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May 20th, 2017

Djokovic Tames Thiem, Will Meet Zverev In Rome Final

Novak Djokovic goes for his first Masters title of the year.

Posted by Staff @ 8:36 pm in Rome | 63 Comments »

May 19th, 2017

Terrific Thiem Topples Nadal, Awaits Rain-Delayed Djokovic-DelPo Winner In Rome SF

There will be at least three new faces in the Rome semifinals on Saturday.

Posted by Staff @ 11:34 pm in Rome | 89 Comments »

May 18th, 2017

Nadal v Thiem, Djokovic v Del Potro On Big Friday In Rome

Sean Randall previews a fabulous Friday in Rome.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 8:44 pm in Rome | 84 Comments »

May 15th, 2017

Rafael Nadal Takes Over ATP Rankings Race Lead From Federer, Earns Top 4 Seed At French!

Rafael Nadal has won the most ranking points of anyone in 2017.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:24 am in Rankings | 29 Comments »

May 14th, 2017

Nadal Stays Perfect During Claycourt Season, Beating Thiem in ATP Madrid Final

“This is a very emotional period of the season,” Nadal said. “I really enjoy these tournaments. I just try to go for all of them. I try to compete. I did well in Monte Carlo and Barcelona, and also here. I hope to do the same in Rome.”

Posted by Staff @ 8:03 pm in Madrid | 11 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 13th, 2017

Nadal Dominates Djokovic To Reach Madrid Final Against Thiem

Rafael Nadal got his first win over Novak Djokovic in almost 3 years.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 6:20 pm in Madrid | 100 Comments »

May 12th, 2017

Nadal, Djokovic to Meet Saturday in ATP Madrid Semifinals

“It’s going to be a very tough match against one of the best players in tennis history,” Nadal summarized. “I know that to be able to have chances, I have to give 100 percent…I think I’ve done my homework.”

Posted by Staff @ 6:51 pm in Tennis | 97 Comments »

May 11th, 2017

Nadal, Djokovic Get Into Gear In Madrid; Murray’s Slump Continues; QF Picks And Pans

Sean Randall previews the Madrid men’s quarterfinals.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 10:38 pm in Madrid | 67 Comments »

May 9th, 2017

Murray Strong In Opener; Djokovic, Nadal Wednesday In Madrid

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are in action Wednesday in Madrid.

Posted by Staff @ 11:25 pm in Madrid | 66 Comments »

May 6th, 2017

All Hands On Deck as Murray, Djokovic Headline ATP Madrid; Preview

Kyrgios starts against Marcos Baghdatis, then meets the winner of Ryan Harrison and Bernard Tomic, then would face Nadal.

Posted by Staff @ 3:12 pm in Madrid | 1 Comment »

May 1st, 2017

Nadal Tops Thiem To Win Incredible 10th ATP Barcelona Title on Heels of Monte Carlo

“Playing in front of my crowd and my club and winning a 10th title here is something that’s impossible to even dream of,” Nadal said. “It’s very special and unique. I played my best match of the tournament this afternoon against probably the toughest opponent in the tournament, so I’m very happy.”

Posted by Staff @ 12:22 am in Barcelona | 34 Comments »

April 29th, 2017

Thiem Picks Up First Career Win Over A No. 1, Spoils Nadal-Murray Final In Barcelona

There won’t be a Rafael Nadal-Andy Murray final in Barcelona.

Posted by Staff @ 11:43 pm in Barcelona | 17 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 »

April 14th, 2017

Monte Carlo Preview: Murray, Djokovic Return To Battle; Nadal Seeks 10th Title

Sean Randall previews the first big clay event of the season.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 2:29 pm in Monte Carlo | 18 Comments »