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  • Djokovic shakes off the rust, shrugs off Edmund

    Djokovic shakes off the rust, shrugs off Edmund

    Top seed Novak Djokovic has been starved of competitive action at the US Open but on Sunday the world number one feasted on unseeded Briton Kyle Edmund in a 6-2 6-1 6-4 romp that put him into the quarter-finals. Djokovic had a second-round...

  • Kerber closes in on the no.1 slot

    Angelique Kerber won a battle of grand slam champions when the second seed powered her way into the quarter-finals of the US Open with a 6-3 7-5 win over Petra Kvitova. By reaching the last eight Kerber has put herself in position to end Serena...

  • Frustrated Murray finds way past pesky Lorenzi

    Frustrated Murray finds way past pesky Lorenzi

    Flummoxed and frustrated by wily veteran Paolo Lorenzi for two sets, second seed Andy Murray changed tactics and beat the 34-year-old Italian at his own game to advance to the US Open fourth round. Murray was moping and muttering to himself as he...

  • Venus takes the next step to a possible sisters’ SF showdown

    Venus takes the next step to a possible sisters’ SF showdown

    Venus Williams moved within two wins of a possible sisterly showdown with Serena in the semi-finals of the US Open by beating German 26th seed Laura Siegemund to reach the fourth round. Williams came up big on the critical points to make quick...

  • Nadal fist-pumps way into last 16

    Nadal fist-pumps way into last 16

    Fourth seed Rafa Nadal showed he is healthy and ready to challenge for a third US Open title as he rolled into the last 16 at Flushing Meadows on Friday with a fist-pumping 6-1 6-4 6-2 win over Russian Andrey Kuznetsov. Erasing any lingering...

  • Queen Serena downs King, blasting 13 aces indoors

    Queen Serena downs King, blasting 13 aces indoors

    After 17 trips to Flushing Meadows and six US Open titles Serena Williams did something on Thursday she had never done before – win a match indoors. With the new high-tech retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium slammed shut because of...

  • Nadal completes ‘roof’ double at US Open

    Nadal completes ‘roof’ double at US Open

    Rafa Nadal boasted after his first-round US Open match that he had a video recording of being the first player to hit a ball in practice under the new roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium. On Wednesday, the fourth-seeded Spaniard achieved the double as he...

  • Konta collapses on court but reaches third round

    British 13th seed Johanna Konta felt “embarrassed” after recovering from a health scare at a humid U.S. Open on Wednesday to claim her place in the third round with a 6-2 5-7 6-2 win over Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkova. Konta was leading by a set...

  • Djokovic advances but new concerns rise over fitness

    Djokovic advances but new concerns rise over fitness

    Novak Djokovic opened the defence of his US Open title with a 6-3 5-7 6-2 6-1 win over Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz but the laboured performance gave rise to fresh concerns about the world number one’s fitness. After a sizzling start to the season that...

  • In-form Cilic eases into second round

    In-form Cilic eases into second round

    Former champion Marin Cilic, a popular pick to make a deep run in the year’s final grand slam, opened his US Open campaign with a solid 6-4 7-5 6-1 victory over Rogerio Dutra Silva of Brazil yesterday. The Croatian seventh seed, fresh off a win...

  • Players may be risking health by popping pain pills

    For all the talk of banned performance-enhancing drugs in sport, mundane over-the-counter anti-inflammatory pain medications may be more of an issue on the tennis tour, according to numerous players. Indeed, players competing at the US Open which...

  • Murray is keen to win another grand slam

    With a second Wimbledon title in the bag, a second Olympics gold medal in his pocket and his biggest rival struggling with injury, Andy Murray believes he has a golden chance to add to his three grand slam titles. The second-ranked Scot, who has...

  • Challenging start for top seeds Djokovic, Williams

    Top seeds Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams face challenging early tests at the US Open following yesterday’s draws for the year’s last grand slam starting on Monday. Djokovic, who has been bothered by a wrist injury, faces towering Jerzy...

  • Cilic ends Murray win streak in Cincinnati final

    Cilic ends Murray win streak in Cincinnati final

    Marin Cilic broke through for his first Masters 1000 series title on Sunday night, beating Andy Murray in the final of the Western & Southern Open and ending the Scot’s 22-match winning streak. The 12th-seeded Cilic, who has struggled to recapture...

  • Pliskova upsets Kerber, denies her top ranking

    Karolina Pliskova won her biggest title and denied Angelique Kerber the world number one ranking with an emphatic 6-3 6-1 victory in Sunday’s final of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. The 15th-seeded Czech registered her sixth career...

  • Murray and Nadal roll, Raonic outslugs Isner

    Murray and Nadal roll, Raonic outslugs Isner

    Olympic and Wimbledon champion Andy Murray picked up where he left off in Rio by drubbing Argentina's Juan Monaco to take his place in the third round of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. Murray, who with his gold medal triumph at the Rio...

  • Murray advances to final to defend 2012 gold

    Britain’s Andy Murray advanced to the men’s Olympic final with a straight sets victory over Japan’s Kei Nishikori yesterday, securing a chance to defend his title and become the first tennis player to win two singles golds at the Games. In a...

  • Nadal ready to play in all three events in Rio

    Spain’s Rafael Nadal has confirmed he will compete in all three tennis events at the Rio Olympics despite being not at his best after being sidelined with a wrist injury since May. There were doubts whether the 2008 gold medallist, who withdrew...

  • Wawrinka pulls out of Olympic Games due to injury

    World number four Stan Wawrinka has become the latest high-profile player to pull out of the Olympic tennis event. The Swiss star, who is reportedly struggling with a back injury, joins compatriot Roger Federer in withdrawing in another blow to...

  • Djokovic claims record title with Rogers Cup triumph

    Novak Djokovic beat Japan’s Kei Nishikori 6-3 7-5 in the Rogers Cup final in Toronto last weekend to secure a record-extending 30th ATP Masters 1000 title. World no.1 Djokovic, playing his first tournament since his shock third-round exit at...

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