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May 12th, 2018

Top Seeds Halep, Wozniacki in Deep at Italian Open; Preview

Tough starts went to (1) Halep vs. the Azarenka-Osaka winner, (13) Keys vs. Pavlyuchenkova, (9) Stephens vs. the crafty Strycova, (3) Muguruza vs. the Gavrilova-Bellis winner, (16) Barty vs. Sharapova…

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May 11th, 2016

Roger Federer ‘Expected to Lose’ but Wins in ATP Rome Debut; Thurs Blockbuster Big 4 Line-up

“I was expecting to lose in straight sets today. That was the mind-set going in, so to win in straights is actually a really big surprise to me. I played cautious, and I only decided after the warm-up that I was actually going to play. So for me it was a big match on many levels.”

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 4:45 pm in Rome | 198 Comments »

May 15th, 2015

Sharapova, Halep One Match from Blockbuster Rome Final

Halep in the Saturday semifinals will face No. 10 seed Carla Suarez Navarro, who was an upset winner Friday over No. 4 seed and Madrid winner Petra Kvitova 6-3, 6-2.

Posted by Staff @ 4:48 pm in Tennis | 22 Comments »

May 10th, 2015

Blockbuster WTA Rome Field to Answer Pre-French Questions?

Serena’s draw to the semifinals could go through Stosur, last year’s finalist Errani then the former French champ Ivanovic to meet either Sharapova or Wozniacki in the semis…

Posted by Staff @ 11:50 am in Clay Season, Italian Open, Rome, Tennis | 19 Comments »

May 12th, 2014

WTA Upsets in Rome; Tues. Djokovic vs. Worm

“After Charleston I put my racquets down and wasn’t able to play anywhere for a while,” said Williams after playing her first match in more than a month due to illness, cruising past Annika Beck.

Posted by Staff @ 11:00 pm in Tennis | 10 Comments »

May 8th, 2011

Djokovic v Nadal Show Moves to Rome; Men’s and Women’s Previews

On the women’s side the talking points are — who is going to win this week? Because seemingly anybody can win. No one can maintain a roll.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 7:55 pm in Tennis | 19 Comments »

May 2nd, 2010

Nadal Beats Ferrer for 5th Rome Title

“I am 23 and sure 17 is a very important number for me,” Nadal said.”There are some tournaments coming up – Madrid is coming up soon — and so I’m going to try to keep winning, but these tournaments are very difficult and some of the best players in the world are there…Probably I didn’t play as well as Monte Carlo. I played well, but not as well as Monte Carlo, but the important thing is winning.”

Posted by Staff @ 9:51 pm in Tennis | 31 Comments »

April 25th, 2010

Federer, Nadal in Rome; Loaded Stuttgart WTA Field; Previews

Wow, two unseeded former No. 1s in Henin and Ivanovic; lots o’ first-round meetings of interest…

Posted by Staff @ 1:52 pm in Tennis | 70 Comments »

May 8th, 2009

Safina, Kuznetsova Reach 2nd Final in Two Weeks at Rome

Safina was 0-2 career against Williams, but the elder Williams sister could not hold on to a set and a break in the second lead. Safina leads Kuznetsova 7-5 in career meetings, but lost to her countrywoman last weekend in the Stuttgart final.

Posted by Staff @ 5:13 pm in Tennis | 7 Comments »

May 6th, 2009

Serena Williams Ousted 1st Rd in Rome After Disparaging Safina

“Well, we all know who the real No. 1 is,” Williams said Monday in response to a question regarding her world No. 2 standing and Safina’s top spot. “Quite frankly, I’m the best in the world.”

Posted by Staff @ 9:54 am in Tennis | 53 Comments »

May 4th, 2009

Venus Survives 3-set Scare in Opener at WTA Rome

“We both played aggressive,” Venus told the media. “She’s just going for every shot, for the lines. I was OK with the match being a little longer. I just I want to hit balls. In a way it’s not too bad to go three sets.”

Posted by Staff @ 7:49 pm in Tennis | 14 Comments »

May 3rd, 2009

Nadal Wins Title, Djokovic Ranking Drop in Rome

“One of the most important of my career,” Nadal told reporters in regard to the Rome title. “Win in Rome is a a big title. I have right now 15 Masters 1000 in my career, so that’s a lot, and I’m very happy for that. Win here in Rome is always unbelievable.”

Posted by Staff @ 3:35 pm in Tennis | 274 Comments »

April 30th, 2009

Federer, Nadal, Djokovic Into ATP Masters Rome Quarters

No. 12 seed Fernando “Gonzo” Gonzalez impressively broke his racquet in half over his knee in the first set before overcoming unseeded Austrian Jurgen “Tuna” Melzer 3-6, 6-3, 7-5.

Posted by Staff @ 6:28 pm in Tennis | 132 Comments »

April 29th, 2009

Nadal, Federer Win; Murray Toppled Early at ATP Rome

Barcelona runner-up David Ferrer was another first-round casualty, losing a rain-delayed three-setter to France’s Paul-Henri Mathieu.

Posted by Staff @ 8:00 pm in Tennis | 114 Comments »

April 27th, 2009

Blake Bombs, Rain Ends Day at ATP Masters Rome

“I don’t know how I’m going turn it around,” Blake said. “I’ve played worse before and turned it around and had some good results — hopefully this time it’ll be the same. I’ll have some bad times and there will be plenty of ups too hopefully still after my career. If I don’t start playing better than I did today, I’ll be out (of the French Open) early though. I need to make some adjustments in the next three weeks.”

Posted by Staff @ 5:20 pm in Tennis | 23 Comments »