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January 28, 2013 | Associated Press
MELBOURNE, Australia - Novak Djokovic became the first man in the Open era to win three consecutive Australian titles when he beat Britain's Andy Murray, 6-7 (2), 7-6 (3), 6-3, 6-2, in Sunday's final. Little wonder the 25-year-old Serb loves Rod Laver Arena. "It's definitely my favorite Grand Slam," Djokovic said. "It's an incredible feeling winning this trophy once more. I love this court. " Djokovic has won four of his six major titles at Melbourne Park, where he is now unbeaten in 21 matches.
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June 12, 2012 | Associated Press
PARIS - Rafael Nadal was worried. A guy so unflinching, so nearly unbeatable, while sliding and grinding and pounding his way past opponent after opponent at the French Open, got a real case of nerves during the 18 hours he and Novak Djokovic waited for the restart of their rain-interrupted final at Roland Garros. Instead of focusing on how close he was to winning a record seventh French Open championship, Nadal grew increasingly wary of the other possible outcome: a loss in a fourth consecutive Grand Slam final against Djokovic, who was trying to become the first man since 1969 to collect four straight major titles.
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September 11, 2012 | Associated Press
NEW YORK - His considerable lead, and a chance at history, slipping away, Andy Murray dug deep for stamina and mental strength, outlasting Novak Djokovic in a thrilling five-set U.S. Open final Monday. It had been 76 years since a British man won a Grand Slam singles championship and, at least as far as Murray was concerned, it was well worth the wait. Ending a nation's long drought, and snapping his own four-final skid in majors, Murray finally pulled through with everything at stake on a Grand Slam stage, shrugging off defending champion Djokovic's comeback bid to win, 7-6 (10)
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January 8, 2013
Defending champions Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Victoria Azarenka of Belarus are the top-seeded players for the Australian Open announced Monday. The year's first Grand Slam tournament starts next week. Djokovic is followed by Roger Federer of Switzerland, U.S. Open champion Andy Murray of Britain, and David Ferrer . He replaces fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal , who withdrew because of a stomach ailment. On the women's side, French Open champion Maria Sharapova of Russia is seeded second.
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January 26, 2013 | Associated Press
MELBOURNE, Australia - Andy Murray was sucking in deep breaths, trying to recover from his exhausting win over Roger Federer. Pain was very much on his mind. The U.S. Open champion defeated Federer, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-2, in a four-hour Australian Open semifinal Friday. It was Murray's first victory against the 17-time major winner at a Grand Slam event. But with the clock about to strike midnight, Murray was already thinking about Sunday's final against two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic, who is on a 20-match winning streak at Melbourne Park.
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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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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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April 6, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
Andy Murray hit second serves for aces, slipped passing shots through the narrowest openings and rarely made a mistake. It was a performance worthy of a trophy, and Murray became the first Brit to win the Sony Ericsson Open by defeating Novak Djokovic, 6-2, 7-5, yesterday in Key Biscayne, Fla. The Scotsman used his vast repertoire of shots and took advantage of two wobbly stretches by Djokovic, who struggled with the 85-degree heat....
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January 24, 2012 | From Inquirer Wire Services
MELBOURNE, Australia - It wasn't just Serena Williams' serve that was missing Monday at the Australian Open. It was her aura, too. Ekaterina Makarova, the lowest-ranked player left in the draw at No. 56, didn't seem the least bit frightened of her error-prone opponent. Williams had seven double-faults and a first-serve percentage of just over 50 - and also threw in 37 unforced errors. Makarova's 6-2, 6-3 win sets up a match with Maria Sharapova in the quarterfinal. Sharapova rallied past Sabine Lisicki, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 before men's defending champion Novak Djokovic fended off Lleyton Hewitt in Monday's last match, 6-1, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. Next up for Djokovic is David Ferrer, a 6-4, 6-4, 6-1 winer over Richard Gasquet.
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January 28, 2012 | Associated Press
MELBOURNE, Australia - A day after Rafael Nadal beat Roger Federer in four compelling sets, Novak Djokovic dug deep to overcome Andy Murray, 6-3, 3-6, 6-7 (4), 6-1, 7-5 in the Australian Open semifinals on Friday night in a 4-hour, 50- minute epic. The defending champion, Djokovic will face Rafael Nadal in a third straight Grand Slam final on Sunday. Djokovic won 10 titles in 2011, six of them by beating Nadal in finals. Also on Friday, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Vera Zvonareva won the women's doubles title, beating Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3. Taylor Townsend, 15, of Stockbridge, Ga., won the junior girls' title, beating Russia's Yulia Putintseva, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3. Earlier, Townsend and Gabrielle Andrews, also 15, of Pomona, Calif., defeated Irina Khromacheva of Russia, and Danka Kovinic of Montenegro, 5-7, 7-5, 10-6 (tiebreak)
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July 26, 2013 | By Mike Still, Inquirer Staff Writer
John McEnroe is asked the same few questions all the time. Who's the next great tennis star? Where will he or she come from? And when? The former world No. 1 and winner of 17 major titles (singles and doubles) often gives the same response. "It's definitely something that I wish I knew the answer to," McEnroe said before a World TeamTennis match at Villanova's Pavilion on Wednesday. "Somewhere, that person's out there. If you have any idea, please let me know. " McEnroe played a pair of matches for the New York Sportimes against the Freedoms, falling, 5-1, in mixed doubles and losing in men's doubles, 5-0. The Freedoms beat the Sportimes (4-10)
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July 9, 2013 | By Eddie Pells, Associated Press
LONDON - From the lawns of Wimbledon to the lochs of Scotland, all of Britain can celebrate. Andy Murray made it possible Sunday, winning his country's hallowed tennis tournament to become the first British man in 77 years to raise the trophy at the All England Club. Murray's 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 victory over top-seeded Novak Djokovic of Serbia was a fitting close to nearly eight decades of British frustration in its own backyard. The hard-fought, 3-hour, 9-minute affair was filled with long, punishing rallies and a final game that may have felt like another 77 years, with Murray squandering three match points before finally putting it away after four deuces.
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July 7, 2013 | Associated Press
LONDON - Novak Djokovic might win Wimbledon this year. Juan Martin del Potro will not. No matter how it ends, both men will always have their spot in one of the most memorable matches in the storied history of the All England Club. Slugging back and forth over a semifinal-record 4 hours, 43 minutes of backbreaking tennis yesterday, top-seeded Djokovic emerged with a 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-7 (6), 6-3 victory to move one win away from his seventh major title. "One of the most epic matches I've played in my life," Djokovic said.
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July 2, 2013 | Associated Press
GET READY for some unfamiliar names at Wimbledon. With Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal long gone, and Maria Sharapova out, too, after a havoc-filled Week 1 at the All England Club, Week 2 begins today with a schedule that includes participants such as Kenny de Schepper and Adrian Mannarino, Ivan Dodig and Jerzy Janowicz, Karin Knapp and Monica Puig. None of that group has played in a fourth-round match at any Grand Slam tournament. Members of the usual cast of characters are still around, of course, such as Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.
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June 20, 2013
Tiger Woods said Wednesday that soreness in his left elbow would keep him from defending his title next week in the AT&T National at Congressional, and that he would not compete again until the British Open next month at Muirfield. The strain in his left elbow first became apparent during the opening round of last week's U.S. Open at Merion, when Woods was seen flexing his left wrist or holding his arm behind his back after shots out of the thick, punishing rough. In the first match-play round of the USGA Women's Amateur Public Links in Norman, Okla., Louise Yi of Cinnaminson defeated Abby Newton of Katy, Texas, 6 and 4. Aurora Kan of Avondale defeated Hannah Wood of Centennial, Colo., 2 and 1. TENNIS: The All England Club released the seedings for Wimbledon, which starts Monday.
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June 7, 2013
French Open men's semifinal, 7 a.m. Friday, Stade Roland Garros, Court Philippe Chatrier, Paris. Novak Djokovic of Serbia has never won the French Open, but he is ranked and seeded No. 1 and will face No. 3 seed Rafael Nadal of Spain. Djokovic is trying to complete a career Grand Slam. Nadal is trying to become the only man to win eight titles in one major tournament. Favorite: Nadal has a 57-1 career mark at Roland Garros, and is playing Djokovic for the 35th time.
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June 5, 2013 | Associated Press
PARIS - Less than 48 hours after learning of the death of his childhood coach, Novak Djokovic was on court at the French Open, determined to complete a career Grand Slam in honor of the woman he likened to a "second mother. " Still grieving, Djokovic began shakily yesterday. Six of the match's first seven unforced errors were his. But he went on to defeat 16th-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 and reach the quarterfinals at a 16th consecutive major tournament.
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June 4, 2013 | Associated Press
PARIS - A day before Serena Williams puts her 28-match winning streak on the line in the French Open, the three other U.S. women remaining in the field tried to join her in the quarterfinals. Sloane Stephens, Jamie Hampton, and Bethanie Mattek-Sands lost Monday in straight sets. The 17th-seeded Stephens, who will play for the Freedoms in World TeamTennis, faced defending champion Maria Sharapova of Russia, who took control midway through the first set en route to a 6-4, 6-3 victory over the 20-year-old.
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May 29, 2013 | Associated Press
PARIS - American Jack Sock made a successful French Open debut yesterday while wearing initials on his shoes in honor of two friends who he said died recently in separate accidents. Sock, a 20-year-old from Lincoln, Neb., beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, 6-2, 6-2, 7-5, and acknowledged mixed emotions afterward. He said one of the accident victims was a former high school teammate, and the other was a friend he played with in juniors tournaments. "They were both 21, I think - sophomores, juniors in college," Sock said.
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