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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 »

March 26th, 2017

Federer, Del Potro Advanced To Miami 3R Showdown; Nadal, Nishikori Return Sunday

Roger Federer, Juan Martin del Potro and Stan Wawrinka all advanced Saturday at Miami.

Posted by Staff @ 10:32 am in Miami | 9 Comments »

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…

Posted by Staff @ 5:44 pm in Tennis | No Comments »

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…

Posted by Staff @ 7:29 pm in Tennis | No Comments »

January 7th, 2017

Thiem, ‘C’-Level Marquee Players at ATP Sydney, Auckland; Previews

(8) Granollers starts against Hot Sauce, (5) Kohlschreiber vs. Fognini, and (6) Muller vs. Dolgopolov…(2) Cuevas looking at a tough encounter with Mahut 2nd rd…

Posted by Staff @ 10:17 pm in Auckland, Sydney | 11 Comments »

December 31st, 2016

Nadal, No. 1 Kerber Among Headliners Next Week at Brisbane International Tennis; Previews

Five Top 10ers in the impressive field…The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Opening-round testers for (1) Raonic vs. Querrey, (5) Nadal vs. The Dog, (7) Dimitrov vs. Johnson, (8) Ferrer vs. Tomic, and (6) Pouille vs. Simon…

Posted by Staff @ 7:10 pm in Tennis | 25 Comments »

November 30th, 2016

2016 ATP Year-End Top 20 Rankings: Federer, Ferrer Fall; Pouille Rises

The final ATP Top 20 Rankings.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:58 am in Rankings, Year-End No. 1 | 11 Comments »

October 29th, 2016

Djokovic, Murray Clash on Horizon Next Week at ATP Paris Masters

World No. 1 Djokovic starts against either Nicolas Almagro or Gilles Muller, then likely facing No. 14 Dimitrov…No. 2 Murray will start against either Fernando Verdasco or a qualifier, then likely No. 13 Lucas Pouille…

Posted by Staff @ 1:55 pm in ATP, Paris, Tennis | 9 Comments »

October 28th, 2016

Murray Dominates Isner In Vienna; Ferrer, Karlovic Save Match Points

Andy Murray cruised into the semifinals in Vienna where he’ll face David Ferrer.

Posted by Staff @ 8:54 pm in Fall Season | 20 Comments »

October 22nd, 2016

Murray Looks to Close Further on No. 1 Djokovic at Vienna Open

Andy Murray is closing on world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, and Vienna this week could be a big part of the Brit having a shot at catching the Serb at the year-end championships.

Posted by Staff @ 2:23 pm in Tennis | Comments Off

October 15th, 2016

Monfils, Goffin, Kvitova Headline Stockholm, Antwerp, Luxembourg This Week

No Top 10ers but an interesting field between the multi-Slam winner Kvitova, the French Open champ Schiavone, the former No. 1 Wozniacki, the former brand-wannabee Bouchard, and the breakout player Siegemund…

Posted by Staff @ 6:35 pm in Tennis | Comments Off

October 9th, 2016

Djokovic Joins Murray, Stan, Nadal at Blockbuster Shanghai

Potential tough starts for (1) Djokovic vs. the upset specialist Fognini, (14) Gasquet vs. last week’s China Open finalist Dimitrov, (12) Kyrgios vs. Querrey who beat Djokovic earlier this year, (4) Nadal vs. the Troicki/Rosol winner, (10) Ferrer vs. Lopez in an all-Spanish meeting, (11) Goffin vs. Del Potro, and (13) Pouille vs. Hot Sauce…

Posted by Staff @ 10:12 pm in Tennis | 2 Comments »

October 7th, 2016

Dimitrov Dominates Nadal In Beijing; Murray Rolls Into SF Battle With Ferrer

In his seventh try, Grigor Dimitrov finally beat Rafael Nadal, crushing the Spaniard 6-2, 6-4 in Beijing.

Posted by Staff @ 11:56 am in beijing | 22 Comments »

October 1st, 2016

Kerber, Murray Headline Elite China Open Fields

Nine of the Top 10 players, sans Serena Williams, in the field…Potential tough starts for (3) Radwasnka second round vs. the powerful Makarova, (13) Vinci second round vs. the resurgent Wozniacki, (5) Pliskova vs. Safarova, (15) Pavlyuchenkova vs. (Q) Riske (winner to meet Stosur), (8) Keys second round vs. the winner of Jelena Jankovic and Kristina Mladenovic, and the shaky-of-late (2) Muguruza vs. Begu…

Posted by Staff @ 1:54 pm in China Open, Tennis | 1 Comment »

September 4th, 2016

Wawrinka Saves A Match Point, Muray Fights At US Open; Nadal, Djokovic Continue Toward SF Showdown

Andy Murray didn’t look good at all Saturday at the US Open.

Posted by Staff @ 12:33 am in US Open | 82 Comments »