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Feb/17

27

Acapulco Showdown: Isner vs Johnson Again

John Isner vs Steve Johnson is one of the very best rivalries in pro tennis today and they will battle it out once again in a couple of hours in Acapulco:
YEAR EVENT SURFACE RND WINNER RESULT
2017 Auckland New Zealand Outdoor Hard QF Steve Johnson 63 57 76(3) stevejoisner

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Feb/17

26

What happened to Spanish Tennis?

robbredoA couple of years ago at the US Open I was in the interview room when Tommy Robredo was asked about why Spanish tennis was struggling to produce top caliber ATP stars after Rafael Nadal. Robredo revealed an interesting theory. The 34-year-old former World no. 5 said that in the golden age of Spanish tennis all the top Spaniards trained together in Barcelona.

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Feb/17

23

Biofile: Donald Young Interview

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(DY with NBC sportscaster and former ranked ATP tennis player Harry Cicma.)

Status: ATP #69.

Ht: 6-0 Wt: 175

DOB: July 23, 1989 In: Chicago, IL

First Tennis Memory: Playing at our local club in Chicago. Just running around with my parents, just hitting balls around with a racquet that was too big and just hitting balls.

Tennis Inspirations: Pete Sampras. John McEnroe. I really liked Marcelo Rios. Andre Agassi. All the guys that were winning pretty much.

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Feb/17

23

Delray Report: Jack Sock Ready More Success

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By Scoop Malinowski

There were questions and even some doubts if Jack Sock would ever break out of being a perpetual middle-of-the-pack players of the ATP Tour but this year has shown he is making his move. And he’s shaking up the ATP Tour with his monstrous forehand and consistent results.

Here in Delray Beach, Sock, ranked 21 in the world and the highest ranked American, has cruised into the quarterfinals with two dominant wins against Radu Albot and veteran Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, where he will next meet fellow ambitious American Steve Johnson. 27-year-old Johnson is ranked No. 26, is like Sock also on the upswing of his career. Both players are not content lodging in the 20s range of the ATP rankings. They believe they are capable of more, considerably more, especially Sock.

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Feb/17

19

Scoop Heading To Delray Beach:

delraybDEL POTRO AND ANDERSON TO MEET IN FIRST ROUND
Two Former Champions Go Head-to-Head

DELRAY BEACH, FLA: Delray Beach 2011 champion Juan Martin del Potro and 2012 champion Kevin Anderson will square off in the first round of the 2017 Delray Beach Open, giving the tournament a prime-time first-round match-up on Tuesday (Feb. 21) at 8:00 pm.

Del Potro, the 2009 US Open champion, is opening his 2017 season in Delray Beach while Anderson is hoping to return to the Top 10 after dropping down the rankings in 2016 following an assortment of injuries.

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Feb/17

18

Spadea v The Fernando Forehand

Ok, I know you’ve got Goffin v Tsonga in Rotterdam, but is that really a bigger match than Spadea v Gonzalez in Delray tomorrow on the Center Court on Atlantic Blvd? I think not. Now Gonzo is a full six years younger than Vince, 36 to 42, and he reached a slam finals, a semis […]

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Feb/17

18

Could Beating Isner Ignite Young?

imagesDonald Young was 0-4 career vs John Isner but finally turned the tables and solved the Isner Puzzle with a big quarterfinal win in Memphis 76 36 76 despite blowing three match points in the third set deathbreaker Young finally converted on the fourth by returning a huge Isner first serve which Isner volleyed into the net. Young is ranked 81 in the world right now and this kind of problem-solving win could spark the 27-year-old to his first ATP title.

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Feb/17

16

Biofile: John Isner Interview

isnerBy Scoop Malinowski

(I did this Biofile in 2007 when Isner had his ATP breakout at the Washington DC Legg Mason Tennis Classic, where wildcard Isner won a record five straight matches in a third set tiebreak to reach the final where he lost to Roddick).

Childhood Heroes: “Gosh, to tell you the truth I didn’t really watch tennis growing up that much. I loved — I followed the Carolina Panthers. Always a big fan of Jake Delhomme. That was when I was a little bit older. I guess, growing up, for some reason I was always a huge fan of the Utah Jazz. I always admired Karl Malone, he was always my favorite player for whatever reason. But right now I’m paying more and more attention to tennis because it’s the sport I’m entering now on the pro level. For me it’s Roger Federer, he just does it all and he’s brought so much to this game.”
Nicknames: “In college I was Grandpa, and it’s because I just do everything so slowly, like getting ready to go out or fixing my hair, I take so long, just get spaced out sometimes [smiles]. Then Lloyd. I got a really bad haircut one time, it just went straight across (his forehead) and I looked like Lloyd Christmas from Dumb & Dumber [smiles].”

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Feb/17

14

Biofile: Benoit Paire Interview

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Status: ATP #41. Won one career ATP singles title at 2015 Swedish Open.

Age: 27.

First Tennis Memory: “I don’t have a lot of memories because I wasn’t watching a lot of tennis but I’m gonna say…what can I say…maybe when I went to the Open 12 in France in Marseilles. I saw (Arnaud) Clement play, for me he was a big star. He gave me a towel and for me that was a big moment [smiles].”

Tennis Inspirations: “For me, Marat Safin. He’s a very good player, very interesting to watch, a very good backhand, good serve, I return a bit like him. He was better, but [smiles].”

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Feb/17

10

The Russians Are Coming

delrayteensBoxing has seen a wave of incredible talents arise out of Russia and the eastern European nations in the last five years. Vasyl Lomachenko, Gennady Golovkin, Sergey Kovalev and Artur Beterbiev have electrified boxing with their sensational skills and talents.

It suddenly appears that tennis could be on the verge of a similar Russian revolution, with a brigade of young male players apparently on the verge of becoming elite players.

Nineteen year old Alexander Zverev (based in Germany) is the most popular of the young Russians, already with an ATP title (St.Petersburg) under his belt, a top 20 ranking, and several stunning performances against the ATP elite. The likes of Rafael Nadal, John McEnroe and Roger Federer have already praised Zverev as a future No. 1 player and major title winner.

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