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Garcia & Mladenovic Sail Into Madrid Final

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 7:14pm
Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic extended their perfect start to the clay court season with victory over Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina in the Mutua Madrid Open semifinals.

All In With Alla: Student Of The Game

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 7:13pm
WTA Insider David Kane | Alla Kudryavtseva gave her take on the biggest hot-button issues of the spring as she and Vania King reach a second straight semifinal in Madrid.

Madrid Friday: Semis Set

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 7:13pm
Will former World No.2 Simona Halep make a second Mutua Madrid Open final in three years? Check out the preview of the semifinals on wtatennis.com!

Cibulkova & McHale Talk Tennis Fashion

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 7:12pm
The street-style blog Who What Wear caught up with Dominika Cibulkova and Christina McHale to talk on court tennis fashion.

WTA Player Of The Month: Kerber KerberPOTM

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 7:11pm
Angelique Kerber backed up her Australian Open win with another big title, this time in front of her home country - and for that reason you voted her March's WTA Player Of The Month.

WTA Breakthrough Of The Month: Buyukakcay

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 7:11pm
Cagla Buyukakcay captured her first WTA title in front of an ecstatic home crowd in Istanbul; because of this, you've voted her WTA Breakthrough Of The Month.

WTA Shot Of The Month: Niculescu NiculescuSOTM

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 7:11pm
We asked you to vote for your favorite WTA Shot Of The Month, and you picked Monica Niculescu's slicing and dicing in Stuttgart. Watch it again now!

Nadal Fights For Madrid QF Berth

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 7:11pm

Rafael Nadal drew on his battling qualities on Thursday at the Mutua Madrid Open to keep alive his chances of winning a 29th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title.

The fifth seed and four-time former titlist produced a stunning comeback in the first set against Sam Querrey for a 6-4, 6-2 victory and a place in the quarter-finals, where he will face Joao Sousa.

Nadal came within one point of trailing 1-5, when he served at 30/40 in the sixth game. Querrey later served at 4-3, 40/15, but could not stop Nadal's resurgence in the 39-minute first set. Nadal grew in confidence and won his seventh game in a row for a 2-0 lead in the second set. Although Querrey recovered to 2-2, Nadal moved up a gear to extinguish any further threats in the 70-minute encounter. It was his 12th straight match win.

“I hadn't trained during the nighttime, it was a completely different feeling,” Nadal said. “Today it was a little bit slower. At the beginning, when we were warming up, I was feeling a little bit strange, but actually during the week I've been training well and playing well.

“After [the slow start] I just had to come back and turn the match around. Luckily once I did that, the match went well. It was on my side most of the time.

“He was going to serve for 5-3 with new balls. You know that you're at the limit and you can lose the set. Not the match, because you still have another set to go, but it is tough [to be in that position]. In that moment I decided to step back a little bit and change my game. I tried to close the gap so that he couldn't just go for it. I think it worked out.”

Nadal, who is now 41-9 at the tournament, lifted the trophy in 2005 (d. Ljubicic), 2010 (d. Federer), 2013 (d. Wawrinka) and 2014 (d. Nishikori).

He has recently won back-to-back ATP World Tour titles at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters (d. Monfils) and the Barcelona Open BancSabadell (d. Nishikori) to tie Guillermo Vilas' record of 49 clay-court titles.

Querrey, 28, captured his first ATP World Tour crown since 2012 at Delray Beach (d. Ram) in February. He dropped to 16-8 overall on the season.

Sousa is through to his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 quarter-final after beating Querrey's compatriot, Jack Sock, 6-1, 6-7(3), 6-2 in two hours and 14 minutes.

U.S. to play Davis Cup quarterfinal in Oregon

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 4:34pm
U.S. to play Davis Cup quarterfinal in Oregon

The Biofile: Eric Butorac

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 4:19pm

First Tennis Memory: My father owned a small tennis club in Minnesota. All my early tennis memories are playing at the club, hanging around and causing trouble [smiles].

Tennis Inspirations: Learning from my dad. Learning to fall in love with it. How much passion he had for it. He never pushed me, never said I had to play. But just seeing his love for it and all the smiles he put on people’s faces. That’s what I think made me like [tennis] so much.

Greatest Sports Moment: Finals of Australian Open. Grand Slam finals don’t come around often. When you get to play one of those, it’s pretty special.

Most Painful Moment: Losing in NCAA semi-finals. And I was the last match on the court and I let my team down and we lost 4-3. So that was pretty bad.

Strangest Match: Once in Indian Wells, Rafa hit Feliciano Lopez in the back of the head with a serve, 130 miles an hour, off his head and it went out of the stadium.

Embarrassing Tennis Memory: One was when I was watching at one of my first-ever ATP events. I was looking for a seat. Some people invited me to sit in their luxury box, and I didn’t know who it was. I sat the whole match sitting with Federer’s parents... Basel – his hometown. That was horrible. I didn’t know till the very end [smiles].

Favorite Tournaments: Stockholm and Queens. I like some of the old tennis clubs. You see some of the history, the traditions of the sport. A lot of times we play in real modern venues. It’s nice to see some of the old courts and look up at the posters of Borg and McEnroe and Lendl. Some of these tournaments have been held for 100 years. It’s neat to see.

First Famous Player You Met Or Encountered: No memory from when I was young. Probably first year on the ATP World Tour, Agassi was finishing up his career. So getting to meet him just before he finished his career was really cool... at Indianapolis.

Favorite Sport Outside Tennis: Basketball.

Three Athletes You Like To Watch & Follow: Hockey – Henrik Lundqvist, goalie for the New York Rangers. Growing up I liked Chris Mullin [NBA shooting guard]… I like how he handles himself off the field, leadership-wise. Russell Wilson [NFL].

Best You Ever Felt On Court: Australian Open is one of my best tournaments. Down there I always feel great. The one year we beat the Bryans. Then the following round we beat Nestor/Zimonjic 2 and 4 on Laver Arena. To beat the top two teams in the world back-to-back, pretty handily, was probably the best I ever felt.

Funniest Players Encountered: It’s pretty serious these days. Everybody is pretty focused. Surprisingly, a lot of people never see the side of him but behind closed doors in the locker room Federer is more of a jokester than anyone would imagine.

Fiercest Competitors Encountered: Bryan Brothers. Every time – nice guys off the court – and on the court they want to rip your head off every time [smiles].

Courtesy of Scoop Malinowski, tennis-prose.com. Scoop is the author of "Facing Federer" , "Facing Hewitt" and "Facing Nadal", all available on Amazon.

Djokovic Records 30th Match Win Of 2016

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 3:47pm

Novak Djokovic recorded his 30th match win of the season on Thursday to reach the Mutua Madrid Open quarter-finals.

Djokovic was in devastating form against Roberto Bautista Agut, the No. 15 seed, in a 6-2, 6-1 victory over 68 minutes. It was Djokovic's fourth straight win over the 2014 semi-finalist.

"[It was a] flawless performance after 2-2 [in the first set]," said Djokovic. "Everything worked very well. I didn't give him too much time. I think I used the variation of [my] shots, opening up the court - flat, down the lines, slices and, also, different rotations on the serve. [I'm] very, very pleased with the performance."

The World No. 1 is attempting to capture his 29th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament and the fifth trophy of 2016. He is now 30-2 on the year.

Djokovic will next play No. 11 seed Milos Raonic, who defeated seventh seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 6-4 in 72 minutes. Raonic only lost two first serve points and saved both break points faced to even the pair’s FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry at 2-2. The Canadian has now won both clay-court meetings with Tsonga (2014 Rome).

Nick Kyrgios, in the same quarter of the draw as Djokovic, will take on 2014 runner-up and sixth seed Kei Nishikori after he knocked out Pablo Cuevas 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-3.

Kyrgios, who hit 14 aces and saved five of seven break points, will contest his second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 quarter-final. He lost to Nishikori in the Miami semi-finals last month.

Nishikori Downs Gasquet In Madrid 2016

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 3:17pm
Kei Nishikori breaks down his first win over Richard Gasquet in seven attempts. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Ferrer Great Anticipation In Madrid 2016 Hot Shot

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 2:09pm
David Ferrer anticipates a powerful forehand from Tomas Berdych on Thursday at the Mutua Madrid Open. Watch live matches at tennistv.com. Photo: Mutua Madrid Open

Oops! Murray Trick Goes Wrong

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 1:39pm
Andy Murray films a small sequence for the ATP in Madrid on Thursday, but the first take goes slightly wrong...

Bodo: Is Louisa Chirico here for the long haul?

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 1:30pm
Bodo: Is Louisa Chirico here for the long haul?

Ferrer Fires Away Drop Shot Reply Madrid 2016

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 1:18pm
Well that's one way to put away a drop shot. David Ferrer hits Madrid hot shot on Thursday. Watch live matches at tennistv.com

Gasquet Drives Backhand Winner Madrid 2016

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 1:00pm
Richard Gasquet ends a cross-court exchange with Kei Nishikori by driving a backhand winner down the line in their Madrid third-round clash. Watch live matches at tennistv.com

Baseline Buzz: What to make of the fallen WTA stars in Madrid

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 12:54pm
Baseline Buzz: What to make of the fallen WTA stars in Madrid

Players Reveal Clay Strategies And Challenges Madrid 2016

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 12:53pm
Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray discuss the strategies and challenges of playing on clay. Watch live matches at tennistv.com

Murray Reacts To Simon Madrid R3 Win 2016

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 12:41pm
Andy Murray reacts to his straight-sets win over Gilles Simon on Thursday at the Mutua Madrid Open. Watch live matches at tennistv.com