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Kvitova, Swiatek Day 1 Winners At WTA Rome; Gauff Needs 3

Posted by Staff on May 10th, 2021 @ 6:14 pm

Both Grand Slam champions were opening day winners in the women’s draw at the Rome Masters.

Petra Kvitova began slowly before cruising past Magda Linette 1-6, 6-0, 6-2. Kvitova donated 16 unforced errors in the first before righting things thereafter.

“The first set I started very badly,” Kvitova said. “I was missing almost everything. On the court, not really court, it was bouncing everywhere as well. A little bit windy.

“The beginning of …

Djokovic Opens Play Tues. In Rome; Young Italians Sinner, Musetti Advance

Posted by Sean Randall on May 10th, 2021 @ 5:51 pm

Young Italians Jannik Sinner and Lorenzo Musetti starred on the first full day of men’s play at the Rome Masters on Monday.

Sinner rolled past the tricky Ugo Humber 6-2, 6-4 to earn his 20th win of 2021. The win also sets him up for a big second meeting Wednesday against 9-time champion Rafael Nadal.

In the evening, Sinner’s fellow 19-year-old Lorenzo Musetti was leading 6-4, 2-0, 40-0 when Miami champion Hubert …

Novak Djokovic: Change At The Top Of The Rankings Is Coming

Posted by Staff on May 10th, 2021 @ 3:25 pm

Just a few days away from his 34th birthday, Novak Djokovic knows the clock is ticking on his time and his fellow Big 3 at the top of the men’s rankings.

Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and others are all closing in on Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. And Djokovic knows it’s not if, but when.

“There are guys like Tsitsipas, Zverev, Berrettini, Rublev that are winning against all of us and …

Sofia Kenin Discusses Removing Her Father From Coaching Team

Posted by Staff on May 10th, 2021 @ 2:54 pm

Last week, Sofia Kenin dropped the news that she will no longer have her father, Alexander, on her coaching team going forward.

Kenin’s Dad led Sofia to a breakout 2020 which saw her win the Australian Open then make the French Open final in October in her last event of the year.

This season, has been a different story. The 22-year-old who is ranked as the No. American is just 7-7 on …

The Ash Barty Party: Burgers, Beer, Shipping Trophies Home

Posted by Staff on May 10th, 2021 @ 10:54 am

Ash Barty does things a little differently than most players on the tour. The Australian is often frank and open about how things operate in her world, even as a No. 1 player in the spotlight.

In this COVID environment, there’s even less of the glamour-ish lifestyle for top players, especially for Barty who simply goes about her business, day-in, day-out, with little fanfare or celebrity.

After her runner-up in Madrid …

Serena Set For Rome Return This Week, But Unsure Over Olympics

Posted by Staff on May 10th, 2021 @ 10:31 am

Serena Williams is set for her return to tennis this week in Rome, an event she’s won four times prior. The 39-year-old Williams hasn’t played since her semifinal loss to Naomi Osaka at the Australian Open in February.

In her first clay match since the French Open last October when she withdrew in the second round because of an Achilles, Serena will face the winner of French finalist Nadia …

Kvitova, Sinner, Fognini v Nishikori Headline Monday In Rome

Posted by Staff on May 9th, 2021 @ 8:43 pm

The Rome Masters kicks into gear Monday with a loaded schedule featuring Italian favorite Fognini Fognini colliding with Kei Nishikori.

Also on the men’s side, new home hope Jannik Sinner opens play against tough Frenchman Ugo Humbert, Lorenzo Musetti meets Miami champion Hubert Hurkacz and Dan Evans faces Taylor Fritz.

“Here in Rome is, you know, especially for Italian player, it’s like a home tournament, you know. At the end of the …

Zverev Better Than Berrettini, Wins 2nd Madrid Masters

Posted by Staff on May 9th, 2021 @ 8:13 pm

Alexander Zverev capped his terrific run in Spain today rallying to beat Matteo Berrettini 6-7(8), 6-4, 6-3 to collect his second Masters title in Madrid.

Zverev beat three Top 10 players in a row, stunning Rafael Nadal, then 2-time finalist Dominic Thiem before his third career win over Berrettini.

“I think it was a good week for me,” Zverev said. “Matteo today was extremely difficult for me in a way that I …

Zverev Gets Revenge On Thiem, Will Face Berrettini For Madrid Masters Title

Posted by Staff on May 8th, 2021 @ 8:19 pm

The US Open rematch went the way of Alexander Zverev who bested Dominic Thiem 6-3, 6-4 to reach his second Madrid Masters final.

Zverev, who just stunned Rafael Nadal yesterday, was able to break Thiem three times and hit 25 winners to pace the victory, his third over the Austrian.

“Been two great matches for me. I think today was a little bit of a weirder match because of the wind …

Sabalenka Stops Barty Party For Madrid Masters Trophy, First Clay Title

Posted by Staff on May 8th, 2021 @ 4:42 pm

Aryna Sabalenka did something Saturday no one has done in nearly two years: Beat Ash Barty on red clay. The big-hitting Belarussian authored a surprising finish in the Madrid Masters upsetting World No. 1 Barty 6-0, 3-6, 6-4.

Barty entered the match having won her last 16 matches on red clay and 10 straight overall against Top 10s. But all week Sabalenka has been the best player. En route to the …

Zverev Beats Nadal For Third Straight Time, Thiem Rallies Past Isner At Madrid Masters

Posted by Staff on May 7th, 2021 @ 10:32 pm

After two wins indoors, Alexander Zverev won his third straight match against Rafael Nadal, this time doing it on Rafa’s favorite surface and in front of his home fans.

Nadal was ahead early by Zverev stayed composed, proved the more aggressive player and cruised to a fairly routine 6-4, 6-4 victory over Nadal.

Nadal began the match muscling his was ahead 4-2 with a break and in firm control. But the German, …

Nadal Moves Into Madrid Masters QFs, Will Face Zverev; Tsitsipas Shocked By Ruud, Rublev Ousted

Posted by Staff on May 6th, 2021 @ 5:53 pm

Rafael Nadal rolled into his 15th career home Madrid Masters quarterfinals thumping Alexei Popyrin 6-3, 6-3.

Nadal, who was won the Madrid clay title four times, blunted the Australian’s big serve breaking him four times.

Nadal has now won his last seven matches and improves to 13-2 on the season.

“It was difficult. The court today was slippery, it was very fast, very dry conditions. The ball was flying a lot. The beginning …

Barty, Sabalenka Set Saturday Showdown In Madrid Final

Posted by Staff on May 6th, 2021 @ 5:14 pm

Two of the hottest players this clay season will meet in the biggest women’s clay court final thus far, the Madrid Masters final on Saturday.

The World No. 1 Barty won her 16th straight match on red clay dismissing Spanish hope Paula Badosa 6-4, 6-3 in a comprehensive victory.

Badosa stunned the Australian last month in Chaleston, but playing today in her biggest career semifinal, the 23-year-old double fault the first set …

Roger Federer Getting Ready For Geneva, French Open

Posted by Staff on May 6th, 2021 @ 9:33 am

Roger Federer is on track for a return later this month at his home Geneva event and then the French Open. Federer, who has played just one event this year — a loss in the second round of Doha to Nikolaz Basilashvili —

Last month, the Swiss announced that Geneva and the French Open would comprise his clay season.

“Hi everyone! Happy to let you know that I will play …

Nadal Overwhelms Teen Alcaraz At Madrid Masters; Medvedev, Tsitsipas Advance

Posted by Staff on May 5th, 2021 @ 5:51 pm

The much-anticipated inter-generational showdown between Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz failed to live up the hype as Rafa rolled 6-1, 6-2 at the Madrid Masters on Wednesday.

Alcaraz came out swinging early on, going toe-to-toe with the King of Clay. Celebrating his 18th birthday, Alcaraz enjoyed a quick break point, but failed to convert. Then got broken to go down 2-0 and in the third game needed the trainer after tweaking …