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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