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Del Potro Analiza Su Victoria Ante Thiem En Madrid 2016

ATP news - Wed, 04/05/2016 - 6:24am
Juan Martín Del Potro nos comparte sus pensamientos tras vencer a Dominic Thiem en el Madrid Mutua Open 2016. Vea tenis desde Madrid en

How Del Potro Beat Thiem In Madrid 2016

ATP news - Wed, 04/05/2016 - 6:22am
Juan Martin del Potro shares how he beat Dominic Thiem at the Mutua Madrid Open. Watch live tennis from Madrid on

Djokovic Receives Marca Leyenda Award

ATP news - Wed, 04/05/2016 - 6:21am

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic was presented with the prestigious Marca Leyenda (Marca Legend) award on Sunday at the Mutua Madrid Open.

Marca Leyenda is an award given by Spanish sports newspaper, Marca, to the best sporting professionals in history. Since its inception in 1997, more than 40 people have received the award.

Djokovic joins an illustrious group of recipients, including Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andre Agassi, John McEnroe, Pete Sampras, Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan, Pele, Johan Cruyff, Lionel Messi, Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps.

The 29-year-old Djokovic is looking to win hs 29th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown this week at the Mutua Madrid Open, where he begins his campaign on Wednesday against Nicolas Almagro or Borna Coric.

Young Afghan Messi fan flees over kidnap fears

ABC Sport - Wed, 04/05/2016 - 5:51am

The young Afghan boy who captivated hearts after he was pictured wearing a plastic bag as an improvised Lionel Messi jersey has fled to Pakistan with his family because of threats, his father says.

From The Shadows, Nadal Slaps Hot Shot Madrid 2016

ATP news - Wed, 04/05/2016 - 5:50am
Can you see Rafael Nadal when he slaps a forehand return winner against Andrey Kuznetsov at the Mutua Madrid Open? Watch live tennis from Madrid on

Nadal Opens Madrid Campaign; Del Potro Sheds A Tear

ATP news - Wed, 04/05/2016 - 5:28am

Rafael Nadal began his quest for a fifth Mutua Madrid Open crown and 29th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title on Tuesday afternoon.

Fifth seed Nadal hit 22 winners and committed just nine unforced errors to knock out Andrey Kuznetsov 6-3, 6-3 in 79 minutes. He will next face Sam Querrey or qualifier Lucas Pouille in the third round.

Nadal is now 23-6 on the season, highlighted by back-to-back ATP World Tour titles in recent weeks at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters (d. Monfils) and the Barcelona Open BancSabadell.

Nadal could have taken a 4-0 lead in the first set against Kuznetsov, but was unable to convert two break point opportunities. He broke in the seventh and the ninth games of the second set.

Earlier in the day, Juan Martin del Potro shed a tear when he defeated No. 14 seed Dominic Thiem 7-6(5), 6-3 in one hour and 44 minutes for a place in the second round against Jack Sock. Del Potro hit 10 aces and saved all seven break points he faced to overcome Thiem, a winner of two ATP World Tour titles this year.

"I have just played my best match since I came back to tennis after my surgeries," said del Potro. "I've had a great test against a very high-level player."

Sock edged out Frenchman Benoit Paire 2-6, 6-2, 7-6(5). Sock fought back from 0-2 in the deciding set to serve for it at 5-4, where he held a match point. Paire saved it before the American steadied in the tiebreak to close it out in one hour and 48 minutes.

Madrid Charity Day Raises €55,000 For Syrian Refugees

ATP news - Wed, 04/05/2016 - 4:46am

Stars of tennis, basketball and entertainment came together on Friday evening for a special charity event on the eve of the Mutua Madrid Open.

With the help of Rafael Nadal, Feliciano Lopez and Marat Safin, €55,000 was raised to help Syrian refugees through UNHCR (The UN agency for refugees), CEAR (Spanish Commission for Refugee Aid), UNICEF and Mensajeros de la Paz.

In a fun hour of exhibition tennis, two teams of tennis stars and celebrities entertained the fans on Court Manolo Santana.

Lopez led one team, featuring Nadal, Martina Hingis, actress Marian Hernandez, Real Madrid basketball star Rudy Fernandez, singer Edurne and former footballer Aitor Ocio. WTA star Garbine Muguruza captained the other team, featuring Safin, Simona Halep, socialite Alejandra Silva and actors Stany Coppet, Nerea Barros and Aldo Comas.

"It's for the refugees who have been suffering this year," said Lopez. "We had a lot of help from celebrities in the country: actors, Rudi from Real Madrid basketball and some other people. It was a nice time and hopefully we can do it every year. I think it's a good activity for the tournament."

ATP World Tour Uncovered Istanbul 2016 Scene Set

ATP news - Wed, 04/05/2016 - 4:09am
ATP World Tour Uncovered goes behind the scenes with players at the TEB PNP Paribas Istanbul Open. Photo credit: Koza World of Sports.

ATP World Tour Uncovered Estoril 2016 Scene Set

ATP news - Wed, 04/05/2016 - 4:08am
Watch Nick Kyrgios and Gilles Simon experience the high speeds of Estoril in this ATP World Tour Uncovered Scene Set presented by Peugeot.

Bautista Has Final Word In Madrid 2016 Hot Shot

ATP news - Wed, 04/05/2016 - 2:10am
Santiago Giraldo moves Roberto Bautista Agut around the court, but the Spaniard has the last word on Tuesday at the Mutua Madrid Open. Watch live matches at

Monfils Through, Kyrgios To Face Wawrinka

ATP news - Wed, 04/05/2016 - 1:41am

Gael Monfils has brought a swift end to South African Kevin Anderson’s return from injury with a 6-4, 6-1 victory to open his Mutua Madrid Open campaign on Tuesday. Nick Kyrgios followed the Frenchman through; his 7-6(7), 6-4 result over Guido Pella booking a showdown with Stan Wawrinka

In the clash of two 29 year olds, Monfils prevailed in one hour and eight minutes to extend his unbeaten FedEx ATP Head2Head record against the big-serving Anderson to 4-0. The 13th seed lost just five points on his first serve and never faced a break point. He broke serve on three of six opportunities.

In a consistent start to the season, Monfils is bidding to reach his sixth quarter-final or better from his first seven events. He withdrew from the BMW Open in Munich last week due to a groin strain but had come off a third ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final at Monte-Carlo, where he fell to Rafael Nadal in three sets.

In the Spanish capital. Anderson was playing his first match since February after knee and shoulder injuries and minor ankle surgery had forced his withdrawal from his past seven events. Monfils will meet either Philipp Kohlschreiber or Pablo Cuevas for a place in the third round.

Later, Australian Kyrgios joined Monfils in the second round. The NextGen star thumped 16 aces to Pella’s three and never faced a break point throughout in what was the pair’s first FedEx ATP Head2Head encounter. He will square off against fourth seed Wawrinka for a third-round berth.

Spanish No. 15 seed Roberto Bautista Agut recovered from a break down in the second set to land a 6-3, 7-5 triumph over Colombian qualifier Santiago Giraldo in one hour and 43 minutes. He broke on four of 11 chances to set up a second-round clash with countryman Feliciano Lopez.

Emirates ATP Rankings 2 May 2016

ATP news - Wed, 04/05/2016 - 1:15am
See the latest Emirates ATP Rankings as of 2 May 2016.

Former Champs Nadal, Murray Open Madrid Campaigns

ATP news - Tue, 03/05/2016 - 11:41pm

The second round commences and first round concludes at the Mutua Madrid Open on Tuesday as four-time champion Rafael Nadal and two-time champion Andy Murray begin their campaigns. Nadal enters on a 10-match and 11-set winning streak with clay-court titles at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters and Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell. The Spaniard has victories over No. 2 Murray, No. 4 Stan Wawrinka and No. 6 Kei Nishikori during his unbeaten run. He opens against in-form Andrey Kuznetsov, who has won a career-best 16 matches already this season and is a career-high No. 39 in the Emirates ATP Rankings.

Murray has the distinction of winning the last Madrid title on a hard court in 2008 and on a clay court in 2015, when he dropped only five games against Nadal in the final. Should the Brit defend his title this week, he will capture his first ATP World Tour crown of the season. Murray meets 37-year-old qualifier Radek Stepanek at 8 pm on Manolo Santana. Stepanek has lost 17 of his past 18 matches against Top 10 opponents, upsetting then-No. 5 Murray to reach the 2014 London/Queen’s Club quarter-finals.

Also on the schedule are five players who competed in finals on Sunday: Munich champion Philipp Kohlschreiber and runner-up Dominic Thiem, Estoril champion Nicolas Almagro and runner-up Pablo Carreno Busta, and Istanbul runner-up Grigor Dimitrov. Thiem seeks an ATP-best 30th win of the season against former World No. 4 Juan Martin del Potro, who is playing in Madrid for the first time since reaching the 2012 semi-finals. In other matches, new World No. 10 Milos Raonic faces Alexandr Dolgopolov and No. 13 seed Gael Monfils meets Kevin Anderson, who is returning from knee, shoulder and ankle injuries.

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Stepanek Vs. Murray Madrid R1 Preview

ATP news - Tue, 03/05/2016 - 11:25pm
Andy Murray opens his Madrid title defence on Tuesday against qualifier Radek Stepanek. Watch live matches at

Nadal Vs. Kuznetsov Madrid R1 Preview

ATP news - Tue, 03/05/2016 - 11:24pm
Rafael Nadal opens his Mutua Madrid Open campaign on Tuesday against Andrey Kuznetsov. Watch live matches at

Tuesday Highlights Madrid 2016

ATP news - Tue, 03/05/2016 - 11:15pm
Watch highlights of Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, Juan Martin del Potro, Gael Monfils and Milos Raonic from Tuesday at the Mutua Madrid Open. Watch live tennis from Madrid on

Berisha and Thompson put Victory into Asian Champions League last 16

ABC Sport - Tue, 03/05/2016 - 10:41pm

In what might have been his swansong, Archie Thompson helps Melbourne Victory qualify for the knockout phases of the Asian Champions League.

Professional AFL contracts up for grabs at girls' championships

ABC Sport - Tue, 03/05/2016 - 9:12pm

The introduction of an AFL women's league in 2017 has transformed this week's Youth Girls National Championships in Melbourne, with players on trial for a future in the game they did not think possible a year ago.

Djokovic Walks The Red Carpet In Madrid

ATP news - Tue, 03/05/2016 - 8:09pm
Novak Djokovic and his coach Boris Becker walk the red carpet at the Mutua Madrid Open player party.

Brumbies apologise for saga surrounding Michael Jones' departure

ABC Sport - Tue, 03/05/2016 - 7:13pm

The chairman of the Brumbies apologises to members and fans for the saga surrounding the dismissal of former chief executive Michael Jones.