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ESPYS Voting: Best Male Tennis Player

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 2:16pm
Let your voice be heard and then tune in to the 2018 ESPY Awards on July 18 on ABC!

Federer On Win Over Paire: 'That Was Exciting'

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 1:20pm
Watch as Roger Federer describes why he felt excited rather than frustrated after facing a number of tense moments against Benoit Paire at Halle on Thursday. Photo Credit: Alex Grimm/Getty Images. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Kyrgios: 'It's Important To Hold Serve On Grass'

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 12:54pm
Nick Kyrgios, who hit 32 aces and won 88 per cent of points on his first delivery against Kyle Edmund in the second round at the Fever-Tree Championships, discusses the importance of holding serve on grass. Photo Credit: GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Djokovic Downs Dimitrov At Queen's Club

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 12:54pm

Novak Djokovic secured his first victory over Top 5 opposition in almost 18 months, defeating World No. 5 Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-1 at the Fever-Tree Championships on Thursday.

Djokovic notched his seventh win in eight FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings against the reigning Nitto ATP Finals titlist after 65 minutes, winning eight of the last nine games and 30 of 34 first-serve points.

The 31-year-old, who lifted the doubles title in 2010 (w/Erlich), improves to 8-3 at the Queen's Club and has now reached the last eight in each of his three most recent tournament appearances. Djokovic advanced to the Internazionali BNL d'Italia semi-finals in May (l. to Nadal) and reached the last eight at Roland Garros (l. to Cecchinato).

"I'm still kind of finding my form," Djokovic said. "This was a great test, playing against one of the top players in the world, a player that I guess prefers this surface the most. It was a great challenge that I was looking forward to. I was very focused; I was very determined to play my best, especially after my great performance in the first round (d. Millman)."

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Both men made strong starts, holding their opening four service games with relative ease. But, from that point forward, Djokovic seized total control.

After holding to 15 for a 5-4 lead, the Serb capitalised on two double faults from Dimitrov, at the start and conclusion of the tenth game, to take a one-set lead.

"I guess I broke his resistance in that 10th game of the first set. He made a couple of crucial double faults that obviously allowed me to get ahead, but I thought I was just making him play in big moments and I served well when I needed to," Djokovic said. "So it was a very good performance."

Djokovic went from strength to strength in the second set, breaking serve to 30 in the fourth and sixth games before converting his fourth match point, as Dimitrov's slice-backhand return floated beyond the baseline.

Djokovic will meet Adrian Mannarino, who won an all-French clash in the final match of the day, 7-6(4), 6-3 against qualifier Julien Benneteau, over one hour and 51 minutes. The Serbian has won both his FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings with Mannarino in straight sets.

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Did You Know?
Gigor Dimitrov has appeared at every edition of the Fever-Tree Championships since 2009. The Bulgarian won the title in 2014, defeating Spain's Feliciano Lopez in a final-set tie-break.

Serena: Boys need domestic abuse education

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 12:30pm
Serena Williams says the conversation about stopping domestic abuse shouldn't just center around women, but men as well.

Strycova trips top seed Muguruza; Kvitova wins

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 12:12pm
Barbora Strycova upset defending Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza in straight sets at the Birmingham Classic on Thursday, while Petra Kvitova easily advanced.

Hot Shot: Kyrgios' Daring Tweener Lob Winner At Queen's Club

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 11:41am
Watch as Nick Kyrgios sprints up to a drop shot and hits a tweener lob over the head of Kyle Edmund en route to victory at the Fever-Tree Championships on Thursday. Photo Credit: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Hot Shot: Federer Rips Backhand Winner In Halle

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 11:36am
Watch as Roger Federer unleashes a searing backhand down the line against Benoit Paire during their second-round match at the Gerry Weber Open on Thursday. Photo Credit: Alex Grimm/Getty Images. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Highlights: Cilic, Querrey, Tiafoe Move On At Queen's

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 4:05pm
Watch highlights as Marin Cilic battles past Gilles Muller in three sets, while Sam Querrey and Frances Tiafoe also moved on at the Fever-Tree Championships on Wednesday. Photo credit: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Highlights: RBA Moves On As Thiem, Nishikori Upset In Halle

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 4:03pm
Watch highlights as Roberto Bautista Agut survives an upset-filled Wednesday at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle. Photo credit: Thomas Starke/Getty Images. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Kyrgios/Hewitt Cause Big Upset At Queen's Club

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 3:17pm

Lleyton Hewitt and Nick Kyrgios caused a major upset on Wednesday at the Fever-Tree Championships when they knocked out two-time former champions Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 3-6, 10-6 in 66 minutes for a place in the quarter-finals.

The Australian wild cards broke Herbert’s serve in the seventh game of the first set, but the French team regrouped to take a 4-1 advantage in the second set. Hewitt and Kyrgios took control of the Match tie-break by winning four of the first five points. They will next face Britons Kyle Edmund and Neal Skupski.

Two weeks ago, Herbert and Mahut captured the Roland Garros title – their 12th team trophy. Hewitt, 37, has played five tour-level doubles tournaments this year, including a run to the Australian Open quarter-finals with Sam Groth.

Lucky losers Marcus Daniell and Wesley Koolhof made the most of their opportunity by beating wild cards Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 7-6(2). They go onto face fourth seeds and defending champions Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares.

The victors will challenge top seeds Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic, the leaders in the ATP Race To London for a spot at the Nitto ATP Finals in November.

Marach and Pavic, with four trophies to their name this year, fought hard to defeat Rohan Bopanna and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-4, 6-7(6), 10-7. They could not convert two match points at 6/4 in the second set tie-break and came back from 3/6 down in the Match tie-break.

Kubot/Melo Move On In Halle
Defending champions Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo booked their place in the Gerry Weber Open quarter-finals, defeating qualifiers Jonathan Erlich and Nicholas Monroe 6-3, 6-4.

The top seeds advanced after 69 minutes, firing seven aces and saving three of four break points to progress. Kubot and Melo, who own an 18-12 record this season, will meet Max Mirnyi and Philipp Oswald for a semi-final spot. Mirnyi and Oswald edged past Marcin Matkowski and Matwe Middelkoop 7-5, 7-6(4) in 81 minutes.

Ivan Dodig and Rajeev Ram wasted no time in their opening match, cruising past Karen Khachanov and Lucas Pouille 6-3, 6-0 in 57 minutes. The fourth seeds won all four break points they earned to power past the Russian-French duo, who contested the Open 13 Provence singles final in February.

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Thiem, Nishikori upset at Gerry Weber Open

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 3:15pm
Third-seeded Dominic Thiem and seventh-seed Kei Nishikori were both upset during second-round play at the Gerry Weber Open on Wednesday.

Mallorca Open: No. 1 seed Garcia wins again

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 3:04pm
Caroline Garcia advanced to the quarterfinal stage in the Mallorca Open after a two-set victory over Johanna Larsson.

Sublime Sugita Stuns Thiem In Halle

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 2:10pm

Yuichi Sugita showcased his grass-court pedigree on Wednesday at the Gerry Weber Open when he recorded the second victory over a member of the Top 10 in the ATP Rankings.

The 29-year-old Japanese beat third seed Dominic Thiem, who is more accustomed to top-level play on clay courts, 6-2, 7-5 over 88 minutes in Halle. He will next play American Denis Kudla.

Last year’s Antalya Open champion won the first four games against Thiem and broke at 5-5 in the second set, before requiring four match point chances for his seventh win of 2018. Sugita lost just seven of his first-service points, converting 10 of his 13 break point opportunities, while Thiem committed 33 unforced errors.

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Thiem, who has a 36-10 match record this year, largely based on a successful European clay-court swing, had been bidding to reach his 10th quarter-final in 13 tournaments. Sugita beat then World No. 9 Jack Sock at the Australian Open in January.

Kudla, a 25-year-old qualifier, struck five aces and saved all four break points he faced in beating Next Gen ATP Finals contender Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-4 in 84 minutes.

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Sugita: 'This Is The Best Match Of My Career'

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 2:02pm
Watch as Yuichi Sugita breaks down what he describes as the best match of his career after defeating third seed Dominic Thiem at Halle on Wednesday. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Svitolina ousts Cornet in Birmingham Classic

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 1:37pm
Elina Svitolina and Magdalena Rybarikova were among those advancing to the quarterfinals of the Wimbledon warmup tournament in Birmingham, England.

Cilic Wins Another Ace-Fuelled Clash; Tiafoe To Play Chardy

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 1:36pm

Marin Cilic extended his perfect record against Gilles Muller on Wednesday for a place in the Fever-Tree Championships quarter-finals.

Top-seeded Croatian Cilic, a three-time finalist at The Queen’s Club (26-9 match record), highlighted by the 2012 title, struck 19 aces to Muller’s 17 in a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory in one hour and 42 minutes. Cilic is now 4-0 against Luxembourg’s Muller in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series.

“It was difficult [to come back from a set down],” said Cilic. “He served really, really well consistently, and very tricky with his left hand. He was hitting good spots everywhere. It was definitely not easy. But I upped my serve a little bit from beginning of the second set.

“I didn't give him many chances on the return, and that just pushed me to stay in the match and to put back pressure on him. Obviously, that gave me few more chances on the returns. I got the break, and things sort of opened up a little bit more for me. I started from that point to play a little bit better and even made a few extra returns, putting pressure all the time on him. I was quite solid. Really happy with the way I pulled it from one set down.”

In their two previous grass-court meetings, Cilic hit 33 aces to Muller’s 17 in the 2017 Wimbledon quarter-finals and Cilic fired down 20 aces to Muller’s 22 in last year’s semi-finals at the ATP World Tour 250 tournament.

Cilic will next face another big-server, fifth-seeded American and 2010 titlist Sam Querrey, who saved seven set points in the first set of his victory over Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland.

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Next Gen ATP Finals contender Frances Tiafoe notched his 18th win of the season, the most among American players on the ATP World Tour in 2018, beating Argentina's Leonardo Mayer 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.

"I thought it was a really good match," said Tiafoe. I played him once before in Shanghai in the last-round of qualifying. It was another tight match. I won 6-4 in the third set... In the second set I had a little lapse, but the third set was extremely tight and I was happy to get through."

The Delray Beach Open champion hit 10 aces and dropped just two points behind his first serve in the final set to reach his first quarter-final at The Queen's Club after one hour and 50 minutes. Mayer, who recorded just his second Top 10 win in 31 matches on Tuesday (d. Anderson), drops to 14-14 at tour-level this season.

"I am pretty pumped," said Tiafoe. "Grass hasn't been my favorite surface at all in the past here. I had unbelievable preperation, staying here after Roland Garros, practising on grass for a couple weeks... With a bunch of great players. It's paying off, luckily."

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Tiafoe, bidding to reach his third tour-level semi-final of the season, will face Libema Open finalist Jeremy Chardy.

"Jeremy is a great friend of mine... So far he's been having an unbelievable grass court season," said Tiafoe. "He won a big Challenger [in Surbiton] and made the finals last week in 's-Hertogenbosch. Obviously he's feeling good."

Chardy progressed to the last eight after 83 minutes, defeating Sydney International titlist Daniil Medvedev 7-6(6), 6-3. The Frenchman, won who the Surbiton Trophy on the ATP Challenger Tour before reaching the championship match in 's-Hertogenbosch last week, didn't face a single break point en route to victory.

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Frances Tiafoe came into the Fever-Tree Championships with a 1-2 FedEx ATP Win/Loss Record on grass.

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Wimbledon doubles wild card goes to Hewitt

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 12:50pm
Former singles champion Lleyton Hewitt and partner Alex Bolt have received a wild-card entry into the men's doubles competition at Wimbledon.

ATP World Tour Players Make Picks For World Cup Winner

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 12:49pm
Watch as Mischa Zverev, Lucas Pouille, Nick Kyrgios, Kei Nishikori and other ATP World Tour stars weigh in with their predictions for the outcome of the 2018 World Cup.

Big Sam Ousts Stan, Saves Seven Set Points In First Set

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 11:52am

Former champion Sam Querrey lived to fight another day at the Fever-Tree Championships on Wednesday, saving seven set points in the first set en route to a second-round victory over Stan Wawrinka.

Querrey, the 2010 titlist at The Queen’s Club, struck 25 aces in a 7-5, 6-7(3), 6-1 win over Wawrinka, who is growing in confidence in his rehabilitation from two left knee surgeries last year, in one hour and 56 minutes.

The American, who is now 20-9 lifetime at the ATP World Tour 500 tournament, will next play top seed and 2013 champion Marin Cilic, who bear Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller.

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In a dramatic 10th game of the first set, which included six aces and two double faults, fifth seed Querrey fended off seven set points. He then won eight of 10 points in the next two games to clinch the 48-minute opener.

Wawrinka regrouped in the second round, but was denied another set point opportunity at 6-5, with Querrey serving at 30/40. In the tie-break, Wawrinka won four of the first five points, but it was one-way traffic in the decider with Querrey losing four of his service points.

“It’s frustrating to lose it,” said Wawrinka. “I think the level is there. I think I'm moving quite well on the grass and I was feeling good. I had a lot of chances in the first set and I didn't make it. He was playing really well. He's a tough player to play on the grass.

“It was a tough match, but I think in general this is a positive loss for me. For sure, I'm sad and frustrated because I need to win matches.”

Querrey, now 13-11 on the season that includes a run to the New York Open final (l. to Anderson) in February, beat Wawrinka for the first time since October 2013 at the China Open. Wawrinka now leads 5-2 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series.

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