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August 18th, 2013

Will Isner Pull? Previews: ATP Winston-Salem, WTA New Haven

Notes: Will Isner pull out after his draining run in Cincinnati? Probably…Not a lot of floating talent, and all 16 seeds receive first-round byes…Potentially tough opening-round match-ups for seeds after byes include (11) Nieminen vs. (WC) Fish, (9) Melzer vs. the rising Dutchman Sijsling, and (5) Paire vs. Blake…Other wildcards went to Berdych, Spain’s Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco, and Belgian Romain Bogaerts…Pulling from the event were Carlos Berlocq, Nikolay Davydenko, Marcel Granollers, Tommy Haas, Albert Ramos, the doping-suspended Viktor Troicki, and Horacio Zeballos…Isner is the two-time defending champion, last year beating Berdych in the final.

Posted by Staff @ 2:08 pm in Tennis | 6 Comments »

May 18th, 2013

Federer, Nadal Two Sets From Rome Masters Final Clash

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal close in a final clash in Rome.

Posted by Staff @ 9:05 am in Rome | 97 Comments »

April 25th, 2013

Nadal Might Have To Play Two On Friday In Rainy Barcelona; Sharapova Needs 3 Hours To Win Stuttgart

Rafael Nadal will have to win two matches Friday to stay alive in Barcelona.

Posted by Staff @ 11:08 pm in Barcelona | 31 Comments »

April 24th, 2013

Nadal Wins 35th Straight At Barcelona, Ferrer Crashes Out; Raonic v Gulbis Thursday

Rafael Nadal got his game back in gear while countryman and top seed David Ferrer crashed out.

Posted by Staff @ 5:36 pm in Barcelona | 34 Comments »

February 9th, 2013

Rafa Romps To Vina Del Mar Final; Gasquet, Cilic Also Hunting For Sunday Titles

Rafael Nadal seeks a Vina Del Mar double Sunday as the Spaniard aims for singles and doubles trophies.

Posted by Staff @ 11:20 pm in 2013 Season | 5 Comments »

January 4th, 2013

Azarenka (Smartly?) Withdraws Ahead Of Inevitable Serena Loss In Brisbane; Tsonga Already Injured

Just 30 minutes before her clash with Serena Williams in the Brisbane semifinals, Victoria Azarenka withdraw because of a bad pedicure!

Posted by Sean Randall @ 10:04 am in Brisbane, Doha | 85 Comments »

October 25th, 2012

Del Potro Joins Federer In London Final, Basel Quarterfinals; Almagro Faces Top Seed Ferrer In Valencia

Juan Martin Del Potro became the seventh player to clinch a spot in the year-end ATP Finals next month.

Posted by Staff @ 10:55 pm in ATP Finals | 35 Comments »

July 23rd, 2012

Querrey, Blake Head Rock-bottom ATP L.A. Field

Notes: A former playground for former No. 1s, this year the L.A. event hits rock bottom, headlined by No. 47-ranked Frenchman Benoit Paire, with no stars available due to the Olympics and injuries…

Posted by Staff @ 12:28 am in Tennis | 3 Comments »

May 6th, 2012

Del Potro, Streaking Errani Among ATP/WTA Winners; Weekend Wrap

Suarez Navarro led a set and 5-3, then blew two match points in the tiebreak, then in the third led 4-2 before running out of chances. “I’ve won a few matches from match points down but I’ve never won a final like this,” Kanepi said. “I’ll remember this final in a good way for a long time.”

Posted by Staff @ 10:05 pm in Tennis | 21 Comments »