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January 19th, 2016

Nadal Shocked, Wawrinka Gets Worm at Australian Open

“Always a tough opponent,” the Swiss said. “Play him last year in Tokyo. Tough match. He’s always playing good. He qualifies or qualifying here, I think. Quite fast surface, so he should serve and volley, playing flat. All depends little bit how I’m going to play. If I’m serving well, playing well, aggressive, hopefully I can made it through.”

Posted by Staff @ 8:28 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 48 Comments »

January 19th, 2016

Rafael Nadal Knocked Out Of Australian Open In 5-Sets By Fernando Verdasco

Rafael Nadal suffered his third straight

Posted by Staff @ 4:31 am in Australian Open | 151 Comments »

January 14th, 2016

Australian Open Men’s Draw Preview: Roger Federer Lands In Novak Djokovic’s Half; Can Rafael Nadal Make A Run?

Sean Randall previews the men’s Australian Open draw.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 8:29 pm in Australian Open | 148 Comments »

August 11th, 2015

Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Milos Raonic On Court Today In Montreal

Top seeds Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray in action today in Montreal.

Posted by Staff @ 9:28 am in Canadian Open | 71 Comments »

July 19th, 2015

Venus Williams in Turkey; WTA/ATP Previews This Week

Tough starts for (1) Venus in the 2nd rd. vs. the Bastad runner-up Barthel, (4) Cornet vs. Wickmayer, (5) Giorgi vs. Cibulkova, and (2) Svitolina vs. Rybarikova…Veterans Daniela Hantuchova and Francesca Schiavone also floating around…Wildcards went to Turkey’s Cagla Buyukakcay and Ipek Soylu, and the No. 4 seed Cornet…Pulling from the event were Belinda Bencic, Alexandra Dulgheru, Kristina Mladenovic, Monica Niculescu and Flavia Pennetta…Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki beat No. 2 Roberta Vinci in last year’s final…Pavlyuchenkova (2010) is the lone returning former champ in the field.

Posted by Staff @ 10:21 pm in Tennis | Comments Off

June 7th, 2015

ATP/WTA Previews: Nadal Helps Debut Stuttgart Grass Event

Notes: The tournament makes the switch to grass as part of the tour’s extended grasscourt season…Tough starts for (1) Nadal against the Baghdatis-Rosol winner, and (8) Troicki vs. Coric…Wildcards went to Germans Tommy Haas, Maximilian Marterer and Alexander Zverev…Pulling from the event were Julien Benneteau and Jiri Vesely…The Bryan brothers are the top seeds in doubles…Nadal (2007,’05) is the lone returning former champ in the field.

Posted by Staff @ 6:07 pm in Tennis | 39 Comments »

April 21st, 2015

Verdasco Stunned By 17-Year-Old Rublev In Barcelona; Nadal Seeks Revenge On Almagro

Another name to remember: Andrey Rublev.

Posted by Staff @ 5:38 pm in Barcelona | 63 Comments »

April 19th, 2015

ATP/WTA Previews: Nadal in Barcelona, Loaded WTA Stuttgart

Kei Nishikoi beat Santiago Giraldo in last year’s final…Returning former champs in the final are Nishikori (2014), Nadal (2013-11,’09-05), Verdasco (2010) and Robredo (2004).

Posted by Staff @ 6:35 pm in Barcelona, Stuttgart, Tennis | 11 Comments »

April 11th, 2015

Monte Carlo Draw Preview: Can Nadal Get Back On Track Or Is Djokovic Just Too Good Right Now?

Who’ll win the Monte Carlo Open? Novak and Rafa could meet in the semifinals!

Posted by Sean Randall @ 11:02 am in Monte Carlo | 134 Comments »

April 4th, 2015

ATP Previews: Isner in Houston, Ugly in Casablanca

The Bryan brothers, coming off the Miami Open title, are the top seeds in doubles…The tournament celebrates its 15th year in Houston after moving about in the U.S. since 1910…Former champs in the field are Verdasco (2014), Isner (2013), and Hewitt (2009).

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 7:34 pm in ATP, Casablanca, Houston, Tennis | 3 Comments »

March 30th, 2015

Nadal, Ivanovic Fall Out at Miami; Williams Sisters On Monday

“I was anxious on court,” Nadal said after a second straight career loss to Spanish countryman Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco. “I tried in every point, but I was not able to relax myself, calm myself.”

Posted by Staff @ 12:22 am in Tennis | 18 Comments »

March 24th, 2015

Miami Men’s Preview: Will Novak Djokovic Defend Or Can Rafael Nadal Finally Win In South Florida?

Sean Randall previews the Miami men’s event.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 10:32 am in Miami | 45 Comments »

August 21st, 2014

US Open: Roger Federer Has To Like His Draw, Djokovic And Murray Probably Won’t!

Sean Randall examines the US Open draw.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 2:50 pm in US Open | 142 Comments »

August 19th, 2014

Novak Djokovic Is My Early U.S. Open Favorite, But Buyer Beware

Sean Randall previews the US Open favorites.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 2:27 pm in US Open | 97 Comments »

July 20th, 2014

Isner Kicks Off US Open Series in Atlanta: ATP/WTA Previews

Wimbledon winners Sock and Vasek Pospisil are the top seeds in the doubles with no Bryan brothers in the draw…Other notable pulls from the event were Richard Gasquet, Lleyton Hewitt, Ivo Karlovic, American Bradley Klahn and Dmitry Tursunov…Isner (2013) is the lone returning former champ in the field.

Posted by Staff @ 3:24 pm in Tennis | 2 Comments »