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Djokovic advances in Monte Carlo

Novak Djokovic began the defense of his Monte Carlo Masters title in flamboyant style Tuesday, taking only 45 minutes to beat Albert Montanes 6-1, 6-0 and maintain his perfect record against the Spaniard. The second-ranked Serb won 11 consecutive games and improved to 6-0 against Montanes, who has taken only ...

Czech Republic finishes sweep against Japan

Apr 7, 2014

Czech Republic finishes sweep against Japan

by Jack Gallagher

The Czech Republic wrapped up its Davis Cup World Group quarterfinal against Japan on Sunday with two more victories to complete a 5-0 sweep. Czech No. 1 Lukas Rosol beat Yasutaka Uchiyama 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 in the first reverse singles three-set dead rubber at ...

Federer clinches Davis Cup semifinal berth for Switzerland

Apr 7, 2014

Federer clinches Davis Cup semifinal berth for Switzerland

Roger Federer moved closer to adding one of the few trophies still missing from his cabinet by putting Switzerland into the Davis Cup semifinals on Sunday, while Italy and France also swept their reverse singles matches to complete come-from-behind victories. Federer won the decisive ...

Apr 7, 2014

Petkovic wins Family Circle Cup

Andrea Petkovic remembered why she started playing tennis and along the way gave everyone else a reminder about how talented she is when she’s at her best. The 26-year-old from Germany, who fell from ninth in the world in 2011 to 177th two years ...

Federer, Wawrinka upset in doubles; Kazakhstan leads 2-1

Apr 6, 2014

Federer, Wawrinka upset in doubles; Kazakhstan leads 2-1

Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka lost the doubles match to Andrey Golubev and Aleksandr Nedovyesov on Saturday, giving Kazakhstan a 2-1 lead over Switzerland in the Davis Cup quarterfinals. Golubev and Nedovyesov never trailed after breaking Federer in the opening game and completed a ...

Apr 6, 2014

Petkovic, Cepelova advance to final

No matter how the final match goes, there will be a surprise champion at the Family Circle Cup. No. 14 seed Andrea Petkovic of Germany and Jana Cepelova of Slovakia advance to the final Saturday, both rallying late in their matches to set up ...

Czech Republic crushes Japan

Apr 5, 2014

Czech Republic crushes Japan

by Jack Gallagher

Lukas Rosol and Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic scored a comprehensive 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Japan’s Tatsuma Ito and Yasutaka Uchiyama in doubles on Saturday in their Davis Cup World Group quarterfinal. The victory clinched the tie 3-0 for the two-time defending ...

Venus survives test in Charleston

Apr 3, 2014

Venus survives test in Charleston

Venus Williams advanced in the tournament where her top-ranked sister could not, battling from behind at the Family Circle Cup to defeat Chanelle Scheepers 7-5, 7-5 on Wednesday. It was another long day for Williams, ranked No. 28 in the world, who needed 1 ...

Injured Nishikori to miss Davis Cup quarterfinal

Apr 2, 2014

Injured Nishikori to miss Davis Cup quarterfinal

Kei Nishikori said Wednesday he will miss Japan’s meeting this weekend in the Davis Cup quarterfinals against the Czech Republic due to a nagging groin injury. Nishikori beat former World No. 1 Roger Federer to reach the semifinals of last week’s Sony Open, but ...

Djokovic puts away rival Nadal to win Sony Open crown

Mar 31, 2014

Djokovic puts away rival Nadal to win Sony Open crown

Novak Djokovic stretched like a rubber band to hit a backhand. He sprinted into the other corner and scooped out forehands as if he was wielding a shovel. He ran forward to slice a ball off his shoetops. And he flicked a difficult half-volley ...