Watch: Dustin Brown hits a leaping winner against John Isner in Houston

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Oh stop it, Dustin.

En route to his first top-10 win, the German hit this leaping front-side tweener for the win against top seed and defending champion John Isner last night at the Men’s Clay Court Championships. Brown, ranked No. 101, went on to win 6-4, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (4) to advance to the quarterfinals, where he’ll face Sam Querrey.

Watch: Dustin Brown’s greatest hits

Watch Brown’s casual winner below. He is tennis’ answer to Sage Kotsenburg. Steez and spoice and everything nice.

(H/t Tennis Now)


  • Published On Apr 10, 2014
  • Early-season WTA winners and losers

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    Following her Australian title, Li Na earned career-best results in Indian Wells and Miami. (Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images)

    Before the clay-court season heats up, Beyond The Baseline is taking stock of the year in tennis so far. Here’s a look at the WTA Tour winners and losers from the first three months. Click here for the ATP breakdown.

    Winners

    Li Na: Li took advantage of a favorable draw — she didn’t face a top-20 player — to win the Australian Open. The most impressive and encouraging thing about her season, though, is that she hasn’t experienced a letdown like she did after winning her first major, the 2011 French Open. After a brief blip in the Middle East, the 32-year-old rebounded in North America by matching or surpassing her career-best results at two big tournaments, making the semifinals at the BNP Paribas Open (where she lost to eventual champion Flavia Pennetta) and the final of the Sony Open (where she lost to No. 1 Serena Williams). That latter match, a 7-5, 6-1 defeat, may have shown that Li is a long way from No. 1, but her early-season performance leaves no doubt that she’s a solid No. 2.

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  • Published On Apr 10, 2014
  • Watch: Caroline Wozniacki (with pink hair) sinks a 30-foot putt at the Masters

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    There was so much confusion as to what was going on under Caroline Wozniacki’s green cap on Wednesday that we almost overlooked what was going on when she actually took a swing at the ball.

    With her fiancé Rory McIlroy crouched nearby, Wozniacki drained a lengthy 30-foot putt right in the hole. I’m guessing Rory gave her the read on that hole but tremendous touch and execution from the Dane. That has to be the best shot she’s hit all year, and no I’m not just talking about golf.

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  • Published On Apr 10, 2014
  • Dustin Brown stuns top-seeded John Isner in Houston for first top 10 win

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    After beating John Isner in Houston, Dustin Brown may finish the week with a career-high ranking. (Bob Levey/AP)

    After beating John Isner in Houston, Dustin Brown may finish the week with a career-high ranking. (Bob Levey/AP)

    No. 101-ranked Dustin Brown scored the first top-10 win of his career, upsetting top seed and defending champion John Isner 6-4, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (4) in the second round of the Men’s Clay Court Championships.

    Isner went 0-for-9 on break point chances and double-faulted at 4-5 in a third-set tiebreaker to give Brown his third match point, which he converted. It was a narrow escape for Brown, who threw down a horrible double-fault on match point in the second set tiebreaker — trying to go for the ace on second serve and missing — and let Isner come back to force the final set. Isner will fall out of the top 10 after the loss, while Brown could finish the week at a new career-high inside the top 90.

    “It feels unbelievable,” Brown said. “It’s my first year in Houston and I’m really enjoying it.” He’ll face another American, Sam Querrey, in the quarterfinals. Querrey defeated Lleyton Hewitt 6-3, 6-4 to advance.

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  • Published On Apr 10, 2014
  • Caroline Wozniacki dyes her hair pink for the Masters’ Par 3 tournament

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    Caroline Wozniacki caddied for fiance Rory McIlroy, who’s a favorite to win this year’s Masters. (Matt Slocum/AP)

    Do not adjust your television sets: Caroline Wozniacki appears to have gone punk pink just in time for The Masters.

    The former No. 1 played her role as caddy to fiance Rory McIlroy during The Masters’ Par 3 warm-up tournament on Wednesday and showed up with a bright mop of hot-pink hair on her head. Leave it to Caroline to find a way to get everyone to stop talking about the gigantic diamond that has been sitting on her finger since the New Year.

    But knowing Wozniacki, the question that immediately came to mind was whether this dye-job was real. Look, she’s tried to fool people before when it comes to her hair, and she’s shown a penchant for a wig or two. Caroline’s questionable prankery and timing: A tradition unlike any other. So what do you think? Has Woz gone punk or prank?

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  • Published On Apr 09, 2014
  • Photos: Best shots from the Davis Cup quarterfinals

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    This could be the year Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka bring the Davis Cup home to Swizerland. (FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

    After a thrilling weekend of Davis Cup ties, we’re down to the Final Four, France will host the two-time defending champion Czech Republic, while Switzerland, the only team left to never have won Davis Cup, will host Italy. The semifinals will be played in September the week after the U.S. Open.

    NGUYEN: Roger Federer propels Team Switzerland into Davis Cup semifinals

    The World Group Playoffs will take place the same weekend as the main competition. With promotion and relegation on the line, the U.S. will host the Slovak Republic and Canada will host Colombia. In a tough travel schedule, Serbia will have to fly to India and Spain will travel to South American to play Brazil. Will we see Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal jump in to help their teams stay in the World Group? We will see.

    Here’s a look at some of our favorite photos from last weekend’s quarterfinals:

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  • Published On Apr 09, 2014
  • Daily Bagel: Stephens crashes out of Bogota to No. 129-ranked Duque-Marino

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    The Daily Bagel is your dose of the interesting reporting, writing and quipping from around the Internet.

    • Video: Novak Djokovic practices in Monte Carlo with his new puppy, Tesla.

    • Result: Sloane Stephens lost to No. 129 Mariana Duque-Marino 6-3, 6-3 in her first match in Bogota.

    • Jerzy Janowicz lashed out at reporters after Poland’s Davis Cup loss to Croatia.

    After being interrogated by journalists at a press conference after the match on Sunday, Janowicz lost his temper.

    “Who are you to criticize us?” a clearly upset Janowicz from Lodz in central Poland said, before going on to slam the sports system in the country and Poland in general.

    “Poland is a country that has no prospects in sport, business or private life. Kids go to college just to get out of the country,” a bitter 23 year-old Polish No. 1 said.

    “We train in sheds. So why do you have such high expectations of us?”

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  • Published On Apr 09, 2014
  • Early-season ATP winners and losers

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    Novak Djokovic completed the Indian Wells/Miami double for the second time. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

    Before the clay-court season heats up, Beyond The Baseline is taking stock of the year in tennis so far. Here’s a look at the ATP Tour winners and losers from the first three months. Click here for the WTA Tour breakdown.

    Winners

    Stanislas Wawrinka: Wawrinka failed the best he’s ever failed — and, really, better than we ever thought he would fail — at the Australian Open, where he won his first major title and became the first player to beat Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in a Grand Slam tournament. His vengeful 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 9-7 victory over Djokovic, the three-time defending champion, in the quarterfinals was his signature win of the season and left no doubt that Wawrinka can continue to be a force on tour as long as he stays healthy and motivated. (The 29-year-old Swiss hasn’t been at his best since Melbourne, though.) Wawrinka also won the season-opening Chennai Open, climbed to No. 3 to supplant Roger Federer as the Swiss No. 1 and teamed with Federer to lead Switzerland into the Davis Cup semifinals for the first time in 11 years.

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  • Published On Apr 08, 2014
  • Andrea Petkovic’s post-victory celebration, more Charleston quotes

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    Andrew Petkovic’s flight from the Family Circle Cup sounded like it would be a fun one after her win in the tournament. (Mic Smith/AP)

    Here are some of our favorite quotes from the Family Circle Cup in Charleston …

    • “I’m going to have champagne and I don’t even drink champagne, but I’m just going to have it for the heck of it in the airplane. I’m going to get drunk  I never get drunk on the airplane. That’s what I’m going to do, and I’m going to walk around and dance with the cabin attendants. That’s what I’m going to do.”

    Andrea Petkovic’s post-win celebration plans. She was on a flight that very night back to Europe to prepare for Fed Cup.

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  • Published On Apr 07, 2014
  • Maria Sharapova gives Andy Murray some fashion advice

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    Maria Sharapova discussed a variety of topics with her fellow pros. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

    Maria Sharapova is used to being on the “answer” side of a Q&A, but rarely does she have to field any inquisitive questions from her colleagues. In the HEAD video below, a relaxed Sharapova talks Sugarpova, Paris and fashion while answering a few questions from her sponsor-mates Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Richard Gasquet.

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  • Published On Apr 07, 2014


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