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Nishikori advances to third round of French Open

Kei Nishikori advanced to the third round of the French Open for the first time in two years on Wednesday with a straight-sets victory over Brazil’s Thomaz Belluci. The fifth seeded Nishikori defeated Bellucci, a left-handed clay-court specialist ranked 40th in the world, 7-5, 6-4, 6-4. Nishikori will next face ...

Japanese challengers tumble at French Open

May 25, 2015

Japanese challengers tumble at French Open

No. 4 seed Tomas Berdych showed no mercy to Japanese qualifier Yoshihito Nishioka in the first round of the French Open on Monday, defeating the teenager 6-0, 7-5, 6-3 on Court Suzanne Lenglen. Nishioka was one of three Japanese men to lose, leaving only ...

Nishikori off to strong start

May 25, 2015

Nishikori off to strong start

Fifth-seeded Kei Nishikori eased into the second round of the French Open on Sunday, beating French wild-card Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-3, 7-5, 6-1. Winning 79 percent of points on his first serve and hammering down seven aces, Nishikori converted seven of his 15 break points ...

Nishikori off to strong start at French Open

May 25, 2015

Nishikori off to strong start at French Open

Fifth-seeded Kei Nishikori eased into the second round of the French Open on Sunday, beating French wild-card Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-3, 7-5, 6-1. Winning 79 percent of points on his first serve and hammering down seven aces, Nishikori converted seven of his 15 break points ...

Japan breaks French Open record

May 24, 2015

Japan breaks French Open record

Japan smashed a record which had stood for almost half a century at the French Open on Sunday by seeing five men make the first-round draw. Not since 1967 has Japan enjoyed such relative riches in Paris with world No. 5 Kei Nishikori leading ...

Nishikori confident ahead of French Open

May 23, 2015

Nishikori confident ahead of French Open

Japanese ace Kei Nishikori is confident he can build on his recent success on clay when he opens his campaign against local favorite Paul-Henri Mathieu in the first round of the French Open on Sunday. The fifth-seeded Nishikori reached the last 16 of the ...

French Open draw tough on Nadal

May 23, 2015

French Open draw tough on Nadal

The tennis equivalent of climbing three mountains, just to reach the Roland Garros final. Never have the obstacles loomed so large between Rafael Nadal and another trophy on the red clay of Paris. The draw Friday could hardly have been more unkind for the ...

Courier says Nadal will be vulnerable at French Open

May 19, 2015

Courier says Nadal will be vulnerable at French Open

Nine-time French Open champion Rafa Nadal will no longer be regarded as an “immovable obstacle” at Roland Garros this year, according to two-time former winner Jim Courier. The American, who ruled the clay-court Grand Slam in 1991 and 1992, has watched the Spaniard’s increasing ...

Djokovic wins Italian Open

May 18, 2015

Djokovic wins Italian Open

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic bolstered his clay-court credentials a week ahead of Roland Garros with a convincing 6-4, 6-3 win over Roger Federer on Sunday to capture his fourth Italian Open title. Extending his winning streak to 22 matches, Djokovic proved too consistent and too ...

Djokovic standing between Federer and elusive title

May 17, 2015

Djokovic standing between Federer and elusive title

Roger Federer will renew his rivalry with Novak Djokovic in the Italian Open final on Sunday, giving the 17-time Grand Slam champion another chance to add an elusive title to his collection. Federer dispatched Swiss countryman Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4, 6-2 in less than an ...

Djokovic bests Nishikori in 3 sets

May 16, 2015

Djokovic bests Nishikori in 3 sets

Kei Nishikori lost 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 to World No. 1 Novak Djokovic on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Italian Open. The three-time champion and current title holder Djokovic lost serve only once in the match. Nishikori, fighting back from a one-set deficit, converted ...

Nishikori set to meet Djokovic in quarters

May 15, 2015

Nishikori set to meet Djokovic in quarters

Kei Nishikori defeated Viktor Troicki of Serbia 6-4, 6-3 at the Italian Open on Thursday to set up a quarterfinal match against world No. 1 Novak Djokovic. The 34th-ranked Troicki traded breaks with Nishikori in both sets before the Japanese ace found a decisive ...

May 14, 2015

Murray, Serena Williams withdraw from Italian Open

Andy Murray and Serena Williams pulled out of the Italian Open on Thursday ahead of their third-round matches. Murray said he was tired, while Williams claimed she was suffering with an elbow injury. “I practiced 40 minutes and felt pretty exhausted,” Murray told a ...