Murray Wins Gold Medal at Olympic Games

August 14, 2016

Rio de Janerio Olympic Games

Top seed Andy Murray won his second career Olympic Gold Medal in Rio on Sunday, defeating fan-favourite Juan Martin del Potro 7-5, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5. Needing over four hours to complete his victory, Murray overcame the hard-hitting onslaught from his Argentine opponent to capture his 18th straight win on Tour.

Improving to 6-2 against del Potro in lifetime meetings, Murray used his fitness and his consistent play from the baseline to ultimately win the contest.

Del Potro, who had previously defeated both Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal earlier in the event, showed great heart throughout the encounter but ultimately fell to his fitter, British opponent.

In the bronze medal match, Kei Nishikori defeated former world No. 1 Nadal 6-2, 6-7(1), 6-3.

Kyrgios wins Atlanta title over Isner

August 7, 2016

BB&T ATLANTA OPEN—ATLANTA, GA, U.S.A.

No. 2 seed Nick Kyrgios won his second ATP World Tour title on Sunday in Atlanta, Georgia, defeating top seed John Isner 7-6(3), 7-6(4). Needing one hour and 47 minutes to clinch the crown, Kyrgios saved three break points in his opening service game and never looked back. Winning 82 percent of his first serve points, 67 percent of his second serve points and striking 18 aces, Kygrios improved to 30-11 on the season and will hit a career high ranking of No. 16 on Monday.

Isner, who was looking to win his fourth straight title in Atlanta, fell to 23-15 in 2016.

Both Kyrgios and Isner are next slated to see action at the Cincinnati Masters in Ohio.

Djokovic and Halep win Rogers Cup titles

July 31, 2016

Rogers Cup

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and No. 5 seed Simona Halep won titles in Toronto and Montreal at the Rogers Cup on Sunday, respectively. For Djokovic, his fourth title in Canada saw him break his Japanese opponent Kei Nishikori on three occasions to win his 10th match in 12 encounters, 6-3, 7-5. Needing one hour and 22 minutes to prevail, Djokovic struck nine aces and won 82 percent of his first serve points. As a result of his efforts, Djokovic took home his 30th Masters 1000 title and will now shift his attention to the Rio Olympics as he aims for a Gold medal.

Nishikori, who was aiming to win his first ever Masters 1000 title, fell to 40-12 on the season.

Over in Montreal, Halep won her third title of the year after defeating Madison Keys 7-6(2), 6-3. In a match that featured nine total breaks of serve, the first set proved to be crucial as Halep cruised in set two. Using her guile to fend off the power of Keys, Halep won 53 percent of the points when returning her opponent’s second serve.

Defeating the likes of Angie Kerber and Svetlana Kuznetsova en-route to the finals, Halep captured her biggest title of 2016 since winning in Madrid earlier this year. The Romanian also captured the title in Bucharest prior to winning in Montreal. She is currently on a 10 match winning streak.

Monfils takes Washington title over Karlovic; Lopez wins first career clay-court title in Gstaad; Fognini takes Umag crown

July 24, 2016

Citi Open—Washington, DC, U.S.A.

No. 2 seed Gael Monfils won the biggest title of his career on Sunday in Washington, D.C., dismissing No. 13 seed Ivo Karlovic 5-7, 7-6(6), 6-4. Saving two match points in the second set tiebreaker, Monfils broke his hard-serving opponent on two occasions, while fending off 28 aces to claim the title. Winning 78 percent of first serve points, Monfils improved to 3-2 against Karlovic in lifetime meetings and took home 500 ATP World Tour points. The Frenchman also pocketed $348,200 for his efforts.

Karlovic, who was attempting to win his second straight title on Tour, fell to 16-14 in 2016.

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J. Safra Sarasin Swiss Open Gstaad—Gstaad, Switzerland

Top seed Feliciano Lopez won his first-ever clay-court title on the ATP World Tour on Sunday, defeating Robin Haase 6-4, 7-5 to claim the Swiss Open in Gstaad, Switzerland. Using his potent serve and volleying expertise, Lopez struck eight aces, won 86 percent of his first serve points and 63 percent of his second serve points. Needing one hour and 17 minutes to claim his fifth career title, Lopez improved his year-to-date record to 21-16 and 2-3 against Haase in lifetime meetings.

Haase, currently ranked No. 95 in the world, was aiming for his third career title.

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Konzum Croatia Open Umag—Umag, Croatia

No. 4 seed Fabio Fognini stormed to his fourth career title on the ATP World Tour on Sunday, defeating unheralded Slovak Andrej Martin 6-4, 6-1 in the finals of the Croatia Open in Umag.

Capturing his three previous Tour titles on clay, Fognini had also reached the finals in Umag back in 2013. Needing one hour and eight minutes to seal his victory, the Italian broke serve on three occasions and controlled the tempo of the match with his topspin forehand. Never facing his 124th ranked opponent prior to today’s final, Fognini won €82,450 for his victory as well as 250 ATP World Tour points.

For his efforts, Martin captured 150 Tour points and will see his ranking hit approximately No. 92 in the world on Monday.

Reviewing the 2016 Nike Air Zoom All Out Flyknit

July 18, 2016

by: Nima Naderi

Looking for that extra edge this Summer as you hone your on court game for the fiercest three setters? Then look no further than the all-new Nike Air Zoom All Out FlyKnit running shoe.

Providing unparalleled comfort and flexibility, the Nike Air Zoom All Out FlyKnit is the perfect running shoe for the serious tennis player. Packed with a low-profile, Air Zoom cushioning system, the extra-breathable Flyknit upper highlights the shoe’s sock-like feel, which was also introduced earlier this year with the NikeCourt Air Zoom Ultrafly.

The long-list of benefits of this shoe are highlighted by it’s 3/4 length visible Zoom Air Unit for a plush, ultimate response. The ever-popular Flywire cables allow for a dynamic lacing system for the mid foot, while the translucent waffle rubber outsole provides a durable and traction-filled experience.

Weighing in at approximately 306 grams (size 9), the Nike Air Zoom All Out Flyknit is the ideal shoe for long-distance work on the track, or even a warm up jog around the corner.

More than anything, we found this tech-savvy shoe to be as comfortable as they come. Inspired by the runner that wanted a sock-like fit, Nike has continued to evolve and improve on its Flyknit series. Easy on the eyes and packing enough swag to be worn after training, the Nike Air Zoom All Out Flyknit will quickly become your favourite all-purpose sneaker.

The Nike Air Zoom All Out Flyknit is featured in both men’s and women’s versions in a multitude of colours to suit any wardrobe. Priced at $265 CAN, the Nike Air Zoom All Out Flyknit can be purchased today at Nike.com.

From the track, court or to the patio this Summer, you’ll be happy you gave the Nike Air Zoom All Out Flyknit a spin.

For more information on Nike products, check them out on Twitter @NikeCanada.

Klizan wins Hamburg title; Karlovic outlasts Muller for Newport crown; Ramos-Vinolas captures maiden title in Bastad

July 17, 2016

GERMAN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016—HAMBURG, GERMANY

No. 7 seed Martin Klizan won his second ATP World Tour 500 level event of the season on Sunday, defeating No. 3 seed Pablo Cuevas 6-1, 6-4. Using his forehand to great effect, Klizan won 84 percent of his first serve points and broke serve on four occasions. Needing less than one hour to seal his title, Klizan notched the fifth title of his career and second this season. Winning in Rotterdam earlier this year, Klizan improved to 13-8 in 2016.

Cuevas, who was aiming to win his third title of 2016, fell to 28-13 on the season.

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HALL OF FAME TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS—NEWPORT, RI, U.S.A.

No. 2 seed Ivo Karlovic outlasted Gilles Muller at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships on Sunday, winning his seventh career title 6-7(2), 7-6(5), 7-6(12) over Gilles Muller. Needing two hours and 56 minutes to win the match, Karlovic slammed 27 aces, won 89 percent of his first serve points, and improved to 1-1 in career meetings against Muller.

The 37-year-old Croatian also won his 13th match of the season and took home $91,630 for his efforts.

Muller, who was in search of his first career singles title, fell to 0-5 in final matches.

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SKISTAR SWEDISH OPEN—BASTAD, SWEDEN

Third seeded Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas won his maiden ATP World Tour title on Sunday in Bastad, Sweden, defeating Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 6-4. In a match that lasted one hour and 26 minutes, Ramos-Vinolas hit two ace, won 67 percent of his second serve points and broke the serve of his countryman on five occasions. Improving his head-to-head with Verdasco to 2-3 lifetime, Ramos-Vinolas improved his season record to 24-19.

Verdasco, who was aiming to eighth title of his career, fell to 7-14 in championship matches.

Andy Murray wins second Wimbledon title over Raonic

July 10, 2016

Wimbledon 2016—London, England

No. 2 seed Andy Murray completed a dominating fortnight on Sunday at Wimbledon, defeating No. 6 seed Milos Raonic 6-4, 7-6(3), 7-6(2) to win his second career title. Needing two hours and 47 minutes to complete his victory, Murray struck seven aces, won 87 percent of his first serve points and 56 percent of his second serve points. With only one break of serve by either player throughout the encounter, it was Murray who used his return of serve and backhand cross-court to keep his Canadian opponent on the defensive. Raonic, who had been averaging much harder second serves throughout the fortnight, averaged only 107 MPH throughout the final match.

Looking to win his first-ever Major title, Raonic never found his footing under the pressure-filled moment. Murray, who was 2-10 in Major finals coming into the match, hit 39 winners to 12 unforced errors in a spectacular performance. Losing in both the finals of the Australian Open and French Open earlier this year to Novak Djokovic, Murray won £2,000,000 for his victory, and 2000 ATP World Tour points for his triumph on Sunday.

Murray will next see action at the Davis Cup quarterfinals in Serbia, before heading to the Rogers Cup in Toronto. Raonic will next compete at his hometown event at the Rogers Cup.

Serena Williams captures 22nd career Major title at Wimbledon over Kerber

July 9, 2016

Wimbledon 2016—London, England

Top seed Serena Williams poured in a memorable effort on Saturday at the All England Club in London, England, defeating No. 4 seed Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3 to take the Championship. Needing one hour and 21 minutes to claim her seventh Wimbledon title, Williams struck 13 aces, won 88 percent of her first serve points and broke her German opponent on two of six occasions. Avenging her loss to Kerber at the Australian Open earlier this year, Williams tied Steffi Graf’s Open era record for 22 Grand Slam victories.

The American great will next set her sights on an Olympic Gold medal in Rio, which will be followed by the US Open in New York to close out the summer.

Kerber, who acquitted herself very well throughout the fortnight, fell to 1-1 in Major finals during her career.

Steve Johnson wins first career title in Nottingham

June 25, 2016

AEGON OPEN NOTTINGHAM—NOTTINGHAM, GREAT BRITAIN

No. 6 seed Steve Johnson captured his maiden ATP World Tour title in Nottingham, England on Saturday, defeating No. 2 seed Pablo Cuevas 7-6(5), 7-5. In a match that featured strong serving throughout, it was Johnson who took his chances early in the first set tiebreaker to gain the advantage. Looking to complete his victory in straight sets, Johnson broke the serve of his opponent twice in the second set before prevailing on his second match point. Needing one hour and 33 minutes to claim his victory, Johnson picked up 250 ATP World Tour points and will increase his ranking to No. 27 in the world when Monday’s computer is updated.

Both Johnson and Cuevas will next see action at Wimbledon, which begins on Monday.

Murray wins fifth Queen’s Club over Raonic; Mayer upsets Zverev to capture Halle title

June 19, 2016

AEGON CHAMPIONSHIPS—LONDON, GREAT BRITAIN

Andy Murray notched his fifth title at the Aegon Championships on Sunday in London, England, defeating Milos Raonic 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-3. Trailing by a set and 3-0, Murray reeled off four straight games and never looked back. Improving to 6-3 against Raonic in lifetime meetings, Murray has won five matches in a row against his Canadian opponent. The Brit, who recently turned 29, has now made four straight finals on Tour, dating back to the Madrid Open.

Both Murray and Raonic will next see action at Wimbledon, which begins on June 27th.

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GERRY WEBER OPEN—HALLE, GERMANY

Unheralded German Florian Mayer captured the biggest title of his career on Sunday in Halle, Germany, upending countryman Alexander Zverev 6-2, 5-7, 6-3. Needing five match points to seal his victory, Mayer used his unorthodox game-style to off-set his powerful opponent. Being injured for the better part of two years, Mayer won 386,925 euors for his efforts and 500 ATP World Tour points. Currently ranked No. 192 in the world, Mayer is set to re-enter the top 100 at approximately No. 78 when the rankings are updated on Monday.

Zverev, who was looking for his maiden Tour level title, will hit No. 28 in the world on Monday, which is a career high for the 19-year-old.

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