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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 Fognini on Thursday, and he impressively ...

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 ...

Djokovic tops Nadal on clay

Apr 19, 2015

Djokovic tops Nadal on clay

Monte Carlo is not Rafael Nadal’s playground anymore, and Novak Djokovic is claiming the throne left vacant by the King of Clay. For the second time in three years, the top-ranked Serb ended Nadal’s run at the clay-court Masters tournament, overcoming a strong challenge ...

Djokovic, Nadal to clash

Apr 18, 2015

Djokovic, Nadal to clash

Winning a game against Novak Djokovic these days is quite an achievement. Even when you’re an U.S. Open champion. Djokovic won the first eight games of his Monte Carlo Masters quarterfinal match Friday before Marin Cilic managed to hold his serve, raising a thumb ...

Monfils takes out Federer

Apr 17, 2015

Monfils takes out Federer

Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka both exited the Monte Carlo Masters in the third round Thursday, and Rafael Nadal continued his road to recovery by overcoming John Isner in three sets. Federer, who played his first tournament in nearly four weeks, made too many ...

Big guns roll into third round in Monte Carlo

Apr 16, 2015

Big guns roll into third round in Monte Carlo

Rafael Nadal is back on the clay he loves so much, and he looks like his old self again. Nadal, who has a mediocre 16-5 record this year, got the flawless start he was hoping for Wednesday at the Monte Carlo Masters, beating 21-year-old ...