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Nadal battles into quarters

May 16, 2014

Nadal battles into quarters

Rafael Nadal was pushed to three sets for the second consecutive match before ultimately prevailing on Thursday to set up a Rome Masters quarterfinal against Andy Murray. The top-ranked Nadal dropped behind a set and a break against Mikhail Youzhny of Russia, then took ...

Federer beaten by Chardy in second round at Rome Masters

May 15, 2014

Federer beaten by Chardy in second round at Rome Masters

Roger Federer’s focus appeared to drift away from the Foro Italico. And that was understandable. After all, the 17-time Grand Slam winner was playing for the first time since the birth of his second set of twins last week. Federer let a lead slip ...

Nishikori eyes top five; hopeful of Paris return

May 14, 2014

Nishikori eyes top five; hopeful of Paris return

Kei Nishikori, whose ascent to No. 9 in the latest world tennis rankings made him the first Japanese man to break into the top ten, spoke on Tuesday about his anticipated return from injury for the year’s second Grand Slam event and his commitment ...

Djokovic advances in Rome return

May 14, 2014

Djokovic advances in Rome return

Novak Djokovic marked his return from a right wrist injury by beating Czech veteran Radek Stepanek 6-3, 7-5 in the second round of the Italian Open on Tuesday, while Italian hope Andreas Seppi complained about a decisive time violation in a loss to Tommy ...

Nishikori pulls out of Rome Masters, to have MRI on injury

May 13, 2014

Nishikori pulls out of Rome Masters, to have MRI on injury

In-form Kei Nishikori withdrew as expected from the Rome Masters on Monday with a hip injury that forced him to pull out in the third set of Sunday’s Madrid Open final with Rafael Nadal. However, in a boost to the organizers Roger Federer, who ...

Injured Nishikori pulls out of Rome Masters

May 12, 2014

Injured Nishikori pulls out of Rome Masters

Beaten-down 10th seed Kei Nishikori withdrew as expected from the Rome Masters on Monday with the lower-back complaint which plagued him in his weekend Madrid final loss to Rafael Nadal. Nishikori, the first player from Japan to break into the ATP top 10 as ...

Nadal wins Madrid Open after Nishikori retires

May 12, 2014

Nadal wins Madrid Open after Nishikori retires

Rafael Nadal finally won another clay-court title, although not in a manner that alleviated any concerns about his recent form on his favorite surface. The top-ranked Spaniard won his fourth Madrid Open on Sunday after Kei Nishikori was forced to withdraw with a hip ...

Streaking Nishikori to battle Nadal in Madrid Open final

May 11, 2014

Streaking Nishikori to battle Nadal in Madrid Open final

Kei Nishikori reached his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final by edging world No. 5 David Ferrer at the Madrid Open on Saturday night. It took just under three hours on court but 12th-ranked Nishikori came through with a 7-6 (7-5), 5-7, 6-3 ...

May 11, 2014

Tennis Hall of Fame plans upgrade

The International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum in Rhode Island is set to break ground in the first phase of a major project to expand and upgrade its facilities. The $15.7 million project will upgrade the museum with new technology and exhibitions, add ...

Nishikori reaches semis, cracks top 10

May 10, 2014

Nishikori reaches semis, cracks top 10

Kei Nishikori will become the first Japanese to crack the top 10 of the ATP rankings following a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Spain’s Feliciano Lopez in the Madrid Open quarterfinals on Friday. The 24-year-old Nishikori is currently 12th in the world, and his previous ...

Nishikori, Nadal move into Madrid Open quarters

May 9, 2014

Nishikori, Nadal move into Madrid Open quarters

Kei Nishikori pulled out a 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-5) victory over eighth-seeded Milos Raonic on Thursday to book a spot in the Madrid Open quarterfinals for the second straight year. Nishikori and Raonic traded a break en route to a first-set tiebreaker, which Nishikori ...

Serena, Nadal advance with minimum of fuss

May 8, 2014

Serena, Nadal advance with minimum of fuss

Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal breezed into the Madrid Open third round with their title defenses facing little strain on Wednesday, while Andy Murray made a successful return to clay after nearly a year’s absence. Williams broke Shuai Peng three times in a 6-2, ...