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We've been watching Serena Williams play tennis for 17 years now. For those 17 years, we've dissected her every move, from her relationships to her injuries to her attitude to her ...(full article)

When I arrived at Indian Wells in 2001, I was looking to take another title. I was ready. But however ready I was, nothing could have prepared me for what happened in the final. As...(full article)

For the passionate American tennis fans who awoke at – or stayed up through – the pre-dawn hours to watch the Australian Open men’s final on Sunday morning, it seemed that ...(full article)

In sport, history does repeat, frequently. That's the point of it, if you're good enough. In this Australian Open, history would not be denied. Novak Djokovic has played in five Au...(full article)

Vomiting mid-match proved an unlikely tonic for Serena Williams as she claimed her 19th grand slam singles title on Saturday night. Williams, 33, withstood the valiant effort of Ma...(full article)

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It’s time for Novak Djokovic to breathe deep and exhale slowly—maybe even do it twice. On Friday evening in Melbourne, Djokovic played a bad match. It was almost an awful match...

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Certainly, Novak Djokovic has played worse matches than Friday's men's semifinal, but when the world's No. 1 player won the third set against Stan Wawrinka, he didn't even realize...

Nadal Fibbing About His Health

In the nicest possible way, Rafa, we have to say that you told a bunch of fibs in Melbourne after your defeat to Tomas Berdych. You fibbed because it was expedient. And you fibbed ...

Nadal Blasted Out of Australian Open

Men's No. 7 seed Tomas Berdych took down the third-seeded Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals at the Australian Open, winning 6-2, 6-0, 7-6 (7-5). It was an absolutely dominant pe...

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The Fine-Tuning of Madison Keys

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Serena Ordered Coffee, How About a Pizza?

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Nadal Doesn't Like His Chances in Australia

Asked on Saturday to name the most smoothly functioning aspect of his game, Rafael Nadal replied “Nothing”. Admittedly, the reply was delivered with a smile, but it was still a...

Balanced Aussie Open Hard to Predict

It has been nearly 12 years since Roger Federer first won a Slam title. Ten years for Rafael Nadal. And seven for Novak Djokovic. And yet, these are the three players who look to h...

Don't Expect Too Much From U.S. Men

In case you haven't noticed, American men are playing next week in the Australian Open. You probably haven't, because American men are no longer a factor in grand slam events. John...

Serena Faces Difficult Road in Aussie Open

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Federer's 1,000th: Grand Milestone

Having rated his breakthrough 2003 Wimbledon final against Mark Philippousis as perhaps the most memorable of his first 999 match wins, Roger Federer has marched to yet another m...

Too Early to Fret About Tennis Titans

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Federer's No. 1 Objective: Pass Djokovic

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Federer's Bounce-Back Year Staves Off Future

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Tennis' Unpretentious Cover Girl

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The Bright Comet That Lit Up Tennis

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His demolition of Roger Federer two days ago was no fluke. In a clinical display of controlled power tennis, Marin Cilic easily dispatched crowd favorite Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-3, 6...

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Murray Rolls Into 3rd Round

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Sharapova Next for U.S.' Burdette

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Federer, Clijsters Start With Wins

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Finally, This Is It for Clijsters

After her latest last, her final news conference before her final Grand Slam tournament, Kim Clijsters retreated to the players’ lawn at the United States Open. Three childre...

Murray Takes Opener in Straight Sets

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Ferrer Ripe for Early Upset

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Stringing Racket a Delicate Job

The modern U.S. Open tennis player is a master of racquet minutiae. In pursuit of the tiniest advantage, tennis stars tinker with their racquet’s weight, balance, string pr...

Town Rises, Falls With Murray's Fate

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Federer's Previous Brilliance Returns

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Stars Come Out for Men's Final

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Emotional Murray: 'I'm Getting Closer'

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Radwanska Can Win if Serena Falters

Serena Williams' fireworks display at Wimbledon might have been some 18 hours too late to celebrate the Fourth of July, but you can bet that Agnieszka Radwanska is concerned that W...

Murray Must Come Out Swinging

Holy mackerel! That was something else, wasn't it? What a match and what a bag of nerves all you guys must be after that. For those first two sets Andy Murray played some of the ...

Djokovic-Federer: Historic Match

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Clijsters Ousted in Final Wimbledon

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Creaky Back Doesn't Stop Federer

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A day after Lukas Rosol’s sensational performance, another Czech briefly threatened another upset of a top seed under the roof on Centre Court. But defending champion Novak D...

Fish, Baker Win Opening Matches

More than most folks at the All England Club, Mardy Fish and Brian Baker are genuinely happy to be here. There are plenty of perks, like free changeover towels (which cost 25 poun...

Clijsters Wins, But Isner Tumbles

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6th-Seeded Berdych Upset in Opener

It seemed odd when sixth seed Tomas Berdych’s opening match against Ernests Gulbis was placed on Centre Court; after all, Gulbis—once the shining light of the next gen...

10 Best Never to Win a Grand Slam

As the best tennis players in the world hit the slick green (for now, anyway) grass at the All England Club in Wimbledon, it feels like the right time to pose the timeless questi...

Fish Hopes Heart Problem Behind Him

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Kim Clijsters is back at Wimbledon, for only the second time in the past six years—and definitely the last time. The four-time major champion says she'll retire after the U.S...

Murray Finds Peace on Centre Court

Centre Court at Wimbledon is not just a cauldron for Andy Murray. When he visits the club to practise between tournaments, when the place is empty of all but the staff and office...

Looks Like Serena Over Sharapova

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Victory Means a Lot to Champion

Maria Sharapova was ahead, and that was the problem. She was up a set and a break on an opponent who appeared to be hopelessly overmatched. She was four games from winning a tourna...

Murray Remains Outsider on Clay

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Li Na Ousted; Sharapova Survives

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Tsonga Tops Wawrinka in 5 Sets

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Women's Top Seed Azarenka Out

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Stosur Curtails Stephens' Run

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Youzhny 'SORRI' for Bad Outing

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American Teen Stephens Advances

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