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July 19th, 2013

Federer, Serena Breeze On The European Clay; Fognini v Haas Friday In Hamburg

Roger Federer and Serena Williams both advanced on the clay today in Europe.

Posted by Staff @ 12:05 am in Hamburg | 30 Comments »

July 17th, 2013

Roger Federer Wins In Debut With New Racquet, Say He’s Satisfied With Its Performance

Roger Federer is satisfied after his first match with a new larger racquet.

Posted by Staff @ 7:13 pm in Hamburg | 30 Comments »

July 13th, 2013

Federer, Serena Take Juicy Hamburg, Bastad Guarantees: Previews

Notes: Serena gets that fat slice of guarantee money cake, or apparently all the slices, with the No. 2 seed 30 places behind her in the rankings…Serena opens against Sesil Karatantcheva, the former French Open quarterfinalist who served a two-year ban for doping…Wildcards went to Swiss Belinda Bencic, this year’s French and Wimbledon juniors winner, and Swedes Ellen Allgurin and Rebecca Peterson…Tough draws for (5) Dominguez Lino against fellow Spaniard Medina Garriguez, (7) Soler-Espinosa vs. the veteran Razzano, and (2) Halep second round against Pennetta…Pulling from the event were Alexa Glatch, Kaia Kanepi, Magdalena Rybarikova, Yaroslava Shvedova and Venus Williams…Not participating in the event is Polona Hercog, who last year in the final defeated Mathilde Johansson for her second consecutive title…There are no former champs in the field.

Posted by Staff @ 10:54 pm in Tennis | 10 Comments »

July 12th, 2013

Verdasco Stays Hot; Haas Upset; Isner v Hewitt On Hall Of Fame Saturday In Newport

Fernando Verdasco eyes a title in Sweden while John Isner and Lleyton Hewitt meet on the grass in Newport.

Posted by Staff @ 8:50 pm in hall of fame, Newport | 8 Comments »

July 7th, 2013

Isner, Querrey in Newport, Haas in Stuttgart; ATP/WTA Previews

Notes: Isner beat Hewitt in last year’s final…The former Wimbledon champ Hewitt has failed to raise the Newport trophy in two career appearances so far…15-year-old Stefan “Baby Santoro” Kozlov of Florida receives a wildcard and meets Poland’s Michal Prezysiezny first round…Karlovic is making his first appearance since being sidelined with viral meningitis in April…Tough starts for (1) Querrey vs. Mahut likely in 2nd rd., (6) Matosevic vs. Sock, (5) Roger-Vasselin vs. Karlovic, and (2) Isner vs. Harrison (winner to meet Blake or Adrian Mannarino who went deep at Wimbledon)…Hewitt has not won an ATP title since 2010…Querrey was runner-up in 2009…Blake was a finalist in 2002, and has not made an appearance in Newport since 2005…Three other players (Fabrice Santoro 2008-07, Greg Rusedski 2005-04, Bryan Shelton 1992-91) have won back-to-back titles since the tournament became an ATP event in 1976, and this week Isner will attempt to become the first player ever to win three in a row…Former champs in the field are Isner (2012-11) and fellow American Rajeev Ram (2009).

Posted by Staff @ 8:05 pm in Tennis | 6 Comments »

June 29th, 2013

Serena Romps; Djokovic v Haas Headlines Massive Monday at Wimbledon

“It was a fantastic match,” Djokovic said. “I felt great from the start ’til the end. I had that super focus and tried to be out there every point and not allow him to come back in the match or to have any chances. I saw the stats that I won 100 percent of first serves and I served over 80 percent of serves in in the whole match. That was incredible for me. I enjoyed every moment of it, especially at the end…This kind of performance came in the right time for me.”

Posted by Staff @ 9:38 pm in Tennis, Wimbledon | 26 Comments »

June 28th, 2013

Tommy Haas: You Can’t Buy ATP Points, Otherwise Gulbis Would Be No. 1!

Tommy Haas explains how to get back to the top of the rankins.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 6:16 pm in Wimbledon | 9 Comments »

June 14th, 2013

Take Your Pick: Federer v Haas In Halle, Murray v Tsonga At Queen’s

A couple of really good semifinal matches are on tap tomorrow on the European grass.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 6:59 pm in Halle, Queens | 142 Comments »

June 9th, 2013

Preview: Federer, England Kick Off Grasscourt Season

Notes: Rafa pulls out to rest the knees after his Roland Garros run…Tough starts for (3) Haas after a bye vs. Gulbis or Baghdatis, (5) Raonic vs. Monfils, and (4) Nishikori after a bye vs. Youzhny…Janko Tipsarevic also pulled…Former champs in the field are Haas (2012,’09), Kohlschreiber (2011), and Federer (2008,’08,’06-03).

Posted by Staff @ 10:53 pm in Tennis | 206 Comments »

June 4th, 2013

Nadal, Djokovic Three Sets From French Semifinal; Is The End Nigh For Federer?

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic head for a semifinal collision at the French Open while Roger Federer continues to struggle.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 7:09 pm in French Open | 210 Comments »

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