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Nishikori cruises into Miami Open quarters

Kei Nishikori breezed into the Miami Open quarterfinals with a straight-sets victory over 18th seed David Goffin on Tuesday. Nishikori, ranked fifth in the world, needed just 1 hour, 8 minutes to dispatch his Belgian opponent 6-1, 6-2. The Japanese ace reached the semifinals last year before withdrawing because of ...

Djokovic survives scare; Nishikori rolls in Miami

Mar 29, 2015

Djokovic survives scare; Nishikori rolls in Miami

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic survived a second-set uprising from Slovak Martin Klizan before winning his opening match at the Miami Open 6-0, 5-7, 6-1 on Saturday. Djokovic, who is aiming to follow up last week’s win at Indian Wells with his fifth triumph ...

Mar 28, 2015

Nadal, Murray post first-round wins

Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray got their Miami Open bids off to a solid start with straight sets victories at Key Biscayne on Friday. Nadal defeated fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro 6-4 6-2 in 89 minutes in windy conditions as he began his campaign to ...

Sharapova knocked out in second round at Miami Open

Mar 27, 2015

Sharapova knocked out in second round at Miami Open

Maria Sharapova is 0-5 in Key Biscayne finals. This year her loss came at the start. Seeded No. 2, Sharapova was upset in her opening match Thursday night by wild-card Daria Gavrilova, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3. The 21-year-old Gavrilova, who was born in Moscow and ...

Azarenka triumphs in opening round at Miami Open

Mar 26, 2015

Azarenka triumphs in opening round at Miami Open

Two-time Miami Open champion Victoria Azarenka easily advanced to the second round Wednesday, beating Silvia Soler-Espinosa of Spain 6-1, 6-3. The 36th-ranked Azarenka, the 2009 and 2011 winner from Belarus, is playing in Miami for the first time since 2012. Azarenka missed the 2013 ...

Djokovic triumphs in three-set duel against Federer

Mar 23, 2015

Djokovic triumphs in three-set duel against Federer

Move over Roger Federer, there is another guy with a share of your crown as king of the desert. Novak Djokovic defeated Federer 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2 to win his fourth BNP Paribas Open on Sunday, tying him with Federer for the most titles ...

Nole, Federer showdown set

Mar 22, 2015

Nole, Federer showdown set

Novak Djokovic defeated Andy Murray 6-2, 6-3 to reach the final of the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday, handing Murray his worst hard-court loss against the world’s top-ranked player since 2007. Djokovic will play for his fourth career title in the desert in Sunday’s ...

Federer into semis; Nadal stumbles

Mar 21, 2015

Federer into semis; Nadal stumbles

Roger Federer defeated Tomas Berdych 6-4, 6-0 and Milos Raonic outlasted Rafael Nadal 4-6, 7-6 (12-10), 7-5 in a nearly three-hour marathon to set up a semifinal showdown at the BNP Paribas Open on Friday. Federer improved to 15-1 this year, with his only ...

Nole, Murray move to semifinals

Mar 20, 2015

Nole, Murray move to semifinals

Novak Djokovic didn’t have to hit a ball to get into the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open on Thursday when opponent Bernard Tomic withdrew because of a back injury. Tomic’s withdrawal was announced about five hours before he was to play the top-ranked ...

Nishikori falls to lefty Lopez

Mar 19, 2015

Nishikori falls to lefty Lopez

World No. 5 Kei Nishikori lost in straight sets to Feliciano Lopez of Spain in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open on Wednesday. After rallying to defeat Fernando Verdasco in Monday’s third round, Nishikori could not overcome Verdasco’s countryman and fellow big-serving ...

Mar 19, 2015

Tennis player Odesnik handed 15-year doping ban

American tennis player Wayne Odesnik was banned Wednesday for 15 years after a second doping violation, a sanction that essentially ends his career. The International Tennis Federation said the 29-year-old Odesnik tested positive for several banned substances, including steroids, during tests in December and ...

Serena rallies past Stephens

Mar 18, 2015

Serena rallies past Stephens

Struggling with her serve and a rash of errors, Serena Williams overcame a slow start to beat Sloane Stephens 6-7 (3-7), 6-2, 6-2 in the fourth round at the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday, extending her winning streak to 14 matches. Maria Sharapova struggled ...

Nishikori moves to 4th round

Mar 17, 2015

Nishikori moves to 4th round

World No. 5 Kei Nishikori rallied to beat Spain’s Fernando Verdasco in three sets to reach the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open on Monday. No. 5 seed Nishikori, who had lost his two previous meetings against the 31st-ranked Verdasco, dropped the tiebreak ...