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April 30th, 2015

Murray Wins In Munich Clay Debut, Thiem Crushes Fognini; Federer Friday In Istanbul

Andy Murray looked good in his 2015 clay debut.

Posted by Staff @ 7:27 pm in Clay Season, Estoril | 34 Comments »

April 26th, 2015

Garcia-Lopez, Kerber, Nishikori, Win ATP/WTA Titles

“I’m really happy I’m able to defend the title,” Nishikori said. “I think the second set was extremely tough and I don’t really know how I won it to be honest. Pablo was very aggressive, he kept moving the ball and made me run up and down all the time. I also tried to be aggressive and I think that’s why I won the important points, but I’d say he played better than me.”

Posted by Staff @ 6:23 pm in Tennis | 8 Comments »

April 25th, 2015

Wozniacki Outlasts Halep, Will Face Kerber In Stuttgart Final; Andujar Stuns Ferrer In Barcelona

Caroline Wozniacki collected one of her best wins of the season.

Posted by Staff @ 4:24 pm in Barcelona, Stuttgart | 50 Comments »

April 19th, 2015

ATP/WTA Previews: Nadal in Barcelona, Loaded WTA Stuttgart

Kei Nishikoi beat Santiago Giraldo in last year’s final…Returning former champs in the final are Nishikori (2014), Nadal (2013-11,’09-05), Verdasco (2010) and Robredo (2004).

Posted by Staff @ 6:35 pm in Barcelona, Stuttgart, Tennis | 11 Comments »

April 4th, 2015

ATP Previews: Isner in Houston, Ugly in Casablanca

The Bryan brothers, coming off the Miami Open title, are the top seeds in doubles…The tournament celebrates its 15th year in Houston after moving about in the U.S. since 1910…Former champs in the field are Verdasco (2014), Isner (2013), and Hewitt (2009).

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 7:34 pm in ATP, Casablanca, Houston, Tennis | 3 Comments »

February 8th, 2015

France Shocks in Fed Cup; Gasquet Leads ATP Winners

“I was either going to be a genius or a nonsense captain,” Mauresmo said. “I took the decision to play Kristina because I knew she had the game to beat Errani. We knew the tactics and she was able to deliver on the court which is always the toughest thing to do.”

Posted by Staff @ 11:01 pm in Fed Cup, Tennis | 2 Comments »

January 3rd, 2015

ATP/WTA Previews: Stars Come Out at 4 Events in Week 1

The stars are coming out on week one, even uncharacteristically on the women’s side, as current No. 1 Novak Djokovic and former top dogs Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Lleyton Hewitt, Maria Sharapova, Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic compete at four events in week one of 2015.

Posted by Staff @ 10:29 pm in 2015 Season, Tennis | 10 Comments »

July 12th, 2014

ATP Previews: Gasquet, Ferrer Lead at Bogota, Hamburg

Notes: All 16 seeds receive opening-round byes in the 48-player draw…Dolgopolov has not won a match at Hamburg in three attempts, and fellow seeds Youzhny, Kohlschreiber, Granollers and Giraldo also have losing records in the ‘burg…Tough potential starts for (16) Seppi vs. Monaco, (4) Dolgopolov vs. Janowicz, (7) Kohlschreiber vs. Montanes, and (14) Sousa vs. Rosol…107th edition of the event…

Posted by Staff @ 9:16 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

July 6th, 2014

ATP/WTA Previews: Ferrer, Isner, Halep Lead Events

The hodgepodge of seeds includes a former world No. 1 and Wimbledon champ and this year’s Wimbledon men’s doubles winner…Interesting starts for (7) Sock vs. the veteran Kuznetsov and the struggling (2) Karlovic vs. Ginepri…

Posted by Staff @ 6:42 pm in Tennis | 6 Comments »

June 16th, 2014

Azarenka Returns at Eastboune; WTA, ATP Previews

Wildcards went to Azarenka and Brits Heather Watson and Johanna Konta…Pulling from the event were Svetlana Kuznetsova and Sorana Cirstea…Tough starts go to (5) Kerber vs. Riske, (4) Azarenka vs. Giogi, (8) Wozniacki vs. Stosur, and (2) Kvitova vs. Safarova…Returning former champs in the field are Wozniacki (2009) and Radwanksa (2008).

Posted by Staff @ 12:17 am in Tennis | 9 Comments »

May 26th, 2014

Tennis-X Wrap: Wawrinka Struggles with Pressure at French Open

“I’ve had ups and downs,” Wawrinka said. “That’s why I’m saying I am not at the level of Djokovic, Nadal, Federer, because they have been around for many years, and they win everything. I know I’ll have the level. I could defeat them, but it’s different…I need to put the puzzle back together, find solutions, because the pressure is different.”

Posted by Staff @ 8:24 pm in French Open, Tennis | 82 Comments »

April 27th, 2014

Tennis Previews: Haas Defends Munich; Men and Women in Portugal

Notes: Haas beat Kohlschreiber in the all-German 2013 final…The top-seeded Fognini makes his Munich debut…Challenging starts for (1) Fognini after a bye vs. either Dr. Ivo or Smokin’ Dustin Brown, and (4) Monfils the Meltdown after a bye possibly facing the Austrian veteran Tuna Melzer…

Posted by Staff @ 11:02 am in Tennis | Comments Off on Tennis Previews: Haas Defends Munich; Men and Women in Portugal

April 18th, 2014

Nadal Suffers Early Knock Out; Federer v Djokovic Saturday; Monte Carlo SFs Picks And Pans

The semifinals are set at Monte Carlo, who’ll be in the Sunday final?

Posted by Sean Randall @ 6:32 pm in Monte Carlo | 251 Comments »

April 17th, 2014

Federer v Tsonga, Nadal v Ferrer; Monte Carlo QF Picks And Pans

Will the Top 4 seeds make it to the Monte Carlo semifinals?

Posted by Sean Randall @ 6:55 pm in Monte Carlo | 203 Comments »

April 14th, 2014

Cornet, Garcia, G-Lo, Hot Sauce Win WTA/ATP Titles

It was the fourth career title on clay for Verdasco, who improved to 6-13 in career finals. Almagro extended a losing streak in finals of his own, dropping his fourth straight final and falling to 12-9 career in finals. He repeated his runner-up effort of 2013 when he lost to John Isner in the Houston final.

Posted by Staff @ 12:23 am in Tennis | 2 Comments »