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Jan 9, 2015

Federer tells next generation the Big Four aren’t finished yet

BRISBANE (Reuters) – Roger Federer knows the next generation of tennis players are closing in fast on the Big Four, the so-called elite quartet who have dominated the last decade of men’s tennis.

Federer himself has not won a grand slam title since 2012 and the other members of the troupe, Rafa Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, have all been battling injuries and illness.

Jan 9, 2015

Gritty Ivanovic advances to Brisbane final

BRISBANE (Reuters) – Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic battled her way into the final of the Brisbane International on Friday, beating American Varvara Lepchenko 7-6(2) 6-4.

Ivanovic, who came from a set down to win her previous match, once again had to dig deep before seeing off Lepchenko after nearly two hours on the Pat Rafter Arena.

Jan 9, 2015

Nishikori leads generation next into Brisbane semis

BRISBANE (Reuters) – Japanese sensation Kei Nishikori led a trio of tennis young guns into the semi-finals of the Brisbane International on Friday, sending out another message that the next generation are getting ready to challenge the old guard.

Nishikori, still on a high after reaching the final of last year’s U.S. Open, continued his impressive build-up to this month’s Australian Open when he demolished Bernard Tomic 6-0 6-4.

Jan 8, 2015

Rusty Federer scrapes through to win season debut

BRISBANE (Reuters) – Roger Federer avoided an embarrassing start to the new season when he dug himself out of trouble to beat little-known journeyman John Millman 4-6 6-4 6-3 at the Brisbane International on Thursday.

What was expected to be a romp in the park for the Swiss maestro quickly turned into a old-fashioned scrap as he struggled to overcome a player ranked 153rd in the world who had only won three ATP matches in his career.

Jan 8, 2015

Tennis-Rusty Federer scrapes through to win season debut

BRISBANE, Jan 8 (Reuters) – Roger Federer avoided an embarrassing start to the new season when he dug himself out of trouble to beat little-known journeyman John Millman 4-6 6-4 6-3 at the Brisbane International on Thursday.

What was expected to be a romp in the park for the Swiss maestro quickly turned into a old-fashioned scrap as he struggled to overcome a player ranked 153rd in the world who had only won three ATP matches in his career.

Jan 8, 2015

Sharapova and Ivanovic reach semis in Brisbane

BRISBANE (Reuters) – Ana Ivanovic recovered from an awful start to beat Kaia Kanepi at the Brisbane International on Thursday and remain on track for a glamor meeting with Maria Sharapova.

Ivanovic looked anything but the world number seven as she lost the opening five games, prompting her coach Dejan Petrovic to join her in an animated courtside chat.

Jan 8, 2015

Tennis-Sharapova and Ivanovic reach semis in Brisbane

BRISBANE, Jan 8 (Reuters) – Ana Ivanovic recovered from an awful start to beat Kaia Kanepi at the Brisbane International on Thursday and remain on track for a glamour meeting with Maria Sharapova.

Ivanovic looked anything but the world number seven as she lost the opening five games, prompting her coach Dejan Petrovic to join her in an animated courtside chat.

Jan 8, 2015

Raonic starts new year with ace blitz

BRISBANE (Reuters) – There are no real secrets to the success of rising tennis star Milos Raonic. The towering Canadian has a booming serve that is one of the most dangerous weapons in the game.

Last year, he served 954 aces, third overall behind Ivo Karlovic and John Isner. After just one match this year, he already has 17, an ominous warning that his delivery is getting even harder to handle.

Jan 8, 2015

Tennis-Raonic starts new year with ace blitz

BRISBANE, Jan 8 (Reuters) – There are no real secrets to the success of rising tennis star Milos Raonic. The towering Canadian has a booming serve that is one of the most dangerous weapons in the game.

Last year, he served 954 aces, third overall behind Ivo Karlovic and John Isner. After just one match this year, he already has 17, an ominous warning that his delivery is getting even harder to handle.

Jan 8, 2015

Ibrahim shows Qatar’s home grown talent can succeed

BRISBANE (Reuters) – Winning the right to host the World Cup was only part of the challenge facing Qatar. The second, and seemingly more difficult, was to develop a team good enough to make a splash when the tournament goes to the Middle East for the first time.

For a while, part of the strategy seemed to be to scour the globe for talented foreign-born players prepared to move to Qatar and switch nationalities.

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