Posted by Staff on October 20th, 2019 @ 9:08 pm
The last of the Big 4 finally tied the knot this weekend. Rafael Nadal wed longtime girlfriend Maria Francisca Perello in a ceremony in Mallorca.
Que seáis MUY FELICES! 😍
📸 @frnadal pic.twitter.com/7gaKSS9j9o
— Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar (@rnadalacademy) October 20, 2019
The event, held at La Fortaleza, was attended by about 350 guests including players David Ferrer, Juan …
Posted by Special on October 20th, 2019 @ 8:56 pm
All eyes in Vienna will be a blockbuster opening match between top seed and home favorite Dominic Thiem and former champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
After a solid 7-1 Asian swing, Thiem hopes to open his indoor season on a high note against the Frenchman. But the Austrian has never reached the semifinals at the biggest event in his country.
Joining Thiem among the seeds are No. 2 Karen Khachanov, No. 3 Matteo Berrettini …
Posted by Staff on October 20th, 2019 @ 8:43 pm
Roger Federer opens his European indoor season on familiar ground in Basel. The top seeded Federer has reached the final of the event the last 12 times he’s playing. And overall, he’s won it nine times.
The Swiss will be joined by Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas who are both playing well this fall.
Also in the draw are Stan Wawrinka, David Goffin and Fabio Fognini.
Zverev, who made the semifinals a year …
Posted by Special on October 20th, 2019 @ 8:28 pm
After falling short last week in Linz to Coco Gauff, Jelena Ostapenka finished the job in Luxembourg Sunday cruising past Julia Goerges 6-4, 6-1.
“Of course it’s great to finish the season with winning a title, especially in the last tournament,” Ostapenko said. “I enjoyed this week so much, and I think I played really well today. I just like to finish the year this way.”
The title was the Latvian’s …
Posted by Staff on October 20th, 2019 @ 8:18 pm
Belinda Bencic came from a set down to deny home favorite and former champion Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 to win the Moscow title.
After dropping the first set, the Swiss rolled off 12 of the last 14 games to coast to her second title of the year and fourth of her career.
“It feels unbelievable right now. I still can’t imagine it,” the 22-year-old Bencic told the crowd.
By reaching the finals, …
Posted by Staff on October 20th, 2019 @ 7:06 pm
For the second straight year Adrian Mannarino was denied a title by a Russian in the Moscow final. The Frenchmen lost to Andrey Rublev 6-4, 6-0 in the Sunday title match.
The win for Rublev, the second of his career, was made extra special because the Russian celebrated his 22nd birthday.
“I’m at a loss. I can’t find the right words for what it means to me to win here,” said Rublev …
Posted by Staff on October 20th, 2019 @ 6:44 pm
Denis Shapovalov added his name to the list of first-time champions this year by beating Filip Krajinovic 6-4, 6-4 in the Stockholm final.
“I am definitely super happy and just really proud,” said Shapovalov. “Me and my team have worked really hard to get into this position of lifting a title, so I am really proud of myself and proud of my team right now.”
Playing in his first career final, the …
Posted by Staff on October 20th, 2019 @ 6:34 pm
Down a break in the third, Andy Murray came back to beat Stan Wawrinka 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 to capture the Antwerp title, his first trophy during his comeback and first since 2017 Dubai.
“It means a lot. The past few years have been extremely difficult. Both me and Stan have had a lot of injury problems in the past couple of years. Amazing to be back playing against him in a …
Posted by Staff on October 20th, 2019 @ 12:00 am
Two surgically repaired veterans will tangle in the final in Antwerp Sunday. Following his hip replacement surgery almost nine months ago, Andy Murray has returned to an ATP final for the first time since his 2017 Dubai title.
The Scot will meet fellow 3-time Slam winner Stan Wawrinka. The Swiss will seek his first crown since 2017 Geneva. Murray leads their series 11-8.
“I think it will be a nice match to …
Posted by Staff on October 13th, 2019 @ 9:08 pm
The European indoor swing goes full-on this week on the ATP with three events marking the start of the final month of the season.
In Moscow, Russian stars Daniil Medvedev, Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev lead the way. Medvedev, who just won Shanghai, has won 29 of his last 32 matches and made the finals at his last six events.
Medvedev could face Rublev in the quarters and then Marin Cilic …
Posted by Staff on October 13th, 2019 @ 8:48 pm
Swede Rebecca Peterson collected her second career title during this Asian swing taking Tianjin over Heather Watson 6-4, 6-4.
“I got my first title in Nanchang just a couple of weeks ago, and now I’ve got my second title so I’m obviously enjoying my stay here in China,” said Peterson.
“I think the tournaments here are doing their best to make the players feel welcome, and that’s very appreciated.”
Peterson upset …
Posted by Staff on October 13th, 2019 @ 8:27 pm
Teen sensation Coco Gauff made the most of her “lucky loser” status by running the table and winning her first career title Sunday in Linz, besting former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 1-6, 6-2.
“I’m still overwhelmed and shocked,” said Gauff. “I guess it’s crazy to say it’s my first WTA title. This was definitely not on the calendar at the beginning of the year, because I didn’t think I’d …
Posted by Staff on October 13th, 2019 @ 8:16 pm
Daniil Medvedev won his second straight Masters event defeating Alexander Zverev 6-4, 6-1 to win the Shanghai title on Sunday.
Medvedev, who was playing in his sixth final in six events, also wins his first career match over Zverev who lead the Russian coming in 4-0.
“This one is also amazing because Shanghai I think is one of the most prestigious Masters on the Tour,” Medvedev said. “Especially in the past 10 …
Posted by Staff on October 12th, 2019 @ 10:35 am
The two youngest Masters champions will collide in the Shanghai final Sunday in China. Daniil Medvedev kept his hot streak going besting Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-6(5), 7-5 to reach his sixth straight tournament final.
Medvedev won a tight first set then managed to recover in the second after failing to serve it out at 5-4.
“Making six in a row, including three Masters 1000’s and one Grand Slam, is something I could never …
Posted by Staff on October 11th, 2019 @ 7:13 pm
Chalk one up for the young guns who Friday in Shanghai dispatched two of the titans of tennis. Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev both toppled Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, respectively, in quarterfinal play at the Masters event in China.
Tsitsipas, who had split two meetings with Djokovic prior, stunned the Serb yet again with a 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 victory over the 4-time time tournament champion.
“It’s the best comeback that I …