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Wawrinka, Murray toppled at Indian Wells

Milos Raonic, of Canada, returns a volley against Andy Murray, of Great Britain, during a fourth round match at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, March 12, 2014, in Indian Wells, Calif. AP

Kevin Anderson handed Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka his first defeat of 2014 on Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals of the Indian Wells ATP Masters.

Posted: March 13th, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories,Photos and Videos,Tennis | Read More »

Nadal proves his form with masterful Rio win

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates his victory over Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine at the Rio Open tennis tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. Nadal returned from a troublesome back injury to win the Rio Open on Sunday. AP

World number one Rafael Nadal shrugged off the injury concerns that wrecked his Australian Open bid as he dismantled Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3, 7-6 to win the Rio Open on Sunday.

Posted: February 24th, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories,Photos and Videos,Tennis | Read More »

Nadal’s back with win in first round of Rio Open

Spain's Rafael Nadal leans against the wall during his training session for the Rio Open in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. Top-ranked Nadal injured his back warming up for the final of the Australian Open almost three weeks ago, eventually losing against Stanislas Wawrinka, a match he was an overwhelming favorite to win. Nadal has practiced little since then, getting treatment at home in Mallorca. His first test comes in next week's Rio Open, a new stop on the ATP Tour.  AP

Rafael Nadal showed no signs of a tender back Tuesday, defeating fellow Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-3, 7-5 in the first round of the Rio Open.

Posted: February 19th, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Nadal is back, and it’s all about his back

Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning the final match of the Qatar Open tournament in Doha against France's Gael Monfils on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014. AP

Rafael Nadal is back, and it’s all about his back. Top-ranked Nadal injured his back warming up for the final of the Australian Open almost three weeks ago, eventually losing against Stanislas Wawrinka — a match he was an overwhelming favorite to win.

Posted: February 15th, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories,Multimedia,Photos,Photos and Videos | Read More »

Li Na wins 1st match after Australian Open triumph

Li Na of China returns the ball to Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia during the third day of the WTA Qatar Ladies Open in Doha, Qatar,Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. AP

Top-seeded Li Na, playing her first match since winning the Australian Open last month, beat Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 in the second round at the Qatar Open on Wednesday.

Posted: February 13th, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories,Photos and Videos,Tennis | Read More »

Scans show Nadal on mend from back injury

Rafael Nadal of Spain grimaces as he receives a medical treatment to his back in the men's singles final against Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. AP

Medical scans have revealed no serious problems as Rafael Nadal continues his recovery from a back injury sustained at the Australian Open.

Posted: February 5th, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories,Tennis | Read More »

Federer to open Davis Cup series against Serbia

Switzerland's Roger Federer, right and Serbia's Ilija Bozoljac pose for photographers after the draw for the tennis Davis Cup World Group play-off first round match between Serbia and Switzerland, in Novi Sad, Serbia, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014. Serbia will play against Switzerland in the Davis Cup World Group play-off matches starting on Jan. 31 in Novi Sad. AP

Roger Federer will open Switzerland’s Davis Cup first-round match against Serbia by playing Ilija Bozoljac on Friday, while Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka faces Dusan Lajovic.

Posted: January 30th, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories,Photos and Videos,Tennis | Read More »

I deserved Aussie win, says surprise package Stan

Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland makes a backhand return to Rafael Nadal of Spain during the men's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. AP

Stanislas Wawrinka insisted he is a deserving winner of the Australian Open after upsetting injury-hit world number one Rafael Nadal to gatecrash the established order of men’s tennis.

Posted: January 27th, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories,Photos and Videos,Tennis | Read More »

Wawrinka, Cibulkova big mover in tennis rankings

Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland makes a backhand return to Rafael Nadal of Spain during the men's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. AP

Stanislas Wawrinka will replace David Ferrer as the world’s No. 3 player after beating Rafael Nadal in the Sunday night’s Australian Open final.

Posted: January 26th, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories,Photos and Videos,Tennis | Read More »

Wawrinka stuns injured Nadal to win Aussie Open

Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland kisses the trophy after defeating Rafael Nadal of Spain during the men's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. AP

Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka claimed his first Grand Slam title in dramatic fashion on Sunday when he upset injury-troubled world number one Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final.

Posted: January 26th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest Sports Stories,Tennis | Read More »

Nadal beats Federer, reaches Australian Open final

Rafael Nadal of Spain, left, is congratulated by Roger Federer of Switzerland at the net after Nadal won their semifinal final at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday. AP

Rafael Nadal continued his dominant streak over Roger Federer to reach the Australian Open final for the third time, beating the 17-time major winner 7-6 (4), 6-3, 6-3 Friday night to set up a championship decider against No. 8-seeded Stan Wawrinka.

Posted: January 24th, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories,Tennis | Read More »

Wawrinka reaches first Slam final at Australian Open

Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland. AP FILE PHOTO

Stanislas Wawrinka backed up his upset of four-time champion Novak Djokovic by reaching his first Grand Slam final with a 6-3, 7-6 (1), 6-7 (3), 7-6 (4) win over Tomas Berdych in the Australian Open semifinals on Thursday.

Posted: January 23rd, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories,Tennis | Read More »

Li Na, Cibulkova to meet in Australian Open final

Li Na of China celebrates after defeating Eugenie Bouchard of Canada during their semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. AP

Li Na has advanced to her third Australian Open final and will have to beat Dominika Cibulkova to win her first title at Melbourne Park.

Posted: January 23rd, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories,Photos and Videos,Tennis | Read More »

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