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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 16th, 2017

Cilic, Thiem Lead Rotterdam Winners Thursday; Dimitrov Now 16-1 On Season

The Top 6 seeds all made the quarterfinals in Rotterdam.

Posted by Staff @ 7:25 pm in Rotterdam | 1 Comment »

February 15th, 2017

Zverevs Go Down In 3 At Rotterdam; Berdych v Gasquet Thursday

The brothers Zverev couldn’t hold leads today in Rotterdam.

Posted by Staff @ 6:18 pm in Rotterdam | 2 Comments »

February 11th, 2017

Top-seeded Thiem vs. Zverev in Opening Round at Strong ATP Rotterdam; Preview

Tops 10ers Cilic and Thiem lead the field…The match of the tournament could be the first-round blockbuster (2) Thiem vs. the young riser Alexander Zverev…Other openers of the interest include (1) Cilic coming off an early loss last week vs. the mercurial Paire, (4) Berdych after opening against a qualifier vs. the Gasquet-Troicki winner, (8) Pouille vs. the veteran Kohlschreiber, and (5) Dimitrov challenged by the older net-rushing Zverev…

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 7:23 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

February 4th, 2017

Dimitrov Doesn’t Diss Sofia; Cilic in Montpellier; ATP Previews

Thiem the only Top 10er, and Dimitrov must have received a chunk as he decided to return to his home-country tournament in 2017 after a perceived diss last year…

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January 8th, 2017

Dimitrov Beats Nishikori to Break 2-1/2 Year Title Drought

Dimitrov improved to 5-5 in career finals. Nishikori fell to 11-10, starting a losing streak of his own now in finals, falling in his last five since winning in Memphis last year.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 5:38 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

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 »

January 5th, 2017

Nadal To Face Raonic In Friday Brisbane QF Moya Bowl; Thiem v Dimitrov Undercard

Five Top 10 players reached the quarterfinals in Brisbane!

Posted by Staff @ 6:22 pm in Brisbane | 69 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 17th, 2016

Raonic Reaches SFs At ATP Finals, Djokovic Back In No. 1 Lead; Murray v Wawrinka Friday

Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka battle Friday at the ATP Finals for a spot in the London semifinals.

Posted by Staff @ 10:16 pm in ATP Finals | 36 Comments »

November 17th, 2016

Murray Outlasts Nishikori At ATP Finals, Wawrinka Stays Alive; Raonic-Thiem For Second Place Thursday

Who’ll join Novak Djokovic in the semifinals Saturday? We’ll add one more name.

Posted by Staff @ 12:22 am in ATP Finals | 46 Comments »

November 15th, 2016

Djokovic Edges Raonic To Reach SFs, Thiem Wins At ATP Finals; Murray Returns Wed.

Thiem continued his breakout year by beating Gael Monfils 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 to improve to 1-1 in round robin play, eliminating the Frenchman’s hopes of reaching the semifinals as he dropped to 0-2 in round robin play.

Posted by Staff @ 5:43 pm in ATP Finals | 143 Comments »

November 13th, 2016

Djokovic Overcomes Slow Start, Raonic Rolls; Murray Opens Play Monday At ATP Finals

Novak Djokovic came from a set down to win his opening match at the ATP Finals.

Posted by Staff @ 11:50 pm in ATP Finals | 69 Comments »

November 12th, 2016

Novak Djokovic Or Andy Murray, Who’ll Win The Battle For No. 1 In London? ATP Finals Preview

Sean Randall previews the ATP Finals in London which begins on Sunday. Who’ll finish No. 1 and take home the final title of the 2016 season?

Posted by Sean Randall @ 5:39 pm in ATP Finals | 66 Comments »

November 7th, 2016

ATP Finals Groups: Novak Djokovic = Easy, Andy Murray = Not So Easy

The ATP Finals groupings were released today, and Novak Djokovic has to be pleased.

Posted by Staff @ 10:59 am in ATP Finals | 100 Comments »