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July 27th, 2016

Raonic Left Alone; Djokovic Djanky; Loaded Thursday at Rogers Cup

“Those are the only, let’s say, downsides to the match…the overall performance was very pleasing considering it was the first hard court match for a long time.”

Posted by Staff @ 10:05 pm in Tennis | No Comments »

May 24th, 2016

Emotional Murray Escapes Stepanek At French Open, Djokovic, Nadal Roll; Wawrinka Wednesday

“Second and third sets were really good,” said Djokovic, who will next face Steve Darcis. “I thought I found my rhythm. First set was up and down. But I’ll take the positives out of it, and I’m hoping I can progress as the tournament goes on.”

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 11:22 pm in French Open | 142 Comments »

May 23rd, 2016

Wawrinka Stretched, Murray Breaking? Djokovic, Nadal Tues At Roland Garros

A shocker that has not yet come to conclusion is 37-year-old qualifier Radek “The Worm” Stepanek leading No. 2 seed Andy Murray 6-3, 6-3, 0-6, 2-4, when the match was called due to darkness. The delay will give hope to Stepanek, who had run out of gas on Monday after his quick start.

Posted by Staff @ 6:34 pm in French Open | 59 Comments »

July 31st, 2015

Nadal Sinks Vesely, Faces Cuevas Friday In Hamburg; Isner Breaks Stepanek In Atlanta

Rafael Nadal won again in Hamburg.

Posted by Staff @ 12:46 am in Hamburg | 22 Comments »

July 27th, 2014

Serena Leads Stanford, Men and Women in Washington; ATP/WTA Previews

Notes: Solid field with four Top 10ers and two unseeded Slam champs…The Top 4 seeds receive opening round byes, with tough starts for (5) Ivanovic vs. Lisicki, (4) Azarenka after a bye likely vs. (WC) Venus, (3) Kerber likely vs. Vandeweghe, (7) Suarez Navarro vs. Puig, and (2) Radwanska likely vs. Garcia…Wildcards went to Americans Kristie Ahn and Venus, and Azarenka…Pulling from the tournament were Sara Errani and Petra Kvitova…Cibulkova beat Radwanska in last year’s final…Venus is 2-4 in Stanford finals…Martina Navratilova (5-4) has reached the most Stanford finals in the tournament’s history…Returning champs in the field are Cibulkova (2013), Serena Williams (2012-11), Azarenka (2010), and Venus Williams (2002,’00).

Posted by Staff @ 11:11 am in Tennis | Comments Off

July 12th, 2014

ATP Previews: Gasquet, Ferrer Lead at Bogota, Hamburg

Notes: All 16 seeds receive opening-round byes in the 48-player draw…Dolgopolov has not won a match at Hamburg in three attempts, and fellow seeds Youzhny, Kohlschreiber, Granollers and Giraldo also have losing records in the ‘burg…Tough potential starts for (16) Seppi vs. Monaco, (4) Dolgopolov vs. Janowicz, (7) Kohlschreiber vs. Montanes, and (14) Sousa vs. Rosol…107th edition of the event…

Posted by Staff @ 9:16 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

April 30th, 2014

Radek Stepanek And Petra Kvitova Have Broken Up!

Ladies, Radek Stepanek is single again!

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:25 am in 2014 Season | 9 Comments »

April 6th, 2014

Ivanovic, Petkovic Win Titles; Davis Cup QF Recap

“I was confident, but not silly confident, but respectful confident towards the opponent,” Federer said. “I just felt I was playing such great tennis the last six months that I would find a way as well and I did. It’s a relief but it was a great feeling.”

Posted by Staff @ 11:48 pm in Davis Cup, Tennis | 4 Comments »

February 27th, 2014

Federer Steps On The Worm, Djokovic Cruises In Dubai; Gulbis-Dimitrov Thursday In Acapulco

Roger Federer overcame a 2-0 deficit in the third set to turn away Radek Stepanek Wednesday in Dubai.

Posted by Staff @ 12:45 am in Dubai | 52 Comments »

November 17th, 2013

Stepanek, Czechs Repeat As Davis Cup Champions

Radek Stepanek won his second straight fifth rubber to keep the Davis Cup trophy in the Czech Republic.

Posted by Staff @ 9:25 pm in Davis Cup | 34 Comments »

November 14th, 2013

Djokovic Leads Serbia Against Czechs In Davis Cup Final This Weekend

Novak Djokovic will lead his Serbian team against the defending champions in the Davis Cup finale this weekend.

Posted by Staff @ 9:28 pm in Davis Cup | 63 Comments »

October 12th, 2013

Preview: WTA, ATP in Moscow; Stockholm, Vienna, Lux

Tough starts go to (1) Gasquet vs. either Baghdatis or Evgeny Donskoy, (5) Istomin vs. Russian (WC) Andrey Kuznetsov, and (7) Sousa vs. Stakhovsky…Seeds making their debuts at the event are Gasquet, Sousa and Mannarino…Russians have won the event 14 times since 1990…Last year Seppi beat Thomaz Bellucci in the final…Notable pulls from the event were Nikolay Davydenko (wrist) and Stan Wawrinka…Returning former champs in the field are Seppi (2012) and Tipsarevic (2011).

Posted by Staff @ 6:17 pm in Tennis | 2 Comments »

September 6th, 2013

Bryans Falter On Brink Of Calendar Slam, Upset By Paes-Stepanek At US Open

The Bryans come up just short in their bid for the calender Slam.

Posted by Staff @ 11:24 am in US Open | 1 Comment »

November 18th, 2012

Stepanek the Hero in 3-2 Czech Davis Cup Win Over Spain

“I was playing very aggressive today; I wanted be the one who is active, who is controlling the game,” Stepanek said. “It paid off, even though I lost the third set. I had no doubt I was on the way.”

Posted by Staff @ 11:41 pm in Davis Cup, Tennis | 44 Comments »

November 18th, 2012

Video Highlights: Radek Stepanek Is The Davis Cup Hero For The Czech Republic

Radek Stepanek led his Czech Republic team to its second ever Davis Cup win.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 8:56 pm in Davis Cup, Videos | 4 Comments »