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Isner beats Baghdatis, wins Atlanta Open for third straight year

ATLANTA -- John Isner won the Atlanta Open for the third straight year, beating Marcos Baghdatis 6-3, 6-3 on Sunday at Atlantic Station. The top-seeded former University of Georgia star has reached the finals in Atlanta in five of the past six years and is 20-3 in the event. He has 10 ATP Tour titles. Even his dog, an English Cocker Spaniel named Magill (after Georgia's former sports...
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John Isner wins Atlanta Open for 3rd straight year

ATLANTA (AP) John Isner won the Atlanta Open for the third straight year, beating Marcos Baghdatis 6-3, 6-3 on Sunday at Atlantic Station. The top-seeded former University of Georgia star has reached the finals in Atlanta in five of the past six years and is 20-3 in the event. He has 10 ATP Tour titles. Baghdatis, who appeared to suffer a right leg injury late in the first set of...
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Hingis helps Washington Kastles win World TeamTennis title

WASHINGTON (AP) Martina Hingis helped the Washington Kastles win their record fifth consecutive World TeamTennis championship on Sunday with a 24-18 victory over the Austin Aces. Kastles captain Leander Paes was selected as the finals MVP. Hingis, a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and Paes teamed to beat Teymuraz Gabashvili and Alla Kudryavtseva in mixed doubles...
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Nadal extends European clay-court streak with Hamburg title

HAMBURG, Germany -- Top-seeded Rafael Nadal overcame some sloppy play to beat Fabio Fognini 7-5, 7-5 and win the Hamburg Open for the second time Sunday. Nadal squandered a 3-1 lead in the final set and saved two set points before prevailing in 2 hours and 34 minutes over the eighth-seeded Italian and the 2013 Hamburg winner. Former top-ranked Nadal extended his run of having won...
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Nadal beats Fognini to win Hamburg Open

HAMBURG, Germany (AP) Top-seeded Rafael Nadal overcame some sloppy play to beat Fabio Fognini 7-5, 7-5 and win the Hamburg Open for the second time Sunday. Nadal squandered a 3-1 lead in the final set and saved two set points before prevailing in 2 hours and 34 minutes over the eighth-seeded Italian and the 2013 Hamburg winner. Former top-ranked Nadal extended his run of having...
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John Isner rallies to reach Atlanta Open final

ATLANTA (AP) Two-time defending champion John Isner rallied to reach his 19th ATP Tour final Saturday, beating friend Denis Kudla 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 in the Atlanta Open semifinals. Isner's serve was once again overpowering and, after winning a rock-steady first set, the 22-year-old Kudla made too mistakes over the final two sets in Atlantic Station. Fifth-seeded Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus...
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Goffin, Thiem advance to Swiss Open final

GSTAAD, Switzerland (AP) Top-seeded David Goffin of Belgium eased to a 6-4, 6-2 win against two-time champion Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil in the Swiss Open semifinals on Saturday. In Sunday's final, the 14th-ranked Goffin will face 24th-ranked Dominic Thiem of Austria. Thiem beat second-seeded Feliciano Lopez of Spain 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-3 to maintain a winning run he started by taking...
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Nadal tops Seppi at Hamburg Open, setting up final vs. Fognoni

HAMBURG, Germany -- Top-seeded Rafael Nadal dismissed Andreas Seppi 6-1, 6-2 to set up a Hamburg Open final against Fabio Fognoni. The fourth-seeded Fogoni beat qualifier Lucas Pouille 6-2, 7-6 (3) after saving a set point in the second set. Nadal is looking to extend his streak of having won at least one European clay court title every year since 2004. The former No. 1 has dropped...
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Nadal sets up Hamburg Open final against Fognini

HAMBURG, Germany (AP) Top-seeded Rafael Nadal dismissed Andreas Seppi 6-1, 6-2 to set up a Hamburg Open final against Fabio Fognoni. The fourth-seeded Fogoni beat qualifier Lucas Pouille 6-2, 7-6 (3) after saving a set point in the second set. Nadal is looking to extend his streak of having won at least one European clay court title every year since 2004. The former No. 1 has dropped...
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Tennis: Preview of Atlanta Open semifinals

The men’s BB&T Atlanta Open, the beginning of tennis’ US Open Series, holds its semifinals today, with one match between Americans John Isner and Denis Kudla, while Marcos Baghdatis and Gilles Muller face off in the other. Isner vs. Kudla John Isner After a first-round bye, the top-seeded Isner went through his second round and quarterfinal matches in two sets each. His...
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Top-seeded Goffin advances to Swiss Open semifinals

GSTAAD, Switzerland (AP) Top-seeded David Goffin of Belgium advanced to the Swiss Open semifinals Friday, beating sixth-seeded Joao Sousa of Portugal 6-7 (7), 6-4, 7-6 (1). Goffin will face fifth-seeded Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil on Saturday in the clay-court tournament. Two-time Gstaad winner Bellucci beat fourth-seeded defending champion Pablo Andujar of Spain 3-6, 6-4, 6-1. In...
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Two-time defending champ John Isner advances to Atlanta Open semifinals

  Two-time defending champion John Isner ran his Atlanta Open winning streak to 10 matches Friday, riding his big serve to a 7-6 (4), 6-4 victory over Ricardis Berankis. The top-seeded Isner had 19 aces less than 24 hours after ripping off 33 in a two-set victory over Radek Stepanek. Isner will face training partner Denis Kudla Saturday in his 34th ATP Tour semifinal. Kudla, a qualifier...
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John Isner advances to Atlanta Open semifinals

ATLANTA (AP) Two-time defending champion John Isner ran his Atlanta Open winning streak to 10 matches Friday, riding his big serve to a 7-6 (4), 6-4 victory over Ricardis Berankis. The top-seeded Isner had 19 aces less than 24 hours after ripping off 33 in a two-set victory over Radek Stepanek. Isner will face training partner Denis Kudla Saturday in his 34th ATP Tour semifinal...
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Serena Williams withdraws from Bank of West with hurt elbow

  World No. 1 Serena Williams has withdrawn from the upcoming Bank of the West Classic because of an elbow injury she says must get ''back to 100 percent.'' The tournament announced her withdrawal Friday. It runs Aug. 3-9 at Stanford University. Williams expressed her disappointment and noted, ''The tournament is one of my favorites and the fans have always been so generous and...
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Nadal beats Cuevas, reaches semifinals of Hamburg Open

HAMBURG, Germany (AP) Top-seeded Rafael Nadal advanced to the semifinals of the Hamburg Open by beating fifth-seeded Pablo Cuevas 6-3, 6-2 Friday. Nadal's semifinal opponent will be Andreas Seppi, who reached the last four without having to play. His opponent, Simone Bolleli, withdrew with a stomach ailment. Nadal is looking to extend his streak of having won at least one European...
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Top seeds Pavlyuchenkova, Knapp move into Baku Cup semis

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) To take their seeded place in the Baku Cup final, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia and Karin Knapp of Italy will have to pass two first-time semifinalists on the WTA tour. No. 1-seeded Pavlyuchenkova defeated Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium 6-1, 6-3 in the quarterfinals on Friday, saving all four break chances she faced, while No. 2-seeded Knapp beat Alexandra...
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Azarenka pulls out of Citi Open hard-court tournament in DC

  Former No. 1 and two-time major champion Victoria Azarenka has pulled out of next week's Citi Open hard-court tournament because of an injured right shoulder. The tournament announced Azarenka's withdrawal on Thursday, saying that CoCo Vandeweghe will get a wild-card entry for the main draw. Vandeweghe, an American ranked 32nd, reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon last month...
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Nadal toils past Vesely to make Hamburg Open quarterfinals

HAMBURG, Germany (AP) Top-seeded Rafael Nadal toiled to beat Jiri Vesely 6-4, 7-6 (2) to reach the Hamburg Open quarterfinals on Thursday. Nadal's quarterfinal opponent will be fifth-seeded Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay, who outlasted Jerzy Janowicz of Poland 6-3, 4-6, 6-2. Nadal appeared in trouble when he dropped his serve for 4-4 in the second set. But he broke right back and served...
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2nd seed Knapp cruises into Baku Cup last 8

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) Second-seeded Karin Knapp of Italy swept into the Baku Cup quarterfinals with a 46-minute rout of Anett Kontaveit of Estonia on Thursday. Knapp dropped only one game. She's backing up from a loss in the Bad Gastein final on Sunday. Next up will be Alexandra Panova, one of four Russians in the last eight. Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium eliminated seventh-seeded...
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Mardy Fish is Winning at Life

by JAMES HENRY ATLANTA – The scoreboard showed a different result. It would be 2014 finalist Dudi Sela advancing to the second round of the BB&T Atlanta Open. But Mardy Fish, playing only his second tennis match in nearly two years, still was a winner. “It was a success just to get out there and play,” said the tournament’s 2010 and 2011 champion. Fish has been...
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Pospisil overcomes heat, cramps to beat Lu in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) Vasek Pospisil overcame sweltering heat and cramps to outlast Yen-Hsun Lu in the Atlanta Open on Wednesday. Pospisil, the No. 2 seed from Canada, beat Taiwan's Lu 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-4. The match ended on Lu's second double-fault of the match. The temperature was 95 degrees, with a heat index of 101. Pospisil looked unsteady on his feet after losing the second-set tiebreaker...
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Roger Federer pulls out of Rogers Cup tournament in Montreal

  The Rogers Cup says Roger Federer has pulled out of next month's hard-court tournament. The tournament director announced the withdrawal of 17-time major champion Federer on Wednesday, without citing a reason. Federer has not competed since losing to Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final on July 12. Federer, who turns 34 on Aug. 8, won the Rogers Cup twice, in 2004 and 2006. Play...
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Roger Federer pulls out of Montreal tournament

MONTREAL (AP) The Rogers Cup says Roger Federer has pulled out of next month's hard-court tournament. The tournament director announced the withdrawal of 17-time major champion Federer on Wednesday, without citing a reason. Federer has not competed since losing to Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final on July 12. Federer, who turns 34 on Aug. 8, won the Rogers Cup twice, in 2004...
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Defending champion Andujar advances at Swiss Open

GSTAAD, Switzerland (AP) Defending champion Pablo Andujar of Spain advanced to the Swiss Open quarterfinals by beating Dusan Lajovic of Serbia 7-5, 6-2 on Wednesday. Fourth-seeded Andujar next faces another former champion on the Gstaad clay courts, two-time winner Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil. Bellucci beat Stephane Robert of France 6-3, 6-2 in their second-round match in the high...
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Mardy Fish handed first-round loss to Dudi Sela in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) The first stop of Mardy Fish's farewell tour ended quickly with a 6-4, 6-4 first-round loss to Dudi Sela in the Atlanta Open on Tuesday night. Fish said it was a success just to play only his second competitive match of the year. He recently announced he will retire after the U.S. Open, and he also disclosed details of his battles with anxiety disorder. Fish, who won...
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