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Sep 14, 2014

Pacquiao fight, ‘let’s make it happen’ says Mayweather

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – It took just minutes after Floyd Mayweather Jr had scored a dominant win over Argentine Marcos Maidana on Saturday before the undefeated welterweight champion faced the inevitable question.

Will Manny Pacquiao be his next opponent?

Still in the ring, still covered in sweat, Mayweather had barely time to catch his breath following a bruising 12-round battle with the hard-hitting Argentine when he was asked about the fight that has fascinated and obsessed the boxing world.

Sep 14, 2014

Mayweather outpoints Maidana to remain perfect

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Undefeated five-division champion Floyd Mayweather Jr claimed a unanimous decision in a feisty encounter against Marcos Maidana to successfully defend three world titles and improve his record to 47-0 on Saturday.

In just the second rematch of his 18-year career, the 37-year-old American came out on top on all three scorecards, retaining his World Boxing Association (WBA) and World Boxing Council (WBC) welterweight and light-middleweight belts.

Sep 13, 2014

Maidana hoping to make Mayweather pay for rare rematch

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Floyd Mayweather Jr rarely hands anyone a rematch and Argentine brawler Marcos Maidana is hoping to make the undefeated welterweight champion regret giving him a second chance when the fighters meet again on Saturday.

For only the second time in his brilliant 18-year career, Mayweather will face an opponent he has met before when he puts his 46-0 record, World Boxing Association (WBA) and World Boxing Council (WBC) title belts on the line in Las Vegas.

Sep 9, 2014

Nishikori takes Japan from tragedy to tennis elite

NEW YORK (Reuters) – For over three-quarters of a century men’s tennis in Japan has played out like a kabuki tragedy, filled with decades of barren results, embarrassments and even a suicide.

Although Kei Nishikori was beaten 6-3 6-3 6-3 by Marin Cilic in Monday’s final, his riveting run at the U.S. Open has brought new life to a dormant sport in his homeland.

Sep 9, 2014

Tennis-Nishikori takes Japan from tragedy to tennis elite

NEW YORK, Sept 8 (Reuters) – For over three-quarters of a century men’s tennis in Japan has played out like a kabuki tragedy, filled with decades of barren results, embarrassments and even a suicide.

Although Kei Nishikori was beaten 6-3 6-3 6-3 by Marin Cilic in Monday’s final, his riveting run at the U.S. Open has brought new life to a dormant sport in his homeland.

Sep 9, 2014

Cilic, one slam wonder or the next big thing?

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Marin Cilic hit all the right notes in a dominant 6-3 6-3 6-3 win over Kei Nishikori in the U.S. Open final on Monday but it remains to be seen if the big Croatian is another one slam wonder or perennial threat.

The final was a strange and unfamiliar one for tennis fans, the match marking the first time since the 2005 Australian Open that at least one of Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer were not playing for the title.

Sep 9, 2014

Tennis-Cilic, one slam wonder or the next big thing?

NEW YORK, Sept 8 (Reuters) – Marin Cilic hit all the right notes in a dominant 6-3 6-3 6-3 win over Kei Nishikori in the U.S. Open final on Monday but it remains to be seen if the big Croatian is another one slam wonder or perennial threat.

The final was a strange and unfamiliar one for tennis fans, the match marking the first time since the 2005 Australian Open that at least one of Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer were not playing for the title.

Sep 9, 2014

Cilic crushes Nishikori to claim U.S. Open title

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Croatia’s Marin Cilic swept past Japan’s Kei Nishikori 6-3 6-3 6-3 to win the U.S. Open on Monday and reach the pinnacle of the sport one year after a doping ban kept him out of the year’s final grand slam.

The big-serving Croatian overwhelmed a weary Nishikori in one hour, 54 minutes to clinch a ruthless victory and deny his 10th-seeded opponent’s bid to become the first Asian man to win a grand slam.

Sep 9, 2014

Tennis-Cilic crushes Nishikori to claim U.S. Open title

NEW YORK, Sept 8 (Reuters) – Croatia’s Marin Cilic swept past Japan’s Kei Nishikori 6-3 6-3 6-3 to win the U.S. Open on Monday and reach the pinnacle of the sport one year after a doping ban kept him out of the year’s final grand slam.

The big-serving Croatian overwhelmed a weary Nishikori in one hour, 54 minutes to clinch a ruthless victory and deny his 10th-seeded opponent’s bid to become the first Asian man to win a grand slam.

Sep 8, 2014

Number 18 in the books, Williams targets next grand slam

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Serena Williams allowed herself a moment to savor a third straight U.S. Open win on Sunday, but only a moment.

Just three hours after securing her 18th grand slam title with a dominating 6-3 6-3 win over Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki, the world number one soaked up the accolades and applause and then admitted that she was already thinking about number 19 and third spot on the all-time list now held by Helen Wills Moody.