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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 10th, 2016

Federer Can’t Beat Raonic and Illness in ATP Brisbane Final

“I’ve still got a cough and the throat is a bit weird,” said Federer, who was limiting his practices early in the week, and saw his health seemingly improved until a turn on the final day. “I’ve definitely got to make sure I get over it as quickly as possible.”

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 11:09 am in Tennis | 25 Comments »

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 8th, 2016

Old Man Roger Federer Leads The Way In Brisbane Semifinals; Stan Wawrinka Strong In Chennai

Roger Federer will try to teach the young kids a lesson in Brisbane.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 7:51 pm in Brisbane | 37 Comments »

January 2nd, 2016

Milos Raonic Hires Carlos Moya To His Coaching Staff

Milos Raonic has a new coach.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:32 am in Coaching | 1 Comment »

January 1st, 2016

Federer, Sharapova Headline Brisbane International; Preview

Both Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova show up to defend their Brisbane titles, where the men’s and women’s fields are stellar for an opening week to the year where the majority of the stars are usually off playing lucrative exhibitions.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 12:33 pm in 2016 Season, Brisbane, Tennis | 6 Comments »

December 28th, 2015

Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka Lead Abu Dhabi Exo Which Begins Thursday

The Abu Dhabi exo begins on Thursday.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:41 am in 2016 Season, Exhibitions | 25 Comments »

December 7th, 2015

Watch Milos Raonic Return A Tomas Berdych Serve From Behind His Back And Win The Point! [Video]

Great shot from Milos Raonic!

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:25 am in Best Shots, Exhibitions, Videos | 10 Comments »

October 15th, 2015

Djokovic Still Dominating In Shanghai; Nadal v Wawrinka, Murray v Berdych Friday

It’s a big day of tennis Friday in Shanghai with two blockbuster match-ups!

Posted by Sean Randall @ 6:30 pm in Shanghai | 103 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 5th, 2015

Dizzy Bouchard Retires In Beijing, Djokovic, Nadal Play Tuesday; Nishikori Wins Tokyo Opener

Former champions Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal open play Tuesday in Beijing. Venus Williams also meets Ana Ivanovic.

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

September 27th, 2015

Raonic, Tsonga Win ATP Titles Over Weekend

Raonic hadn’t lost his serve all week until the second set of the final. “It would be special [to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals again], especially with the health issues I’ve had,” said Raonic after moving to the 12th spot in the 2015-only points standings. “It is something that will require a lot of winning the rest of this year, but I believe I can do it.”

Posted by Staff @ 4:06 pm in Tennis | 14 Comments »

September 26th, 2015

Tsonga v Simon In Metz; Raonic Seeks First Title In A Year In Russia; Bencic Continues To Blossom

Three good finals on tap Sunday in tennis.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 2:49 pm in 2015 Season | 27 Comments »

September 4th, 2015

Federer Darts Past Darcis, Murray Struggles At US Open; Djokovic, Nadal v Fognini Friday

Roger Federer is rolling early at the US Open.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 12:05 am in US Open | 244 Comments »