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February 6th, 2018

Estrella Burgos Magic Continues at ATP Ecuador Open

Estrella Burgos, who has won the title the last three years, on Monday in his opening round edged Thomaz Bellucci 4-6, 6-4, 6-2. It was the fourth year in a row Estrella Burgos faced Bellucci after beating him in the 2015 semifinals, the 2016 final, and the 2017 semis.

Posted by Staff @ 11:10 am in Tennis | 5 Comments »

January 4th, 2018

Thomaz Bellucci Busted For Doping, Suspended Until February

Former Brazilian No. 1 has been serving a silent ban since September 1.

Posted by Staff @ 8:45 pm in Drug Testing | 12 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…

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April 16th, 2017

Johnson Unlikely Houston Winner, Overcomes Cramps And Bellucci For 2nd ATP Title

“My body has just physically run out of gas after this week,” said Johnson, who cramped during the final. “Coming in from Australia kind of put me behind the eight ball and then the nerves of trying to close out the final, a lot of factors go into cramping. I was very fortunate to get out of that.”

Posted by Staff @ 10:41 pm in Houston | 1 Comment »

April 8th, 2017

Sock, Isner and Co. at Houston; Dimitrov Heads Marrakech; ATP Previews

Interesting starts for (1) Sock against the Haas-Opelka winner, (6) Lopez vs. the former French juniors winner Fratangelo, (4) Johnson vs. the experienced dirt-baller and defending champ Monaco, (5) Verdasco vs. the big-serving South African Anderson, and (8) Bellucci vs. the emerging American Tiafoe

Posted by Staff @ 6:36 pm in Tennis | 5 Comments »

February 22nd, 2017

Kei Nishikori Knocked Out Of Rio In Racquet-Smashing Loss [Video]

Kei Nishikori suffered a first round loss for the first time in over a year.

Posted by Staff @ 9:16 am in Rio, Videos | Comments Off

September 30th, 2016

Berdych, Gasquet Advance To Shenzhen SFs; Khachanov Impresses In Chengdu, Thiem Doesn’t

Semifinals take place Saturday in Asia on the ATP.

Posted by Staff @ 4:30 pm in Asia | Comments Off

August 13th, 2016

Juan Martin Del Potro v Rafael Nadal, Kei Nishikori v Andy Murray; Rio Olympics Men’s SF Picks And Pans

Sean Randall makes his picks for the semifinals a the Rio Olympics.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 2:00 am in Olympics | 104 Comments »

August 9th, 2016

Andy Murray Continues Gold Medal March In Rio; Rafael Nadal Plays Three Matches Wednesday!

Rafael Nadal will have to play three matches Wednesday in three different events.

Posted by Staff @ 11:59 pm in Olympics | 27 Comments »

July 18th, 2016

ATP Previews: Thiem Machine in Kitzbuhel; Umag; Gstaad

.(1) Cuevas could have a difficult start against G-Lo, and (6) Carreno Busta “Rhymes” starts against the veteran Seppi…

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May 13th, 2016

Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal Friday at Rome; Federer Falls, Berdych Double Bageled

“After the first set I had to change,” Djokovic said. “First set was a complete Bellucci storm, and I was blown away from the court. Fortunately the matches are played in best of three, so I had another opportunity to come back and to restart, which I did.”

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 12:44 am in Madrid | 240 Comments »

April 24th, 2016

Del Potro Returns at Munich; ATP Previews This Week

No Top 20 players, but Istanbul you do have Bernie “The Tank Engine” Tomic! For at least a round…

Posted by Staff @ 10:11 am in Estoril, Istanbul, Munich, Tennis | 8 Comments »

April 16th, 2016

Nishikori, Not Nadal, the New King of Clay in Barcelona?; Bucharest; ATP Previews

Nishikori is the two-time defending champion, last year beating Andujar in the final…”I am happy to be back in Barcelona. I feel good and hope to win my third consecutive title here,” Nishikori said…Nadal won the title in eight of nine years prior to that…

Posted by Staff @ 11:30 am in Barcelona, Bucharest, Tennis | 21 Comments »

February 20th, 2016

Djokovic Heads Dubai, Loaded Field at WTA Doha: ATP/WTA Previews

Pulling from the tournament were Roger Federer (knee surgery) and Janko Tipsarevic…The absent Federer is the two-time defending champ, beating Djokovic in last year’s final…Federer and Djokovic have won the last seven titles between them…Djokovic (2013,’11-09) is the lone former champ in the field.

Posted by Staff @ 4:48 pm in Tennis | 8 Comments »

February 14th, 2016

Rafa Goes to Rio; Women’s Field Horrendous: Previews

Men’s Notes: Three Top 10 players in the field…What are Americans Isner and Sock doing here?…Not a lot of floating talent in the field…(1) Nadal looking at a second round meeting with Almagro, and (8) Bellucci starts against former finalist The Dog…

Posted by Staff @ 12:47 am in Tennis | 68 Comments »