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May 22nd, 2017

For The First Time In ATP Rankings History, The Entire Top 5 Is 30+

The men’s Top 5 is the oldest it’s ever been!

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 8:57 am in Rankings | 8 Comments »

May 21st, 2017

Zverev Powers Djokovic Off Court for Rome Title, Top 10 Debut

“He served very well,” Djokovic surmised. “I just wasn’t able to get any rhythm on my returns. If we would get into a rally, he would smash the ball from the first or second shot.

Posted by Staff @ 1:52 pm in Rome | 31 Comments »

May 21st, 2017

Novak Djokovic’s New Coach Is Andre Agassi!

Andre Agassi is back in tennis.

Posted by Staff @ 12:38 pm in Coaching | 16 Comments »

May 20th, 2017

Djokovic Tames Thiem, Will Meet Zverev In Rome Final

Novak Djokovic goes for his first Masters title of the year.

Posted by Staff @ 8:36 pm in Rome | 63 Comments »

May 19th, 2017

Terrific Thiem Topples Nadal, Awaits Rain-Delayed Djokovic-DelPo Winner In Rome SF

There will be at least three new faces in the Rome semifinals on Saturday.

Posted by Staff @ 11:34 pm in Rome | 89 Comments »

May 18th, 2017

Nadal v Thiem, Djokovic v Del Potro On Big Friday In Rome

Sean Randall previews a fabulous Friday in Rome.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 8:44 pm in Rome | 84 Comments »

May 17th, 2017

Murray’s Misery Mounts, Falls To Fognini In Rome; Nadal Wednesday

Andy Murray’s slump deepens.

Posted by Staff @ 12:28 am in Rome | 69 Comments »

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 | Comments Off

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 »