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Federer crashes to Nishikori in ATP Finals opener

Nov 12, 2018 - 11:04 AM

The loss dents the Swiss great's bid for a 100th title in his illustrious career

UNCHARACTERISTIC. Roger Federer produces an uncharacteristically error-prone and fractious display in the loss. File photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

Rafael Nadal confirms season finished due to injury

Nov 06, 2018 - 2:16 AM

The Spaniard describes his season as 'very good in terms of tennis when I was able to play and very bad in terms of injuries'

DOUBLE WHAMMY. After surrendering the No. 1 world ranking to Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal will miss the rest of the season due to an ankle injury. File photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Khachanov revels in 'biggest achievement' after Djokovic upset

Nov 05, 2018 - 12:26 PM

The Russian triumphs in the Paris Masters final and denies the Serb a fourth title in a row

FIRST TIME. Karen Khachanov becomes the third different first-time winner of a Masters tournament this season, joining Juan Martin del Potro and John Isner. Photo from Shutterstock

'One of my best': Djokovic edges Federer in Paris Masters thriller

Nov 04, 2018 - 10:44 AM

The Serbian denies the Swiss a historic 100th title by advancing to the finals

STREAK. Novak Djokovic extends his winning run to 22 outings. File photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images/AFP

Serena Williams confirmed for 8th Australian Open title tilt

Oct 09, 2018 - 3:35 PM

Serena Williams will return to Melbourne tourney in 2019 after missing her title defense

RETURN. Serena Williams hopes to bag her 24th Grand Slam title in the 2019 Australian Open. File photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images/AFP

US Open title 'not the happiest memory,' says Naomi Osaka

Oct 02, 2018 - 1:35 AM

The 20-year-old Japanese compares her Grand Slam success to eating green tea-flavored ice cream

MOVING FORWARD. Naomi Osaka says she has been trying to move on from her US Open win that saw opponent Serena Williams call chair umpire Carlos Ramos a "thief" and later accused him of sexism. File photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for USTA/AFP

Serena Williams keen to 'move on' from US Open row

Sep 24, 2018 - 6:54 PM

The tennis superstar, though, is still perplexed at her coach's admission he illegally signalled to her during the finals against Japan's Naomi Osaka

MOVING FORWARD. Following her controversial US Open loss that saw her confront the umpire, Serena Williams wants to move forward. Eduardo Munoz Alvarez

Alexander Zverev seals Laver Cup win for Europe

Sep 24, 2018 - 11:09 AM

Team Europe successfully defends the title it won last year in Prague

CHAMPS. Team Europe, composed of superstars Roger Federer, Novak Djovokic and Alexander Zverev, pose with tennis legend Rod Laver after winning the 2018 Laver Cup. Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images/AFP

Nick Kyrgios 'pep talk' umpire suspended

Sep 19, 2018 - 12:04 PM

Umpire Mohamed Lahyani has been suspended for two weeks for going 'beyond protocol' during the US Open match between Nick Kyrgios and Pierre-Hugues Herbert

OVERSTEPPING. The ATP says umpire Mohamed Lahyani ’compromised the impartiality that is required of an official.’ Photo by Kena Betancur/AFP

Japan's Naomi Osaka blames US Open tears on 'notorious' nerves

Sep 17, 2018 - 2:50 PM

The 20-year-old melted hearts when she burst into sobs as boos rang out following her emphatic win over Serena Williams in a controversial New York final

EMOTIONS. Naomi Osaka says she felt "very overwhelmed" after crying during the awarding ceremonies of her US Open triumph. File photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez

Male tennis players punished more than women, says NYT report

Sep 16, 2018 - 2:09 PM

Male players were slapped with 1,517 fines compared to 535 fines for females at Grand Slam tournaments in the last 20 years

POLARIZING.The controversial US Open final led to scores of fans defending Serena Williams but also critics calling her a sore loser. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

Naomi Osaka has 'no regrets' over chaotic US Open final

Sep 13, 2018 - 5:18 PM

The Japanese champion refuses to criticize her childhood idol Serena Williams

GRATEFUL. Naomi Osaka savors her first Grand Slam despite the controversial final match against Serena Williams. Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez

Serena Williams' US Open row puts tennis umpires in spotlight

Sep 11, 2018 - 10:47 AM

Williams receives plenty of support in her gender bias interpretation despite criticisms thrown at her

STRICT UMPIRE. Serena Williams of the United States reacts to umpire Carlos Ramos after her defeat in the Women's Singles finals match to Naomi Osaka of Japan. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

US Open 2018 champion Djokovic: 'I owe Federer, Nadal'

Sep 10, 2018 - 11:31 AM

The Serbian star matches Pete Sampras with a 14th Grand Slam title

RESPECT. Novak Djokovic tips his hat to rival Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer for shaping him to the player he is today. File photo by Nic Bothma/AFP

At US Open, power of Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka is overshadowed by an umpire’s power play

Sep 09, 2018 - 7:48 PM

Chair umpire Carlos Ramos turned a minor infraction into a nasty controversy, all because he couldn’t take a woman speaking sharply to him

CONTROVERSIAL. Serena Williams comforts Naomi Osaka after the controversial US Open women's singles final. Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for USTA/AFP

Serena: 'I am not a cheat,' accuses tennis of 'sexism'

Sep 09, 2018 - 10:14 AM

Former world No. 1 Serena Williams says the controversial incident strengthened her belief that male and female players are treated differently

HEATED. Serena Williams argues with umpire Carlos Ramos during her US Open women's singles finals match against Naomi Osaka. Photo by Jaime Lawson/Getty Images for USTA/AFP

Naomi Osaka wins US Open after Serena 'umpire thief' meltdown

Sep 09, 2018 - 8:43 AM

Serena Williams' outburst overshadows Japanese Naomi Osaka's historic triumph

HISTORIC. Naomi Osaka of Japan kisses the championship trophy after winning the US Open women's singles finals match against Serena Williams. Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for USTA/AFP

Djokovic, Del Potro march into US Open final

Sep 08, 2018 - 10:05 AM

Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro arrange a US Open final clash as world No. 1 Rafael Nadal quits

HE'S BACK. Two-time champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates after disposing of Japan's Kei Nishikori in the 2018 US Open men's singles semifinal. Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images/AFP

Serena storms into 9th US Open final

Sep 07, 2018 - 10:44 AM

American superstar Serena Williams will face Japanese Naomi Osaka in the US Open 2018 women's singles final

INCREDIBLE. Serena Williams will vie for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title. Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP

After stunning Federer, Millman fails to conquer Djokovic

Sep 06, 2018 - 3:53 PM

Australian John Millman's fairytale US Open run comes to an end at the hands of Novak Djokovic

NO UPSET. Novak Djokovic of Serbia hugs John Millman of Australia after their men's singles quarterfinal match. Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images/AFP

US Open 2018: Japanese Nishikori, Osaka make history

Sep 06, 2018 - 10:59 AM

Kei Nishikori and Naomi Osaka became the first Japanese man and woman to reach the semifinals at the same Grand Slam

HISTORIC. Japanese players Naomi Osaka and Kei Nishikori are both thrilled to reach the last four. Photos from AFP

Nadal on epic US Open match: 'I suffered, that's the right word'

Sep 05, 2018 - 8:20 PM

Rafael Nadal outlasts Dominic Thiem in a near five-hour battle to advance to his seventh semifinal match

PUNISHING DUEL. Spain's Rafael Nadal consoles Austria's Dominic Thiem, who said the grueling match 'didn't really deserve a loser.' Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

US Open 2018: Serena reaches semis, champion Stephens exits

Sep 05, 2018 - 9:56 AM

Serena Williams shoots for a spot in the final against Anastasija Sevastova, who bundled out defending champion Sloane Stephens

COMEBACK. Six-time champion Serena Williams of the United States lets out her emotions after shaking off a slow start against Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

Federer: I struggled to breathe in shock US Open loss

Sep 04, 2018 - 3:25 PM

The 37-year-old 5-time champion labored to his earliest loss at the tournament in 5 years

CRASHING OUT. Roger Federer bows out to a player outside the top 50 for the first time in 41 US Open matches. File photo by Oli Scarff

My worst time? This is not even close, says beaten Sharapova

Sep 04, 2018 - 1:04 PM

Crashing out of the US Open does not even come close to the experience Sharapova endured when at 7 years old, she and her father left Russia for Florida

ALL THE WAY UP. Maria Sharapova has one of the most powerful rags-to-riches story. File photo by Filippo Monteforte

Federer ranks shot among most memorable

Sep 02, 2018 - 10:13 AM

Five-time champion Roger Federer finds a new way to amaze as he reaches the US Open last 16

INCREDIBLE. Roger Federer says his most talked about shot was ‘a bit of luck and good feet.’ Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

Serena routs sister Venus, Nadal survives epic match

Sep 01, 2018 - 10:57 AM

'She's my best friend. She means the world to me. Every time she loses I feel like I do,' Serena Williams on sister Venus

SUPERSTAR SISTERS. Venus Williams congratulates younger sister Serena after their US Open duel. Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images/AFP

US Open umpire in Kyrgios row 'went beyond protocol'

Sep 01, 2018 - 10:05 AM

Embattled US Open umpire Mohamed Lahyani escapes sanctions after a controversial pep talk with Australian player Nick Kyrgios

CONTROVERSY. In this file photo, chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani of Sweden (left) shares a laugh with players Nick Kyrgios of Australia (middle) and Viktor Troicki of Serbia and Montenegro. Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images/AFP

Federer eases through as storm rages over umpire pep talk

Aug 31, 2018 - 8:59 AM

Five-time champion Roger Federer blasts umpire in Nick Kyrgios 'I want to help you' row at the US Open 2018

NEXT ROUND. Swiss superstar Roger Federer advances to the third round of the US Open after downing French Benoit Paire. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

It's a date: Serena, Venus to meet for 30th time at US Open

Aug 30, 2018 - 10:28 AM

Venus Williams won their first ever clash in Australia in 1998, but her sister Serena has built up an advantage over the last two decades

SIBLING RIVALRY. Venus Williams (left) won their first ever clash in Australia in 1998, but her sister Serena has built up an advantage over the last two decades. Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

Djokovic in survival mode as heat delivers beating

Aug 29, 2018 - 10:08 AM

Novak Djokovic shrugs off sweltering heat in winning return at the US Open 2018

PUNISHING. Serbia's Novak Djokovic takes a break from the extreme heat while playing against Hungary's Marton Fucsovics at the US Open. Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

Serena Williams returns in style at US Open 2018

Aug 28, 2018 - 11:27 AM

The former world No. 1 opens her bid with a straight-set victory over Poland's Magda Linette

BACK AT IT. Serena Williams says she's 'getting there.' Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images/AFP

No drama, just a bad day: Top-ranked Simona Halep crashes out

Aug 28, 2018 - 9:57 AM

Simona Halep becomes the first top-seeded woman ever to lose in the first round of the US Open

ONE AND DONE. Simona Halep says she didn’t feel ‘strong on the court.’ Photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

Serena, Nadal headline opening night at US Open

Aug 27, 2018 - 1:21 PM

Tennis superstars Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal lead the opening-day march that sees eight former US Open champions in action

DEFENDING CHAMP. Rafael Nadal kicks off his title defense against old friend and Davis Cup teammate David Ferrer. Photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

Djokovic wins Cincinnati title to complete Masters matched set

Aug 20, 2018 - 10:55 AM

After coming up empty in five prior Cincinnati finals, the Serbian beats Roger Federer for the title

HISTORIC. Novak Djokovic becomes the first man to win all nine of the ATP's Masters 1000 events in the elite series' current configuration. File photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

Serena rebounds from worst loss to advance in Cincinnati tennis

Aug 14, 2018 - 10:03 AM

Williams manages to clean up her opponent this time around

RETURN. Serena Williams bounces back from  the worst loss of her career in San Jose. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Djokovic captures 4th Wimbledon crown

Jul 16, 2018 - 12:01 AM

Ranked world number 21, Serbia's Novak Djokovic becomes the lowest ranked man to win at the All England Club in two decades

RESURGENT. Ranked world number 21, Serbia's Novak Djokovic becomes  the lowest ranked man to win at the All England Club in two decades. Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

Djokovic admits he doubted Grand Slam future

Jul 15, 2018 - 3:58 PM

Despite fearing his best days are behind him, Novak Djokovic rediscovers his big-hitting, chest-pumping self

ODDS-ON PICK. Serbia's Novak Djokovic stands as favorite against South Africa’s Kevin Anderson in the men’s singles final. Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

Back on top: Kerber spoils Serena's Wimbledon history bid

Jul 15, 2018 - 7:53 AM

Angelique Kerber becomes the first German woman to rule the All England Club since Steffi Graf in 1996

NEW CHAMPION. Germany's Angelique Kerber poses with the winner's trophy, the Venus Rosewater Dish, after her women's singles final victory over US player Serena Williams. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Epic Djokovic stuns Nadal to reach Wimbledon final

Jul 14, 2018 - 11:25 PM

The thrilling showdown becomes the second longest semifinal ever played at Wimbledon

Djokovic leads Nadal as Wimbledon semis halted by curfew

Jul 14, 2018 - 9:09 AM

The showdown between the two tennis icons gets halted for the night following a record 6-hour semis match between Anderson and Isner

ADVANTAGE. Serbia's Novak Djokovic looks to wrap it up versus Spain's Rafael Nadal when their men's singles semifinal match resumes Saturday. Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

Anderson reaches Wimbledon final after epic 6-hour thriller

Jul 14, 2018 - 8:43 AM

South African Kevin Anderson outlasts American John Isner in the second longest Grand Slam singles match ever played

MARATHON MEN. South Africa's Kevin Anderson (left) shakes hands with US opponent John Isner after winning the longest semifinal ever played at Wimbledon. Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

Wimbledon final: Serena shocked, Kerber pumped

Jul 13, 2018 - 10:37 AM

Serena Williams insists she's the underdog against world number 10 Angelique Kerber

INCREDIBLE. Serena Williams says ‘it’s crazy’ to be back in the Wimbledon final against Angelique Kerber. Photos by AFP

Nadal-Djokovic semis duel headlines Wimbledon's over-30 club

Jul 13, 2018 - 7:58 AM

Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, John Isner, Kevin Anderson – all over 30 years old – turn the Wimbledon men's semifinals into a battle of veterans

OLD FOES. Rafael Nadal (right) braces for a ‘complex' Novak Djokovic in their 52nd meeting. Photos by AFP

Major upset: Anderson ousts defending champ Federer

Jul 12, 2018 - 1:39 AM

Roger Federer's bid for a 9th Wimbledon crown comes to a shocking end against South Africa's Kevin Anderson

GIANT SLAYER. Eighth seed Kevin Anderson deals Roger Federer one of his earliest Wimbledon exit. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Spot the top seeds: Serena’s path to Wimbledon title wide open

Jul 11, 2018 - 11:00 AM

After the seeding carnage, American superstar Serena Williams sets sights on an 8th All England Club crown

BACK AT IT. Serena Williams stands as favorite again as no top 10 women’s player reached the semifinals. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

PH junior paddlers land best finish in Southeast Asian championship

Jul 10, 2018 - 8:02 PM

Philippines places 4th for the first time in the annual Southeast Asian tournament

RISING STARS. The Philippine table tennis youth team's performance catapulted the country to a 4th place standing. Photo from Philippine Table Tennis Federation Inc

Serena warns Wimbledon rivals: 'I'm just getting started'

Jul 10, 2018 - 10:33 AM

The 23-time Grand Slam champion is still in contention for the title after the top 10 seeds crashed out before the last 8

SUPERPOWER. Serena Williams is chasing her 8th Wimbledon crown. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Federer, Nadal close in on Wimbledon 2018 final dream

Jul 10, 2018 - 10:06 AM

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are in the last 8 of Wimbledon 2018

DREAM. With Rafael Nadal (right) making it to the Wimbledon quarter-final since 2011, he might just be to set up a finals matchup with Roger Federer. Photos by Glyn Kirk (Federer) and Oli Scarff (Nadal)

Sweet 16 for Roger Federer at Wimbledon

Jul 10, 2018 - 1:12 AM

The 8-time champion has now won 32 consecutive sets at Wimbledon, just two behind the record he set from the 3rd round in 2015 to this title triumph in 2006