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October 1st, 2016

Nishikori, 3 of Top 10, Cilic, Kyrgios at ATP Tokyo; Preview

The field features three of the Top 10, in addition to US Open winner Marin Cilic and the enigmatic Nick Kyrgios…Tough start for (1) Nishikori against Almagro, who beat him a few years ago in Tokyo…

Posted by Staff @ 2:46 pm in Tennis | No Comments »

July 18th, 2016

ATP Previews: Thiem Machine in Kitzbuhel; Umag; Gstaad

.(1) Cuevas could have a difficult start against G-Lo, and (6) Carreno Busta “Rhymes” starts against the veteran Seppi…

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July 10th, 2016

Ferrer Leads Bastad; Johnson on Grass at Newport; ATP Previews

Rafael Nadal (currently injured) beat Fognini in last year’s final…Leo Mayer (2014) is the only former champ in the field.

Posted by Staff @ 3:04 pm in ATP, Tennis | Comments Off

May 1st, 2016

Nicolas Almagro Wins First Title Since 2012 In Estoril Beating Pablo Carreno Busta

Thirty-year-old Nicolas Almagro will return to the Top 50 thanks to his 13th career ATP title.

Posted by Staff @ 3:37 pm in Estoril | 3 Comments »

April 30th, 2016

Thiem Out For Another Title In Munich; Almagro, Dimitrov Sunday Favorites Against First-Time Title Hopefuls

Can Diego Schwartzman and Pablo Carreno Busta win their first ATP career titles on Sunday?

Posted by Staff @ 9:47 pm in Estoril, Istanbul, Munich | 69 Comments »

February 20th, 2016

Djokovic Heads Dubai, Loaded Field at WTA Doha: ATP/WTA Previews

Pulling from the tournament were Roger Federer (knee surgery) and Janko Tipsarevic…The absent Federer is the two-time defending champ, beating Djokovic in last year’s final…Federer and Djokovic have won the last seven titles between them…Djokovic (2013,’11-09) is the lone former champ in the field.

Posted by Staff @ 4:48 pm in Tennis | 8 Comments »

February 18th, 2016

Nadal v Almagro In Rio; Del Potro Continues Comeback In Delray; Berdych Battles Zverev In Marseille

It’s a busy Thursday on the ATP with Rafael Nadal, Tomas Berdych and Juan Martin del Potro in action on three different continents.

Posted by Staff @ 12:23 am in Marseille, Rio | 34 Comments »

February 17th, 2016

Rafael Nadal Wins In Rainy Rio Opener, Will Face Nicolas Almagro Next

Rafael Nadal got back on track Tuesday in Rio.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:23 am in Rio | 5 Comments »

February 14th, 2016

Klizan Comeback Clamps Clown Monfils; Thiem New Clay King?

Dominic Thiem followed up his earlier upset of King of Clay Rafael Nadal to beat another Spanish veteran, Nicolas Almagro 7-6(2), 3-6, 7-6(4) in the Sunday final of the Argentina Open.

Posted by Staff @ 10:15 pm in Tennis | 2 Comments »

February 14th, 2016

Rafael Nadal Knocked Out By Dominic Thiem; Taylor Fritz Frenzy Continues In Memphis

Rafael Nadal is now struggling on the clay. Taylor Fritz closes in on the Top 100.

Posted by Staff @ 12:26 am in Latin Swing, Memphis, Rotterdam | 46 Comments »

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 »

April 19th, 2015

ATP/WTA Previews: Nadal in Barcelona, Loaded WTA Stuttgart

Kei Nishikoi beat Santiago Giraldo in last year’s final…Returning former champs in the final are Nishikori (2014), Nadal (2013-11,’09-05), Verdasco (2010) and Robredo (2004).

Posted by Staff @ 6:35 pm in Barcelona, Stuttgart, Tennis | 11 Comments »

June 28th, 2014

Nicolas Almagro’s 2014 Season Is Reportedly Over, He’ll Undergo Foot Surgery On Monday

Nicolas Almagro will undergo foot surgery for plantar fasciitis on Monday.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:11 am in Injuries | 4 Comments »

May 27th, 2014

Tennis-X Wrap: Li, Dimitrov Crash Out of French Open on Day 3

“The problem is myself. I don’t think I’m doing well on the court,” the Chinese world No. 2 said. “And also, even during the match, I don’t think totally what I should do, like especially I didn’t follow the game plan…In my mind, I didn’t have any idea how to play the match…I gave it away.”

Posted by Staff @ 10:43 pm in French Open, Tennis | 53 Comments »

April 25th, 2014

Rafael Nadal: I Need To Play With More Rhythm, Intensity And Stability [Video]

Rafael Nadal spoke after losing in Barcelona today.

Posted by Staff @ 6:30 pm in Barcelona | 32 Comments »