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May 14th, 2017

Does Nadal Have Anything Left in the Tank for Rome? Preview

Tough starts for (1) Murray vs. Fognini, (5) Raonic vs. the Haas-Dr. Ivo winner, (3) Wawrinka starting against a tough Frenchman in either Mahut or Paire, (8) Thiem vs. Cuevas, (13) Sock vs. the hot-handed Schwartzman, an injured (7) Nishikori vs. the Ferrer-Lopez winner, (10) Dimitrov vs. Del Potro, (15) Carreno Busta vs. Simon (winner to face the Kyrgios-Bautista Agut winner, then (2) Djokovic)

Posted by Staff @ 12:32 pm in Tennis | 31 Comments »

May 14th, 2017

Is Reaching Semifinals Now Success For Novak Djokovic?

Novak Djokovic lowers the bar on expectations.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 12:07 pm in Clay Season | 3 Comments »

May 14th, 2017

Novak Djokovic To Remain Coachless Through The French Open

Novak Djokovic won’t pin the Rafael Nadal loss on his coaching situation.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 11:56 am in Coaching | No Comments »

May 13th, 2017

Nadal Dominates Djokovic To Reach Madrid Final Against Thiem

Rafael Nadal got his first win over Novak Djokovic in almost 3 years.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 6:20 pm in Madrid | 100 Comments »

May 12th, 2017

Nadal, Djokovic to Meet Saturday in ATP Madrid Semifinals

“It’s going to be a very tough match against one of the best players in tennis history,” Nadal summarized. “I know that to be able to have chances, I have to give 100 percent…I think I’ve done my homework.”

Posted by Staff @ 6:51 pm in Tennis | 97 Comments »

May 11th, 2017

Nadal, Djokovic Get Into Gear In Madrid; Murray’s Slump Continues; QF Picks And Pans

Sean Randall previews the Madrid men’s quarterfinals.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 10:38 pm in Madrid | 67 Comments »

May 10th, 2017

Wawrinka Among Upsets, Escapes Wed. at ATP Madrid; Insane Thurs. With Nadal-Kyrgios

“I think that even though I played really badly, my attitude has been very positive,” said Nadal, who benefited from Fognini missing some sitters and easy volleys on big points throughout the match. “My attitude and the will to win today’s match was there.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 8:54 pm in Madrid | 40 Comments »

May 6th, 2017

Novak Djokovic Dumps His Team, But Will It Matter? Or Is He Burnt Out?

For Novak Djokovic, desperate times call for desperate measures.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 3:45 pm in 2017 Season, Coaching | 89 Comments »

May 6th, 2017

All Hands On Deck as Murray, Djokovic Headline ATP Madrid; Preview

Kyrgios starts against Marcos Baghdatis, then meets the winner of Ryan Harrison and Bernard Tomic, then would face Nadal.

Posted by Staff @ 3:12 pm in Madrid | 1 Comment »

May 5th, 2017

In Effort To Find “Winning Spark”, Novak Djokovic Fires Coaching Team (Keeps Pepe?)

Novak Djokovic cleans house on eve of Madrid title defense.

Posted by Staff @ 8:57 am in Coaching | 65 Comments »

May 2nd, 2017

Novak Djokovic’s Wife Jelena Is Pregnant! Baby Due In September?

Novak Djokovic is going to be a father for a second time!

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:22 am in 2017 Season | 42 Comments »

April 22nd, 2017

Novak Djokovic Needs A Break, Except…

Novak Djokovic’s fire for tennis appears to be dying out.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 5:11 pm in Monte Carlo | 19 Comments »

April 22nd, 2017

Novak Djokovic: I’m Doing Everything I Can To Play Well

Novak Djokovic has now won 1 of his last 10 events.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:05 am in Monte Carlo | 9 Comments »

April 21st, 2017

Djokovic Upset By Goffin, Nadal Draw Opens in Semifinals at ATP Monte Carlo

“It doesn’t matter how you played before against [Djokovic],” Goffin said. “You just have to do your best and give everything on the court. Maybe once, like today, it goes well…

Posted by Staff @ 6:44 pm in Monte Carlo | 52 Comments »

April 20th, 2017

Nadal Rolls, Djokovic Survives, Murray And Wawrinka Fall In Monte Carlo; Friday QFs

“The most normal thing would be to lose the match,” said Ramos-Vinolas on trailing 0-4 in the third set. “But today it’s one of those days that sometimes happens. I still fought. I was fighting. I was 0-4, and I thought that I need to keep playing every point. Then, at the end, I won. I don’t know what to say.”

Posted by Staff @ 9:18 pm in Monte Carlo | 55 Comments »