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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 »

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 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 »

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 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 »

October 22nd, 2016

Murray Looks to Close Further on No. 1 Djokovic at Vienna Open

Andy Murray is closing on world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, and Vienna this week could be a big part of the Brit having a shot at catching the Serb at the year-end championships.

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October 1st, 2016

Nishikori, 3 of Top 10, Cilic, Kyrgios at ATP Tokyo; Preview

The field features three of the Top 10, in addition to US Open winner Marin Cilic and the enigmatic Nick Kyrgios…Tough start for (1) Nishikori against Almagro, who beat him a few years ago in Tokyo…

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August 14th, 2016

Ivo Karlovic Beats Feliciano Lopez To Win Los Cabos, Returns To The Top 20

Ivo Karlovic won his eighth career ATP title Sunday, and second of the summer.

Posted by Staff @ 11:36 pm in Summer Swing | 3 Comments »

July 24th, 2016

Feliciano Lopez Wins Title, But Robin Haase The GOAT At ATP Gstaad

“Three years ago, I received a goat [named Antonia] for reaching the final,” Haase said. “So this year, I was dreaming about winning a cow and the trophy.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 12:52 pm in Tennis | Comments Off

July 21st, 2016

Zverev Takes Down Fritz In D.C. Teen Tussle, Isner, Monfils Advance; Thiem Upset By Melzer In Kitzbuhel

Alexander Zverev rolled fellow teen Taylor Fritz in Washington D.C. Wednesday.

Posted by Staff @ 9:41 am in Washington | 14 Comments »

July 18th, 2016

ATP Previews: Thiem Machine in Kitzbuhel; Umag; Gstaad

.(1) Cuevas could have a difficult start against G-Lo, and (6) Carreno Busta “Rhymes” starts against the veteran Seppi…

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June 5th, 2016

Federer, Del Potro Kick Off Grass Season Amidst Challengers at ATP Stuttgart

Notes: Roger Federer after skipping the French Open with a back injury returns to kick off the grasscourt season at Stuttgart…Federer is the lone Top 10er, but a strong field includes a number of floaters…The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Interesting starters include (1) Federer vs. the American top prospect Fritz, (8) Pouille vs. the Aussie Millman (winner to face the Del Potro vs. Dimitrov victor) and (7) Kohlschreiber vs. the French riser Herbert…

Posted by Staff @ 7:56 pm in Tennis | 79 Comments »

April 16th, 2016

Nishikori, Not Nadal, the New King of Clay in Barcelona?; Bucharest; ATP Previews

Nishikori is the two-time defending champion, last year beating Andujar in the final…”I am happy to be back in Barcelona. I feel good and hope to win my third consecutive title here,” Nishikori said…Nadal won the title in eight of nine years prior to that…

Posted by Staff @ 11:30 am in Barcelona, Bucharest, Tennis | 21 Comments »

April 3rd, 2016

Isner Heads Houston, G-Lo in Morocco as ATP Clay Season Gets Underway

No. 13 Isner the only Top 20 player…The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Interesting starts for (1) Isner vs. his countryman Kudla, (5) Querrey vs. Brown, and (2) Paire vs. Monaco…Wildcards went to Americans Tommy Paul, Frances Tiafoe and Tim Smyczek…

Posted by Staff @ 4:18 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

February 25th, 2016

Eye Infection Forces Novak Djokovic To Retire In Dubai [Video]

Novak Djokovic couldn’t finish his match today in Dubai against Feliciano Lopez.

Posted by Staff @ 3:26 pm in Dubai | 27 Comments »