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July 22nd, 2017

Haas, Veterans Look to Spice-Up Dull German Open Field; Preview

Wildcards went to Germans Daniel Altmaier, Tommy Haas and Maximilian Marterer…Haas was a finalist in 2011, falling to Juan Monaco…

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July 19th, 2017

Top Seed, Cuevas, Haas Lose at ATP Bastad

Wildcards for the tournament went to former world No. 2 Tommy Haas and Swedes Elias and Mikael Ymer. Haas lost his opener to Argentine Facundo Bagnis 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-2. Elias Ymer lost to the two-time finalist Verdasco 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Posted by Staff @ 6:53 pm in Tennis | 9 Comments »

June 17th, 2017

Federer, 0-1 on Grass This Season, Heads to Halle as 8-time Champion; ATP Preview

Tough openers and early-rounders for (1) Federer second round vs. M.Zverev, (3) Nishikori vs. Verdasco, (8) Ramos-Vinolas second round vs. Dr. Ivo, (5) Monfils vs. Gasquet in an all-French (winner to face Haas), and (2) Thiem vs. Ferrer, who has a career grasscourt title to his credit, second round…

Posted by Staff @ 4:50 pm in Tennis | 15 Comments »

May 22nd, 2017

Wawrinka, Raonic Among Lots of Big Names at ATP Geneva, Lyon Before French; Previews

Geneva boasts two of the Top 10 after last-minute wildcards…Potential tough starts for (1) Wawrinka vs. Sousa who always plays him close, and (7) Lorenzi vs. Anderson…

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May 14th, 2017

Does Nadal Have Anything Left in the Tank for Rome? Preview

Tough starts for (1) Murray vs. Fognini, (5) Raonic vs. the Haas-Dr. Ivo winner, (3) Wawrinka starting against a tough Frenchman in either Mahut or Paire, (8) Thiem vs. Cuevas, (13) Sock vs. the hot-handed Schwartzman, an injured (7) Nishikori vs. the Ferrer-Lopez winner, (10) Dimitrov vs. Del Potro, (15) Carreno Busta vs. Simon (winner to face the Kyrgios-Bautista Agut winner, then (2) Djokovic)

Posted by Staff @ 12:32 pm in Tennis | 31 Comments »

April 28th, 2017

Murray Survives Ramos Threat In Barcelona, Rafa Runs Away From Chung

Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray are one win from a battle in the Barcelona final.

Posted by Staff @ 7:11 pm in Barcelona | 57 Comments »

April 27th, 2017

Nadal, Murray Move Into Barcelona QFs; Chung Ousts Zverev

Rafael Nadal will try to keep it going Friday in Barcelona against 20-year-old Hyeon Chung.

Posted by Staff @ 6:09 pm in Barcelona | 22 Comments »

April 24th, 2017

Nadal, Murray Vie for ATP Barcelona Crown; Budapest; ATP Previews

Potential tough starts for (16) Lopez vs. G-Lo, and (9) Gasquet vs. (WC) Robredo…Wildcards were awarded to Murray, Robredo, Zverev, Albert Montanes, and Mikael Ymer…

Posted by Staff @ 12:57 am in Tennis | 3 Comments »

April 23rd, 2017

Nadal Rolls to 10th Monte Carlo Title Setting Numerous ATP Records

“I feel lucky to keep playing tennis, being healthy all those years, in order to compete in one of the most beautiful events of the year, without a doubt,” Nadal said. “I am very happy to win another one. For me, it is a very important day in my career.”

Posted by Staff @ 3:02 pm in Monte Carlo | 18 Comments »

April 22nd, 2017

Nadal Gets Call, Gets Past Goffin To Reach Monte Carlo Finals Against Ramos-Vinolas

Rafael Nadal will try to win a 10th Monte Carlo title Sunday, and his first trophy in almost a year.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 4:21 pm in Monte Carlo | 114 Comments »

April 21st, 2017

Djokovic Upset By Goffin, Nadal Draw Opens in Semifinals at ATP Monte Carlo

“It doesn’t matter how you played before against [Djokovic],” Goffin said. “You just have to do your best and give everything on the court. Maybe once, like today, it goes well…

Posted by Staff @ 6:44 pm in Monte Carlo | 52 Comments »

April 8th, 2017

Sock, Isner and Co. at Houston; Dimitrov Heads Marrakech; ATP Previews

Interesting starts for (1) Sock against the Haas-Opelka winner, (6) Lopez vs. the former French juniors winner Fratangelo, (4) Johnson vs. the experienced dirt-baller and defending champ Monaco, (5) Verdasco vs. the big-serving South African Anderson, and (8) Bellucci vs. the emerging American Tiafoe

Posted by Staff @ 6:36 pm in Tennis | 5 Comments »

February 26th, 2017

Svitolina Looks for 2nd Straight Title at Kuala Lumpur; Sao Paulo; WTA Previews

Top 10er as of Monday Svitolina is coming off the win in the Dubai final…Wildcards went to Kazakhstan’s Zarina Diyas, the Ukraine’s Katarina Zavatska, and China’s Zheng Saisai…

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February 19th, 2017

Nishikori, Thiem, Clay Floaters Make ATP Rio a Tough Slough; Preview

First-round matches that deserve a second look are a gassed (1) Nishikori vs. Brazil’s Bellucci, (4) Carreno Busta vs. Brazil’s Souza who he lost to in their only career meeting, (6) Ferrer vs. the Buenos Aires winner Dolgopolov who he lost to three years ago at this event, a Robredo vs. Fognini veteran match-up (winner to face (5) Ramos Vinolas), (7) Lorenzi vs. Delbonis who he is 0-3 career against, and (2) Thiem vs. the back-from-injury Tipsarevic in a first-time meeting…

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February 11th, 2017

4-Time Defending Champ Nishikori Abandons Memphis for ATP Buenos Aires; Previews

The 20th anniversary of the tournament sees Kei Nishikori collecting the appearance fee as the top seed instead of seeking a fifth consecutive title at Memphis…

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