Federer defeats Nadal in straight sets for Shanghai victory

Roger Federer beats Rafael Nadal for fifth straight time, wins Shanghai Masters title  Courtesy ESPN SHANGHAI — Roger Federer extended his winning streak over Rafael Nadalthis year to four matches after beating the top-ranked Spaniard 6-4, 6-3 to win the Shanghai Masters on Sunday. The 19-time Grand Slam winner, who still trails Nadal 23-15 in [see more]

Federer moving up!

from Greg Garber – ESPN He raced into position to hit his serves, bouncing the ball in rapid-fire fashion — and then played the points even faster. Roger Federer, moving with startling speed from side to side, baseline to net, stunned Stan Wawrinka on Sunday with an up-tempo game in the California desert. The score in the [see more]

Dimitrov-Nadal showdown looms

From ESPN Perhaps unthinkable heading into this first major of the season, Nadal joined 30-something peers Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Venus Williams in the final four of the same major for the first time since 2008. Now 30, Nadal is the latest in a festival of thriving veterans to make this year’s final four, which, remarkably, is the first [see more]

Konta in tears but progress evident

From ESPN Johanna Konta broke down in tears after her Australian Open ended with a quarterfinal demolition by Serena Williams. Konta looked set to test the American following her superb run in form, but the British No. 1 was outclassed Wednesday on Rod Laver Arena, as she went down 6-2, 6-3. It is a mark of how [see more]

Wawrinka on level ground with Federer

From ESPN MELBOURNE, Australia — Somewhere along the line — Roger Federer can’t remember when — the dynamic with Stan Wawrinka changed and the phone calls stopped. Growing up in Federer’s shadow, Wawrinka used to ask for advice, from how to beat certain players to how to deal with pressure. “Then the day came where he didn’t call me [see more]

Nadal through to semis at AO

From ESPN MELBOURNE, Australia — Fairy tales, at least across the past calendar year in sports, have come true with an almost numbing regularity. The NBA’s Cavaliers ended Cleveland’s 52-year drought without a champion and the Cubs finally overcame 108 years of World Series futility. In college basketball and football, national champions Villanova and Clemson [see more]

World Tour Finals update – ATP

ATP World Tour Finals 2016 Results: Monday Tennis Scores and Updated Schedule By Matt Jones, Featured Columnist  Nov 14, 2016  GLYN KIRK/Getty Images Kei Nishikori produced an imperious performance at the ATP World Tour Finals on Monday, beating an out-of-sorts Stanislas Wawrinka 6-2, 6-3.  The man from Japan brought his best tennis to the O2 Arena in [see more]

Stringing at the U.S. Open

The following is an article published by Jane McManus, Reporter & Columnist at espnW.com It chronicles a bit of the life of stringing at the Open. Dustin Tankersley came to the very first IART symposium (then called the GSS symposium) in New Braunfels, Texas with the goal of becoming a tour level stringer. He now works [see more]

Saisai Zheng and the case of the curious Rogers Cup stringing machine

How about some thoughts on this from IART members The Chinese player was the victim of a bad string job Tuesday night for her first-round match against Françoise Abanda of Montreal. (Stephanie Myles/opencourt.ca) MONTREAL – For 22-year-old Saisai Zheng of China, Tuesday evening’s marquee match at the Rogers Cup against homegirl Françoise Abanda turned out [see more]

Thiem takes out Federer in Mercedes Cup

Roger Federer squandered two match points and lost to Dominic Thiem 3-6, 7-6 (7), 6-4 in a rain-interrupted Mercedes Cup semifinal on Saturday. Thiem will play seventh-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber for the title. Kohlschreiber beat Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 6-4 in a match that had a long rain delay in the second set. Thiem led [see more]