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July 6th, 2016

Andy Murray, Roger Federer Make ‘Big 2 and Friends’ in Wimbledon Semifinals

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is out. Rafael Nadal is sidelined. But two of the former fabled “Big Four,” and two perennial Top 10ers looking to step it up, moved into the Wimbledon semifinals on Wednesday.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 5:15 pm in Tennis, Wimbledon | 11 Comments »

July 5th, 2016

Roger Federer, Andy Murray On Wimbledon Collision Course? QF Picks And Pans

Sean Randall previews the Wimbledon quarterfinals.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 8:42 pm in Wimbledon | 457 Comments »

July 4th, 2016

Roger Federer, Andy Murray Lead Favorites Into Wimbledon QFs; Nick Kyrgios Show Over

“I would have never thought that I was going to win the first four matches in straight sets, so I’m extremely pleased,” said Federer…”

Posted by Staff @ 4:02 pm in Wimbledon | 53 Comments »

July 1st, 2016

Novak Djokovic Down 2 Sets To Sam Querrey at Wimbledon; Roger Federer Only Man Into 4th RD

Juan Martin Del Potro marked his return while Novak Djokovic’s Wimbledon hangs in the balance.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 6:54 pm in Wimbledon | 253 Comments »

June 18th, 2016

Grass Tennis Preview: Radwanska, WTA Stars in Eastbourne, Not So Much in ATP Nottingham

Four Top 10 seeds and a former Wimbledon champ round out the stout draw…The 16 seeds all receive opening-round byes…Floaters galore, with tough opening matches for…

Posted by Staff @ 4:49 pm in Tennis | 13 Comments »

June 5th, 2016

Wozniacki Returns in Nottingham; Men, Women Combine on Grass in Netherlands

Wozniacki returns from a foot injury…Wildcards were awarded to Pliskova and Brits Robson and Freya Christie…The slew of tournament withdrawals included former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, Madison Keys, Petra Cetkovska, Irina Falconi, Monica Niculescu and Lesia Tsurenko…

Posted by Staff @ 8:39 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

May 16th, 2016

Preview: ATP, WTA Players Look for Mojo Heading Into French Open

Tough starts for (9) Stephens vs. Vekic and (9) Cornet vs. Kudryavtseva…The storm of players pulling from the field included Daria Gavrilova, Camila Giorgi, Yanina Wickmayer and Caroline Wozniacki…

Posted by Staff @ 1:44 am in Tennis | Comments Off

April 3rd, 2016

Isner Heads Houston, G-Lo in Morocco as ATP Clay Season Gets Underway

No. 13 Isner the only Top 20 player…The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Interesting starts for (1) Isner vs. his countryman Kudla, (5) Querrey vs. Brown, and (2) Paire vs. Monaco…Wildcards went to Americans Tommy Paul, Frances Tiafoe and Tim Smyczek…

Posted by Staff @ 4:18 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

February 26th, 2016

Sam Querrey Comes Back To Deny Taylor Fritz In Acapulco; Dominic Thiem Downs Grigor Dimitrov

Sam Querrey stopped the run of 18-year-old Taylor Fritz in Acapulco.

Posted by Staff @ 1:03 am in Acapulco | 22 Comments »

February 22nd, 2016

Cuevas Follows Nadal Upset to Rio Title; Querrey, Schiavone Win; X-Notes

“I’m very happy to win my first 500 title, especially after winning a special semifinal against one of the greatest players ever on clay,” Cuevas said. “Today, against Guido, I won a difficult but good match between the two of us…Guido is a very complete player. He had a great week here.”

Posted by Staff @ 1:26 am in Tennis | 24 Comments »

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 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 »

August 22nd, 2015

Halep, 5 of Top 10 in New Haven; WTA/ATP Previews

Notes: Five of the Top 10 in New Haven this week…Lots of floating talent…The Top 2 seeds receive opening-round byes…Potential tough starts for (8) Errani vs. Mladenovic, (6) Bacsinszky vs. Garcia, the slumping (7) Radwanska vs. the booming Vandeweghe, and (2) Kvitova vs. Keys…Wildcards were awarded to Wozniacki, Radwanska, Alison Riske and Lucie Safarova…Withdrawing from the event were Belinda Bencic, Ekaterina Makarova and Sloane Stephens…

Posted by Staff @ 4:43 pm in New Haven, Tennis, Winston-Salem | 3 Comments »

August 18th, 2015

6- Time Champion Roger Federer In Action Tonight In Cincinnati; Venus, Isner, Berdych Also Today

Roger Federer opens his 2015 summer hardcourt campaign in Cincinnati where he is a 6-time champion.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:53 am in Cincinnati | 65 Comments »

August 16th, 2015

Cincinnati Previews: Federer, Serena Must Step to Challenges

All the big dogs take to the court on both the men’s and women’s sides in Cincinnati, which sees defending champ Roger Federer return to the court after skipping Montreal last week.

Posted by Special @ 1:10 pm in Cincinnati, Tennis | 17 Comments »