Federer, Wawrinka cruise; Sharapova holds off Stosur

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PARIS -- Roger Federer kept his score sheet unblemished with a third consecutive victory in straight sets on Friday as the second seed breezed into the second week of the French Open.

Federer dominated Damir Dzumhur 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 while eighth-seeded Swiss compatriot Stan Wawrinka knocked off American Steve Johnson 6-4, 6-3, 6-2.

Wawrinka next ...Read more

Djokovic, Nadal sail through with comfortable French Open wins

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PARIS -- Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal continued their quests for additional grand slam records with comfortable straight-set wins into the third round of the French Open on Thursday.

Top seed Djokovic beat Gilles Muller as he faced the Luxembourg player in a second straight major, winning 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 after also beating him in Australia.

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Federer, Wawrinka reach third round at French; Halep ousted

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PARIS -- Roger Federer dispatched Spain's Marcel Granollers 6-2, 7-6 (7-1), 6-3 on Wednesday to win his 63rd match at the French Open and stay on pace with Rafael Nadal in the Roland Garros victory chase.

There was a major upset on the women's side as No. 3 seed and 2014 finalist Simona Halep was beaten 7-5, 6-1 by Mirjana Lucic-Baroni.

The 33...Read more

Djokovic, Nadal cruise into second round at French Open; Serena rolls

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PARIS -- Novak Djokovic began what he hopes will be the path to a French Open championship Tuesday as he led three fellow top-10 players into the second round with a 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 defeat of Jarkko Nieminen.

Top-seeded Djokovic is keen to complete his grand slam trophy sweep by finally winning a title at Roland Garros. He comes to Paris with ...Read more

Under the weather, Sharapova advances to second round

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PARIS -- Defending champion Maria Sharapova, feeling drained by a virus after a 6-2, 6-4 first-round win Monday over Kaia Kanepi, was jeered off the court at the French Open when she failed to give a post-match interview.

The second seed and two-time Roland Garros winner said she understood the Paris disappointment but would not have changed a ...Read more

Swiss sweep amid security scare for Federer

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PARIS -- Swiss aces Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka made emphatic winning starts to their French Open campaigns on Sunday, a day marred by a minor security scare after the Federer win.

Federer, the 2009 champion and only man besides Rafael Nadal to win the Roland Garros title in the past decade, hammered home an eighth straight victory over ...Read more

Nadal's hold on French Open throne in doubt

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The French Open begins Sunday with a highly unusual story line.

Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal, the King of Clay, the Spaniard who has won 66 of his past 67 matches on Roland Garros' famed red dirt, enters the tournament as an underdog.

No, that is not a typo. Nadal, Roland Garros and underdog in the same sentence. Hard to imagine, but it's ...Read more

Djokovic outlasts Murray to capture 5th Miami Open title

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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Before the tournament began world No. 1 Novak Djokovic spoke about how his personal and professional life are in perfect harmony since his marriage to Jelena and the birth of their son, Stefan, six months ago.

On a sun-splashed Sunday afternoon, Djokovic was also in his perfect geographical place, running down balls on the...Read more

Serena Williams routs Carla Suarez Navarro to win 8th Miami Open title

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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Serena Williams entered the Miami Open shrouded by doubt, not stemming from a lack of confidence or on-court dominance, but from the uncertainty of an "excruciating" painful right knee injury which caused her to pull out of her semifinal at Indian Wells just four days before the tournament began.

Well, Williams, who didn't...Read more

Murray, Djokovic advance to meet in Miami Open final

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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Andy Murray knows the conditions here better than most.

The Miami resident trains at the Crandon Park Tennis Center where he's gotten used to the glaring sun, the ocean breezes, the humidity, the often stifling heat and even how the ball will bounce on court.

But even he was challenged Friday while trying to earn a spot ...Read more

Serena Williams edges Simona Halep in three sets at Miami Open

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MIAMI--South Florida's Romanian community did all it could to will third-seeded Simona Halep to the Miami Open final, chanting "Si-Mo-Na!" from the rafters of Stadium Court during the women's semifinal Thursday night. They helped get her to the third set they so craved.

But when it mattered most, in the deciding last games, top-ranked American ...Read more

Djokovic eases past Ferrer, into Miami Open semis

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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Novak Djokovic struggled in his last match at the Crandon Park Tennis Center a couple nights ago.

He broke a racket, was penalized and had to regain his composure in order to rally for a three-set win over Alexander Dolgopolov in the Round of 16.

But though he started slow again on this night, things went a little bit ...Read more

Serena Williams records 700th victory, advances to Miami Open semifinals

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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- The brilliance of Serena Williams, and what makes her such a daunting opponent, is how she performs during a match's most crucial points. Williams, the No. 1 seed at the Miami Open, demonstrated her poise and determination Wednesday against a strong opponent in German Sabine Lisicki.

Williams, who has not lost a match this...Read more

Djokovic, Murray advance at Miami Open after three-set scares

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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- There have been plenty of upsets throughout the first week of play at the Miami Open.

On Tuesday, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray -- who together have combined to win six of the tournament's last eight titles -- found themselves fighting to avoid early exits.

Both stars survived three-set scares from their lower-seeded ...Read more

Serena, Venus Williams advance to Miami Open quarterfinals

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It is March 20, 1997, and Venus Williams, a 16-year-old newcomer to the professional tennis tour, is playing at the Lipton Championships in Key Biscayne for the first time. Her beaded braids fly with every serve and powerful groundstroke as she takes a 6-1 lead over an older American player named Ginger Helgeson-Nielsen.

That's when the ...Read more

Venus still a force at Miami Open, defeats Wozniacki to advance to quarterfinals

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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- The white hair beads are long gone, but surprisingly, Venus Williams is still here.

When Williams made her debut in Miami in 1997, the tournament was still known as The Lipton. She was a long-legged, 6-foot-1, 16-year-old beanpole with flailing arms and powerful groundstrokes that had never been seen before on the women's ...Read more

Big Ten gets last laugh with 2 teams in Final Four

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This supposedly was the season of the Blah Big Ten.

The popular thought was that the conference was made up of Wisconsin and everyone else (translation: a bunch of also-rans).

But with the conference making up 50 percent of the Final Four, the Big Ten office would be quite justified in sending out a one-word news release: "Ha!"

"I think that ...Read more

Fernando Verdasco ousts No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal at Miami Open

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MIAMI -- The Miami Open will go on without Spanish star Rafael Nadal, as the No. 2 seed was ousted in the third round by fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 on Sunday afternoon.

Verdasco had lost 13 of the 14 times they had played, but this time he made huge shots at critical moments and took advantage of uncharacteristic Nadal ...Read more

Serena Williams runs well on knee, wows Miami Open crowd

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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- The screams and shouts from Serena Williams, mostly at herself, were normal during her first match Saturday at the Miami Open. Williams, the No.1-ranked woman in the world, pumped her right fist in celebration and bent over in disappointment at times, too, as she displayed all her usual emotions for the crowd.

Yet the ...Read more

Sock continues strong run at Miami Open

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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Jack Sock, an American who had pelvic surgery in December, advanced to the third round of the Miami Open after an impressive 7-6 (4), 6-1 victory Saturday over Italian Fabio Fognini. Sock recorded six aces, saved all three of his break points and won 85 percent of his first-serve points.

"You don't really know what you're ...Read more