Dirty dozen: Nadal beats Thiem for 12th French Open title

Europe 06/09/19, 11:41

For a few, fleeting moments Sunday, Rafael Nadal found his French Open supremacy seemingly threatened by Dominic Thiem, a younger, talented opponent challenging him in the final for the second consecutive year. A poor game from Nadal allowed Thiem to break him and even things at a set apiece. That development ...

Underarm serves return to Paris, 30 years after Chang’s shot

Sports 05/30/19, 13:34

Thirty years after Michael Chang hit the most famous underarm serve in history at the French Open, that little bit of strategy — frowned upon by some — is making its way back into tennis, it seems.Alexander Bublik served that way three times against 2018 runner-up Dominic Thiem in the ...

A year after semifinal run, Cecchinato loses in 1st round

Tennis 05/26/19, 13:16

Marco Cecchinato's achievements at Grand Slam tournaments still start and end with his stunning run to the semifinals of last year's French Open, which included an upset win over Novak Djokovic.The Italian clay-courter wasted a two sets-to-none lead in a 2-6, 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 loss to French wild ...

Djokovic beats Thiem to reach Madrid Open final

Sports 05/11/19, 11:57

Novak Djokovic defeated Dominic Thiem 7-6 (2), 7-6 (4) to reach the Madrid Open final for the third time.Djokovic outplayed Thiem in both tiebreakers, converting on his first match point to set up a final against either Rafael Nadal or Stefanos Tsitsipas, who play later Saturday.It will be the second ...

Federer adds Italian Open to his Roland Garros preparation

Tennis 05/11/19, 07:55

Roger Federer has added the Italian Open to his schedule.A day after his three-set loss to Dominic Thiem in the Madrid Open quarterfinals, Federer announced his plans in an Instagram video on Saturday.Federer says, "Hello everybody. Just finished speaking to the team and happy to say I'm coming back to ...

Cilic withdraws, Djokovic reaches Madrid Open semifinals

Sports 05/10/19, 06:06

Novak Djokovic reached the semifinals of the Madrid Open on Friday after Marin Cilic withdrew because of food poisoning.Cilic said he had a "terrible night" and would not be able to play in the quarterfinal match against the top-ranked Djokovic at the Magic Box.Cilic had three-set wins in his first ...

Nadal confident arriving in Madrid despite disappointing run

Tennis 05/05/19, 00:56

Rafael Nadal hadn't started the clay-court season with these many setbacks in four years.Not since 2015 had Nadal arrived at the Madrid Open without having won a title either in Monte Carlo or in Barcelona, the tournaments that mark the start of clay swing in Europe.That year, Nadal was coming ...

Nadal beats Struff to reach Barcelona Open semifinals

Tennis 04/26/19, 12:04

Rafael Nadal brushed off a challenge from German Jan-Lennard Struff to earn a 7-5, 7-5 win and a place in the Barcelona Open semifinals on Friday.The top-seeded Nadal will next face either Dominic Thiem or Guido Pella as he seeks a 12th title on the outdoor clay courts at Barcelona.Struff, ...

Oh Canada! Teen Andreescu upsets Kerber to win Indian Wells

Sports 03/17/19, 18:31

Bianca Andreescu upset three-time major champion Angelique Kerber 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to win the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday, becoming at age 18 the first wild-card winner in tournament history.The Canadian overcame nerves, arm and leg issues in the final set to earn the first title of her fledgling career.Roger ...

Federer reaches Indian Wells final after Nadal’s withdrawal

Sports 03/16/19, 17:27

Dominic Thiem outlasted Milos Raonic 7-6 (3), 6-7 (3), 6-4 on Saturday to reach the BNP Paribas Open final after Roger Federer advanced when Rafael Nadal withdrew because of a knee injury.A somber Nadal announced his withdrawal a couple hours before he was scheduled to take the court at Indian ...

Federer reaches Indian Wells semis in pursuit of 6th title

Tennis 03/15/19, 14:41

Roger Federer defeated Hubert Hurkacz 6-4, 6-4 to reach the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open in pursuit of a record sixth title.Federer hasn't dropped a set in four matches in the desert and has been broken just once. He fought off two break points in the second set, including ...

Thiem beats Nishikori to keep ATP Finals hopes alive

Sports 11/15/18, 10:58

Dominic Thiem still has a chance to reach the semifinals at the ATP Finals after beating Kei Nishikori 6-1, 6-4 Thursday.Thiem, who lost both of his previous matches at the season-ending tournament, needed to win in straight sets to have any chance of advancing.Six-time champion Roger Federer, however, needs only ...

Anderson thrashes Nishikori to be on verge of ATP semis

Sports 11/13/18, 10:36

Kevin Anderson thrashed Kei Nishikori 6-0, 6-1 on Tuesday to move to the brink of the last four on his ATP Finals debut.The 32-year-old South African was on the verge of completing just the second whitewash in the competition's history until Nishikori won the penultimate game.Anderson, who lost just eight ...

Khachanov in Paris Masters final, faces Djokovic or Federer

Sports 11/03/18, 10:57

Karen Khachanov continued his strong recent form by beating Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-1 Saturday to reach the Paris Masters final.The unseeded Khachanov broke Thiem to lead 5-4 and served out the first set.The players swapped breaks at the start of the second set before Khachanov reeled off the next five ...

Khachanov eliminates Sock to reach Paris Masters semifinals

Sports 11/02/18, 13:23

Dominic Thiem beat defending champion Jack Sock 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 to reach the Paris Masters semifinals on Friday.The Austrian served out the match and clinched victory on his first match point when Sock hit a big forehand long.Thiem broke the American in the fifth game of the third set, and ...

Thiem wins in St. Petersburg, Youzhny calls it a day

Tennis 09/24/18, 06:05

Top-seeded Dominic Thiem reached the quarterfinals of the St. Petersburg Open with a 7-6 (4), 6-4 win over Jan-Lennard Struff on Thursday.The Austrian player's next opponent will be eighth-seeded Daniil Medvedev of Russia, who prevailed against Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3, 6-4.Russian veteran Mikhail Youzhny retired from tennis after losing 7-6 (6), ...

Thiem, Wawrinka reach St. Petersburg semifinals

Tennis 09/24/18, 06:05

Top-seeded Dominic Thiem and fit-again Stan Wawrinka won their quarterfinal matches at the St. Petersburg Open on Friday.Austrian player Thiem came through a tough encounter against Daniil Medvedev of Russia, firing 10 aces on his way to a 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (2) victory.His reward is a semifinal with Roberto Bautista ...

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