Nishikori rolls into quarters

Feb 26, 2015

Nishikori rolls into quarters

World No. 5 Kei Nishikori reached the quarterfinals of the Mexico Open on Wednesday with a comfortable straight-sets win over Taiwan’s Lu Yen-hsun. The top-seeded Nishikori, seeking his second title of the season after triumphing in Memphis two weeks ago, took just under an ...

Nadal struggles again, loses to Fognini in Rio semis

Feb 22, 2015

Nadal struggles again, loses to Fognini in Rio semis

Rafael Nadal was beaten in the semifinals of the Rio Open on Saturday night, losing 1-6, 6-2, 7-5 on clay to Italian Fabio Fognini, who will meet David Ferrer in the final. Nadal has played three tournaments this year and has not reached a ...

Feb 14, 2015

Nadal feeling good ahead of tourney

Rafael Nadal says he’s free of “physical problems” as his clay-court season starts next week at the Rio de Janeiro Open. It’s anyone’s guess how the Spaniard will play, coming off illness and injuries. He’s the world’s best on clay, winning nine of the ...

Berdych puts away Nadal

Jan 27, 2015

Berdych puts away Nadal

Rafael Nadal’s lack of match fitness from nearly six months of inactivity finally caught up with the 14-time Grand Slam singles champion at the Australian Open on Tuesday. Nadal was never much of a factor in his quarterfinal match against seventh-seeded Tomas Berdych, losing ...

Nadal, Sharapova look sharp on way to quarterfinal berths

Jan 25, 2015

Nadal, Sharapova look sharp on way to quarterfinal berths

Maria Sharapova was all business as she raced into the Australian Open quarterfinals on Sunday to set up a glamor showdown with Eugenie Bouchard, as Rafael Nadal continued his unrelenting Grand Slam march. The Russian world No. 2 ended Chinese hopes by swatting aside ...

Nadal ousts Sela in third round

Jan 23, 2015

Nadal ousts Sela in third round

Rafael Nadal reached the fourth round of the Australian Open with a 6-1, 6-0, 7-5 win over Israel’s Dudi Sela on Friday, avoiding the fate that befell great rival Roger Federer, who had earlier lost to Andreas Seppi. Third-seeded Nadal had himself narrowly avoided ...

Nadal opens Australian Open campaign with emphatic win

Jan 19, 2015

Nadal opens Australian Open campaign with emphatic win

Rafael Nadal didn’t give the impression he was lacking any confidence as he raced through the first round of the Australian Open with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 win Monday over Russian veteran Mikhail Youzhny. Coming back from a right wrist injury and an appendix ...

Nadal admits title run may be tough

Jan 15, 2015

Nadal admits title run may be tough

Rafael Nadal says he’s “working as hard as I can” to be ready for Monday’s start to the Australian Open following a right wrist injury and appendix surgery which sidelined him for most of the last six months of 2014. Nadal went through a ...

Djokovic whips Stakhovsky to make Qatar Open quarters

Jan 8, 2015

Djokovic whips Stakhovsky to make Qatar Open quarters

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic took a significant step toward winning an opening week tournament for the first time in eight years on Wednesday, simultaneously earning himself a meeting with the man with 9,000 aces. The Serbian’s increasingly fluent performance during a 6-2, 6-1 ...

Nishikori reflects on dynamic success, stress on tour

Nov 18, 2014

Nishikori reflects on dynamic success, stress on tour

Kei Nishikori on Tuesday confessed to feeling a tad envious of his tennis rivals being cheered on courtside by wives and girlfriends, but showed lightning footwork to dodge the $6-million question. “Tennis players are always on the road so it must help relieve some ...