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February 21st, 2016

Rafael Nadal Rocked Out Of Rio; Juan Martin Del Potro’s Comeback Stopped Short In Delray

Four semifinal matches on Saturday in Delray and Rio and four upsets as favorites Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro both lost.

Posted by Staff @ 1:17 am in Rio | 63 Comments »

February 20th, 2016

Nadal Gets Walkover In Rio, Thiem Tames Ferrer; Del Potro Wins In Delray; Berdych v Kyrgios In Marseille

Rafael Nadal had an easy day in Rome.

Posted by Staff @ 12:32 am in Dubai, Marseille, Rio | 26 Comments »

February 19th, 2016

Rafael Nadal: Despite Some Nerves, I’m Pleased With The Way I’m Playing In Rio This Week

Rafael Nadal felt the nerves again yesterday trying to close out Nicolas Almagro.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:37 am in Rio, Videos | 2 Comments »

February 19th, 2016

Nadal Advances In Rio, Ferrer v Thiem Friday; Del Potro Comeback Continues In Delray

Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer, Juan Martin Del Potro, Tomas Berdych and Nick Kyrgios all in action Friday.

Posted by Staff @ 9:38 am in Marseille, Rio | 52 Comments »

February 18th, 2016

Nadal v Almagro In Rio; Del Potro Continues Comeback In Delray; Berdych Battles Zverev In Marseille

It’s a busy Thursday on the ATP with Rafael Nadal, Tomas Berdych and Juan Martin del Potro in action on three different continents.

Posted by Staff @ 12:23 am in Marseille, Rio | 34 Comments »

February 17th, 2016

Rafael Nadal Wins In Rainy Rio Opener, Will Face Nicolas Almagro Next

Rafael Nadal got back on track Tuesday in Rio.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:23 am in Rio | 5 Comments »

February 16th, 2016

Rafael Nadal On Zika Virus: I’m Not Scared, I’m Not Worried, If It Happens, It’s Bad Luck!

Rafael Nadal is ready to shake off last week’s disappointment in Rio on Tuesday night.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:52 am in Rio | 4 Comments »

February 14th, 2016

Rafa Goes to Rio; Women’s Field Horrendous: Previews

Men’s Notes: Three Top 10 players in the field…What are Americans Isner and Sock doing here?…Not a lot of floating talent in the field…(1) Nadal looking at a second round meeting with Almagro, and (8) Bellucci starts against former finalist The Dog…

Posted by Staff @ 12:47 am in Tennis | 68 Comments »

February 14th, 2016

Rafael Nadal Knocked Out By Dominic Thiem; Taylor Fritz Frenzy Continues In Memphis

Rafael Nadal is now struggling on the clay. Taylor Fritz closes in on the Top 100.

Posted by Staff @ 12:26 am in Latin Swing, Memphis, Rotterdam | 46 Comments »

February 13th, 2016

Rafael Nadal Reaches Buenos Aires SFs, Dominic Thiem Next; Taylor Fritz Breaks Out In Memphis

Rafael Nadal will face Dominic Thiem today in the Buenos Aires semifinals. 18-year-old Taylor Fritz reaches first career ATP semifinal in Memphis.

Posted by Staff @ 8:53 am in Latin Swing, Memphis, Rotterdam | 85 Comments »

February 12th, 2016

Rafael Nadal Wins Buenos Aires Opener; Zverev Shines In Rotterdam, Monfils Next

Rafael Nadal won his first clay court match of 2016.

Posted by Staff @ 9:34 am in Latin Swing, Memphis, Rotterdam | 9 Comments »

February 11th, 2016

Rafael Nadal Opens Title Defense Tonight In Buenos Aires; Kei Nishikori Wins 14th Straight In Memphis

Rafael Nadal begins his clay season tonight in Buenos Aires.

Posted by Staff @ 8:11 am in Latin Swing, Memphis | 97 Comments »

February 9th, 2016

After “Bad” Australian Open, Rafael Nadal Takes Aim At Buenos Aires Title Defense

Rafael Nadal is in Buenos Aires for his title defense.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:16 am in Latin Swing, Videos | 22 Comments »

February 6th, 2016

All Eyes on Rafael Nadal in Buenos Aires: ATP Previews This Week

Last year Nadal broke Ferrer’s three-year hold on the event, beating Monaco in the final…Pulling from the event were Aljaz Bedene, Andreas “Don’t Be A” Haider-Maurer, and Jack Sock…Spaniards have won the singles title for the last seven years…The title-less Nadal is trying to repeat last year when he won his first title of the year in Buenos Aires…Former champs in the field are Nadal (2015), Ferrer (2014-12), Almagro (2011), and Monaco (2007).

Posted by Staff @ 9:59 pm in Tennis | 107 Comments »

February 4th, 2016

11 Things I Think I Thought About The Australian Open, Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams And Roger Federer’s Knee

Sean Randall recaps the Australian Open and some additional news of the week.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 3:28 pm in Australian Open | 71 Comments »