Roger Federer defeats defending champion John Isner in straight sets for fourth Miami Open title

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Roger Federer used his finesse and arsenal of weapons to thwart John Isner's powerful serve, and the 37-year-old Swiss maestro won his fourth Miami Open title, 6-1, 6-4, in just over an hour.

The Hard Rock Stadium center court crowd gave Federer a loud ovation as he lifted his arms in triumph.

"We are all just in awe," tournament director ...Read more

Federer cruises, Venus loses, Hsieh pulls off another upset at Miami Open

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- One thing can be said about Roger Federer's latest victim, 103rd-ranked Filip Krajinovic of Serbia: He has a sense of humor.

Down a set and trailing 4-1 in the second Monday afternoon at the Miami Open, Krajinovic hit a half-volley into the net after a long rally and then picked the ball up and gently tossed it over to ...Read more

Eight-time champion Serena Williams withdraws from Miami Open, cites knee injury

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MIAMI -- Serena Williams withdrew from the Miami Open on Saturday afternoon, citing a left knee injury.

Williams is an eight-time champion of the tournament and has won 23 Grand Slam titles.

"I am disappointed to withdraw from the Miami open due to a left knee injury," Williams said in a release. "It was an amazing experience to play at the ...Read more

Dominic Thiem tops Roger Federer for BNP Paribas Open title

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INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Two drop shots, two shots among the hundreds that Roger Federer hit during his stroll to the finals of the BNP Paribas Open, made the difference between the Swiss master capturing a record sixth championship here and Austria's Dominic Thiem instead clutching the victor's trophy and joking he was now merely 88 titles ...Read more

Miami Open set to get started in its new home at Hard Rock Stadium

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Tennis in a football stadium?

As odd as it sounds on the surface, the Miami Open, along with Miami Dolphins and Hard Rock Stadium owner Steve Ross, have made it work.

Gone is the iconic scenic drive over the Rickenbacker Causeway to get to the Miami Open's old Key Biscayne location, but the new venue offers a series of ...Read more

Rafael Nadal withdrawals from Miami Open with knee injury

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MIAMI -- For the second year in a row, Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal was forced to withdraw from the Miami Open with an injury.

Nadal, the world's No. 2-ranked player, has been battling tendinitis in his knees for many years and on Saturday he pulled out of his scheduled semifinal against rival Roger Federer at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian...Read more

Nothing can soothe the disappointment when a Federer-Nadal match falls through

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INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Roger Federer saw Rafael Nadal get through the BNP Paribas Open men's quarterfinals essentially on one knee, but Federer clung to the hope Nadal's chronic injury would improve enough for them to play their semifinal match Saturday, scheduled to be the 39th edition of a rivalry that grows more precious as passing years and...Read more

Andreescu's big win feels so good

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INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Her thigh was cramping and her strength was ebbing. Bianca Andreescu had squandered a match point in the ninth game of the third set of her BNP Paribas Open semifinal against Elina Svitolina on Friday night, and then a second and a third chance eluded her in the 10th game. By the time that game went to deuce for the ...Read more

Latest victory for Bencic shouldn't be called upset

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INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Success delayed was not success denied for Belinda Bencic, who had good reason to wonder if she'd ever revisit the heights she reached before injuries dragged her down in frustrating succession.

Her 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 quarterfinal victory over Karolina Pliskova at the BNP Paribas Open on Thursday technically was an upset ...Read more

Raonic ends young foe's surprising run

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INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Milos Raonic didn't want to be the guy who turned lucky loser Miomir Kecmanovic into a big winner in the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open.

Kecmanovic had enjoyed a remarkable run of good fortune here. The 19-year-old Serb lost his second qualifying match but got a spot in the main draw as a lucky loser after three ...Read more

Nadal, Federer: Their lasting success never gets old

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INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Young players have pulled off many significant victories at this year's BNP Paribas Open, but some of their elders are still going strong.

The success of 37-year-old Roger Federer, 38-year-old Venus Williams, 35-year-old Philipp Kohlschreiber and 40-year-old Ivo Karlovic is worth noting, and 32-year-old Rafael Nadal was ...Read more

Not a good day to be No. 1 at BNP Paribas Open

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INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Here's to the pluggers, the runts of the underdog litter, and to those who toil to come back from injuries as much for their own satisfaction as for the fame of a No. 1 ranking that might never be theirs.

Here's to Philipp Kohlschreiber, a 35-year-old German who has never ranked better than 16th in the world, usually ...Read more

Osaka is the name, and winning is her game

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INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Twice during her postmatch news conference, Naomi Osaka, the world's No. 1 women's tennis player, playfully referred to the time before anyone knew who she was, when she had big dreams and an impressively big and powerful game behind them.

She made it seem like decades ago, those days before her practices drew huge ...Read more

Age is just another reason to watch Federer and Nadal while there's a chance

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INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- In a few years they won't grace the courts at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden anymore and won't be vying for Grand Slam event championships. Roger Federer will be 38 years old in August and Rafael Nadal will be 33 in June, and age will overtake them in the not-so-distant future. No matter how great the athlete, no matter ...Read more

Djokovic starts slow but rallies at BNP Paribas Open

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INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Novak Djokovic had a slow start Saturday but his swift and triumphant ending was what mattered. The world's No. 1 player came to life after being down 3-5 to American qualifier Bjorn Fratangelo in the first set and went on to earn a 7-6 (5), 6-2 victory at Stadium Court 1, Djokovic's 50th win at the BNP Paribas Open.

"I ...Read more

Advance class: Giron keeps moving on at Paribas

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INDIAN WELLS, Calif -- Marcos Giron of Thousand Oaks played at UCLA for three seasons and turned pro after he won the 2014 NCAA singles title. Now 25, he's still competing in a lot of Challenger Series events and is ranked No. 217 in the world. He had to survive qualifying play to get into the main draw of the BNP Paribas Open for the first time...Read more

Williams beats Azarenka on night where there were no real losers

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INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- The quality of their shots was stunning, the intensity of their efforts crackling through the chilly night air.

Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka played as if a championship were at stake Friday night, not merely a place in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open. They covered every inch of the court and pushed each ...Read more

Stephens finds it's tougher at top of the tennis world

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INDIAN WELLS -- Slumping Sloane Stephens did her best to find a silver lining after being unceremoniously dismissed in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open.

Stephens, ranked No. 4 in the world, repeatedly committed unforced errors and lost the last eight games as Swiss qualifier Stefanie Voegele prevailed 6-3, 6-0, on a windy Stadium 1 ...Read more

Djokovic, Osaka took similar paths after dissimilar results at Indian Wells last year

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INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Novak Djokovic came to the BNP Paribas Open a year ago in search of his old self. Unable to avoid surgery on a painful elbow that had plagued him for several years, the former world No. 1 felt his body had betrayed him. His advisers told him not to play. He insisted. It seemed they knew something; he lost his first match....Read more

Chris Evert looks back at tennis in the 1970s, rivalry with Martina Navratilova

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- In 1975, before Chris Evert played Martina Navratilova in the French Open final, the two practiced together that day.

"Can you envision that now?" Evert said Friday at Trinity College, where she helped kick off Women's History Month and Trinity's 50-year celebration of co-education.

"She was like, in her accent, 'Chrissie' -...Read more


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