MELBOURNE, Australia -- The Australian Open lost a large measure of box office firepower on Sunday in a day of disaster as both top seeds were eliminated in fourth-round shocks.
Andy Murray was the first to go as German Mischa Zverev handed him his exit papers to leave the event as the first major in 13 years to lose both leading men's seeds by...Read more
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Rafael Nadal fulfilled a vow not to lose another five-set match as the Spaniard gutted out a 4-6, 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-2 defeat of Alexander Zverev on Saturday to power into the fourth round of the Australian Open.
The 2009 champion had gone down in the fifth to Lucas Pouille at the U.S. Open and lost to Fernando ...Read more
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Andy Murray steered well clear of the upset fate that befell rival Novak Djokovic as the top seed motored into the fourth round of the Australian Open, 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 over Sam Querrey on Friday.
Besides leaving the U.S. without a man in the field after five days of play, the two-hour match also reassured Murray after he ...Read more
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Novak Djokovic suffered his earliest Australian Open loss since 2006 on Thursday when the six-time champion went down in a second-round upset to Denis Istomin 7-6 (10-8), 5-7, 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4.
Djokovic spent almost five hours in his struggle against a player who won an Asian qualifying competition for a spot in the ...Read more
MELBOURNE -- Swiss aces Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka tamed a pair of American challengers to power into the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday.
The pair of former trophy holders delivered relatively straightforward victories.
Federer beat No. 200 Noah Rubin 7-5, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3), while Wawrinka hammered Steve Johnson with 46 ...Read more
MELBOURNE -- Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic stepped up with straight-set, first-round victories on Tuesday as both former champions began their quests to add to their Australian Open legacies.
Djokovic, bidding for a seventh title at the tournament, held off Spain's Fernando Verdasco 6-1, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2.
Nadal started the chase for his first ...Read more
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka managed a Swiss sweep Monday as the pair were tested in opening-round matches at the Australian Open.
Federer, playing his first match since taking six months off to heal a knee injury, showed no lack of form as he overcame fellow 35-year-old Jurgen Melzer, a qualifier, 7-5, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2....Read more
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Simona Halep became the first major upset just hours into the start of the Australian Open when the Romanian fourth seed lost to American Shelby Rogers 6-3 6-1 on Monday.
Halep, twice a quarterfinalist at the first grand slam of the season, fell in the opening round for the second year in a row.
The 25-year-old was ...Read more
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Nine-year old April Dawn Tyler is thrilled to be friends with her classmate Hilda Jean Norton, who lives on Mill Village Road. She sees it as a place to live out her dream, a dream that does not involved her isolated farm life in the foothills of North Carolina. The ...
Distractions are nothing new to Serena Williams, who has spent her entire career juggling tennis with outside interests.
But this year, she enters the Australian Open with a different kind of diversion, and time will tell how -- or if -- it will affect her quest for a record-setting 23rd Grand Slam title.
Williams, 35, was recently engaged to ...Read more
Looking for a last-minute stocking stuffer for a Roger Federer fan? How about a ticket to the Miami Open?
Federer is returning to the tour in January after six months off to recover from a knee injury. He has been training in Dubai and is headed to Perth, Australia, after the New Year to play in the Hopman Cup and then to Melbourne for the ...Read more
LONDON -- Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray set up a dream shootout for year-end No. 1 as each won contrasting semifinals at the World Tour Finals on Saturday.
Djokovic booked his spot in the winner-take-all final with scant effort as he hammered Japan's Kei Nishikori 6-1, 6-1 in a mere 66 minutes.
Murray, by contrast, was tested to the limit as ...Read more
LOS ANGELES--They left Compton decades ago, pursuing a dream that flickered into shape on the rough public tennis courts of East Compton Park and crystallized into stunning success on well-manicured grass and carefully tended clay courts around the world. But Serena and Venus Williams never severed their ties with the city that shaped them, the ...Read more
PARIS -- Andy Murray earned the ATP No. 1 ranking for the first time in his career when semifinal opponent Milos Raonic retired with an injury before their match at the Paris Masters on Saturday.
Murray, who first rose to second on the ranking list in 2009, will head into the World Tour Finals starting in a week in London atop the table as a ...Read more
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