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December 31st, 2011

Injured Nadal Head Doha; ATP/WTA Previews; Tennis-X Notes

Nadal essentially stated that even with a bad shoulder, he is taking the Middle Eastern cash tour that this week also included the lucrative Abu Dhabi exhibition. After the Australian Open he says he will shut it down for a month to heal-up, missing the Dubai event.

Posted by Staff @ 2:07 pm in Tennis | 38 Comments »

February 26th, 2011

Djokovic, Zvonareva Upset Federer, Wozniacki for Dubai, Doha Titles

Djokovic broke Federer in the third game of the first set, and came down from a break in the second set. Djokovic consistently pounded the Federer backhand, which is not aging gracefully with the 29-year-old Swiss, much like Pete Sampras’ one-handed backhand declined in his final years. Late in the second set the Federer backhand also let him down, producing some critical unforced errors.

Posted by Staff @ 4:52 pm in Tennis | 126 Comments »

January 9th, 2011

Federer, Soderling Capture Titles; U.S. Wins Hopman; Tennis-X Notes

Russian workhorse Nikolay Davydenko was one match away from duplicating the 2010 feat when he defeated the top two players in the world, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, to repeat as Doha champion on Sunday, but this time the world No. 2 Federer was having none of it. Federer defeated Davydenko 6-3, 6-4 to claim his third career Qatar ExxonMobil Open title in Doha.

Posted by Staff @ 5:06 pm in Tennis | 20 Comments »

January 1st, 2011

Nadal, Federer, ATP, WTA Week #1 Previews; Tennis-X Notes

Roger and Rafa coming off the final at the cash-grab Abu Dhabi exo where Rafa won in two tiebreaks; organizers shelled out appearance money for world No. 1 Rafa and No. 2 Roger, but it falls off from there with No. 13 Tsonga the No. 3 seed; the Ukraine’s Sergei Bubka gets a wildcard; Federer likely to face two qualifiers in first two matches; Davydenko won the title last year, beating Roger and Rafa; returning champs in the field are Davydenko (2010) and Federer (2006-05).

Posted by Staff @ 9:32 pm in Tennis | 91 Comments »

January 4th, 2009

Tennis-X Previews: Safin Beat Up, Doha Brings Big Guns

Officials at the Hopman Cup exhibition were shocked when Marat Safin showed up for the event with a black and bloodied eye and cuts on his face after getting in a brawl in Moscow.

Posted by Staff @ 11:58 pm in Tennis | 144 Comments »

January 3rd, 2009

Nadal, Federer Lead 7 of Top 8 as ATP Season Begins

Big start to the New Year with just about all the top guys playing ATP events, including Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and the two Andys, Murray and Roddick, all in Doha.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 12:14 pm in 2009 Season, Player Participation | 21 Comments »

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2 Roger Federer2 Maria Sharapova
3 Rafael Nadal3 Simona Halep
4 Stan Wawrinka4 Petra Kvitova
5 Tomas Berdych5 Ana Ivanovic
6 David Ferrer6 Agnieszka Radwanska
7 Kei Nishikori7 Eugenie Bouchard
8 Andy Murray8 Caroline Wozniacki
9 Marin Cilic9 Na Li
10 Milos Raonic10 Angelique Kerber
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