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July 12th, 2014

ATP Previews: Gasquet, Ferrer Lead at Bogota, Hamburg

Notes: All 16 seeds receive opening-round byes in the 48-player draw…Dolgopolov has not won a match at Hamburg in three attempts, and fellow seeds Youzhny, Kohlschreiber, Granollers and Giraldo also have losing records in the ‘burg…Tough potential starts for (16) Seppi vs. Monaco, (4) Dolgopolov vs. Janowicz, (7) Kohlschreiber vs. Montanes, and (14) Sousa vs. Rosol…107th edition of the event…

Posted by Staff @ 9:16 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

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 »

June 16th, 2014

Azarenka Returns at Eastboune; WTA, ATP Previews

Wildcards went to Azarenka and Brits Heather Watson and Johanna Konta…Pulling from the event were Svetlana Kuznetsova and Sorana Cirstea…Tough starts go to (5) Kerber vs. Riske, (4) Azarenka vs. Giogi, (8) Wozniacki vs. Stosur, and (2) Kvitova vs. Safarova…Returning former champs in the field are Wozniacki (2009) and Radwanksa (2008).

Posted by Staff @ 12:17 am in Tennis | 9 Comments »

June 2nd, 2014

French Open QF Picks And Pans: Djokovic v Raonic, Berdych v Gulbis; Roger Federer Redux

Some quarterfinal picks for Tuesday.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 6:16 pm in French Open | 97 Comments »

May 23rd, 2014

Federer Gets Dream French Open Draw, Could Meet Djokovic In SF; Nadal With Ferrer, Almagro

Roger Federer couldn’t be happier with his French Open.

Posted by Staff @ 7:21 am in French Open | 137 Comments »

May 10th, 2014

Poll: Who Will Win Rome? Federer, Djokovic Join Nadal In Loaded Field

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are expected back for Rome; at least their in the draw.

Posted by Staff @ 2:42 pm in Polls, Rome | 20 Comments »

May 6th, 2014

Wawrinka Upset By Thiem; Former Champions Nadal, Murray On Court Wednesday In Madrid

Stanislas Wawrinka fell victim to young 20-year-old Domic Thiem.

Posted by Staff @ 6:51 pm in Madrid | 33 Comments »

May 5th, 2014

Australian Open Winners Wawrinka, Li Na Tuesday In Madrid; Tsonga, Dimitrov Advance

John Isner and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga opened with wins Monday in Madrid.

Posted by Staff @ 10:45 pm in Madrid | 10 Comments »

April 20th, 2014

Nadal in Barcelona, Sharapova in Stuttgart: Previews

Notes: Eight-time winner Rafael Nadal heads the field, and after a bye likely starts against Davydenko…(14) Marcel Granollers after a bye likely starts against The Worm…Wildcards went to Argentine Facundo Arguelleo, and Spaniards Roberto Carballes Baena, Inigo Cervantes, Daniel Gimeno-Traver…Withdrawing from the event were Pablo Andujar, Federico Delbonis, Richard Gasquet, Ivo Karlovic and Juan Monaco…David Ferrer is 0-4 in Barcelona finals…Fabio Fognini has never won a match in Barcelona (0-4)…Nadal beat Almagro in last year’s all-Spanish final…The two-time champ Bryan brothers are the top seeds in the doubles…Former singles champs in the field are Nadal (2013-11,’09-05), Robredo (2004), and Verdasco (2010).

Posted by Staff @ 1:48 am in Tennis | 10 Comments »

April 14th, 2014

Cornet, Garcia, G-Lo, Hot Sauce Win WTA/ATP Titles

It was the fourth career title on clay for Verdasco, who improved to 6-13 in career finals. Almagro extended a losing streak in finals of his own, dropping his fourth straight final and falling to 12-9 career in finals. He repeated his runner-up effort of 2013 when he lost to John Isner in the Houston final.

Posted by Staff @ 12:23 am in Tennis | 2 Comments »

April 7th, 2014

Isner Headlines Houston; ATP/WTA Previews

Notes: (7) Hewitt likely to meet Querrey 2nd rd., and (8) Karlovic opens against Sock…Wildcards went to Marcos Baghdatis and Americans Steve Johnson and Rhyne Williams…Pulling from the event were Pablo Cuevas, Alejandro Falla, Bradley Klahn, and Janko Tipsarevic…Isner beat Almagro in last year’s final…The Bryan brothers are the top seeds in doubles…Returning champs in the field are Isner (2013), Monaco (2012), Hewitt (2009) and Karlovic (2007).

Posted by Staff @ 1:20 am in Tennis | 1 Comment »

March 17th, 2014

Miami Men’s Draw: Djokovic, Federer Could Meet In SFs; Nadal Heavily Favored In Top Half

The Miami draw is out and this time the bottom half is loaded.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 2:32 pm in Miami | 55 Comments »

March 13th, 2014

Federer Rolls Into Indian Wells Quarters, Raonic Rallies Past Murray; Halep Reaches Semis

Roger Federer cruised into the Indian Wells quarterfinals while reigning Slam champions Stanislas Wawrinka and Andy Murray both lost in three setters.

Posted by Staff @ 12:28 am in Indian Wells | 74 Comments »

March 12th, 2014

Gulbis Downs Dimitrov; Federer v Haas, Murray v Raonic Wednesday At Indian Wells

It’s a star-studded Wednesday at Indian Wells with Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Stanislas Wawrinka all on Stadium 1.

Posted by Staff @ 12:10 am in Indian Wells | 107 Comments »

February 11th, 2014

Murray, Del Potro v Monfils On Tap Wednesday In Rotterdam

Juan Martin del Potro test his ailing left wrist against the red hot Gael Monfils Wednesday in Rotterdam.

Posted by Staff @ 11:03 pm in 2014 Season | 9 Comments »