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Nishikori tops Ferrer to reach quarterfinals

Kei Nishikori earned an Australian Open quarterfinal date with Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka after defeating Spanish No. 9 seed David Ferrer in straight sets on Monday. Nishikori, the fifth seed, ran the 32-year-old Spaniard ragged in a 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 fourth-round victory to set up a quarterfinal against the fourth-seeded Wawrinka, ...

Nishikori, Williams sisters rally past foes

Jan 24, 2015

Nishikori, Williams sisters rally past foes

Kei Nishikori battled back from a set down to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open on Saturday, beating Steve Johnson 6-7 (7-9), 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 in 2 hours and 29 minutes at Hisense Arena. Nishikori will face ninth seed David Ferrer of ...

Nadal ousts Sela in third round

Jan 23, 2015

Nadal ousts Sela in third round

Rafael Nadal reached the fourth round of the Australian Open with a 6-1, 6-0, 7-5 win over Israel’s Dudi Sela on Friday, avoiding the fate that befell great rival Roger Federer, who had earlier lost to Andreas Seppi. Third-seeded Nadal had himself narrowly avoided ...

Seppi stuns Federer in third round

Jan 23, 2015

Seppi stuns Federer in third round

For the first time in a dozen years, Roger Federer won’t be featuring in the Australian Open semifinals after being beaten 6-4, 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 7-6 (7-5) Friday in the third round by Andreas Seppi. The 17-time Grand Slam champion had never lost to ...

Azarenka dumps Wozniacki at Australian Open

Jan 22, 2015

Azarenka dumps Wozniacki at Australian Open

Comeback queen Victoria Azarenka won a battle of former number ones against Caroline Wozniacki on Thursday to dance her way into the Australian Open third round. The Belarussian, a two-time Australian Open champion returning from injury, again showed why she is the most dangerous ...

Nishikori rallies past Dodig

Jan 22, 2015

Nishikori rallies past Dodig

Kei Nishikori says he’s closing in on his best form after being pushed to four sets to put away Croatia’s Ivan Dodig and reach the third round at the Australian Open on Thursday. Fifth seed Nishikori, who is knocking on the door for a ...

Nishikori rolls past Almagro in straights sets in opener

Jan 20, 2015

Nishikori rolls past Almagro in straights sets in opener

Kei Nishikori took the first steps he hopes will lead to Grand Slam glory with a hard-fought opening win over Nicolas Almagro at the Australian Open on Tuesday. Nishikori, who lost to Marin Cilic in last year’s U.S. Open final, won a 2-hour, 7-minute ...

Nadal opens Australian Open campaign with emphatic win

Jan 19, 2015

Nadal opens Australian Open campaign with emphatic win

Rafael Nadal didn’t give the impression he was lacking any confidence as he raced through the first round of the Australian Open with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 win Monday over Russian veteran Mikhail Youzhny. Coming back from a right wrist injury and an appendix ...

Injured del Potro withdraws from Australian Open

Jan 18, 2015

Injured del Potro withdraws from Australian Open

Former U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro has withdrawn from the Australian Open due to a lingering wrist injury that he was concerned could cause him further damage if he played the season-opening Grand Slam. The 26-year-old Argentine played just four tournaments last ...

Aussie Open draw looks good for Nole, Serena

Jan 16, 2015

Aussie Open draw looks good for Nole, Serena

Novak Djokovic’s chances of winning a fifth Australian Open title have been boosted by a kind draw in the opening week, while women’s top seed Serena Williams kicks off her campaign here against 106th-ranked Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck. World No. 1 Djokovic faces a ...

Jan 16, 2015

Brengle beats Nara in Hobart International semifinals

Kurumi Nara crashed out of the Hobart International on Friday in a 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 semifinal loss to American qualifier Madison Brengle. Nara, ranked 43rd in the world, struggled with her first serve and committed four double faults in the 1-hour, 42-minute match in ...

Jan 15, 2015

Nara reaches Hobbart International semis

Kurumi Nara defeated Camila Giorgi on Thursday to advance to the semifinals of the Hobart International. Nara, ranked 43rd in the world, beat the third-seeded Italian 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 in 1 hour, 49 minutes in Hobart, Australia, to set up a semifinal against qualifier ...

Nadal admits title run may be tough

Jan 15, 2015

Nadal admits title run may be tough

Rafael Nadal says he’s “working as hard as I can” to be ready for Monday’s start to the Australian Open following a right wrist injury and appendix surgery which sidelined him for most of the last six months of 2014. Nadal went through a ...