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October 1st, 2017

Istomin Ends 2-Year Drought with ATP Chengdu Title

“I know his situation, because I’ve had a lot of injuries,” said Istomin. “I know the feeling and we are good friends, so my first thought was to help Marcos when I saw him go down. Of course I want to win the title, but not this way. I hope he gets better and will be okay for the rest of the season.

Posted by Staff @ 11:56 am in Tennis | No Comments »

January 21st, 2017

Nadal Stares Down Teen Zverev in 5 Sets; Gasquet-Dimitrov Late at Aussie Open

Any questions regarding Nadal’s fitness were answered Saturday, while the teenager ended up cramping in the fifth set.

Posted by Staff @ 8:13 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 14 Comments »

January 19th, 2017

Djokovic Stunned; Raonic Sick; Sick Friday Line-Up at Aussie Open

“There was intensity, of course,” Djokovic said. “We played four-and-a-half hours.”

Posted by Staff @ 8:54 am in Australian Open | 72 Comments »

January 19th, 2017

Denis Istomin: It’s Unreal To Beat Novak Djokovic In 5 Sets

Denis Istomin won the match of his life.

Posted by Staff @ 6:15 am in Australian Open | 3 Comments »

January 19th, 2017

Novak Djokovic: I Was Not Pleased With My Performance, But Istomin Deserved To Win

Novak Djokovic met the press after his stunning loss to Denis Istomin at the Australian Open Thursday.

Posted by Staff @ 6:10 am in Australian Open | 29 Comments »

June 27th, 2015

Bencic, Istomin 1st Time Title Winners Entering Wimbledon

Denis Istomin at the grasscourt event in Nottingham became the first player ever from Uzbekistan to win an ATP World Tour title, on Saturday edging American Sam Querrey 7-6(1), 7-6(6).

Posted by Staff @ 10:44 pm in Tennis | 3 Comments »

July 27th, 2014

Serena Leads Stanford, Men and Women in Washington; ATP/WTA Previews

Notes: Solid field with four Top 10ers and two unseeded Slam champs…The Top 4 seeds receive opening round byes, with tough starts for (5) Ivanovic vs. Lisicki, (4) Azarenka after a bye likely vs. (WC) Venus, (3) Kerber likely vs. Vandeweghe, (7) Suarez Navarro vs. Puig, and (2) Radwanska likely vs. Garcia…Wildcards went to Americans Kristie Ahn and Venus, and Azarenka…Pulling from the tournament were Sara Errani and Petra Kvitova…Cibulkova beat Radwanska in last year’s final…Venus is 2-4 in Stanford finals…Martina Navratilova (5-4) has reached the most Stanford finals in the tournament’s history…Returning champs in the field are Cibulkova (2013), Serena Williams (2012-11), Azarenka (2010), and Venus Williams (2002,’00).

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July 20th, 2014

Isner Kicks Off US Open Series in Atlanta: ATP/WTA Previews

Wimbledon winners Sock and Vasek Pospisil are the top seeds in the doubles with no Bryan brothers in the draw…Other notable pulls from the event were Richard Gasquet, Lleyton Hewitt, Ivo Karlovic, American Bradley Klahn and Dmitry Tursunov…Isner (2013) is the lone returning former champ in the field.

Posted by Staff @ 3:24 pm in Tennis | 2 Comments »

October 12th, 2013

Preview: WTA, ATP in Moscow; Stockholm, Vienna, Lux

Tough starts go to (1) Gasquet vs. either Baghdatis or Evgeny Donskoy, (5) Istomin vs. Russian (WC) Andrey Kuznetsov, and (7) Sousa vs. Stakhovsky…Seeds making their debuts at the event are Gasquet, Sousa and Mannarino…Russians have won the event 14 times since 1990…Last year Seppi beat Thomaz Bellucci in the final…Notable pulls from the event were Nikolay Davydenko (wrist) and Stan Wawrinka…Returning former champs in the field are Seppi (2012) and Tipsarevic (2011).

Posted by Staff @ 6:17 pm in Tennis | 2 Comments »

October 14th, 2012

ATP/WTA Previews: Moscow, Stockholm, Vienna, Luxembourg

Women’s Notes: (1) Stosur after a bye could open against Cornet, and (3) Wozniacki after a bye against the Slam winner Schiavone…Pulling from the event were Marina Erakovic, Sara Errani, Kaia Kanepi, and Aleksandra Wozniak…Returning champs in the field are Cibulkova (2011) and Schiavone (2009).

Posted by Staff @ 10:21 pm in Tennis | 3 Comments »

August 19th, 2012

Preview: Roddick, Radwanska Among Strong Fields Week Before US Open

Wozniacki is the lone returning champion, trying to win her fifth straight New Haven Open. A win this year for Wozniacki would put her in rarified company, as only three players have won a tournament title five years in a row — Chris Evert (Charleston), Steffi Graf (Hamburg), and Martina Navratilova (Eastbourne, Wimbledon and Chicago).

Posted by Staff @ 2:38 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

February 18th, 2012

Roddick Upset; Scary Del Potro Blasts Berdych in Rotterdam, Awaits Federer?

Andy Roddick is upset while in Rotterdam Juan Martin Del Potro is looking scary good.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 9:40 am in Doha, San Jose | 118 Comments »

October 23rd, 2010

Muster Playing ATP Vienna; WTA Champs This Week: Previews

Former No. 1 Tommy Muster returns at 43 years old!; interesting opening-round matches include (1) Melzer after a bye potentially facing (WC) Blake, and (5) Gulbis vs. Muster…

Posted by Staff @ 6:48 pm in Tennis | 3 Comments »

September 4th, 2010

Nadal Wins Another Nail-Biter, Clijsters Cruises at US Open; Federer, Sharapova Today

Rafael Nadal fended off Denis Istomin last night at the US Open.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 10:04 am in US Open | 227 Comments »