April 24th, 2016
No Top 20 players, but Istanbul you do have Bernie “The Tank Engine” Tomic! For at least a round…
April 16th, 2016
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…
February 20th, 2016
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.
February 14th, 2016
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…
August 29th, 2015
Contrary to what commentator Chris Evert says, Serena Williams is the GOAT. She, the Martinas, everyone else is out. But having said that, the odds are against Serena that she is going to win the US Open and complete the calendar year Grand Slam. The pressure build up is too great.
August 22nd, 2015
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…
July 25th, 2015
Notes: Time for the tournament sponsored by an online betting site as the tour fights rampant match-fixing…Loaded dirt field…Rafa makes his first appearance since being upset at Wimbledon…Tough starts for (1) Rafa vs. Hot Sauce
July 19th, 2015
Tough starts for (1) Venus in the 2nd rd. vs. the Bastad runner-up Barthel, (4) Cornet vs. Wickmayer, (5) Giorgi vs. Cibulkova, and (2) Svitolina vs. Rybarikova…Veterans Daniela Hantuchova and Francesca Schiavone also floating around…Wildcards went to Turkey’s Cagla Buyukakcay and Ipek Soylu, and the No. 4 seed Cornet…Pulling from the event were Belinda Bencic, Alexandra Dulgheru, Kristina Mladenovic, Monica Niculescu and Flavia Pennetta…Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki beat No. 2 Roberta Vinci in last year’s final…Pavlyuchenkova (2010) is the lone returning former champ in the field.
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June 22nd, 2015
Notes: Tough draws go to (1) Ferrer after a bye potentially vs. Baghdatis…Wildcards went to Brits Kyle Edmund and James Ward, American Taylor Harry Fritz, and German Alexander Zverev…
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February 3rd, 2013
Former world No. 1 Roger Federer does his annual skip-and-defend (skip the first round, hope your team wins), and now will have to play to keep Switzerland from falling out of the World Group later this year. Swiss Stan Wawrinka won the opening singles against Lukas Rosol, but it was all Czech from then on as Tomas Berdych took control of the tie, winning his first singles over Swiss Henri Laaksonen (?!?), the doubles with Rosol over Wawrinka-Marcos Chiudinelli 24-22 in the fifth set, then his second singles over Wawrinka in four sets. Thanks Rog, from the Swiss team, and the Czech team. The Czechs will next travel to Kazakhstan in the quarterfinals.
October 24th, 2012
Tomaz Bellucci once again had Roger Federer on the ropes but the Brazilian couldn’t do much more than win a set. Like an earlier encounter at Indian Wells, the lefty forced a third set against Federer before the Swiss prevailed 6-3, 6-7(6), 7-5 in the second round at Basel. “He’s a good player. He has [...]
October 14th, 2012
Women’s Notes: (1) Stosur after a bye could open against Cornet, and (3) Wozniacki after a bye against the Slam winner Schiavone…Pulling from the event were Marina Erakovic, Sara Errani, Kaia Kanepi, and Aleksandra Wozniak…Returning champs in the field are Cibulkova (2011) and Schiavone (2009).
July 23rd, 2012
“I know by now the score of a set is irrelevant,” said Roddick, whose only career loss to Muller came at the US Open. “Whether it’s 7-6 or 6-1, it still counts the same. You just try to start over and put some holds together. I was able to [slide] out the second set and I think he might have gotten a little tired in the third.”
May 8th, 2011
Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic kept their streaks intact to set up a super showdown in the Sunday Madrid final.
May 7th, 2011
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal meet for a 24th time Saturday in Madrid.