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Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:18:11 PDT

Rafael Nadal gestures after his victory over Albert Ramos during the Barcelona open tennis in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Second-seeded David Ferrer was ousted from the Barcelona Open by a Russian opponent for the second straight year and defending champion Rafael Nadal labored to victory on Wednesday. Ferrer was unable to find his rhythm in losing 6-4, 6-2 to Teymuraz Gabashvili in his opening match while Nadal struggled past fellow Spanish player Albert Ramos 7-6 (2), 6-4. Nadal eventually overcame his 103rd-ranked opponent to reach the third round, rebounding from a surprise loss to Ferrer in the Monte Carlo Masters quarterfinals. ''After losing in the Monte Carlo I wanted to raise my game here,'' Nadal said.


Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:41:54 PDT

Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova returns a ball to Italy's Roberta Vinci during their Fed Cup semifinal tennis match in Ostrava, Czech Republic, Sunday, April 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

STUTTGART, Germany (AP) -- Alisa Kleybanova defeated third-seeded Petra Kvitova 6-2, 7-6 (3) to provide the first major upset at the Porsche Grand Prix on Wednesday.


Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:01:40 PDT

British tennis player Andy Murray, left, receives the Freedom of Stirling presented to him by Stirling Council Provost Mike Robbins during a special council meeting at his old school Dunblane High, in Dunblane, Scotland, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Murray said he feels honored to receive the freedom of Stirling and an honorary degree from the university where he trained as a boy. (AP Photo/PA, Andrew Milligan)

His victory speech at Wimbledon was easy compared to this. Andy Murray broke into tears Wednesday as he accepted a civic honor in his Scottish hometown of Dunblane. Murray, who was granted ''the freedom of Stirling'' from the local council, stopped to compose himself and wipe his eyes several times during the ceremony at Dunblane High School.


Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:13:31 PDT
MARRAKESH, Morocco (AP) -- Top-seeded Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia beat last year's runner-up Lourdes Dominguez Lino of Spain 7-5, 6-2 on Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals of the Grand Prix SAR.
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:04:09 PDT
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Defending champion Lukas Rosol reached the Nastase Tiriac Trophy quarterfinals with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over eighth-seeded Jarkko Nieminen of Finland on Wednesday.
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:36:20 PDT

Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns the ball to Roger Federer of Switzerland, during their semifinal match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco, Saturday, April, 19, 2014. Federer won 7-6, 6-2. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

Saying his right wrist is not as badly hurt as he feared, Novak Djokovic plans to be back on the tennis tour in two weeks - and at the French Open later next month. The right-handed Djokovic said in a statement Tuesday he's been ''assured'' by doctors that he will be ready for upcoming clay-court tournaments, starting with the Madrid Masters on May 5. ''Fortunately, the situation with the injury is better than it first seemed,'' said Djokovic, who is No. 2, behind Rafael Nadal, in the ATP rankings. He wore a thick white bandage on his wrist while losing 7-5, 6-2 to Roger Federer on Saturday in the semifinals at Monte Carlo.


Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:51:34 PDT

Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland holds his trophy after defeating Roger Federer of Switzerland in their final match at the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament, in Monaco, Sunday, April, 20, 2014. Wawrinka won 4-6, 7-6, 6-2. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

Stanislas Wawrinka showed that his first Grand Slam title wasn't a fluke, upstaging his more illustrious countryman to add a maiden Masters trophy in Monte Carlo on Sunday. Wawrinka came from a set down to beat Roger Federer 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2 in the Monte Carlo Masters final, another milestone in the late-blooming 29-year-old's career. Having beaten Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal en route to his Australian Open victory this year, Wawrinka showed again he can compete with the best by earning just his second career victory against Federer in the first all-Swiss ATP final in 14 years. That's what I am doing this year and I'm doing well.'' Djokovic, hampered by a sore right wrist, lost to Federer in the semifinals, while eight-time champion Nadal was beaten by David Ferrer in the quarters.


Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:06:57 PDT

Maria Sharapova, of Russia, returns to Serena Williams, of the United States, at the Sony Open Tennis tournament in Key Biscayne, Fla., Thursday, March 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

STUTTGART, Germany (AP) -- Defending champion Maria Sharapova survived a first-round scare at the Porsche Grand Prix by defeating Lucie Safarova 7-6(5), 6-7(5), 7-6(2) on Tuesday.


Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:21:19 PDT

Francesca Schiavone, of Italy, returns a shot against Mona Barthel, of Germany, during a first round match at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament, Thursday, March 6, 2014, in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) -- Defending champion Francesca Schiavone of Italy lost to Spanish qualifier Beatriz Garcia Vidagany 6-3, 6-2 in the first round of the Grand Prix SAR on Tuesday.


Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:52:49 PDT
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Sixth-seeded Andreas Seppi was knocked out of the first round of the Nastase Tiriac Trophy on Tuesday, along with seventh-seeded Nicolas Mahut.
News provided by: Yahoo SportsYahoo Sports - Tennis NewsFerrer ousted, Nadal wins at Barcelona Open (Yahoo Sports)Kvitova beaten in 1st major upset at Stuttgart (Yahoo Sports)Murray breaks down in tears at Scottish ceremony (Yahoo Sports)Hantuchova, Peng reach quarters in Morocco (Yahoo Sports)Bucharest defending champ Rosol reaches quarters (Yahoo Sports)Djokovic: Wrist better, will try to play in Madrid (Yahoo Sports)Wawrinka beats Federer to win Monte Carlo Masters (Yahoo Sports)Sharapova survives scare to progress at Stuttgart (Yahoo Sports)Defending champ Schiavone loses in 1st round (Yahoo Sports)Seppi and Mahut make early exits in Bucharest (Yahoo Sports)