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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 25th, 2015

Doi, Berdych, Cilic, Ferrer, Kuznetsova Win Weekend ATP/WTA Titles

He’s not officially in, but David Ferrer took a big step toward qualifying for the ATP World Tour Finals on Sunday when he defeated American Steve Johnson 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 to win the Erste Bank Open in Vienna, Austria.

Posted by Staff @ 3:21 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

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 »

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 8th, 2015

Djokovic v Isner, Nadal v Sock Friday In Beijing; Nishikori Faces Cilic In Tokyo

A bunch of great matches are on tap Friday in Asia.

Posted by Staff @ 7:29 pm in Asia, beijing | 39 Comments »

October 2nd, 2015

Kyrgios, Ferrer Reach Kuala Lumpur SFs, Becker Beats Dimitrov; Berdych, Cilic Head Toward Shenzhen Final

Three Top 15 players are in the title hunt in Asia this weekend.

Posted by Staff @ 3:59 pm in Asia | Comments Off

September 26th, 2015

David Ferrer, Grigor Dimitrov Headline Kuala Lumpur; Tomas Berdych, Marin Cilic In Shenzhen

The ATP opens play in Asia next week.

Posted by Staff @ 7:30 pm in Asia | Comments Off

September 12th, 2015

Federer Still Flawless, Blows Out Wawrinka To Reach First US Open Final Since 2009; Dominant Djokovic Awaits

A promising US Open semifinal slate turned out to be a dud.

Posted by Staff @ 1:05 am in US Open | 114 Comments »

September 10th, 2015

Roger Federer v Stan Wawrinka, Novak Djokovic v Marin Cilic; US Open Semifinal Picks and Pans

Sean Randall breaks down the US Open men’s semifinals.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 6:28 pm in US Open | 320 Comments »

September 9th, 2015

Djokovic Hangs On To Beat Lopez At US Open, Will Meet Cilic In SF; Federer, Wawrinka Favorites Tomorrow

Novak Djokovic had to work hard to win Tuesday night at the US Open.

Posted by Staff @ 1:22 am in US Open | 208 Comments »

August 31st, 2015

Defending R-up Nishikori, Lots o’ Women Seeds Out Day 1 at US Open

Kei Nishikori, who has struggled with hip problems this summer, made a quick exit from the US Open on Monday. The defending runner-up and No. 4 seed fell to France’s Benoit Paire 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-4.

Posted by Staff @ 11:42 pm in Tennis | 120 Comments »

August 31st, 2015

World No. 1s Djokovic, Serena Open Play At US Open; Cilic Begins Title Defense; Nadal v Coric

It’s a big Day One at the US Open.

Posted by Staff @ 10:20 am in US Open | 140 Comments »

August 29th, 2015

Preview: Odds Against Serena Williams at US Open

Contrary to what commentator Chris Evert says, Serena Williams is the GOAT. She, the Martinas, everyone else is out. But having said that, the odds are against Serena that she is going to win the US Open and complete the calendar year Grand Slam. The pressure build up is too great.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 1:07 pm in Tennis, US Open | 42 Comments »

August 27th, 2015

US Open Draw Preview: Murray Lands In Federer’s Half, Djokovic Might See Nadal In QFs

Sean Randall breaks down the US Open draw.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 2:37 pm in US Open | 172 Comments »