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February 21st, 2010

Federer Pulls from Dubai with Lung Infection; ATP Previews

Notes: Roger Federer withdraws at the last minute with a lung infection; the appearance-money-laden Dubai event feature five of the Top 10; openers of interest include (8) Simon vs. Baghdatis, (5) Tsonga vs. the hot-handed Llodra; Andy Roddick pulled out of the event with no reason given; that’s around a mil saved by the Dubai organizers with Federer’s withdrawal; Djokovic beat David Ferrer in last year’s final; Federer said, “I’m hoping to be back for Indian Wells. But of course there are no promises. This is something that with proper treatment will be finished. I’ve been taking it easy, relaxing as much as possible. My breathing is a bit difficult and everything feels a bit slow. I can’t take any chances until I’m fit again. It could be better, it could be worse.”

Posted by Staff @ 11:59 am in Tennis | 41 Comments »

February 12th, 2010

Federer Too Perfect; Lopez Ready for Main Stage

For ages, I have been begging, asking for the moment when someone other than Roger Federer, as much as I admire his tennis, would take the stage at a tournament. Come on! Federer is the kind of guy you want to know has skeletons lying around somewhere in his grand Swiss closets adorned o’ trophies. He is too perfect.

Posted by Special @ 10:41 am in Tennis | 58 Comments »

February 7th, 2010

Lopez, Cilic, Bellucci Win ATP Titles

“I did not have much time to adjust after the Australian Open; it was not easy to meet people’s expectations. I am proud about what I’ve done,” Cilic said. “I have played lot of matches this year, but it was also mentally tough. Now I can relax.”

Posted by Staff @ 10:45 pm in Tennis | 4 Comments »

January 31st, 2010

Previews: ATP Zagreb, Joburg, Santiago; Fed Cup

Notes: Croats Cilic, Ljubicic, Karlovic among seeds; Cilic could face Crazi Dani 2nd rd.; (4) Troicki opens against Schuettler, and (2) Ljubicic vs. Clement; Cilic beat Mario “Baby Goran” Ancic in last year’s all-Croat final; Ljubicic won in 2006.

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January 9th, 2010

Nalbandian Returns at Auckland; ATP Previews

Notes: Should be called the Spanish Open with four Spaniard leading the seeding and five seeded total.

Posted by Staff @ 5:40 pm in Tennis | 16 Comments »

November 29th, 2009

Davydenko, Bryans Win Year-end Titles; Tennis-X Notes

Other players chose tracks that were unbelievably inappropriate. I can’t say who. I’m a massive Neil Young fan and I think the audience would be disgusted if I started playing that [particular song].”…

Posted by Staff @ 9:54 pm in Tennis | 68 Comments »

November 22nd, 2009

Federer, Murray 3-set Winners at ATP Finals Openers

“I was down a set, and only the second set was I able to sort of get the ball into play, find my range, find my rhythm,” said Federer, who has been plagued by an erratic forehand during the end of 2009. “I got a little bit lucky maybe to get through in the second set. At the end in the third set I played great.”

Posted by Staff @ 10:04 pm in ATP, Tennis | 135 Comments »

October 25th, 2009

ATP Previews: Lyon, Vienna, St. Petersburg; Safin Retirement Tour

Grand Prix de Tennis de Lyon Lyon, France Surface: hard indoor Seeds: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gilles Simon, Ivan Ljubicic, Juan Monaco, Julien Benneteau, Paul-Henri Mathieu, Benjamin Becker, Al Montanes ADHEREL Floaters: None Notes: One Top 10er in Tsonga; wildcards to oldies Arnaud Clement, Sebastien Grosjean, Michael Llodra (are there no French up-and-comers?); Algeria’s Lamine Ouahab gets [...]

Posted by Staff @ 1:12 am in Drug Testing, Tennis | 14 Comments »

October 18th, 2009

Davydenko, Stosur, Wickmayer Win Titles; Tennis-X Notes

BLAKE AND BARKER BREAK — James Blake and his coach Brian Barker, who has coached him since his junior days, have mutually parted ways. Blake is finishing out the year with fellow Floridian Kelly Jones as his coach. Jones, a former No. 1-ranked doubles player on the ATP tour, has worked with other Floridians Mardy Fish and John Isner.

Posted by Staff @ 7:22 pm in Tennis | 83 Comments »

October 17th, 2009

ATP Previews: Davydenko Opens vs. Safin in Moscow; Stockholm

Notes: Weak, weak seeded line-up; tough openers include (1) Davydenko vs. Safin, (4) Andreev vs. Ginepri, (6) Tipsarevic vs. Crazi Dani, and (5) Cuevas vs. Lu (upset alert); Russians have won 13 titles in the 19 years of the event; unseeded Igor Kunitsyn is the defending champ, and is looking at a second-round meeting with the Davydenko-Safin winner; Davydenko looking for fourth Moscow title; Yevgeny Kafelnikov won the Moscow title five years in a row from 1997-2001.

Posted by Staff @ 5:10 pm in Tennis | 3 Comments »

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2 Roger Federer2 Maria Sharapova
3 Rafael Nadal3 Simona Halep
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5 Kei Nishikori5 Ana Ivanovic
6 Andy Murray6 Agnieszka Radwanska
7 Tomas Berdych7 Eugenie Bouchard
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9 Marin Cilic9 Angelique Kerber
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