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USA Survives Latvian Upset Bid In Fed Cup, Serena Loses

Posted by Staff on February 9th, 2020 @ 7:49 pm

The full line-up of teams competing at the inaugural Fed Cup Finals in Budapest, Hungary on 14-19 April has been confirmed following the conclusion of the Qualifiers.

Belarus, Belgium, Germany, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland and USA will join 2019 finalists France and Australia, wild card Czech Republic and host nation Hungary, bidding to be crowned world champions in Budapest.

USA won a fifth rubber over a tough Latvian team who won both …

Monfils Masters Pospisil For Third Montpellier Title

Posted by Staff on February 9th, 2020 @ 7:32 pm

High flying Frenchman Gael Monfils won his third title in Montpellier beating Vasek Pospisil 7-5, 6-3. The wildcard didn’t drop a set in his last three matches and only dropped serve once in that stretch.

“I am more than happy to win again in France,” said Monfils who is now 19-4 at the event. “This is the third time and hopefully I can have some more.”

Monfils now has nine career titles …

Vesely Victorious At Pune, Edges Gerasimov

Posted by Staff on February 9th, 2020 @ 7:20 pm

Jiri Vesely collected his first title in five years edging surprise finalist Egor Gerasimov 7-6(2), 5-7, 6-3 to win in Pune.

Vesely had saved match points in the quarters and the semifinals, but in the championship match cracked 26 aces against the Belarussian en route to his second career crown.

“I have to be realistic. I had a lot of luck in the week, saving six match points, two matches in a …

Federer, Nadal Set Record For Largest Attendance At A Tennis Match

Posted by Tom Gainey on February 8th, 2020 @ 11:32 am

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are already one of the greatest rivalries in the history of tennis, and now the two stars added their names to another record. Playing yesterday in a “Match for Africa” charity exhibition, an all-time record crowd for a tennis match of 51,954 turned out to watch the two legends raise over $3 million.

That crowd far exceeds the reported previous high of 42K which happened …

Federer, Nadal Delight In Front Of Over 51K For Match For Africa In Cape Town

Posted by Staff on February 8th, 2020 @ 12:06 am

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal played came together in Cape Town, South Africa for a special Match for Africa charity event.

In front of 51,964 fans — the most to ever view a tennis match — the matches raised more than $3 million toward the children’s education in Africa.

In their singles match, Federer beat Nadal 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. The two also played with celebrities Bill Gates and Trevor Noah in a …

Serena, Kenin, Osaka In Action This Weekend During Fed Cup Qualifiers

Posted by Staff on February 7th, 2020 @ 11:46 pm

The ITF has today announced the draws for the eight ties in the 2020 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Qualifiers taking place on 7-8 February.

This weekend’s ties will each be played over five matches, with each match being best-of-three tiebreak sets. On Friday, the home nation’s No. 1 player will play against the away nation’s No. 2 player and vice versa. On Saturday, the reverse singles matches will take place, …

Djokovic Downs Thiem In 5 Sets For 8th Australian Open Title

Posted by Staff on February 2nd, 2020 @ 11:40 am

Novak Djokovic won his 8th Australian Open title coming from two sets to one down to defeat Dominic Thiem 4-6, 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 in four hours Sunday night in Melbourne.

Djokovic remains a perfect 8-0 in the final after authoring his very first 2-1 sets down comeback in a Grand Slam final en route to his 17th overall title. And he becomes the first man to win a Grand Slam …

2020 Australian Open Men’s Final Open Thread: Novak Djokovic v Dominic Thiem

Posted by Staff on February 1st, 2020 @ 7:03 pm

The decades’s first Grand Slam will be decided tonight as Novak Djokovic battles Dominic Thiem for the 2020 Australian Open title

This will be their 11th meeting, first in a final. Djokovic leads 6-4 but Thiem has won four of the last meetings including two straight in Grand Slam play.

The 7-time champion Djokovic enters on a 13-match winning straight in Melbourne. And this event he’s lost just one set and is …

Novak Djokovic v Dominic Thiem For The Australian Open Title, Who’s The Pick?

Posted by Sean Randall on February 1st, 2020 @ 6:37 pm

While the women’s final was a total shock with Sofia Kenin stunning the tennis and sporting world winning the title, the men’s final at the Australian Open is very much chalk. Few would not have picked Novak Djokovic to return to the final and I don’t think Dominic Thiem is much of an outsider.

Thiem does his best work on the clay but has proven he can do damage on hard …

Stunning Kenin Captures Australian Open Title Over Muguruza

Posted by Staff on February 1st, 2020 @ 10:08 am

Yet another new Grand Slam has been crowned in women’s tennis. Saturday night at the Australian Open, Sofia Kenin capped her Cinderella run collecting her first Grand Slam title stunning former No. 1 Garbine Muguruza 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.

“I just want to say that my dream has officially true, I can’t even describe this feeling,” Kenin told the crowd. “It’s so emotional and I’ve worked so hard and I’m just so …

Thiem Tops Zverev To Reach First Australian Open Final, Djokovic Awaits

Posted by Staff on January 31st, 2020 @ 10:29 am

Dominic Thiem advanced to his first Australian Open final coming from a set down to deny Alexander Zverev 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(3), 7-6(4) and book a spot in his first hard court Slam final.

Thiem dictated the match off the ground but Zverev had his serve working early and often. The 22-year-old popped 16 aces (some at high velocity on second serve!) and finished with a very sharp 81% of first serves …

Dominic Thiem v Alexander Zverev Australian Open SF, Who’s The Pick? Djokovic-Federer Redux

Posted by Sean Randall on January 30th, 2020 @ 9:06 pm

After, in his words, a “horrible” ATP Cup, few would have picked Alexander Zverev to make a deep run, let alone first Grand Slam semifinal run at the Australian Open. But credit to the German. He took some speed off his first serve to reduce his risk of double faults and so far it’s paid off in a huge way.

The 22-year-old donated 31 double faults in three matches at the …

Djokovic Downs Ailing Federer To Reach 8th Australian Open Final

Posted by Staff on January 30th, 2020 @ 9:43 am

The super showdown between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in the Australian Open semifinals was far from super. The Serb battered the banged-up Federer 7-6(1), 6-4, 6-3 to advance to his eighth career Australian Open final.

Federer entered the contest under a cloud of uncertainty. The Swiss not only had played 14 sets in his last three matches, but also pulled up lame with a groin/lower back injury in his last …

Cinderella Kenin Ends Barty Party At Australian Open, Will Meet Muguruza For Title

Posted by Staff on January 30th, 2020 @ 8:30 am

In a surprising Australian open women’s final, No. 14 seed Sofia Kenin will meet unseeded Garbine Muguruza for the title Saturday evening.

On a blazing hot, triple-digit scorcher of a day, the upstart Kenin opened play on Rod Laver against the big favorite and world No. 1 Ash Barty. Barty was in form early on her serve against the American who had never been past a Slam fourth round before this …

Novak Djokovic v Roger Federer Australian Open SF, Who’s The Pick?

Posted by Sean Randall on January 29th, 2020 @ 11:53 pm

Tonight in Melbourne, it’s the 50th chapter between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic for a spot in the Australian Open title match. In the Friday night semifinal, Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem will battle for the right to play one of these legends.

So we got four Top 8 players in the semis and of course either Djokovic or Federer will again be in the final against a new finalist.

Backing up, …