• Nadal beats Monaco to win 1st title in nearly 9 months

    Rafael Nadal won his first title in nearly nine months Sunday after defeating Juan Monaco 6-4, 6-1 at the Argentina Open. The top-seeded Spaniard hadn't reached a final since winning at Roland Garros last year. It was Nadal's 46th title on clay, moving him within three of the record set by…

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  • Skiing U-turn made me a champion, says Djokovic

    By Zoran Milosavljevic BELGRADE (Reuters) - The dedication to sporting excellence which moulded Novak Djokovic into the world’s top tennis player was preceded by a passion for skiing which remains one of his greatest joys, the 27-year old Serb told Reuters on Sunday. Cutting a relaxed figure…

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  • Nadal wants traditional clay events protected

    By Rex Gowar BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Rafa Nadal wants tournament organizers to maintain the tradition of clay courts on the Tour and said the growing number of events switching to harder surfaces could increase the injury risk to players long after they finish their careers. Nadal, who won his…

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  • Tennis-Ferrer downs Nishikori for fourth Mexico title

    David Ferrer won a record-equalling fourth Mexican Open title with a 6-3 7-5 victory over Kei Nishikori in the Acapulco hardcourt final. The Spanish world number nine's triumph put him level with Austrian Thomas Muster with four Mexican titles having also won the tournament three times from…

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  • Awesome Federer floors Djokovic in straight sets

    By Matt Smith DUBAI (Reuters) - Roger Federer's enduring class shone through again as the Swiss maestro beat world number one Novak Djokovic 6-3 7-5 to win the Dubai Championships for a seventh time on Saturday. The 33-year-old's serve is the least praised of his repertoire but it was his awesome…

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  • Tennis-Nadal wins first title of year in Argentina

    By Rex Gowar BUENOS AIRES, March 1 (Reuters) - Rafael Nadal won his first title of the year with a 6-4 6-1 victory over Juan Monaco in a rain-interrupted Argentine Open final on Sunday. Nadal, showing marked progress in his comeback from injury and other woes last year, notched his 65th career…

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  • Nadal ends title drought with Argentina win

    Rafael Nadal won his first title in nearly nine months after beating Juan Monaco 6-4, 6-1 at the Argentina Open. Nadal's triumph was his first since he won a ninth French Open title at Roland Garros last June. It was Nadal's 65th career crown on all surfaces, moving him into sole possession of…

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  • Nadal aims for slice of clay-court history

    Reigning French Open champ Rafael Nadal defeated Carlos Berlocq in straight sets to reach the final of the Argentina Open where he will try to secure a slice of clay-court history. "I was serving short in the first set and he (Berlocq) was very aggressive," said Nadal, who won 7-6 (9/7), 6-2. Nadal…

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  • Nadal reaches first final of year in Argentine Open

    By Rex Gowar BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Rafael Nadal, pushed to the limit in a high octane first set, made up for his semi-final defeat at the Rio Open a week ago by reaching the Argentine Open final with a 7-6(7) 6-2 victory over Carlos Berlocq on Saturday. The world number four will meet a fourth…

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  • Djokovic to face defending champ Federer in Dubai final

    Top-seeded Novak Djokovic will face defending champion Roger Federer in the final of the Dubai Championships after a three-set win over Tomas Berdych on Friday. ''You don't expect anything less than hard work against someone who has been a top 10 player for many years,'' Djokovic said. ''Even when…

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  • Tennis - Safarova sees off Azarenka for Qatar title

    - Lucie Safarova continued her fine start to 2015 by claiming her first ever victory over Victoria Azarenka to win the Qatar Open title in Doha. The Czech won in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3, to boost her chances of realising her "dream" of getting into the world top 10. The victory in Qatar comes on…

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  • Tennis-Federer lauds rivalry with Djokovic after 20th win

    By Matt Smith DUBAI, Feb 28 (Reuters) - Roger Federer rates his rivalry with Novak Djokovic as highly as his duels with Rafa Nadal, the Swiss said after beating the Serb to win a seventh Dubai title on Saturday. It was their 37th meeting and Federer's 6-3 7-5 victory means he leads the series…

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  • Nadal to play Monaco in final of Argentina Open

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Rafael Nadal beat Carlos Berlocq 7-6 (7), 6-2 on Saturday, setting up a final against Juan Monaco at the Argentina Open.

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  • Defending champ Federer beats Djokovic to retain Dubai title

    Defending champion Roger Federer won his seventh Dubai Championships title and second of the year in defeating top-ranked Novak Djokovic 6-3, 7-5 on Saturday. This marked the seventh consecutive year - 11th time in 13 years - that Federer or Djokovic won this title. The only other tournaments…

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  • Tennis-Safarova beats Azarenka to win Doha title

    Czech player Lucie Safarova claimed the biggest title of her career when she beat former world number one Victoria Azarenka 6-4 6-3 at the Qatar Open on Saturday. The world number 15 reached the final with a string of impressive wins and continued her form against Azarenka, who made little…

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  • Maria Sharapova withdraws because of stomach virus

    ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) -- Top-seeded Maria Sharapova of Russia withdrew Friday before her Mexico Open semifinal against Caroline Garcia of France because of a stomach virus.

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  • David Ferrer, Timea Bacsinszky win Mexico Open titles

    ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) -- Second-seeded David Ferrer of Spain won his fourth Mexico Open title Saturday night, beating top-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-3, 7-5 in the hard-court event.

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  • Nadal crushes Delbonis to reach Argentine Open semi-final

    Nadal, who went down to a first defeat in 53 consecutive semi-finals on clay at the Rio Open last weekend, pumped his fist after winning a superb rally in the fifth game of the second set and again when the Argentine hit the ball wide on second match point. "It was very important for me to reach…

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