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Roger Federer faces Juan Martin del Potro test

Roger Federer takes on Juan Martin del Potro for the first time since 2013 in the third round of the Masters 1000 event, the Miami Open. Federer leads their head-to-head 15-5 and has never lost to del Potro on an outdoor hard court aside from the classic 2009 US Open Final lasting 5 sets that was played by the two competitive friends. Meeting in the third round versus the second...
Via isportsweb.com
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Wozniacki reaches Miami quarterfinals when Muguruza retires

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Caroline Wozniacki has reached the quarterfinals of the Miami Open, advancing Monday when Garbine Muguruza retired after one set with a heat-related illness. Wozniacki, the sixth seed, took that set over the 12th-seeded Muguruza 7-6. Muguruza was tended to by doctors following that tiebreaker, which wrapped up a 70-minute set, and decided she could not...
Via MyNorthwest.com
1 day ago

Ratings Roundup: Indian Wells Tennis, NHL on NBCSN, NBA on ESPN

A Roger Federer victory could not save viewership for last weekend’s Indian Wells tennis finals. In other news, ESPN pulled low numbers for a pair of NBA doubleheaders, and NHL coverage was mixed on NBCSN. Despite Federer Win, Indian Wells Finals Hit Low The singles finals at the Indian Wells tennis tournament — Roger Federer–Stan [...]
Via Sports Media Watch
1 day ago

Miami Open: Week 1 in review

Week one of the 2017 Miami Open has just about wrapped and as always on the Tour, several headlines are taking center stage. No. 1 Stan Wawrinka, celebrating his 32nd birthday this upcoming Tuesday, defeated Argentina’s Horacio Zeballos 6-3 6-4 to open his tournament. The match lasted just over an hour, with Wawrinka recording seven aces and converting his two break points. He...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Another big blow for Novak Djokovic?

When Novak Djokovic won his maiden French Open title last year, he was on top of the tennis world. He became the first man since Rod Laver to win all four Slams consecutively. Then his play level fell off a cliff starting with Wimbledon. Early defeats or at least earlier than usual defeats riddled the second half of his season. He did reach the final of the US Open and the ATP World...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Raonic withdraws from Miami Open with hamstring injury

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Milos Raonic has pulled out of the Miami Open after aggravating a right hamstring injury that sidelined him for nearly a month. The No. 3-seeded Raonic withdrew before Sunday’s match against American qualifier Jared Donaldson, who advanced to the fourth round. Raonic said his injury became progressively worse after his opening match, his first since...
Via MyNorthwest.com
2 days ago

Tennis player completely destroys his racquet in frustration

Dominic Thiem took a lot of frustration out on his tennis racquet during his match on Saturday against Borna Coric.Thiem was leading 5-4 in the second set after dropping the first 6-1 and had the advantage. Following an unforced error, he smashed his racquet to the point of completely disfiguring it: It was the second time during the match that he took some frustration out on his...
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Federer wins opening match at Key Biscayne against US teen

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Roger Federer won his opening match Saturday at the Miami Open, returning to the tournament after a two-year absence and beating 19-year-old American qualifier Frances Tiafoe 7-6 (2), 6-3. Federer took the lead with a flawless tiebreaker after both players held easily throughout the first set, and Tiafoe then became more inconsistent with his groundstrokes...
Via MyNorthwest.com
3 days ago

Vesnina makes quick exit at Miami Open; Muguruza wins

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Elena Vesnina has made a quick exit at the Miami Open only five days after winning the biggest title of her career. Vesnina, seeded 13th, lost her opening match Friday to wild card Ajla Tomljanovic 3-6, 6-4, 7-5. Vesnina beat Svetlana Kuznetsova in the Indian Wells final last week. In a match that took two days because of rain, No. 6 Garbine Muguruza rallied...
Via MyNorthwest.com
4 days ago

Excelle’s Athletes of the Week: Shiffrin wins overall World Cup title, Vesnina upsets for Indian Wells crown

Gold: Mikaela Shiffrin (skiing) Mikaela Shiffrin became just the fifth American, male or female, TRUE? to win the overall World Cup title last Friday. Shiffrin joins Phil Mahre, Tamara McKinney, Bode Miller and Lindsey Vonn as the only Americans to win the title. At just 22 years old, she is also the youngest men’s or women’s overall champion since Croatian Janica Kostelic won...
Via Excelle Sports
4 days ago

Safarova tops No. 23 Gavrilova at Miami Open; Pliskova wins

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Lucie Safarova eliminated 23rd-seeded Daria Gavrilova 6-2, 6-2 on Thursday to reach the third round of the Miami Open. Safarova, the 2015 French Open runner-up, is ranked 36th, so was just outside the seedings at the hard-court tournament. She broke Gavrilova five times while losing serve only once herself. In another early women’s match Thursday, second...
Via MyNorthwest.com
5 days ago

Federer and Nishikori not among Monte Carlo field

PARIS (AP) — Roger Federer and Kei Nishikori are the only top 10 players not to feature in the list of players for the Monte Carlo Masters, the first big clay-court tournament of the season. On Thursday, organizers announced the field for the April 15-23 event. The sixth-ranked Federer has yet to announce his full clay-court schedule, having said he would decide after the Miami...
Via MyNorthwest.com
5 days ago

Iguana hilariously interrupts tennis match between Tommy Haas, Jiri Vesely

Tommy Haas and Jiri Vesely had an unlikely visitor interrupt their Miami Open match on Wednesday. An iguana somehow made its way to the top of the scoreboard during the third set, and just decided to hang out there. Both players, as well as the crowd, seemed pretty surprised by it, and it created a funny break in the action. Haas even ran over to snap a selfie with the iguana, which...
Via The Sports Daily
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Massive iguana interrupts tennis match in Miami

Wednesday’s match between Jiri Vesely and Tommy Haas at the Miami Open was interrupted by the appearance of an iguana on the edge of the court. Seriously.Just after a game was completed in the third set, Vesely started complaining after noticing an iguana hanging out above an electronic scoreboard. The umpire and players could be heard discussing strategies on how to remove the...
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Sara Errani tops Belinda Bencic at Miami Open in battle of former top-10 players

Former French Open runner-up Sara Errani defeated Belinda Bencic 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in a battle of former top-10 players in the first round of the Miami Open on Tuesday. Errani, who was once ranked No. 5 in the world, was a finalist at the 2012 French Open. However, since the start of 2016, she has only won two Grand Slam matches and is now ranked 102nd. Bencic has previously been ranked...
Via Excelle Sports
5 days ago

Andre Agassi thinks Andy Murray needs to be more aggressive

Andy Murray has enjoyed an excellent career so far that’s included three majors, two Olympic gold medals, and a world No. 1 ranking. That’s pretty outstanding. But Andre Agassi thinks Murray could do even better — for even longer — if he makes a change to his game.Agassi gave an interview to The Guardian that was published on Monday that was full of great comments from the...
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Tennis: Breaking down the 2017 Miami Open bracket

The main draw of the 2017 Miami Open presented by ITAU is set to open play on Wednesday, March 21 with several notable tennis players in contention. Despite Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic’s withdrawals, the bracket presents many interesting potential matchups amongst those competing in Key Biscayne. Below are five key points: Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka and Japan’s Kei Nishikori...
Via isportsweb.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova is motivated to return

On Tuesday, two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova turned to Instagram to announce that although she may not have a comeback date set, she’s motivated and eager to return to playing. The 27-year-old was stabbed in December by a knife-wielding intruder who entered her house disguised as a maintenance worker. Kvitova was injured on her left dominant hand and underwent four hours...
Via Excelle Sports
6 days ago

Errani edges Bencic at Miami Open in former top-10 matchup

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Former French Open runner-up Sara Errani edged Belinda Bencic 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in the Miami Open’s first round Tuesday to win a match between former top-10 players. Errani was once as high as No. 5 and a finalist at Roland Garros in 2012, but she has won only two Grand Slam matches since the start of 2016 and is now ranked 102nd. Bencic has been ranked...
Via MyNorthwest.com
6 days ago

Angelique Kerber reclaims No. 1 ranking from Serena Williams

Angelique Kerber has reclaimed the top spot in the WTA rankings, surpassing Serena Williams. Kerber is assured of staying at No. 1 at least for the next two weeks, which would give her a total of 22 weeks. That moves her past Maria Sharapova, Tracy Austin and Kim Clijsters for 13th on the all-time WTA list. Kerber initially sat atop the WTA rankings six months ago, after she won...
Via Excelle Sports
7 days ago

Angelique Kerber retakes No. 1 ranking from Serena Williams

Angelique Kerber is back at No. 1 in the WTA rankings, reclaiming that spot from Serena Williams. Kerber moves atop the rankings on Monday. That's about six months after she originally ascended to No. 1 for the first time, overtaking Williams by winning the U.S. Open. That ended Williams' run of 186 consecutive weeks at the top. Williams reclaimed No. 1 in late January when she...
Via AP on Fox
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Stan Wawrinka calls laughing Roger Federer expletive on court

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Roger Federer has a reputation as one of the nicest pro athletes among his fellow tennis players and fans. When Stan Wawrinka got emotional in his post-match comments to the crowd after losing the BNP Paribas Open final, Federer sat courtside laughing. “I would like to congratulate Roger,” Wawrinka said, glancing at his countryman and friend. “He’s...
Via The Denver Post
7 days ago

Elena Vesnina defeats Svetlana Kuznetsova to win BNP Paribas Open

Elena Vesnina defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova on Sunday to win the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif. In the all-Russian final, Vesnina beat Kuznetsova 6-7(6), 7-5, 6-4. Vesnina, 30, didn’t even get past the first round of qualifying last year, yet this time around she defeated both No. 2 seed Angelique Kerber and No. 12 Venus Williams before claiming the final. “When I had...
Via Excelle Sports
7 days ago

Federer on 'dream start' after winning Indian Wells title

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) Forget the comeback talk. Roger Federer is back. He defeated Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 7-5 to win a record-tying fifth BNP Paribas Open title in an all-Swiss final Sunday to go with his record 18th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in January after missing most of last year with various injuries. ''For me, the dream run continues,'' he said. Federer...
Via AP on Fox
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Stan Wawrinka calls Roger Federer an ‘a–hole’ after losing to him

Roger Federer has claimed a record-equalling fifth ATP Indian Wells Masters title, continuing his career resurgence with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Stan Wawrinka. Federer, sidelined some six months after knee surgery last year, returned to win his 18th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in January. With Monday’s triumph in the all-Swiss final,...
Via New York Post
8 days ago
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