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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 »

January 9th, 2016

Ferrer Leads 2 Top 10ers in Auckland; Top Seed Stephens Pulls from Ugly Hobart

Top-seeded Sloane Stephens withdrew from the event after the draw was made…Now no Top 30 players in the field…Possible tough starts for (4) Niculescu vs. McHale, and (2) Giorgi vs. Diyas, who found herself seeded as numerous events last year…Bouchard in the lower half ready to meet the No. 8 and 2 seeds early…

Posted by Staff @ 6:03 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

January 9th, 2016

Novak Djokovic Leads My 2016 Top 10, But Will Roger Federer Stay Ahead Of Rafael Nadal?

Who’ll finish Top 10 in 2016? Sean Randall makes his picks.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 6:00 pm in 2016 Season, ATP, Year-End No. 1 | 18 Comments »

December 28th, 2015

Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka Lead Abu Dhabi Exo Which Begins Thursday

The Abu Dhabi exo begins on Thursday.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:41 am in 2016 Season, Exhibitions | 25 Comments »

November 4th, 2015

Favorites Roll In Paris; Roger Federer v John Isner, Rafael Nadal v Kevin Anderson Thursday

The top seeds cruised Wednesday in Paris, but trouble could be ahead tomorrow when Roger Federer faces John Isner, Rafael Nadal takes on Kevin Anderson and Andy Murray meets David Goffin.

Posted by Staff @ 7:42 pm in Paris | 170 Comments »

October 31st, 2015

Previews: ATP Paris Masters Field Loaded, Djokovic Defends

All of the Top 10 and 15 of the Top 16 players post this coming week for the Paris Masters, the final regular-season tournament on the ATP World Tour. Who will be hot going into the ATP Finals, where the Top 8 field is already set?

Posted by Staff @ 7:16 pm in Tennis | 10 Comments »

October 18th, 2015

Djokovic, Jankovic, Radwanska, Pavlyuchenkova Collect Weekend ATP and WTA Titles

“Generally I felt always in control of the match. I felt like I’ve done everything right. I’ve won many of my service games very comfortably. I didn’t allow him to get into the rhythm, get into the match.”

Posted by Staff @ 12:10 pm in Shanghai | 43 Comments »

October 17th, 2015

Novak Djokovic Crushes Andy Murray In Shanghai; Rafael Nadal Sent Off By Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Novak Djokovic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga collide for the only Masters title in Asia.

Posted by Staff @ 4:25 pm in Shanghai | 144 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 »

October 16th, 2015

Nadal on Form, Djokovic v Murray Saturday at ATP Shanghai Masters

“It is a court that [Tsonga] likes to play on,” said Nadal. “The court is quick. He feels comfortable on these surfaces because he has a huge serve — very, very good forehand. He likes to hit the serve and then hit the forehand and go to the net.”

Posted by Staff @ 10:32 am in Shanghai | 197 Comments »

October 15th, 2015

Djokovic Still Dominating In Shanghai; Nadal v Wawrinka, Murray v Berdych Friday

It’s a big day of tennis Friday in Shanghai with two blockbuster match-ups!

Posted by Sean Randall @ 6:30 pm in Shanghai | 103 Comments »

October 10th, 2015

Djokovic, Defending Champ Federer Lead All-Star Shanghai Masters Field

Early challenges include (11) Gasquet vs. Muller, (5) Berdych vs. Sock, (8) Nadal vs. Karlovic, (6) Nishikori vs. Kyrgios, (12) Anderson vs. Haas, and (16) Tsonga vs. Robredo…

Posted by Staff @ 9:50 pm in Shanghai, Tennis | 65 Comments »

October 5th, 2015

Dizzy Bouchard Retires In Beijing, Djokovic, Nadal Play Tuesday; Nishikori Wins Tokyo Opener

Former champions Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal open play Tuesday in Beijing. Venus Williams also meets Ana Ivanovic.

Posted by Staff @ 7:29 pm in Asia, beijing | 7 Comments »

September 29th, 2015

2015 Marquee Fall Schedules: Find Out Where Djokovic, Federer, Nadal And Murray Will Be Playing

Sean Randall previews the fall season.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 11:54 am in Fall Season | 12 Comments »

September 27th, 2015

Raonic, Tsonga Win ATP Titles Over Weekend

Raonic hadn’t lost his serve all week until the second set of the final. “It would be special [to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals again], especially with the health issues I’ve had,” said Raonic after moving to the 12th spot in the 2015-only points standings. “It is something that will require a lot of winning the rest of this year, but I believe I can do it.”

Posted by Staff @ 4:06 pm in Tennis | 14 Comments »