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October 9th, 2018

Djokovic Wins, Cilic Out; Defending Camp Federer v Medvedev Wed.

Novak Djokovic improved to 12-0 against Jeremy Chardy.

Posted by Staff @ 2:45 pm in Shanghai | 19 Comments »

July 22nd, 2018

Isner Goes for 5th ATP Atlanta Open Title as US Open Series Begins; Preview

Interesting starts include (1) Isner vs. the rising Aussie Minaur, (7) M.Zverev vs. the hot-handed Smyczek, (4) Ebden vs. Karlovic, and the Newport finalist Ramanathan vs. Taylor Fritz, winner to meet (3) Chung…

Posted by Staff @ 12:33 pm in Tennis | 91 Comments »

June 23rd, 2018

Djokovic Into First Final In 12 Months, Collides With Cilic In Queen’s Final

Novak Djokovic will play in his 99th career ATP final Sunday at Queen’s.

Posted by Staff @ 7:00 pm in Queens | 2 Comments »

June 22nd, 2018

Djokovic Gets 800th Career Win; Kyrgios Cracks 32 Aces Again At Queen’s

Novak Djokovic joined an exclusive club Friday at Queen’s.

Posted by Staff @ 8:15 pm in Queens | 63 Comments »

June 17th, 2018

Gasquet, Krunic Lift Grass Titles in Netherlands

“I don’t know how you pulled this off, mate, but the fact that you didn’t show how much pain you were in today, makes me respect you more,” Krunic said on-court after the match. “I think we’re both champions, and I’m happy that I was able to stay [in the match]. I was very nervous and it was tough for me to play, but I’m happy that I hung in there.”

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June 16th, 2018

Federer Edges Kyrgios In Stuttgart Thriller, Will Face Raonic In Final; Gasquet-Chardy For Den Bosch Title

Roger Federer seeks his 98th career title Sunday in Stuttgart.

Posted by Staff @ 11:41 pm in Stuttgart | 46 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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July 10th, 2016

Ferrer Leads Bastad; Johnson on Grass at Newport; ATP Previews

Rafael Nadal (currently injured) beat Fognini in last year’s final…Leo Mayer (2014) is the only former champ in the field.

Posted by Staff @ 3:04 pm in ATP, Tennis | Comments Off

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 »

February 19th, 2016

Nadal Advances In Rio, Ferrer v Thiem Friday; Del Potro Comeback Continues In Delray

Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer, Juan Martin Del Potro, Tomas Berdych and Nick Kyrgios all in action Friday.

Posted by Staff @ 9:38 am in Marseille, Rio | 52 Comments »

February 13th, 2016

Halep Heads Strong Dubai; U.S. Frenzy in Delray: ATP/WTA Previews

American Taylor Fritz received a special exempt into the main draw after his run in Memphis…Other interesting starts for Del Potro vs. American Denis Kudla, with the winner likely meeting (3) Karlovic, and (2) Tomic vs. the hot-handed net-crushing Rampras…

Posted by Staff @ 1:54 pm in Tennis | 5 Comments »

January 9th, 2016

Halep, 4 Top 10 Women in WTA Sydney; Men’s Field Left Wanting

Tough starts for (5) Pliskova vs. Ivanovic, (3) Kvitova vs. Lisicki, and (2) Radwanska after a bye vs. the Stosur-Vinci winner…

Posted by Staff @ 5:31 pm in Tennis | 10 Comments »

January 2nd, 2016

Djokovic, Nadal Lead Loaded Doha; ATP/WTA Week 1 Previews

Federer has won the most singles titles of any player in Doha, and is a perfect 3-0 in finals…Ferrer beat Berdych in last year’s final…Nadal, who is playing doubles with Verdasco, has won the most doubles titles of anyone at the event with four (2005,’09,’11,’15)…Former singles champs in the field are Ferrer (2015), Nadal (2014), and Federer (2011,’06-05).

Posted by Staff @ 8:56 pm in Tennis | 52 Comments »

October 25th, 2015

Federer Headlines Basel, Ferrer in Valencia; ATP Previews

Federer (2014,’11-10,’08-06) is the lone former champ in the field. “I remember I was always very nervous on court because I always wanted to do so well here,” said Federer, who lost to Andre Agassi in the first round in his first appearance in 1998.

Posted by Staff @ 4:02 pm in Tennis | 47 Comments »

October 17th, 2015

ATP/WTA Previews: Radwanska, 4 Top 10 in Moscow; Lux, Stockholm, Vienna

Notes: Strong seeding but not a lot of field depth…(4) Tomic will start against the Querrey-Baghdatis winner…Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Wildcards went to Berdych, Swede Mike Ymer and Finn Jarkko Nieminen…Last year Berdych came from a set down to beat Dimitrov in the final…Berdych trying to become the first Stockholm back-to-back winner since James Blake (2005-06)…Former champs in the field are Berdych (2014,’12), Dimitrov (2013), and Baghdatis (2009).

Posted by Staff @ 3:18 pm in Tennis | 6 Comments »