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Nishikori smashes racket during first-round loss in Brazil

Kei Nishikori smashed his racket into the red clay after losing the first set on Tuesday, an unusual burst of anger from the usually calm Japanese player. Destroying the racket didn’t help. He lost the second set, too, as Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci upset the top seed 6-4, 6-3 in the ...

Nishikori begins Argentina Open with win

Feb 16, 2017

Nishikori begins Argentina Open with win

Kei Nishikori opened his Argentina Open campaign with a win over local favorite Diego Schwartzman in the second round on Wednesday. Nishikori, the top seed and world No. 5, dropped the first set but came roaring back to post a 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 win ...

Feb 15, 2017

Becker: Sharapova deserves second chance

Boris Becker believes Maria Sharapova has paid her dues and deserves a second chance when she returns to tennis in April at the end of her 15-month doping ban. Sharapova, a five-time Grand Slam champion, failed a dope test for the drug meldonium at ...

Uchiyama wins to help Japan avoid 5-0 sweep

Feb 5, 2017

Uchiyama wins to help Japan avoid 5-0 sweep

Yasutaka Uchiyama scored a consolation win against Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the final reverse singles on Sunday to prevent a whitewash for Japan in its Davis Cup World Group first-round tie against France. The Japanese team had only pride to play for after France built ...

France clinches Davis Cup tie with Japan in doubles

Feb 4, 2017

France clinches Davis Cup tie with Japan in doubles

France wrapped up victory in its Davis Cup World Group first-round tie against Japan after Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut won Saturday’s doubles to take an unassailable 3-0 lead at Ariake Colosseum. The Wimbledon champions routed Yuichi Sugita and Yasutaka Uchiyama 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 ...

Gasquet, Simon stake France to 2-0 lead in Davis Cup tie

Feb 3, 2017

Gasquet, Simon stake France to 2-0 lead in Davis Cup tie

Richard Gasquet brushed aside Taro Daniel in straight sets and Gilles Simon routed Yoshihito Nishioka to give France a 2-0 lead over Japan in their Davis Cup World Group first-round tie on Friday. Gasquet, the world No. 18, was in total control from start ...

France plays down Nishikori's Davis Cup no-show

Feb 1, 2017

France plays down Nishikori's Davis Cup no-show

France captain Yannick Noah has played down the absence of Japan’s world No. 5 Kei Nishikori and called for total focus from his players ahead of their Davis Cup World Group first-round tie starting Friday. Nishikori said at last month’s Australian Open that he ...

Returning Federer savors surprise title

Jan 30, 2017

Returning Federer savors surprise title

Roger Federer always believed he had more Grand Slam titles left in him. He just didn’t think it would happen like this, playing in his first tournament following a six-month injury layoff. Or against his biggest rival in the game, Rafael Nadal. “I said ...

Serena reflects on triumph

Jan 29, 2017

Serena reflects on triumph

Serena Williams says her rise to become perhaps the greatest player of all time is all down to mental strength and never giving up, a trait learned from Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova. The dominant American now holds more Grand Slam titles in the ...