Rafael Nadal defeats Daniil Medvedev to capture US Open title

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NEW YORK -- Daniil Medvedev didn't hide his admiration for Rafael Nadal when asked a few days ago to preview their matchup in the U.S. Open final. "He's one of the greatest champions in the history of our sport. He is a machine, a beast on the court," Medvedev said.

Medvedev displayed many of those ferocious tendencies on Sunday, turning their ...Read more

U.S. Open: Serena Williams upset by Bianca Andreescu

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NEW YORK -- For the second year in a row at the U.S. Open and the fourth time since she returned to competition following the birth of her daughter, Serena Williams fell short of tying Margaret Court's record of 24 career Grand Slam tournament singles titles.

Williams, who will be 38 in a few weeks and is running out of time to match that ...Read more

Nadal not ready to leave the winner's circle just yet

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NEW YORK -- Someday, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will lose their stranglehold on Grand Slam titles. Someone will push the Big Three aside, cracking an opening for a brigade of energetic youngsters to break through, and the torch will figuratively be passed to the next generation.

Nadal, the last of the trio left standing at ...Read more

Serena Williams gets another chance at Grand Slam history

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NEW YORK -- Serena Williams' coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, predicted Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu would reach the U.S. Open women's final. "And I think she's going to be No. 1 soon," he said. "I mean, not too soon, but in the future, because she has everything that's needed to be No. 1. A lot of respect for her."

But Mouratoglou didn't ...Read more

Bianca Andreescu battles back to reach US Open semifinal against Belinda Bencic

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NEW YORK -- On the greatest occasion of her tennis life, Bianca Andreescu's mind flew back a year to remember experiencing one of the most painful moments of her career on these grounds.

Her U.S. Open hopes last year crashed before they could take flight when she suffered a back injury and lost in the first round of the qualifying tournament. ...Read more

Nadal only one of Big Three to reach semifinals

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NEW YORK -- The Big Three of men's tennis had dwindled to the Lone One before Rafael Nadal took to the court Wednesday night for his quarterfinal against spunky but undersized 5-foot-7 Diego Schwartzman. Novak Djokovic had retired in the fourth round because of a shoulder injury, and a suddenly old-looking Roger Federer had departed in the ...Read more

Federer ousted in U.S. Open quarterfinals

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NEW YORK -- Roger Federer will not win a 21st Grand Slam event singles title this year.

Hampered by tightness that developed in his upper back and neck Tuesday afternoon, a noticeably slow Federer was stunned by world No.78 Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria in the U.S. Open quarterfinals, fading as Dimitrov pulled off a 3-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 ...Read more

Serena Williams' 100th career singles victory at U.S. Open comes in dominant display

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NEW YORK -- On the occasion of her 100th singles victory at the U.S. Open, a 6-1, 6-0 thrashing of an overwhelmed Wang Qiang in 44 minutes Tuesday night, Serena Williams was asked whether she recalled the first match she had won at Flushing Meadows. For the first time on a night of near-perfection that launched her into the semifinals Thursday ...Read more

Rafael Nadal shows his resiliency in victory over Marin Cilic at US Open

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NEW YORK -- Give Rafael Nadal the slightest opening and he will find a way to win. Give him no opening and he will still find a way to win.

Nadal, the No. 2 seed at the U.S. Open, lost the opening set of his fourth-round match against Marin Cilic but decisively reversed course to move within two points of closing it out. Cilic came to the net ...Read more

Serena Williams advances to U.S. Open quarterfinals despite injury

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NEW YORK -- On the first day of September two years ago, Serena Williams was recovering from an emergency caesarean section, hazy and exhausted as she held her daughter Olympia in her arms. The next day Williams developed blood clots, one of many complications that kept her away from tennis tournaments for six months.

On the first day of ...Read more

Helene Elliott: Osaka, Gauff teach life lessons

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NEW YORK -- Naomi Osaka had earned the right to stand alone in triumph, to celebrate advancing to the fourth round of the U.S. Open after she'd given teen sensation Coco Gauff a powerful example of clutch play and what it takes to be a champion, but she wouldn't have felt right soaking up the applause when she knew Gauff would be in the locker ...Read more

Ahn, Townsend make run as staunch U.S. underdogs

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NEW YORK -- For every Naomi Osaka and Coco Gauff who achieve early success, there are dozens of players who struggle through low-level tournaments to earn berths at big events and career-sustaining paychecks.

New York native Kristie Ahn, a wild-card entrant at the U.S. Open, made her Grand Slam debut here in 2008 but didn't win a major match ...Read more

Djokovic, with some lingering shoulder pain, puts the hurt on Kudla

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NEW YORK -- Enjoying a respite from recent shoulder pain, No. 1 men's seed Novak Djokovic won in straight sets for the third consecutive time by defeating American Denis Kudla 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 on Friday at Arthur Ashe Stadium. That put Djokovic in the fourth round against No. 23 Stan Wawrinka, who beat Djokovic in the 2016 U.S. Open final. "We had ...Read more

Kobe Bryant has nothing but adulation for Coco Gauff and Naomi Osaka

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NEW YORK -- Kobe Bryant, a successful entrepreneur and enthusiastic tennis player in his post-Lakers life, has co-authored a young adult fantasy novel called "Legacy and the Queen," about a 12-year-old girl whose passion for tennis inspires her to discover her inner strength. Coco Gauff, 15, and Naomi Osaka, the defending U.S. Open champion at ...Read more

Townsend tops adviser in big upset of Halep

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NEW YORK -- Unable to recapture the success she had enjoyed at the junior level, Taylor Townsend knew earlier this year she'd have to change something in her tennis life. Being routed by Simona Halep at Miami in March was the catalyst that drove Townsend, 23, to approach Halep for advice. Halep generously obliged.

"She didn't really tell me ...Read more

Kyrgios tries damage control after comments

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NEW YORK -- Nick Kyrgios tried to walk back his assertion the governing body of the men's tennis tour is "pretty corrupt," but the Association of Tennis Professionals said Wednesday it is investigating his comments. The 24-year-old Australian could face a heavy fine or a lengthy suspension.

Speaking early Wednesday, after he won his first-round...Read more

Nicole Gibbs provides test for No. 4 Simona Halep at U.S. Open

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NEW YORK -- After two straight years of going one-and-done at the U.S. Open, No. 4 women's seed Simona Halep was relieved to survive her first-round match.

Halep, the reigning Wimbledon champion, was pressed by Nicole Gibbs of Venice, Calif., on Tuesday but pulled away in the third set for a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 victory at Louis Armstrong Stadium. "...Read more

View from top: Gauff doesn't need much help

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NEW YORK -- Although she's only 21, Naomi Osaka has already acquired two Grand Slam singles titles and acute powers of observation.

The defending U.S. Open champion sees glimpses of herself in 15-year-old Coco Gauff, tennis' newest young darling, though Osaka never faced the lofty expectations being heaped on Gauff's still-maturing shoulders. ...Read more

Defending US Open champ Novak Djokovic cruises through first round

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NEW YORK -- Before the U.S. Open began, top seed Novak Djokovic said winning more Grand Slam titles is his main focus at this stage of his career. He moved toward a 17th championship by dismissing Roberto Carballes Baena of Spain 6-4, 6-1, 6-4 in a first-round match Monday at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

"They matter the most in the history of our ...Read more