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July 23rd, 2018

Where Does ATP Newport Title Leave Steve Johnson?

“It was misting, raining for the majority of the match, but never hard enough for us to stop,” Johnson said. “I can’t believe we got it in and I’m very happy we got it in because I don’t think the radar looked overly convincing for the next couple days, either. These things have a funny way of working out, and I’m very glad it did.”

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 6:20 pm in Tennis | 3 Comments »

July 22nd, 2018

Isner Goes for 5th ATP Atlanta Open Title as US Open Series Begins; Preview

Interesting starts include (1) Isner vs. the rising Aussie Minaur, (7) M.Zverev vs. the hot-handed Smyczek, (4) Ebden vs. Karlovic, and the Newport finalist Ramanathan vs. Taylor Fritz, winner to meet (3) Chung…

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July 22nd, 2018

Thiem Leads Floater-Filled Field at ATP German Open Hamburg; Preview

The field is loaded with floating landmines — first-round matches of interest include (7) Gasquet vs. Paire in an all-French,(3) Carreno Busta vs. last year’s finalist (WC) Mayer, (5) Kohlschreiber vs. Seppi, and (6) Cecchinato vs. Monfils…

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July 22nd, 2018

Hot-Handed Fognini to Defend, Face Last Year’s Finalist in Opener at ATP Gstaad

Fognin is the defending champion, in last year’s final defeating surprise German finalist Yannick Hanfmann; Hanfmann qualified and could meet Fognini in his opener.

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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.”

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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.

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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.”

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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.”

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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 »