Kvitova on Madrid challenge: ‘It’s almost like a Grand Slam

MADRID, Spain – In a season marked by the success of the younger generation of WTA stars, 29-year-old World No.2 Petra Kvitova has been holding it down for the veterans. In a season that has already seen three teenage champions, as well as the tour’s biggest titles won by players aged 22-and-under, Kvitova is doing [see more]

Qualifier Teichmann wins Prague Open

PRAGUE (AP) — Swiss qualifier Jil Teichmann rallied in the decisive set to defeat Karolina Muchova 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-4 in the Prague Open final on Saturday for her first WTA title. The 21-year-old Teichmann was 2-0 down, and broken again by her 22-year-old Czech opponent for 3-2, but came back once more before converting [see more]

TOP-SEEDED ZVEREV FALLS IN MUNICH, WILL LOSE NO. 3 RANKING TO FEDERER

Alexander Zverev’s early-season struggles continued on Friday as the No. 1 seed lost a dramatic three-setter to Cristian Garin in the quarterfinals of the BMW Open in Munich, 6-4, 5-7, 7-5. With the loss, Zverev will lose his No. 3 ranking on Monday to Roger Federer. Zverev, who was the two-time defending champion in Munich, and was looking [see more]

Nadal To Face NextGen ATP Test In Madrid

Five-time Mutua Madrid Open champion Rafael Nadal will face a blockbuster opening-match against Denis Shapovalov or Felix Auger-Aliassime at La Caja Magica this year. Aiming to clinch his 50th tournament victory in the Spanish capital (49-11), the 80-time tour-level titlist will meet the winner of the all-Canadian #NextGenATP clash for a place in the third [see more]

WILL THE CHALLENGES TO THE BIG 3 CONTINUE IN MADRID? AN ATP PREVIEW

Between them, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer have won every major title since 2016. But it’s a slightly different story at the Masters 1000 and 500 levels, where the results have been less certain, and other players have challenged the rule of the Big 3. This year, a couple of them have even [see more]

Can we agree Roger is the GOAT?

Having just taken out Marin Cilic in the final of the 2018 Australian Open, Roger Federer laid claim to his 20th major title. Beginning in 2003 with his first title at Wimbledon, Federer has stood the test of time and defied all the odds at age 36. In 2017 he was 35 when he showed up [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 [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 [see more]