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Nadal prevails over Mayer in straight sets

Rafael Nadal powered into the second round of the Australian Open with a commanding straight-sets win over Germany’s Florian Mayer on Tuesday. The 14-time Grand Slam champion looked back to his healthy best after an injury-riddled 2016 as he beat the 49th-ranked Mayer 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in just over two ...

Jan 14, 2017

Nishikori likely out of Davis Cup tie against France

World No. 5 Kei Nishikori revealed Saturday that his schedule has dissuaded him from playing in Japan’s Davis Cup fixture against France in February. The World Group first-round tie will be held at Ariake Tennis Forest Park from Feb. 3 to 5, but Nishikori ...

Nishikori ready to compete for big titles

Jan 14, 2017

Nishikori ready to compete for big titles

Kei Nishikori said he’s become more mature and mentally stronger and is now ready to convert his immense promise into Grand Slam success. The fifth-ranked 27-year-old, the highest-ranked Asian men’s singles player ever, has won 11 career titles but never a major championship. He ...

Murray looks to capture first Australian Open title

Jan 14, 2017

Murray looks to capture first Australian Open title

Having snatched Novak Djokovic’s world No. 1 ranking in a thrilling late-season raid, Andy Murray will bid to storm the Serb’s Melbourne Park fortress and capture an elusive Australian Open title after five agonizing near misses. Murray enters the year’s first Grand Slam in ...

Sharapova scheduled to return from doping ban in April

Jan 10, 2017

Sharapova scheduled to return from doping ban in April

Maria Sharapova will return from her 15-month doping ban at a tournament in Germany in April. Car manufacturer Porsche, which sponsors both Sharapova and the event in Stuttgart, announced that Sharapova has been given a wild-card entry into the tournament. It will be her ...

Jan 10, 2017

Osaka set for Fed Cup debut

Naomi Osaka, 19, will make her Fed Cup debut for Japan in February, the Japan Tennis Association announced Tuesday. Ranked 47th in the world, Osaka will join world No. 42 Misaki Doi along with Eri Hozumi and Shuko Aoyama in Japan’s Group 1 Asia/Oceania ...

Nishikori falls to Dimitrov in Brisbane final

Jan 8, 2017

Nishikori falls to Dimitrov in Brisbane final

World No. 5 Kei Nishikori failed to capture his season-opening tournament, losing 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 to Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov in Sunday’s Brisbane International final. Nishikori failed to capitalize on a second-set comeback, allowing Dimitrov, the seventh seed and world No. 17, back in the ...

Djokovic gets best of Murray in Qatar Open final

Jan 8, 2017

Djokovic gets best of Murray in Qatar Open final

Novak Djokovic successfully defended his Qatar Open title by beating top-seeded Andy Murray 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 in the final on Saturday. The dramatic match showcased the best of men’s tennis for 2 hours, 54 minutes. Djokovic needed four match points — three in the ...

Nishikori makes Brisbane final

Jan 7, 2017

Nishikori makes Brisbane final

Kei Nishikori corrected his poor record at the Brisbane International semifinals by beating U.S. Open champion Stan Wawrinka 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 on Saturday to reach the final for the first time at the season-opening tournament. Wawrinka, who won the Chennai tournament in India in ...

Nishikori rolls into Brisbane International semifinals

Jan 6, 2017

Nishikori rolls into Brisbane International semifinals

Kei Nishikori put in an improved performance on Friday at the Brisbane International, beating Australia’s Jordan Thompson 6-1, 6-1 in a quarterfinal matchup. The one-hour win in the Australian Open warmup was relatively straightforward, a big improvement on the world No. 5’s three-set struggle ...