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March 8th, 2016

Indian Wells Draw: Former Champions Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal Headline Field

Sean Randall previews the Indian Wells men’s draw. Will Novak Djokovic get his 3-peat?

Posted by Sean Randall @ 10:09 pm in Indian Wells | 33 Comments »

February 27th, 2016

Wawrinka Edges Resurgent Baghdatis in ATP Dubai Finale

“It was [a] tough beginning, but I was always trying to fight, always trying to improve day by day even if I wasn’t playing great at the beginning,” he said. “It was tough conditions to play here, [the ball is] flying. It’s fast. Until 6-all in the tiebreak I was always up with mini-break. I think I hit two double faults and [made] three quick mistake. Then it started to be all about nerves.”

Posted by Staff @ 7:21 pm in Dubai, Tennis | 10 Comments »

January 25th, 2016

Raonic Stumps Stan; Federer, Djokovic on Court Tuesday at Australian Open

It was also a landmark win considering the Canadian hadn’t beaten a Top 10 player at a Slam in five years. In the fifth set Raonic broke for a 4-2 lead and rode out the match from there, winning the last game at love.

Posted by Staff @ 8:39 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 25 Comments »

January 23rd, 2016

Murray v Tomic Next on Aussie Radar; Djokovic, Federer Up Sunday; X-Notes

Isner is 1-6 career against Ferrer. The winner of the match-up will meet the Murray-Tomic victor in the quarterfinals.

Posted by Staff @ 8:54 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 66 Comments »

January 10th, 2016

Wawrinka Tops Finals Virgin Coric for 3rd Straight ATP Chennai Title

“I’m always trying to improve,” Wawrinka said. “I’m trying to move better, trying to play more aggressive with a better forehand and serve better. I’m very happy with my serve this week. I’m happy to get the trophy again. It’s a great feeling.”

Posted by Staff @ 2:35 pm in Tennis | 14 Comments »

January 9th, 2016

Novak Djokovic Leads My 2016 Top 10, But Will Roger Federer Stay Ahead Of Rafael Nadal?

Who’ll finish Top 10 in 2016? Sean Randall makes his picks.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 6:00 pm in 2016 Season, ATP, Year-End No. 1 | 18 Comments »

November 16th, 2015

Novak Djokovic v Roger Federer Tuesday At London ATP Finals; Big 4-0 As Nadal, Murray Winners

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer meet Tuesday in the ATP Finals, who’s the pick?

Posted by Sean Randall @ 7:30 pm in ATP Finals | 193 Comments »

November 15th, 2015

Djokovic Dominates, Federer Beats Back Berdych At ATP Finals; Murray And Nadal-Wawrinka Monday

Former champions Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer dominated on Sunday on Day 1 of the ATP Finals.

Posted by Staff @ 6:54 pm in ATP Finals | 91 Comments »

November 14th, 2015

Is There Anyone Who Can Stop Novak Djokovic In London? ATP Finals Preview

Sean Randall previews the ATP Finals in London.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 4:30 pm in ATP Finals | 160 Comments »

November 6th, 2015

Friday Thrillers Set Up Novak Djokovic v Stan Wawrinka, Andy Murray v David Ferrer Paris Semifinals

Murray moved into the Masters Paris semifinals for the first time in his career after taming No. 10 Richard Gasquet 7-6(7), 3-6, 6-3. His 67th win on the year marks his best-ever yearly campaign.

Posted by Staff @ 7:34 pm in Paris | 210 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 14th, 2015

Nadal Barely Survives Karlovic; Murray v Isner Thursday at ATP Shanghai

In the deciding tiebreak Nadal came up with a huge passing shot at 3-3, and finished the match with some timely put-away volleys and on match point a passing shot that Karlovic could only get a racquet frame on.

Posted by Staff @ 11:25 am in Shanghai | 73 Comments »

October 11th, 2015

Djokovic, Wawrinka, Muguruza Claim Asian ATP/WTA Titles Over Weekend

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic won his sixth straight title at the China Open on Sunday, breezing past struggling former No. 1 Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-2 in the final.

Posted by Staff @ 5:30 pm in Tennis | 61 Comments »

October 8th, 2015

Djokovic v Isner, Nadal v Sock Friday In Beijing; Nishikori Faces Cilic In Tokyo

A bunch of great matches are on tap Friday in Asia.

Posted by Staff @ 7:29 pm in Asia, beijing | 39 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 »