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Jun 27, 2014

Berdych falls in late-night thriller

LONDON (Reuters) – It was so late and so dark at Wimbledon that even Hawkeye went to sleep. It was just too bad a grumpy Tomas Berdych could not find a way to escape the nightmare scenario as he slumped to a 7-6(5) 6-4 7-6(6) third round defeat by Marin Cilic on Friday.

Nothing went right for the sixth-ranked Czech as he became the highest men’s seed to fall by the wayside in a match that finished at 9.38pm local time – the latest finish at the All England Club outside of Center Court.

Jun 27, 2014

Tennis-Berdych falls in late-night thriller

LONDON, June 27 (Reuters) – It was so late and so dark at Wimbledon that even Hawkeye went to sleep. It was just too bad a grumpy Tomas Berdych could not find a way to escape the nightmare scenario as he slumped to a 7-6(5) 6-4 7-6(6) third round defeat by Marin Cilic on Friday.

Nothing went right for the sixth-ranked Czech as he became the highest men’s seed to fall by the wayside in a match that finished at 9.38pm local time – the latest finish at the All England Club outside of Centre Court.

Jun 27, 2014

Czech-mate for Li in Wimbledon third round

LONDON (Reuters) – Li Na’s husband was granted an unexpected breather from his usual duties of “fixing the drinks and fixing the rackets” and “doing a lot of jobs” for his famous wife after the Australian Open champion suffered a shock third round exit at Wimbledon.

Six months after thanking her long-suffering husband Jiang Shan in a hilarious Melbourne Park victory speech, during which she also praised her agent for “making me rich”, Li let down her billion-strong Chinese fan base by bowing out early from the grasscourt major.

Jun 27, 2014

Tennis-Czech-mate for Li in Wimbledon third round

LONDON, June 27 (Reuters) – Li Na’s husband was granted an unexpected breather from his usual duties of “fixing the drinks and fixing the rackets” and “doing a lot of jobs” for his famous wife after the Australian Open champion suffered a shock third round exit at Wimbledon.

Six months after thanking her long-suffering husband Jiang Shan in a hilarious Melbourne Park victory speech, during which she also praised her agent for “making me rich”, Li let down her billion-strong Chinese fan base by bowing out early from the grasscourt major.

Jun 26, 2014

Federer holds all the aces as he downs Muller

LONDON (Reuters) – If Roger Federer believes in omens, he is guaranteed to walk off with an eighth Wimbledon trophy on July 6.

Never mind that the Swiss only reached round three on Thursday – or that possible duels with Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic or Andy Murray await – but the fact he beat Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller was enough to convince some that the Wimbledon Gods were once again smiling on him.

Jun 26, 2014

Tennis-Federer holds all the aces as he downs Muller

LONDON, June 26 (Reuters) – If Roger Federer believes in omens, he is guaranteed to walk off with an eighth Wimbledon trophy on July 6.

Never mind that the Swiss only reached round three on Thursday – or that possible duels with Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic or Andy Murray await – but the fact he beat Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller was enough to convince some that the Wimbledon Gods were once again smiling on him.

Jun 25, 2014

Djokovic delighted not to follow in Becker’s footsteps

LONDON (Reuters) – There were plenty of reasons why Novak Djokovic hired Boris Becker as his coach.

He wanted to emulate the three-time Wimbledon champion by winning more titles at the All England Club.

Jun 25, 2014

Tennis-Djokovic lives to fight another day

LONDON, June 25 (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic showed that Wimbledon was no place for a 35-year-old warrior as he beat battle-scarred Czech Radek Stepanek 6-4 6-3 6-7(5) 7-6(5) in a hugely entertaining contest to reach the third round of Wimbledon on Wednesday.

Bidding to become the oldest man to reach the third round at the All England Club since 2007, Stepanek tried practically every shot known to mankind, and then some, as he tried to topple the top seed.

Jun 25, 2014

Djokovic lives to fight another day

LONDON (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic showed that Wimbledon was no place for a 35-year-old warrior as he beat battle-scarred Czech Radek Stepanek 6-4 6-3 6-7(5) 7-6(5) in a hugely entertaining contest to reach the third round of Wimbledon on Wednesday.

Bidding to become the oldest man to reach the third round at the All England Club since 2007, Stepanek tried practically every shot known to mankind, and then some, as he tried to topple the top seed.

Jun 24, 2014

Internet dating? I’m not that desperate, exclaims Wozniacki

LONDON (Reuters) – Dumped publicly by her former boyfriend, surely internet dating will mend Caroline Wozniacki’s broken heart?

“I’m not that desperate!” quipped the bubbly Dane after she walloped Shahar Peer 6-3 6-0 to reach the second round of Wimbledon.