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Jul 3, 2015

Tennis-Djokovic, Sharapova restore order at Wimbledon

LONDON, July 3 (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova restored order to a shaken Wimbledon on Friday, imposing brutal authority on their battered opponents a day after Rafa Nadal’s exit at the hands of maverick journeyman Dustin Brown.

Any danger that Brown’s victory would spark an uprising was swiftly quashed as Djokovic turned executioner to dispatch a beleaguered Bernard Tomic 6-3 6-3 6-3 and Sharapova polished off Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu.

Jul 3, 2015

Wawrinka makes light work of Verdasco

LONDON (Reuters) – Stan Wawrinka continued his stealthy progress through the Wimbledon draw with another clinical victory on Friday as the Swiss dispatched Fernando Verdasco 6-4 6-3 6-4 to reach the fourth round.

The French Open champion, whose searing backhand is one of tennis’s most famous weapons, has not dropped a set in his three opening matches and was untroubled throughout against Verdasco.

Jul 3, 2015

Tennis-Wawrinka makes light work of Verdasco

LONDON, July 3 (Reuters) – Stan Wawrinka continued his stealthy progress through the Wimbledon draw with another clinical victory on Friday as the Swiss dispatched Fernando Verdasco 6-4 6-3 6-4 to reach the fourth round.

The French Open champion, whose searing backhand is one of tennis’s most famous weapons, has not dropped a set in his three opening matches and was untroubled throughout against Verdasco.

Jul 2, 2015

Nadal unsure if best Wimbledon days are over

LONDON (Reuters) – It was a clearly deflated Rafa Nadal who admitted he has no idea whether he can ever reproduce the form that helped him win two Wimbledon titles after maverick Dustin Brown inflicted a fourth successive embarrassment on Thursday.

Nadal’s Wimbledon triumphs in 2008 and 2010 now seem an age ago and his record since 2011 has been blotted by four losses to players ranked 100th or lower.

Jul 2, 2015

Tennis-Nadal unsure if best Wimbledon days are over

LONDON, July 2 (Reuters) – It was a clearly deflated Rafa Nadal who admitted he has no idea whether he can ever reproduce the form that helped him win two Wimbledon titles after maverick Dustin Brown inflicted a fourth successive embarrassment on Thursday.

Nadal’s Wimbledon triumphs in 2008 and 2010 now seem an age ago and his record since 2011 has been blotted by four losses to players ranked 100th or lower.

Jul 2, 2015

Magician Federer pulls out the party tricks

LONDON (Reuters) – It was not the first time Wimbledon had dissolved into a chorus ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ at the brilliance of Roger Federer but the Swiss ringmaster almost outdid himself when he flashed his racquet between his legs to lob Sam Querrey on Thursday.

That individual moment of magic came midway through the second set of a 6-4 6-2 6-2 second-round victory and summed up an effortlessly brilliant demolition job from Federer, whose bid for an eighth Wimbledon title took an impressive step forwards.

Jul 2, 2015

Tennis-Magician Federer pulls out the party tricks

LONDON, July 2 (Reuters) – It was not the first time Wimbledon had dissolved into a chorus ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ at the brilliance of Roger Federer but the Swiss ringmaster almost outdid himself when he flashed his racquet between his legs to lob Sam Querrey on Thursday.

That individual moment of magic came midway through the second set of a 6-4 6-2 6-2 second-round victory and summed up an effortlessly brilliant demolition job from Federer, whose bid for an eighth Wimbledon title took an impressive step forwards.

Jul 1, 2015

Ivanovic dumped out of Wimbledon by American qualifier

LONDON (Reuters) – Ana Ivanovic became the highest-profile casualty of Wimbledon’s opening days as the seventh seed fell to 158th-ranked qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands in a second round clash on Wednesday.

Ivanovic, a former French Open Champion and world number one, lost 6-3 6-4 to become the second-highest seed to exit the women’s draw after Simona Halep was beaten on Tuesday.

Jul 1, 2015

Tennis-Ivanovic dumped out of Wimbledon by American qualifier

LONDON, July 1 (Reuters) – Ana Ivanovic became the highest-profile casualty of Wimbledon’s opening days as the seventh seed fell to 158th-ranked qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands in a second round clash on Wednesday.

Ivanovic, a former French Open Champion and world number one, lost 6-3 6-4 to become the second-highest seed to exit the women’s draw after Simona Halep was beaten on Tuesday.

Jul 1, 2015

Dimitrov out to prove doubters wrong

LONDON (Reuters) – It would be fair to say that 2015 has not worked out as planned for Grigor Dimitrov, but that has just made the Bulgarian more determined to prove his doubters wrong.

While he moved seamlessly into the third round at Wimbledon on Wednesday with a 7-6(8) 6-2 7-6(2) win over American Steve Johnson, his failure to build on the successes of 2014 mean few are tipping him to match his run to the semi-finals last year.