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August 22nd, 2017

Poll: Who’s Your Early Favorite To Win The US Open? I’ll Go With Roger Federer’s Bad Back

Yeah, Roger Federer’s playing. Yeah, so too is Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray as well. But this year’s US Open just feels more wide open than in the past. Sure you have 3 of the Big 4 as the favorites, but they just don’t feel like locks to win it. That’s because we’ve seen breakthroughs [...]

Posted by Sean Randall @ 3:41 pm in US Open | 15 Comments »

August 20th, 2017

Kyrgios, Dimitrov Advance In Tiebreakers To Reach Cincinnati Masters Final

The Cincinnati final is set between Grigor Dimitrov and the unseeded Nick Kyrgios.

Posted by Staff @ 1:10 am in Cincinnati | 22 Comments »

August 19th, 2017

Isner, Johnson Wave American Flag at ATP Winston-Salem; Preview

Wildcards were awarded to Gulbis, Cyprus’ Petros Chrysochos, Coric, and American Taylor Fritz…

Posted by Staff @ 7:30 pm in Tennis | 9 Comments »

August 19th, 2017

Kyrgios Cleans Nadal’s Clock, Big 4-Less Semifinal Set In Cincinnati

Who’ll win their first Cincinnati title this weekend?

Posted by Sean Randall @ 12:59 am in Cincinnati | 89 Comments »

August 18th, 2017

Rain Stops Rafa, Dimitrov Dumps Delpo, Isner, Ferrer Advance At Cincinnati

Rain played havoc with the Thursday schedule in Cincinnati.

Posted by Staff @ 1:08 am in Cincinnati | 19 Comments »

August 17th, 2017

Rafael Nadal Rolls Past Gasquet; Tired Zverev Ousted By Tiafoe; Dimitrov-Delpo Thurs

Alexander Zverev is happy to get some rest.

Posted by Staff @ 1:29 am in Cincinnati | 19 Comments »

August 14th, 2017

7 Things I Think I Thought About Zverev’s Montreal Title, Federer’s Withdrawal From Cincy And No. 1

A Canadian Open recap and look aheads to Cincy and the US Open.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 10:56 pm in Canadian Open, Cincinnati, US Open, Year-End No. 1 | 34 Comments »

August 12th, 2017

Federer, Nadal Headline ATP Cincinnati Field; Preview

Interesting starts for (9) Goffin vs. Kyrgios, (3) Thiem vs. the Fognini-Medvedev winner, (12) Bautista Agut vs. (WC) Donaldson, and (10) Berdych vs. Del Potro…

Posted by Staff @ 10:06 pm in Tennis | No Comments »

August 6th, 2017

Federer, Nadal Lead Depleted Canadian Open Montreal Field; Will The Cup Be Roger’s Again?

Sean Randall previews the Montreal Canadian Open.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 10:55 am in Canadian Open | 78 Comments »

July 30th, 2017

Fighting Off Sets Points, Isner Wins 4th ATP Atlanta Title

“The match I lost to Dudi Sela [at Wimbledon] was a blessing,” Isner said of his aggressiveness. “I had a sit-down with my staff and hashed things out. I was playing tentative and scared, not to win. I told myself that’s not the way to play.”

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

July 29th, 2017

Thiem, 4 ATP Top 10; Halep at Combined Citi Open; ATP/WTA Previews

The top-seeded Thiem could have an interesting start against Pospisil, and the No. 2 Nishikori starts against the winner of the Tim Smyczek-Donald Young all-American encounter…Other interesting openers include (9) Isner vs. the Dudi Sela-Jared Donaldson winner, (14) Johnson vs. the Medvedev-Opelka winner, and (4) Dimitrov vs. the hot-handed Edmund…

Posted by Staff @ 5:54 pm in Tennis | 11 Comments »

July 24th, 2017

Kyrgios Withdraws, Isner Large, in Charge at Atlanta; ATP Preview

Opening-round matches of interest include (1) Sock vs. the upset specialist and 2014 finalist Sela in a first-time meeting, (5) Edmund vs. the veteran and 2015 finalist Baghdatis, (8) Donaldson vs. Escobedo in an all-American encounter, (6) Young vs. (Q) Smyczek in another all-American, and (2) Isner vs. the Fratangelo-Pospisil winner…

Posted by Staff @ 12:03 am in Tennis | 12 Comments »

July 23rd, 2017

Isner Enters Record Books After 3rd ATP Newport Title

Isner did not face a break point the entire tournament — the second player to win an ATP title without facing a break point since records began in 1991 (after Tommy Haas in Memphis 2007).

Posted by Staff @ 9:53 pm in Tennis | No Comments »

July 21st, 2017

Top-Seeded Isner in ATP Newport Quarters Today; Tennis Hall of Fame Induction Tomorrow

“In the end it didn’t go my way. That’s life, that’s tennis,” the 38-year-old Karlovic said. “That’s how it goes sometimes. I was not really moving well…Serve was good. Volleys were OK so I have to look at the positives and continue with my journey.”

Posted by Staff @ 10:29 am in Tennis | 7 Comments »

June 25th, 2017

Preview: Kerber, 8 of Top 10; Djokovic at Combined ATP/WTA Eastbourne

Potential tough starts for (1) Kerber vs. homegirl (WC) Broady, (10) Ostapenko vs. Makarova, (3) Pliskova vs. the Riske/Cornet winner, (8) Radwanska vs. the Goerges/Bellis winner, (11) Muguruza vs. Bouchard, and (6) Wozniacki vs. the Japanese riser Osaka…

Posted by Staff @ 10:02 am in Tennis | No Comments »