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July 3rd, 2016

Nick Kyrgios Wins, Says He’s Ready for Andy Murray Monday at Wimbledon; Roger Federer Returns

“My attitude was great today — very, very happy with the way I played,” said Kyrgios, who will next play Murray in the round of 16. “I definitely have the tools to (beat Murray) but he is probably the favorite now Djokovic is out.”

Posted by Staff @ 6:10 pm in Wimbledon | 126 Comments »

June 11th, 2016

Federer, Murray Lead Grass Events Next Week at Halle, Queen’s

Notes: Six of the eight seeds have challenging starts with (1) Murray vs. Mahut, (5) Cilic vs. F-Lo, (6) Bautista Agut vs. Querrey, (3) Raonic vs. Kyrgios, (7) Isner vs. Del Potro, and (2) Wawrinka vs. Hot Sauce…The all-Brit wildcard allocation went to Kyle Edmund, Daniel Evans and James Ward…

Posted by Staff @ 6:21 pm in Halle, Queens, Tennis | 172 Comments »

June 1st, 2016

Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray On French Open Collision Course, But The Scot Is A Round Ahead

Will this compressed schedule really hurt Novak Djokovic? Or maybe it helps him?

Posted by Sean Randall @ 5:38 pm in French Open | 155 Comments »

June 1st, 2016

Djokovic Nails, Gasquet Bails on Wednesday at French Open; Thursday Previews

“It was very, very important to win the second set because it was a very physical match up to that point,” said Murray, who reverted to his grinding form after trouble in the first two rounds of the event.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 3:06 pm in French Open, Tennis | 3 Comments »

May 29th, 2016

Richard Gasquet Brings Parisians to Feet with Kei Nishikori Upset at French Open; Novak Djokovic Monday

“I think it was a very important time for me to stop because I was playing not good, I was playing far from the baseline and very slow…I knew that if I wanted to beat this guy, I needed to play very, very deep and very fast, because he’s playing with big rhythm. If I’m playing short like I did in Rome and Madrid, I have no chance to win.”

Posted by Staff @ 7:11 pm in French Open, Tennis | 8 Comments »

May 27th, 2016

Andy Murray Has Short Day, Lines Up John Isner Next at French Open; Djokovic, Tsonga Saturday

“Everything that I did today was pretty high-level,” said Wawrinka, who will next face No. 22 Viktor Troicki, who on Friday beat No. 16 Gilles Simon in straight sets.

Posted by Staff @ 4:00 pm in French Open, Tennis | 118 Comments »

May 25th, 2016

Murray Muddles Through Again in 5 At French Open! Djokovic, Nadal On Thursday

“You can’t play too many matches like this if you want to go far in this tournament,” said Murray, who may have already done himself in after more than seven hours on court in two matches.

Posted by Staff @ 5:09 pm in French Open | 57 Comments »

May 20th, 2016

French Open Men’s Draw: Are Novak Djokovic And Andy Murray Heading Toward The Final?

Sean Randall previews the French Open. Did he really pick Andy Murray to win it?

Posted by Sean Randall @ 10:04 am in French Open | 94 Comments »

April 30th, 2016

Is Rafael Nadal For Real? Novak Djokovic Leads Big 4 At Madrid Masters

Sean Randall previews the Madrid men’s draw. Will we see a Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal final?

Posted by Sean Randall @ 11:53 am in Madrid | 83 Comments »

April 16th, 2016

Nishikori, Not Nadal, the New King of Clay in Barcelona?; Bucharest; ATP Previews

Nishikori is the two-time defending champion, last year beating Andujar in the final…”I am happy to be back in Barcelona. I feel good and hope to win my third consecutive title here,” Nishikori said…Nadal won the title in eight of nine years prior to that…

Posted by Staff @ 11:30 am in Barcelona, Bucharest, Tennis | 21 Comments »

April 9th, 2016

Novak Djokovic Leads Way In Monte Carlo; Roger Federer Returns, Does Rafael Nadal Have Anything Left?

Sean Randall previews the Monte Carlo draw.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 12:09 pm in Monte Carlo | 144 Comments »

March 29th, 2016

Djokovic Powers Into Miami QFs, Faces Berdych Wednesday; Monfils Outlasts Dimitrov, Raonic Rolls

The Miami Qfs are set. Wednesday it’s David Goffin v Gilles Simon and Novak Djokovic v Tomas Berdych.

Posted by Staff @ 11:46 pm in Miami | 142 Comments »

March 15th, 2016

Murray a Daddy Downer in Indian Wells; Rafa v Hot Sauce Today

Tuesday’s riches of highlights in Indian Wells are (4) Rafael Nadal vs. Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco in an all-Spanish, (5) Kei Nishikori vs. (30) Steve Johnson, (1) Noval Djokovic vs. (27) Philipp Kohlschreiber, (11) Dominic Thiem vs. (21) Jack Sock, (7) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. (31) Sam Querrey, and (16) Gilles Simon vs. Alexander Zverev.

Posted by Staff @ 1:03 am in Indian Wells | 28 Comments »

February 7th, 2016

ATP Weekend Wrap: No Grigor, No Problem for Sofia Debut

Even more than Bulgarian star Grigor Dimitrov skipping his country’s debut ATP event because he wasn’t offered enough appearance money, the Sofia Open will be remembered forĀ  top seed Roberto Bautista Agut etching his name in the history books as the event’s first winner.

Posted by Staff @ 7:15 pm in Tennis | 15 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 »