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Venus Wins While Errani, Schiavone Fall In Rome; Serena Back On Clay Tuesday

Posted by Staff on May 9th, 2016 @ 8:38 pm

Venus Williams opened her European clay court season with a win Monday over big-hitting countrywoman CoCo Vandeweghe 6-4, 6-3 in the first round of the Rome Masters.

The 35-year-old Williams entered the event having one just one of her last four matches. This was her first meeting with Vandeweghe.

“I have hit with her a little bit at Fed Cup but not really sure what to expect,” Williams said after the match. …

Serena Williams Makes Her 2016 Clay Debut This Week In Rome

Posted by Tom Gainey on May 9th, 2016 @ 10:16 am

With her French Open title defense just around the corner, Serena Williams is back on the tennis court this week. The world No. 1 has been fighting an illness the last few weeks, but Serena says she’s ready to go in Rome.

“I feel pretty good,” Serena said Sunday. “I wasn’t feeling really good for the past several weeks and even the past few days. But right now I’m better. I …

Stan Wawrinka: Novak Djokovic Is The Big Favorite To Win The French Open

Posted by Tom Gainey on May 9th, 2016 @ 9:54 am

Stan Wawrinka is two weeks away from opening his French Open title defense. The Swiss, though, has his list of favorites, and he puts the man he beat in the 4-set final, Novak Djokovic, at the top of the list.

“I see Novak, for sure, the favorite, as last year,” Wawrinka said in Rome. “I think he’s going to be tough to beat. He’s going to be the big favorite. Then …

Rafael Nadal: Andy Murray Can Win The French Open

Posted by Tom Gainey on May 9th, 2016 @ 9:40 am

Following a second straight loss to Andy Murray in Madrid on Saturday in the semifinals, Rafael Nadal isn’t discouraged. The defeat snapped a 13-match winning streak

“I think I had another positive week,” Nadal said after the 7-5, 6-4 loss. “I made it to the semifinals. I think I’m very consistent every week. This is good news. Well, today mentally I think I was okay. I fought a lot until …

Andy Murray And Coach Amelie Mauresmo Have Split Up

Posted by Tom Gainey on May 9th, 2016 @ 9:27 am

A day after losing to Novak Djokovic in his Madrid title defense, Andy Murray has announced that he and coach Amelie Mauresmo have ended their coaching relationship.

“I’ve learned a lot from Amelie over the last two years, both on and off the court,” Murray said in the statement. “She’s been a calming influence in the team and we will all miss having her around. I’ll take some time to consider …

Andy Murray Pushes, But Not Hard Enough as Dominant Novak Djokovic Wins Madrid

Posted by Staff on May 8th, 2016 @ 8:35 pm

Rafael Nadal has had his resurgence this year on the red dirt, but world No. 1 Novak Djokovic showed that he remains the King of Clay.

Djokovic outlasted defending champion Andy Murray 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 on Sunday for the Mutua Madrid Masters title, in the process overtaking Nadal for the most Masters-level titles won at 29.

“It was a great match to be a part of,” Djokovic said. “Congratulations to Andy for …

Serena Back but WTA Tour a Mess in Rome

Posted by Jeremy Davis on May 8th, 2016 @ 1:08 pm

There are few easy draws when the Internazionali BNL d’Italia women’s event kicks off on Monday.

World No. 1 Serena Williams is over her illness, apparently, but she and No. 2 seed Angie Kerber face some nasty land mines right from the start. Serena is even playing doubles with sister Venus.

Rome is no stranger to Serena, who has raised the trophy three times.

Here’s a look at the four sections of the …

Halep’s Game on Clay Back in Play with Madrid Title

Posted by Staff on May 8th, 2016 @ 11:57 am

It took until May, but it’s something that world No. 1 Serena Williams hasn’t even done yet this year.

Simona Halep won her first title of the year over the weekend in Madrid, where the No. 6 seed beat unseeded Dominika Cibukova 6-2, 6-4, bettering her 2014 runner-up appearance.

“I saw always that it’s a special tournament because of Mr. [Ion] Tiriac, because of many Romanians that are coming here. I feel …

Novak Djokovic Meets Andy Murray For The 2016 Madrid Title, Who’s The Pick?

Posted by Sean Randall on May 7th, 2016 @ 6:52 pm

It’s the 32nd – and not the last – time that Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray will meet. But this is their first collision with the Madrid Masters title on the line and first final on clay.

They have played in Madrid before. The two childhood friends and rivals kicked-off their long rivalry right in Madrid nine-and-a-half years ago when it was played indoors in October. Djokovic came out ahead …

Andy Murray Does It Again, Beats Rafael Nadal In Madrid; Novak Djokovic Awaits In Final

Posted by Sean Randall on May 7th, 2016 @ 4:57 pm

Down 5-2 in the first set to defending champion Andy Murray today in the Madrid Masters semifinal, Rafael Nadal had an awakening. Unfortunately, he couldn’t sustain it. Nadal, the 4-time Madrid champion and pride of Spain, roared back to even things at 5-5. But just when the crowd was back into what was a fairly uneven match, Murray held serve then broke Nadal again to take the opener.

Nadal couldn’t up …

Djokovic, Nadal Lead Blockbuster Saturday Semis at Madrid

Posted by Staff on May 7th, 2016 @ 12:33 am

Novak Djokovic vs. Kei Nishikori? Rafael Nadal vs. Andy Murray?

It’s on!

The semifinals were set on Friday at the Mutua Madrid Masters as the cream rose to the top.

Djokovic made Milos Raonic his locker room b***h, improving to 7-0 vs. the Canuck with a 6-3, 6-4 win.

“One of the keys of the match was getting as many returns back in play as possible,” Djokovic said. “I knew that before I stepped …

Simona Halep, Dominika Cibulkova Crush in Semis to Set Up Madrid Championship Match

Posted by Staff on May 6th, 2016 @ 5:31 pm

Simona Halep and Dominika Cibulkova will meet in the Mutua Madrid Open final after winning semifinals in dominating fashion on Friday in Spain.

The No. 6-seeded Halep blew out unseeded Aussie Sam Stosur in under an hour 6-2, 6-0 on the red clay.

It is the first WTA final since the summer of 2015 for Halep, who was a Madrid runner-up in 2014.

In the final Halep will meet unseeded Dominika Cibulkova, who …

Rome Draw: Roger Federer Returns, Faces Brutal Road; Novak Djokovic-Rafael Nadal QF?

Posted by Sean Randall on May 6th, 2016 @ 3:02 pm

Yikes! After withdrawing from Madrid due to a bad back, Roger Federer is in the Rome draw. However, the Swiss might have second thoughts about playing in the city where he’s never won. Because he’s not winning this year either.

Federer, the 2015 Rome runner-up to Novak Djokovic, will open the event against either Grigor Dimitrov or Alexander Zverev followed by a rested Dominic Thiem in the third round. …

Hot Dog Nick Kyrgios Hit This Incredible Tweener To Win A Point Against Kei Nishikori In Madird [Video]

Posted by Tom Gainey on May 6th, 2016 @ 2:19 pm

Nick Kyrgios’s great week in Madrid came to an end today as lost to Kei Nishikori in the quarterfinals. But in defeat, the Australian hit the shot of the tournament and one of the best of the season with this perfect tweener lob:

Tough one today, but definitely memorable. 🌭https://t.co/fcczYK7tnG https://t.co/Vzirj3Uimw

— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) May 6, 2016…

Novak Djokovic: Bernard Tomic Is A Good Guy But He Needs To Be More Committed To Tennis

Posted by Tom Gainey on May 6th, 2016 @ 2:10 pm

Novak Djokovic ripped into Bernard Tomic for his actions earlier in the week in Madrid where he tried to return a matchpoint with his racquet handle.

The 23-year-old Tomic afterward said he didn’t care about the incident.

Djokovic, who says he’s known Tomic for a long time, took issue with Tomic’s tanking yesterday saying the Australian wasn’t right to do what he did and that he needs to …