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April 20th, 2014

Nadal in Barcelona, Sharapova in Stuttgart: Previews

Notes: Eight-time winner Rafael Nadal heads the field, and after a bye likely starts against Davydenko…(14) Marcel Granollers after a bye likely starts against The Worm…Wildcards went to Argentine Facundo Arguelleo, and Spaniards Roberto Carballes Baena, Inigo Cervantes, Daniel Gimeno-Traver…Withdrawing from the event were Pablo Andujar, Federico Delbonis, Richard Gasquet, Ivo Karlovic and Juan Monaco…David Ferrer is 0-4 in Barcelona finals…Fabio Fognini has never won a match in Barcelona (0-4)…Nadal beat Almagro in last year’s all-Spanish final…The two-time champ Bryan brothers are the top seeds in the doubles…Former singles champs in the field are Nadal (2013-11,’09-05), Robredo (2004), and Verdasco (2010).

Posted by Staff @ 1:48 am in Tennis | 10 Comments »

October 26th, 2013

Fresh Federer Faces Del Potro In 2012 Basel Title Rematch; Ferrer In Valencia Final

Roger Federer will face Juan Martin Del Potro in the rematch of their 2012 Basel final.

Posted by Staff @ 6:53 pm in 2014 Season | 115 Comments »

October 12th, 2013

Preview: WTA, ATP in Moscow; Stockholm, Vienna, Lux

Tough starts go to (1) Gasquet vs. either Baghdatis or Evgeny Donskoy, (5) Istomin vs. Russian (WC) Andrey Kuznetsov, and (7) Sousa vs. Stakhovsky…Seeds making their debuts at the event are Gasquet, Sousa and Mannarino…Russians have won the event 14 times since 1990…Last year Seppi beat Thomaz Bellucci in the final…Notable pulls from the event were Nikolay Davydenko (wrist) and Stan Wawrinka…Returning former champs in the field are Seppi (2012) and Tipsarevic (2011).

Posted by Staff @ 6:17 pm in Tennis | 2 Comments »

September 22nd, 2013

Previews: Azarenka vs. Venus at Tokyo; ATP Events

Tough openers for (4) Simon after a bye vs. the winner of Karlovic-Tomic, and (7) Nieminen vs. the Dutch riser Sijsling…Wildcards went to three dudes whose names you can’t pronounce…Pulling from the event were Ivan Dodig, Andy Murray (back surgery), and Tommy Robredo…Gasquet beat Simon in last year’s final…Returning champs in the field are Gasquet (2012) and Simon (2009).

Posted by Staff @ 8:02 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

September 14th, 2013

Down 2-1, Serbia Leans On Djokovic To Keep Davis Cup Hopes Alive; Czechs Await Winner

Serbia will lean on Novak Djokovic to keep their Davis Cup hopes alive on Sunday.

Posted by Staff @ 11:25 pm in Davis Cup | 56 Comments »

August 10th, 2013

Nadal Hits and Out-hits Djokovic; Raonic Melts Popsicle at Montreal

The match was marked by an exchange at the net where after a Djokovic touch shot, Nadal ran up and drove a backhand that hit Djokovic in the face after glancing off his racquet. An angry Djokovic turned away from Nadal who was raising his hand in apology, which drew a shrug from Nadal.

Posted by Staff @ 10:53 pm in Canadian Open | 164 Comments »

August 10th, 2013

Can Nadal Beat Djokovic In Montreal? A Canadian Will Await In The Final

The best rivalry in tennis resume on Saturday in Montreal.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 12:18 am in Canadian Open | 138 Comments »

August 8th, 2013

Raonic Cheats Into QFs at ATP Montreal? Serena Bakes Bagel

“I don’t really know what’s going on now,” said a dazed Pospisil after the match. “Right now it’s okay. It was pretty emotional, I mean, just the hard work that I’ve put in…I have an opportunity tomorrow [against Nikolay Davydenko] that I don’t want to pass up.”

Posted by Staff @ 11:00 pm in Canadian Open | 114 Comments »

August 7th, 2013

Isner Put on Ice by Popsicle; Venus Beaten at Rogers Cup

The top-ranked American will drop out of the Top 20 next week, making for no Americans in the Top 20 on the ATP Rankings for the first time — ever — after Tuesday losing to Canadian Vasek “Popsicle” Pospisil 5-7, 7-6(5), 7-6(6) in Montreal in the first round at the Rogers Cup.

Posted by Staff @ 1:03 am in Tennis | 26 Comments »

April 7th, 2013

Serbia, Canada Win 15-13 Doubles Epics To Go Up 2-1, Turn To Djokovic, Raonic To Clinch Sunday

A pair of 15-13 doubles epics stole the Davis Cup headlines on Saturday.

Posted by Staff @ 12:24 am in Davis Cup | 84 Comments »

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Rankings
ATP - Apr 21 WTA - Apr 21
1 Rafael Nadal1 Serena Williams
2 Novak Djokovic2 Na Li
3 Stanislas Wawrinka3 Agnieszka Radwanska
4 Roger Federer4 Victoria Azarenka
5 David Ferrer5 Simona Halep
6 Tomas Berdych6 Petra Kvitova
7 Juan Martin Del Potro7 Angelique Kerber
8 Andy Murray8 Jelena Jankovic
9 Milos Raonic9 Maria Sharapova
10 John Isner10 Dominika Cibulkova
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