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 ...

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, ...

Wawrinka stunned by qualifier in Madrid

May 7, 2014

Wawrinka stunned by qualifier in Madrid

Austrian qualifier Dominic Thiem scored the biggest victory of his young career on Tuesday when he rallied for a 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory over third-ranked Stanislas Wawrinka at the Madrid Open. The 20-year-old Thiem showed composure beyond his years in knocking the Australian Open ...

Nishikori dispatches Dodig in Madrid Open

May 5, 2014

Nishikori dispatches Dodig in Madrid Open

Kei Nishikori, who is bidding for his second consecutive tour title, defeated Ivan Dodig of Croatia in straight sets in the first round of the Madrid Open on Monday. The world No. 12 Nishikori downed Dodig 6-4, 6-4 to set up a meeting with ...

Nadal hopes to overcome struggles

May 3, 2014

Nadal hopes to overcome struggles

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal heads into the Madrid Masters this week in the unusual position of searching for his first title on European clay this season. The 13-time Grand Slam champion has dominated on the surface throughout his career, including an incredible stretch ...

Nadal advances at Madrid Open; Azarenka knocked out

May 10, 2013

Nadal advances at Madrid Open; Azarenka knocked out

Rafael Nadal made a comfortable start to his quest for a third Madrid Open title on Wednesday, but Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka slumped to a shock exit. Nadal eased past Frenchman Benoit Paire 6-3, 6-4 and will next face either compatriot Nicolas Almagro ...