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Wozniacki Returns in Nottingham; Men, Women Combine on Grass in Netherlands

Posted by Staff on June 5th, 2016 @ 8:39 pm

RICOH OPEN
‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands; Surface: grass

Women’s Seeds: Belinda Bencic, Jelena Jankovic, Kristina Mladenovic, Jelena Ostapenko, Laura Siegemund, Coco Vandeweghe, Eugenie Bouchard, Anna-Lena Friedsam

Women’s Floaters: Kiki Bertens

Women’s Notes: Last year’s runner-up Bencic is the lone Top 10 player, coming off injury after missing the French Open…Wildcards were awarded to Dutchwomen Indy de Vroome and Richel Hogenkamp, and Hungary’s Dalma Galfi…Pulling out of the field were Timea Babos, Annika Beck, Camila Giorgi, Anastasia …

Federer, Del Potro Kick Off Grass Season Amidst Challengers at ATP Stuttgart

Posted by Staff on June 5th, 2016 @ 7:56 pm

MERCEDES CUP
Stuttgart, Germany; Surface: grass

Seeds: Roger Federer, Marin Cilic, Dominic Thiem, Gilles Simon, Feliciano Lopez, Viktor Troicki, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Lucas Pouille

Floaters: Juan Martin del Potro, Grigor Dimitrov, Taylor Fritz, John Millman, Pierre-Hugues Herbert

Notes: Roger Federer after skipping the French Open with a back injury returns to kick off the grasscourt season at Stuttgart…Federer is the lone Top 10er, but a strong field includes a number of floaters…The Top 4 seeds …

Novak Djokovic: At The End It Was Like My Spirit Left My Body And I Was Just Observing

Posted by Tom Gainey on June 5th, 2016 @ 4:30 pm

Novak Djokovic put it eloquently what it was like just before he beat Andy Murray to win his first French Open. Djokovic squandered a chance at 52 then had a second opportunity at 54 which he cashed in on his third championship point.

“In the last point I don’t even remember what happened,” Djokovic said. “It was really one of those things, moments where you just try to be there. It …

Novak Djokovic-Andy Murray French Open Highlights [Video]

Posted by Tom Gainey on June 5th, 2016 @ 4:03 pm

Novak Djokovic came from a set down to Andy Murray to win his first ever French Open Sunday in Paris 36, 61, 62 64 in just over three hours. And the win gave him the Career Slam plus made his the third man in history to win fourt straight Slams.

Djokovic broke Murray seven times in the last three sets to coast to the victory and give him what he called …

Novak Djokovic Beats Andy Murray To Win First French Open, Completes Career Grand Slam

Posted by Sean Randall on June 5th, 2016 @ 1:24 pm

History was made on Sunday at the French Open. And history belonged to one Novak Djokovic who finally captured his first French Open to complete the Career Grand Slam. And he did it beating his good friend and longtime rival 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 in a mostly one-sided affair.

“It’s a thrilling moment,” said Djokovic. “One of the most beautiful I have had in my career. It’s incredibly flattering to know …

2016 French Open Men’s Final Open Thread: Novak Djokovic v Andy Murray

Posted by Staff on June 5th, 2016 @ 7:56 am

For the second straight Grand Slam and seventh time overall, rivals Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray collide.

Djokovic has won 12 of his last 14 matches against Murray. His only losses in that time came in the finals at 2015 Montreal-1000 and 2016 Rome-1000. Djokovic has a 9-7 win-loss record against Murray in Tour-level finals.

Djokovic has a 7-2 win-loss record against Murray at the Grand Slams, and a 4-2 win-loss record …

Serena Stopped by Muguruza in French Final; Stuck at 21

Posted by Staff on June 4th, 2016 @ 5:40 pm

The elusive 22nd career Grand Slam title remained that way on Saturday in Paris as world No. 1 Serena Williams was upset 7-4, 6-4 by Spain’s Garbine Muguruza who claimed her first major title.

The 22-year-old won a rematch of last year’s Wimbledon final, but this year turned the tables on the American with her precise power game on the red dirt.

“I think we both were very nervous,” Muguruza said after …

Novak Djokovic v Andy Murray In The French Open Final, Who’s The Pick?

Posted by Sean Randall on June 4th, 2016 @ 2:28 pm

For the third time in month good buddies Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray meet in a clay final. This one, though, is the biggest of all the clay finals – the French Open.

Djokovic needs this one badly. He’s back in his fourth final and third straight. In 2014, he was up a set against Rafael Nadal. In 2015, he was up a set against Stan Wawrinka. In 2016…well.

Murray wasn’t thought …

Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray Will Decide New French Open Champion

Posted by Staff on June 3rd, 2016 @ 11:52 pm

There will be a new French Open title winner on Sunday as world No. 1 Novak Djokovic will meet Andy Murray for the Roland Garros crown.

Djokovic on Friday stopped the run of young clay breakout star Dominic Thiem 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 to advance to his fourth Roland Garros final.

“Now I put myself in a position I wanted to be in ever since last year’s final,” Djokovic said. “[Roland Garros is] …

Serena Williams v Garbine Muguruza In 2016 French Open Final

Posted by Staff on June 3rd, 2016 @ 11:28 pm

World No. 1 Serena Williams and Spain’s Garbine Muguruza advanced to the French Open final on Friday, putting Williams one match away from what has become a difficult-to-obtain 22nd career Grand Slam title.

Williams ground out a 7-6(7), 6-4 win against a confident unseeded opponent in the Netherlands’ Kiki Bertens. The Dutchwoman was on a 12-match winning streak entering the contest.

“I think she obviously has a lot more confidence,” Serena said …

Poll: Novak Djokovic Or Andy Murray, Who’ll Win The 2016 French Open Men’s Final?

Posted by Staff on June 3rd, 2016 @ 1:08 pm

For the 34th time Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray will meet on the pro circuit. The longtime friends and rivals advanced to the finals today with comfortable wins today. The top seeded Djokovic dominated Dominic Thiem while second seed Murray ousted defending champion Stan Wawrinka in four sets.

Djokovic has won 23 of 33 meetings including 12 of the last 14. The Serb has also won seven of nine in Slams …

Novak Djokovic v Dominic Thiem, Andy Murray v Stan Wawrinka; French Open SFs Picks And Pans

Posted by Sean Randall on June 2nd, 2016 @ 6:29 pm

We are down to just four. And really, it’s not much of a surprise who’s still standing in the men’s bracket of the 2016 French Open. We have the usuals Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray plus the defending champion Stan Wawrinka. And the new guy, Dominic Theim, who takes the spot of the injured Rafael Nadal.

And Thiem is more than well deserving. The 22-year-old leads the men’s tour in clay …

Serena Skates By; Faces Bertens in French Open Semis Friday

Posted by Staff on June 2nd, 2016 @ 4:43 pm

World No. 1 Serena Williams will take the court for a third straight day at the French Open on Friday when she meets surprise unseeded semifinalist Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands.

The American, still trying to capture that elusive 22nd Grand Slam title, found herself down a set to Zazakh Yulia Putintseva before scraping out a 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 win.

“I just kept hitting balls out,” Williams said. “I just wasn’t …

Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray On French Open Collision Course, But The Scot Is A Round Ahead

Posted by Sean Randall on June 1st, 2016 @ 5:38 pm

After days and days of rain, the French Open – or as some have dubbed it, the “Drench Open” – finally had a full day of play again. Hallelujah!

On the men’s side, tournament picks Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray both needed four sets to stay alive in the Fedal-less French.

Djokovic got through a second day of Roberto Bautista Agut in four sets 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, 7-5 in just over …

Djokovic Nails, Gasquet Bails on Wednesday at French Open; Thursday Previews

Posted by Jeremy Davis on June 1st, 2016 @ 3:06 pm

Andy Murray and Richard Gasquet reverted to their old forms, and world No. 1 Novak Djokovic punched through to the quarterfinals as the men caught up from two previous days of rain on Wednesday at the French Open.

The question whether we were seeing a new Gasquet late in the Frenchman’s career was answered in the second set against Murray. Leading the No. 2-seeded Brit by a set and a mini-break …