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October 1st, 2017

Nadal Goes for 12 Years Between Titles at ATP China Open in Beijing

Tough starts for (1) Nadal vs. Pouille who he is 1-1 career against, (3) Dimitrov vs. the streaking Dzumhur (winner to likely meet Del Potro), and (7) Berdych vs. the streaking Donaldson (winner to likely meet Sock)…

Posted by Staff @ 12:33 pm in Tennis | 12 Comments »

September 16th, 2017

Bautista Agut, Tsonga, Popular Fognini Lead ATP St. Petersburg; Preview

Tough starts for (8) Struff vs. Coric, then the winner likely facing the streaking Medvedev…

Posted by Staff @ 9:41 pm in Tennis | 11 Comments »

August 27th, 2017

Bautista Agut Downs Dzumhur for ATP Winston-Salem Open Title

“I didn’t drop a set and I played very good tennis,” Bautista Agut said after claiming his second title of the year. “It was a tough final. He’s playing very smart, he changes the rhythm and plays very tricky. I was very focused and very solid. After he broke back in both sets I needed to manage the nerves, stay calm and be focused. I was a bit nervous after losing my serve but I managed it well.”

Posted by Staff @ 12:45 pm in Tennis | No Comments »

August 19th, 2017

Isner, Johnson Wave American Flag at ATP Winston-Salem; Preview

Wildcards were awarded to Gulbis, Cyprus’ Petros Chrysochos, Coric, and American Taylor Fritz…

Posted by Staff @ 7:30 pm in Tennis | 9 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 »

August 11th, 2017

Nadal Shocked By Shapovalov In Montreal; Federer Wins 17th Straight v Ferrer

Rafael Nadal lost to an 18-year-old at the Canadian Open.

Posted by Staff @ 2:00 am in Canadian Open | 23 Comments »

July 22nd, 2017

50th Anniversary of Swiss Open Features No Federer, Wawrinka; ATP Preview

Apparently no appearance money to attract Swiss legends Roger Federer or Stan Wawrinka, so the best local fans get is No. 100-ranked Finn-turned-Swiss Henri Laaksonen…

Posted by Staff @ 4:31 pm in Tennis | 10 Comments »

June 17th, 2017

Federer, 0-1 on Grass This Season, Heads to Halle as 8-time Champion; ATP Preview

Tough openers and early-rounders for (1) Federer second round vs. M.Zverev, (3) Nishikori vs. Verdasco, (8) Ramos-Vinolas second round vs. Dr. Ivo, (5) Monfils vs. Gasquet in an all-French (winner to face Haas), and (2) Thiem vs. Ferrer, who has a career grasscourt title to his credit, second round…

Posted by Staff @ 4:50 pm in Tennis | 15 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 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 »

April 29th, 2017

Del Potro, Raonic Feature at 3 ATP Events Next Week; Previews

Two Top 10ers make Istanbul the top event this week…The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Matches to watch for in the 1st rd. include (5) Troicki vs. the big-match Baghdatis, and (8) Darcis vs. Sela to see who can hit their way out of that paper bag…

Posted by Staff @ 11:27 pm in Tennis | Comments Off

April 24th, 2017

Nadal, Murray Vie for ATP Barcelona Crown; Budapest; ATP Previews

Potential tough starts for (16) Lopez vs. G-Lo, and (9) Gasquet vs. (WC) Robredo…Wildcards were awarded to Murray, Robredo, Zverev, Albert Montanes, and Mikael Ymer…

Posted by Staff @ 12:57 am in Tennis | 3 Comments »

March 29th, 2017

Federer, Nadal Power Into Miami QFs, Zverev Upsets Wawrinka

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are now the favorites to meet in the Sunday final, but will they make it?

Posted by Staff @ 12:50 am in Miami | 49 Comments »

February 25th, 2017

Murray, Wawrinka, Federer Headline Dubai; ATP Preview

.(1) Andy Murray starts against Malek Jazari, and (2) Warinka against Damir Dzumhur…Wildcards were awarded to the UAE’s Omar Alawadhi, Bautista Agut and Egypt’s Mohamed Safwat

Posted by Staff @ 1:00 pm in Tennis | 17 Comments »