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Djokovic triumphs in three-set duel against Federer

Mar 23, 2015

Djokovic triumphs in three-set duel against Federer

Move over Roger Federer, there is another guy with a share of your crown as king of the desert. Novak Djokovic defeated Federer 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2 to win his fourth BNP Paribas Open on Sunday, tying him with Federer for the most titles ...

Nole, Federer showdown set

Mar 22, 2015

Nole, Federer showdown set

Novak Djokovic defeated Andy Murray 6-2, 6-3 to reach the final of the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday, handing Murray his worst hard-court loss against the world’s top-ranked player since 2007. Djokovic will play for his fourth career title in the desert in Sunday’s ...

Federer into semis; Nadal stumbles

Mar 21, 2015

Federer into semis; Nadal stumbles

Roger Federer defeated Tomas Berdych 6-4, 6-0 and Milos Raonic outlasted Rafael Nadal 4-6, 7-6 (12-10), 7-5 in a nearly three-hour marathon to set up a semifinal showdown at the BNP Paribas Open on Friday. Federer improved to 15-1 this year, with his only ...

Nole, Murray move to semifinals

Mar 20, 2015

Nole, Murray move to semifinals

Novak Djokovic didn’t have to hit a ball to get into the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open on Thursday when opponent Bernard Tomic withdrew because of a back injury. Tomic’s withdrawal was announced about five hours before he was to play the top-ranked ...

Nishikori falls to lefty Lopez

Mar 19, 2015

Nishikori falls to lefty Lopez

World No. 5 Kei Nishikori lost in straight sets to Feliciano Lopez of Spain in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open on Wednesday. After rallying to defeat Fernando Verdasco in Monday’s third round, Nishikori could not overcome Verdasco’s countryman and fellow big-serving ...

Mar 19, 2015

Tennis player Odesnik handed 15-year doping ban

American tennis player Wayne Odesnik was banned Wednesday for 15 years after a second doping violation, a sanction that essentially ends his career. The International Tennis Federation said the 29-year-old Odesnik tested positive for several banned substances, including steroids, during tests in December and ...

Serena rallies past Stephens

Mar 18, 2015

Serena rallies past Stephens

Struggling with her serve and a rash of errors, Serena Williams overcame a slow start to beat Sloane Stephens 6-7 (3-7), 6-2, 6-2 in the fourth round at the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday, extending her winning streak to 14 matches. Maria Sharapova struggled ...

Nishikori moves to 4th round

Mar 17, 2015

Nishikori moves to 4th round

World No. 5 Kei Nishikori rallied to beat Spain’s Fernando Verdasco in three sets to reach the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open on Monday. No. 5 seed Nishikori, who had lost his two previous meetings against the 31st-ranked Verdasco, dropped the tiebreak ...

Ruthless Serena makes short work of rising star Diyas

Mar 16, 2015

Ruthless Serena makes short work of rising star Diyas

Serena Williams is settling right into the BNP Paribas Open, producing a quick, business-like effort in advancing to the fourth round Sunday while enjoying her return after a 14-year absence. She beat up-and-comer Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan 6-2, 6-0 in 53 minutes, a routine ...

Nishikori moves into third round

Mar 15, 2015

Nishikori moves into third round

Kei Nishikori recovered from an erratic start to book his place in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over American Ryan Harrison on Saturday afternoon. Seeded fifth for the elite Masters 1000 event, Nishikori broke his opponent ...

Mar 14, 2015

Serena triumphs in Indian Wells return

Serena Williams beat Monica Niculescu 7-5, 7-5 in her first match at Indian Wells in 14 years Friday night, receiving a warm welcome in sharp contrast to the booing that drove her away as a teenager. Williams rallied from a 5-3 deficit in the ...

Nishikori's win over Raonic not enough to send Japan past Canada

Mar 9, 2015

Nishikori's win over Raonic not enough to send Japan past Canada

Japan failed to reach the quarterfinals in the World Group first-round tie against Canada, despite a five-set triumph by ace Kei Nishikori against world class rival Milos Raonic on Sunday. Nishikori prevailed 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 over the hard-hitting Raonic to even the ...