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Japan breaks French Open record

Japan smashed a record which had stood for almost half a century at the French Open on Sunday by seeing five men make the first-round draw. Not since 1967 has Japan enjoyed such relative riches in Paris with world No. 5 Kei Nishikori leading the way. However, the stardust of ...

Courier says Nadal will be vulnerable at French Open

May 19, 2015

Courier says Nadal will be vulnerable at French Open

Nine-time French Open champion Rafa Nadal will no longer be regarded as an “immovable obstacle” at Roland Garros this year, according to two-time former winner Jim Courier. The American, who ruled the clay-court Grand Slam in 1991 and 1992, has watched the Spaniard’s increasing ...

Djokovic wins Italian Open

May 18, 2015

Djokovic wins Italian Open

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic bolstered his clay-court credentials a week ahead of Roland Garros with a convincing 6-4, 6-3 win over Roger Federer on Sunday to capture his fourth Italian Open title. Extending his winning streak to 22 matches, Djokovic proved too consistent and too ...

Djokovic standing between Federer and elusive title

May 17, 2015

Djokovic standing between Federer and elusive title

Roger Federer will renew his rivalry with Novak Djokovic in the Italian Open final on Sunday, giving the 17-time Grand Slam champion another chance to add an elusive title to his collection. Federer dispatched Swiss countryman Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4, 6-2 in less than an ...

Djokovic bests Nishikori in 3 sets

May 16, 2015

Djokovic bests Nishikori in 3 sets

Kei Nishikori lost 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 to World No. 1 Novak Djokovic on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Italian Open. The three-time champion and current title holder Djokovic lost serve only once in the match. Nishikori, fighting back from a one-set deficit, converted ...

Nishikori set to meet Djokovic in quarters

May 15, 2015

Nishikori set to meet Djokovic in quarters

Kei Nishikori defeated Viktor Troicki of Serbia 6-4, 6-3 at the Italian Open on Thursday to set up a quarterfinal match against world No. 1 Novak Djokovic. The 34th-ranked Troicki traded breaks with Nishikori in both sets before the Japanese ace found a decisive ...

May 14, 2015

Murray, Serena Williams withdraw from Italian Open

Andy Murray and Serena Williams pulled out of the Italian Open on Thursday ahead of their third-round matches. Murray said he was tired, while Williams claimed she was suffering with an elbow injury. “I practiced 40 minutes and felt pretty exhausted,” Murray told a ...

Murray cruises in opening match

May 14, 2015

Murray cruises in opening match

Andy Murray improved his record on clay this year to 10-0 with a 6-4, 6-3 win over 38th-ranked Jeremy Chardy at the Italian Open on Wednesday. The third-seeded Murray considered withdrawing before the tournament because of fatigue after his perfect start to the clay-court ...

Nishikori reaches third round of Italian Open

May 13, 2015

Nishikori reaches third round of Italian Open

World No. 6 Kei Nishikori beat Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic in his first match to book a spot in the third round of the Italian Open on Wednesday. The fifth-seeded Nishikori defeated 40th-ranked Vesely 7-6 (7-3), 7-5. Nishikori battled back from a ...

Djokovic pushed in Rome opener

May 13, 2015

Djokovic pushed in Rome opener

Holder Novak Djokovic needed a late break in the final set to beat Nicolas Almagro 6-1, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3 in an opening match at the Italian Open on Tuesday. The Serb world No. 1 took his record on the clay of the capital to ...

Murray may skip Rome after victory in Madrid

May 12, 2015

Murray may skip Rome after victory in Madrid

Andy Murray was due in Rome on Monday to ponder his participation in the Italian Open after winning a breakthrough Masters 1000 title last weekend in Madrid. Murray’s comprehensive 6-3, 6-2 defeat of Spanish ace Rafael Nadal knocked the king of clay down to ...

Murray dominates Nadal for first Masters title on clay

May 11, 2015

Murray dominates Nadal for first Masters title on clay

Andy Murray beat Rafael Nadal on clay for the first time Sunday, dominating the Madrid Open final for a 6-3, 6-2 win against the four-time champion. It was Murray’s first Masters title on clay, a week after his maiden career tournament victory on the ...

May 11, 2015

Nishikori falls to No. 6 in rankings

Japanese ace Kei Nishikori slipped from No. 5 to No. 6 with the release of the new ATP tennis rankings on Monday. The demotion came after Nishikori lost to Andy Murray in the semifinals of the Madrid Open, where he finished runnerup last year. ...