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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 | No Comments »

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 »

February 11th, 2017

Top-seeded Thiem vs. Zverev in Opening Round at Strong ATP Rotterdam; Preview

Tops 10ers Cilic and Thiem lead the field…The match of the tournament could be the first-round blockbuster (2) Thiem vs. the young riser Alexander Zverev…Other openers of the interest include (1) Cilic coming off an early loss last week vs. the mercurial Paire, (4) Berdych after opening against a qualifier vs. the Gasquet-Troicki winner, (8) Pouille vs. the veteran Kohlschreiber, and (5) Dimitrov challenged by the older net-rushing Zverev…

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 7:23 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

February 4th, 2017

Dimitrov Doesn’t Diss Sofia; Cilic in Montpellier; ATP Previews

Thiem the only Top 10er, and Dimitrov must have received a chunk as he decided to return to his home-country tournament in 2017 after a perceived diss last year…

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January 8th, 2017

Bautista Agut Batters Finals Rookie Medvedev for ATP Chennai Crown

Earlier in the week the No. 2 seed trailed Mikhail Youzny 2-6, 1-4 in the quarterfinals. Medvedev saved two match points in his semifinal against Dudi Sela.

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January 7th, 2017

Thiem, ‘C’-Level Marquee Players at ATP Sydney, Auckland; Previews

(8) Granollers starts against Hot Sauce, (5) Kohlschreiber vs. Fognini, and (6) Muller vs. Dolgopolov…(2) Cuevas looking at a tough encounter with Mahut 2nd rd…

Posted by Staff @ 10:17 pm in Auckland, Sydney | 11 Comments »

January 1st, 2017

Murray, Djokovic Begin Battle at Doha; Cilic Headlines Chennai

In last year’s final Djokovic allotted Rafael Nadal only three games…Former champs in the field are Djokovic (2016), Tsonga (2012), and Murray (2009-08).

Posted by Staff @ 1:53 pm in Tennis | 12 Comments »

November 10th, 2016

David Goffin, Roberto Bautista Agut Named ATP Finals Alternates

Tomas Berdych and Jo-Wilfred Tsonga said no to being an alternate at the ATP Finals.

Posted by Staff @ 2:17 pm in ATP Finals | 34 Comments »

October 29th, 2016

Djokovic, Murray Clash on Horizon Next Week at ATP Paris Masters

World No. 1 Djokovic starts against either Nicolas Almagro or Gilles Muller, then likely facing No. 14 Dimitrov…No. 2 Murray will start against either Fernando Verdasco or a qualifier, then likely No. 13 Lucas Pouille…

Posted by Staff @ 1:55 pm in ATP, Paris, Tennis | 9 Comments »

October 22nd, 2016

Murray Looks to Close Further on No. 1 Djokovic at Vienna Open

Andy Murray is closing on world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, and Vienna this week could be a big part of the Brit having a shot at catching the Serb at the year-end championships.

Posted by Staff @ 2:23 pm in Tennis | Comments Off

October 19th, 2016

ATP Race To London: Thiem, Berdych, Goffin Cilic, Bautista Agut Fighting For Final Spot

The ATP Race for London is winding down, realistically just one spot remains.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 12:09 pm in ATP Finals | 20 Comments »