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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 »

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 12th, 2014

Monte Carlo Preview: Nadal, Djokovic, Federer Fight For The First Big Clay Title Of 2014

The Big Three – Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer – open their clay season next week in Monte Carlo.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 9:55 am in Monte Carlo | 73 Comments »

March 4th, 2014

Indian Wells Men’s Preview: Will Nadal Beat Murray, Federer And Djokovic To Defend Title?

The first Tennis Masters event kicks off in Indian Wells later this week and it’s a wide open men’s field.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 10:44 pm in Indian Wells | 86 Comments »

February 2nd, 2014

Haas Leads Zagreb; ATP Previews This Week

Returning champs in the field are Gasquet (2013, ’06), Monfils (2010), and Mathieu (2002)…Gasquet trying to match Pete Sampras (1992-93) as the only back-to-back winner in Montpellier.

Posted by Staff @ 5:01 pm in Tennis | 7 Comments »

December 28th, 2013

Nadal, Federer, Serena Kick Off 2014 Tennis Season: Previews

Nadal opens against Rosol who famously ousted him at Wimbledon a couple years ago…Other tough starts for (4) Berdych vs. Dr. Ivo, and (2) Ferrer vs. the pesky Dolgopolov…Ferrer beat Nadal last week at the Abu Dhabi exhibition, eventually losing in the final to Novak Djokovic…Nadal has never won Doha in five appearances…Ferrer has never won in three appearances…Murray making his first ATP appearance since back surgery…In last year’s final Gasquet beat Davydenko…Returning champs in the field are Gasquet (2013), Davydenko (2010), and Murray (2009-08).

Posted by Staff @ 1:38 pm in 2014 Season, Tennis | 62 Comments »

October 26th, 2013

Preview: Gasquet, ATP Players on Hot Seat at Paris Masters

Notes: The final tournament of the year before the year-end championships…Three berths remain at the year-end championships with five players (as of Saturday) still in the running: Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka, Richard Gasquet, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Milos Raonic…Federer will according to the ATP lock up a spot if he wins the Swiss Open on Sunday…The Top 8 seeds receive first-round byes…Tough starts for (1) Nadal possibly starting against the indoor upset specialist Tursunov, (9) Gasquet vs. the Gulbis-Verdasco winner, (6) Berdych vs. the Monfils-Pospisil winner, (16) Fognini vs. the Llodra-Dimitrov winner, and (4) Del Potro possibly starting against the drug-cleared Cilic…Ferrer beat Janowicz in last year’s final…Nadal is trying to become the first player to win six Masters titles in the same year…Djokovic has won his last two titles entering the event…Returning former champs in the field are Ferrer (2012), Federer (2011), Djokovic (2009), Tsonga (2008), and Berdych (2005).

Posted by Staff @ 7:45 pm in Paris, Tennis | 12 Comments »

October 20th, 2013

WTA Championships Controversy; ATP Basel, Valencia Previews

Controversy came with the end of the season as Kerber received a late wildcard for the Linz tournament, which she won, allowing her to edge Wozniacki for a Top 8 spot. “I do not understand that (the WTA) can suddenly change the draw and allocation of wildcards that way,” Wozniacki said. “There are many things that have been done in an unsportsmanlike and unethical manner. And you can hear from other players. They think it’s so ridiculous.”…

Posted by Staff @ 1:05 pm in Tennis | 9 Comments »

September 29th, 2013

Del Potro, Tsonga; Nishikori Defends at ATP Tokyo

Notes: Andy Murray pulled from the event (back surgery)…Some opening-round testers with (1) Del Potro vs. Baghdatis, (4) Nishikori vs. Tuna Melzer, and (2) Tsonga vs. Gael Force in an all-French affair…Simon and Almagro have losing career records at the event, while Anderson makes his debut…Wildcards went to Del Potro and Japan’s Tatsuma Ito, Go Soeda, and Yuichi Sugita…Nishikori beat Raonic in last year’s final…Returning champs in the field are Nishikori (2012) and Tsonga (2009).

Posted by Staff @ 12:45 am in Tennis | 1 Comment »

September 23rd, 2013

Simon, Gulbis, Radwanska, Zhang Capture Tennis Titles

In the unlikely Guangzhou Open final in China, Chinese wildcard Zhang Shuai defeated American qualifier Vania King 7-6(1), 6-1 for her first career title.

Posted by Staff @ 12:53 am in Tennis | 3 Comments »

September 22nd, 2013

Previews: Azarenka vs. Venus at Tokyo; ATP Events

Tough openers for (4) Simon after a bye vs. the winner of Karlovic-Tomic, and (7) Nieminen vs. the Dutch riser Sijsling…Wildcards went to three dudes whose names you can’t pronounce…Pulling from the event were Ivan Dodig, Andy Murray (back surgery), and Tommy Robredo…Gasquet beat Simon in last year’s final…Returning champs in the field are Gasquet (2012) and Simon (2009).

Posted by Staff @ 8:02 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

August 14th, 2013

Federer Wins, Sloane Upsets Sharapova In Connors Debut; Nadal, Djokovic, Serena Wednesday In Cincinnati

Roger Federer got a win Tuesday night while Maria Sharapova was handed a loss.

Posted by Staff @ 12:10 am in Cincinnati | 74 Comments »

July 27th, 2013

Del Potro Heads Washington; ATP/WTA Previews

Notes: Three former No. 1s among the seeds…No Williams sisters but plenty of Top 10ers and floaters…The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Tough openers for (1) Azarenka after a bye against Pennetta or Schiavone, (4) Vinci after a bye likely against the veteran Mattek-Sands, (7) Ivanovic vs. Cibulkova, (5) Stosur vs. the rolling Lepchenko, and (2) Radwanska after a bye likely vs. the veteran Hantuchova…Wildcards went to American Allie Kiick, France’s Virginie Razzano, and Stosur…Pulling from the event were Marion Bartoli, Kirsten Flipkens, Bojana Jovanovski, Kristina Mladenovic and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova…Martina Hingis and Hantuchova received a wildcard in doubles…Cibulkova beat Bartoli in the final last year…Returning champions in the field are Cibulkova (2012), Radwanska (2011), and Kuznetsova (2010).

Posted by Staff @ 8:54 pm in Tennis | 3 Comments »

June 21st, 2013

Wimbledon Men’s Draw Preview: Nadal Falls With Federer, Murray In Quarter Of Death

Rafael Nadal landed in Roger Federer section in Wimbledon’s quarter of death.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 7:38 am in Wimbledon | 258 Comments »

June 1st, 2013

Haas Outlasts Marathon Man Isner At French Open; Djokovic Dominates While Nadal Struggles

Tommy Haas held it together to outlast John Isner in a thriller at the French Open.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 6:33 pm in French Open | 242 Comments »