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Nishikori breezes past Chardy to reach quarterfinal round

Apr 22, 2016

Nishikori breezes past Chardy to reach quarterfinal round

Two-time defending champion Kei Nishikori defeated Jeremy Chardy of France in straight sets on Thursday to advance to the Barcelona Open quarterfinals. Nishikori, seeded second and ranked No. 6 in the world, secured a 6-3, 7-5 win over the 33rd-ranked Chardy, his third straight ...

Nishikori starts Barcelona title defense with win

Apr 21, 2016

Nishikori starts Barcelona title defense with win

World No. 6 Kei Nishikori launched the defense of his Barcelona Open crown with a second-round win over 102nd-ranked Thiemo de Bakker on Wednesday. The two-time defending champion, who got a first-round bye, held all his service games and eased past de Bakker 6-4, ...

Djokovic, Serena win Laureus awards

Apr 19, 2016

Djokovic, Serena win Laureus awards

Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams won the Laureus awards as the top athletes in the world in 2015. Djokovic won for the second straight year and third time overall and Williams picked up her fourth award. Williams did not attend the ceremony. In his ...

Apr 16, 2016

Federer ousted in quarterfinals

  Roger Federer was knocked out of the Monte Carlo Masters when he slumped to a 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 defeat by local favorite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarterfinals on Friday. The Swiss third seed was back in action this week after a 10-week layoff ...

Apr 15, 2016

Murray trounces Raonic, awaits Nadal in Monte Carlo semifinal

Andy Murray will face the toughest clay test imaginable at the Monte Carlo Masters as he plays a semifinal with Rafael Nadal after crushing Milos Raonic 6-2, 6-0 on Friday. Nadal, winner of eight straight titles here from 2005-12, holds the edge over the ...

Apr 14, 2016

Sharapova hearing for meldonium will proceed: ITF

Maria Sharapova still faces a hearing after testing positive for meldonium, despite the World Anti-Doping Agency issuing fresh rules for athletes who tested positive for the banned substance before March 1, the International Tennis Federation has said. The five-time Grand Slam champion tested positive ...

Apr 13, 2016

Sharapova still in Russia's Olympic plans

Russia says Maria Sharapova is still in its plans for the Olympic tennis tournament in August despite her provisional suspension for failing a drug test. Sharapova has been suspended since last month, when she admitted she tested positive for the banned substance meldonium at ...

Federer wins in return from surgery

Apr 13, 2016

Federer wins in return from surgery

A relieved Roger Federer cruised to victory at the Monte Carlo Masters on Tuesday in his first match in more than two months following a knee operation that left him fearing for his playing career. Beating Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3, 6-4 in the second ...

Apr 12, 2016

Gasquet, Raonic advance in Monaco

Richard Gasquet converted all six of his break points as he beat Nicolas Almagro 6-4, 6-0 on Monday, and Milos Raonic had 13 aces in a 6-3, 7-5 win against wild card Marco Cecchinato in the first round of the Monte Carlo Masters. Raonic ...

Apr 8, 2016

Ex-Belgian Davis Cup captain Hoferlin passes away

The former Belgian Davis Cup captain Julien Hoferlin has died at the age of 49 after a struggle with cancer, the Davis Cup website reported on Friday. Coach of the Belgian team between 2006-2008, he oversaw its promotion in 2007 to the World Group ...

Imperious Djokovic tops Nishikori in final

Apr 4, 2016

Imperious Djokovic tops Nishikori in final

Kei Nishikori had to make do with a runner-up finish after a comprehensive straight-sets defeat to world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the Miami Open final on Sunday. Djokovic won the title for the third year in a row and sixth overall, the Serbian ...

Azarenka beats Kuznetsova to win Miami Open

Apr 3, 2016

Azarenka beats Kuznetsova to win Miami Open

Victoria Azarenka believes she’s the best player in women’s tennis, and recent results support her case. Seeded 13th, Azarenka completed a rare Indian Wells-Key Biscayne double Saturday by beating Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 6-2 to win the Miami Open. Azarenka, a two-time Grand Slam champion ...