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April 8th, 2017

Sock, Isner and Co. at Houston; Dimitrov Heads Marrakech; ATP Previews

Interesting starts for (1) Sock against the Haas-Opelka winner, (6) Lopez vs. the former French juniors winner Fratangelo, (4) Johnson vs. the experienced dirt-baller and defending champ Monaco, (5) Verdasco vs. the big-serving South African Anderson, and (8) Bellucci vs. the emerging American Tiafoe

Posted by Staff @ 6:36 pm in Tennis | 5 Comments »

March 22nd, 2017

Hungry Iguana Hassles Haas; Unseeded Americans Have Day at Miami Open

“This day is very special for me,” said the 20-year-old No. 108-ranked qualifier Escobedo, of Mexican-American descent and getting plenty of support in Miami. “I qualified for my first Masters 1000 here in Miami and I played a tricky opponent who serves pretty well.”

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 9:34 pm in Miami, Tennis | No Comments »

March 14th, 2017

Federer Sets Up Nadal Wed. At Indian Wells, Djokovic Denies Del Potro, Kyrgios Next

All eight men’s fourth round matches are scheduled for Wednesday including Federer-Nadal and Djokovic-Kyrgios.

Posted by Staff @ 11:54 pm in Indian Wells | 21 Comments »

February 26th, 2017

Loaded Mexican Open with Djokovic, Nadal, More; Previews

Holy cow, a rockin’ seeded field, and even more floaters…First round looks for (1) Djokovic after a long layoff vs. the dangerous Klizan (winner to likely meet Del Potro), (4) Thiem vs. the backboard Simon, (5) Goffin 2nd. rd. vs. the Edmund-Querrey winner, (8) Isner vs. his American compatriot Johnson, (3) Cilic vs. the unpredictable (WC) Dolgopolov, and (2) Nadal vs. the streaking older Zverev..

Posted by Staff @ 11:37 pm in Acapulco | 36 Comments »

July 31st, 2016

Preview: Isner Skips Olympics, Headlines ATP BB&T Atlanta Open

Among the interesting opening-round matches are (8) Fritz against fellow American and wildcard Austin Smith, (7) Young vs. Rajeev “Rampras” Ram, and (2) Kyrgios after a bye starting against the winner of American wildcard Jared Donaldson and giant-serving Aussie Sam Groth.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 11:42 am in Atlanta, Tennis | Comments Off

July 10th, 2016

Ferrer Leads Bastad; Johnson on Grass at Newport; ATP Previews

Rafael Nadal (currently injured) beat Fognini in last year’s final…Leo Mayer (2014) is the only former champ in the field.

Posted by Staff @ 3:04 pm in ATP, Tennis | Comments Off

February 13th, 2016

Halep Heads Strong Dubai; U.S. Frenzy in Delray: ATP/WTA Previews

American Taylor Fritz received a special exempt into the main draw after his run in Memphis…Other interesting starts for Del Potro vs. American Denis Kudla, with the winner likely meeting (3) Karlovic, and (2) Tomic vs. the hot-handed net-crushing Rampras…

Posted by Staff @ 1:54 pm in Tennis | 5 Comments »

February 6th, 2016

All Eyes on Rafael Nadal in Buenos Aires: ATP Previews This Week

Last year Nadal broke Ferrer’s three-year hold on the event, beating Monaco in the final…Pulling from the event were Aljaz Bedene, Andreas “Don’t Be A” Haider-Maurer, and Jack Sock…Spaniards have won the singles title for the last seven years…The title-less Nadal is trying to repeat last year when he won his first title of the year in Buenos Aires…Former champs in the field are Nadal (2015), Ferrer (2014-12), Almagro (2011), and Monaco (2007).

Posted by Staff @ 9:59 pm in Tennis | 107 Comments »

October 29th, 2015

Roger Federer Needs Three To Reach Basel QFs; Rafael Nadal Challenges Marin Cilic Friday

Roger Federer was a winner Thursday in Basel. Rafael Nadal will face Marin Cilic Friday.

Posted by Staff @ 8:37 pm in Fall Season | 160 Comments »

February 23rd, 2015

Errani, Ferrer, Karlovic, Simon Win ATP/WTA Titles

“He kind of tosses in the same spot and can hit all the spots on the court,” Young said of the Karlovic serve. “You look and see some tendencies. I was able to pick quite a few, but just not when it actually mattered.”

Posted by Staff @ 9:27 am in Tennis | 8 Comments »

February 21st, 2015

Fognini Ends Nadal’s Rio Run; Simon v Monfils In Marseille Finale; Young Seeks First Title In Delray

Rafael Nadal lost on the clay in Rio today to Fabio Fognini.

Posted by Staff @ 11:54 pm in Marseille, Rio | 120 Comments »

February 13th, 2015

Simon Slays Murray In Rotterdam, Berdych, Wawrinka Advance; Young Ousts Tomic In Memphis

Andy Murray was sent out of the Rotterdam event today by veteran Gilles Simon.

Posted by Staff @ 6:45 pm in Memphis, Rotterdam | 13 Comments »

August 17th, 2014

ATP/WTA Previews: Isners Leads W-S, Solid Field at WTA Conn.

Notes: Potential tough starts for (8) Granollers against the Ginepri-Mathieu winner, (6) Sousa vs. the explosive Janowicz, and (16) Johnson vs. his American compatriot Querrey…Wildcards went to South African Kevin Anderson and Americans Ginepri, Ryan Harrison and Wimbledon boys’ winner Noah Rubin…Notable withdrawals from the tournament include Wimbledon doubles winners Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock, and Dmitry Tursunov…Jurgen Melzer beat Gael Monfils in last year’s final…Returning former champs in the field are Melzer (2013) and Isner (2012-11).

Posted by Staff @ 12:31 pm in Tennis | 3 Comments »

August 2nd, 2014

Serena Survives Ivanovic Scare In Stanford, Venus Falls; Goffin Takes Kitzbuhel, Win Streak At 20!

Serena Williams stay on track for a third Stanford title while David Goffin has quietly won 20 straight matches!

Posted by Staff @ 10:10 am in Stanford, Washington | Comments Off

July 6th, 2014

ATP/WTA Previews: Ferrer, Isner, Halep Lead Events

The hodgepodge of seeds includes a former world No. 1 and Wimbledon champ and this year’s Wimbledon men’s doubles winner…Interesting starts for (7) Sock vs. the veteran Kuznetsov and the struggling (2) Karlovic vs. Ginepri…

Posted by Staff @ 6:42 pm in Tennis | 6 Comments »