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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 »

November 5th, 2015

Federer Stunned By Isner In Paris, Nadal Survives To Face Warwrinka; Djokovic v Berdych Friday

Roger Federer is out of the Paris Masters while Rafael Nadal had to save a matchpoint to stay alive.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 6:32 pm in Paris | 206 Comments »

October 31st, 2015

Previews: ATP Paris Masters Field Loaded, Djokovic Defends

All of the Top 10 and 15 of the Top 16 players post this coming week for the Paris Masters, the final regular-season tournament on the ATP World Tour. Who will be hot going into the ATP Finals, where the Top 8 field is already set?

Posted by Staff @ 7:16 pm in Tennis | 10 Comments »

October 30th, 2015

Rafael Nadal Toughs Out Another Win In Basel, Could Meet Roger Federer In Final Sunday

Rafael Nadal continued to play good tennis this month.

Posted by Staff @ 7:01 pm in Fall Season | 86 Comments »

October 29th, 2015

Roger Federer Needs Three To Reach Basel QFs; Rafael Nadal Challenges Marin Cilic Friday

Roger Federer was a winner Thursday in Basel. Rafael Nadal will face Marin Cilic Friday.

Posted by Staff @ 8:37 pm in Fall Season | 160 Comments »

October 25th, 2015

Federer Headlines Basel, Ferrer in Valencia; ATP Previews

Federer (2014,’11-10,’08-06) is the lone former champ in the field. “I remember I was always very nervous on court because I always wanted to do so well here,” said Federer, who lost to Andre Agassi in the first round in his first appearance in 1998.

Posted by Staff @ 4:02 pm in Tennis | 47 Comments »

October 25th, 2015

Is The Race To London ATP Finals Already Over?

Richard Gasquet is the only player left with a chance to qualify for London.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 2:06 pm in ATP Finals | 3 Comments »

October 17th, 2015

ATP/WTA Previews: Radwanska, 4 Top 10 in Moscow; Lux, Stockholm, Vienna

Notes: Strong seeding but not a lot of field depth…(4) Tomic will start against the Querrey-Baghdatis winner…Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Wildcards went to Berdych, Swede Mike Ymer and Finn Jarkko Nieminen…Last year Berdych came from a set down to beat Dimitrov in the final…Berdych trying to become the first Stockholm back-to-back winner since James Blake (2005-06)…Former champs in the field are Berdych (2014,’12), Dimitrov (2013), and Baghdatis (2009).

Posted by Staff @ 3:18 pm in Tennis | 6 Comments »

October 10th, 2015

Djokovic, Defending Champ Federer Lead All-Star Shanghai Masters Field

Early challenges include (11) Gasquet vs. Muller, (5) Berdych vs. Sock, (8) Nadal vs. Karlovic, (6) Nishikori vs. Kyrgios, (12) Anderson vs. Haas, and (16) Tsonga vs. Robredo…

Posted by Staff @ 9:50 pm in Shanghai, Tennis | 65 Comments »

October 6th, 2015

Djokovic Rolls In Beijing Opener, Nadal Unimpressive, Ivanovic Beats Venus; Nishikori, Wawrinka In Tokyo Action

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal returned with wins Tuesday in Beijing.

Posted by Staff @ 5:19 pm in beijing | 13 Comments »

October 4th, 2015

Japanese Hero Kei Nishikori Stars In Tokyo Title Defense; Stan Wawrinka The Top Seed

Defending champion Kei Nishikori returns to Tokyo seeking a third title there.

Posted by Staff @ 7:12 pm in Asia | 2 Comments »

September 29th, 2015

2015 Marquee Fall Schedules: Find Out Where Djokovic, Federer, Nadal And Murray Will Be Playing

Sean Randall previews the fall season.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 11:54 am in Fall Season | 12 Comments »

September 10th, 2015

Federer PeRFect Again, Rips Gasquet, Will Meet Countryman Wawrinka In US Open Semifinals Friday

Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka will meet in the US Open semifinals on Friday.

Posted by Staff @ 9:45 am in US Open | 54 Comments »