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Rafael Nadal, Kei Nishikori Among Top Winners and Losers for Week of April 20-26

From Bleacher Report – Tennis http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2443601-rafael-nadal-and-kei-nishikori-top-winners-and-losers-at-barcelona
Rafael Nadal’s struggles at the Barcelona Open continued for the second consecutive year, while Japanese star Kei Nishikori celebrated his title defense on Spanish soil by holding up his country’s flag. Is this a sign of things to come, and is Nishikori now a legitimate French Open contender?
There were [...]

Rafael Nadal and Kei Nishikori Top Winners and Losers at Barcelona

From Bleacher Report – Tennis http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2443601-rafael-nadal-and-kei-nishikori-top-winners-and-losers-at-barcelona
Rafael Nadal’s struggles at the Barcelona Open continued for the second consecutive year, while Japanese star Kei Nishikori celebrated his title defense on Spanish soil by holding up his country’s flag. Is this a sign of things to come, and is Nishikori now a legitimate French Open contender?
There were [...]

Rafael Nadal and Kei Nishikori Top Winners and Losers at Barcelona

From Bleacher Report – Tennis http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2443601-rafael-nadal-and-kei-nishikori-top-winners-and-losers-at-barcelona
Rafael Nadal’s struggles at the Barcelona Open continued for the second consecutive year, while Japanese star Kei Nishikori celebrated his title defense on Spanish soil by holding up his country’s flag. Is this a sign of things to come, and is Nishikori now a legitimate French Open contender?
There were [...]

Ranking the Most Surprising ATP Tour Event Winners in 2015

From Bleacher Report – Tennis http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2442914-ranking-the-most-surprising-atp-tour-event-winners-in-2015
Despite the king of tennis leaving mere scraps for the rest, there have been enough surprises on the ATP tour in 2015 to keep those outsiders keen.
Victor Estrella Burgos’ name transcended the sport when he sealed his first ATP Tour title in Ecuador, beating a formidable opponent in Feliciano [...]

Rafael Nadal Will Win Another French Open, but Maybe Not in 2015

From Bleacher Report – Tennis http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2444019-rafael-nadal-will-win-another-french-open-but-maybe-not-in-2015
The lack of emphatic “vamos-ing” across the clay courts of Europe this spring is almost deafening in its silence.
The void is palpable.
After dominating one surface to a greater degree than arguably any other player in the history of tennis, Rafael Nadal finally appears to have hit a [...]

Ranking the Best Budding Rivalries in Tennis Today

From Bleacher Report – Tennis http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2441338-ranking-the-best-budding-rivalries-in-tennis-today
Tennis rivalries help to define an era in the sport.
Matches between Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe, Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras, and Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert represent the style of play, level of competition and even fashion of particular times.
Those iconic rivalries began as recurring matchups that grew [...]

Ranking the Best Budding Rivalries in Tennis Today

From Bleacher Report – Tennis http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2441338-ranking-the-best-budding-rivalries-in-tennis-today
Tennis rivalries help to define an era in the sport.
Matches between Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe, Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras, and Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert represent the style of play, level of competition and even fashion of particular times.
Those iconic rivalries began as recurring matchups that grew [...]

Why Rafael Nadal Is No Longer Invincible on Clay

From Bleacher Report – Tennis http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2441693-why-rafael-nadal-is-no-longer-invincible-on-clay
Rafael Nadal’s 6-4, 7-6(6) loss to Fabio Fognini at the Barcelona Open was another clay-court blow for the Spanish superstar. Not long ago, any defeat to tennis’s all-time King of Clay on Europe’s red clay would have been a screaming headline.
Not anymore.
Fognini, too often a volatile performer, collected [...]

Novak Djokovic Entering Rarified Air with Recent Dominance

From Bleacher Report – Tennis http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2438774-novak-djokovic-entering-rarified-air-with-recent-dominance
Savor these moments, tennis fans, because you’re witnessing history in the making.
Not many players have ever had a run like Novak Djokovic is currently enjoying. He’s put a stranglehold on the No. 1 ranking over the last six months, snatching every important title in sight.
Ending 2014 with victories at [...]

Why Rafael Nadal is No Longer Invincible on Clay

From Bleacher Report – Tennis http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2441693-why-rafael-nadal-is-no-longer-invincible-on-clay
Rafael Nadal’s 6-4, 7-6(6) loss to Fabio Fognini at the Barcelona Open was another clay-court blow for the Spanish superstar. Not long ago, any defeat to tennis’s all-time King of Clay on Europe’s red clay would have been a screaming headline.
Not anymore.
Fognini, too often a volatile performer, collected [...]

Top-seeded Nishikori eases past at Gabashvili in Barcelona (Yahoo Sports)

From Yahoo! Sports – Tennis News

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Top-seeded Kei Nishikori began the defense of his Barcelona Open title with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Teymuraz Gabashvili of Russia on Tuesday.

Burning Questions for Top Male Tennis Players Before the 2015 French Open

From Bleacher Report – Tennis http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2436049-burning-questions-for-top-male-tennis-players-before-the-2015-french-open
A month remains until the French Open, but there’s still plenty to be decided during these crucial next few weeks. 
At the summit of the game stands Novak Djokovic, the uncontested No. 1 player in the world. Will anyone keep him from achieving the most elusive title of his career?
One [...]

Serena Williams has a solution to liven up Fed Cup (Yahoo Sports)

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Seeing Serena Williams play three matches over two days in Fed Cup was a rare treat over the weekend. If Fed Cup were to move away from its annual format, however, Williams might compete more consistently. ”Ideally it would be great if it was every two years, just [...]

Serena Williams has a solution to liven up Fed Cup (Yahoo Sports)

From Yahoo! Sports – Tennis News
Seeing Serena Williams play three matches over two days in Fed Cup was a rare treat over the weekend. If Fed Cup were to move away from its annual format, however, Williams might compete more consistently. ”Ideally it would be great if it was every two years, just [...]

Spain’s Gimeno-Traver defeats 6th-seeded Troicki (Yahoo Sports)

From Yahoo! Sports – Tennis News
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Sixth seed Viktor Troicki was knocked out of the Nastase Tiriac Trophy on Monday, losing to Spain’s Daniel Gimeno-Traver on the first day of the tournament.

Grades for Top Stars at the 2015 Monte-Carlo Masters

From Bleacher Report – Tennis http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2435875-grades-for-top-stars-at-the-2015-monte-carlo-masters
The outcome of the 2015 Monte-Carlo Masters might not have raised any eyebrows, but there were stars on display who made the grade in style to turn their seasons around.
Grigor Dimitrov secured a quarter-final place after a succession of early exits in recent weeks. He beat formidable opponents along the way [...]

Granollers beats Matosevic in 1st round of Barcelona Open (Yahoo Sports)

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Marc Granollers of Spain eased past Marinko Matosevic of Bosnia 6-2, 6-3 in the first round of the Barcelona Open on Monday.

Granollers beats Matosevic in 1st round of Barcelona Open (Yahoo Sports)

From Yahoo! Sports – Tennis News
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Marc Granollers of Spain eased past Marinko Matosevic of Bosnia 6-2, 6-3 in the first round of the Barcelona Open on Monday.

Eugenie Bouchard Going from Golden Girl to Problem Child

From Bleacher Report – Tennis http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2435551-eugenie-bouchard-going-from-golden-girl-to-problem-child
Eugenie Bouchard, once the WTA Tour’s new golden girl, is turning into a problem child.
Last year’s breakout star and media darling is struggling on tour and making news for the wrong reasons. A few days ago, during a Fed Cup draw ceremony, Bouchard refused to shake the hand of [...]

Serena Williams at Fed Cup: ‘Today was a big eye opener’ (Yahoo Sports)

From Yahoo! Sports – Tennis News

Serena Williams thought she was ready for the clay-court season. ”Today has been a big eye opener,” Williams said after coming back from a set down to post a windy, error-filled 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3 win over Sara Errani on Sunday in a Fed Cup playoff against Italy. [...]

Czech Republic beats France 3-1 in Fed Cup semis (Yahoo Sports)

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Defending champion Czech Republic reached its fourth Fed Cup final in five years by defeating France after Petra Kvitova won the first reverse singles on Sunday. In a match of two big-hitting players, the fourth-ranked Kvitova beat 29th-ranked Caroline Garcia 6-4, 6-4 for an insurmountable 3-0 lead in the [...]

Russia beats Germany in Fed Cup semi to book final vs Czechs (Yahoo Sports)

From Yahoo! Sports – Tennis News
Russia reached the Fed Cup final Sunday, sealing victory at home over Germany in the last doubles rubber. Elena Vesnina and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova won 6-2, 6-3 against Andrea Petkovic and Sabine Lisicki to stop a German comeback that had seen them recover from 2-0 down in the best-of-five tie [...]

Djokovic beats Berdych in Monte Carlo Masters final (Yahoo Sports)

From Yahoo! Sports – Tennis News

Even when Novak Djokovic doesn’t play very well, he manages to win titles. Despite hitting 38 unforced errors in a back-and forth match, the top-ranked Serb won the first big clay-court tournament of the season with a 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 win over Tomas Berdych in the final of the [...]

Italy beats US and Serena Williams 3-2 in Fed Cup playoff (Yahoo Sports)

From Yahoo! Sports – Tennis News
BRINDISI, Italy (AP) — Top-ranked Serena Williams fought back from a set down to win her windy singles match over Sara Errani but couldn’t produce another victory in the decisive doubles encounter as Italy beat the United States 3-2 Sunday in a Fed Cup World Group playoff.

Djokovic beats Nadal to reach Monte Carlo Masters final (Yahoo Sports)

From Yahoo! Sports – Tennis News

Monte Carlo is not Rafael Nadal’s playground anymore, and Novak Djokovic is claiming the throne left vacant by the King of Clay. For the second time in three years, the top-ranked Serb ended Nadal’s run at the clay-court Masters tournament, overcoming a strong challenge from the Spaniard to reach [...]

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