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May 6th, 2018

Japan’s Daniel Breaks Out for 1st ATP Title in Istanbul

“Obviously really happy,” said Daniel, who upset Novak Djokovic earlier this year at Indian Wells, and had never reached an ATP semifinal. “I think today was a great match, a lot of long rallies from the beginning until the end. Very happy. I’m obviously pretty surprised that I suddenly won an ATP title. But I guess things like this happen.”

Posted by Staff @ 6:53 pm in Tennis | 2 Comments »

May 6th, 2018

Sousa Ends 29-Year Portugal Drought at ATP Estoril Open

The 29-year-old Sousa collapsed to the court on match point, tears streaming down his face. During the week he survived two three-setters and saved two match points in the second round against countryman Pedro Sousa.

Posted by Staff @ 3:00 pm in Tennis | 3 Comments »

May 6th, 2018

World No. 3 Zverev Wins ATP Munich, Heads to Madrid

“I had to play my best tennis to have a chance, so that is what I did,” said Zverev. “At the beginning I was struggling a little bit and then I found my rhythm and felt very good on court.”

Posted by Staff @ 12:14 pm in Tennis | 6 Comments »

April 29th, 2018

Anderson Top Seed, Hewitt Returns at ATP Estoril; Preview

Interesting starts include (1) Anderson vs. the Barcelona finalist Tsitsipas if the Greek isn’t too gassed, (8) Medvedev vs. the veteran Sousa, and (4) Muller on his worst surface (although he reached the final last year) vs. the American Sandgren-Tiafoe match winner…

Posted by Staff @ 11:59 am in Tennis | 14 Comments »

April 28th, 2018

Cilic Defending Champion, Tomic Back Next Week at ATP Istanbul; Preview

Cilic is the lone former champion in the field, in last year’s final defeating Milos Raonic.

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April 21st, 2018

Nadal Goes for 11 at ATP Barcelona Open; Preview

(1) Nadal looking at the wrist-addled (14) Nishikori 3rd rd. then (6) Djokovic then (4) Goffin…

Posted by Staff @ 11:46 am in Tennis | 5 Comments »

March 4th, 2018

Del Potro Wins Big Man Battle Against Anderson for ATP Acapulco Acclaim

“I think he played really well,” Anderson said of Del Potro. “He’s obviously a tough competitor and a great player. I just needed to do a little bit more today.”

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 2:31 pm in Tennis | 15 Comments »

March 4th, 2018

Fiery Fognini Loses 1st 13 Points Then Wins ATP Sao Paulo Championship

Fognini lost the first 13 points of the contest as Jarry claimed the first set in 22 minutes.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 1:48 pm in Tennis | 13 Comments »

February 26th, 2018

Russian Khachanov Drains Pouille in 3-Setter in ATP Marseille Final

“I just need to keep working and keep going,” the 21-year-old Khachanov said afterwards. “I felt I was playing good here from the first day. It’s nice to play on a full court in the final, and I hope to come back next year.”

Posted by Staff @ 9:43 am in Tennis | 7 Comments »

February 26th, 2018

American Tiafoe Wins 1st Career Title at ATP Delray Beach

“I was not expecting this week, especially with how the year started and everything,” Tiafoe said. “It’s unbelievable. It’s obviously a dream to win your first title. Now I got that off my back so that feels pretty good, so early in my career. It’s an amazing feeling and I just hope I can get many more as I go along.”

Posted by Staff @ 12:29 am in Tennis | 11 Comments »

February 26th, 2018

Schwartzman Beats Verdasco for ATP Rio Title; Next Meeting in Acapulco 1st Round

“Everything was perfect — every match, every set was perfect for me, playing my best tennis,” Schwartzman said afterwards. “I think he was a little bit tired in the [end] of the second set and for me it was important because I was fresh.”

Posted by Staff @ 12:11 am in Tennis | 3 Comments »

February 25th, 2018

Cuevas Goes for 4 in a Row at ATP Sao Paulo; Preview

Cuevas, the three-time defending champion, in last year’s final defeated Ramos Vinolas from a set down.

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February 18th, 2018

Sock v Raonic 1st Round at ATP Delray Beach; Preview

Tough starts for (1) Sock vs. Raonic, (6) Isner vs. last week’s hot New York Open semifinalist Albot, and (2) Del Potro vs. Chardy who he has lost to on hardcourt…

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February 18th, 2018

Wawrinka Looks to Find Form Again at ATP Marseilles; Preview

It’s anybody’s title this week in Marseille where the spotty Stan Wawrinka heads the field after the late withdrawal of David Goffin.

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January 13th, 2018

Medvedev Halts Fairytale Run of Aussie De Minuar in ATP Sydney Final for 1st Title

“I mean, to make it through the qualies, there were so many circumstances,” Medvedev said afterwards. “I wanted to go to Auckland, because my girlfriend had a visa to New Zealand, and not even one guy withdrew from Auckland…now I won here. So just amazing.”

Posted by Staff @ 12:15 pm in Tennis | 2 Comments »