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Thiem Lands Gorgeous Volley Hot Shot In Madrid 2017 Final

Sun, 05/14/2017 - 5:42am
Watch Hot Shot as Dominic Thiem hits a perfect volley at a crucial moment against Rafael Nadal in the Mutua Madrid Open final. Watch live matches at tennistv.com. Photo: Getty Images

Halep wins to get back-to-back Madrid titles

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 7:53pm
Halep wins to get back-to-back Madrid titles

Nadal pulls a big win out of the Magic Box vs. Djokovic

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 1:54pm
Nadal pulls a big win out of the Magic Box vs. Djokovic

How Novak Djokovic is helping Andy Murray stay on top

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 2:13pm
How Novak Djokovic is helping Andy Murray stay on top

Pique's World Cup of Tennis proposal backed

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 8:47am
Pique's World Cup of Tennis proposal backed

Is Eugenie Bouchard trash-talking or speaking the truth?

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 9:55am
Is Eugenie Bouchard trash-talking or speaking the truth?

Warrior instincts alone won't get Maria Sharapova back to the top

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 9:05am
Warrior instincts alone won't get Maria Sharapova back to the top

Sandgren claims USTA's wild card for French

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 8:10pm
Sandgren claims USTA's wild card for French

Cilic outduels Raonic For Istanbul Open Crown

Sun, 05/07/2017 - 3:04pm
Cilic outduels Raonic For Istanbul Open Crown

Confusion or clarity? Why did Novak Djokovic split with his entire team?

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 9:03am
Confusion or clarity? Why did Novak Djokovic split with his entire team?

Bautista Agut Survives Munich Scare

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 5:55pm

Second seed Roberto Bautista Agut escaped from the brink of defeat on Wednesday at the BMW Open by FWU, rallying from 3-5 in the deciding set to reach the quarter-finals over Marius Copil 4-6, 7-6(3), 7-5.

The Romanian Copil captured the lone break of serve in the opening set at 2-2, but Bautista Agut came back from an early break down in the second set and dominated the tie-break to force a decider. Copil served for the match at 5-3 in the final set and came within two points of winning, but the Spaniard fought back to win the final four games and prevail in two hours and 28 minutes.

He improves his FedEx ATP Head2Head against Copil to 2-0 and looks to surpass his best Munich performance of a semi-final finish in 2015 (l. Murray).

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Awaiting him in the quarter-finals is German qualifier Yannick Hanfmann, who delighted the home crowd with a 7-6(5), 4-6, 7-5 win over eighth seed Thomaz Bellucci. The 25-year-old German saved a match point with Bellucci serving for the contest at 5-4 in the final set before ultimately scoring the upset in two hours and 19 minutes.

Hanfmann, currently No. 273 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, is making his ATP World Tour main draw debut this week. His best result this season prior to Munich was a quarter-final showing at the ATP Challenger Tour event in Bergamo.

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Joining him in the quarter-finals is seventh seed Jan-Lennard Struff, who prevailed in an all-German battle against Tommy Haas 6-4, 7-5. Struff rallied from 1-3 down in the second set to win the first FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting between these players. Struff has been in fine form this clay season, reaching the quarter-finals in Marrakech and defeating Grigor Dimitrov en route to a third-round showing in Monte-Carlo.

Next up for him is third seed and #NextGenATP German Alexander Zverev, who defeated Jeremy Chardy 6-4, 6-4. The battle was a rematch of their quarter-final this February in Montpellier, which saw Zverev prevail in three sets. The German, who reached the semi-finals last year in Munich, improves his FedEx ATP Head2Head against Chardy to 3-0.

DOUBLES

Third seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah are the first team to reach the semi-finals after a 6-2, 6-4 win over Italians Fabio Fognini and Andreas Seppi.

In first-round doubles action, top seeds Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic needed just 56 minutes to defeat Dino Marcan and Tristan-Samuel Weissborn 6-3, 6-2. They’ll play last week’s champions in Budapest, Brian Baker and Nikola Mektic, who moved past Julian Knowle and Alexander Peya 7-5, 4-6, 10-5.

Fourth seeds Julio Peralta and Horacio Zeballos eased past French duo Julien Benneteau and Jonathan Eysseric 6-3, 6-4. Next up for them is Mikhail Kukushkin and Sergiy Stakhovsky, who defeated Nenad Zimonjic and Mischa Zverev 6-4, 7-5.

German wild cards Gero Kretschmer and Alexander Satschko scored the upset of the day over second seeds Treat Huey and Max Mirnyi 7-6(2), 6-1, and will play the French duo of Chardy and Fabrice Martin.

Carreno Busta Snaps Streak In Estoril

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 5:39pm

Top seed Pablo Carreno Busta earned his first win against countryman Tommy Robredo, moving into the Millennium Estoril Open quarter-finals with a 7-6(5), 7-5 victory on Wednesday.

The 25-year-old Carreno Busta hadn't won a set and was 0-3 against the 35-year-old Robredo during their FedEx ATP Head2Head series. But all three of their past match-ups took place in 2014, and Carreno Busta has leaped in the Emirates ATP Rankings since their most recent contest, a quarter-final at Umag in 2014.

At the time, Carreno Busta was ranked No. 57 and hadn't reached an ATP World Tour final. Nearly three years later, though, the 6'2” Spaniard is ranked No. 21, has reached five finals and won two ATP World Tour titles (Moscow 2016; Winston-Salem 2016).

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Carreno Busta, an Estoril semi-finalist in 2015 and a finalist in 2016, will face another veteran countryman in the last eight: defending champion Nicolas Almagro, who dropped only two points on his first serve (20/22) to beat Portugal's Gastao Elias 6-1, 6-2. Almagro improves to 9-1 in Estoril.

Second seed Richard Gasquet will look to win his first tour-level match since February later on Wednesday. The 2015 Estoril champion underwent appendicitis surgery in March and lost in his return last week at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell. Gasquet is 4-0 against his second-round opponent, Argentine Carlos Berlocq, in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series.

Fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro received some sad news and had to withdraw from the tournament to head back to Argentina. “I received the news of the death of my grandfather, and I need to go to my family to be with them during this hard time and say goodbye with them. Thank you Estoril, I will see you soon,” del Potro said in a statement.

.@delpotrojuan .@delpotrojuan is on his way to Argentina after his grandfather passed away today. He wants to stay with his family in this tough moment.

— Jorge Viale (@jorgeviale) May 3, 2017

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Raonic Returns With Istanbul Win

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 2:12pm

Top seed Milos Raonic showed he's finally injury-free at the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open on Wednesday, coming through a lengthy 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-6(3) tussle over an in-form Aljaz Bedene to reach the quarter-finals.

Bedene, who finished runner-up last week in Budapest (l. Pouille), traded service holds throughout the first set with Raonic before taking the final three points in the tie-break. The Canadian broke Bedene twice in the second set to level the match, but neither player earned a break point in the decider. In the third-set tie-break, Raonic ripped a forehand winner to earn a 2/0 mini-break and held the momentum to prevail in two hours and 36 minutes.

Raonic was playing his first match in nearly six weeks after being forced to withdraw from his third-round contest in Miami with a hamstring injury, the same ailment that caused him to pull out of the Delray Beach final and withdraw from three other tournaments. 

He'll next play sixth seed Bernard Tomic, who booked his quarter-final spot with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Rogerio Dutra Silva. Raonic leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry 4-0, with three victories coming in 2016.

"It's my second time being in a clay-court quarter-final," said Tomic. "It's a very good thing for me. This time last year I was ranked 17, 18 in the world and couldn't win a clay-court match. It's good progress for me. I'm happy that I'm playing well, especially in Istanbul."

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Second seed Marin Cilic enjoyed a winning debut as he dismissed Damir Dzumhur 6-3, 6-2 in 70 minutes. The Croatian opened his clay-court swing with a quarter-final showing in Monte-Carlo two weeks ago (l. to Ramos-Vinolas) and is bidding to win his second title on the dirt this week, five years on from his Umag triumph.

“I’m feeling very comfortable now. A crucial thing of me was a good two weeks of practice on clay after Miami, so I worked hard on my movement and getting used to the clay,” said Cilic. “Damir is a great runner and defends very well, but I felt I played very solid overall.”

Cilic goes on to face eighth seed Steve Darcis, who made short work of Jiri Vesely with a 6-2, 6-1 victory in 52 minutes.

DOUBLES

In first-round doubles play, top seeds Nicholas Monroe and Artem Sitak defeated Johan Brunstrom and Matt Reid 6-2, 6-7(3), 10-8, and will play Antonio Sancic and Adil Shamasdin for a place in the final four. Third seeds Jonathan Erlich and Scott Lipsky moved past Dutra Silva and Paolo Lorenzi 7-6(4), 6-2. They'll next face wild cards Tuna Altuna and Alessandro Motti, who defeated Serbians Dusan Lajovic and Viktor Troicki 4-6, 7-5, 10-4.

Aussies John-Patrick Smith and Jordan Thompson scored the upset of the day with a tight 7-6(6), 7-6(4) win over fourth-seeded Argentines Guillermo Duran and Andres Molteni

Murray: Konta can thrive in Serena absence

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 12:55pm
Murray: Konta can thrive in Serena absence

Nastase faces Wimbledon Royal Box ban

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 10:14am
Nastase faces Wimbledon Royal Box ban

Stuttgart result does little to settle Maria Sharapova debate

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 9:55am
Stuttgart result does little to settle Maria Sharapova debate

Murray expects Sharapova at Wimbledon

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 7:24am
Murray expects Sharapova at Wimbledon

Istanbul 2017

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 9:43pm

Del Potro, Almagro Start Strong In Estoril 2017 Highlights

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 9:37pm
Watch highlights as Juan Martin del Potro makes a winning return on clay, while new father Nicolas Almagro and qualifier Bjorn Fratangelo claim first-round wins Tuesday in Estoril. Video courtesy Millennium Estoril Open

Del Potro, Carreno Busta Enjoy Off-Roading And Scenery In Estoril

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 9:07pm
Juan Martin del Potro and Pablo Carreno Busta take in the beautiful views from up high after jumping behind the wheel of a Peugeot to tackle the dirt tracks of the Malveira da Serra in Cascais. Video courtesy Millennium Open Estoril