September 22nd, 2013
Tough openers for (4) Simon after a bye vs. the winner of Karlovic-Tomic, and (7) Nieminen vs. the Dutch riser Sijsling…Wildcards went to three dudes whose names you can’t pronounce…Pulling from the event were Ivan Dodig, Andy Murray (back surgery), and Tommy Robredo…Gasquet beat Simon in last year’s final…Returning champs in the field are Gasquet (2012) and Simon (2009).
September 4th, 2013
Previewing the four men’s quarterfinals.
July 20th, 2013
Notes: Two-time defending champ Serena Williams obviously didn’t like the under-the-table appearance fee to appear in Stanford, passing on the event and last week playing the tiny Swedish Open in Bastad, which was willing to pony-up some major cash…Tough starts are (1) Radwanska after a bye possibly facing the former Slam champ Schiavone, (8) Rybarikova vs. the explosive Keys, and (2) Stosur after a bye likely facing the powerful Goerges….Wildcards went to American Nicole Gibbs and Croat Ajla Tomljanovic…Pulling from the event were Marion Bartoli (hamstring), Kirsten Flipkens, Sabine Lisicki (wrist), and Maria Sharapova (hip)…Since 1990, 20 of the 23 champions have been Slam winners, but this year there are no returning champions in the field.
June 15th, 2013
Roger Federer is on the brink of his very first title in 10 months while 2-champ Andy Murray looks for another crown at Queen’s.
April 17th, 2013
Novak Djokovic barely survived a his injury and Mikhail Youzhny Wednesday in Monte Carlo, while Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray rolled.
July 4th, 2012
Roger Federer says his back is fine and he looks forward to the challenge of playing Novak Djokovic on grass.
July 3rd, 2012
Will we see another Roger Federer-Novak Djokovic Grand Slam semifinal?
June 2nd, 2012
Mikhail Youzhny draws a message in the dirt for his fans.
March 1st, 2012
With seven of the top 10 in the quarterfinals, it promises to be a blockbuster day in Dubai.
December 15th, 2011
That’s Dr. Mikhail Youzhny.
October 30th, 2010
Notes: The world No. 2 Federer heads a loaded field, looking to take the homecountry title he lost to Djokovic in the 2009 final; openers of interest are (4) Roddick vs. Querrey in an all-American, (7) Ljubicic vs. the hot-handed Mayer, (8) Isner vs. Llodra, and (2) Djokovic vs. Gulbis; Berdych is at a career-high No. 6, but hasn’t won a title this year and is looking at Gasquet 2nd rd.; Roddick needs a good result to help reach the year-end Masters…
October 23rd, 2010
Former No. 1 Tommy Muster returns at 43 years old!; interesting opening-round matches include (1) Melzer after a bye potentially facing (WC) Blake, and (5) Gulbis vs. Muster…
October 5th, 2010
The top men won easily on Tuesday while Maria Sharapova continued her slide.
October 3rd, 2010
In the semifinals G-Lo saved 24 of 26 break points against Nadal. In the final, after blowing a 3-1 lead in the final set, G-Lo was denied on a couple of match points on Nieminen’s serve in the 10th game before finally closing out the match.
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October 3rd, 2010
Lots of dangerous floaters in Beijing, with first-round matches of interest including Fish vs. Tipsarevic (winner to face (1) Djokovic), (6) Verdasco vs. Kohlschreiber (winner to face (WC) Isner), (3) Soderling vs. Robredo, (7) Youzhny vs. Ljubicic, and (2) Murray facing a qualifying-tested Mathieu.