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Djokovic v Tsitsipas, Federer v Zverev Friday In Shanghai QFs

Posted by Staff on October 10th, 2019 @ 9:13 pm

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer lead a big quarterfinal day at the Shanghai Masters which features the Top 6 seeds.

On Thursday, Djokovic won his 7th straight matches, 14th consecutive set, dismissing the dangerous John Isner 7-5, 6-3.

“I managed to kind of read his serve and find a good position on the return, at the end of the first set and also beginning of the second,” said Djokovic. “I won five …

Djokovic Sharp In Shanghai Opener, Takes On Isner Thurs; Federer v Goffin

Posted by Staff on October 9th, 2019 @ 5:45 pm

Following his first Tokyo title Sunday, Novak Djokovic kept things rolling in his opener in Shanghai cruising past Denis Shapovalov 6-3, 6-3 to win his sixth straight match and 12th straight set.

“It’s nice to be back. And also, it feels very good to play as well as I did today,” Djokovic said. “I knew that Denis is very dangerous player. If he has time, if he’s feeling the ball well, …

Murray Gets Into It With Fognini In Shanghai, Federer Wins; Djokovic Wed.

Posted by Staff on October 8th, 2019 @ 4:16 pm

Drama filled the end of the day in Shanghai on Monday as Andy Murray and Fabio Fognini got into it during their second round clash.

At 5-all in the third set, someone shouted just as Murray put away a volley. The Scot looked in the direction of the noise which seemed to indicate it came from Fognini. Things escalted on the changeover with Murray telling the Italian to “shut up!”

The exchange:…

Murray Scores 3-Set Win Over Londero In Shanghai; Federer Opens Play Tuesday

Posted by Staff on October 7th, 2019 @ 3:52 pm

Former champion Andy Murray won his Shanghai Masters opener getting past qualifier Juan Ignacio Londero 2-6, 6-2, 6-3.

“The court is by far the fastest conditions that I have played in since I came back,” said Murray. “I really struggled with that early on. I was mistiming the ball. I felt quite slow on the court, and he was pretty much dictating all of the points.

“I managed kind of early on …

Djokovic, Federer Headline Shanghai Masters; Murray Plays Monday

Posted by Staff on October 6th, 2019 @ 8:47 pm

The eighth Masters event of the season is already underway in Shanghai, China with 17 of the Top 20 players in attendance.

Rafael Nadal withdrew from the event last week due to a wrist issue, but the tournament still features Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray who have won the event the last three years.

The 4-time champion Djokovic opens his title defense against either Frances Tiafoe or Denis …

Thiem Tops Tsitsipas For Beijing Win

Posted by Staff on October 6th, 2019 @ 8:20 pm

Dominic Thiem captured his 15th career title and 4th of 2019 after beating Stefanos Tsitsipas 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 to win Beijing. The Austrian won seven straight games to go from 4-all in the second to 5-1 in the third.

Thiem’s four titles equals Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic’s tour lead. The Austrian now has four career titles on hard courts.

“It feels great because today was for me one of the best …

Osaka Battles Back On Barty For First Beijing Crown

Posted by Staff on October 6th, 2019 @ 10:25 am

Naomi Osaka came from a set down to deny World No. 1 Ash Barty 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 to win her first Beijing title.

After a slow start, Osaka grabbed early breaks in each of the last two sets to claim her second straight title (after Osaka) and fifth of her career.

“I just told myself if I stop being so dramatic I could honestly contest it,” Osaka said of the comeback. “I …

Djokovic Overwhelms Millman To Claim First Tokyo Title

Posted by Staff on October 6th, 2019 @ 10:14 am

Novak Djokovic added Tokyo to the list of cities where he’s been victorious. Playing in first Tokyo open, the World No. 1 coasted to the title in the Japanese capital overwhelming John Millman 6-3, 6-2 in the Sunday final.

Djokovic, who never lost a set and lost more than four games in a set once in five matches, collects his 76th career title, first since Wimbledon.

“It was a fantastic week in …

Tsitsipas Overcomes Zverev, Will Meet Thiem In Beijing Final

Posted by Staff on October 5th, 2019 @ 8:55 pm

Stefanos Tsitsipas saved three opening set points to derail Alexander Zverev 7-6(6), 6-4 to advance to the Beijing final.

Zverev led the Greek 6-3 in the first set breaker before dropping five straight points. Tsitsipas kept rolling to lead 5-1 in the second then hung on to take it.

“I didn’t play phenomenal, but I played smart. Smart is more important than phenomenal,” said Tsitsipas. “I did things right when I had …

Djokovic Reaches Tokyo Final, Will Meet Millman

Posted by Staff on October 5th, 2019 @ 8:47 pm

Novak Djokovic will seek his first title since Wimbledon Sunday in Tokyo where he will meet qualifier John Millman.

Djokovic cruised past former champion David Goffin 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the final in his debut at the event.

“I’m very satisfied with the way I’ve been playing the whole week,” Djokovic said. “It’s been a very positive week on the court, off the week as well. Hopefully I’ll be able to …

Osaka To Face Barty For Beijing Title

Posted by Staff on October 5th, 2019 @ 8:39 pm

The final Premier Mandatory event of the 2019 WTA season will go to either Naomi Osaka or Ash Barty. The two both reached the Beijing finals via different routes Saturday in China.

Osaka had now trouble ending the run of defending champion Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-2 to reach her first Beijing final.

Osaka, who was down a break in the quarters to Bianca Andreescu, broke at 4-all and against early in …

Thiem Beats Murray In Beijing; Top 4 Seeds In SFs

Posted by Staff on October 4th, 2019 @ 8:52 pm

In the main event in the men’s draw Friday at Beijing, Dominic Thiem ended Andy Murray hopes with a strong 6-2, 7-6(3) in just under two hours.

Murray hadn’t beaten Thiem since 2015 Miami, and early on it didn’t look good as the Austrian broke twice to run away with the opening set.

Serving for the match, though, Thiem fell apart tossing in three doubles faults at 5-4. But the 26-year-old finished …

Djokovic Rolls Into Tokyo SFs, Goffin Next

Posted by Staff on October 4th, 2019 @ 7:47 pm

On a day of straight set matches, Novak Djokovic had the easiest quarterfinal blowing out Lucas Pouille for a third time this year with a 6-1, 6-2 victory.

“It was definitely one of the best matches I’ve played this year. Best one of this week [and it] came at the right time. I thought Lucas was playing really well the first couple of matches in this tournament,” Djokovic said. “I saw …

Osaka Stops Andreescu’s Streak In Beijing, Barty Ousts Kvitova

Posted by Staff on October 4th, 2019 @ 7:40 pm

In a battle of the last two US Open champions, Naomi Osaka put an end to Bianca Andreescu’s 17-match win streak with a 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 win to reach the Beijing semifinals.

The 19-year-old ran out in front 5-1 before Osaka roared back to level in the first. Andreescu hung on to take the last two games and the opener.

Osaka kept the momentum though in the second, finding the rage to …

Djokovic Leads QF Field In Tokyo; Chung Ousts Cilic

Posted by Staff on October 3rd, 2019 @ 7:21 pm

Novak Djokovic will far and away be the class of the quarterfinal line-up in Tokyo Friday. After a day off, the Serb returns to face No. 5 seed Lucas Pouille having already beaten the Frenchman twice this year in Australia and in Cincinnati.

The only the only seed left is No. 3 David Goffin who takes on Hyeon Chung after the Korean upended Marin Cilic on Thursday 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.

“I’m …