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Jun 14, 2014

Nishikori reaches semifinal round

Kei Nishikori defeated Steve Johnson 6-1, 7-6 (7-4) on Friday to reach the semifinals of the Gerry Weber Open. Nishikori made short work of the first set, but remained on-serve through the second set despite three break chances. Nishikori won the tiebreaker for a ...

Jun 12, 2014

Nishikori reaches Weber quarters

Kei Nishikori defeated Gael Monfils of France 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 on Wednesday to book a spot in the Gerry Weber Open quarterfinals. World No. 12 Nishikori played a strong match coming back from the left hip injury that forced him out of the Madrid ...

Jun 10, 2014

Date-Krumm reaches second round in Aegon Classic

Kimiko Date-Krumm cruised to a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Paula Ormaechea of Argentina on Monday, advancing to the second round of the Aegon Classic in Birmingham. The 43-year-old Date-Krumm, ranked 78th in the world, secured the win in just under an hour without facing ...

Jun 10, 2014

Federer praises Mauresmo hire

Swiss tennis star Roger Federer on Monday hailed Andy Murray’s “great choice” of Frenchwoman Amelie Mauresmo as his new coach. Former world No. 1 Federer will defend his only title of the 2013 season in the pre-Wimbledon warm-up event at Halle this week. And ...

Nadal wins French Open

Jun 9, 2014

Nadal wins French Open

Trying to beat Rafael Nadal at the French Open is, without a doubt, the toughest task in tennis. Indeed, must be among the greatest challenges in all of sports. The pressure he applies, from set to set, game to game, point to point, shot ...

Sharapova looks ahead

Jun 9, 2014

Sharapova looks ahead

With red clay still staining her shoes and socks, Maria Sharapova is already getting ready for the toughest transition in tennis. Sharapova won her second French Open title in three years on Saturday, beating Simona Halep 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4 in the final at ...

Nadal, Djokovic to clash in final round

Jun 7, 2014

Nadal, Djokovic to clash in final round

Rafael Nadal is going for No. 9 at the French Open, and the only man that can stop him is Novak Djokovic. Nadal is already a record eight-time champion with a lifetime 65-1 record at Roland Garros. One more victory on the red clay ...

Sharapova battles past Bouchard, into French Open final

Jun 6, 2014

Sharapova battles past Bouchard, into French Open final

Might be easier said than done. Still, Maria Sharapova offered a tidy aphorism to sum up the formula that’s carried her to a third consecutive French Open final. “It’s not how you finish a first set,” Sharapova said, “it’s how you finish the last ...

Nadal rallies past Ferrer, will meet Murray in semis

Jun 5, 2014

Nadal rallies past Ferrer, will meet Murray in semis

Briefly, and only briefly, Rafael Nadal was in a difficult spot in the French Open quarterfinals. For the first time in this year’s tournament, the eight-time champion dropped a set. And this had to be on Nadal’s mind: His opponent, David Ferrer, could present ...

Sharapova digs deep to reach French Open semifinals

Jun 4, 2014

Sharapova digs deep to reach French Open semifinals

This is what Maria Sharapova does. She digs herself a big hole in a match, then figures a way out, no matter what it takes. She hits shots left-handed. Takes her time between points. Pumps her fists and screams “Come on!” after her opponent’s ...

Nadal blows away Lajovic to make quarters

Jun 3, 2014

Nadal blows away Lajovic to make quarters

Maybe, just maybe, Rafael Nadal was a tad vulnerable, the thinking went before this French Open. He had lost three times on his beloved red clay already this year, more defeats than he ever had on the surface before heading to Roland Garros. Then ...

Gulbis bounces Federer out of French Open in fourth round

Jun 2, 2014

Gulbis bounces Federer out of French Open in fourth round

Everything appeared to be under control for Roger Federer, just like in the old days at Grand Slam tournaments. And then, suddenly, it wasn’t. One point from a two-set lead Sunday in the French Open’s fourth round against 18th-seeded Ernests Gulbis of Latvia, Federer ...