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April 22nd, 2017

Nadal Gets Call, Gets Past Goffin To Reach Monte Carlo Finals Against Ramos-Vinolas

Rafael Nadal will try to win a 10th Monte Carlo title Sunday, and his first trophy in almost a year.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 4:21 pm in Monte Carlo | 114 Comments »

April 21st, 2017

Djokovic Upset By Goffin, Nadal Draw Opens in Semifinals at ATP Monte Carlo

“It doesn’t matter how you played before against [Djokovic],” Goffin said. “You just have to do your best and give everything on the court. Maybe once, like today, it goes well…

Posted by Staff @ 6:44 pm in Monte Carlo | 52 Comments »

April 8th, 2017

Sock, Isner and Co. at Houston; Dimitrov Heads Marrakech; ATP Previews

Interesting starts for (1) Sock against the Haas-Opelka winner, (6) Lopez vs. the former French juniors winner Fratangelo, (4) Johnson vs. the experienced dirt-baller and defending champ Monaco, (5) Verdasco vs. the big-serving South African Anderson, and (8) Bellucci vs. the emerging American Tiafoe

Posted by Staff @ 6:36 pm in Tennis | 5 Comments »

February 26th, 2017

Svitolina Looks for 2nd Straight Title at Kuala Lumpur; Sao Paulo; WTA Previews

Top 10er as of Monday Svitolina is coming off the win in the Dubai final…Wildcards went to Kazakhstan’s Zarina Diyas, the Ukraine’s Katarina Zavatska, and China’s Zheng Saisai…

Posted by Staff @ 4:13 pm in Tennis | Comments Off on Svitolina Looks for 2nd Straight Title at Kuala Lumpur; Sao Paulo; WTA Previews

February 19th, 2017

Nishikori, Thiem, Clay Floaters Make ATP Rio a Tough Slough; Preview

First-round matches that deserve a second look are a gassed (1) Nishikori vs. Brazil’s Bellucci, (4) Carreno Busta vs. Brazil’s Souza who he lost to in their only career meeting, (6) Ferrer vs. the Buenos Aires winner Dolgopolov who he lost to three years ago at this event, a Robredo vs. Fognini veteran match-up (winner to face (5) Ramos Vinolas), (7) Lorenzi vs. Delbonis who he is 0-3 career against, and (2) Thiem vs. the back-from-injury Tipsarevic in a first-time meeting…

Posted by Staff @ 5:44 pm in Tennis | Comments Off on Nishikori, Thiem, Clay Floaters Make ATP Rio a Tough Slough; Preview

February 11th, 2017

4-Time Defending Champ Nishikori Abandons Memphis for ATP Buenos Aires; Previews

The 20th anniversary of the tournament sees Kei Nishikori collecting the appearance fee as the top seed instead of seeking a fifth consecutive title at Memphis…

Posted by Staff @ 7:29 pm in Tennis | Comments Off on 4-Time Defending Champ Nishikori Abandons Memphis for ATP Buenos Aires; Previews

January 7th, 2017

Thiem, ‘C’-Level Marquee Players at ATP Sydney, Auckland; Previews

(8) Granollers starts against Hot Sauce, (5) Kohlschreiber vs. Fognini, and (6) Muller vs. Dolgopolov…(2) Cuevas looking at a tough encounter with Mahut 2nd rd…

Posted by Staff @ 10:17 pm in Auckland, Sydney | 11 Comments »

January 1st, 2017

Murray, Djokovic Begin Battle at Doha; Cilic Headlines Chennai

In last year’s final Djokovic allotted Rafael Nadal only three games…Former champs in the field are Djokovic (2016), Tsonga (2012), and Murray (2009-08).

Posted by Staff @ 1:53 pm in Tennis | 12 Comments »

October 15th, 2016

Defending Champ Kuznetsova, Djokovic-Killer Bautista Agut Lead Next Week at Kremlin Cup

No Maria Sharapova in Russia as the former No. 1 remains sidelined for doping until April 2017, but Russian fans still get defending champion and former world No. 2 Svetlana Kuznetsova, and on the men’s side Roberto Bautusta-Agut who upset world No. 1 Novak Djokovic today in the semifinals at Shanghai.

Posted by Staff @ 5:34 pm in Moscow, Tennis | 4 Comments »

October 2nd, 2016

Ranked Outside Top 100, Khachanov Breaks Through for ATP Chengdu Title

“I have been working hard and I am happy to achieve my first goal,” said Khachanov. “In the second, I was thinking to win the set and keep fighting. I was playing against a guy much higher-ranked than me, so I just have to focus on every goal and keep going.

Posted by Staff @ 4:56 pm in Tennis | 2 Comments »

October 1st, 2016

Karen Khachanov Into First Career ATP Final, Will Face Albert Ramos-Vinolas In Chengdu

20-year-old Karen Khachanov is another of the many future stars on the ATP.

Posted by Staff @ 6:38 pm in Asia | 2 Comments »

September 17th, 2016

US Open Champ Wawrinka in Russia, French in Metz; ATP Previews

The St. Petersburg Open in Russia welcomes US Open champion Stan Wawrinka and three of the Top 10, while the Moselle Open in France features Dominic Thiem and a strong French contingent this week on the ATP World Tour

Posted by Staff @ 7:59 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

August 21st, 2016

Everyone Withdraws from WTA Connecticut; Gasquet Leads Winson-Salem

This tournament has turned into a complete mess with the seeding in chaos as Svetlana Kuznetova withdrew citing a shoulder injury, Johanna Konta pulled with a back injury, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova withdrew citing a back injury, then today (Sunday) Madison Keys injured her neck practicing and withdrew…

Posted by Staff @ 3:34 pm in Connecticut Open, Tennis, Winston-Salem | 2 Comments »

July 18th, 2016

ATP Previews: Thiem Machine in Kitzbuhel; Umag; Gstaad

.(1) Cuevas could have a difficult start against G-Lo, and (6) Carreno Busta “Rhymes” starts against the veteran Seppi…

Posted by Staff @ 1:14 am in Tennis | Comments Off on ATP Previews: Thiem Machine in Kitzbuhel; Umag; Gstaad

July 17th, 2016

Ramos-Vinolas Wins 1st Career at Bastad, Klizan Clobbers Cuevas at ATP Hamburg

“I am very happy because I recovered well and I came back to win the next game…Sometimes I thought I would never have another chance to win a tournament.”

Posted by Staff @ 4:52 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »