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June 17th, 2017

Federer, 0-1 on Grass This Season, Heads to Halle as 8-time Champion; ATP Preview

Tough openers and early-rounders for (1) Federer second round vs. M.Zverev, (3) Nishikori vs. Verdasco, (8) Ramos-Vinolas second round vs. Dr. Ivo, (5) Monfils vs. Gasquet in an all-French (winner to face Haas), and (2) Thiem vs. Ferrer, who has a career grasscourt title to his credit, second round…

Posted by Staff @ 4:50 pm in Tennis | 15 Comments »

May 26th, 2017

French Open Men’s Preview: Nadal, Djokovic End Up On Same Side Of Draw

Sean Randall previews the French Open men’s draw.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 10:56 am in French Open | 29 Comments »

May 17th, 2017

Nadal Has Easy Day, Sock Next In Rome; Nishikori, Wawrinka Advance

Thursday in Rome it’s Rafael Nadal-Jack Sock and Kei Nishikori-Juan Martin del Potro.

Posted by Staff @ 5:54 pm in Rome | 35 Comments »

May 17th, 2017

Murray’s Misery Mounts, Falls To Fognini In Rome; Nadal Wednesday

Andy Murray’s slump deepens.

Posted by Staff @ 12:28 am in Rome | 69 Comments »

May 14th, 2017

Does Nadal Have Anything Left in the Tank for Rome? Preview

Tough starts for (1) Murray vs. Fognini, (5) Raonic vs. the Haas-Dr. Ivo winner, (3) Wawrinka starting against a tough Frenchman in either Mahut or Paire, (8) Thiem vs. Cuevas, (13) Sock vs. the hot-handed Schwartzman, an injured (7) Nishikori vs. the Ferrer-Lopez winner, (10) Dimitrov vs. Del Potro, (15) Carreno Busta vs. Simon (winner to face the Kyrgios-Bautista Agut winner, then (2) Djokovic)

Posted by Staff @ 12:32 pm in Tennis | 31 Comments »

May 10th, 2017

Wawrinka Among Upsets, Escapes Wed. at ATP Madrid; Insane Thurs. With Nadal-Kyrgios

“I think that even though I played really badly, my attitude has been very positive,” said Nadal, who benefited from Fognini missing some sitters and easy volleys on big points throughout the match. “My attitude and the will to win today’s match was there.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 8:54 pm in Madrid | 40 Comments »

April 29th, 2017

Del Potro, Raonic Feature at 3 ATP Events Next Week; Previews

Two Top 10ers make Istanbul the top event this week…The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Matches to watch for in the 1st rd. include (5) Troicki vs. the big-match Baghdatis, and (8) Darcis vs. Sela to see who can hit their way out of that paper bag…

Posted by Staff @ 11:27 pm in Tennis | No Comments »

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 | Comments Off

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 | Comments Off

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 »