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August 30th, 2017

Nadal Wins, Federer Escapes Tiafoe Test Tuesday at US Open; Cilic, Delpo Wed.

“At the beginning of the match, he played well. I didn’t,” said Nadal, who saw Lajovic serve for the first set at 5-4. “That’s part of the nerves a little bit, and you need to win matches, no?”

Posted by Staff @ 1:00 am in US Open | 72 Comments »

August 29th, 2017

Sock Socked as Americans Open Play at US Open; Nadal, Federer Tuesday

“The last eight, nine days I’m practicing full without thinking about it,” Cilic says of his health. “That’s quite good. With this first match out of the way, I think that just resolves everything.”

Posted by Staff @ 2:03 am in US Open | No Comments »

August 26th, 2017

Rafael Nadal: I’d Rather Play Someone Easy Than Federer In The US Open SFs!

Rafael Nadal wants an easy draw, please.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 8:23 pm in US Open | No Comments »

August 25th, 2017

US Open Men’s Draw: Federer Lands With Nadal, Easy Draw For Murray, But How Healthy Are They?

The big question of the US Open draw was where Roger Federer would land, Rafael Nadal’s quarter or Andy Murray’s? Turns out, if Roger and Rafa are to finally meet at the US Open, it won’t be in the final. It will be the semifinals. Meanwhile, Murray couldn’t have hand picked an easier draw. So [...]

Posted by Sean Randall @ 5:23 pm in US Open | 42 Comments »

August 22nd, 2017

Poll: Who’s Your Early Favorite To Win The US Open? I’ll Go With Roger Federer’s Bad Back

Yeah, Roger Federer’s playing. Yeah, so too is Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray as well. But this year’s US Open just feels more wide open than in the past. Sure you have 3 of the Big 4 as the favorites, but they just don’t feel like locks to win it. That’s because we’ve seen breakthroughs [...]

Posted by Sean Randall @ 3:41 pm in US Open | 32 Comments »

August 21st, 2017

2017 US Open Men’s Seeds: Rafael Nadal Top Seed For Third Time

The last two times Rafael Nadal was the top seed at the US Open, he won the title!

Posted by Staff @ 1:39 pm in US Open | 36 Comments »

August 21st, 2017

Rafael Nadal Officially Returns To No. 1 In ATP Rankings

Rafael Nadal returns to No. 1. But can he keep it?

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:39 am in Year-End No. 1 | 42 Comments »

August 19th, 2017

Kyrgios Cleans Nadal’s Clock, Big 4-Less Semifinal Set In Cincinnati

Who’ll win their first Cincinnati title this weekend?

Posted by Sean Randall @ 12:59 am in Cincinnati | 89 Comments »

August 18th, 2017

Rain Stops Rafa, Dimitrov Dumps Delpo, Isner, Ferrer Advance At Cincinnati

Rain played havoc with the Thursday schedule in Cincinnati.

Posted by Staff @ 1:08 am in Cincinnati | 19 Comments »

August 17th, 2017

Rafael Nadal Rolls Past Gasquet; Tired Zverev Ousted By Tiafoe; Dimitrov-Delpo Thurs

Alexander Zverev is happy to get some rest.

Posted by Staff @ 1:29 am in Cincinnati | 19 Comments »

August 16th, 2017

Nadal, Zverev Open Play Wed In Cincinnati; Delpo Beats Berdych, Raonic Withdraws

Rafael Nadal opens his bid for a second Cincinnati title Wednesday night against Richard Gasquet.

Posted by Staff @ 2:09 am in Cincinnati | 56 Comments »

August 14th, 2017

7 Things I Think I Thought About Zverev’s Montreal Title, Federer’s Withdrawal From Cincy And No. 1

A Canadian Open recap and look aheads to Cincy and the US Open.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 10:56 pm in Canadian Open, Cincinnati, US Open, Year-End No. 1 | 34 Comments »

August 14th, 2017

Rafael Nadal Clinches No. 1 Ranking Next Monday, Will Be Top Seed At US Open

Rafael Nadal returns to the No. 1 for the first time in just over 3 years.

Posted by Staff @ 1:26 pm in Cincinnati, US Open, Year-End No. 1 | 11 Comments »

August 12th, 2017

Federer, Nadal Headline ATP Cincinnati Field; Preview

Interesting starts for (9) Goffin vs. Kyrgios, (3) Thiem vs. the Fognini-Medvedev winner, (12) Bautista Agut vs. (WC) Donaldson, and (10) Berdych vs. Del Potro…

Posted by Staff @ 10:06 pm in Tennis | No Comments »

August 11th, 2017

Federer Reigns, But Canadian Wildcard Shapovalov Looms at ATP Montreal

“I think it pays off playing aggressive here in Montreal,” Federer said. “Plus I feel comfortable at the net so why not spend some time up there instead of slugging it out from the baseline?”

Posted by Staff @ 11:34 pm in Tennis | 68 Comments »