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Tsonga Sends Off Federer; Nadal Returns To Form, Dominates Wawrinka In Monte Carlo

Posted by Staff on April 15th, 2016 @ 6:06 pm

Roger Federer’s comeback this week ended at the hands to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who sent off the Swiss 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 to reach the semifinals at the Monte Carlo Open.

Federer was returning off knee surgery in February. He had won both matches this week in straight sets before letting things slip after the first set.

“Definitely had some twists and turns. I’m not sure how come. Maybe we were both a bit …

Rafael Nadal v Stan Wawrinka, Roger Federer v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga In Friday Monte Carlo QF Play

Posted by Staff on April 14th, 2016 @ 8:54 pm

The final eight are set at the first Masters clay event of the season. With Novak Djokovic out in a shock upset, the field is wide open with two former champions Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka squaring off.

Nadal has won 14 of 17 against Wawrinka (including their first 12) but the Swiss has won three of their last five. On clay, Nadal is ahead 5-1.

“Stan, he’s always very dangerous opponent …

Rafael Nadal Gets Revenge On Dominic Thiem In Monte Carlo; Roger Federer Continues Sharp Return

Posted by Staff on April 14th, 2016 @ 8:35 pm

Rafael Nadal got revenge on youngster Dominic Thiem Thursday in Monte Carlo for a loss the youngster handed him in Buenos Aires in February. Nadal, the 8-time Monte Carlo champion, saved 15 of 16 break chances against the Austrian to pull out a tough 7-5, 6-3 win.

“I think I played a good match,” said Nadal. “In terms of level of tennis, was great I think. In terms of fighting …

Aljaz Bedene Says Rafael Nadal’s Forehand Is Now A Weakness!

Posted by Tom Gainey on April 14th, 2016 @ 10:04 am

Aljaz Bedene had an interesting critique of Rafael Nadal. After losing to the Spaniard yesterday in Monte Carlo, the Brit commented that he thinks Nadal’s forehand isn’t what it once was.

“A few years ago when he was ripping his forehand, that was his best shot,” Bedene said. “But now when you press his forehand, that’s his weaker side.

“You can see he’s not feeling great on the forehand side, which is …

Is Rafael Nadal Dealing With A Wrist Issue?

Posted by Tom Gainey on April 14th, 2016 @ 9:53 am

Following an opening round 63, 63 win over Aljaz Bedene, Rafael Nadal explained why he was spotted earlier with tape on his left wrist.

Footage of Nadal after Miami with his left wrist heavily bandaged:

And the former No. 1 admitted he’s had an issue with the wrist since Australia. But good news is he doesn’t think it’s a problem.

Q. There was pictures of you with …

Novak Djokovic Rode The Bicycle Home After Losing In Monte Carlo Tuesday

Posted by Tom Gainey on April 14th, 2016 @ 9:40 am

Would you believe after suffering a shock loss to Jiri Vesely Tuesday in Monte Carlo, Novak Djokovic rode a bicycle back home?

On his bike. Pedaling home. pic.twitter.com/QHn5nWez1F

— TroubleFault (@troublefault) April 13, 2016

No helmet for the Monte Carlo resident?

The loss was just Djokovic’s second of the season, and first at a Masters event since last summer. Djokovic credited the 22-year-old but …

Down Goes Novak Djokovic! Rafael Nadal v Dominic Thiem Thursday In Monte Carlo

Posted by Sean Randall on April 13th, 2016 @ 3:38 pm

What start to the clay court season! After months of domination, Novak Djokovic slipped and tumbled out of his 2016 clay court debut today losing to Jiri Vesely 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 in the second round at Monte Carlo.

The loss snapped Djokovic’s 21-match Masters win streak and gave him his worst loss by ranking in six years!

“He played very solid. He was serving very big. He was playing tactically good and …

World Anti-Doping Agency Lays Groundwork for Reinstating Maria Sharapova

Posted by Jeremy Davis on April 13th, 2016 @ 2:12 pm

Those in the sports policing community that touted the doping ban on Maria Sharapova showing that “no one is above the law” are now sputtering in disbelief.

On Wednesday the World Anti-Doping Agency said provisional suspensions can be lifted on athletes that have tested positive for meldonium if a hearing panel can find an athlete took meldonium before it was banned on Jan. 1, then later tested positive.

This comes in the …

Andy Murray: I’ve Been Flat Since Davis Cup And I Don’t Know Why

Posted by Tom Gainey on April 13th, 2016 @ 10:04 am

Following a 3-set win yesterday over Pierre-Hugues Herbert in Monte Carlo, Andy Murray admitted that he’s been flat since Davis Cup. In fact, the Scot has gone 3-2 since beating Kei Nishikori in five sets during Great Britain’s win over Japan last month.

Murray was stunned by Federico Delbonis at Indian Wells then lost to Grigor Dimitrov in Miami, both after having third set leads.

“I’ve definitely been a little bit flat …

Roger Federer Reveals He Didn’t Miss Tennis While He Was Recovering From Knee Surgery

Posted by Tom Gainey on April 13th, 2016 @ 9:48 am

Following a win in his first match since the Australian Open, Roger Federer was asked yesterday in Monte Carlo if he missed the sport he loves so much while he was mending his knee the last 2.5 months. And he gave a surprising answer.

“Honestly, I didn’t miss it too much,” the 34-year-old said of his longest break from tennis due to injury. “I was really happy being home. I was …

Novak Djokovic Opens Clay Season In Monte Carlo; Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka Also Wednesday

Posted by Staff on April 12th, 2016 @ 4:01 pm

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic opens his 2016 clay season Wednesday in Monte Carlo against Czech Jiri Vesely. The 28-year-old Djokovic has won the last four Masters 1000 events and this season is 28-1.

Djokovic also won Monte Carlo last year and in 2013, hasn’t played on the clay since his loss in the French Open final to Stan Wawrinka.

“Thankfully I haven’t lost too many matches in the past couple of …

Roger Federer Wins In Return At Monte Carlo, Andy Murray Goes The Distance Again

Posted by Staff on April 12th, 2016 @ 3:48 pm

Roger Federer cruised in his first match in over two months, defeating Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3, 6-4. Federer said after he had no issues playing on his surgically repaired knee for the first time since January.

“The knee felt really good, like in practice. Felt like I didn’t have to worry about it. I could just go freely,” Federer said. “I think in a way it was a perfect match. It was …

Taylor Townsend Had To Play A 69-Year-Old Grandmother Today At An ITF Event! [Video]

Posted by Staff on April 11th, 2016 @ 6:39 pm

In one of the most bizarre matchups in women’s tennis history, 18-year-old Taylor Townsend had to play a 69-year-old grandmother in the second round of qualifying at a $25K ITF event in Pelham, Alabama earlier today.

Townsend, ranked No. 389, not surprisingly won the match 6-0, 6-0 in just 36 minutes losing 12 points over the granny named Gail Falkenberg.

But the story is, this was the …

Do You Remember The Last Point Roger Federer Won? [Video]

Posted by Staff on April 11th, 2016 @ 4:22 pm

Roger Federer makes his long-awaited return from knee surgery Tuesday in Monte Carlo. Federer has been out over two months, his longest stretch away from the game due to injury during his pro career.

We last saw Federer on the court in Australia in a losing effort to Novak Djokovic during a 4-set semifinal.

The last point he won of the match, though, was a good one. Here it is:…

Federer, Murray Begin Clay Season Tuesday In Monte Carlo; Thiem, Raonic Winners

Posted by Staff on April 11th, 2016 @ 4:05 pm

Roger Federer and Andy Murray open their 2016 clay season Tuesday in Monte Carlo, a tournament neither has won.

Federer’s opener also marks his first match since undergoing left knee surgery shortly after returning from Australia in February.

“[Monte Carlo] is an opportunity for top guys to play more freely, since there is less pressure and it’s a change of surface for everyone,” said Federer. “I’ve played very well in …