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July

30
Novak Djokovic dominates Kei Nishikori, reaches medal rounds in Tokyo

Kei Nishikori thought he was playing well. Then he played Novak Djokovic. The top-ranked Serb never gave Nishikori an opportunity in a 6-2, 6-0 rout of the home favorite from Japan to reach the semifinals of the tennis tournament at the Tokyo Olympics on Thursday. “He was defending amazing today — everything deep — and I was trying to stay with him but I couldn’t,” Nishikori said. “I thought I was playing OK but my serving was bad today and he was attacking every [time].” The dominant performance advanced Djokovic into the medal rounds and — more importantly — moved him one […]

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July

12
Novak Djokovic wins Wimbledon to claim record-tying 20th Grand Slam victory

Novak Djokovic tied Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal by claiming his 20th Grand Slam title Sunday, coming back to defeat Matteo Berrettini 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 in the Wimbledon final. The top-ranked Djokovic earned his third consecutive championship at the All England Club and sixth overall. He adds that to nine titles at the Australian Open, three at the US Open and two at the French Open to equal his two rivals for the most majors won by a man in tennis history. “I have to pay a great tribute to Rafa and Roger,” Djokovic said during the on-court, postmatch interview. “They are legends of […]

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July

09
Tennis star Nick Kyrgios pulls out of Olympics, cites lack of fans as well as injury

Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios has pulled out of the Tokyo Olympics, saying playing without spectators “doesn’t feel right.” Kyrgios says an abdominal injury was also a factor in his withdrawal from the Games, which begins on July 23. “It’s a decision I didn’t take lightly,” Kyrgios posted on Twitter on Friday (Australia time). Just hours before Kyrgios’ statement, Olympic organizers banned all crowds from the Games amid Tokyo’s ongoing state of emergency due to the coronavirus. Kyrgios maintained it was his “dream” to compete at an Olympics. “And I know I may never get that opportunity again,” he wrote. […]

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July

05
Roger Federer reaches fourth round, Nick Kyrgios drops out of Wimbledon match after suffering abdominal injury

Roger Federer reached the fourth round at Wimbledon for a record-extending 18th time on Saturday by defeating Cameron Norrie 6-4, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 on Centre Court. The eight-time Wimbledon champion had a slight wobble in the third set when he missed two break points at 5-5 and was then broken at love by Norrie. After trading breaks in the fourth set, Federer broke again for a 5-4 lead. He will play No. 23-seeded Lorenzo Sonego of Italy on Monday. Norrie was the last British man left in the tournament. Also, fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev defeated American Taylor Fritz 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (4) and No. 7 Matteo Berrettini advanced past Aljaz […]

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July

02
Roger Federer cruises into third round at Wimbledon

Roger Federer became the oldest man to reach the third round at Wimbledon in 46 years, winning every service game Thursday to extend his winning streak versus Richard Gasquet to 11 matches, 7-6 (1), 6-1, 6-4. “I was really happy with my performance,” Federer told the crowd. He turns 40 next month. Ken Rosewall was 40 when he made a run to the fourth round in 1975. Federer improved to 19-2 against Gasquet and has won all five of their Grand Slam meetings in consecutive sets. In only his 10th match this year, Federer was delighted with the victory, but said he […]

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October

02
Simona Halep gets past Amanda Anisimova in French Open rematch

Simona Halep had no trouble reversing the result of her loss to Amanda Anisimova at last year’s French Open. Halep secured the rematch 6-0, 6-1 in just 54 minutes on Friday to reach the fourth round. Anisimova made 32 unforced errors to Halep’s seven. The top-seeded Halep extended her winning streak to a career-best 17 matches as she seeks a third Grand Slam title. She won the trophy at Roland Garros in 2018. Anisimova upset Halep, 29, in straight sets in the quarterfinals in Paris in 2019. But this one went Halep’s way from the beginning thanks in part to the 19-year-old Anisimova’s […]

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September

30
Serena Williams withdraws from French Open

Serena Williams suddenly ended her latest bid to tie the record for the most Grand Slam singles titles early. She withdrew from the French Open on Wednesday due to an Achilles injury. “I’m struggling to walk, so that’s kind of a tell-tale sign that I should try to recover,” the tennis player stated during a press conference. Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam singles champion, injured her Achilles in a U.S. Open semifinal loss to Victoria Azarenka earlier this month. She was set to play Tsvetana Pironkova on Wednesday. But after a “very short” warm up, she and her coach decided it […]

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September

17
Djokovic back to winning ways in Rome

Novak Djokovic turned the page on his contentious U.S. Open exit and started his claycourt season with a convincing 6-3 6-2 triumph over wildcard Salvatore Caruso in the second round of the Italian Open on Wednesday. The world number one was disqualified in New York after unintentionally hitting a line judge with a ball during his fourth round match versus Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta. Djokovic’s frustration boiled over after dropping his serve versus Carreno Busta in the opening set at Flushing Meadows but 10 days on in Rome he did not face a single break point in an imperious display […]

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September

10
Serena rallies again, gets Azarenka in semifinals

Williams prevailed versus Tsvetana Pironkova on Wednesday, advancing to a semifinal versus Victoria Azarenka, a rival and a friend. A championship would tie Williams with Margaret Court at 24 major singles titles. Down a set and a break to the unseeded Tsvetana Pironkova in the quarterfinals of the United States Open, Serena Williams was in danger of succumbing to a story line even better than her own. Pironkova is not only unseeded. She is unranked and was playing in her first tour event in more than three years. Not even Williams, a 38-year-old master of the comeback, has taken it […]

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September

09
Nadal returns at Italian Open after 7 months off

Rafael Nadal is preparing his return to tennis after a seven-month layoff at next week’s Italian Open. “The Foro Italico is always a special place for me and even more so this year as it will be my first tournament following a long period without playing,” Nadal, who has gained the Rome tournament a record nine times, said in a video message played at the event’s presentation on Tuesday. Because of concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic, Nadal preferred not to travel to New York for the ongoing U.S. Open. He last played in February, when he won a tournament in Acapulco, Mexico. The Sept. 14-21 […]

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