Nishikori off to strong start at French Open

May 25, 2015

Nishikori off to strong start at French Open

Fifth-seeded Kei Nishikori eased into the second round of the French Open on Sunday, beating French wild-card Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-3, 7-5, 6-1. Winning 79 percent of points on his first serve and hammering down seven aces, Nishikori converted seven of his 15 break points ...

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 ...

Kyrgios ousts Federer at Madrid Open; Nishikori advances

May 7, 2015

Kyrgios ousts Federer at Madrid Open; Nishikori advances

Top-seeded Roger Federer made an early exit from the Madrid Open on Wednesday after a narrow, second-round loss to Nick Kyrgios. The 20-year-old Australian ended Federer’s hopes of a fourth title at the Spanish tournament by rallying for a 6-7 (2-7), 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 ...

Apr 28, 2015

Federer thinks Nadal still the man to beat at French Open

Switzerland’s 17-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer on Monday said he still believed Rafael Nadal was the favorite to win the French Open next month despite the Spanish star’s troubled start to the clay court season. Federer, who took his sole French Open title ...

Big guns roll into third round in Monte Carlo

Apr 16, 2015

Big guns roll into third round in Monte Carlo

Rafael Nadal is back on the clay he loves so much, and he looks like his old self again. Nadal, who has a mediocre 16-5 record this year, got the flawless start he was hoping for Wednesday at the Monte Carlo Masters, beating 21-year-old ...

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 ...

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 ...