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June 25th, 2017

Preview: Kerber, 8 of Top 10; Djokovic at Combined ATP/WTA Eastbourne

Potential tough starts for (1) Kerber vs. homegirl (WC) Broady, (10) Ostapenko vs. Makarova, (3) Pliskova vs. the Riske/Cornet winner, (8) Radwanska vs. the Goerges/Bellis winner, (11) Muguruza vs. Bouchard, and (6) Wozniacki vs. the Japanese riser Osaka…

Posted by Staff @ 10:02 am in Tennis | No 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 16th, 2017

Cilic Wins In Den Bosch, Haas Out In Stuttgart; Zverev Bros In SFs

The Zverev brothers are in the hunt to win weekend ATP titles.

Posted by Staff @ 5:17 pm in Grass season, Stuttgart | No Comments »

May 29th, 2017

Tennis Capsules: Wawrinka, Stosur, More Win ATP/WTA Titles Heading Into French

Samantha Stosur won her first title in two years on Saturday at the Internationaux de Strasbourg, coming from a set down to hold off countrywoman Daria Gavrilova, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 for her ninth career title.

Posted by Staff @ 11:12 am in Tennis | No Comments »

April 29th, 2017

Del Potro, Raonic Feature at 3 ATP Events Next Week; Previews

Two Top 10ers make Istanbul the top event this week…The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Matches to watch for in the 1st rd. include (5) Troicki vs. the big-match Baghdatis, and (8) Darcis vs. Sela to see who can hit their way out of that paper bag…

Posted by Staff @ 11:27 pm in Tennis | No Comments »

April 24th, 2017

Nadal, Murray Vie for ATP Barcelona Crown; Budapest; ATP Previews

Potential tough starts for (16) Lopez vs. G-Lo, and (9) Gasquet vs. (WC) Robredo…Wildcards were awarded to Murray, Robredo, Zverev, Albert Montanes, and Mikael Ymer…

Posted by Staff @ 12:57 am in Tennis | 3 Comments »

April 8th, 2017

Sock, Isner and Co. at Houston; Dimitrov Heads Marrakech; ATP Previews

Interesting starts for (1) Sock against the Haas-Opelka winner, (6) Lopez vs. the former French juniors winner Fratangelo, (4) Johnson vs. the experienced dirt-baller and defending champ Monaco, (5) Verdasco vs. the big-serving South African Anderson, and (8) Bellucci vs. the emerging American Tiafoe

Posted by Staff @ 6:36 pm in Tennis | 5 Comments »

February 26th, 2017

Loaded Mexican Open with Djokovic, Nadal, More; Previews

Holy cow, a rockin’ seeded field, and even more floaters…First round looks for (1) Djokovic after a long layoff vs. the dangerous Klizan (winner to likely meet Del Potro), (4) Thiem vs. the backboard Simon, (5) Goffin 2nd. rd. vs. the Edmund-Querrey winner, (8) Isner vs. his American compatriot Johnson, (3) Cilic vs. the unpredictable (WC) Dolgopolov, and (2) Nadal vs. the streaking older Zverev..

Posted by Staff @ 11:37 pm in Acapulco | 36 Comments »

February 15th, 2017

Zverevs Go Down In 3 At Rotterdam; Berdych v Gasquet Thursday

The brothers Zverev couldn’t hold leads today in Rotterdam.

Posted by Staff @ 6:18 pm in Rotterdam | 2 Comments »

February 13th, 2017

Dimitrov, Zverev, Estrella Burgos ATP Weekend Winners

“It’s great to win singles and doubles,” the younger Zverev said. “I’m very happy the way we played. We only dropped one set in the tournament. I think it was a very successful tournament for the Zverevs.”

Posted by Staff @ 11:02 am in Tennis | 120 Comments »

February 11th, 2017

Top-seeded Thiem vs. Zverev in Opening Round at Strong ATP Rotterdam; Preview

Tops 10ers Cilic and Thiem lead the field…The match of the tournament could be the first-round blockbuster (2) Thiem vs. the young riser Alexander Zverev…Other openers of the interest include (1) Cilic coming off an early loss last week vs. the mercurial Paire, (4) Berdych after opening against a qualifier vs. the Gasquet-Troicki winner, (8) Pouille vs. the veteran Kohlschreiber, and (5) Dimitrov challenged by the older net-rushing Zverev…

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 7:23 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

February 4th, 2017

Dimitrov Doesn’t Diss Sofia; Cilic in Montpellier; ATP Previews

Thiem the only Top 10er, and Dimitrov must have received a chunk as he decided to return to his home-country tournament in 2017 after a perceived diss last year…

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January 24th, 2017

Wawrinka Wins Tsonga Stare-Down, Sets Up Federer Meeting at Aussie Open

“I like when he puts in a nice volley past me,” Federer said. “I just think it’s a nice play, there’s nothing you can do about it. Then you move on. That’s why maybe I stayed as calm as I did today. Maybe it has helped me, too, in my comeback, no doubt about it.”

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 8:29 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 85 Comments »

January 22nd, 2017

World No. 1 Andy Murray Out in 4th Round Stunner To Mischa Zverev at Australian Open

“I don’t know how I did it,” the 29-year-old Zverev said. “I was like in a little coma and serve and volleying my way through it. I think you should tell me how I did it because honestly there were a few points where I don’t know how I pulled it off, I don’t know how I won some points but somehow I made it.”

Posted by Staff @ 8:42 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 54 Comments »

January 22nd, 2017

Andy Murray: I Wasn’t Flat, It Just Wasn’t To Be Today, Mischa Deserved To Win

Andy Murray discusses his stunning loss to Mischa Zverev at the Australian Open Sunday.

Posted by Staff @ 3:43 am in Australian Open | 1 Comment »