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Aug 27, 2014

Tennis-Federer’s slam dunk win earns Jordan approval

NEW YORK, Aug 26 (Reuters) – Roger Federer launched his bid for an 18th grand slam title with a workmanlike 6-3 6-4 7-6 (4) win over Marinko Matosevic to ease into the second round of the U.S. Open on Tuesday, with NBA great Michael Jordan leading the cheering.

A five-time U.S. Open champion, Federer never appeared threatened by Matosevic but the 76th ranked Australian still forced the Swiss maestro to work up a sweat in front of an enthusiastic center court crowd.

Aug 27, 2014

Dark day but bright hopes for American tennis at U.S. Open

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Brilliant sunshine was unable to hide a dark day for American men at the U.S. Open on Tuesday as five home grown hopes packed their bags and headed for the exits.

Eight American men took the courts at the sprawling U.S. National Tennis Center in Queens with just three left standing, including 13th seed John Isner who was a 7-6 (5) 6-2 7-6 (2) winner over compatriot Marcos Giron.

Aug 27, 2014

Tennis-Dark day but bright hopes for American tennis at U.S. Open

NEW YORK, Aug 26 (Reuters) – Brilliant sunshine was unable to hide a dark day for American men at the U.S. Open on Tuesday as five home grown hopes packed their bags and headed for the exits.

Eight American men took the courts at the sprawling U.S. National Tennis Center in Queens with just three left standing, including 13th seed John Isner who was a 7-6 (5) 6-2 7-6 (2) winner over compatriot Marcos Giron.

Aug 26, 2014

Bouchard win brings smile to future face of tennis

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Eugenie Bouchard proved again she is a player for the big occasion by powering into the second round of the U.S. Open with a 6-2 6-1 demolition of Olga Govortsova on Tuesday, bringing a smile to the player hyped as the future face of women’s tennis.

With one match win from three U.S. open tune-up events, the 2014 Wimbledon finalist had precious little to smile about when she arrived at Flushing Meadows.

Aug 26, 2014

Tennis-Bouchard win brings smile to future face of tennis

NEW YORK, Aug 26 (Reuters) – Eugenie Bouchard proved again she is a player for the big occasion by powering into the second round of the U.S. Open with a 6-2 6-1 demolition of Olga Govortsova on Tuesday, bringing a smile to the player hyped as the future face of women’s tennis.

With one match win from three U.S. open tune-up events, the 2014 Wimbledon finalist had precious little to smile about when she arrived at Flushing Meadows.

Aug 21, 2014

Williams looking to wave American flag again

By Steve Keating

(Reuters) – Serena Williams will once again be counted on to wave the Stars and Stripes at the U.S. Open as she takes center stage at New York’s Flushing Meadows with the next generation of American tennis hopefuls waiting in the wings.

The world number one has always made a point of how special it is to play at home and there is no bigger stage than center court at the U.S. National Tennis Center during the year’s final grand slam.

Aug 21, 2014

Bouchard, Raonic make final push to summit at U.S. Open

TORONTO (Reuters) – Canada has long been a global ice hockey super power, toasted a Formula One driver’s champion and at different times has laid claim to the world’s fastest man.

The Maple Leaf has been waved by a Masters champion and produced most valuable players in the National Basketball Association, National Hockey League and Major League Baseball.

Aug 21, 2014

Tennis-Bouchard, Raonic make final push to summit at U.S. Open

TORONTO, Aug 21 (Reuters) – Canada has long been a global ice hockey super power, toasted a Formula One driver’s champion and at different times has laid claim to the world’s fastest man.

The Maple Leaf has been waved by a Masters champion and produced most valuable players in the National Basketball Association, National Hockey League and Major League Baseball.

Aug 21, 2014

Tennis-Williams looking to wave American flag again

Aug 21 (Reuters) – Serena Williams will once again be counted on to wave the Stars and Stripes at the U.S. Open as she takes centre stage at New York’s Flushing Meadows with the next generation of American tennis hopefuls waiting in the wings.

The world number one has always made a point of how special it is to play at home and there is no bigger stage than centre court at the U.S. National Tennis Center during the year’s final grand slam.

Aug 11, 2014

Tsonga caps week of upsets with Rogers title

TORONTO (Reuters) – Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga had one more surprise in his bag of upsets, beating second seeded Roger Federer 7-5 7-6 (3) to cap a scintillating march to the Rogers Cup title on Sunday.

After knocking off world number one Novak Djokovic in the third round, taking out twice champion and eighth seed Andy Murray in the quarters and seventh seed Grigor Dimitrov in the semis, Tsonga denied 17-time grand slam winner Federer a landmark 80th career title.