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French Open: Post-Draw Men’s Preview

The men’s draw for the 2015 French Open has been announced. A one-word summary of the draw: KABOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM! The doomsday scenario arrived for legions of Spaniards and Serbs on Friday in Paris. Rafael Nadal, seeded sixth at this tournament due to his struggles over the past few months, was slotted to play Novak Djokovic, the top seed in search of history… in the quarterfinals...
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French Open: Post-Draw Men’s Preview

The men’s draw for the 2015 French Open has been announced. A one-word summary of the draw: KABOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM! The doomsday scenario arrived for legions of Spaniards and Serbs on Friday in Paris. Rafael Nadal, seeded sixth at this tournament due to his struggles over the past few months, was slotted to play Novak Djokovic, the top seed in search of history… in the quarterfinals...
Via Bloguin Best
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

French Open draw: More bad news for slumping Nadal

  Rafael Nadal could face top-ranked Novak Djokovic in the French Open quarterfinals, the toughest draw the nine-time champion has faced since becoming the "King of Clay." Nadal has fallen to No. 7 in the ATP rankings since coming back from injuries, making him the sixth-seeded player at Roland Garros. He has lost five times on clay this season. At the French Open, the Spaniard...
Via AP on Fox
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nadal could face Djokovic in French Open quarterfinals

PARIS (AP) Rafael Nadal could face top-ranked Novak Djokovic in the French Open quarterfinals, the toughest draw the nine-time champion has faced since becoming the ''King of Clay.'' Nadal has fallen to No. 7 in the ATP rankings since coming back from injuries, making him the sixth-seeded player at Roland Garros. He has lost five times on clay this season. At the French Open, the...
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11 hours ago  |  Discuss

FRENCH OPEN 2015: Nadal's slump could open way for Djokovic

For years and years - a full decade, in fact - Rafael Nadal ruled the French Open the way no one had ever dominated any Grand Slam tennis tournament, winning 66 of 67 matches and collecting nine championships, including the last five in a row. This year, his far-poorer-than-usual results on red clay and acknowledged crisis of confidence are generating talk that his reign at Roland...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

2015 FRENCH OPEN: Capsules on men to watch

Men to watch at the French Open, where play begins Sunday: NOVAK DJOKOVIC Ranked: 1 Age: 27 (Turns 28 on Friday) Country: Serbia 2015 Match Record: 35-2 2015 Singles Titles: 5 Career Singles Titles: 53 Major Titles: 8 - Australian Open ('08, `11, `12, `13, `15), Wimbledon ('11, `14), U.S. Open ('11) Last 5 French Opens: `14-Lost in Final, `13-SF, `12-F, `11-SF, `10-QF Topspin: Carries...
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2015 FRENCH OPEN: Tournament at a glance

A glance at the French Open, the year's second Grand Slam tennis tournament: Site: Roland Garros in Paris. Surface: Red clay. Schedule: Play begins Sunday on all courts at 11 a.m. local time (5 a.m. EDT). The 15-day tournament closes with the women's singles final June 6, and the men's singles final June 7. 2014 Men's Singles Champion: Rafael Nadal of Spain. 2014 Women's Singles...
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French Open Men’s Preview, Part I: Before The Draw

In the Southwestern United States, Cox Communications has been running a series of commercials for a number of years. The point is rather simple: Cox guarantees its products in ways that competitors are prohibited from making certain statements: This is what a lot of tennis journalists and commentators (though not all of them) are doing right now. They want to use terms that rhyme...
Via Bloguin Best
1 day ago  |  Discuss

French Open Men’s Preview, Part I: Before The Draw

In the Southwestern United States, Cox Communications has been running a series of commercials for a number of years. The point is rather simple: Cox guarantees its products in ways that competitors are prohibited from making certain statements: This is what a lot of tennis journalists and commentators (though not all of them) are doing right now. They want to use terms that rhyme...
Via Attacking The Net
1 day ago  |  Discuss

French Open Women’s Preview, Part I: Before The Draw

It is a basic reality of any bracketed tournament: It’s generally best to wait until the draw comes out to make more finite assessments of what’s at stake, who has a profound opportunity to create a lifelong memory, and which performers are uniquely vulnerable. With this in mind, we don’t yet need to delve into the more granular dimensions of Roland Garros 2015. That will come...
Via Attacking The Net
1 day ago  |  Discuss

French Open Women’s Preview, Part I: Before The Draw

It is a basic reality of any bracketed tournament: It’s generally best to wait until the draw comes out to make more finite assessments of what’s at stake, who has a profound opportunity to create a lifelong memory, and which performers are uniquely vulnerable. With this in mind, we don’t yet need to delve into the more granular dimensions of Roland Garros 2015. That will come...
Via Bloguin Best
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Review of the road to Roland Garros

With the clay court season all but finished and Roland Garros lurking just a week away, let’s take a look at the surprising, disappointing and standout moments of the three Masters 1000 tournaments on clay. Monte Carlo Rolex Masters The first Masters 1000 of the clay court swing leaves the door wide open for any player to set the tone for the next couple of grueling and demanding...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Rome ATP Review: Novak Djokovic’s Numbers Game

There are lies, damn lies, and statistics. Then again, numbers — while often telling falsehoods and being eternally subject to manipulation — can also reveal powerful truths. As the Roman road becomes the path to Paris, and the clay Masters 1000 series gives way to the year’s second major tournament, the numbers tell the story of Novak Djokovic’s second ascendancy in men’s...
Via Bloguin Best
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Nadal bests Isner's powerful serve in straight-sets win at Italian Open

ROME -- Rafael Nadal became the first player to break John Isner's serve in nearly a month, and he did it twice in a 6-4, 6-4 win Thursday to reach the Italian Open quarterfinals. The 16th-seeded Isner had held serve in 84 consecutive games stretching back to his last meeting with Nadal on April 16 in the Monte Carlo Masters, when Nadal broke him in the third set and went on to win...
Via AP on Fox
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Nadal figures out Isner's serve, reaches Rome quarterfinals

ROME (AP) Rafael Nadal became the first player to break John Isner's serve in nearly a month, and he did it twice in a 6-4, 6-4 win Thursday to reach the Italian Open quarterfinals. The 16th-seeded Isner had held serve in 84 consecutive games stretching back to his last meeting with Nadal on April 16 in the Monte Carlo Masters, when Nadal broke him in the third set and went on to...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Nadal: 'Obviously today I'm not as good as I (was)'

ROME (AP) After a decade at or near the top of tennis, Rafael Nadal can accept that he's no longer dominating. ''Obviously today I'm not as good as I (was),'' Nadal said Tuesday at the Italian Open. ''Life has been fantastic with me. Today I'm not winning as much as I did in the past. Life continues.'' On Monday, Nadal dropped out of the top five in the ATP rankings for the first...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Struggling Nadal admits 'I'm not as good as I (was)'

ROME -- After a decade at or near the top of tennis, Rafael Nadal can accept that he's no longer dominating. Speaking at the Italian Open on Tuesday, Nadal says "obviously today I'm not as good as I (was). ... Life has been fantastic with me. Today I'm not winning as much as I did in the past. Life continues." On Monday, Nadal dropped out of the top five in the ATP rankings for the...
Via AP on Fox
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Rafael Nadal out of top five for first time in a decade

  Rafael Nadal has dropped out of the top five in the ATP rankings for the first time in 10 years after failing to defend his title at the Madrid Masters. Nadal, a two-time defending champion in the Spanish capital, lost for the first time on clay against Andy Murray in Sunday's final. It was Nadal's fourth loss on his favorite surface this year, only two weeks before starting his...
Via AP on Fox
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Madrid ATP Review: Murray Makes Magic, And Nadal’s Citadel Finally Feels Vulnerable

Every year (since 2011), the chatter builds before the French Open: This is Novak Djokovic’s year. This is the year Rafael Nadal fails to win Roland Garros. Every year, Nadal gathers himself and his resources — no matter how many setbacks he suffers in the month of May — and conquers Paris in early June. It’s a rite of spring in tennis circles: Nadal gets doubted. Nadal —...
Via Bloguin Best
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Madrid ATP Review: Murray Makes Magic, And Nadal’s Citadel Finally Feels Vulnerable

Every year (since 2011), the chatter builds before the French Open: This is Novak Djokovic’s year. This is the year Rafael Nadal fails to win Roland Garros. Every year, Nadal gathers himself and his resources — no matter how many setbacks he suffers in the month of May — and conquers Paris in early June. It’s a rite of spring in tennis circles: Nadal gets doubted. Nadal —...
Via Attacking The Net
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Andy Murray beats Rafael Nadal on clay to win Madrid Open title

  Andy Murray beat Rafael Nadal on clay for the first time Sunday, dominating the Madrid Open final to win 6-3, 6-2 against the four-time champion. It was Murray's first Masters title on clay, a week after his maiden career tournament victory on the red surface at the Munich Open. Murray dictated most of the long rallies, which lasted up to 24 strokes, displaying a level of confidence...
Via AP on Fox
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Muray beats Nadal 6-3, 6-2 to win the Madrid Open final

MADRID (AP) Andy Murray beat Rafael Nadal on clay for the first time Sunday, dominating the Madrid Open final to win 6-3, 6-2 against the four-time champion. It was Murray's first Masters title on clay, a week after his maiden career tournament victory on the red surface at the Munich Open. Murray dictated most of the long rallies, which lasted up to 24 strokes, displaying a level...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Nadal beats Berdych in straight sets to reach Madrid Open final

MADRID -- Rafael Nadal has reached his seventh final at the Madrid Open by defeating Tomas Berdych 7-6 (3), 6-1. Yet to drop a set this week, Nadal will face either 2008 champion Andy Murray or last year's finalist, Kei Nishikori, in the final on Sunday. Nadal has won the last two Madrid Opens, and will attempt to win his fifth overall. He found the lines against Berdych, who beat...
Via AP on Fox
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Rafael Nadal beats Tomas Berdych to reach Madrid Open final

MADRID (AP) Rafael Nadal has reached his seventh final at the Madrid Open by defeating Tomas Berdych 7-6 (3), 6-1. Yet to drop a set this week, Nadal will face either 2008 champion Andy Murray or last year's finalist, Kei Nishikori, in the final on Sunday. Nadal has won the last two Madrid Opens, and will attempt to win his fifth overall. He found the lines against Berdych, who...
Via AP on Fox
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Wimbledon announces exciting changes for 2015

The All England Club announced several intriguing changes for this year’s Wimbledon at their Annual Spring Press Conference, held Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. BST. Prize money once again increased at Wimbledon by a considerable seven percent. Competitors at the third Grand Slam of the year will receive a total of 26.75 million pounds ($40.60 million). This purse will surpass last year’s...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss
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