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July 22nd, 2018

Thiem Leads Floater-Filled Field at ATP German Open Hamburg; Preview

The field is loaded with floating landmines — first-round matches of interest include (7) Gasquet vs. Paire in an all-French,(3) Carreno Busta vs. last year’s finalist (WC) Mayer, (5) Kohlschreiber vs. Seppi, and (6) Cecchinato vs. Monfils…

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June 11th, 2018

Federer is Back on Grass with No. 1 in Sight This Week; Stuttgart Preview

“I think that’s a bit of extra motivation,” Federer said of the No. 1 ranking perch. “But then again, having lost here last year in the first round, for me, it resets the goals as well, and just take it one at a time and don’t think too far ahead. Not that I did that last year, but on grass, margins are very slim. It’s not so simple, especially when you haven’t played in three months.”

Posted by Staff @ 1:23 pm in Tennis | 175 Comments »

May 6th, 2018

World No. 3 Zverev Wins ATP Munich, Heads to Madrid

“I had to play my best tennis to have a chance, so that is what I did,” said Zverev. “At the beginning I was struggling a little bit and then I found my rhythm and felt very good on court.”

Posted by Staff @ 12:14 pm in Tennis | 6 Comments »

April 28th, 2018

Zverev Defending Champion Next Week at ATP Munich; Preview

Potential tough starts for the oft-injured (7) Monfils vs. the riser Basic, and (6) Kohlschreiber vs. Karlovic…

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April 8th, 2018

Gasquet, Paire, The Dog at ATP Marrakech; Preview

Interesting starts for (1) Ramos-Vinolas 2nd rd. vs. Troicki, (5) Haase 2nd rd. vs. Sousa, (6) Paire opening against French countryman Simon, (8) Zverev net-rushing on clay vs. the home-country favorite Lorenzo, and (2) Edmund vs. the veteran Vesely…

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March 16th, 2018

Federer Pulls Away From Chung At Indian Wells, Keeps #1 Ranking; Del Potro Today

Roger Federer kept his record perfect on the year getting past a Hyeon Chung 7-5, 6-1 to advance to his 10th Indian Wells semifinal. In a rematch of their Australian Open semifinal in which Chung withdrew in the second, Federer came out quickly jumping out to a 3-0 lead. But Chung, now healthy, found the [...]

Posted by Staff @ 9:43 am in Indian Wells | 37 Comments »

February 25th, 2018

Dimitrov, Pouille Head ATP Dubai Field; Preview

Dimitrov the lone Top 10er in the field…Tough start for (5) Gasquet vs. Coric, then Paire…

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February 3rd, 2018

Dimitrov Pulls But Wawrinka Leads at ATP Sofia Open; Preview

“I and my team had to take one of the most difficult decisions to skip this year’s edition of the tournament in Sofia,” said Dimitrov in a statement. “I will not be at 100 percent ready.”

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January 7th, 2018

Muguruza, 4 of Top 10 at WTA/ATP Sydney; Preview

Four of the Top 10 seeds and a field LOADED with floaters…The Top 2 seeds receive opening-round byes…Interesting openers for (1) Muguruza vs. the veteran Bertens, (7) Goerges vs. Stosur (winner to meet Gavrilova), (3) Ostapenko vs. Makarova, (6) Stephens vs. (Q) Giorgi (winner to meet Kvitova), (4) Konta vs. Radwanska, (8) Sevastova vs. Cibulkova, and (2) Williams vs. the Safarova/Kerber winner…

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October 14th, 2017

Carreno Busta Defends Title This Week at ATP Moscow

(1) Carreno Busta after a bye will meet the winner of the all-Russian battle between Kuznetsov and Medvedev…

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September 16th, 2017

Bautista Agut, Tsonga, Popular Fognini Lead ATP St. Petersburg; Preview

Tough starts for (8) Struff vs. Coric, then the winner likely facing the streaking Medvedev…

Posted by Staff @ 9:41 pm in Tennis | 11 Comments »

September 4th, 2017

Del Potro Wins Thriller Over Thiem, Sets Up Federer Showdown At US Open; Nadal Rolls

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are now just one win from a first US Open meeting.

Posted by Staff @ 11:25 pm in US Open | 90 Comments »

September 3rd, 2017

Querrey Coasts, Shapovalov’s US Open Run Ends; Former Champs Federer, Nadal, Del Potro Monday

Who will emerge as a first-time Grand Slam finalist from the bottom half of the US Open men’s draw? We are closer to a determination.

Posted by Staff @ 11:59 pm in US Open | 12 Comments »

August 6th, 2017

Kohlschreiber Bikes Way to ATP Kitzbuhel Crown

Kohlschreiber was forced to come from behind a break down in both sets. He improved to 8-9 in career finals, with his last five title wins on clay.

Posted by Staff @ 7:32 pm in Tennis | 2 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…

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