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June 26, 2013 | By Art Spander
LONDON - The little world of tennis spun out of control Wednesday. Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova took figurative tumbles at Wimbledon far earlier than anyone believed, and others took actual tumbles on lawns apparently too slick for the purpose. Federer, who advanced to the quarterfinals in his previous 36 Grand Slam tournaments, was knocked out of Wimbledon this time in the second round. And by a 27-year-old Ukrainian ranked 116th, Sergiy Stakhovsky, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5), 7-5, 7-6 (5)
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June 26, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
In the most stunning of upsets on a day filled with surprises, third-seeded and seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer was eliminated in the second round by Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine, derailing Federer's chance to win an 18th Grand Slam title. Stakhovsky, a serve-and-volleyer who is ranked No. 116 in the world and had never beaten a top 10 player in 20 previous tries, recovered from a late fall on the slippery grass of Center Court to prevail, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5), 7-5, 7-6 (5)
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June 23, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
In a normal season, Roger Federer's come-from-behind victory over 29th-ranked Mikhail Youzhny in the best-of-three final of a modest tournament in Halle, Germany, last week wouldn't have drawn much notice. But this hasn't been a normal season for 17-time Grand Slam champion Federer, who hadn't won any of the previous seven tournaments he had played this year. That victory — which also required him to rally past Tommy Haas in the semifinals — was Federer's first tournament title in 10 months since he defeated Novak Djokovic on hard courts in Cincinnati in August.
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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 14, 2013 | Staff and wire reports
Roger Federer cruised past Mischa Zverev, 6-0, 6-0, to reach the Gerry Weber Open semifinals on Friday at Halle, Germany, recording his second career double bagel and teaching a painful lesson to a player trying to serve and volley on grass. Richard Gasquet also made the last four, defeating Florian Mayer, 6-3, 7-6 (4). Gasquet will play Mikhail Youzhny, who upset 2011 champion Philipp Kohlschreiber, 6-3, 6-2. The third-ranked Federer needed only 39 minutes to defeat the 156th-ranked Zverev.
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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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March 14, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
Tennis did its best to serve up a classic dish Thursday night in the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. But a dash of this and a pinch of that were missing. We expect plenty of spice every time Roger Federer plays Rafael Nadal. It is a legacy built on their previous 28 matches, most of them thrillers, over nearly a decade. But minus the usual paprika, Nadal still managed to slap out a 6-4, 6-2 victory. It was somewhat convincing. Also somewhat unsettling. When these two play, we expect some 7's in the score line.
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March 13, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
It would be hard to determine whether tennis gave itself a shot in the arm or shot itself in the foot Wednesday night. The BNP Paribas Open is a premier event, played in a gorgeous stadium at a gorgeous time of the year in the Southern California desert. It is one of the truly prestigious sports events in the world. Its top officials are talking about total attendance reaching 400,000 in a few years. Wednesday brought a dream schedule. Set to start in the afternoon were separate matches involving Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, two truly marquee stars.
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March 9, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
Rafael Nadal wore a bright aqua shirt and a scowl as he came onto Stadium 1 Court at the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday night to play his first hard-court tennis match in 346 days. Nadal has avoided hard surfaces as he has tried to rest his left knee that has been afflicted with tendinitis. After a tentative comeback at two clay court tournaments where the ground is more forgiving, Nadal made his debut at Indian Wells a winning one. Nadal nervously fell behind 20-year-old American Ryan Harrison in the first set, then the fifth-seeded Spaniard came back to win 7-6 (3)
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