Aug 4, 2016

Djokovic, stunned by pullouts, hopes for gold

Novak Djokovic admitted Wednesday he was surprised that five of the world’s top 10 had pulled out of Rio but insisted a first career gold medal would “mean the world to me.” The world No. 1 can complete the Golden Slam of all four ...

Nishikori makes Toronto semis

Jul 30, 2016

Nishikori makes Toronto semis

Third-seeded Kei Nishikori defeated Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Rogers Cup, setting up a match against world No. 5 Stan Wawrinka in the semis. Nishikori, returning to action in Toronto after an abdominal injury forced him ...

Serena beats Kerber, claims 22nd career Grand Slam title

Jul 10, 2016

Serena beats Kerber, claims 22nd career Grand Slam title

Serena Williams insisted she was not focused on No. 22. Said she wouldn’t discuss it. Kept coming close without quite getting it. Now she finally has it. And so she can flaunt it. Williams lifted both arms overhead and raised two fingers on each ...

Nadal breezes past Groth into French Open second round

May 24, 2016

Nadal breezes past Groth into French Open second round

Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal stormed into the French Open second round on Tuesday with a 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 mauling of Australia’s Sam Groth. Nadal, the fourth seed, took his overall record in Paris to 71 wins against just two losses. The Spaniard needed only ...

Federer tops Zverev at Italian Open

May 12, 2016

Federer tops Zverev at Italian Open

Roger Federer put his full array of shots on display in a 6-3, 7-5 win over Alexander Zverev on Wednesday in the second round of the Italian Open, an encouraging performance considering he only decided to play moments before stepping onto the court. “I ...

May 2, 2016

Top seeds Radwanska, Kerber upset in Madrid

Top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska and Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber were upset in the opening round of the Madrid Masters on Sunday. Radwanska, who was elevated to the No. 1 seeding when Serena Williams withdrew, was beaten 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 3-6 by Dominika Cibulkova of ...

Back spasms don't slow down Djokovic

Mar 31, 2016

Back spasms don't slow down Djokovic

Top-ranked defending champion Novak Djokovic withstood back spasms throughout the second set Wednesday to defeat Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-3 and reach the Miami Open semifinals. Djokovic, trying to match Andre Agassi’s record of six Miami titles with his third in a row, will play ...

Kerber, Germans celebrate

Jan 31, 2016

Kerber, Germans celebrate

After all the advice that Steffi Graf gave her, Angelique Kerber was able to return a favor to the retired champion on Saturday. Graf’s record of 22 Grand Slam singles titles in the Open era is intact — for now — after Kerber staged ...

Kerber shocks Serena in Australian Open final

Jan 30, 2016

Kerber shocks Serena in Australian Open final

A tearful Angelique Kerber stunned an errant Serena Williams to win the Australian Open on Saturday and thwart the American top seed’s bid to equal Steffi Graf’s Open-era record of 22 Grand Slam titles. In a huge upset, the seventh seed toppled the 34-year-old ...

Serena, Kerber set up Australian final clash

Jan 28, 2016

Serena, Kerber set up Australian final clash

Serena Williams is one win away from another Grand Slam milestone after beating Agnieszka Radwanska 6-0, 6-4 in an Australian Open semifinal that was almost a non-contest between the players who’ll be Nos. 1 and 3 in the next women’s rankings. If Williams wins ...

Murray sinks Ferrer

Jan 27, 2016

Murray sinks Ferrer

Andy Murray and a much lesser-known British player, Johanna Konta, advanced to the Australian Open semifinals Wednesday, when the action on court had to compete with news about the integrity of the sport. Murray, making his 18th trip to a Grand Slam semifinal, beat ...