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Murray, Wawrinka reach French Open quarterfinals

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PARIS -- Strong French Open title contenders Andy Murray and holder Stan Wawrinka overcame demanding weather conditions to book into the quarterfinals of the French Open on a dreary Sunday, with Murray setting a British record.

The second seed's 7-6 (11-9), 6-4, 6-3 win over John Isner knocked out the last U.S. man and also put the Scot ahead ...Read more

Thiem, Djokovic win third-round matches, Tsonga out with groin problem

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PARIS -- Dominic Thiem won a battle of youngsters Saturday as the 13th seed defeated Alexander Zverev 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 to reach the French Open fourth round before two hours-plus of rain interruption.

The pair battled for almost threes hours before Austria's Thiem closed out his third win in five weeks over his teenaged German rival.

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Wawrinka, Murray advance at French Open as Nadal bows out with injury

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PARIS -- Defending champion Stan Wawrinka cruised into the French Open fourth round on Friday just hours after Spain's Rafael Nadal shockingly withdrew with a left wrist injury.

Wawrinka was hardly troubled in a 6-4, 6-3, 7-5 win over Jeremy Chardy, though he had to twice serve for the win after being broken in the 10th game of the third set.

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Nadal, Djokovic earn milestone victories, advance to French Open third round

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PARIS -- Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic each created personal history at the French Open, setting records with straight-set victories on Thursday that took them into the third round.

Nadal won his 200th Grand Slam match with a 6-3, 6-0, 6-3 defeat of Argentine Facundo Bagnis, while top seed Djokovic won his 50th Roland Garros contest, beating ...Read more

Murray survives another five-set scare at French Open, advances to third round

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PARIS -- Andy Murray made a second recovery in three days from a French Open deficit, as he held off an inspired local to post a 6-2, 2-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory against Mathias Brougue on Wednesday.

The second-seeded Murray has played 10 sets over the past three days -- his opening match was interrupted by darkness -- at the clay-court major. ...Read more

Murray escapes in five sets at French Open as Djokovic, Nadal cruise

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PARIS -- Andy Murray eked out a narrow victory to advance to the second round of the French Open on Tuesday, winning a two-day marathon match while his elite rivals advanced in the tournament with ease.

Murray faced cagey veteran Radek Stepanek over two days before earning his win, escaping 3-6, 3-6, 6-0, 6-3, 7-5.

It was smooth sailing for ...Read more

Wawrinka battles in first round of French Open

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PARIS -- Stan Wawrinka survived a first-round test on a rainy Monday as the 2015 French Open champion defended his title with a 4-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 defeat of Lukas Rosol.

The start of play was delayed until mid-afternoon. But forecasts for the next three days look more encouraging, with dry weather predicted until Friday, when rain is due ...Read more

Federer's Grand Slam streak ends with French Open withdrawal

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PARIS -- Roger Federer's record of 65 consecutive Grand Slam appearances was ended on Thursday as the injured Swiss champion withdrew prior to Sunday's start of the French Open.

The world No. 3 has not missed a major since 2000 and was last absent at the 1999 U.S. Open.

Federer had played only five matches since returning in early April, two ...Read more

Murray seals Rome title win over Djokovic

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ROME -- Andy Murray celebrated his 29th birthday with a long-sought 6-3, 6-3 victory over top rival Novak Djokovic to win the Rome Masters on Sunday.

It was his first victory on clay over the Serbian world No. 1.

The first Britain to win at the Foro Italico in the Open era will return to second in the rankings on Monday, less than a week ...Read more

Williams claims fourth Rome title to end nine-month title drought

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ROME -- Serena Williams broke a title drought stretching to last August as the top seed won an all-American final over Madison Keys 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 to claim the Rome Masters for a fourth time on Sunday.

Williams had not lifted a trophy since Cincinnati on Aug. 23. She defeated her compatriot for the third time as she won the 70th title of her ...Read more

Djokovic, Murray will meet for Rome title; Serena to square off vs. Keys

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ROME -- Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray will line up in a major final Sunday for the second straight week as the pair took contrasting routes into the title match of the Rome Masters.

Second seed Murray, who lost the Madrid final a week ago to Djokovic, needed less than an hour to dispatch Lucas Poulille 6-2, 6-1.

Djokovic spent just over three...Read more

Djokovic outlasts Nadal in 'beautiful match;' Serena cruises

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ROME -- Novak Djokovic earned a berth in the Rome Masters semifinals on Friday, outdueling seven-time champion Rafael Nadal 7-5, 7-6 (7-4), while women's favorite Serena Williams cruised in 51 minutes.

A two-and-a-half-hour battle with Nadal marked the 12th straight victory at the event for Djokovic, who next faces Japan's sixth seed Kei ...Read more

Tennis player Irina Falconi pledges to help Ecuadorians

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The house Irina Falconi grew up in Ecuador was destroyed.

Her grandmothers, aunts, uncles and dozens of cousins all survived, but many were displaced by the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck the coast of Ecuador on April 16.

That's why Falconi didn't celebrate as expected the next day after winning her first WTA tournament since leaving ...Read more

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic defeats Kei Nishikori for Miami Open title

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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- World No. 1 Novak Djokovic continued his tear through the world of men's tennis Sunday by defeating sixth-ranked Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-3 in the Miami Open, tying Andre Agassi's record of six men's title in Miami.

Djokovic, 28, became the first player to win three straight Miami Open titles since Agassi did it from 2001-2003...Read more

Nishikori set to give streaking Djokovic his best shot in Miami Open final

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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- On paper the Miami Open men's final is a huge mismatch in favor of world No. 1 Novak Djokovic.

Fortunately for his opponent, sixth-ranked Kei Nishikori, the match will be played on a much harder surface and Japan's greatest player does have a few pleasant memories to draw from.

Djokovic, who's in the midst of one of the ...Read more

Azarenka knocks off Kuznetsova to capture Miami Open title

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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- It wasn't pretty but Victoria Azarenka continued her march back to the top of the tennis world with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Svetlana Kuznetsova in an error-filled Miami Open final on a sweltering Saturday afternoon at Crandon Park Tennis Center.

Azarenka, the 13th seed, pulled off the difficult Indian Wells-Miami Open ...Read more

Miami Open final pits two past champions in Azarenka, Kuznetsova

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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- The Miami Open women's final on Saturday afternoon may not be star-studded or feature a Williams' sister, but 13th-seeded Victoria Azarenka and 15th-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova are certainly no slouches.

Each has won two Grand Slams and combined have won 35 WTA titles and $47 million.

A refocused Azarenka, 26, hasn't ...Read more

Djokovic grinds out victory against Goffin to reach Miami Open final

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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- A relieved and weary Novak Djokovic raised his arms seemingly more in relief than triumph.

The world No. 1 then pounded his chest before bending down to plant a kiss on the purple scuffed-up Stadium Court where he continued his Miami Open mastery with a hard-fought 7-6 (5), 6-4 semifinal victory over Belgian underdog David...Read more

Andy Murray irate after women's ball fiasco at Miami Open

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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Lost in all the Miami Open upsets and the discussion about equal pay for male and female tennis players earlier this week was the revelation of a little-known fact: Men and women play with slightly different balls at most tournaments, including the one on Key Biscayne.

World No. 2 Andy Murray got extremely irritated during...Read more

Svetlana Kuznetsova, the 15th seed, advances to Miami Open final

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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Svetlana Kuznetsova let out a yell and looked to the sky after her backhand match point winner on Thursday. It was an expression of relief and a celebration. She didn't necessarily play well, but she played well enough to win and earn a spot in the Miami Open finals.

Kuznetsova, the 30-year-old Russian who won the 2006 ...Read more