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October 9th, 2009

Nadal, Djokovic Near Beijing Showdown; Monfils, Tsonga Tangle in Tokyo

Top seed Rafael Nadal showed no signs of wear and tear after the Spaniard ripped former No. 1 Marat Safin.

Posted by Staff @ 10:24 pm in Asia, ATP, beijing | 93 Comments »

October 8th, 2009

Nadal Survives Another Three-Setter in Beijing; Serena Falls But Gets Naked

Rafael Nadal goes three sets in a win over James Blake while Serena gets undressed for the cover of ESPN The Magazine.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 11:37 am in beijing, ESPN, No. 1 ranking, WTA | 160 Comments »

August 24th, 2009

5 US Open Dream Matches

Just for fun, I am trying something different. As the 2009 hard court season heads toward the finish line, I came up with some hypothetical matches between former U.S. Open champions.

Posted by Dan Martin @ 10:49 pm in 2009 Season, American tennis, Australian Open, No. 1 ranking, US Open, US Open Series, Year-End No. 1 | 119 Comments »

August 18th, 2009

Cincinnati Day 1 – Safin and a Spanish Flavor

The number of players a fan can see at close range on the practice courts and side courts is always great on the first few days of an event.

Posted by Dan Martin @ 6:18 pm in 2009 Season, American tennis, ATP, Cincinnati, indianapolis | 50 Comments »

July 30th, 2009

Nadal Says Knees Still Not Right

Rafael Nadal is still leaving doubt on his participation in Montreal.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 12:05 am in 2009 Season, Injuries, Los Angeles, Stanford | 171 Comments »

July 18th, 2009

Tennis Notes: Stich Playing Own ATP Event; Gasquet Coke Kiss

Richard Gasquet claims a dosed drink or a contaminated kiss in a Miami nightclub caused his positive test for cocaine.

Posted by Staff @ 9:53 pm in Tennis | 6 Comments »

July 11th, 2009

Davis Cup Doubles: Israel Upsets Powerhouse Russia, U.S. Alive

Israel clinched the tie in the Saturday doubles when Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram stopped a comeback from former No. 1 Marat Safin and Igor Kunitsyn 6-3, 6-4, 6-7(3), 4-6, 6-4.

Posted by Staff @ 1:41 pm in Davis Cup, Tennis | 2 Comments »

July 9th, 2009

Davis Cup Quarterfinal Previews

Can “Dr.” Ivo rain down the aces on clay? The nod goes to Croatia as Blake is 0-4 in live ties on clay and Fish has only one win in the same situation. Marin Cilic should dictate this tie, but the Bryan brothers will do their best to keep it a live tie by Sunday.

Posted by Staff @ 11:58 pm in Davis Cup, Tennis | 70 Comments »

June 14th, 2009

Federer Breaks the Curse; Sampras as Pioneer

Pete Sampras sent the message that if a player were talented, self-disciplined and professional, he could exceed the seven or eight majors that seemed to be the best one could hope for in a career.

Posted by Dan Martin @ 10:35 pm in 2009 Season, Australian Open, French Open, Grand Slams, US Open, Wimbledon, Year-End No. 1 | 168 Comments »

May 27th, 2009

Murray Rises, Safin Flops at French Open

French wildcard Josselin Ouanna ousted former No. 1 Marat Safin 7-6(2), 7-6(4), 4-6, 3-6, 10-8 in the biggest upset of the day.

Posted by Staff @ 11:30 pm in French Open, Tennis | 90 Comments »

May 26th, 2009

Serena Survives While Djokovic Enjoys Easy Street at French Open

The women had the drama at the French Open the first three days, but will it continue?

Posted by Sean Randall @ 6:15 pm in French Open | 57 Comments »

May 23rd, 2009

Nadal Out for Fifth French Open, Can he be Stopped?

Sean Randall breaks down the men’s French Open draw.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 5:55 pm in 2009 Season, French Open | 64 Comments »

March 11th, 2009

Nadal, Federer to Resume Rivalry at Indian Wells?

Who doing what and where at Indian Wells? Sean Randall examines the men’s draw the Indian Wells Masters.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 12:52 pm in 2009 Season, Indian Wells, Miami | 102 Comments »

March 5th, 2009

Will Nadal, Spain Reign Again in 2009 Davis Cup Play?

Who will win the 2009 Davis Cup? Sean Randall, as he always does, break down the weekend’s ties and the 2009 Davis Cup season.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 11:29 pm in 2009 Season, Davis Cup | 63 Comments »

January 21st, 2009

Fat Nalbandian Falls, Dokic Wins, Federer v Safin Upcoming at Australian Open

Two old foes and former No. 1s will do battle in a blockbuster meeting on Thursday at the Australian Open when Roger Federer meets Marat Safin.

Posted by Staff @ 9:03 am in Australian Open | 58 Comments »

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