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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

Sisters feel super at the Open

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NEW YORK -- What do we know now that the first week of the U.S. Open trundled to a close, as the day matches seeped into the nighttime hours Saturday?

Top-seeded Serena Williams is feeling and playing like Wonder Woman -- wearing neon pink sleeves -- and hasn't lost her serve in three matches here. She beat Johanna Larsson of Sweden, 6-2, 6-1. ...Read more

Jared Donaldson's visit to the 'serve doctor' still paying off at the U.S. Open

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NEW YORK--Father and son met father and son on a tennis court one day in Orange County.

The question: How much "surgery" was required for the youngster's serve? Jared Donaldson had recently turned 17 and his father, Courtney Donaldson, brought him to see Phil Dent and his son Taylor Dent.

This made sense because the Dents were widely respected...Read more

Roger Federer will miss Olympics, US Open, says he's done for the year after knee injury

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Tennis star Roger Federer's season came to an unexpected close when he announced on Facebook on Tuesday that he would miss the upcoming Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and the rest of the year.

Federer said he was shutting himself down for the rest of 2016 on the advice of his doctors in order to extend his career. That means he will miss the season...Read more

Venus Williams' first opponent recalls their 1994 match

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STANFORD, Calif. -- Shaun Stafford was an NCAA singles champion and once ranked among the top 50 players in the world.

Now, she's the answer to a trivia question as the first player ever to face a Williams sister in a professional competition.

"I remember the WTA called me -- and they never called me," she recalled Tuesday. "And they said, '...Read more

Andy Roddick: Teens will put US men's tennis back on map

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Four days after Serena Williams won her 22nd Grand Slam singles title at Wimbledon, Andy Roddick predicted that U.S. men's tennis would rise again.

In fact, he said, that rise may have already begun.

"I think American men's tennis is on the upswing. I think American women's tennis has never gone away," Roddick said Wednesday. "They've been ...Read more

Andy Murray wins second Wimbledon title in 4 years, defeats Raonic in straight sets

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LONDON -- Experience counts.

Crowd favorite Andy Murray, playing in his 11th Grand Slam final, beat first-timer Milos Raonic on Sunday to claim his second Wimbledon singles title in four years.

Murray was essentially a wall, nearly impossible to pass, in winning, 6-4, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (2). Playing in his first Grand Slam final as a favorite, he ...Read more

Tennis legends coaching Wimbledon finalists Andy Murray, Milos Raonic

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LONDON -- Thirty-three years ago, John McEnroe played Ivan Lendl in the Wimbledon men's singles semifinals.

Sunday, they'll meet in the finals.

Actually, it's Scotland's Andy Murray playing Canada's Milos Raonic for the championship on Centre Court, but they are coached by tennis legends. Lendl is one of Murray's coaches, and Raonic has been ...Read more

Serena Williams wins 7th Wimbledon, her record-tying 22nd major title

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LONDON -- Game, set ... finally matched.

With a dominating performance Saturday, Serena Williams claimed the 22nd Grand Slam title of her career, matching Steffi Graf's Open-era record and achieving a goal that taunted her for nearly a year.

Williams defeated Germany's Angelique Kerber, 7-5, 6-3, to win the women's singles at Wimbledon for a ...Read more

Williams knocks off Kerber for record-tying 22nd Grand Slam title

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LONDON -- Serena Williams made history with a 22nd Grand Slam title, defeating Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3 to claim a seventh Wimbledon championship on Saturday.

The 34-year-old pulled even with Steffi Graf on title honors at majors.

"It's a great relief, it was a really good and exciting win for me today," Williams said.

"It was a great final,...Read more