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June 23, 2010 | By Diane Pucin
Reporting from Wimbledon, England — Top-seeded and defending champion Roger Federer struggled again Wednesday at Wimbledon. Playing against a 24-year-old, pony-tailed qualifier from Serbia, Ilija Bozoljac , Federer lost a set and needed two tiebreaks to move into the third round. The final score was 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 7-6 (5), but following Federer's five-set struggle to survive the first round, the six-time Wimbledon winner doesn't seem at ease on his favorite surface.
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August 31, 2010 | By Diane Pucin
Rafael Nadal came to Arthur Ashe Stadium wearing all black Tuesday night and he also came armed with a new U.S. Open game plan. Nadal amped up his service power, hitting one at 131 mph, a big effort for the Spaniard more noted for his slices and spins and powerful work from the baseline. And that power paid off in a decisive 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4), 6-3 win over Teymuraz Gabashvili of Russia in a first-round Open match. The 24-year-old Spaniard who is seeded No. 1 and ranked No. 1, assessed his serve as a positive.
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August 31, 2010 | By Diane Pucin
Rafael Nadal came to Arthur Ashe Stadium wearing all black Tuesday night and he also came armed with a new U.S. Open game plan. Nadal amped up his service power, hitting one at 131 mph, a big effort for the Spaniard more noted for his slices and spins and powerful work from the baseline. And that power paid off in a decisive 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4), 6-3 win over Teymuraz Gabashvili of Russia in a first-round Open match. The 24-year-old Spaniard who is seeded No. 1 and ranked No. 1, assessed his serve as a positive.
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June 29, 2010 | By Diane Pucin, Los Angeles Times
Andy Roddick never did figure it out. The big serve that kept kicking up chalk dust, the cruelly low-bouncing groundstrokes, the slippery volleys that would skid past a lunging Roddick — all of it just too perplexing until the three-time Wimbledon finalist who was seeded fifth here trudged off Court 2 with a soggy towel draped around his slumped shoulders. Yen-Hsun Lu, a 26-year-old son of a chicken salesman from Taiwan who said he had no family in the crowd and who gave himself little hope after the fourth set, achieved a career best, beating Roddick, 4-6, 7-6 (3)
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June 24, 2009 | Chuck Culpepper
TODAY'S FEATURED MATCHES (second round; world rankings in parentheses) Serena Williams (2) vs. Jarmila Groth (69), Australia Williams, 25-2 in the last five Grand Slams, has abandoned her brief claim from May that she, not Dinara Safina, deserves the No. 1 slot, graciously claiming that Safina deserves it. It just proves how hard it can be to tell an inconvenient truth in an imperfect world. Roger Federer (2), Switzerland, vs.
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June 25, 2009 | Chuck Culpepper
Almost 200 minutes into one of those Wimbledon matches that meander toward darkness and feature raucous patrons who just might have had, you know, a sip, the Thousand Oaks tower prepared to serve at 4-5 in a fifth set. Sam Querrey walked along behind the baseline holding tennis balls while the Centre Court fans finished doing the globally deathless scourge known as "The Wave," their joy swelling when some dignitaries in the Royal Box joined in.
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June 29, 2010 | By Diane Pucin, Los Angeles Times
Andy Roddick never did figure it out. The big serve that kept kicking up chalk dust, the cruelly low-bouncing groundstrokes, the slippery volleys that would skid past a lunging Roddick — all of it just too perplexing until the three-time Wimbledon finalist who was seeded fifth here trudged off Court 2 with a soggy towel draped around his slumped shoulders. Yen-Hsun Lu, a 26-year-old son of a chicken salesman from Taiwan who said he had no family in the crowd and who gave himself little hope after the fourth set, achieved a career best, beating Roddick, 4-6, 7-6 (3)
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June 22, 2010 | By Diane Pucin
Featured matches Centre Court Beginning 5 a.m. PDT Michael Llodra vs. Andy Roddick; Ekaterina Makarova vs. Venus Williams; Novak Djokovic vs. Taylor Dent. Court 1 Beginning 5 a.m. PDT Kim Clijsters vs. Karolina Sprem; Evgeny Korolev vs. Lleyton Hewitt; Roger Federer vs. Ilija Bozoljac. Court 2 Beginning 4 a.m. PDT Justine Henin vs. Kristina Barrois; Gael Monfils vs. Karol Beck; Tomas Berdych vs. Benjamin Becker; Aleksandra Wozniak vs. Jelena Jankovic.
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June 27, 2010
Featured matches Centre Court Beginning 5 a.m. PDT Roger Federer vs. Jurgen Melzer; Serena Williams vs. Maria Sharapova; Sam Querrey vs. Andy Murray Court 1 Beginning 5 a.m. PDT Kim Clijsters vs. Justine Henin; Novak Djokovic vs. Lleyton Hewitt; Paul-Henri Mathieu vs. Rafael Nadal. Court 2 Beginning 4 a.m. PDT Venus Williams vs. Jarmila Groth; Caroline Wozniacki vs. Petra Kvitova; Yen-Hsun Lu vs. Andy Roddick.
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August 3, 2009 | Diane Pucin
Maria Sharapova still wears her long, shimmering silver earrings. She still elevates the sound of her ground strokes, the grunts that reverberate throughout stadiums and indicate the effort needed to produce her whip-like forehands and backhands. What Sharapova is now trying to locate is a new comfort zone with her serve.
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June 23, 2010 | By Diane Pucin
Reporting from Wimbledon, England — Top-seeded and defending champion Roger Federer struggled again Wednesday at Wimbledon. Playing against a 24-year-old, pony-tailed qualifier from Serbia, Ilija Bozoljac , Federer lost a set and needed two tiebreaks to move into the third round. The final score was 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 7-6 (5), but following Federer's five-set struggle to survive the first round, the six-time Wimbledon winner doesn't seem at ease on his favorite surface.
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June 25, 2009 | Chuck Culpepper
Almost 200 minutes into one of those Wimbledon matches that meander toward darkness and feature raucous patrons who just might have had, you know, a sip, the Thousand Oaks tower prepared to serve at 4-5 in a fifth set. Sam Querrey walked along behind the baseline holding tennis balls while the Centre Court fans finished doing the globally deathless scourge known as "The Wave," their joy swelling when some dignitaries in the Royal Box joined in.
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June 24, 2009 | Chuck Culpepper
TODAY'S FEATURED MATCHES (second round; world rankings in parentheses) Serena Williams (2) vs. Jarmila Groth (69), Australia Williams, 25-2 in the last five Grand Slams, has abandoned her brief claim from May that she, not Dinara Safina, deserves the No. 1 slot, graciously claiming that Safina deserves it. It just proves how hard it can be to tell an inconvenient truth in an imperfect world. Roger Federer (2), Switzerland, vs.
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July 21, 2010 | Staff and wire reports
Diego Maradona reportedly will remain as coach of Argentina's national soccer team, a decision he is expected to announce next week after meeting with Argentine Football Assn. President Julio Grondona . The state-run Argentine news agency Telam quoted Grondona as saying the meeting would be held Monday. The newspaper La Nacion said Maradona talked with Grondona on Tuesday and had agreed to a four-year deal that will keep him in charge until the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
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