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Djokovic, up-and-comer Zverev advance to Italian Open final

Novak Djokovic won twice on Saturday to play for another Italian Open title, his first final since January. Djokovic, the four-time champion, will play Alexander “Sascha” Zverev, the youngest Masters Series finalist at 20 since Djokovic won Miami a decade ago at 19. The day could have dragged on for ...

Del Potro knocks Nishikori out of Italian Open

/ May 19, 2017

Del Potro knocks Nishikori out of Italian Open

World No. 9 Kei Nishikori crashed out of the Italian Open on Thursday as he suffered a 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 defeat to Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro in the third round. The seventh-seeded Nishikori, coming back from a right wrist injury, lost the opening ...

/ May 18, 2017

Nishikori 'shocked' by Mitsuhashi's lifetime ban

Kei Nishikori said Wednesday he was stunned to learn his former junior doubles partner Junn Mitsuhashi has been banned from tennis for life for attempted match-fixing and betting on the sport. “I was shocked,” Nishikori said, after winning his first match in two sets ...

Nishikori advances to quarters in Rome

/ May 18, 2017

Nishikori advances to quarters in Rome

Kei Nishikori rolled into the Italian Open quarterfinals for the third straight year by beating David Ferrer in straight sets Wednesday. Nishikori, who had a bye into the second round and also defeated Ferrer in two sets at last week’s Madrid Open, won 7-5, ...

French Open denies Sharapova wild-card invitation

/ May 17, 2017

French Open denies Sharapova wild-card invitation

Maria Sharapova’s popularity and past success did not earn her the wild-card invitation she needed to get into the French Open after serving a 15-month doping ban. “I’m very sorry for Maria, very sorry for her fans. They might be disappointed; she might be ...

/ May 16, 2017

Mitsuhashi banned for life for match-fixing

Junn Mitsuhashi, who reached a career ranking high of No. 295 in 2009, was banned for life Tuesday for match-fixing and fined $50,000. The Tennis Integrity Unit said in a statement that Mitsuhashi was found guilty of “making corrupt approaches to other players, betting ...

Federer to skip French Open

/ May 16, 2017

Federer to skip French Open

After spending a few days practicing on clay courts in Switzerland, a healthy and well-rested Roger Federer settled on his upcoming schedule: He will bypass the French Open and turn his focus to Wimbledon, then the U.S. Open. “It was a tough decision to ...

Nadal bests Thiem for Madrid Open crown

/ May 15, 2017

Nadal bests Thiem for Madrid Open crown

Rafael Nadal continued his impressive form heading into the French Open, winning his third straight title on clay Sunday with a 7-6 (10-8), 6-4 victory over Dominic Thiem in the Madrid Open final. Nadal withstood a tough challenge from the ninth-ranked Thiem, converting on ...

Djokovic, Nadal to meet in Madrid Open semifinal

/ May 13, 2017

Djokovic, Nadal to meet in Madrid Open semifinal

Rafael Nadal set up a semifinal against Novak Djokovic after withstanding a tough challenge from David Goffin 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 at the Madrid Open on Friday. Djokovic, the defending champion, advanced when Kei Nishikori withdrew before their quarterfinal because of a wrist injury. “It’s ...