Muller Defeats Evans to Win Maiden Title at Apia International Sydney

January 14, 2017

The long wait is finally over. Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller defeated Brit Daniel Evans 7-6 (5), 6-2 in the final of the Apia International Sydney Saturday night, capturing his maiden ATP Tour title 13 years after reaching his first tour final. The 33-year-old Muller had been unsuccessful in five tour finals until his victory over Evans. […]

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Sam Groth Edges Gerald Melzer in Second Round Clash at Canberra Challenger

January 11, 2017

Sam Groth tennis matches are not things of beauty. Mostly they’re affairs of smash and bash. Wednesday afternoon was no exception. The big-serving Australian battled gusty winds, 97 degree temperatures and an in-form Gerald Melzer, as well as his temper, to defeat the second-seeded Austrian 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (2) in the second round of the […]

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Djokovic Shuts Down Stepanek to Advance to Qatar Open Semis

January 5, 2017

Defending champion Novak Djokovic defeated Czech qualifier Radek Stepanek 6-3, 6-3 in the quarterfinals of the season-opening Qatar ExxonMobil Open at Doha late Thursday afternoon. Battling the wind as well as the 38-year-old Czech veteran’s crafty and unorthodox style of play, Djokovic, seeded No. 2, won a spot in Friday’s semifinals against Spaniard Fernando Verdasco. […]

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Vanni Thumps Berrettini to Win Andria Challenger

November 27, 2016

Italian journeyman Luca Vanni, ranked No. 182, won his second tournament in a row, defeating fellow countryman Matteo Berrettini 5-7, 6-0, 6-3 in the final of the Andria Challenger Sunday afternoon. The 31-year-old Vanni won at Brescia last week and today’s win now gives him four career Challenger titles. Vanni, seeded No. 4, served 17 […]

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Murray Beats Djokovic to Win ATP World Tour Finals and End Year No. 1

November 20, 2016

Andy Murray ensured that his two-week reign as world No. 1 would continue by decisively defeating Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-4 in the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena in London Sunday night. Murray won his 24th consecutive match and fifth tournament in a row to become the 17th player to hold the […]

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Rublev Topples Paire to Reach Finals of Mouilleron Le Captif Challenger

November 12, 2016

Russian teenager Andrey Rublev withstood 22 aces from big-serving Benoit Paire to upset the top-seeded Frenchman 6-3, 7-6 (13) in the semifinals of the Mouilleron Le Captif Challenger Saturday afternoon. The 19-year-old Rublev, playing with aggressive abandon and ice in his veins, saved nine of nine break points, while never losing his serve and breaking […]

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Djokovic Tames Muller at Paris Masters

November 2, 2016

Three-time defending champion and world No. 1 Novak Djokovic defeated dangerous lefthander Gilles Muller of Luxembourg 6-3, 6-4 in the Serb’s opening round match at the Paris Masters earlier today. Djokovic, also a victor at Bercy in 2009, looked as strong as ever since suffering a dip in his performances following completion of the career […]

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Karlovic Edges Khachanov to Reach Erste Bank Open Semis in Vienna

October 28, 2016

  Towering Croat Ivo Karlovic wore down rising #NextGen star Karen Khachanov of Russia 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5), 6-3 in a quarterfinal battle of big men with big serves at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna Friday afternoon. The 6-foot-11 Karlovic served 29 aces — none more important than one that saved a match point […]

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Groth Serves Way Past Giraldo to Win Las Vegas Challenger

October 23, 2016

Sam Groth gave notice Sunday afternoon that he’s back on the path to career revival. The big serving Australian, ranked No. 237, pounded 30 aces in defeating fourth seed Santiago Giraldo 6-7 (4), 6-4, 7-5 in the final of the Las Vegas Challenger. It was Groth’s first title since he won the Manchester Challenger in […]

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Groth Defeats Fratangelo to Reach Quarterfinals at Las Vegas Challenger

October 19, 2016

Sam Groth defeated No. 3 seed Bjorn Fratangelo 7-6 (3), 7-5 in the second round of the Las Vegas Challenger earlier this morning, advancing to the quarterfinals of back-to-back tournaments for the first time this year. Last week the big-serving Groth, who celebrated his 29th birthday today, reached the final eight at the Monterrey Challenger […]

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