Men's tennis

Rafael Nadal of Spain kisses his trophy after winning against Novak Djokovic of Serbia at the end of their final match at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Sunday, May 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
May 19, 2019 - 10:06 am
ROME (AP) — Rafael Nadal is right back where he wants to be. After losing in the semifinals of three straight clay-court tournaments, Nadal dominated for stretches against his longtime rival, Novak Djokovic, in a 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 win Sunday for a record-extending ninth Italian Open title. It marked...
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Rafael Nadal of Spain returns the ball to Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece during a semifinal match at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Saturday, May 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
May 18, 2019 - 2:12 pm
ROME (AP) — After losing in the semifinals of three straight clay-court tournaments, Rafael Nadal looked more like his old, dominant self when he beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-4 to reach the Italian Open final on Saturday. It was a measure of revenge for Nadal after losing to Tsitsipas in three...
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Rafael Nadal of Spain returns the ball to Fernando Verdasco of Spain during their quarterfinal match at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Friday, May 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
May 17, 2019 - 4:29 pm
ROME (AP) — Rafael Nadal put away Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 6-0 at the Italian Open on Friday to reach the semifinals after conceding only six games in his six sets of tennis at the tournament. Yet he ought to be a little nervous. Nadal has fallen in the semifinals of his last three tournaments — all...
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Serena Williams, of the United States, serves the ball to Sweden's Rebecca Peterson during their match at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Monday, May, 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
May 13, 2019 - 8:18 am
ROME (AP) — Serena Williams looked sharper than her previous match in March as she opened her clay-court season at the Italian Open with a routine 6-4, 6-2 win over Swedish qualifier Rebecca Peterson on Monday. In March at the Miami Open, Williams needed three sets to beat Peterson. "It's been a...
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Serbia's Novak Djokovic kisses the trophy as he celebrates winning the final of the Madrid Open tennis tournament in two sets, 6-3, 6-4, against Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas, left down corner, in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, May 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
May 12, 2019 - 3:03 pm
MADRID (AP) — Novak Djokovic celebrated a lot more than a record-tying 33rd Masters 1000 title at the Madrid Open. Djokovic left the Spanish capital feeling pretty good about his game, too, carrying a lot of confidence into the rest of the clay-court season. The top-ranked Djokovic earned a...
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Rafael Nadal of Spain during the Madrid Open tennis match against Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland in Madrid, Spain, Friday, May 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
May 12, 2019 - 5:55 am
MADRID (AP) — Usually this time of the year Rafael Nadal is talking about how his game is peaking ahead of the French Open. The discussion is typically about how many title-winning streaks he has extended and which records he has broken as the clay season moves toward its climax at Roland Garros...
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Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts after missing a point against Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece during the Madrid Open tennis men's semi-final match in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, May 11, 2019. Tsitsipas won the match. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
May 11, 2019 - 4:57 pm
MADRID (AP) — For the third straight time this season, Rafael Nadal won't be fighting for a title on his favorite surface. Nadal's slump on clay continued on Saturday at the Madrid Open with a third consecutive semifinal elimination, adding to his worst start to the clay-court swing since 2015. He...
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Roger Federer, from Switzerland, reacts after losing a point during the Madrid Open tennis match against Dominic Thiem, from Austria, in Madrid, Spain, Friday, May 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
May 11, 2019 - 5:55 am
ROME (AP) — 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...
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Rafael Nadal, from Spain, celebrates after winning Felix Auger-Aliassime, from Canada, during the Madrid Open tennis tournament in Madrid, Wednesday, May 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
May 08, 2019 - 11:58 am
MADRID (AP) — Rafael Nadal was concerned going into his first match at the Madrid Open. He lost practice time ahead of the tournament because of a stomach virus and didn't know exactly how his body would react when he stepped onto the "Magic Box" center court on Wednesday. But despite the lack of...
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FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2019 file photo, Stan Wawrinka, of Switzerland, clenches his fist after scoring a point against Gael Monfils, of Franc,e in the men's singles final of the ABN AMRO world tennis tournament at Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Three-time Grand Slam champion Wawrinka says there has been a “worrying decline in moral standards” in tennis as “politics have overshadowed the action on the courts.” In a letter published Friday, May 3 in The Times of London, Wawrinka discusses the case of Justin Gimelstob, the ex-player, coach and TV commentator who resigned this week from the ATP board of directors after pleading no contest to misdemeanor assault for attacking a former friend. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)
May 03, 2019 - 9:08 am
Tennis is in turmoil as the French Open approaches. As three-time major champion Stan Wawrinka put it: "Politics have overshadowed the action on the courts." In a letter published Friday in The Times of London, Wawrinka decried his sport's "worrying decline in moral standards" and outlined several...
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