Federer returns to play at French Open after 4-year absence

Sports 05/26/19, 01:45

Roger Federer is in action on the opening day of the French Open.Returning to play at Roland Garros for the first time since 2015, Federer opens against 73rd-ranked Lorenzo Sonego in the third match on Court Philippe Chatrier.Also Sunday, 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza faces 96th-ranked American Taylor Townsend in the ...

Defending champ Naomi Osaka wins opening match at Miami Open

Sports 03/22/19, 13:59

Defending champion Naomi Osaka won her opening match Friday at the new site of the Miami Open by beating qualifier Yanina Wickmayer 6-0, 6-7 (3), 6-1.The No. 1-ranked Osaka hit 14 aces and overcame a ragged stretch in the second set, when she became so frustrated she threw her racket. ...

Djokovic, Nishikori, Halep ousted at Indian Wells

Sports 03/12/19, 20:49

It was a tough day for seeded players at the BNP Paribas Open, with top-ranked Novak Djokovic the biggest name ushered out in the desert.Djokovic and Philipp Kohlschreiber resumed their third-round match on Tuesday that had been suspended because of rain a night earlier. The unseeded German knocked off the ...

Federer reaches Dubai quarterfinals; Nishikori eliminated

Sports 02/27/19, 14:07

Roger Federer maintained his perfect record against Fernando Verdasco to reach the Dubai Championships quarterfinals on Wednesday, while top-seeded Kei Nishikori was eliminated.Federer converted his first match point when Verdasco sent a forehand wide, finishing off a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 win that improved his record against the Spaniard to 7-0. ...

Make or breaker: Nishikori stays, Spaniard out in Australia

Sports 01/21/19, 10:26

One contentious point, after five hours and five sets, had Pablo Carreno Busta screaming at the umpire and gave Kei Nishikori the shift in momentum he needed to clinch his place in the Australian Open quarterfinals.After being two points from victory, Carreno Busta lost five straight, including that one in ...

Nishikori comes up aces, rolls into 3rd round in Australia

Asia & Pacific 01/17/19, 05:22

Kei Nishikori wants to extend a Grand Slam sequence at the Australian Open. He's not making it easy.Eighth-seeded Nishikori withstood 59 aces from Ivo Karlovic, and had to save three break points deep in the fifth, before beating the 39-year-old Croatian 6-3, 7-6 (6), 5-7, 5-7, 7-6 (7) to reach ...

Australian Open: Serena, Novak, NIshikori highlight Day 4

Sports 01/16/19, 19:06

Kei Nishikori will be hoping for a better start Thursday in his second-round match against Ivo Karlovic on Margaret Court Arena than he did in his first at the Australian Open.The Japanese star lost the first two sets against Kamil Majchrzak and advanced when the Polish qualifier had to retire ...

Djokovic, Federer on opposite sides of Aussie draw

Sports 01/10/19, 03:15

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are each aiming for a record seventh men's Australian Open title and the draw has ensured they can't play each other at Melbourne Park until the final.Serena Williams already has seven Aussie titles, and is a strong contender to add another after skipping her title ...

Karolina Pliskova wins second Brisbane International title

Sports 01/06/19, 04:57

Karolina Pliskova has won her second Brisbane International title, beating Lesia Tsurenko 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 after being just two points from defeat.Serving for the title at 5-4 Sunday, Tsurenko lost 13 straight points. It came after Tsurenko rolled her ankle in the second game of the deciding set.Tsurenko was 4-0 ...

Medvedev beats Raonic to reach Brisbane International semis

Sports 01/04/19, 04:08

Fourth-seeded Daniil Medvedev has beaten Milos Raonic 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-4 to reach the semifinals at the Brisbane International.The score was level at 4-4 in the third, when Medvedev got the decisive break on a succession of unforced errors from 2016 Brisbane champion Raonic. Medvedev will next meet either Alex ...

Nishikori, Dimitrov set to meet in Brisbane quarterfinals

Tennis 01/01/19, 23:44

Kei Nishikori and Grigor Dimitrov had straight-sets wins Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals at the Brisbane International, where they'll meet in a rematch of the 2017 final.Second-seeded Nishikori broke at love in the 11th game to seize momentum in a 7-5, 6-2 win over Denis Kudla in the second round, ...

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 ...

Federer loses ATP Finals opener to Nishikori

Sports 11/11/18, 18:05

Roger Federer lost his opening match at the ATP Finals for the first time since 2013 as he went down 7-6 (4), 6-3 to Kei Nishikori on Sunday.An error-strewn display from the 20-time Grand Slam champion allowed Nishikori to take the first set via a tiebreaker despite the Japanese player ...

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 ...

Nishikori beats Kukushkin in Vienna for 3rd final of season

Tennis 10/27/18, 11:23

Kei Nishikori reached his third final of the season on Saturday after beating Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan 6-4, 6-3 at the Erste Bank Open.The 11th-ranked Nishikori is after his 12th career title but first since winning in Memphis in February 2016. He has lost eight straight finals since.His opponent Sunday ...

Medvedev defeats Nishikori to win Japan Open title

Tennis 10/07/18, 06:33

Daniil Medvedev beat local favorite Kei Nishikori 6-2, 6-4 in the Japan Open final on Sunday for his third career ATP title.The third-seeded Nishikori reached the tournament decider without dropping a set but was broken three times by Medvedev.Daniil Medvedev of Russia kisses his champion trophy during the award ceremony ...

Nishikori advances to Japan Open final with win over Gasquet

Tennis 10/06/18, 08:29

Third-seeded Kei Nishikori beat Richard Gasquet 7-6 (2), 6-1 Saturday to reach the final of the Japan Open.Nishikori won 84 per cent of first-serve points in front of a home crowd and did not face a break point in the 90-minute win over his eighth-seeded opponent.Denis Shapovalov of Canada returns ...

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