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Mertens, Rybakina, Keys Lead Field In San Jose

Posted by Staff on August 1st, 2021 @ 12:16 pm

The women’s summer North American circuit starts in earnest this week in San Jose with a 50th anniversary field that features seven players in the Top 40 including top seed Elise Mertens, Tokyo semifinalist Elena Rybakina, former champion Madison Keys and recent WTA champion Danielle Collins.

In the first event in the women’s US Open Series, Alja Tomljanovic takes on Amanda Anisimova, Yulia Putintseva faces Donna Vekic, former US Open semifinalist …

Rafael Nadal Makes Debut In Washington D.C.; Kyrgios Looks To Defend Title

Posted by Staff on August 1st, 2021 @ 11:02 am

Rafael Nadal has come to Washington D.C. For the first time in his career, Nadal will be in the nation’s capital to play the Washington summer hard court event.

The Spaniard, who passed up Wimbledon and the Olympic, in playing his first event since going down to Novak Djokovic in an epic French Open semifinal over 45 days ago.

Nadal’s last hard court title came at Acapulco 2020 just …

Zverev Crushes Khachanov For Tokyo Olympic Gold

Posted by Staff on August 1st, 2021 @ 9:58 am

Alexander Zverev collected arguably his biggest career title Sunday in Tokyo crushing Karen Khachanov 6-3, 6-1 for the Olympic gold medal. The 24-year-old Zverev becomes the first German man to win singles gold and the second player from his country to do it after Steffi Graf in 1988.

“This is so much bigger than anything else in sports, especially in tennis, this is an incredible feeling me for me right now,” …

Ruud Wins Third Straight Title, Captures Final Clay Event In 2021 At Kitzbuhel

Posted by Staff on August 1st, 2021 @ 12:05 am

Casper Ruud took home the Kitzbuhel title Sunday besting Pedro Martinez 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 to became the first player to win three titles in three straight weeks since Andy Murray in 2011.

The 22-year-old Norwegian followed up Bastad and Gstaad with a comprehensive win this week in Austria.

“I am shaking all over my body. It feels amazing,” Ruud said after. “I was very nervous at the end, I knew what I …

Bencic Better Than Vondrousova, Becomes First Swiss Woman To Win Olympic Gold

Posted by Staff on July 31st, 2021 @ 2:05 pm

Belinda Bencic made history Saturday in Tokyo becoming the first woman from Switzerland to win Olympic gold following a tough 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 2.5 hour win over Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic.

Bencic came from a break down in the third and won the last three games to win her 6th and biggest title of her career.

“For me,” Bencic said, “it’s not `this tournament,’ it’s the freaking Olympic Games.

“This …

Djokovic Loses In Olympic Bronze Match To Carreno Busta, Withdraws From Mixed Bronze

Posted by Staff on July 31st, 2021 @ 9:20 am

After a “terrible” Friday in Tokyo for Novak Djokovic who saw two chances at a first Olympic gold evaporated, things somehow got even worse on Saturday.

The World No. 1 was faced with a battle for the bronze medal against a hungry Pablo Carreno Busta and the Spaniard came away with the medal with a grinding 6-4, 6-7(6), 6-3 win in 2 hours, 47 minutes.

The victory was Carreno Busta’s first career …

Zverev Ends Djokovic’s Golden Slam Hopes In Tokyo Olympic Stunner, Will Meet Khachanov For Gold

Posted by Staff on July 30th, 2021 @ 9:59 am

Novak Djokovic dream for a singles gold came to a crashing end Friday in Tokyo. The Serb was up a set and a break on Alexander Zverev and just three games from his first gold medal match when everything came unglued in stunning fashion for the Serb.

Djokovic played a poor 3-2 service game to give the break right back and Zverev took full advantage from there riding the momentum to …

Bencic To Meet Vondrousova In Surprise Gold Medal Match At Tokyo Olympics

Posted by Staff on July 29th, 2021 @ 11:45 am

The women’s game continues to be a week-in, week-out enigma with new faces, new winners every week. And the Olympics in Tokyo have been no different. Sixty-four women began and after five rounds, the two playing for the gold are the unlikely combination of Belinda Bencic and Marketa Vondrousova.

The 24-year-old Bencic had lost her last six sets coming into the Tokyo Olympics, but outlasted the field and today came from …

Djokovic Dominates Nishikori At Tokyo Olympics, Meets Zverev In SF; Medvedev Out

Posted by Staff on July 29th, 2021 @ 11:28 am

Novak Djokovic kept his foot on the gas at the Tokyo Olympics rolling past Kei Nishikori in ruthless fashion 6-2, 6-0.

The Serb was in full domination mode losing just three points on first serve en route to his 22nd straight win and 16th consecutively over Nishikori.

“Matches are not getting easier, but my level of tennis is getting better and better,” said Djokovic.

“I’ve done that many, many times in my career. …

Djokovic Cruises Into Tokyo Olympics QFs, Tsitsipas Upset, Murray Done; Men’s QF Thurs

Posted by Staff on July 28th, 2021 @ 3:33 pm

Novak Djokovic cruised into another Olympic quarterfinal overwhelming Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 6-3, 6-1. Djokovic has now won his last 21 matches and stands just 3 wins now away from that first gold medal.

“Pressure is a privilege,” Djokovic said as he closes in on the gold. “Without pressure, there is no professional sport. If you are aiming to be at the top of the game, you better start learning how …

Svitolina Reaches Olympics SFs, Muguruza Upset By Rybakina

Posted by Staff on July 28th, 2021 @ 3:25 pm

The women’s final four is set at the Tokyo Olympics, and no surprise, there are a lot of new faces remaining at a big tour event. Lone top 8 seed Elina Svitolina reached her first Olympic semifinal with her best performance of the tournament easing past Camila Giorgi 6-4, 6-4.

“You know when you are higher ranked everyone wants to beat you, and everyone is extremely motivated to beat you,” Svitolina …

Tsitsipas Turns Table On Tiafoe At Tokyo Olympics; Dokovic, Medvedev Return For 3R

Posted by Staff on July 27th, 2021 @ 5:30 pm

Stefanos Tsitsipas had his revenge Tuesday at the Tokyo Olympics cruising past Frances Tiafoe 6-3, 6-4 under the roof during a rainy start to the day. The American had stunned Tsitsipas in the first round at Wimbledon, but this went the other way and the Greek, who never dropped serve, advances into the third round.

“I’m always trying to find to find solutions, find ways to fix my mistakes and get …

Osaka Ousted From Olympics By Vondrousova; Tokyo Women’s Field Wide Open

Posted by Staff on July 27th, 2021 @ 5:26 pm

After two good early wins, Naomi Osaka was dusted in the third round Tuesday at the Tokyo Olympics by Czech Marketa Vondrousova 6-1, 6-4 in routine fashion.

“I think this is one of the biggest, for sure,” Vondrousova said of the win. “I beat Simona twice, but I think Naomi, she is the greatest now, the greatest in the game, and she’s also the face of the Olympics. It was tough …

Djokovic Wins 20th Straight Match; Tsitsipas Seeks Revenge In Tokyo Olympics Tuesday

Posted by Staff on July 26th, 2021 @ 6:27 pm

Novak Djokovic kept rolling winning his 20th straight match with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Jan-Lennard Struff Monday at the Tokyo Olympic games.

Djokovic, who is now just four wins from a first gold, served 14 aces to pace his sixth straight win over the German.

“I am full of confidence and motivated to represent Serbia in the best possible way,” Djokovic said. “I am yearning for a medal in Tokyo, hopefully …

Osaka Storms Into Tokyo Olympics Third Round; Sabalenka, Swiatek, Kvitova Upset

Posted by Staff on July 26th, 2021 @ 6:21 pm

Tournament favorite Naomi Osaka cruised in the third round at the Tokyo Olympics. The Japanese sensation ousted Wimbledon quarterfinalist Victorija Golubic 6-3, 6-2 to the delight of her home nation.

“I put this pressure on myself to do well because I know that I don’t play that many tournaments,” said Osaka. “For me, I feel like I’ve watched these players playing the tournaments while I was on my break, so I …