June 2014

Kyrgios Knocks off Vesely to Reach Fourth Round at Wimbledon

June 29, 2014

Rising Australian hope Nick Kyrgios took on fellow young gun Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic in a hotly hyped third-round matchup yesterday afternoon at Wimbledon and didn’t disappoint. The 19-year-old Kyrgios prevailed 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-2 in a stunning performance that earned him a Round of 16 duel with top-ranked Rafael Nadal. It was […]

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First Round Upset Picks at Wimbledon

June 22, 2014

Early round upsets aren’t all that unusual at Wimbledon, which opens its two-week run tomorrow. Last year, Rafael Nadal, fresh off his eighth French Open title, was bounced in the opening round by unheralded Steve Darcis of Belgium. Roger Federer fell several days later in a second-round upset at the hands of Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky. […]

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Kyrgios Scrapes by Groth to Win Nottingham-2 Challenger

June 14, 2014

For young Australian Nick Kyrgios it’s been a coming-of-age spring. In a match pegged as flash versus bash, the 19-year-old hotshot edged fellow countryman big-serving Sam Groth 7-6 (3), 7-6 (7) in the final of the Nottingham-2 Challenger Saturday. It was a classic grass-court duel between two guys who are known to whack the ball […]

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Groth Tops Bozoljac in Nottingham Grass-Court Duel

June 10, 2014

When the draw for the Nottingham-2 Challenger was posted on Sunday, there was at least one first-round matchup that portended to be all about the serve. Top Gun of Fast Serve Australian Sam Groth versus big-boomer Ilija Bozoljac of Serbia, and on the fast lawns of Nottingham yet. Groth with a clocked best serve of […]

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Nadal Wears Down Djokovic to Win Ninth French Open Title

June 8, 2014

Rafael Nadal won his record-extending ninth French Open title Sunday afternoon, defeating a game Novak Djokovic 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 in a contest more akin to a heavyweight title bout than a tennis match. As the match progressed it appeared whoever could deliver the most body blows would ultimately be the winner. In the end […]

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Djokovic Holds Off Gulbis to Reach French Open Final

June 6, 2014

Novak Djokovic beat the heat and flashy Latvian Ernests Gulbis on Friday afternoon to advance to his second French Open final. Djokovic’s 6-3, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 semifinal win sets up another battle with long-time rival and eight-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal, who defeated Andy Murray in the second semifinal of the day. Djokovic will […]

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Gulbis Stuns Federer to Reach French Open Quarterfinals

June 1, 2014

Ernests Gulbis pulled off the biggest shocker of the day Sunday afternoon at Roland Garros. The 25-year-old Latvian, seeded No. 18, knocked off Roger Federer 6-7 (5), 7-6 (3), 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 in a 3-hour, 42-minute fourth-round thriller. It was the first time since 2004 that the No. 4-seeded Federer has failed to reach the […]

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