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Nishikori cruises in Melbourne opener

Jan 18, 2016

Nishikori cruises in Melbourne opener

Kei Nishikori started the first Grand Slam of 2016 with a straight-sets win over Philipp Kohlschreiber in Melbourne on Monday. The seven-seeded Nishikori was solid on serve throughout the match, giving up no break points in the 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 Australian Open first-round win. ...

Nishikori to open against Kohlschreiber at Australian Open

Jan 15, 2016

Nishikori to open against Kohlschreiber at Australian Open

Japan’s world No. 7 Kei Nishikori will face 34th-ranked German Philipp Kohlschreiber in the first round of the Australia Open after the draw for the first Grand Slam of the year was released Friday. If the seventh-seeded Nishikori comes through the early rounds, he ...

Jan 13, 2016

Kyrgios brushes off injury fears

Nick Kyrgios will be fit for next week’s Australian Open despite pulling out of his Kooyong Classic match against David Goffin with a foot injury on Wednesday. The outspoken Australian had called for a medical time out at 3-2 in the first set of ...

Raonic takes revenge on Federer in Brisbane final

Jan 10, 2016

Raonic takes revenge on Federer in Brisbane final

An inspired Milos Raonic toppled Roger Federer 6-4, 6-4 to win the Brisbane International on Sunday and avenge his defeat to the Swiss master in last year’s final. Raonic unleashed his usual serving blitz but it was the rangy Canadian’s groundstrokes that impressed the ...

Djokovic touches perfection in Doha final win over Nadal

Jan 10, 2016

Djokovic touches perfection in Doha final win over Nadal

After being crushed by Novak Djokovic 6-1, 6-2 in the Qatar Open final on Saturday, Rafael Nadal admired the Serb’s handiwork. “I played against a player who did everything perfect,” Nadal said. “I know nobody playing tennis like this ever. Since I know this ...

Djokovic, Nadal set Doha duel

Jan 9, 2016

Djokovic, Nadal set Doha duel

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will meet for the 47th time and play their 24th final against each other after both won their Qatar Open semifinals on Friday. World No. 1 Djokovic progressed through to Saturday’s final after overcoming Tomas Berdych in a bruising ...

Jan 8, 2016

Nishikori renews Uniqlo endorsement deal

Asia’s highest-ranked tennis player, Kei Nishikori, has renewed his endorsement deal with Fast Retailing Co.’s Uniqlo clothing brand. “I have been impressed at how he has continued to evolve as a player,” Fast Retailing chairman Tadashi Yanai said in a statement about the contract ...

Tomic ousts Nishikori in quarters

Jan 8, 2016

Tomic ousts Nishikori in quarters

Bernard Tomic ended Kei Nishikori’s streak of semifinal appearances at the Brisbane International with a 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 win over the second seed in the quarterfinals on Friday afternoon. Tomic’s first win over a top-10 player on home soil earned him a spot in ...

Jan 8, 2016

Safarova out of Australian Open

The WTA Tour says French Open finalist Lucie Safarova has withdrawn from the Australian Open because of the lingering effects of a bacterial infection she picked up last year. Safarova also tweeted: “As an athlete I’m used to fight on court to win. Today ...

Djokovic, Nadal into Qatar quarters

Jan 7, 2016

Djokovic, Nadal into Qatar quarters

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal breezed through to the Qatar Open quarterfinals on Wednesday, raising hopes the pair will appear in a dream Doha final later this week. Top seed Djokovic lost just four games in a comprehensive defeat of Spain’s Fernando Verdasco. The ...

Nishikori delivers strong finish in victory over Kukushkin

Jan 6, 2016

Nishikori delivers strong finish in victory over Kukushkin

Japan’s Kei Nishikori overcame a slow start to cruise past Mikhail Kukushkin and move into the quarterfinals of the Brisbane International on Wednesday. Nishikori lost his opening serve to go 2-0 down in the first set but soon recovered to get on top of ...

Nishioka falls in Brisbane first round

Jan 5, 2016

Nishioka falls in Brisbane first round

Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka blew a one-set lead on Tuesday to crash out of the Brisbane International men’s draw in the first round. Nishioka, ranked 117th in the world, lost 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 to Frenchman Lucas Pouille in 2 hours, 23 minutes. Pouille, ranked 78th, ...