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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The WTA Tour says French Open finalist Lucie Safarova has withdrawn from the Australian Open because of the lingering effects of a bacterial infection she picked up last year.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, ...

Jan 5, 2016

Sharapova pulls out of Brisbane International

Defending champion and tournament drawcard Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the season-opening Brisbane International with a left forearm injury, organizers said Tuesday. World No. 4 and third seed Sharapova said she “hurt my forearm in practice a couple days ago” and needed to withdraw ...

Jan 4, 2016

Murray opens season with easy victory

World No. 2 Andy Murray was satisfied with the start to his season after romping past France’s Kenny de Schepper 6-2, 6-2 at the Hopman Cup on Monday. Murray, who led Britain to its first Davis Cup triumph in 79 years just over a ...

Jan 4, 2016

Serena skips Hopman Cup opening match

Serena Williams withdrew from her opening match at the Hopman Cup because of inflammation in her left knee, an early setback in preparations for her Australian Open title defense. No. 1-ranked Williams practiced Monday ahead of her scheduled season-opener against Elina Svitolina of Ukraine ...