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Wimbledon's Centre Court evacuated after small fire

LONDON (AP) A small electrical fire broke out inside Wimbledon's Centre Court building on Wednesday, causing an evacuation after play had ended for the day. The fire started inside a mechanical room in the east side of the building, All England Club spokesman Johnny Perkins said. There were no reports of injuries. Emergency vehicles arrived shortly after the fire alarm went off...
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18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Wimbledon champions advance with ease

LONDON (AP) - It looked all too easy for the champions at the All England Club. Defending women's champion Petra Kvitova and former men's winners Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray all won their first-round matches at Wimbledon on Tuesday in straight sets. The big names imposed themselves on Day 2 of the grass-court Grand Slam as London basked in warm, sunny conditions....
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

The Latest: Play is underway on Day 2 at Wimbledon

LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local): --- 11:50 a.m. Play is underway on Day 2 at Wimbledon. Defending women's champion Petra Kvitova will be first up on Centre Court when plays starts in the main stadium at about 1 p.m., followed by seven-time champion Roger Federer and 2013 champion Andy Murray. Rafael Nadal, a two-time Wimbledon champion who has struggled this...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Wimbledon Lookahead: Smallest group of US men since 1947

LONDON (AP) The seven U.S. men in the Wimbledon main draw represent the country's smallest contingent since 1947, when only five played at the grass-court Grand Slam tournament. Three are scheduled to be in first-round action Tuesday: 31st-seeded Jack Sock, 37th-ranked Sam Querrey, and 77th-ranked Tim Smyczek. The 22-year-old Sock - who was born in Nebraska, later lived in Kansas...
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Wimbledon draw: Djokovic has easier road to semis than rivals

LONDON — Defending champion Novak Djokovic avoided his three biggest traditional rivals in the Wimbledon draw Friday, as the other members of tennis’ “Big Four” all were placed on the opposite side. Serena Williams had no such luck in the women’s draw, where she might have to get past three former No. 1s — sister Venus, Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova — just...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Wimbledon 2015: Men’s Draw Analysis

The gentlemen’s singles draw for Wimbledon 2015 has been released, with seeded players in white: And here's the complete entire #Wimbledon men's draw. Should be fun! pic.twitter.com/NniXk2z6lg — Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) June 26, 2015 Here are the items of foremost importance after the revelation of the brackets: The biggest question in the men’s draw, in terms of...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Wimbledon 2015: Men’s Draw Analysis

The gentlemen’s singles draw for Wimbledon 2015 has been released, with seeded players in white: And here's the complete entire #Wimbledon men's draw. Should be fun! pic.twitter.com/NniXk2z6lg — Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) June 26, 2015 Here are the items of foremost importance after the revelation of the brackets: The biggest question in the men’s draw, in terms of...
Via Bloguin Best
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Wimbledon draw: Djokovic avoids Federer, Murray, Nadal

LONDON -- Defending champion Novak Djokovic avoided his three biggest traditional rivals in the Wimbledon draw on Friday as the other members of tennis' "Big Four" were all placed on the opposite side. Serena Williams had no such luck in the women's draw, where she may have to get past a trio of former No. 1s -- sister Venus, Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova -- just to get to...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Djokovic, Serena top Wimbledon seeds; Rafa No. 10

Two-time Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal has been seeded No. 10 for the grass-court Grand Slam, meaning he could face one of the top contenders as early as the fourth round. The All England Club stuck mainly to the ATP rankings in the seedings announced Wednesday for Wimbledon, which starts Monday. Nadal, who won Wimbledon in 2008 and 2010, has slipped to 10th in the rankings. He...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

2-time champ Rafael Nadal seeded No. 10 for Wimbledon

LONDON (AP) Two-time Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal has been seeded No. 10 for the grass-court Grand Slam, meaning he could face one of the top contenders as early as the fourth round. The All England Club stuck mainly to the ATP rankings in the seedings announced Wednesday for Wimbledon, which starts Monday. Nadal, who won Wimbledon in 2008 and 2010, has slipped to 10th in the...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

The End of Rafa’s Reign

Rafael Nadal’s quest for a tenth French Open title ended in the 2015 quarterfinals, losing in straight sets to top-seeded Novak Djokovic. For Nadal, it was only his second loss in eleven years at Roland Garros. Nadal had struggled during the clay court season, a departure from his history of dominance on the surface. After [&hellip The post The End of Rafa’s Reign appeared...
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Before Wimbledon Begins, A New Way To Appreciate Roger And Rafa

We’ve traveled many thousands of miles as tennis fans and chroniclers with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Billions of words have been written about them. Millions of arguments have been launched by their partisans. Neither man should be favored to win the 2015 edition of Wimbledon, though both have a chance and could slip through the door if the draw falls just right, or if Andy...
Via Bloguin Best
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Before Wimbledon Begins, A New Way To Appreciate Roger And Rafa

We’ve traveled many thousands of miles as tennis fans and chroniclers with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Billions of words have been written about them. Millions of arguments have been launched by their partisans. Neither man should be favored to win the 2015 edition of Wimbledon, though both have a chance and could slip through the door if the draw falls just right, or if Andy...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Nadal breaks grass-court dry spell with Mercedes Cup championship

STUTTGART, Germany -- Rafael Nadal defeated Viktor Troicki of Serbia 7-6 (3), 6-3 Sunday to win the Mercedes Cup for the third time in the Spaniard's first title on grass since Wimbledon in 2010. The top seed, who had no aces in his semifinal win over Gael Monfils, ended the first set tiebreaker with an ace, his ninth. Nadal saved the only break point he faced. Playing with evident...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Nadal beats Troicki to win grass-court Mercedes Cup

STUTTGART, Germany (AP) Rafael Nadal defeated Viktor Troicki of Serbia 7-6 (3), 6-3 Sunday to win the Mercedes Cup for the third time in the Spaniard's first title on grass since Wimbledon in 2010. The top seed, who had no aces in his semifinal win over Gael Monfils, ended the first set tiebreaker with an ace, his ninth. Nadal saved the only break point he faced. Playing with evident...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Nadal beats Monfils in straight sets to reach Mercedes Cup final

STUTTGART, Germany -- Top-seeded Rafael Nadal defeated Gael Monfils 6-3, 6-4 on Saturday to reach the final of the grass-court Mercedes Cup. The 14-time Grand Slam winner saved all four break points he faced and converted two of his own to beat the fourth-seeded Monfils of France in 1 hour, 19 minutes. Monfils lost despite serving 11 aces compared to none from Nadal. Nadal, who was...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Nadal beats Monfils 6-3, 6-4 to reach Mercedes Cup final

STUTTGART, Germany (AP) Top-seeded Rafael Nadal defeated Gael Monfils 6-3, 6-4 on Saturday to reach the final of the grass-court Mercedes Cup. The 14-time Grand Slam winner saved all four break points he faced and converted two of his own to beat the fourth-seeded Monfils of France in 1 hour, 19 minutes. Monfils lost despite serving 11 aces compared to none from Nadal. Nadal, who...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Nadal holds off Tomic in 3 sets to reach Mercedes Cup semis

STUTTGART, Germany -- Top-seeded Rafael Nadal overcame stiff resistance from Bernard Tomic to reach the semifinals of the Mercedes Cup with a 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-3 victory on Friday. Nadal will next play fourth-seeded Gael Monfils, who beat Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-5, 3-6, 6-3. The tournament is a grass-court tune-up for Wimbledon and Nadal said he was pleased with his game. After needing...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Nadal beats Tomic to reach semifinals at Mercedes Cup

STUTTGART, Germany (AP) Top-seeded Rafael Nadal overcame stiff resistance from Bernard Tomic to reach the semifinals of the Mercedes Cup with a 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-3 victory on Friday. Nadal will next play fourth-seeded Gael Monfils, who beat Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-5, 3-6, 6-3. The tournament is a grass-court tune-up for Wimbledon and Nadal said he was pleased with his game. After...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Ratings Roundup: French Open, Formula 1, IndyCar

Absent both Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, the French Open men’s final dipped on NBC. In other news, overnights dropped a tick for Formula 1 racing on NBC and increased slightly for IndyCar on NBCSN. French Open Men’s Final Down French Open coverage featuring the Stan Wawrinka/Novak Djokovic men’s final earned a 1.9 overnight rating [...]
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

5 Ways Wawrinka’s Upset Has Changed The Story Of Tennis

The championship match of a major singles tournament always influences and changes the larger story of tennis, but much as some points in a tennis match are more important than others, some title tilts acquire more importance than others. Let’s be clear: What you’re about to read is not a final verdict on history or a permanent view of what we saw on Sunday, with Stan Wawrinka...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

5 Ways Wawrinka’s Upset Has Changed The Story Of Tennis

The championship match of a major singles tournament always influences and changes the larger story of tennis, but much as some points in a tennis match are more important than others, some title tilts acquire more importance than others. Let’s be clear: What you’re about to read is not a final verdict on history or a permanent view of what we saw on Sunday, with Stan Wawrinka...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Rafael Nadal falls to No. 10 in rankings; Wawrinka up to No. 4

Rafael Nadal's uncharacteristically early French Open loss cost him five spots in the ATP rankings released Monday, dropping him into double digits for the first time in a decade. Nadal clocked in at No. 10 in the latest rankings on the heels of his loss in the French Open quarterfinals. Champion Stanislas Wawrinka was the biggest gainer among the top players, jumping five spots...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

What we learned about Stan Wawrinka, others at French Open

PARIS (AP) Stan Wawrinka's French Open title brings back the old debate about who deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as the elite in men's tennis. For years, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were alone at the top. Then Novak Djokovic elbowed his way into the conversation. Soon enough, so did Andy Murray, forming what came to be known as the ''Big 4.'' Now along comes Wawrinka...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Stan Wawrinka: The Big-Moment Player Makes The Biggest Moment

The 2015 Roland Garros men’s singles final between Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka carried the weight of history. It also carried the flavors of the 2009 final between a Swiss player and a man who had beaten Rafael Nadal earlier in the tournament. In 2009, one man was trying to win a career Grand Slam, with Nadal — ruler of Roland for nine of the past 11 years — safely out...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss
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