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June 27, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Things haven't looked this bad for American men's tennis in more than a century. When top-seeded Novak Djokovic of Serbia beat U.S. qualifier Bobby Reynolds, 7-6 (2), 6-3, 6-1, on Thursday, he eliminated the last of the 11 American men at Wimbledon. That makes this the first time no one from the United States has advanced past the second round in the men's bracket since 1912 -- and there weren't any American men in the tournament at all that year. But none reached the third round in 1911 either.
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June 21, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
The controversial decision to seed two-time Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal at No. 5 in this year's tournament means that he could face seven-time winner Roger Federer in the quarterfinals, a possibility that arose Friday when the tournament draw was announced showing both in the same half of the men's bracket. Nadal, the eight-time French Open champion whose ranking fell because he took seven months off to heal a knee injury, has met Federer in three Wimbledon finals. They have never played each other before the semifinals of a Grand Slam tournament.
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June 19, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams will be the top men's and women's seeds at Wimbledon, which begins Monday. The main surprise in the seedings, which were announced Wednesday, was that 12-time Grand Slam title winner Rafael Nadal was No. 5, primarily because of a seven-month layoff he took because of knee problems. Nadal's enforced break began last year after his second-round upset loss to Lukas Rosol at Wimbledon. However, Nadal has won seven of nine tournaments since his return, including extending his record with an eighth French Open title this month in Paris, where he was the No. 3 seed.
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June 9, 2013 | Henry Chu
Both are Spaniards in the upper echelons of the tennis world. Both are known for their indefatigable play, a willingness to chase down every shot while yanking opponents around the court. But one already owns a record seven French Open titles, whereas the other is in the first Grand Slam final of his career. As it was from the start, the smart money is on Rafael Nadal, the muscular Majorcan, to add to his remarkable resume Sunday by hoisting the silver trophy once more on the rust-red clay of Roland Garros.
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June 9, 2013 | By Henry Chu
PARIS - There was never any question that the Spanish national anthem would be played for the French Open men's singles winner Sunday. And for most tennis watchers, there was no doubt which Spaniard would be the one to hold the trophy aloft. Rafael Nadal cemented his reputation as the sport's greatest-ever exponent on clay by scything down countryman David Ferrer, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3, to harvest a record-extending eighth French Open title. No man has ever claimed the same Grand Slam tournament as many times, or won as many matches, 59, on the red clay of Paris.
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May 25, 2013 | By Diane Pucin, Los Angeles Times
Serena Williams has won the French Open only once, and that was 11 years ago . . . and yet it is difficult to find anyone to pick against her this year. The 31-year-old Williams, winner of 15 major titles including the 2012 U.S. Open, is on a 24-match winning streak and ranked No. 1 in the world. Last summer, after being upset in the first round of the French Open (it happens), she went on to win Wimbledon and Olympic gold medals in singles and doubles before the Open. And she seemed on the way to winning the 2013 Australian Open before being upset by 17-year-old American Sloane Stephens in the semifinals.
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May 24, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Looking for signs of a rebound for U.S. men's tennis? Don't look at the seedings for this year's French Open, which begins Sunday. The highest seeded American male is Sam Querrey of Thousand Oaks, who is seeded 18th. Novak Djokovic is seeded No. 1 for the men, Roger Federer is second and Rafael Nadal third. The complete list: 1. Djokovic, Serbia; 2. Federer, Switzerland; 3. Nadal, Spain; 4. David Ferrer, Spain; 5. Tomas Berdych, Czech Republic; 6. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, France; 7. Richard Gasquet, France; 8. Janko Tipsarevic, Serbia; 9. Stanislas Wawrinka, Switzerland; 10. Marin Cilic, Croatia; 11. Nicolas Almagro, Spain; 12. Tommy Haas, Germany; 13. Kei Nishikori, Japan; 14. Milos Raonic, Canada; 15. Gilles Simon, France; 16. Philipp Kohlschreiber, Germany; 17. Juan Monaco, Argentina; 18. Sam Querrey, United States; 19. John Isner, United States; 20. Andreas Seppi, Italy; 21. Jerzy Janowicz, Poland; 22. Alexandr Dolgopolov, Ukraine; 23. Kevin Anderson, South Africa; 24. Benoit Paire, France; 25. Jeremy Chardy, France; 26. Grigor Dimitrov, Bulgaria; 27. Fabio Fognini, Italy; 28. Florian Mayer, Germany; 29. Mikhail Youzhny, Russia; 30. Julien Benneteau, France; 31. Marcel Granollers, Spain; 32. Tommy Robredo, Spain.
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May 17, 2013 | Staff and Wire reports
Keegan Bradley shot a one-under-par 69 in a round that started and ended with bogeys, good enough for a three-stroke lead after two rounds in the Byron Nelson Championship at Irving, Texas. A day after setting the TPC Four Seasons course record with a 60, also with two bogeys, Bradley went into the weekend at 11-under 129. That is the lowest 36-hole total at the Nelson since 2001. Tom Gillis, who shot 63 in the first group of the day off the No. 10 tee, and Sang-Moon Bae were tied for second.
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May 16, 2013 | Staff and Wire reports
Keegan Bradley had no thoughts about a course record, or the possibility of a 59, after consecutive bogeys in the middle of his opening round in the Byron Nelson Championship at Irving, Texas. Until his 136-yard wedge shot on his final hole Thursday. "It was going right at it. [A 59] crossed my mind for a second, and it would be unbelievable if I buried this," Bradley said. "But I had three feet to shoot 60. I was actually very nervous, uncomfortable over it and thank God I made it. " Bradley shot 10-under-par 60, completed by that short birdie at the 428-yard ninth hole, to break the TPC Four Seasons course record and match the best round ever at the Nelson.
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May 14, 2013 | Staff and Wire reports
Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard was the only unanimous selection for the NBA All-Rookie first team, the league announced Tuesday. Lillard, also a unanimous pick for rookie of the year, was joined on the first team by New Orleans forward Anthony Davis, Cleveland guard Dion Waiters, Washington guard Bradley Beal and Golden State forward Harrison Barnes. Lillard, the sixth overall pick in last June's draft from Weber State, led all rookies with a 19-point scoring average.
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