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June 12th, 2016

Rain Pushes Both ATP Grasscourt Finals to Monday

Mahut is the defending champion, and also won the title in 2013. Muller is 0-3 in career finals.

Posted by Staff @ 7:47 pm in Tennis | 3 Comments »

June 11th, 2016

Federer, Murray Lead Grass Events Next Week at Halle, Queen’s

Notes: Six of the eight seeds have challenging starts with (1) Murray vs. Mahut, (5) Cilic vs. F-Lo, (6) Bautista Agut vs. Querrey, (3) Raonic vs. Kyrgios, (7) Isner vs. Del Potro, and (2) Wawrinka vs. Hot Sauce…The all-Brit wildcard allocation went to Kyle Edmund, Daniel Evans and James Ward…

Posted by Staff @ 6:21 pm in Halle, Queens, Tennis | 172 Comments »

June 10th, 2016

Roger Federer Faces Dominic Thiem In Stuttgart, Del Potro Also In SF; Big Servers Rule In Den Bosch

After losing to him in Rome, Roger Federer gets a rematch with Dominic Thiem on his favorite surface Saturday in Stuttgart.

Posted by Staff @ 7:11 pm in Stuttgart | 116 Comments »

June 5th, 2016

Federer, Del Potro Kick Off Grass Season Amidst Challengers at ATP Stuttgart

Notes: Roger Federer after skipping the French Open with a back injury returns to kick off the grasscourt season at Stuttgart…Federer is the lone Top 10er, but a strong field includes a number of floaters…The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Interesting starters include (1) Federer vs. the American top prospect Fritz, (8) Pouille vs. the Aussie Millman (winner to face the Del Potro vs. Dimitrov victor) and (7) Kohlschreiber vs. the French riser Herbert…

Posted by Staff @ 7:56 pm in Tennis | 79 Comments »

May 16th, 2016

Preview: ATP, WTA Players Look for Mojo Heading Into French Open

Tough starts for (9) Stephens vs. Vekic and (9) Cornet vs. Kudryavtseva…The storm of players pulling from the field included Daria Gavrilova, Camila Giorgi, Yanina Wickmayer and Caroline Wozniacki…

Posted by Staff @ 1:44 am in Tennis | Comments Off

May 1st, 2016

Philipp Kohlschreiber Denies Dominic Thiem In Thrilling Munich Final

Philipp Kohlschreiber won his 7th career ATP title after beating Dominic Thiem in one of the best matches played this year.

Posted by Staff @ 3:50 pm in Munich | 5 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 »

April 24th, 2016

Del Potro Returns at Munich; ATP Previews This Week

No Top 20 players, but Istanbul you do have Bernie “The Tank Engine” Tomic! For at least a round…

Posted by Staff @ 10:11 am in Estoril, Istanbul, Munich, Tennis | 8 Comments »

April 22nd, 2016

Former Champions Rafael Nadal, Kei Nishikori Continue On Barcelona Collision Course

Rafael Nadal upped his win streak to 8 today in Barcelona.

Posted by Staff @ 6:40 pm in Barcelona | 53 Comments »

April 16th, 2016

Nishikori, Not Nadal, the New King of Clay in Barcelona?; Bucharest; ATP Previews

Nishikori is the two-time defending champion, last year beating Andujar in the final…”I am happy to be back in Barcelona. I feel good and hope to win my third consecutive title here,” Nishikori said…Nadal won the title in eight of nine years prior to that…

Posted by Staff @ 11:30 am in Barcelona, Bucharest, Tennis | 21 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 »

October 28th, 2015

Nadal Denies Dimitrov In Basel, Federer Faces Kohlschreiber Thursday; Ferrer Withdraws From Valencia

Rafael Nadal continued to show that he’s on the way back up.

Posted by Staff @ 7:50 pm in Fall Season | 68 Comments »

October 17th, 2015

ATP/WTA Previews: Radwanska, 4 Top 10 in Moscow; Lux, Stockholm, Vienna

Notes: Strong seeding but not a lot of field depth…(4) Tomic will start against the Querrey-Baghdatis winner…Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Wildcards went to Berdych, Swede Mike Ymer and Finn Jarkko Nieminen…Last year Berdych came from a set down to beat Dimitrov in the final…Berdych trying to become the first Stockholm back-to-back winner since James Blake (2005-06)…Former champs in the field are Berdych (2014,’12), Dimitrov (2013), and Baghdatis (2009).

Posted by Staff @ 3:18 pm in Tennis | 6 Comments »

August 29th, 2015

Preview: Odds Against Serena Williams at US Open

Contrary to what commentator Chris Evert says, Serena Williams is the GOAT. She, the Martinas, everyone else is out. But having said that, the odds are against Serena that she is going to win the US Open and complete the calendar year Grand Slam. The pressure build up is too great.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 1:07 pm in Tennis, US Open | 42 Comments »

August 7th, 2015

John Isner Advances, Grigor Dimitrov Falls In Washington; Ailing Caroline Wozniacki Stumbles In Stanford

John Isner has won six straight matches.

Posted by Staff @ 10:32 am in Stanford, Washington | 36 Comments »