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HindustanTimes Thu,02 Oct 2014

Tennis

Battle-hardened hosts, India are no pushovers

The rankings say that Yuki Bhambri has a mountain to climb. He opens India’s campaign against Serbian Dusan Lajovic, who sits high at 61 on the list while our man is at 153. Now, on the face of it, it may be possible to dismiss India’s chances in the opener.

Davis Cup: Federer says Switzerland ready to make history

Roger Federer will lead Switzerland in their Davis Cup semi-final against Italy on Friday. Switzerland have never won the Davis Cup, one of the few honours missing from 33-year-old's trophy cabinet.

Davis Cup: At home, India unlikely to turn on the heat against Serbia

Late afternoon starts and choosing to play on hard courts may not work in India's favour in their Davis Cup tie against Serbia in Bangalore.

No Asian Games for Leander Paes, Sania Mirza, Rohan Bopanna

Indian tennis stars Leander Paes, Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna will skip the Asian Games to be held in the South Korean city of Incheon from September 19 to October 4 to focus on the professional circuit.

Nishikori loses US Open, wins $940,000 bonus

Japanese tennis sensation Kei Nishikori may have lost the US Open final, but he has won a $940,000 special bonus from a sponsor delighted about seeing its brand splashed across screens worldwide.

Marin Cilic defeats Kei Nishikori at comeback US Open for 1st Slam title

Croatia's Cilic won his first Grand Slam title by beating Japan's Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 on Monday at Flushing Meadows, using 17 aces - including four in one game - and the same powerful groundstrokes that helped him eliminate Roger Federer in the semifinals.

After US Open win, Serena targets next Grand Slam

Just three hours after securing the US Open trophy, her 18th Grand Slam title, Serena Williams soaked up the accolades and applause and then admitted that she was already thinking about number 19.

Kei Nishikori: Going from child prodigy to Asia’s brightest hope

Kei Nishikori’s journey to the US Open final began a decade ago, when he was spotted as a teen at a tryout in Japan and invited to move to Florida to attend a tennis academy.

Bryan brothers win 5th US Open title, 16th major

Bob and Mike Bryan won a record-tying fifth US Open doubles championship Sunday for their 100th tournament title. The top-ranked twins beat 11th-seeded Spaniards Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez 6-3, 6-4.

Paes to play; Djokovic uncertain for Davis Cup tie

Leander Paes' participation in next weekend's Davis Cup world group playoff here was confirmed on Sunday, but it was still uncertain whether World No.1 Novak Djokovic will be assisting Serbia.

US Open: Breakfast joy in Japan as Nishikori makes history

Japan's social media lit up on Sunday as the country awoke to the news that Kei Nishikori had become the first Asian man to reach a Grand Slam singles final.

Cilic upsets Federer in second US Open shocker

Marin Cilic completed a sensational set of semi-final shockers by upsetting 17-time grand slam winner Roger Federer 6-3 6-4 6-4 on Saturday to reach the final of the US Open.

Serena Williams to face Caroline Wozniacki in US Open final

Serena Williams and friend Caroline Wozniacki arranged a get-together in the US Open women's final, winning their semi-finals in contrasting fashion at Flushing Meadows.

The great ‘national cause’ baggage

Each time an athlete turns down the call to represent the country, a major hullaballoo breaks out. Accusations are bandied about and the individual is labelled a traitor to the national cause, writes Sukhwant Basra.

Sania Mirza dedicates US Open title to Telangana and India

Left teary-eyed after her 'Indianness' was put into question just weeks back, tennis star Sania Mirza dedicated her US Open title to the country and the new state of Telangana, where her appointment as brand ambassador triggered a political furore.
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