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 .yvv9{position:absolute;clip:rect(400px,auto,auto,429px);}payday loans online direct lenders After being overshadowed by the other members of the Big 4 in Paris, Roger Federer and Andy Murray both took their victory laps this week. It was never easy or particularly pretty but by capturing the first tournaments on grass of the year, they did enough to get themselves ready in advance of Wimbledon. Federer’s first of the year It took him longer than usual to get to title number 77 but Roger will take it nonetheless. He extends his streak of winning an ATP title to an incredible 13 years and has now won Halle six times. This time was certainly a test as he had to come back from a set down to Tommy Haas in the semifinals and needed three sets to beat Youzhny. We know the bigger question surrounding Federer will be if he has enough left to string together seven wins in one of the remaining slams. Many doubted him last year at this time and all he did was put together the second best summer on tour (a seventh Wimbledon title and silver at the Olympics). Personally, I’m of the opinion that Fed has enough to win another but he is at that point where he never will be the clear favourite to do so. Murray returns In London, Andy Murray was doing some of his own preparation and alleviating worries some may have had about him going into Wimbledon. Murray, who had been relegated to tennis fan and frequent tweeter during the French, returned from injury and won his third Queen’s club title. Even though missing a slam hurts, it may have been wise to not expose his hurt back to the most physical surface. Instead, he now rightfully focuses on getting himself ready for the tournament that will ultimately define is legacy. His victory over Cilic was beneficial both because he showed that he could extend himself and it’s always nice to beat the defending champ. With Andy back in the fold, we will finally have the Big 4 in the same grand slam for the first time since last year’s Wimbledon. Even more exciting, you can make a legitimate argument that any of the four can win at SW19 in three weeks. Take Our Poll Highlights of the Tennis Weekend: While most of us focused on grass, there was still some clay tennis being played. I like to highlight those players who have their breakthrough and this week it was Simona Halep who won her first WTA crown. Good on her but I think we all want to just being seeing some lawn action for the next few weeks! For more check out the blog A man and his racquet or the YouTube page.

Federer rallies for first title of '13

Roger Federer won his first title of the year, overcoming a sluggish start to beat unseeded Mikhail Youzhny 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-4 at the Gerry Weber Open on Sunday. Returning to grass in his favorite warm-up for Wimbledon, the top-seeded Federer looked lethargic until the middle of the second set, when he started hitting shots with confidence. Federer won his first title since Cincinnati...

Murray lets loose at charity match

After finishing up his title run at the Aegon Championships on Sunday, Andy Murray found time to cut loose with some of London's brass. Here he is enjoying a glass of Pimm's -- a popular British liqueur -- with BBC television and radio host Jonathan Ross: (Julian Finney/Getty Images) Here he is with Sir Richard Branson: (Julian Finney/Getty Images) Here he is having...

Roger Federer Finally Finds the Finish Line

Roger Federer captures first title since August 2012 (June 16, 2013) On August 19, 2012, Roger Federer defeated Novak Djokovic in the final of ATP Masters Series 1000 event in Cincinnati. Having captured his seventh Wimbledon title earlier in the summer marking the climax to his ascent back to the No. 1 ranking, Federer’s expectations for the US Open and the conclusion of the 2012...

Pre-match foosball for Murray, Tsonga

Sometimes you just can't dampen the competitive spirit in these guys. With rain delaying the start of their semifinal match Saturday at the Aegon Championships in London, Andy Murray and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga killed time by engaging in a game of foosball. The British Tennis Twitter account sent out the photo above and also posted a video: Looks like Tsonga pulled out the victory...

Murray, Cilic in Queen's Cup final

Top-seeded Andy Murray and defending champion Marin Cilic will play in the final at Queen's Club after both earned three-set victories on Saturday. Murray, the champion in 2009 and 2011, rallied to defeat fourth-seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in a repeat of their 2011 final. Fifth-seeded Cilic of Croatia held off former four-time winner Lleyton Hewitt 6-4...

Roger Federer Ties John McEnroe with 77 Titles After Halle Victory

(June 16, 2013) Roger Federer is now No. 3 on the all-time list of ATP tour ournament titles by virtue of  his sixth title win at Halle. He is now equal to John McEnroe with 77 ATP Tour titles. Federer was pushed to defeat Mikhail Youzhny 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-4. For Federer it’s his first title [...]

Andy Murray Wins Third Queens Club Crown

(June 16, 2013) Andy Murray rallied to win his third Queen’s Club on Sunday defeating last year’s champion Marin Cilic 5-7, 7-5, 6-3. It’s the Scot’s 27th career ATP title. “He’s one of the best grass court players in the world,” Murray said of his opponent.  “Me and Marin, we have played against each other [...]

Contest: Win a Free One-Year Subscription to Tennis View Magazine!

Roger Federer on Tennis View Magazine (June 17, 2013) We at Tennis Grandstand know that tennis fans can never get enough of the sport! So we have partnered up with one of the hottest tennis specialty magazines around, Tennis View Magazine, to give one of our dedicated readers a free one-year subscription to their magazine! Entering the contest is simple. In the comment section...

Federer beats Haas to reach final

Top-seeded Roger Federer came from behind to beat defending champion Tommy Haas 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Saturday and reach the final of the Gerry Weber Open.

Federer Rallies Past Haas to Make Halle Final

(June 15, 2013) In the battle of 30-plus players,  31 year-old Roger Federer rallied past 35 year-old Tommy Haas 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to reach the final of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle Germany. “It’s a good win for me, especially after losing the first set,” Federer said to press. “I felt I played well [...]

The Fab Five: Previewing the Wimbledon Men’s Contenders

Roger Federer hopes to keep a step ahead of his rivals again. At the Australian Open and Roland Garros this year, one man entered the tournament as a clear favorite to extend his mastery over it.  Wimbledon presents a much blurrier and thus more intriguing picture, for any of the top four men will have a real chance to win.  Here is my best shot at an early ranking of contenders...
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