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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 | 32 Comments »

August 16th, 2017

Kei Nishikori 2017 Season Is Also Over Due To A Torn Tendon In His Right Wrist

Kei Nishikori heard a ‘pop’ in his wrist during practice. A pop that has ended his 2017 season.

Posted by Staff @ 8:58 am in 2017 Season | 12 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 9th, 2017

Nishikori, Raonic, 3 Top 10 Exit at Canadian Open in Montreal; Federer, Nadal In Action Thurs

Righting the ship were Top 10-seeded winners No. 1 Rafael Nadal rolling Borna Coric 6-1, 6-2; No. 2 Roger Federer cruising past Canuck Peter Polansky 6-2, 6-1; No. 4 Alexander Zverev struggling past injured Richard Gasquet 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(3); and No. 7 Grigor Dimitrov topping Mischa Zverev 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

Posted by Staff @ 11:23 pm in Canadian Open | 169 Comments »

August 9th, 2017

Federer, Nadal Open Play Wednesday In Montreal; Thiem Tamed By Schwartzman

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal open play Wednesday in Canada.

Posted by Staff @ 12:45 am in Canadian Open | 47 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 »

August 4th, 2017

Nishikori Stops Del Potro’s DC Streak At 2am; Roanic, Zverev Advance But Thiem, Dimitrov Out

They played until 2am Thursday night in Washington.

Posted by Staff @ 10:08 am in Washington | 2 Comments »

August 3rd, 2017

Kyrgios Retires In Third Straight Event; Del Potro-Nishikori Thurs In Washington

Nick Kyrgios continues to struggle with injuries and form.

Posted by Staff @ 10:57 am in Washington | 10 Comments »

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 5th, 2017

Murray Sharpens Up, Nadal Not Impressed by Next Opponent; Fed, Djokovic on Thursday at Wimbledon

“I almost wanted to stop because they were hitting you in the face when you were trying to hit balls,” said Querrey of the ant invasion. “All over the place. I lost a set when the ants came. If I had won that set, probably wouldn’t have bugged me as much.”

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 11:16 pm in Tennis, Wimbledon | 31 Comments »

June 30th, 2017

Wimbledon Men’s Draw Preview: Murray-Nadal, Federer-Djokovic SFs Slated

Sean Randall previews the Wimbledon men’s draw.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 9:57 am in Wimbledon | 77 Comments »

June 20th, 2017

Federer Finds Winning Form In Halle, Haas Honored After Loss

Tommy Haas played his final grass match in Germany.

Posted by Staff @ 4:37 pm in Halle | 16 Comments »

June 17th, 2017

Federer, 0-1 on Grass This Season, Heads to Halle as 8-time Champion; ATP Preview

Tough openers and early-rounders for (1) Federer second round vs. M.Zverev, (3) Nishikori vs. Verdasco, (8) Ramos-Vinolas second round vs. Dr. Ivo, (5) Monfils vs. Gasquet in an all-French (winner to face Haas), and (2) Thiem vs. Ferrer, who has a career grasscourt title to his credit, second round…

Posted by Staff @ 4:50 pm in Tennis | 15 Comments »

June 7th, 2017

Djokovic Mentally Bails at French Open; Nadal, Thiem Book Semifinal

“All and all, I think it was decided in the first set,” Djokovic said after the match. “He deserved to win. He was definitely the better player on court today.”

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 2:05 pm in French Open, Tennis | 33 Comments »

June 5th, 2017

Murray Lines Up Nishikori; Nadal, Djokovic Featured Tuesday at French Open

“I think today was probably the best I have played overall,” Murray said afterwards. “It was difficult conditions. It was pretty windy out there. Each match I feel like I played better. I have hit the ball cleaner and started to see the right shots at the right moments. I’ve come a long way the last 10 days or so.”

Posted by Staff @ 2:50 pm in French Open, Tennis | 26 Comments »