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Djokovic Edges Federer in Nail-Biter

Final goes to 5 sets as Novak denies Roger's bid for 8th victory

(Newser) - Novak Djokovic edged Roger Federer in five sets to win the men's Wimbledon final today, reports the New York Times , denying Federer his eighth title even as the Serb claimed his second. Tearfully quipping, "thank you for letting me win today," Djokovic clasped the trophy he claimed... More »

Players Grumble About 'Fast' New French Open Balls

Babolats too hard, say athletes

(Newser) - Tennis players are notoriously finicky about equipment changes, and the new balls being used at this year's French Open have not gone unnoticed. The balls, made by Babolat to replace the old Dunlops, are "very, very fast" and "really difficult to control," said No. 2 seed... More »

Venus, Serena Lose to Unseeded Pair

Venus knocks losing shot into the net

(Newser) - In a massive upset, Venus and Serena Williams, the top seeded pair in the women's doubles at Wimbledon, were knocked out today by an unseeded duo from Russia. Vera Zvonareva and Elena Vesnina knocked out the sisters Williams 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, Reuters reports. It was Venus who hit the last... More »

Quiet Please! Wimbledon Says No to Vuvuzelas

Tennis official ban the noisy horns

(Newser) - Wimbledon is gearing up for the opening men's and women's singles matches to begin Monday, and officials at the All England Club have taken steps to insure that the half-million spectators won't have to deal with the noise of vuvuzelas. The plastic horns— which have provided a constant, irritating drone... More »

Federer Edges Out Woods as Greatest Player

(Newser) - It may be apples and oranges, but if judged by the cold reality of “winning big tournaments,” Roger Federer is “the most dominant athlete of any major sport,” Shaun Powell writes for NBC Sports. His 15 Grand Slam titles edge out friend Tiger Woods' 14, and... More »

Federer Nets Historic 15th Slam

Epic match ends in a record 16-14 final set

(Newser) - Roger Federer claimed his 15th Grand Slam by outlasting Andy Roddick in a grueling five sets at Wimbledon. The 5-7, 7-6, 7-6, 3-6, 16-14 match easily smashed the record for longest set, as neither man could break the other, USA Today reports. Federer set the new mark for titles as... More »

Murray's Right: Wimbledon's Roof Changes the Game

Indoor conditions slow serve by 1mph, scientists say

(Newser) - On Monday night Andy Murray played the latest match ever at Wimbledon, pushing through five sets under the center court's new retractable roof. The lanky Scot complained that the "very, very heavy and very humid" atmosphere inside was distorting his serve—and scientists say he's got a point. "... More »

Is Federer Now the Greatest Player Ever?

With 14 Slams, Swiss tennis star enters the pantheon

(Newser) - Roger Federer has tied Pete Sampras's record of 14 Grand Slams after his decisive victory yesterday at the French Open—a title that Sampras himself never won. And as soon as the Swiss player lifted the cup on the red clay of Roland Garros, the arguments began: Is Federer now... More »

Federer Wins 1st French Open

Swiss star's victory gives him elusive career Grand Slam

(Newser) - The fans at Roland Garros got what they were cheering for today: not a nail-bitingly close French Open finals match, but a definitive win by Roger Federer. After years of falling just short on clay, Federer finally can claim a career Grand Slam with his 6-1, 7-6 (1), 6-4... More »

Nadal Denies Federer, Wins Open

Tennis was sometimes sloppy, but drama always finely tuned

(Newser) - Roger Federer fell short of a record-tying 14th major title when his final shot went long, giving the game, set, match, and Australian Open title to Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard's third straight finals victory over Federer came in a tough and sometimes sloppy five sets, and marks his first Grand... More »

Nadal, Serena Reach Semis in 110° Heat

Extreme temperatures force delays at Australian Open

(Newser) - Rafael Nadal cruised into the semifinals of the Australian Open, winning his fifth straight-set victory at Melbourne Park over France's Gilles Simon, 6-2, 7-5, 7-5. He will face fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco, while Roger Federer will play Andy Roddick. Nadal's victory came as the heat in Melbourne reached 110°, forcing... More »

Roddick Moves to Semis as Djokovic Quits

Australian Open's defending champion throws in the towel

(Newser) - Andy Roddick moved to the semifinals of the Australian Open after opponent Novak Djokovic quit in the middle of the fourth set. After taking the first set in a tiebreaker, the defending champion lost the next two to Roddick before calling a doctor and retiring the match at 6-7, 6-4,... More »

Murray Bombs Out, Serena Catches a Break

Men's favorite loses in five while Williams opponent concedes

(Newser) - Andy Murray's dream of winning a Grand Slam will have to wait, as the Scot tapped by many as the likely winner of the Australian Open went out in the fourth round. Spain's Fernando Verdasco overpowered the No. 4 seed to win 2-6, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4. Murray has been... More »

Venus Ousted in Round 2 of Aussie Open

Sixth seed loses to Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro

(Newser) - Venus Williams has never won an Australian Open, and she won't win this one. The seven-time Grand Slam champ lost today in the second round to unseeded Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain, AFP reports. "I haven't quite figured out the areas of my game that went wrong, but I... More »

Venus Tops Serena, Wins Wimbledon

Big sister claims her fifth championship at Centre Court

(Newser) - Big sister prevailed at Wimbledon today. Defending champ Venus Williams beat Serena in straight sets, 7-5, 6-4, to claim her fifth Wimbledon title, the AP reports. It was the seventh Grand Slam match-up between the two, and Serena still holds a 5-2 edge. The two sisters will be back on... More »

Federer, Safin, Nadal Reach Wimbledon Semifinals

Dark halts last match to fill men's final four

(Newser) - Five-time champion Roger Federer outclassed Mario Ancic—the last man to beat him at Wimbledon—in straight sets today to reach the semifinals and extend his grass-court winning streak to 64 matches on the first day of significant rain delays at the All England Club. In the bottom half of... More »

Can Young Blood Bring Sizzle Back to French Open?

Ivanovic, Safina could really put on a show

(Newser) - After some lackluster French Open women's finals in the recent past, this year's matchup between Ana Ivanovic and Dinara Safina looks promising, Barry Flatman writes in the London Times. Favorite (and new world No. 1) Ivanovic has been dominant, but Safina has taken 12 straight matches since winning in Berlin,... More »

Henin Retires at No. 1

With 7 Grand Slam titles at 25, Belgian is first woman to leave while atop rankings

(Newser) - Justine Henin, the top player on the women's tennis tour, abruptly announced her retirement today. "This is a definitive decision," said the 25-year-old Belgian, who won seven Grand Slam titles—including the past three French Opens—despite battling injuries in recent years. She's the first woman ever to... More »

Unseeded Tsonga Crushes Nadal

French phenom roars into Australian Open final in straight set upset

(Newser) - ESPN's Bonnie Ford called it the "Tsonga Tsunami": a 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 wipeout of world #2 Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open semifinals which stunned the tennis world Thursday in Melbourne. Using a wide array of shots to score winners from everywhere on the court, Tsonga made Nadal -whose... More »

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