get to the Final Four along with an upstart who upset a legend. In the desert it was Alexandr Dolgopolov stunning Rafael Nadal en route to the last for there. This week Kei Nishikori takes over as the new kid on the block, outplaying Roger Federer Wednesday night to reach his first Miami semifinal.

So Friday’s matches are Novak Djokovic against Kei Nishikori and then at night Rafael Nadal takes …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 11:57 pm in Miami | 105 Comments »

March 26th, 2014

Djokovic Unstoppable, Federer Falls To Nishikori; Serena v Sharapova Thurs. in Miami

Indian Wells winner Novak Djokovic continued his torrid U.S. spring run on Wednesday at the Sony Open in Miami, gaining the semifinals after dismissing defending champion Andy Murray 7-5, 6-3.

Murray broke serve once in the second set to go up a break, but it was Djokovic with three breaks and seven aces during the contest, improving his head-to-head to 12-8 career against the Brit.

A point of contention during the match was at 5-6 when Murray was serving. During a point …

Posted by Staff @ 11:09 pm in Wimbledon | 90 Comments »


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ATP - Apr 14 WTA - Apr 14
1 Rafael Nadal1 Serena Williams
2 Novak Djokovic2 Na Li
3 Stanislas Wawrinka3 Agnieszka Radwanska
4 Roger Federer4 Victoria Azarenka
5 Tomas Berdych5 Simona Halep
6 David Ferrer6 Petra Kvitova
7 Juan Martin Del Potro7 Angelique Kerber
8 Andy Murray8 Jelena Jankovic
9 Richard Gasquet9 Maria Sharapova
10 Milos Raonic10 Dominika Cibulkova
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