For US men, it's mostly one (week) and done in Grand Slam tennis

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As in all the Grand Slam tennis tournaments, the men's singles competition at the U.S. Open that begins Aug. 31 will take seven rounds and two weeks to complete.

But anyone who wants to be sure of seeing a U.S. man play in the national championship had better pay attention during the first week.

By the time the second week starts, when the 128...Read more

Kerber outlasts Pliskova to win Bank of the West Classic

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STANFORD, Calif. -- Angelique Kerber broke the powerful serve of Karolina Pliskova 10 times, including the final game of the third set, to win a wild Bank of the West Classic final 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 on Sunday.

The 27-year-old German utilized a strong return of serve to offset the fourth-seeded Pliskova, who leads the WTA Tour in aces this year. The...Read more

Kerber prevails in slugfest

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STANFORD--There have been upsets aplenty at the Bank of the West Classic this week, but the tournament has been decidedly lean on high-quality tennis thrills.

That finally changed in a big way Friday night when the foiled finalists from the last two years, Agnieszka Radwanska and Angelique Kerber, squared off in a marathon slugfest that ...Read more

Wozniacki, a former world No. 1, struggles at Bank of the West tourney

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STANFORD--Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki may be on the comeback trail in her tennis career, but she took a dismal detour Thursday night in her debut at the Bank of the West Classic.

The former world No. 1 has climbed back to No. 5 this year after falling out of the top 10 in 2013, and her standing earned her the top seed in her first appearance ...Read more

Kerber cruises to 6-1, 6-3 win over Gavrilova at Bank of West tourney

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STANFORD, Calif.--Angelique Kerber clearly has a level of comfort on the hard court at Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Stadium.

The German left-hander made her main-draw debut at the Bank of the West Classic last year and advanced to the final, eventually losing to Serena Williams.

Tuesday night, the fifth-seeded Kerber was back at Stanford and...Read more

Isner wins BB&T Atlanta Open for third time

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In a match that lacked drama, John Isner won his third consecutive BB&T Atlanta Open title with an easy 6-3, 6-3 victory over an injured Marcos Baghdatis on Sunday at Atlantic Station.

Isner became the eighth player to achieve a three-peat on the ATP World Tour. In winning the 10th title of his career, Isner has won 12 consecutive matches in ...Read more

Serena Williams withdraws from Bank of the West Classic

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STANFORD, Calif. -- Serena Williams withdrew from next week's Bank of the West Classic at Stanford on Friday, citing a right-elbow injury, tournament officials announced.

The Bank of the West would have been Williams' first competition since she won Wimbledon three weeks ago.

"I'm disappointed to have to withdraw from the Bank of the West ...Read more

Big Ten media days roundup: Heat may be on for Iowa's Kirk Ferentz

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As the longest-tenured head coach in the Big Ten, Iowa's Kirk Ferentz can be the subject of good-natured ribbing from his younger colleagues.

"The term that gets occasionally used is 'dean,' " Ferentz said at Big Ten media days Thursday, two days before his 60th birthday. "I always think of 'Animal House.' 'Dean' is not a term to use for ...Read more

American boys making progress but will that translate into success at the top?

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It's no secret that since Andy Roddick retired three years ago, American men's tennis has become so bleak that the only U.S. citizens still around in the second week of Grand Slam tournaments are usually 50 years old and sitting in the broadcaster's booth.

The last American man to win one of the four majors (singles) was Roddick when he won his...Read more

Serena Williams makes sudden injury pullout in Sweden

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BASTAD, Sweden -- Serena Williams on Thursday made an unexpected withdrawal from the WTA clay event in southern Sweden, prior to facing a Czech No. 105 who has beaten her on the surface.

Even tournament organizers had admitted this week they were somewhat surprised the world No. 1 honored her commitment by showing up to the event in the Swedish...Read more

Australian tennis ace busted on beach for playing loud music

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Australian tennis bad boy Bernard Tomic -- in Miami after being suspended from his country's Davis Cup team for criticizing governing officials -- was arrested at a swanky South Beach hotel Wednesday night for refusing to turn down loud music and disobeying police.

According to the arrest affidavit, hotel security guards knocked on Tomic's ...Read more

Roger Federer still great but Wimbledon champ Novak Djokovic is better

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LONDON -- It is increasingly obvious that Father Time is not messing with Roger Federer. Novak Djokovic is.

In the aftermath of Djokovic's 7-6 (1), 6-7 (10), 6-4, 6-3 victory in the Wimbledon men's final here Sunday, much will be written about how old Federer is. Instead, much should be written about how good Djokovic has become.

Federer will ...Read more

Wimbledon 1997 singles champ Martina Hingis takes two more titles

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LONDON -- After 18 years, Martina Hingis was back with a bang at Wimbledon.

The 1997 Wimbledon singles champion from Switzerland is 34 now, and she won two titles here over the weekend.

Saturday, she teamed with India's Sania Mirza to win the women's doubles over Russians Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina, 5-7, 7-6 (4), 7-5.

Sunday, she ...Read more

Djokovic defeats Federer for third Wimbledon trophy

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LONDON -- Novak Djokovic denied Roger Federer a record eighth Wimbledon title on Sunday, 7-6 (7-1), 6-7 (10-12), 6-4, 6-3, to claim his third trophy at the All England Club amid a huge sigh of relief from the winner.

The world No. 1 stands 20-20 versus Federer in their career series after winning his fourth match in succession against Federer. ...Read more

Serena Williams wins Wimbledon; next stop, New York in her Grand plan

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LONDON -- Start spreading the news.

New York is now the next stop on the Serena Williams tour of tennis grandeur.

There is no question that she can make it there, at the U.S. Open, the final Grand Slam tournament of the year, because in a tennis career that has carried on for 17 years, she has made it everywhere.

Saturday's 6-4, 6-4 victory ...Read more

Djokovic and Federer, Nos. 1 and 2, are at the top of their game

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LONDON -- For the men's Wimbledon final here Sunday, we have arrived at the obvious: Novak Djokovic versus Roger Federer.

The process of getting there, represented by startlingly dominant numbers, confirms that this final matchup, on hallowed Centre Court at hallowed Wimbledon, is certainly no fluke.

Djokovic, the 28-year-old Serb with the ...Read more

Williams wins 6th Wimbledon crown, completes 'Serena Slam'

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LONDON -- Serena Williams held off Spain's Garbine Muguruza on Saturday, escaping with a 6-4, 6-4 victory to claim her sixth title at Wimbledon.

Williams was tested by the 21-year-old Muguruza, who will rise to ninth in the world after her performance in the tournament.

Trailing a set and 5-1, Muguruza suddenly mounted a charge that included ...Read more

Serena could encounter surface tension

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LONDON -- The hits just keep coming for Serena Williams and, on paper, Saturday's Wimbledon final against Garbine Muguruza of Spain looks like another belaboring of the obvious.

Williams is No. 1 in the world. She has won 20 major titles, five of them on the very grass court on which she will face Muguruza.

Williams has refused to talk about ...Read more

Roger Federer beats Andy Murray to reach his 10th Wimbledon final

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LONDON -- It all began here for Roger Federer 14 years ago, Wimbledon of 2001. And it shows no signs of stopping.

Who can forget the 19-year-old kid from Switzerland, sinking to his knees on match point of a dramatic fourth-round, five-setter? He was in shock and awe.

The previously untouchable superstar on the other side of the net, who had ...Read more

Federer, Djokovic cruise to set up another championship showdown

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LONDON -- Roger Federer crushed Andy Murray's Wimbledon final dreams with a 7-5, 7-5, 6-4 victory on Friday to set up another title showdown against Novak Djokovic.

Federer, the second seed, and world No. 1 Djokovic will clash in their second consecutive final at the All England Club a year after Djokovic came from 2-5 down to win the trophy in...Read more