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Flawless Federer sweeps past Lacko; Wozniacki falls in three sets

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LONDON -- Roger Federer continued his trailblazing progress at Wimbledon Wednesday as he overwhelmed Slovakia's Lukas Lacko 6-4, 6-4, 6-1 to extend his campaign into the third round.

Centre Court was treated to another display of sensational serving and genius groundstrokes as Federer outmatched Lacko with some of his finest work.

"Sometimes ...Read more

Sharapova makes shocking first round exit at Wimbledon; Nadal, Muguruza easily advance

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LONDON -- Maria Sharapova believes that playing too many tournaments during the clay season has hindered her transition to performing on the grass after exiting Wimbledon in the first round on Tuesday.

Sharapova, who won her only Wimbledon title in 2004, wasn't outplayed by fellow Russian Vitalia Diatchenko even though she lost 6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (...Read more

Federer begins Wimbledon title defense; Williams battles through in first round

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LONDON -- Roger Federer and Serena Williams advanced to the second round of their respective draws at Wimbledon on Monday, but with very contrasting styles on display.

The defending men's champion, Federer, opened his campaign for a ninth Wimbledon crown with a commanding 6-1, 6-3, 6-4 triumph against Serbia's Dusan Lajovic on Centre Court.

On...Read more

Nadal overpowers Thiem to win his 11th French Open

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PARIS -- Rafael Nadal continued his dominance of the French Open with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 win over Austria's Dominic Thiem to claim a record-extending 11th Roland Garros title in Paris on Sunday.

The defending clay court king gained a quick break for a 2-0 lead in the opening seven minutes but Thiem, who was competing in his first major final, ...Read more

Halep beats Stephens in French Open comeback for first major title

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PARIS -- Romania's Simona Halep defeated American Sloane Stephens 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the women's final at the French Open on Saturday to claim her maiden Grand Slam title.

Stephens outlasted the world No. 1 Halep in lengthy rallies, where she controlled a majority of the points, to force errors and take a first set advantage.

However, Halep, who...Read more

Nadal and Thiem hammer their way into French Open final

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PARIS ––Rafael Nadal will play for an 11th French Open title after he cruised to a 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 victory over Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro in the semifinals at Roland Garros in Paris Friday.

The 10-time champion was in full control as Del Potro wilted under the relentless pressure of his whipping trademark forehand.

Spain's Nadal will...Read more

Nadal and Halep soar into French Open semifinals

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PARIS -- Rafael Nadal rallied back to beat Argentina's Diego Schwartzman 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 6-2 and conclude their rain-hit French Open quarterfinal on Thursday for a place in the elite final four.

He will now face another Argentine, Juan Martin del Potro, in Friday's semifinal, after Del Potro conquered Marin Cilic 7-6 (7-5), 5-7, 6-3, 7-5 in the ...Read more

Muguruza, Halep set up final four clash; men's eight halted by rain at French Open

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PARIS -- World No. 1 Simona Halep will meet Garbine Muguruza in the French Open women's semifinals after the Spaniard dominated Maria Sharapova on Wednesday, while the men's quarterfinals were halted by rain.

Muguruza, who was crowned a French Open queen in 2016, outclassed Sharapova in a comprehensive 6-2, 6-1 victory over the two-time Roland ...Read more

Cecchinato stuns Djokovic to resume French Open fairytale

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PARIS -- Former world No. 1 Novak Djokovic was eliminated from the French Open quarterfinals on Tuesday after the 12-time major champion was edged in an epic fourth-set tiebreak by Italian Marco Cecchinato in Paris.

After four match points were saved by Djokovic, it took Cecchinato three hours and 26 minutes to prevail 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), 1-6, 7-6 ...Read more

Nadl books last eight spot at French Open; Serena Williams withdraws

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PARIS -- Rafael Nadal secured his place in the French Open quarterfinals with a hard-fought three-set victory over Maximilian Marterer on Monday but Serena Williams was forced to withdraw due to a pectoral injury.

The 23-time Grand Slam winner Williams was supposed to face long-term rival Maria Sharapova after Nadal had claimed a 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 ...Read more

Zverez completes hat trick of five-set wins; Cecchinato socks Goffin at French Open

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PARIS -- Alexander Zverev prevailed in his third consecutive five-set match at the French Open as he defeated Karen Khachanov 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 on Sunday to reach a first career quarter-final at the majors.

The 21-year-old German argued with the umpire over a line call before he eventually lost the first set to the Russian world No....Read more

Williams and Sharapova set up fourth round French Open clash

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PARIS -- Former champions Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova will meet in the French Open fourth round after they both produced commanding performances at Roland Garros on Saturday.

Williams overwhelmed Germany's world No. 11 Julia Goerges 6-3, 6-4 in 75 minutes to continue her progress at her first major tournament since becoming a mother ...Read more

At French open, Zverev edges Dzumhur in 5-set test; Svitolina shocked

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PARIS ––Alexander Zverev saved a match point as he produced another stunning comeback in the third round of the French Open while Elina Svitolina fell to a straight sets defeat in Paris Friday.

Zverev outlasted Damir Dzumhur 6-2, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 7-5 in his second consecutive five-set match, after coming back from 2-1 sets down to ...Read more

Serena Williams completes spirited fight back at French Open

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PARIS -- Serena Williams showed tremendous fight and determination as she clawed her way back from a set down to defeat Ashleigh Barty in a three-set thriller at the French Open in Paris on Thursday.

The triple Roland-Garros champion conceded the first set on a lackluster serve before surging to a 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 second-round win.

Williams, who ...Read more

Zverev, Halep survive French Open scares

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PARIS -- Germany's Alexander Zverev had to fight through five sets to overcome Serbia's Dusan Lajovic and reach the third round of the French Open on Wednesday.

The world No. 3 dropped the opening set before battling back for a 2-6, 7-5, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 victory in a determined performance over three hours and 24 minutes.

"I knew it was not going...Read more

Serena Williams returns with powerful display at French Open; Nadal masters Bolelli

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PARIS -- Serena Williams returned to Roland Garros with a confident victory against Krystna Pliskova on Tuesday, while Rafael Nadal battled from behind to defeat Simone Bolelli in the French Open first round.

Williams, who has not played on clay since 2016, overpowered Pliskova 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 to move into the second round, but the former world ...Read more

Rain halts Nadal opener; Djokovic passes first round test at French Open

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PARIS -- Rafael Nadal's opening match of his French Open title defense was halted by rain, while Novak Djokovic survived a tough test at Roland Garros in Paris on Monday.

Nadal trails Italy's Simone Bolelli 3-0 in the third set after winning the first two sets 6-4, 6-3. They will resume play Tuesday.

Djokovic, a Roland Garros champion in 2016,...Read more

Defending champion Ostapenko tops list of shock first round exits at French Open

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PARIS -- Defending women's champion Jelena Ostapenko suffered a shock first round defeat to Ukraine's Kateryna Kozlova at the French Open in Paris on Sunday.

Ostapenko, who beat Simona Halep to win the previous Roland Garros title, was completely out of sorts as she lost 7-5, 6-3 to Kozlova, ranked 61 places below her.

"I think today was a ...Read more

Caroline Wozniacki threatens to boycott Miami Open next year due to unruly fans

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World No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki, a part-time Fisher Island, Fla., resident who recently had the courts there named after her, said she may boycott the Miami Open tennis tournament in 2019 to protest what she felt was an inadequate response by tournament officials to her complaint of verbal taunts by fans directed at her family in the stands last ...Read more