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June 11th, 2016

Federer, Murray Lead Grass Events Next Week at Halle, Queen’s

Notes: Six of the eight seeds have challenging starts with (1) Murray vs. Mahut, (5) Cilic vs. F-Lo, (6) Bautista Agut vs. Querrey, (3) Raonic vs. Kyrgios, (7) Isner vs. Del Potro, and (2) Wawrinka vs. Hot Sauce…The all-Brit wildcard allocation went to Kyle Edmund, Daniel Evans and James Ward…

Posted by Staff @ 6:21 pm in Halle, Queens, Tennis | 172 Comments »

June 2nd, 2016

Novak Djokovic v Dominic Thiem, Andy Murray v Stan Wawrinka; French Open SFs Picks And Pans

Sean Randall gives his picks for the 2016 French Open men’s semifinals.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 6:29 pm in French Open | 201 Comments »

June 1st, 2016

Djokovic Nails, Gasquet Bails on Wednesday at French Open; Thursday Previews

“It was very, very important to win the second set because it was a very physical match up to that point,” said Murray, who reverted to his grinding form after trouble in the first two rounds of the event.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 3:06 pm in French Open, Tennis | 3 Comments »

May 20th, 2016

French Open Men’s Draw: Are Novak Djokovic And Andy Murray Heading Toward The Final?

Sean Randall previews the French Open. Did he really pick Andy Murray to win it?

Posted by Sean Randall @ 10:04 am in French Open | 94 Comments »

May 16th, 2016

After Double Bagel Loss, Tomas Berdych Cans Coach Dani Vallverdu

Tomas Berdych has fired his coach heading into the French Open.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:09 am in Coaching | 11 Comments »

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 »

May 5th, 2016

Rafael Nadal Overcomes Slow Start In Madrid; Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic Dominate

Three former champions reached the quarterfinals at the Madrid Open.

Posted by Staff @ 7:09 pm in Madrid | 157 Comments »

April 30th, 2016

Is Rafael Nadal For Real? Novak Djokovic Leads Big 4 At Madrid Masters

Sean Randall previews the Madrid men’s draw. Will we see a Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal final?

Posted by Sean Randall @ 11:53 am in Madrid | 83 Comments »

April 13th, 2016

Down Goes Novak Djokovic! Rafael Nadal v Dominic Thiem Thursday In Monte Carlo

Novak Djokovic proved again his not invincible. And who’ll take advantage now that the Serb’s out?

Posted by Sean Randall @ 3:38 pm in Monte Carlo | 120 Comments »

April 12th, 2016

Novak Djokovic Opens Clay Season In Monte Carlo; Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka Also Wednesday

Three former champions – Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka – open play Wednesday in Monte Carlo.

Posted by Staff @ 4:01 pm in Monte Carlo | 138 Comments »

April 9th, 2016

Novak Djokovic Leads Way In Monte Carlo; Roger Federer Returns, Does Rafael Nadal Have Anything Left?

Sean Randall previews the Monte Carlo draw.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 12:09 pm in Monte Carlo | 144 Comments »

March 30th, 2016

Djokovic Back Spasms Don’t Stop Berdych Beatdown in Miami

Djokovic improved to an amazing 20-0 career record versus Berdych on hard courts.

Posted by Staff @ 11:35 pm in Miami | 284 Comments »

March 29th, 2016

Djokovic Powers Into Miami QFs, Faces Berdych Wednesday; Monfils Outlasts Dimitrov, Raonic Rolls

The Miami Qfs are set. Wednesday it’s David Goffin v Gilles Simon and Novak Djokovic v Tomas Berdych.

Posted by Staff @ 11:46 pm in Miami | 142 Comments »

March 16th, 2016

Rafael Nadal Escapes, Stan Wawrinka Doesn’t at Indian Wells; Monfils-Raonic Thursday

Nadal will next face No. 5 seed Kei Nishikori who beat No. 9 John Isner in a comeback victory 1-6, 7-6(2), 7-6(5).

Posted by Staff @ 11:15 pm in Indian Wells | 119 Comments »

March 15th, 2016

Murray a Daddy Downer in Indian Wells; Rafa v Hot Sauce Today

Tuesday’s riches of highlights in Indian Wells are (4) Rafael Nadal vs. Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco in an all-Spanish, (5) Kei Nishikori vs. (30) Steve Johnson, (1) Noval Djokovic vs. (27) Philipp Kohlschreiber, (11) Dominic Thiem vs. (21) Jack Sock, (7) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. (31) Sam Querrey, and (16) Gilles Simon vs. Alexander Zverev.

Posted by Staff @ 1:03 am in Indian Wells | 28 Comments »