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June 5, 2013 | Associated Press
PARIS By Roger Federer's standards, defeat came early in the French Open. And it came quickly. The 17-time Grand Slam champion lost yesterday in the quarterfinals to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France, 7-5, 6-3, 6-3. Federer was eliminated before the semifinals for the second time in past three Grand Slam tournaments, but only the fifth time in the past 9 years at a major event. Tsonga was responsible for two of the losses - he also beat Federer in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in 2011.
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August 25, 2011 | Associated Press
NEW YORK - Top-ranked Novak Djokovic is seeded No. 1 at the U.S. Open for the first time, followed by defending champion Rafael Nadal and five-time winner Roger Federer. The tournament followed the ATP rankings for the men's singles seedings Wednesday. It did the same for the women's seedings, with Serena Williams 28th. Djokovic is having one of the best seasons in tennis history: 57-2 with nine titles, including at Wimbledon and the Australian Open. He is seeking his first championship at Flushing Meadows, where he was runner-up to Nadal in 2010 and to Federer in 2007.
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January 21, 2012 | From Inquirer Wire Services
MELBOURNE, Australia - There will be no U.S. player in the men's fourth round at the Australian Open for the first time since 1973 - when no Americans were entered. John Isner, the last American man left in the singles draw, lost to Spain's Feliciano Lopez, 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-7 (0), 6-1, in the third round on Friday. Lopez earned a fourth-round match against countryman Rafael Nadal, who had a 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 win over Slovak qualifier Lukas Lacko. Roger Federer, a 7-6 (6)
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November 23, 2011 | STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
THE 26TH EPISODE of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal's compelling rivalry was one of their most one-sided. Federer took exactly 1 hour to complete a 6-3, 6-0 victory yesterday in London, qualifying for the semifinals of the ATP World Tour Finals with his most comprehensive victory over the Spaniard. Pinned behind the baseline, Nadal found Federer's forehand unplayable. From 2-2 in the first set, Federer won 10 of the next 11 games. He finished with 28 winners to Nadal's four.
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September 9, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEW YORK - Facing a break point in the third set of his U.S. Open quarterfinal against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Roger Federer thought back to their last Grand Slam meeting. That came at Wimbledon in late June, when Tsonga upset 16-time major champion Federer in the quarterfinals after dropping the first two sets. Until that loss, Federer was 178-0 when taking a two-set lead at a major tournament. So last night at Flushing Meadows, Federer's mind wandered a bit back to the All England Club.
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June 30, 2011
IF THERE WAS ANY doubt as to how highly Michael Vick's athletic ability is regarded, check out this week's Players Poll in Sports Illustrated. The question, asked of 269 major league baseball players, is which athlete in another sport would make the best baseball player. The top answer, with 16 percent of the vote, was Vick. Vick had not played organized baseball since the eighth grade, but was still selected in the 30th round of the 2000 baseball draft by Colorado.
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July 2, 2011 | Associated Press
WIMBLEDON, England - Having ensured his first trip to a Wimbledon final and first turn at No. 1 in the rankings with a thrill-a-minute victory, Novak Djokovic dropped to his back at the baseline, limbs spread wide, chest heaving. Moments later, he knelt and kissed the Centre Court grass, while his entourage bounced giddily in unison, huddling in a tight circle in Djokovic's guest box. Clearly, it meant so much to all of them that Djokovic beat 12th-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France, 7-6 (4)
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November 27, 2011
Switzerland's Roger Federer reached his 100th career final by beating David Ferrer , 7-5, 6-3, Saturday in the semifinals of the ATP World Tour Finals in London. The win put Federer in position to win his 70th title overall and a record sixth at the season-ending tournament for the world's top eight players. On Sunday he will play France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga , who beat Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic, 6-3, 7-5, in the other semifinal. Ferrer's victory over Ferrer sent him past Andy Murray to No. 3 in the year-end rankings, trailing No. 1 Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal . GOLF: Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell shot an 8-under 64 in better-ball play to give Ireland a 2-stroke lead in the World Cup. McIlroy and Graeme McDowell had a 21-under 195 total on Mission Hills' Blackstone Course in Hainan, China.
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July 1, 2012 | Associated Press
WIMBLEDON, England - Absolutely perfect - 24 points played, 24 points won. Can't be any better than wild-card entry Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazahstan was at the beginning of her third-round match at Wimbledon on Saturday, winning every single point in the 15-minute first set of what became a 6-0, 6-4 victory over French Open runner-up Sara Errani of Italy. It's the only "golden set" for a woman in the 44 years of professional tennis. "I had no idea. I was just playing every point and every game," said Shvedova, a 24-year-old who won two Grand Slam doubles titles in 2010 with Vania King.
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June 5, 2013 | Associated Press
PARIS By Roger Federer's standards, defeat came early in the French Open. And it came quickly. The 17-time Grand Slam champion lost yesterday in the quarterfinals to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France, 7-5, 6-3, 6-3. Federer was eliminated before the semifinals for the second time in past three Grand Slam tournaments, but only the fifth time in the past 9 years at a major event. Tsonga was responsible for two of the losses - he also beat Federer in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in 2011.
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June 4, 2013 | Associated Press
PARIS - Chasing a shot, Roger Federer caught his right shoe in the French Open's red clay, twisting that foot awkwardly and tumbling to the ground. Soon enough, he was in a real rut, in danger of his earliest exit from a Grand Slam tournament in 9 years. Federer regrouped and restored order eventually, coming back from a two-sets-to-one deficit to beat 15th-seeded Gilles Simon, of France, 6-1, 4-6, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3, yesterday in the fourth round to reach his 36th consecutive major quarterfinal.
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July 8, 2012 | By Chris Lehourites, Associated Press
WIMBLEDON, England - For Roger Federer, it's Wimbledon final No. 8. For Andy Murray, it's No. 1 - and the first for a British man since 1938. Federer, a 16-time Grand Slam champion who is 6-1 in Wimbledon finals, beat defending champion Novak Djokovic, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, Friday under the closed roof at Centre Court to reach a modern-era record eighth final at the All England Club. He is now one win from equaling Pete Sampras' record of seven titles. The next challenge for the 30-year-old Federer will come Sunday against Murray, who beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, in the second semifinal to become the first British man to even reach the Wimbledon final since Bunny Austin 74 years ago. The 25-year-old Scot will now try to become the first British man to win the Wimbledon title since Fred Perry in 1936.
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July 8, 2012 | By Steven Wine, Associated Press
WIMBLEDON, England - The Brits know how to stage a coronation, and they'll do so Sunday for either regal Roger Federer or one of their own, Andy Murray. Queen Elizabeth II has another commitment, but the former Kate Middleton and the British prime minister will be on hand to see who reigns at Wimbledon. Plenty of history will be written in the men's final at tennis' most tradition-rich tournament. Federer can add to his record 16 Grand Slam championships, and he would tie a record by winning Wimbledon for a seventh time.
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July 5, 2012 | By Howard Fendrich, Associated Press
WIMBLEDON, England - After curling in a 102-m.p.h. ace to grab a two-set lead a mere 56 minutes into his Wimbledon quarterfinal Wednesday, Roger Federer casually pulled an extra tennis ball from his pocket and strolled to sit in his changeover chair to sip a drink. No fist pump. No yell of excitement. No energized jog to the sideline. There still was work to be done, nothing to be taken for granted. Motivated by the bitter memory of quarterfinal losses at the All England Club the last two years, including a wasted two-set edge in 2011, the third-seeded Federer bullied 26th-seeded Mikhail Youzhny, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2, to reach his record 32d career Grand Slam semifinal.
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July 1, 2012 | Associated Press
WIMBLEDON, England - Absolutely perfect - 24 points played, 24 points won. Can't be any better than wild-card entry Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazahstan was at the beginning of her third-round match at Wimbledon on Saturday, winning every single point in the 15-minute first set of what became a 6-0, 6-4 victory over French Open runner-up Sara Errani of Italy. It's the only "golden set" for a woman in the 44 years of professional tennis. "I had no idea. I was just playing every point and every game," said Shvedova, a 24-year-old who won two Grand Slam doubles titles in 2010 with Vania King.
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June 26, 2012 | By Howard Fendrich, Associated Press
As Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer step back on the grass at Wimbledon, each has reason to believe he'll be hoisting the trophy overhead in two weeks' time. None of the other 125 men in the field can honestly say the same. Indeed, it's tough to imagine anyone outside that trio winning this year's championship at the All England Club, where play begins Monday. "They've, you know, been pretty selfish about Grand Slam titles for a little bit," said 2003 U.S. Open champion and three-time Wimbledon runner-up Andy Roddick.
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June 4, 2012 | Associated Press
PARIS - There was a moment, a little past 4 p.m. on a dank and dreary Sunday at the French Open, when the gray sky above appeared to be falling on some of the best of the best. A listless Novak Djokovic, looking very little like someone ranked No. 1 and bidding to become the first man in 43 years to win four consecutive Grand Slam titles, was trying to work his way out of a two-set deficit against 22d-seeded Andreas Seppi of Italy on Court Philippe Chatrier. Even more astonishingly, a flummoxed Roger Federer, owner of a record 16 major championships, was trudging to the sideline after dropping his first set against 109th-ranked David Goffin of Belgium, a 21-year-old thrilled merely to be sharing Court Suzanne Lenglen with his idol.
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June 1, 2012 | Associated Press
PARIS - Spain's Rafael Nadal easily moved into the third round Thursday at the French Open, while Britain's Andy Murray overcame back trouble to advance at Roland Garros. Grimacing in pain with almost every step, Murray nearly had to call it quits because of a back spasm before rebounding from an awful first set to beat Jarkko Nieminen, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2. "I was a few points probably from stopping," Murray said. "I just didn't really want to stop the match. Then at the end of the second set I started standing up at the change of ends, and my back started to loosen up a little bit. " A few hours later on the same court, 10th-seeded American John Isner produced yet another marathon match, but this time lost, 18-16, in the fifth set. Nadal also made it to the third round, defeating Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan, 6-2, 6-2, 6-0, and improving his record at Roland Garros to 47-1.
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