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Djokovic, Murray set up historic final in London

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LONDON -- Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray set up a dream shootout for year-end No. 1 as each won contrasting semifinals at the World Tour Finals on Saturday.

Djokovic booked his spot in the winner-take-all final with scant effort as he hammered Japan's Kei Nishikori 6-1, 6-1 in a mere 66 minutes.

Murray, by contrast, was tested to the limit as ...Read more

Service return: Sisters give back to city

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LOS ANGELES--They left Compton decades ago, pursuing a dream that flickered into shape on the rough public tennis courts of East Compton Park and crystallized into stunning success on well-manicured grass and carefully tended clay courts around the world. But Serena and Venus Williams never severed their ties with the city that shaped them, the ...Read more

Murray ascends to top ranking as Raonic quits at Paris Masters

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PARIS -- Andy Murray earned the ATP No. 1 ranking for the first time in his career when semifinal opponent Milos Raonic retired with an injury before their match at the Paris Masters on Saturday.

Murray, who first rose to second on the ranking list in 2009, will head into the World Tour Finals starting in a week in London atop the table as a ...Read more

Sharapova doping ban reduced to 15 months

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BERLIN -- Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova has her doping ban reduced from two years to 15 months by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

The five-time Grand Slam tournament winner Sharapova tested positive for meldonium in January at the Australian Open and was banned for two years by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) in June, ...Read more

Stan Wawrinka beats Novak Djokovic to win US Open title

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NEW YORK -- Stan Wawrinka's tennis career has been a textbook study of persistence and patience, with his Grand Slam championship success delayed until age 28 and continuing into his 30s.

That was once the tennis version of middle age.

Those virtues served the Swiss veteran well Sunday in the U.S. Open men's final, a taut and often fraught ...Read more

Kerber wins U.S. Open women's title

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NEW YORK -- A transformative tennis flashback: The first round of the first Slam in 2016 and Angelique Kerber was preparing to exit the Australian Open, saying later in interviews that she had one foot on the plane.

But Misaki Doi's inability to convert a match point kept Kerber on the ground in Melbourne. The escape enabled her game to take ...Read more

Wawrinka will be big challenge for Djokovic

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NEW YORK -- Just like Karolina Pliskova, who lost in the women's final, Stan Wawrinka was one point away from exiting the U.S. Open long before championship weekend.

Again, like Pliskova, Wawrinka used his versatile survival skills to wiggle out of the predicament and fought off match point by forcing the issue. It was the middle weekend of the...Read more

Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka advance to U.S. Open men's final

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NEW YORK -- This was a feast for the fickle: If you didn't like what you were seeing at the U.S. Open in the men's semifinals, just wait a few minutes and let nature take its course.

And it did.

Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka navigated through a variety of difficult conditions and equally tricky opponents Friday. The top-seeded Djokovic ...Read more

Pliskova, Kerber to face off in U.S. Open women's final

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NEW YORK -- On the witty NBC comedy series "30 Rock," the president of the fictional television network, Jack Donaghy (played by Alec Baldwin), laments the loss of all his key sports programming and comes up with an inspired solution: Tennis Night in America.

Tennis Night in America would involve either a weekly series of rail-thin Eastern ...Read more

Karolina Pliskova blows by Serena Williams to make U.S. Open finals

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NEW YORK -- At her best, Serena Williams is the most dominant female tennis player on the planet. Her mixture of power and touch, along with her long and intimidating resume, permits her to dominate her peers.

But Williams was far from her best on Thursday night at the U.S. Open, facing an opponent, Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic, who ...Read more

Williams survives in three sets against Halep after Nishikori knocks out Murray

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NEW YORK -- They gave the people what they wanted and needed on an often mesmerizing day and night of tennis at the U.S. Open on Wednesday.

Two enthralling matches pushed two proud champions -- Andy Murray and Serena Williams -- to the brink, requiring a decisive set in both contests and testing their bodies and minds.

Williams emerged to play...Read more

Monfils puts on show in reaching his first U.S. Open semifinal, will face No. 1 Djokovic next

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NEW YORK--The Showman cometh, and the Showman goeth.

It is becoming obvious Gael Monfils can win tennis matches in either guise. Monfils reached his first U.S. Open semifinal with a controlled and measured performance against his French countryman Lucas Pouille, winning, 6-4, 6-3, 6-3, on Tuesday afternoon.

Controlled and measured are words ...Read more

Pliskova, 24, ends Williams' bid to be oldest women's quarterfinalist

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NEW YORK -- After two-plus hours of often vintage shot-making, Venus Williams maneuvered into the lead against Karolina Pliskova, one point from becoming the oldest U.S. Open women's quarterfinalist in the Open era at age 36.

"At least I had my serve," Pliskova said. "So at least something was on my side."

Pliskova fired a serve down the ...Read more

Rafael Nadal falls in a French revolution at the U.S. Open

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NEW YORK -- Welcome to the French Open.

Three French players, Gael Monfils, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Lucas Pouille, had the opportunity to reach the men's quarterfinals at the U.S. Open on Sunday and all got to their destination in style, none more spectacularly than the youngster, Pouille, who beat No. 4-seeded Rafael Nadal of Spain in a fifth-...Read more

Rafael Nadal falls in a French revolution at the U.S. Open

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NEW YORK -- Welcome to the French Open.

Three French players, Gael Monfils, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Lucas Pouille, had the opportunity to reach the men's quarterfinals at the U.S. Open on Sunday and all got to their destination in style, none more spectacularly than the youngster, Pouille, who beat No. 4-seeded Rafael Nadal of Spain in a fifth-...Read more