Posted by Staff on November 24th, 2019 @ 11:00 pm
Four sets was all that were needed Sunday for Spain to sweep past Canada for the 2019 Davis Cup title. Under the new format, the ties this week were reduced to just three best-of-3 set matches, and in Madrid it was the veteran Spaniards winning both singles to clinch their sixth Davis Cup crown.
Playing with a heavy heart following the recent death of his father, Roberto Bautista Agut defeated Felix …
Posted by Staff on November 23rd, 2019 @ 9:50 pm
Playing in front of his home fans in Madrid, Rafael Nadal hasn’t disappointed this week and today he helped Spain reached the Davis Cup final with a 2-1 win over Great Britain.
After Kyle Edmund upended Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 7-6(3), Nadal took the court and thumped Dan Evans 6-4, 6-0.
Then Lopez and Nadal teamed to win the doubles over Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski 7-6, 7-6.
“This competition is dramatic and with …
Posted by Staff on November 21st, 2019 @ 8:37 pm
Host favorite Spain along with Serbia, Great Britain and Australia all advanced to the Davis Cup quarterfinals.
Led by Rafael Nadal, Spain won both their ties finishing 5-1 in rubbers. Spain will now take on Argentina who will put Diego Schwartzman against Nadal in Madrid. Rafa won all 3 of his rubbers.
Spain has never lost to Argentina in the Davis Cup.
Novak Djokovic won both his matches to get Serbia into the …
Posted by Staff on November 19th, 2019 @ 10:51 am
The newly revamped Davis Cup finals got underway yesterday in Madrid, Spain. Led by Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev, Russia blew past Croatia 3-0.
“When you play, not only for yourself but your country, you need to give extra toughness and extra fight,” Khachanov said. “It was a tough match, it was a solid match from both of us. First time playing here in Madrid on hard court, opening match, extra …
Posted by Staff on November 18th, 2019 @ 12:09 pm
The new Davis Cup opens Monday in Madrid with three ties already underway in the Spanish capital.
The revamped World Cup-style format features 18 countries split into six groups. Each country will play three ties from Monday through Thursday.
The six group winners plus the next two best countries move to Friday’s quarterfinal knockout round.
The semifinals will be Saturday with the final on Sunday.
The tie will consist of two singles matches and …
Posted by Staff on November 17th, 2019 @ 11:21 pm
Dominic Thiem came back from a break down in the third and from 4-1 down in the final set breaker, but it wasn’t enough as Stefanos Tsitsipas would not be denied in a thrilling 6-7(6), 6-2, 7-6(4) to capture the ATP Finals title in London.
Thiem had the early control of the match — last official ATP match this decade — grabbing an early break but Tsitsipas came back to force …
Posted by Sean Randall on November 16th, 2019 @ 11:51 pm
Two players who I didn’t even have making the semifinals are in the title match of the ATP Finals on Sunday. The last tournament of the 2019 season will feature Dominic Thiem taking on Stefanos Tsitsipas after both enjoyed comfortable straight set wins today.
Tsitsipas, who beat Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev during his round robin week, got over once again on Roger Federer. A day after falling in …
Posted by Staff on November 15th, 2019 @ 8:26 pm
A day after clinching the year-end No. 1 ranking, Rafael Nadal came up with a strong performance beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in three sets 6-7(4), 6-4, 7-5 on the final day of round robin play at the ATP Finals in London.
Nadal needed the win to stay alive in the semifinal race, but later was eliminated when Alexander Zverev swept away Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 7-6(4) to earn the final spot.
“Preparations have …
Posted by Staff on November 14th, 2019 @ 7:44 pm
In the match of the round robin, Roger Federer turned back the clock displaying some of his best tennis in a convincing 6-4, 6-3 victory over tournament favorite Novak Djokovic at the ATP Finals.
Federer broke Djokovic early in the first, then rode his serve and lethal backhand to a quick opening set win.
Djokovic saved early break points in the second, but just couldn’t find the mark during the match …
Posted by Staff on November 13th, 2019 @ 7:18 pm
Rafael Nadal authored one of his best comebacks of his historic career Wednesday in London at the ATP Finals.
The Spaniard was down 5-1 in the final set with Daniil Medvedev who was serving 40-30 at match point. Nadal saved it and then proceeded to clay his way back in the match to somehow level at 5-all. About fifteen minutes later, he took the match in a breaker 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-6(4).
Posted by Staff on November 12th, 2019 @ 11:45 pm
After a stunning win in his opener over Roger Federer, Dominic Thiem did one better toppling World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in a thrilling win 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-6(5).
Thiem dropped a tight opening set, but then caught fire in the second, blasting forehand winners. And the Austrian kept it up in the third, dictating from the baseline. But at the time of asking, he failed to serve it out at 6-5, …
Posted by Staff on November 11th, 2019 @ 7:29 pm
Rafael Nadal returned to tournament play for the first time since his US Open title, but it didn’t go so well. In his opening match at the ATP Finals today in London, Nadal suffered his first career loss to Alexander Zverev 6-2, 6-4.
Nadal showed no signs of an ab injury which forced him out of Paris two weeks ago, but he didn’t have the sizzle on his fearsome forehand which …
Posted by Staff on November 10th, 2019 @ 10:48 pm
Roger Federer suffered a shock opening loss at the ATP Finals falling to Dominic Thiem 7-5, 7-5.
The Austrian had four wins in six tries over Federer entering, but playing indoors at an event Federer’s won six times while Thiem’s never made the semifinals, gave the edge to the Swiss.
Thiem broke Federer for a 2-0 lead only to give it back a few games later. Then broke again at 5-all and …
Posted by Staff on November 10th, 2019 @ 11:26 am
The 2019 Fed Cup came down to the decisive fifth rubber with France stunning the home favorite Australia team 3-2 taking the doubles.
France’s Carolina Garcia and Kiki Mladenovic overpowered Ash Barty and Sam Stosur 6-4, 6-3 to capture their third Fed Cup title and first in 16 years since 2003.
“I’m not sure I’ve completely realized, because it’s been a crazy weekend for everyone,” Garcia said. “The doubles went very fast, …
Posted by Staff on November 10th, 2019 @ 11:15 am
It’s only an exo, but Jannik Sinner ended 2019 on a high note taking the ATP NextGen Finals title in Milan, Italy, beating Alex De Minaur 4-2, 4-1, 4-2 in an alternate scoring format.
In its third year, the event showcases the top players under 22. And the 18-year-old Sinner follows former champions Hyeon Chung and Stefanos Tsitsipas as winners, and both of them went on to make the Australian Open …