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Barty Wins WTA Kuala Lumpur from Outside Top 150

Posted by Staff on March 6th, 2017 @ 12:42 am

Aussie comeback player Ashleigh Barty won her first WTA tour singles title at the ALYA Malaysian Open, in the final defeating Japan’s unseeded Nao Hibino 6-3, 6-2.

Barty reached the main draw through the qualifying rounds, and did not face a seeded player in the main draw.

The Aussie returned to the WTA tour after taking a year off to play cricket in the Women’s Big Bash League for Brisbane Heat.

“I think …

Tsurenko Upsets Streaking Mladenovic for WTA Acapulco Trophy

Posted by Staff on March 6th, 2017 @ 12:14 am

No. 7-seeded Lesia Tsurenko upset No. 2-seeded Kristina Mladenovic, 6-1, 7-5 for the Abierto Mexicano Telcel title.

It was the third career title for the 27-year-old Ukrainian and first of 2017.

“I’m really happy to start the season like this,” she said. “I had the semifinal in Hobart International and now this title here in Acapulco. It’s three of three now, it’s a 100 percent result for me and this makes …

Murray Beats on Unseeded Verdasco for ATP Dubai Title

Posted by Staff on March 5th, 2017 @ 11:32 pm

With the rest of the top players in Acapulco this week, world No. 1 Andy Murray cruised to the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships title, defeating unseeded Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 6-2 in a yawner of a final.

It was the first title of the season for the ATP’s top player who collected his 45th career singles crown.

“It’s nice to win and I played much better as the match went on,” said …

Querrey Beats Confident Kyrgios, Then Nadal for ATP Acapulco Title

Posted by Staff on March 5th, 2017 @ 11:10 pm

When contentious Aussie Nick Kyrgios beat former No. 1 Novak Djokovic in their career-first meeting in the Mexican Open quarterfinals, then dissed American Sam Querrey, it could have been the beginning of the end.

Kyrgios beat Djokovic, then was asked to assess his semifinal with Querrey, who he had beaten in his only career meeting, saying to paraphrase: ‘American, big serve, I’ve seen that before.’

Querrey beat Kyrgios in the semifinals, then …

Nadal Continues To Dominate In Acapulco, Will Face Surprising Querrey In Final

Posted by Staff on March 4th, 2017 @ 9:43 am

Rafael Nadal kept rolling in Acapulco Friday by crushing Marin Cilic 6-1, 6-2 to improve to 14-0 at the event and reach the final.

“I have to be playing well to win like this against a player like Marin, so I’m pleased with the performance,” said Nadal. “I’m happy with my focus in important moments, saving break points with good shots. I enjoyed the atmosphere here, so it’s great for me …

Murray, Verdasco To Meet In Dubai Final

Posted by Staff on March 4th, 2017 @ 9:30 am

Andy Murray will seek his second career title in Dubai later today as he takes on Fernando Verdasco. Murray, who saved 7 match points in a win over Philipp Kohlschreiber on Thursday, had a much easier time beating Lucas Pouille 7-5, 6-1 yesterday.

“It was tough. I don’t think it was the best match, but there was some good stuff in there, middle and towards the end of the first …

March Off Topic Thread

Posted by Staff on March 3rd, 2017 @ 9:23 am

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Kyrgios Knocks Djokovic Out Of Acapulco; Nadal v Cilic Friday

Posted by Staff on March 3rd, 2017 @ 9:03 am

Nick Kyrgios did it again. The controversial Australian beat Roger Federer in his first try, beat Rafael Nadal in his first try and now has beaten Novak Djokovic in his first try, stunning the top seed at Acapulco last night 7-6(9), 7-5.

“It’s what I dreamed of as a little kid, playing on these great venues against some of the greatest players in the world,” said Kyrgios. “I never …

Murray Saves 7 Match Points In Dubai Win Over Kohlschreiber

Posted by Staff on March 3rd, 2017 @ 12:05 am

Andy Murray did something he had never done before in his career, saving a whopping seven match points during the longest tiebreak he’s played in his career which he eventually he won 20-18 over Philipp Kohlschreiber Thursday in Dubai. In the end, Murray moved on to the semifinals 6-7(4), 7-6(18), 6-1.

“It’s obviously a special match to win because of how it went. I’ll probably never play another tie-break like that …

Djokovic Comes Back To Deny Del Potro, Kyrgios Next In Acapulco; Nadal Sharp So Far

Posted by Staff on March 2nd, 2017 @ 9:23 am

The marquee match of the day lived up to the billing in Acapulco with Novak Djokovic taking the last three games of his match against Juan Martin del Potro to win it 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in two hours, 38 minutes.

After a tight first set which saw del Potro take the final break at 4-4, Djokovic seized control in the second racing out of a 5-2 lead, then hanging on to …

Federer Shocked By Qualifier Donskoy In Dubai; Murray Rolls Into QFs

Posted by Staff on March 1st, 2017 @ 8:07 pm

Roger Federer suffered one of his worst career losses on hard courts Wednesday falling to qualifier Evegeny Donskoy 3-6, 7-6(7), 7-6(5) in the second round of Dubai.

Federer led the unheralded Russian 5-2 in the second set tiebreaker and held three match points. Then after blowing a 5-2 lead in the third set – Donskoy served for the match at 6-5 – the Swiss blew a 5-1 final set breaker advantage, …

Novak Djokovic v Juan Martin Del Potro Tonight In Acapulco

Posted by Staff on March 1st, 2017 @ 9:33 am

While Novak Djokovic enjoyed a straightforward win in his opener, Juan Martin del Potro had to go the distance to set up a tasty second round showdown tonight in Acapulco against the Serb.

Del Potro had to fight hard to deny 19-year-old American Frances Tiafoe 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(1), winning seven of the last eight points of the match.

In his Acapulco debut, Djokovic overcame a 4-2 deficit int he second in a …

Murray Wins Dubai Opener, Wawrinka Out; Federer Returns Wednesday

Posted by Staff on March 1st, 2017 @ 9:20 am

Andy Murray cruised in his Dubai opener Tuesday dominating Tunisian Malek Jaziri 6-4, 6-1.

“Obviously the second set was obviously a bit easier. First set, especially the beginning, was tough,” Murray said. “I have never hit with him or played against him before. It took a little bit of time to get used to his game. But I played better as the match went on.

“The only thing I didn’t do well …

Novak Djokovic: It Was Amazing To Watch Roger Federer Win The Australian Open

Posted by Tom Gainey on February 28th, 2017 @ 12:59 pm

Novak Djokovic is making his first appearance in Mexico this week after taking a surprise wildcard into Acapulco. Before his match today against Martin Klizan, the Serb talked to the press among other things Roger Federer’s big win at the Australian Open.

“It was amazing to see. Roger win the Australian Open, at his age, after injury and after being absent for so long. It’s quite impressive. I congratulate …

Roger Federer Still Unsure Of Clay Schedule

Posted by Tom Gainey on February 28th, 2017 @ 12:51 pm

Commenting yesterday following an easy win over Benoit Paire in Dubai, Roger Federer says he is still unsure of what his clay court schedule will be.

“I will only decide on the clay court swing after Miami,” Federer said. “If I lost every match from here on till Miami, you know, that changes things around, or if you won a lot of matches until the clay court season comes around. So …