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Federer likes Open chances but faces early test NEW YORK: Roger Federer likes his chances of winning the US Open after a resurgent run to the Wimbledon final and aggressive play that produced a tuneup title last week at Cincinnati.But the 34-year-old Swiss star, winner of a record 17 Grand Slam singles titles but none since Wimbledon in 2012, isn't looking past his first opponent when the Flushing Meadows fortnight opens Monday."I feel like I have a good chance but I really can't think further than my first-round opponent right now," Federer said Saturday."My focus needs to be not trying to win the tournament right away. That would be thinking too far ahead. I haven't been in the finals in this tournament as of late. I came close but close is not good enough."Federer won five consecutive US Opens from 2004-2008 and reached the 2009 final, losing to Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro in a five-set battle. Since ...

Serena, Nadal enjoy US Open night life at start NEW YORK: Top-ranked Serena Williams, trying to complete the first calendar-year Grand Slam since 1988, and 14-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal will be featured Monday night at the US Open.The first day of competition at the year's final major tennis event also includes the first matches for world number one Novak Djokovic, Japanese fourth seed Kei Nishikori and the man who beat him in last year's US Open final, Croatian Marin Cilic.Russian third seed ...
Kvitova downs Safarova for New Haven three-peat NEW HAVEN: Second-seeded defending champion Petra Kvitova clinched her third WTA Connecticut Open crown here Saturday with a 6-7 (6/8), 6-2, 6-2 victory over Czech compatriot Lucie Safarova. Two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova extended her unbeaten record over fourth seed Safarova to seven matches, a winning streak that began with her first victory over her fellow left-hander at New Haven in 2012.Safarova showed signs she might just break Kvitova's dominance over her on Saturday after making ...
Djokovic ponders his own Slam possibilities NEW YORK: Not since Australian legend Rod Laver in 1969 has a man completed a calendar year Grand Slam, but top-ranked Novak Djokovic believes he could be the next man to do it.The 28-year-old Serbian top seed will launch his US Open campaign Monday against Brazil's Joao Souza at Arthur Ashe Stadium, where he will serve as the warm-up act before Serena Williams opens the night session.Three-time defending champion Williams is trying to complete the ...
Anderson wins Winston-Salem crown WINSTON-SALEM: South Africa's Kevin Anderson ended his losing streak in ATP tournament finals here Saturday with a straight sets win over France's Pierre-Hugues Herbert to take the Winston-Salem Open crown.World number 15 Anderson ensured he would head to next week's US Open in New York brimming with confidence after downing Herbert 6-4, 7-5.Anderson had lost all seven finals he had contested since his last tournament victory at Delray Beach in 2012.However he always looked in ...
'World best' Bayern go top after Mueller double BERLIN: Pep Guardiola says Bayern Munich can improve their passing even as the Bavarian giants dazzled during Saturday's 3-0 home win over Bayer Leverkusen that put them top of the Bundesliga."We played against the best team in the world, that was obvious. You don't need excuses when you lose in Munich," insisted Leverkusen coach Roger Schmidt after a Thomas Mueller double and an Arjen Robben penalty sealed Bayern's home win.Bayern restricted Leverkusen to just two ...
Sharapova says Serena rivals must step up efforts NEW YORK: Maria Sharapova says the domination of Serena Williams should not diminish the efforts of other women's players, but adds they must step up and answer the challenge.Sharapova, who has not played since losing to Williams in a Wimbledon semi-final due to a right knee injury, could meet the world number one in the semi-finals of the US Open, which begins on Monday.Three-time defending champion Williams, who has won the past four Grand Slam ...


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