Djokovic puts away rival Nadal to win Sony Open crown

Mar 31, 2014

Djokovic puts away rival Nadal to win Sony Open crown

Novak Djokovic stretched like a rubber band to hit a backhand. He sprinted into the other corner and scooped out forehands as if he was wielding a shovel. He ran forward to slice a ball off his shoetops. And he flicked a difficult half-volley ...

Nishikori can't play semi

Mar 29, 2014

Nishikori can't play semi

No. 1-ranked Rafael Nadal and No. 2 Novak Djokovic advanced to the Sony Open final without playing a point on Friday. Both received walkovers when their semifinal opponents withdrew for health reasons. That left Nadal and Djokovic to play for the title on Sunday ...

Williams rolls by Sharapova again

Mar 28, 2014

Williams rolls by Sharapova again

Between points, Serena Williams stood motionless behind the baseline with her back to the net, as if trying to match — or mimic — the methodical ritual of her opponent, Maria Sharapova. They took turns waiting on each other, the pace of play plodding, ...

Serena, Sharapova make quarters; Nadal thrashes Istomin

Mar 25, 2014

Serena, Sharapova make quarters; Nadal thrashes Istomin

World No. 1 Serena Williams breezed into the quarterfinals of the Sony Open on Monday, while Russian fourth seed Maria Sharapova battled through three sets to advance. Top-seeded defending champion Williams routed American qualifier Coco Vandeweghe 6-3, 6-1 in 78 minutes to book a ...

Nadal ousted at BNP Paribas

Mar 11, 2014

Nadal ousted at BNP Paribas

Defending champions Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova were upset in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open on Monday. First, Sharapova went down to qualifier Camila Giorgi, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5, giving the young Italian her first victory over a top five player. Then, ...

Nishikori, big guns move into 3rd round at BNP Paribas

Mar 9, 2014

Nishikori, big guns move into 3rd round at BNP Paribas

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Stanislas Wawrinka won their opening matches Saturday in the BNP Paribas Open. Federer, the four-time champion seeded seventh, beat French qualifier Paul-Henri Mathieu. The Swiss star was coming off his 78th career title last week in Dubai. ...

Wawrinka stuns injured Nadal to win Australian Open

Jan 26, 2014

Wawrinka stuns injured Nadal to win Australian Open

After letting the distraction of Rafael Nadal’s painful back problems cost him a set, Stanislas Wawrinka regained his composure to win his first Grand Slam title with a 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 victory Sunday in the Australian Open final. The 28-year-old Swiss player had ...

Rafa rising to top Down Under

Jan 25, 2014

Rafa rising to top Down Under

The way Rafael Nadal managed to somehow retrieve a forehand midway through the second set shocked even Roger Federer, who has been on the receiving end of the Spaniard’s unbelievable shots more than anyone else in Grand Slams. It was a tipping point in ...

Nadal knocks off Federer, advances to Australian Open final

Jan 24, 2014

Nadal knocks off Federer, advances to Australian Open final

Rafael Nadal continued his dominant streak over Roger Federer to reach the Australian Open final for the third time, beating the 17-time major winner 7-6 (4), 6-3, 6-3 Friday night to set up a championship decider against No. 8-seeded Stan Wawrinka. Nadal has won ...

Radwanska ousts Azarenka

Jan 22, 2014

Radwanska ousts Azarenka

Victoria Azarenka’s run as Australian Open champion ended in a yelling, screaming quarterfinal defeat to Agnieszka Radwanska on Wednesday, continuing the flow of stars tumbling out of the season’s first major. The fifth-seeded Radwanska stopped Azarenka’s 18-match winning run at Melbourne Park and her ...

Nadal too much for Nishikori

Jan 20, 2014

Nadal too much for Nishikori

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal fought off a spirited challenge from Kei Nishikori to march through to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open on Monday. The Spaniard won 7-6 (7-3), 7-5, 7-6 (7-3) in 3 hours, 17 minutes and will play Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov ...

Nishikori sails past Lajovic

Jan 16, 2014

Nishikori sails past Lajovic

Kei Nishikori mastered Dusan Lajovic and the searing heat to reach the Australian Open third round in straight sets on Thursday. In brutal temperatures, the Japanese 16th seed kept the match to just 1 hour, 49 minutes before prevailing 6-1, 6-1, 7-6 (7-3) over ...