March 19, 2010 |
The ball is popping off Andy Roddick's racket. His serves are hitting the hard court at the Indian Wells Tennis Center with nice, solid thwacks, and now the 27-year-old American is into the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open after his 6-3, 7-5 win over Spaniard Tommy Robredo on Friday afternoon. Besides his big serving, Roddick hurt Robredo with solid returning, with a competent backcourt game and with confidence. As Roddick said afterward, he would enjoy winning this tournament, the only major U.S. event the top American men's player hasn't won. But now it gets tougher.
September 8, 2010 |
Reporting from New York Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor hail shall keep Roger Federer from his appointed rounds. Which is to perform majestically at the U.S. Open. Except for the one unexplainable burp in last year's final, when Juan Martin del Potro won the last two sets and the title, Federer has virtually owned the center court and the center stage here since 2004. That encompassed five straight titles and 40 straight matches until Del Potro did the unthinkable.
June 22, 2011 |
Seedings in parenthesis Centre Court Play begins 5 a.m. PDT: Robin Soderling (5) vs. 2002 champion Lleyton Hewitt; Li Na (3), the first Chinese winner of the French Open vs. Sabine Lisicki; six-time champion Roger Federer (3) vs. 55th-ranked Adrian Mannarino of France. Court 1 Play begins 5 a.m. PDT: Kevin Anderson vs. Novak Djokovic (3); Grigor Dimitrov vs. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (12); Laura Robson of Britain vs. 2004 champion Maria Sharapova (5). Court 2 Play begins 4 a.m. PDT: Defending champion Serena Williams (7)
April 23, 2010 |
Dark clouds rolled in hours before the rain started at the Zurich Classic in Avondale, La., on Friday. However, even the brisk winds before the storm did not seem to hamper those who teed off early. Lightning forced play to be halted at 10:57 a.m. PDT, and heavy rain continued for hours. Play was officially called for the day at 3:21 p.m. According to the National Weather Service, 1 1/2 to 2 inches of rain had fallen by noon. Forty-seven players had finished their rounds when play was halted, and three — Lee Janzen , Alex Cejka and Brian Davis — were atop the leaderboard at seven under par after two rounds.
November 27, 2009 |
Juan Martin del Potro squeaked into the semifinals of the ATP World Tour Finals by beating Roger Federer , 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-3, on Thursday -- the slimmest possible margin to advance and knock Andy Murray out of the tournament. That result means Del Potro and Federer advance after a three-way tie in Group A. All three players finished the round-robin stage with two wins and identical 5-4 set records. However, Murray was eliminated after winning the lowest percentage of games.
June 24, 2010 |
Reporting from Wimbledon, England — Top-seeded and defending champion Serena Williams needed only 49 minutes to win her second-round match over Anna Chakvetadze of Russia, 6-0, 6-1, Thursday. It took Williams much less time to give her thoughts about playing on Court 2 on Thursday night, away from Centre Court where Queen Elizabeth II had come to watch tennis for the first time since 1977. "I have mixed feelings about that," Williams said. "You know, I don't think I should be out there.