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June 7th, 2017

Djokovic Mentally Bails at French Open; Nadal, Thiem Book Semifinal

“All and all, I think it was decided in the first set,” Djokovic said after the match. “He deserved to win. He was definitely the better player on court today.”

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 2:05 pm in French Open, Tennis | 33 Comments »

June 5th, 2017

Djokovic v Thiem, Nadal v Carreno Busta; French Open Tuesday Picks And Pans

Sean Randall previews Tuesday’s matches.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 5:13 pm in French Open | 158 Comments »

June 5th, 2017

Pablo Carreno Busta: Against Rafa, I Could Win Easy Or Lose Easy, You Never Know

Can Pablo Carreno Busta even win a set off Rafael Nadal?

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:04 am in French Open | 4 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 7th, 2017

Cilic Wins Big Man Battle at Istanbul; Carreno Busta’s Out an ATP Title at Estoril

“I’m on a good track and feeling very well,” said Cilic, who did not drop a set all week. “In these last three or four weeks on clay, it’s never easy, but I’m trying to get better with every match.

Posted by Staff @ 4:54 pm 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 »

March 18th, 2017

Federer, Wawrinka Roll Into All-Swiss Indian Wells Final, Who’s The Pick?

Sean Randall previews the all-Swiss Indian Wells men’s final between Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 10:50 pm in Indian Wells | 102 Comments »

March 17th, 2017

Carreno Busta Moves Into First Masters SF Outlasting Cuevas At Indian Wells; Federer-Kyrgios Friday

Roger Federer will try to gain revenge on Nick Kyrgios Friday at Indian Wells.

Posted by Staff @ 12:20 am in Indian Wells | 3 Comments »

February 27th, 2017

Thiem Beats Carreno Busta To Win ATP Rio Title

“This is the best feeling you can have, winning a title,” Thiem said afterwards. “It’s all you practice for. I played five very good matches, especially in the semis and final against amazing players.”

Posted by Staff @ 12:35 am in Rio | Comments Off

February 26th, 2017

Svitolina Looks for 2nd Straight Title at Kuala Lumpur; Sao Paulo; WTA Previews

Top 10er as of Monday Svitolina is coming off the win in the Dubai final…Wildcards went to Kazakhstan’s Zarina Diyas, the Ukraine’s Katarina Zavatska, and China’s Zheng Saisai…

Posted by Staff @ 4:13 pm in Tennis | Comments Off

February 19th, 2017

Nishikori, Thiem, Clay Floaters Make ATP Rio a Tough Slough; Preview

First-round matches that deserve a second look are a gassed (1) Nishikori vs. Brazil’s Bellucci, (4) Carreno Busta vs. Brazil’s Souza who he lost to in their only career meeting, (6) Ferrer vs. the Buenos Aires winner Dolgopolov who he lost to three years ago at this event, a Robredo vs. Fognini veteran match-up (winner to face (5) Ramos Vinolas), (7) Lorenzi vs. Delbonis who he is 0-3 career against, and (2) Thiem vs. the back-from-injury Tipsarevic in a first-time meeting…

Posted by Staff @ 5:44 pm in Tennis | Comments Off

February 11th, 2017

4-Time Defending Champ Nishikori Abandons Memphis for ATP Buenos Aires; Previews

The 20th anniversary of the tournament sees Kei Nishikori collecting the appearance fee as the top seed instead of seeking a fifth consecutive title at Memphis…

Posted by Staff @ 7:29 pm in Tennis | Comments Off

January 7th, 2017

Thiem, ‘C’-Level Marquee Players at ATP Sydney, Auckland; Previews

(8) Granollers starts against Hot Sauce, (5) Kohlschreiber vs. Fognini, and (6) Muller vs. Dolgopolov…(2) Cuevas looking at a tough encounter with Mahut 2nd rd…

Posted by Staff @ 10:17 pm in Auckland, Sydney | 11 Comments »

October 23rd, 2016

Carreno Busta’s Out His 2nd Title, Beating Fognini at ATP Moscow

“I always play good here,” Fognini said. “So Russia brings me luck.”

Posted by Staff @ 7:58 pm in Tennis | 4 Comments »