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Nishikori grinds out victory

Feb 14, 2015

Nishikori grinds out victory

Kei Nishikori beat American qualifier Austin Krajicek 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Friday night in the quarterfinals of the Memphis Open. Nishikori, ranked fifth in the world, shook off eight double-faults and struggled with unforced errors off his backhand. But Nishikori improved to 11-1 in ...

Feb 14, 2015

Nadal feeling good ahead of tourney

Rafael Nadal says he’s free of “physical problems” as his clay-court season starts next week at the Rio de Janeiro Open. It’s anyone’s guess how the Spaniard will play, coming off illness and injuries. He’s the world’s best on clay, winning nine of the ...

Feb 13, 2015

Wawrinka prevails over Lopez

Stan Wawrinka joined Andy Murray as the pair of seeds each posted difficult wins on Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Rotterdam Open. Wawrinka, last year’s Australian Open winner, struggled until breaking loose with his big game in the final set as ...

Feb 12, 2015

Ariake Colosseum to host Fed Cup tie in April

Japan will host its Fed Cup World Group II playoff fixture in April against Belarus at Ariake Colosseum, the Japan Tennis Association decided on Thursday. Japan’s women, led by world no. 44 Kurumi Nara, blasted through the Asia-Oceania Zone Group I competition this month ...

Nishikori opens quest for 3rd straight Memphis title with victory

Feb 12, 2015

Nishikori opens quest for 3rd straight Memphis title with victory

Top-seeded Kei Nishikori was pushed to three sets in his opening match of the Memphis Open on Wednesday, beating American qualifier Ryan Harrison 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the quarterfinals. Nishikori, the two-time defending champion who had a bye in the first round, ...

Feb 7, 2015

Japan still perfect in Fed Cup action

Japan’s Fed Cup team earned a promotional playoff fixture with Kazakhstan on Friday, when the Japanese women completed a clean sweep of Asia-Oceania Group 1 Pool A with a 3-0 victory over Uzbekistan in Guangzhou, China. Japan won all nine of the matches it ...

Feb 7, 2015

Nishikori to be top seed in Memphis

Kei Nishikori will be the top seed when he makes his bid for a third consecutive title in the Memphis Open starting Monday. The 25-year-old Nishikori, who has a first-round bye, received the No. 1 seed in the singles draw announced on Friday. It ...

Feb 2, 2015

Nishikori stays at No. 5

Kei Nishikori, who reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, saw his result reflected in the newly released rankings on Monday as the world No. 5 player remained unchanged from the previous week. Novak Djokovic, who beat Andy Murray in Sunday’s final, retained his ...

Djokovic downs Murray to capture fifth Australian Open title

Feb 1, 2015

Djokovic downs Murray to capture fifth Australian Open title

Novak Djokovic won his fifth Australian Open title and extended Andy Murray’s misery at Melbourne Park by beating the Scotsman 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-0 in the final Sunday. Murray has now been a losing finalist four times here, losing twice previously to ...

Serena overpowers Sharapova for 19th Grand Slam title

Jan 31, 2015

Serena overpowers Sharapova for 19th Grand Slam title

Serena Williams won her sixth Australian Open and 19th career Grand Slam title with a hard-fought win over bitter rival Maria Sharapova on Saturday, consolidating her place among the game’s legends. The 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) triumph means the American world No. 1 overtakes 18-time ...

Determined Djokovic ousts defending champion Stan Wawrinka

Jan 30, 2015

Determined Djokovic ousts defending champion Stan Wawrinka

Novak Djokovic reached his fifth Australian Open final with a five-set win over defending champion Stan Wawrinka that fell flat compared with their previous encounters at Melbourne Park. The top-ranked Djokovic knocked off Wawrinka in a seesawing 7-6 (7-1), 3-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 win ...

Murray outlasts Berdych in tough semifinal showdown

Jan 29, 2015

Murray outlasts Berdych in tough semifinal showdown

Britain’s Andy Murray stormed into his fourth Australian Open final with a commanding four-sets win over Czech Tomas Berdych on Thursday. The two-time Grand Slam champion, seeded sixth, beat the seventh seed 6-7 (6-8), 6-0, 6-3, 7-5 and will play either Novak Djokovic or ...