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Jul 6, 2015

Tennis-Evidence mounting that Wawrinka belongs to elite

LONDON, July 6 (Reuters) – Stanislas Wawrinka still refuses to talk about himself as a member of tennis’s elite but the evidence in favour of that argument is becoming increasingly hard to ignore.

On Monday the barrel-chested Swiss produced calm and authoritative tennis, plus occasional brilliance, to beat dangerous Belgian David Goffin 7-6(3) 7-6(6) 6-4 and reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals without dropping a set.

Jul 6, 2015

CoCo and Keys make it three Americans in last eight

LONDON (Reuters) – Coco Vandeweghe and Madison Keys proved that when it comes to American tennis there is life beyond the Williams sisters as both reached the quarter-finals at Wimbledon on Monday.

As 33-year-old Serena was beating sister Venus on Centre Court to stay on track for a calendar year Grand Slam, Vandeweghe used her powerful game to drastic effect to beat Czech sixth seed Lucie Safarova 7-6(1) 7-6(4).

Jul 6, 2015

Tennis-CoCo and Keys make it three Americans in last eight

LONDON, July 6 (Reuters) – Coco Vandeweghe and Madison Keys proved that when it comes to American tennis there is life beyond the Williams sisters as both reached the quarter-finals at Wimbledon on Monday.

As 33-year-old Serena was beating sister Venus on Centre Court to stay on track for a calendar year Grand Slam, Vandeweghe used her powerful game to drastic effect to beat Czech sixth seed Lucie Safarova 7-6(1) 7-6(4).

Jul 5, 2015

Nervous Brailsford still welcomes testing Tour start

ZEELAND, Netherlands (Reuters) – Dave Brailsford admitted Sunday’s incident-packed second stage of the Tour de France had been a nervy one for strategists but the Team Sky boss said it was great for the sport.

Just like last year in the hills of Yorkshire, the peloton has not been allowed to ease its way into the Tour with some gentle looseners.

Jul 5, 2015

Clouds already hanging over Nibali after stormy day

ZEELAND, Netherlands (Reuters) – By the time Vincenzo Nibali reached the sanctuary of his team coach, it was a beautiful summer’s evening, but a stormy second stage had already left a cloud over his hopes of following up last year’s Tour de France victory.

The Italian lost a chunk of time to Alberto Contador and Chris Froome, two of his big rivals to wear the yellow jersey in Paris on July 26, after a dramatic 166km sweep through the flatlands of southern Netherlands.

Jul 5, 2015

Wimbledon? It’s elementary dear Watson

By Martyn Herman

(Reuters) – Deep in the bowels of the All England Club, an army of employees from one of the world’s technology giants are teaching a computer named Watson to master tennis.

Seven-times Wimbledon champion Roger Federer can relax though. A silicon-chipped cyborg is not about to wreak havoc on his beloved Centre Court.

Jul 5, 2015

Tennis-Wimbledon? It’s elementary dear Watson

July 5 (Reuters) – Deep in the bowels of the All England Club, an army of employees from one of the world’s technology giants are teaching a computer named Watson to master tennis.

Seven-times Wimbledon champion Roger Federer can relax though. A silicon-chipped cyborg is not about to wreak havoc on his beloved Centre Court.

Jul 4, 2015

Dutch heatwave no sweat for flying Dennis

UTRECHT, Netherlands (Reuters) – A heatwave was no sweat for Tour de France stage one winner Rohan Dennis on Saturday as the Australian blasted round the 13.8-kilometre individual time trial like greased lightning.

The BMC Racing Team rider outclassed some of the pre-stage favorites to claim the yellow jersey, clocking an astonishing 55.446 kph average speed — a new Tour record.

Jul 4, 2015

Historic moment for Africa as Teklehaimanot starts Tour

UTRECHT, Netherlands (Reuters) – The sweltering conditions would have been familiar to Daniel Teklehaimanot as he rolled down the start ramp on Saturday but not the wall of noise that hit him seconds later.

The first black African to ride the Tour de France was given the honour of being the first of the 198 riders to set off in the medieval Dutch city of Utrecht where crowds estimated at 700,000 gathered to watch a 14-kilometre individual time trial.

Jul 4, 2015

Dennis seals Tour first stage in record speed

UTRECHT, Netherlands (Reuters) – Australian Rohan Dennis proved too hot to handle as the Tour de France began with a 13.8-kilometre individual time trial through the sweltering streets of Utrecht on Saturday.

One of the early starters in the 198-strong field, the BMC Racing Team rider averaged 55.446 kmh to stop the clock in 14 minutes 56 seconds to take the yellow jersey.