Nadal rolls to second-round victory over Almagro

May 28, 2015

Nadal rolls to second-round victory over Almagro

Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal of Spain eased into the third round of the French Open with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 win against countryman Nicolas Almagro on Thursday. Although the sixth-seeded Nadal had to save a break point in his opening service game, and was ...

French Open draw tough on Nadal

May 23, 2015

French Open draw tough on Nadal

The tennis equivalent of climbing three mountains, just to reach the Roland Garros final. Never have the obstacles loomed so large between Rafael Nadal and another trophy on the red clay of Paris. The draw Friday could hardly have been more unkind for the ...

Courier says Nadal will be vulnerable at French Open

May 19, 2015

Courier says Nadal will be vulnerable at French Open

Nine-time French Open champion Rafa Nadal will no longer be regarded as an “immovable obstacle” at Roland Garros this year, according to two-time former winner Jim Courier. The American, who ruled the clay-court Grand Slam in 1991 and 1992, has watched the Spaniard’s increasing ...

Djokovic bests Nishikori in 3 sets

May 16, 2015

Djokovic bests Nishikori in 3 sets

Kei Nishikori lost 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 to World No. 1 Novak Djokovic on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Italian Open. The three-time champion and current title holder Djokovic lost serve only once in the match. Nishikori, fighting back from a one-set deficit, converted ...

Nishikori set to meet Djokovic in quarters

May 15, 2015

Nishikori set to meet Djokovic in quarters

Kei Nishikori defeated Viktor Troicki of Serbia 6-4, 6-3 at the Italian Open on Thursday to set up a quarterfinal match against world No. 1 Novak Djokovic. The 34th-ranked Troicki traded breaks with Nishikori in both sets before the Japanese ace found a decisive ...

Murray may skip Rome after victory in Madrid

May 12, 2015

Murray may skip Rome after victory in Madrid

Andy Murray was due in Rome on Monday to ponder his participation in the Italian Open after winning a breakthrough Masters 1000 title last weekend in Madrid. Murray’s comprehensive 6-3, 6-2 defeat of Spanish ace Rafael Nadal knocked the king of clay down to ...

Murray dominates Nadal for first Masters title on clay

May 11, 2015

Murray dominates Nadal for first Masters title on clay

Andy Murray beat Rafael Nadal on clay for the first time Sunday, dominating the Madrid Open final for a 6-3, 6-2 win against the four-time champion. It was Murray’s first Masters title on clay, a week after his maiden career tournament victory on the ...

Nishikori falls short

May 10, 2015

Nishikori falls short

World No. 5 Kei Nishikori saw his hopes of reaching the Madrid Open final for the second year in a row end on Saturday with a straight-sets defeat to Britain’s Andy Murray in the semifinals. Murray won 6-3, 6-4 to set up a meeting ...

Kei powers into Madrid semis

May 9, 2015

Kei powers into Madrid semis

World No. 5 Kei Nishikori moved into the semifinals of the Madrid Open for the second year in a row on Friday with a straight-sets win over David Ferrer. Fourth-seeded Nishikori, beaten in the final here last year, won 6-4, 6-2 against the Spaniard ...

Nishikori, Nadal move into quarterfinals at Madrid Open

May 8, 2015

Nishikori, Nadal move into quarterfinals at Madrid Open

Rafael Nadal showed no signs of his recent slump as he eased past Italy’s Simone Bolelli 6-2, 6-2 to reach the quarterfinals of the Madrid Open on Thursday. There were also straight sets wins for Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori. Last year’s finalist Nishikori ...

Kyrgios ousts Federer at Madrid Open; Nishikori advances

May 7, 2015

Kyrgios ousts Federer at Madrid Open; Nishikori advances

Top-seeded Roger Federer made an early exit from the Madrid Open on Wednesday after a narrow, second-round loss to Nick Kyrgios. The 20-year-old Australian ended Federer’s hopes of a fourth title at the Spanish tournament by rallying for a 6-7 (2-7), 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 ...