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Jul 6, 2013

American twins complete ‘Golden Bryan Slam’

LONDON (Reuters) – American brothers Bob and Mike Bryan pulled off a feat on Saturday that has proved beyond tennis greats Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic as they won their fourth grand slam in a row to complete a “Golden Bryan Slam”.

By downing Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo 3-6 6-3 6-4 6-4 to win the Wimbledon men’s doubles title, the 35-year-old identical twins became the first pair to hold all four grand slam titles at the same time since 1952.

Jul 6, 2013

Tennis-American twins complete ‘Golden Bryan Slam’

LONDON, July 6 (Reuters) – American brothers Bob and Mike Bryan pulled off a feat on Saturday that has proved beyond tennis greats Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic as they won their fourth grand slam in a row to complete a “Golden Bryan Slam”.

By downing Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo 3-6 6-3 6-4 6-4 to win the Wimbledon men’s doubles title, the 35-year-old identical twins became the first pair to hold all four grand slam titles at the same time since 1952.

Jul 6, 2013

Boom Boom Bartoli sinks tearful Lisicki to win Wimbledon

LONDON (Reuters) – In a blur of explosive motion, Marion Bartoli launched into a 101 mph serve and waited for the furry yellow sphere to hurtle back to her side of the court – except it did not and with it came the sudden realization that she was Wimbledon champion.

So unexpected was the ace, on her fourth match point, a wide-eyed Bartoli could scarcely believe that the final was over as she collapsed to her knees almost in slow motion.

Jul 5, 2013

Steely Djokovic tames Del Potro in epic semi-final

LONDON (Reuters) – In the end, an exhausted, sweat-soaked Novak Djokovic could not stop himself from joining 15,000 hollering fans in giving Argentine warrior Juan Martin Del Potro a standing ovation after an epic display of courage and endurance at Wimbledon on Friday.

A contest that many feared would last only a few minutes after Del Potro damaged his knee so badly that he “came close to quitting” two days ago, went into surreal territory as Djokovic relied on his survival instincts to reach the final with a rousing 7-5 4-6 7-6(2) 6-7(6) 6-3 win.

Jul 5, 2013

Tennis-Steely Djokovic tames Del Potro in epic semi-final

LONDON, July 5 (Reuters) – In the end, an exhausted, sweat-soaked Novak Djokovic could not stop himself from joining 15,000 hollering fans in giving Argentine warrior Juan Martin Del Potro a standing ovation after an epic display of courage and endurance at Wimbledon on Friday.

A contest that many feared would last only a few minutes after Del Potro damaged his knee so badly that he “came close to quitting” two days ago, went into surreal territory as Djokovic relied on his survival instincts to reach the final with a rousing 7-5 4-6 7-6(2) 6-7(6) 6-3 win.

Jul 4, 2013

Lisicki shows anything possible to set up Bartoli final

LONDON (Reuters) – No one would have guessed that Sabine Lisicki is allergic to grass as she joyfully rolled on the most famous rectangle of turf after surviving a heart-pumping, nerve-jangling epic to set up a mind-boggling Wimbledon final against Marion Bartoli.

A final that had odds of 1,500-1 at the start of the tournament became a reality on a hot and sticky Thursday afternoon as Lisicki, relying on a thunderbolt serve and sheer force of will, ended the brave resistance of Agnieszka Radwanska with a 6-4 2-6 9-7 win.

Jul 4, 2013

Tennis-Lisicki shows anything possible to set up Bartoli final

LONDON, July 4 (Reuters) – No one would have guessed that Sabine Lisicki is allergic to grass as she joyfully rolled on the most famous rectangle of turf after surviving a heart-pumping, nerve-jangling epic to set up a mind-boggling Wimbledon final against Marion Bartoli.

A final that had odds of 1,500-1 at the start of the tournament became a reality on a hot and sticky Thursday afternoon as Lisicki, relying on a thunderbolt serve and sheer force of will, ended the brave resistance of Agnieszka Radwanska with a 6-4 2-6 9-7 win.

Jul 3, 2013

Masterful Djokovic tames Berdych

LONDON (Reuters) – The scoreline suggested Novak Djokovic had stormed to his fifth successive straight-sets win at this year’s Wimbledon yet the quarter-final tussle with Tomas Berdych on Wednesday was anything but straightforward.

Berdych bombarded the 2011 champion’s half of the court with an onslaught of winners and had it not been for two blink-and-you’ll miss incidents, it could have been the Czech seventh seed and not Djokovic walking off court as a 7-6(5) 6-4 6-3 winner.

Jul 3, 2013

Tennis-Masterful Djokovic tames Berdych

LONDON, July 3 (Reuters) – The scoreline suggested Novak Djokovic had stormed to his fifth successive straight-sets win at this year’s Wimbledon yet the quarter-final tussle with Tomas Berdych on Wednesday was anything but straightforward.

Berdych bombarded the 2011 champion’s half of the court with an onslaught of winners and had it not been for two blink-and-you’ll miss incidents, it could have been the Czech seventh seed and not Djokovic walking off court as a 7-6(5) 6-4 6-3 winner.

Jul 3, 2013

Janowicz, Kubot no longer Poles apart at Wimbledon

LONDON (Reuters) – What should have been a dream showdown between Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal has turned into the battle of Poland as Lukasz Kubot and Jerzy Janowicz unexpectedly find themselves in Wimbledon’s quarter-final mix along with Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.

The shock exits of seven-times champion Federer and Nadal during a topsy turvy opening week at the grasscourt major paved the way for Kubot to set up the unlikeliest of quarter-finals against 6-foot-8 countryman Janowicz.