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June 1, 2010 | By Diane Pucin
Roger Federer was pumping his fists after hitting winning volleys in the first set of his quarterfinal match against Robin Soderling Tuesday at the French Open. Federer was dancing on the tips of his toes, slip-sliding through the red clay so smoothly his socks weren't even getting dirty. FOR THE RECORD: French Open: In some editions of Wednesday's Sports section, an article on Roger Federer's loss at the French Open included a quote from him and said that he spoke by phone from Paris.
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June 26, 2011 | By Diane Pucin
It is lonely for Mardy Fish . He's the only American man left in the singles draw as Wimbledon resumes Monday with all the fourth-round matches for men and women on the schedule and 90-degree heat forecast. "It doesn't feel great," said Fish of the fact that, as happened at the French Open, before a two-week major is half finished, the U.S. is not representing. "I want the guys here," Fish said. "So that's a bit of a bummer I guess. " Fish is married to former UCLA player Stacey Gardner and is so unfamous that Fish, the 10th-seeded man at the world's biggest tournament, was asked who gets recognized more when they're out and about in Los Angeles, which is where he and Gardner live.
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June 4, 2010 | By Henry Chu
Reporting from Paris -- For a sport that uses the word "love" a lot, expect little of it to be lost between Rafael Nadal and Robin Soderling when they square off in the French Open final Sunday. This will be a grudge match par excellence between the Spanish maestro who already has four French trophies at home and the broody Swede who not only denied him a fifth last year but has complained about and made fun of Nadal on court in the past, particularly his habit of plucking at the back of his shorts.
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June 23, 2011 | By Diane Pucin
It can be a workout, walking to outer courts at the All England Club. Players have to swing their shoulders, wiggle an elbow and even follow security guards through the narrow aisles, especially if they are named Serena Williams. Williams, the defending and four-time Wimbledon champion, was sent out to Court 2 on Thursday for her second-round match and that seemed to put the 29-year-old in a grumpy place. She spent a set unable to figure out the serve of a 19-year-old who was playing Wimbledon for the first time, and even after she beat Simona Halep, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1, Williams was not happy.
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March 19, 2010 | By Diane Pucin
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.
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September 8, 2010 | Bill Dwyre
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.
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June 22, 2011 | By Diane Pucin
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)
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April 23, 2010 | Wire and staff reports
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.
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June 26, 2011 | By Diane Pucin
It is lonely for Mardy Fish . He's the only American man left in the singles draw as Wimbledon resumes Monday with all the fourth-round matches for men and women on the schedule and 90-degree heat forecast. "It doesn't feel great," said Fish of the fact that, as happened at the French Open, before a two-week major is half finished, the U.S. is not representing. "I want the guys here," Fish said. "So that's a bit of a bummer I guess. " Fish is married to former UCLA player Stacey Gardner and is so unfamous that Fish, the 10th-seeded man at the world's biggest tournament, was asked who gets recognized more when they're out and about in Los Angeles, which is where he and Gardner live.
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November 27, 2009 | Staff And Wire Reports
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.
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June 22, 2011 | By Diane Pucin
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)
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October 15, 2010 | Wire reports
Roger Federer routed No. 5-ranked Robin Soderling , 6-1, 6-1, in the Shanghai Masters quarterfinals on Friday. Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray also cruised into the semifinals, and unseeded Juan Monaco of Argentina took nearly three hours to oust Jurgen Melzer of Austria, who beat top-ranked Rafael Nadal on Thursday. Federer and Djokovic will meet Saturday for the 17th time, and the first since their stunning U.S. Open semifinal when Djokovic saved two match points in a five-set victory.
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September 8, 2010 | By Diane Pucin
It was all about the wind Wednesday at the U.S. Open. Caroline Wozniacki had to make a mid-match hairstyle adjustment, going from ponytail to braid so she could see where the ball was sneaking off. Novak Djokovic waved his racket in the air after a shot he missed because the wind made the ball disappear from his sight. And yet when the day was done, it was the favorites who conquered the conditions and advanced. Especially Roger Federer. The five-time U.S. Open champion and the draw's second-seeded player blew away fifth-seeded Robin Soderling, 6-4, 6-4, 7-5. And arriving at the men's semifinals to meet Federer once again is third-seeded Djokovic.
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September 8, 2010 | Bill Dwyre
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.
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September 7, 2010 | By Diane Pucin
Reporting from New York — Maria Sharapova was the creator at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Monday afternoon. Sharapova was the one who came to the net more often, who tried to craft openings by using drop shots, one of which even got her opponent down on the ground, on her back looking up and watching the Sharapova lob sail over her head. But that lob was just long and Caroline Wozniacki won the point. Even if the 14th-seeded Sharapova, a three-time Grand Slam winner, was more the aggressor in this U.S. Open fourth-round match, it was top-seeded Wozniacki who will play in the quarterfinals after her 6-3, 6-4 win. Though the score makes the match seem unremarkable, the pair played for nearly two hours.
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July 18, 2010 | Wire reports
Matt Bettencourt chipped in for an eagle on the 11th hole, then held off Bob Heintz by a stroke to win for the first time on the PGA Tour at the Reno-Tahoe Open. Bettencourt's four-under-par 68 ended with a bogey on No. 18 after a birdie on No. 17, finishing at 11-under 277 Sunday. Heintz (69) missed a three-foot birdie putt on No. 18 that would have forced a playoff. John Merrick and Mathias Gronberg each shot 69 and tied for third at nine under. Tommy Gainey shot a three-under 69 to become the Nationwide Tour's first two-time winner this season, holding on for a three-stroke victory in the Chiquita Classic at Maineville, Ohio.
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June 24, 2010 | By Diane Pucin
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.
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July 18, 2010 | Wire reports
Matt Bettencourt chipped in for an eagle on the 11th hole, then held off Bob Heintz by a stroke to win for the first time on the PGA Tour at the Reno-Tahoe Open. Bettencourt's four-under-par 68 ended with a bogey on No. 18 after a birdie on No. 17, finishing at 11-under 277 Sunday. Heintz (69) missed a three-foot birdie putt on No. 18 that would have forced a playoff. John Merrick and Mathias Gronberg each shot 69 and tied for third at nine under. Tommy Gainey shot a three-under 69 to become the Nationwide Tour's first two-time winner this season, holding on for a three-stroke victory in the Chiquita Classic at Maineville, Ohio.
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June 28, 2010 | By Diane Pucin
Reporting from Wimbledon, England — Rafael Nadal didn't need anything treated, tweaked, massaged, fixed. He didn't chat extraneously with his coach and uncle, Toni Nadal . Pop star Shakira was on Court 1 cheering for Wimbledon's second-seeded player. And after two consecutive physically taxing and mentally challenging five-set wins, Nadal didn't need any extra time Monday. He beat France's Paul-Henri Mathieu , 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 in just over two hours. Nadal had needed work on both his arm and his knee in the third round.
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June 24, 2010 | By Diane Pucin
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.
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