October 2013

Karlovic Topples Berdych in First Round at Swiss Indoors

October 23, 2013

Towering Croat Ivo Karlovic knocked out second-seeded Tomas Berdych 4-6, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2) in a first-round upset yesterday at the Swiss Indoors Basel. It was the fourth straight time the No. 7-ranked Berdych has suffered an opening-round loss at Basel. The win continued the 6-foot-11 Karlovic’s remarkable recovery from viral meningitis which sidelined the […]

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Haas Defeats Haase to Capture Erste Bank Open

October 20, 2013

Second-seeded Tommy Haas defeated Dutchman Robin Haase 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in the final of the Erste Bank Open in Vienna Sunday afternoon, keeping alive his slim hopes of qualifying for the ATP World Tour Finals in London next month. The title was the 35-year-old Haas’ second of the year and 15th of his career. He […]

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Del Potro Thumps Nadal in Shanghai Masters Semifinal

October 12, 2013

Nobody defeats Rafael Nadal easily. Yet on Saturday night in the second semifinal of the Shanghai Masters, Juan Martin del Potro came about as close as humanly possible to doing just that. Del Potro dismantled the No. 1-ranked Spaniard 6-2, 6-4 in a scintillating exhibition of power tennis. Yes, it took one hour and 46 […]

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Djokovic Whips Nadal for China Open Crown

October 6, 2013

Novak Djokovic won his fourth China Open on Sunday afternoon, dominating Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-4 in the final and improving his Beijing tournament record to 19-0. Djokovic’s win halted a streak of three straight defeats to Nadal, but couldn’t prevent the Spaniard from ascending to world number one tomorrow when the new rankings come out. […]

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Is Robert Kendrick Preparing for a Comeback?

October 2, 2013

I was checking the order of play for yesterday’s matches at the Sacramento Challenger on Monday night and spotted the name Robert Kendrick. Couldn’t be the Robert Kendrick I remembered. The hulking, 6-foot-3 serve and volleyer who was one of the last floaters any seeded player ever wanted to meet in the early rounds of […]

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