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July 22nd, 2018

Hot-Handed Fognini to Defend, Face Last Year’s Finalist in Opener at ATP Gstaad

Fognin is the defending champion, in last year’s final defeating surprise German finalist Yannick Hanfmann; Hanfmann qualified and could meet Fognini in his opener.

Posted by Staff @ 11:32 am in Tennis | Comments Off

June 11th, 2018

Federer is Back on Grass with No. 1 in Sight This Week; Stuttgart Preview

“I think that’s a bit of extra motivation,” Federer said of the No. 1 ranking perch. “But then again, having lost here last year in the first round, for me, it resets the goals as well, and just take it one at a time and don’t think too far ahead. Not that I did that last year, but on grass, margins are very slim. It’s not so simple, especially when you haven’t played in three months.”

Posted by Staff @ 1:23 pm in Tennis | 175 Comments »

April 21st, 2018

Nadal Goes for 11 at ATP Barcelona Open; Preview

(1) Nadal looking at the wrist-addled (14) Nishikori 3rd rd. then (6) Djokovic then (4) Goffin…

Posted by Staff @ 11:46 am in Tennis | 5 Comments »

March 14th, 2018

Big Men Del Potro, Querrey, Raonic Advance At Indian Wells, Cilic Out; Federer Leads 4th RD Wed.

Roger Federer and Juan Martin del Potro are in fourth round action today at Indian Wells.

Posted by Staff @ 10:30 am in Indian Wells | 15 Comments »

December 31st, 2017

Djokovic Withdrawal Leaves Thiem in Charge at ATP Doha; Preview

Tough starts for (8) Lopez vs. Spanish countryman G-Lo, and (2) Carreno Busta vs. Coric…Wildcards went to Qatar’s Jabor Al-Mutawa, Tunisia’s Malek Jaziri and France’s Gael Monfils…Withdrawing from the field were Novak Djokovic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga…

Posted by Staff @ 1:59 pm in Tennis | 11 Comments »

October 8th, 2017

Federer, Nadal Lead Shanghai Masters Field; 2013 Finalist Del Potro Opens Play Mon.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal return to action in Shanghai this week.

Posted by Staff @ 8:29 pm in Shanghai | 22 Comments »

September 3rd, 2017

Federer Better, Rafa Rallies At US Open; Shapovalov Sunday

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are getting closer to a semifinal showdown.

Posted by Staff @ 1:14 am in US Open | 30 Comments »

July 30th, 2017

Berdych, Querrey Headline 2nd-year ATP Event in Los Cabos, Mexico

(8) Tiafoe starts against Kokkinakis in a battle of up-and-comers…

Posted by Staff @ 3:28 pm in Tennis | Comments Off

July 22nd, 2017

50th Anniversary of Swiss Open Features No Federer, Wawrinka; ATP Preview

Apparently no appearance money to attract Swiss legends Roger Federer or Stan Wawrinka, so the best local fans get is No. 100-ranked Finn-turned-Swiss Henri Laaksonen…

Posted by Staff @ 4:31 pm in Tennis | 10 Comments »

June 30th, 2017

Wimbledon Men’s Draw Preview: Murray-Nadal, Federer-Djokovic SFs Slated

Sean Randall previews the Wimbledon men’s draw.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 9:57 am in Wimbledon | 77 Comments »

June 24th, 2017

Cilic Bids For Second Queen’s Title, Will Meet Lopez In Final

Two big servers meet in the Queen’s final.

Posted by Staff @ 5:19 pm in Queens | 3 Comments »

June 23rd, 2017

Former Champions Cilic, Dimitrov Reach Queen’s SFs

Two lefties and two former champions are in the Queens semifinals.

Posted by Staff @ 7:13 pm in Queens | 1 Comment »

June 22nd, 2017

Big Men Cilic, Querrey, Medvedev Queen’s Winners Thursday

Two former champions advanced Thursday at Queen’s.

Posted by Staff @ 3:46 pm in Queens | Comments Off

June 18th, 2017

Pouille Wins 1st on Grass, Denies F-Lo in Stuttgart Final

“Of course if you win the first tournament of the grass season you’re very confident, but I know that every week is different and every player is tough to beat,” said the 23-year-old Pouille, who also won the claycourt Hungarian Open title in April.

Posted by Staff @ 2:18 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

June 17th, 2017

Early Test for Murray, Others in Loaded Field at Aegon/Queen’s Club; ATP Preview

Former champs in the field are Murray (2016-15,’13,’11,’09), Dimitrov (2014), Cilic (2012), and Querrey (2010).

Posted by Staff @ 4:06 pm in Grass season, Tennis | 89 Comments »