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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 »

July 3rd, 2017

Wawrinka Exits in Shocker; Federer, Djokovic Up Tues. at Wimbledon

“It’s like you have a fear, you’re tight, but you want to show your best. You want to [beat] Stan Wawrinka on Centre Court so that people can know more about you. It was just something special. I don’t know how to explain it.”

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 5:58 pm in Tennis, Wimbledon | 28 Comments »

June 7th, 2017

Djokovic Mentally Bails at French Open; Nadal, Thiem Book Semifinal

“All and all, I think it was decided in the first set,” Djokovic said after the match. “He deserved to win. He was definitely the better player on court today.”

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 2:05 pm in French Open, Tennis | 33 Comments »

June 5th, 2017

Murray Lines Up Nishikori; Nadal, Djokovic Featured Tuesday at French Open

“I think today was probably the best I have played overall,” Murray said afterwards. “It was difficult conditions. It was pretty windy out there. Each match I feel like I played better. I have hit the ball cleaner and started to see the right shots at the right moments. I’ve come a long way the last 10 days or so.”

Posted by Staff @ 2:50 pm in French Open, Tennis | 26 Comments »

June 1st, 2017

Murray Muddles Through; Nadal, Djokovic On Tap Friday at French Open

“It will be very tough,” Murray said. “Juan Martin plays better than his ranking. He’s come back from his injuries and he’s had a lot of tough matches this year, playing lots of Top 10 players early in the tournaments. I am sure we will get a good atmosphere.”

Posted by Staff @ 6:57 pm in French Open, Tennis | 89 Comments »

May 29th, 2017

Tennis Capsules: Wawrinka, Stosur, More Win ATP/WTA Titles Heading Into French

Samantha Stosur won her first title in two years on Saturday at the Internationaux de Strasbourg, coming from a set down to hold off countrywoman Daria Gavrilova, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 for her ninth career title.

Posted by Staff @ 11:12 am in Tennis | No Comments »

May 10th, 2017

Wawrinka Among Upsets, Escapes Wed. at ATP Madrid; Insane Thurs. With Nadal-Kyrgios

“I think that even though I played really badly, my attitude has been very positive,” said Nadal, who benefited from Fognini missing some sitters and easy volleys on big points throughout the match. “My attitude and the will to win today’s match was there.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 8:54 pm in Madrid | 40 Comments »

April 20th, 2017

Murray Wins, Nadal Struggles at Monte Carlo; Nadal v Zverev Thursday

“I definitely played better as the match went on,” said Murray, who hadn’t played in over a month due to a right elbow injury. “Obviously, the first service game was not ideal. But when you are coming back from not really serving for a few weeks, it’s, I think, normal.

Posted by Staff @ 12:28 am in Monte Carlo | 78 Comments »

March 26th, 2017

Nadal Recovers After Bagel; Monday Miami Features Federer v Del Potro

“I knew it’s going to be a tough one,” Nishikori said. “Fernando is a very solid player. He has a great serve and great groundstrokes.

Posted by Staff @ 11:50 pm in Miami | 104 Comments »

March 19th, 2017

Federer Beats Swiss Countryman Wawrinka in Indian Wells Final

“It’s been just a fairy tale week once again,” Federer said. “I’m still on the comeback. I hope my body is going to allow me to keep on playing. I was very sad when I couldn’t come here last year. Just being here is a beautiful feeling. It’s one of my favorite tournaments. I came here for the first time 17 years ago. So to be here again as the champion is an amazing feeling.”

Posted by Staff @ 10:33 pm in Indian Wells | 19 Comments »

March 16th, 2017

Federer Beats Down Nadal, Djokovic Falls To Kyrgios; Wawrinka vs. Thiem Thursday at Indian Wells

“But most importantly, I won Australia. That was big for me. On the comeback, I look back at that and think that was one of the coolest things I ever experienced in my career.”

Posted by Staff @ 1:21 am in Indian Wells | 50 Comments »

March 14th, 2017

Berdych Beat, Huge Line-Up Tuesday at ATP Indian Wells

“The first set was not easy, for sure, but in general I’m happy with my game,” Wawrinka said. “I was serving well. I think I’m moving better and better and it’s all positive so far.”

Posted by Staff @ 12:19 am in Tennis | 15 Comments »

January 26th, 2017

Federer Wins Emotional Physio-Calling Battle Over Wawrinka to Gain Australian Open Final

“I couldn’t be happier right now,” said Federer. “I felt like everything happened so quickly at the end, I had to check the score. I never ever in my wildest dreams thought I’d come this far in Australia. It’s beautiful, I’m so happy.”

Posted by Staff @ 8:04 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 68 Comments »

January 24th, 2017

Wawrinka Wins Tsonga Stare-Down, Sets Up Federer Meeting at Aussie Open

“I like when he puts in a nice volley past me,” Federer said. “I just think it’s a nice play, there’s nothing you can do about it. Then you move on. That’s why maybe I stayed as calm as I did today. Maybe it has helped me, too, in my comeback, no doubt about it.”

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 8:29 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 85 Comments »

January 22nd, 2017

World No. 1 Andy Murray Out in 4th Round Stunner To Mischa Zverev at Australian Open

“I don’t know how I did it,” the 29-year-old Zverev said. “I was like in a little coma and serve and volleying my way through it. I think you should tell me how I did it because honestly there were a few points where I don’t know how I pulled it off, I don’t know how I won some points but somehow I made it.”

Posted by Staff @ 8:42 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 54 Comments »