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May 23rd, 2017

Poll: Who’s Your Early Favorite To Win The French Open?

Sean Randall has an early preview of the French Open.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 4:37 pm in French Open | 74 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 17th, 2017

Nadal Has Easy Day, Sock Next In Rome; Nishikori, Wawrinka Advance

Thursday in Rome it’s Rafael Nadal-Jack Sock and Kei Nishikori-Juan Martin del Potro.

Posted by Staff @ 5:54 pm in Rome | 35 Comments »

May 17th, 2017

Rafael Nadal Not Focused On No. 1 Ranking

Despite leading the ATP Race, Rafael Nadal doesn’t care about the No. 1 ranking.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 12:43 pm in No. 1 ranking | 3 Comments »

May 15th, 2017

Rafael Nadal Takes Over ATP Rankings Race Lead From Federer, Earns Top 4 Seed At French!

Rafael Nadal has won the most ranking points of anyone in 2017.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:24 am in Rankings | 29 Comments »

May 14th, 2017

Nadal Stays Perfect During Claycourt Season, Beating Thiem in ATP Madrid Final

“This is a very emotional period of the season,” Nadal said. “I really enjoy these tournaments. I just try to go for all of them. I try to compete. I did well in Monte Carlo and Barcelona, and also here. I hope to do the same in Rome.”

Posted by Staff @ 8:03 pm in Madrid | 11 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 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 9th, 2017

Rafael Nadal Points To Better Second Serve For His Success, And The Stats Back Him Up!

Rafael Nadal has the best second serve in tennis right now.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:48 am in Madrid | 7 Comments »

May 9th, 2017

An Ear Infection Prevented Rafael Nadal From Playing Tuesday In Madrid

Rafael Nadal had to change his schedule because of an ear infection.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:31 am in Madrid | 5 Comments »

May 6th, 2017

All Hands On Deck as Murray, Djokovic Headline ATP Madrid; Preview

Kyrgios starts against Marcos Baghdatis, then meets the winner of Ryan Harrison and Bernard Tomic, then would face Nadal.

Posted by Staff @ 3:12 pm in Madrid | 1 Comment »

May 4th, 2017

Rafael Nadal Arrives In Madrid [Video]

Rafael Nadal is already training in Madrid.

Posted by Staff @ 2:03 pm in Madrid | 7 Comments »