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Top-seeded Nishikori loses temper; loses in 1st round in Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Kei Nishikori smashed his racket into the red clay after losing the first set on Tuesday, an unusual burst of anger from the usually calm Japanese player. Destroying the racket didn't help. He lost the second set, too, as Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci upset the top seed in the first round of the Rio Open 6-4, 6-3. ''It could be the worst match in the last few...
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9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Top-seeded Nishikori upset by Bellucci in first round in Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Thomaz Bellucci upset top-seeded Kei Nishikori 6-4, 6-3 in the first round of the Rio Open, thrilling the home crowd on Carnival week in Rio de Janeiro. Nishikori, who lost the Argentina Open final on Sunday on clay, smashed his racket on the red clay after losing Tuesday's first set. It didn't get any better. He was broken in the first game of the second and...
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10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Mahut beats 5th-seeded Zverev, while 6th-seeded Gasquet wins

MARSEILLE, France (AP) French veteran Nicolas Mahut beat German teen Alexander Zverev 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5) to reach the second round of the Open 13 on Tuesday. The 35-year-old Mahut withstood 10 aces from the 19-year-old Zverev, seeded fifth and considered one of the rising stars of tennis. Both players dropped serve once in the second set. Mahut next plays Slovakian qualifier Norbert...
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12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Top-seeded Milos Raonic defeats Tim Smyczek at Delray Beach

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) No. 1 seed Milos Raonic opened with an easy win Tuesday in his first appearance at the Delray Beach Open. Raonic, the fourth-ranked player in the world, defeated American qualifier Tim Smyczek 6-1, 6-4. The 26-year-old Canadian advanced to a second-round match against 59th-ranked Borna Coric of Croatia, who beat Santiago Giraldo of Colombia 6-2, 6-3. No...
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14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pliskova and Cibulkova lose opening matches in Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Second-seeded Karolina Pliskova and third-seeded Dominika Cibulkova both lost their opening matches at the Dubai Tennis Championships on Tuesday. Plikova fell 6-2, 6-4 to Kristina Mladenovic, while Cibulkova lost 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 to Ekaterina Makarova in the second round after both had received byes. Top-seeded Angelique Kerber, who would return...
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17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Makarova, Mladenovic record upsets at Dubai Tennis Championships

Tuesday was a day of upsets at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. Ekaterina Makarova defeated third-seeded Dominika Cibulkova, 6–2, 4–6, 6–2, to reach the tournament’s Round of 16, while Kristina Mladenovic knocked out the tournament’s second seed and World No. 3 Karolina Pliskova, 6–2, 6–4. “It was such a great match, very tough and she’s a tough opponent...
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17 hours ago

Roger Federer plans to play at least into 2019, when he'll be 38 years old

"I hope to see you next year. If not, this was a wonderful run here and I can’t be more happy to have won tonight." - Roger Federer to Australian Open crowd, after defeating Rafael Nadal in the finals on Jan 29.Roger Federer had just broken through to his win his first Grand Slam title in five years and his 18th overall at the remarkable age of 35. And then, just like that, the...
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18 hours ago

Makarova beats Cibulkova, advances to 3rd round in Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Ekaterina Makarova advanced to the third round of the Dubai Tennis Championships by beating third-seeded Dominika Cibulkova 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 Tuesday. The 37th-ranked Russian had lost her first three matches against Cibulkova, but Makarova eliminated the Slovak in the third round of last month's Australian Open. ''I never beat her before (Australia...
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22 hours ago  |  Discuss

No. 3 Pablo Cuevas beaten in first round of Rio Open

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Third-seeded Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay was knocked out in the first round of the Rio Open by Arthur de Greef of Belgium 6-3, 3-6, 7-5. In another first-round match on Monday on outdoor clay, Dusan Lajovic of Serbia won over Facundo Bagnis of Argentina 6-4, 6-4. Casper Ruud of Norway also won, defeating Rogerio Dutra Silva of Brazil 6-3, 6-4. Argentina's Diego...
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Alison Riske upsets Coco Vandeweghe at Dubai Championships

Alison Riske upset 11th-seeded Coco Vandeweghe 6-4, 6-4 at the Dubai Tennis Championships on Monday. Riske, who was unseeded, advances to the second round, and has now won four of the last five against Vandeweghe, who most recently made the semifinals of the Australian Open. “I have no idea of that stat, but I’ll happily take it,” Riske said, smiling. “It’s in my favor...
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1 day ago

Defending champ Querrey wins opening match at Delray Beach

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) Defending champion Sam Querrey of the United States began his Delray Beach Open title defense Monday with a victory over Dudi Sela of Israel. Querrey, the No. 4 seed, was leading 6-2, 2-1 when Sela retired. Querrey, who is ranked 35th in the world, advanced to a second-round match with either Jared Donaldson or Mikhail Kukushkin. Last year, Querrey beat...
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Simon beats Khachanov to reach 2nd round at Open 13

MARSEILLE, France (AP) Two-time champion Gilles Simon of France rallied to beat Karen Khachanov of Russia 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 in the first round of the Open 13 on Monday. The seventh-seeded Simon, who won the first of 12 career titles here 10 years ago, next faces either countryman Julien Benneteau or 17-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov. Russian veteran Mikhail Youzhny reached the...
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It's Carnival in Rio and Nishikori might take a look

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Kei Nishikori and the Rio Open will be upstaged this week. He's the top-seeded player, but not the best show in town. That's because it's Carnival week in Rio de Janeiro, where tennis will play second-fiddle to the sensuous samba rhythms, street revelers, and the famous all-night parades at the Sambadrome. ''If I win, yes, maybe I'll go,'' Nishikori said on...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Wozniacki wins Dubai opener after Doha final

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) In an all-American matchup, Alison Riske upset 11th-seeded Coco Vandeweghe 6-4, 6-4 to move into the second round at the Dubai Championships on Monday. The unseeded Riske, making her Dubai debut, has won four of their last five outings. ''I have no idea of that stat, but I'll happily take it,'' Riske said, smiling. ''It's in my favor.'' Riske...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Caroline Wozniacki wins opening match at Dubai Tennis Championships

Caroline Wozniacki defeated Daria Kasatkina 6-2, 7-5 in their first round matchup at the Dubai Tennis Championships on Monday. After the two players split the first four sets to begin the match, Wozniacki reeled off four straight games to clinch the first set, 6-2. The second set was tightly contested, but Wozniacki pulled off several great points in the match to end any comeback...
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1 day ago

Amazingly, this is only like the fifth-most ridiculous picture Roger Federer's ever taken

Roger Federer is a photographer's dream: Famous, handsome and willing to use props like a hack comedian on a cruise ship. His latest, greatest photograph has him jumping on a hidden trampoline and playing air guitar on the strings on his tennis racquet. For a guy who missed six months because he got hurt giving his kids a bath, it seems like a wise frivolity. The pic was taken in promotion...
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1 day ago

Roger Federer says Laver Cup will be a tough competition

PRAGUE (AP) Roger Federer says the new Laver Cup team tournament is supposed to be a ''tough'' contest, not an exhibition. The competition will pit a team of the best six European players against the top six from the rest of the world. The inaugural edition is scheduled for September in Prague. Bjorn Bjorg will captain Europe while John McEnroe will do the same for the opponents...
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When will the unstoppable Big Four fall?

For the last decade plus, there has been a “Big Four” in men’s tennis. These four, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, and Rafael Nadal, have dominated the scene. Between 2005 and 2014, all but one of the Grand Slams were won by a member of the Big Four. In that time span, no one held a candle to these players. At the beginning of 2014, this trend started to change...
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Tennis: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga ends drought with title in Rotterdam

France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated Belgian David Goffin in Rotterdam on Sunday to clinch the final of the World Tennis Tournament. It was an overall successful tournament for Tsonga, which saw him record his 401st career win in the final. Tsonga, currently ranked World No. 14, had not won a title since Metz in September 2015 and had to fight back in this final after falling behind...
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Dubai Championships: Pliskova upsets Vinci, Kerber not focused on No. 1 ranking

On Sunday, Krystyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic (No. 58) upset Roberta Vinci of Italy (No. 25) to advance to the second round of the Dubai Tennis Championships. Pliskova may have beat the Italian 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, but she struggled to take the lead, at first. “I was trying to fight the whole match, but sometimes you play bad games,” Pliskova told media after the match. ...
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2 days ago

After the Australian Open, what should we expect from Roger Federer?

This past Australian Open we saw crazy upsets, quality tennis, and an epic ending that nobody saw coming, a Roger Federer victory over Rafael Nadal. At age 35, it would be reasonable to assume that the Aussie will be Federer’s last major title, but with his recent level of play, it also wouldn’t be unreasonable to say he’ll win another slam this year. It’s tough to gauge...
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Krystyna Pliskova upsets Vinci to reach 2nd round in Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Krystyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic came from a set down to upset 16th-seeded Roberta Vinci of Italy 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 at the Dubai Tennis Championships on Sunday. The 58th-ranked Pliskova, who played under the watchful eye of her twin sister, second-seeded Karolina Pliskova, was facing defeat as Vinci served for the match at 6-3, 5-4. But Pliskova...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Nishikori upset by Dolgopolov in final in Buenos Aires

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) Top-seeded Kei Nishikori was beaten 7-6 (4), 6-4 by Alexandr Dolgopolov on Sunday in the final of the clay-court Argentina Open. Dolgopolov won his third ATP singles title and his first in five years. It was also the Ukrainian's first victory over his Japanese opponent after losing their previous five head-to-head matches. Nishikori, who is No. 5...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Tsonga beats Goffin to win World Tennis Tournament final

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga clinched his 13th career title on Sunday, rallying from a set down to beat David Goffin of Belgium 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the final of the World Tennis Tournament. The sixth-seeded Frenchman hit 10 aces and, although he dropped his serve twice, he broke the third-seeded Goffin's serve four times. Tsonga, ranked 14, lost the final here...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Kerber focuses on form, not top spot, in Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Top-seeded Angelique Kerber has a chance to reclaim the No. 1 ranking from Serena Williams by winning the Dubai Tennis Championships, which started Sunday. Despite Williams not being in action this week, second-ranked Kerber is determined to focus above all on finding the form that put her top in the first place. ''For me it's important to play...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss
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