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Nishikori claims title at Barcelona Open

Top-seeded Kei Nishikori successfully defended his title at the Barcelona Open by beating Spaniard Pablo Andujar 6-4, 6-4 in Sunday’s final. The fifth-ranked Japanese fought back from early breaks in both sets to claim his second clay-court title in as many years at the Real Club de Tenis. Nishikori finished ...

Nishikori moves into Barcelona semifinals

Apr 25, 2015

Nishikori moves into Barcelona semifinals

Defending champion Kei Nishikori made his way into the Barcelona Open semifinals by holding off Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 on Friday. Third-seeded David Ferrer also advanced by beating Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) as he stayed on course for a fifth final ...

Halep advances after death threat

Apr 25, 2015

Halep advances after death threat

Romania’s Simona Halep shrugged off death threats from a stalker to take her place in the semifinals at the WTA tournament in Stuttgart by beating Italy’s Sara Errani on Friday. The 23-year-old Halep, ranked third in the world, had received a death threat via ...

Nishikori advances to Barcelona Open semifinals

Apr 24, 2015

Nishikori advances to Barcelona Open semifinals

Reigning champion Kei Nishikori moved into the semifinals of the Barcelona Open with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 win over Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut on Friday. The Shimane Prefecture native is the heavy favorite to retain his title after Rafael Nadal’s shock defeat to Fabio ...

Nishikori crushes Giraldo to make Barcelona quarters; Nadal ousted

Apr 24, 2015

Nishikori crushes Giraldo to make Barcelona quarters; Nadal ousted

Defending champion Kei Nishikori eased past Santiago Giraldo of Colombia 6-2, 6-1 Thursday to reach the quarterfinals of the Barcelona Open. Four-time finalist David Ferrer also advanced after fending off a challenge from 19-year-old Swede Elias Ymer to win 6-3, 6-4. Nishikori beat Giraldo ...

Apr 24, 2015

Sharapova falls at Porsche tourney

Angelique Kerber of Germany upset three-time defending champion Maria Sharapova 2-6, 7-5, 6-1 in the second round of the Porsche Grand Prix on Thursday. The top-seeded Russian won four straight games to clinch the first set. But she made some errors to drop the ...

Nishikori reaches Barcelona Open quarterfinals

Apr 23, 2015

Nishikori reaches Barcelona Open quarterfinals

Kei Nishikori advanced to the quarterfinals of the Barcelona Open with a straight-sets victory over Santiago Giraldo on Thursday. Nishikori, the top seed and defending champion at the clay court event, broke the 31st-ranked Colombian five times en route to a 6-2, 6-1 third-round ...

Nadal gets revenge on Almagro in Barcelona; Cilic ousted

Apr 23, 2015

Nadal gets revenge on Almagro in Barcelona; Cilic ousted

Rafael Nadal avenged last year’s loss to Nicolas Almagro by beating his fellow Spaniard 6-3, 6-1 at the Barcelona Open on Wednesday, while U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic slumped to a second-round exit. The second-seeded Nadal, who lost last week to Novak Djokovic in ...

Nishikori wins opener in Barcelona defense

Apr 22, 2015

Nishikori wins opener in Barcelona defense

Top-seeded Kei Nishikori began the defense of his Barcelona Open title with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Teymuraz Gabashvili of Russia on Tuesday. Nicolas Almagro also advanced to the second round, where he will face eight-time winner Rafael Nadal, after opponent Paolo Lorenzi retired ...

Djokovic wins in Monte Carlo to complete historic sweep

Apr 20, 2015

Djokovic wins in Monte Carlo to complete historic sweep

Even when Novak Djokovic doesn’t play very well, he manages to win titles. Despite hitting 38 unforced errors in a back-and forth match, the top-ranked Serb won the first big clay-court tournament of the season with a 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 win over Tomas Berdych ...

Apr 20, 2015

Nishikori falls to fifth in rankings

Japanese ace Kei Nishikori moved down a peg from No. 4 to No. 5 with the announcement of this week’s ATP Rankings. Rafael Nadal, who reached the semifinals of the Monte-Carlo Masters that concluded Sunday, moved up from No. 5 to No. 4. Novak ...