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June 2nd, 2017

Nadal and Raonic Cruise, Djokovic Bends But Doesn’t Break at French Open

“Today was one of the best matches I have ever played, without a doubt,” said Nadal, who will next meet No. 17-seeded countryman Roberto Bautista Agut, who beat Jiri Vesely 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.

Posted by Staff @ 5:33 pm in French Open, Tennis | 32 Comments »

June 2nd, 2017

Rafael Nadal Enjoys Easiest Win Of Grand Slam Career

Rafael Nadal easiest matches at a Grand Slam.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 4:02 pm in Charts, French Open | 4 Comments »

June 1st, 2017

Murray Muddles Through; Nadal, Djokovic On Tap Friday at French Open

“It will be very tough,” Murray said. “Juan Martin plays better than his ranking. He’s come back from his injuries and he’s had a lot of tough matches this year, playing lots of Top 10 players early in the tournaments. I am sure we will get a good atmosphere.”

Posted by Staff @ 6:57 pm in French Open, Tennis | 89 Comments »

May 31st, 2017

Top Dogs Ease Through, Johnson Pulls Heart Strings at French Open

“Midway second set until maybe midway third set, that’s where I allowed him to believe more that he can get back into the match, and he started playing better,” Djokovic said. “I felt like maybe I took the foot off the gas a little bit.”

Posted by Staff @ 11:21 pm in French Open, Tennis | 33 Comments »

May 31st, 2017

Zverev Gets Schooled; Nadal On Wed. at French Open

“It’s my 14th year,” a jubilant Verdasco told the crowd afterwards. “It’s a pleasure for me to be playing here still. I’ve been practicing very hard, and a little bit of that work came through.”

Posted by Staff @ 12:41 am in French Open | 28 Comments »

May 29th, 2017

Djokovic, Nadal Start Solid; American Nightmare at French Open

Djokovic in his post-match conference was asked about Agassi at length, prompting him to ask whether he should bring his coach in to the press room next time.

Posted by Special @ 6:16 pm in French Open, Tennis | 40 Comments »

May 28th, 2017

Thiem Dream; Nadal, Djokovic On Court Monday at French Open

“I was a bit nervous before the match,” Thiem said. “This tournament is the biggest highlight of the year of the year for me, the Slam on clay.

Posted by Staff @ 8:29 pm in French Open | 17 Comments »

May 26th, 2017

French Open Men’s Preview: Nadal, Djokovic End Up On Same Side Of Draw

Sean Randall previews the French Open men’s draw.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 10:56 am in French Open | 29 Comments »

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 | 78 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 »