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February 11th, 2016

Rafael Nadal Opens Title Defense Tonight In Buenos Aires; Kei Nishikori Wins 14th Straight In Memphis

Rafael Nadal begins his clay season tonight in Buenos Aires.

Posted by Staff @ 8:11 am in Latin Swing, Memphis | 16 Comments »

February 6th, 2016

All Eyes on Rafael Nadal in Buenos Aires: ATP Previews This Week

Last year Nadal broke Ferrer’s three-year hold on the event, beating Monaco in the final…Pulling from the event were Aljaz Bedene, Andreas “Don’t Be A” Haider-Maurer, and Jack Sock…Spaniards have won the singles title for the last seven years…The title-less Nadal is trying to repeat last year when he won his first title of the year in Buenos Aires…Former champs in the field are Nadal (2015), Ferrer (2014-12), Almagro (2011), and Monaco (2007).

Posted by Staff @ 9:59 pm in Tennis | 105 Comments »

January 23rd, 2016

Murray v Tomic Next on Aussie Radar; Djokovic, Federer Up Sunday; X-Notes

Isner is 1-6 career against Ferrer. The winner of the match-up will meet the Murray-Tomic victor in the quarterfinals.

Posted by Staff @ 8:54 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 66 Comments »

January 21st, 2016

Ferrer Sends Hewitt Into Retirement At Australian Open; Murray, Monfils Impress; Verdasco Out

Lleyton Hewitt played his last singles match Thursday night at the Australian Open.

Posted by Staff @ 8:13 am in Australian Open | 10 Comments »

January 19th, 2016

Nadal Shocked, Wawrinka Gets Worm at Australian Open

“Always a tough opponent,” the Swiss said. “Play him last year in Tokyo. Tough match. He’s always playing good. He qualifies or qualifying here, I think. Quite fast surface, so he should serve and volley, playing flat. All depends little bit how I’m going to play. If I’m serving well, playing well, aggressive, hopefully I can made it through.”

Posted by Staff @ 8:28 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 48 Comments »

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 »

January 1st, 2016

Where Will Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal Be Playing This January?

Sean Randall lays out the January schedule.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 8:09 pm in 2016 Season | 9 Comments »

November 5th, 2015

Federer Stunned By Isner In Paris, Nadal Survives To Face Warwrinka; Djokovic v Berdych Friday

Roger Federer is out of the Paris Masters while Rafael Nadal had to save a matchpoint to stay alive.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 6:32 pm in Paris | 206 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 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 »

October 14th, 2015

Nadal Barely Survives Karlovic; Murray v Isner Thursday at ATP Shanghai

In the deciding tiebreak Nadal came up with a huge passing shot at 3-3, and finished the match with some timely put-away volleys and on match point a passing shot that Karlovic could only get a racquet frame on.

Posted by Staff @ 11:25 am in Shanghai | 73 Comments »