Men's tennis

Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates winning the men's singles final match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament against Japan's Kei Nishikori in two sets, 6-3, 6-2, in Monaco, Sunday April 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
April 22, 2018 - 3:29 pm
MONACO (AP) — Usually modest about his achievements, Rafael Nadal allowed himself a moment to appreciate his record 31st Masters title on Sunday. Nadal was at his dominant best against Kei Nishikori, beating him 6-3, 6-2 in the Monte Carlo Masters final to become the first man in the Open era to...
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Spain's Rafael Nadal waves to the crowd after winning the semifinal match against Bulgaria's Gregor Dimitrov af the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco, Saturday April 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
April 21, 2018 - 1:58 pm
MONACO (AP) — Rafael Nadal's priority after reaching his 12th Monte Carlo Masters final was to whip out his phone and frantically text coach Carlos Moya. Despite a comfortable 6-4, 6-1 win against No. 5-ranked Grigor Dimitrov, he had a pressing concern given how quickly he was texting. What frantic...
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Japan's Kei Nishikori celebrates after defeating Croatia's Marin Cilic during their quarterfinal match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco, Friday, April, 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
April 20, 2018 - 3:20 pm
MONACO (AP) — Rafael Nadal's bid for a record-extending 11th Monte Carlo Masters title is proving more comfortable than he imagined after his latest return from injury. Others may not be so surprised, given how the top-ranked Spaniard won nine straight games while beating fifth-seeded Dominic Thiem...
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April 20, 2018 - 11:56 am
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Novak Djokovic has confirmed he will play at the Barcelona Open next week. Event organizers made the announcement on Friday, a day after the Serb was beaten by Dominic Thiem in the Monte Carlo Masters third round. Djokovic has played at four tournaments this season as he...
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FILE - In this Sunday, April 8, 2018 file photo Spain's Rafael Nadal reacts after defeating Germany's Alexander Zverev 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 during a World Group Quarter final Davis Cup tennis match between Spain and Germany at the bullring in Valencia, Spain. For now, Nadal doesn’t see himself skipping Wimbledon the way Roger Federer has the French Open. The two veterans are back at the top of world tennis, with Nadal needing to win this week’s Monte Carlo Masters to avoid losing his top ranking once again to Federer in their seemingly eternal battle for tennis supremacy. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz, File)
April 19, 2018 - 1:56 pm
MONACO (AP) — Rafael Nadal remains on course to retain his Monte Carlo Masters title and won't have Novak Djokovic standing in his way. The top-ranked Nadal beat big-hitting Russian Karen Khachanov 6-3, 6-2 on Friday to reach the quarterfinals, clinching victory with a clinical smash at the net...
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FILE - In this Sunday, April 8, 2018 file photo Spain's Rafael Nadal reacts after defeating Germany's Alexander Zverev 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 during a World Group Quarter final Davis Cup tennis match between Spain and Germany at the bullring in Valencia, Spain. For now, Nadal doesn’t see himself skipping Wimbledon the way Roger Federer has the French Open. The two veterans are back at the top of world tennis, with Nadal needing to win this week’s Monte Carlo Masters to avoid losing his top ranking once again to Federer in their seemingly eternal battle for tennis supremacy. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz, File)
April 19, 2018 - 4:16 am
MONACO (AP) — For now, Rafael Nadal doesn't see himself skipping any major tournaments the way Roger Federer has been sitting out the French Open. The veterans are back at the top of world tennis, with Nadal needing to win the Monte Carlo Masters this week to avoid losing his top ranking once again...
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April 18, 2018 - 1:47 pm
MONACO (AP) — Novak Djokovic and defending champion Rafael Nadal needed a combined 14 match points to reach the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters on Wednesday. After Djokovic finally converted his 10th match point to beat Borna Coric 7-6 (2) 7-5, Nadal required four in a 6-1, 6-3 win against...
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April 17, 2018 - 3:32 pm
MONACO (AP) — Alexander Zverev, Grigor Dimitrov and Dominic Thiem all came from a set down to win their second-round matches at the Monte Carlo Masters on Tuesday. The third-seeded Zverev won 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 against big-serving Gilles Muller, after the fourth-seeded Dimitrov had rallied to beat...
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April 15, 2018 - 3:36 pm
MONACO (AP) — Karen Khachanov was clinical on his serve in a 7-5, 6-4 win against Thanasi Kokkinakis of Australia in the first round of the Monte Carlo Masters on Sunday. The big-serving Russian had five aces and did not face a single break point. He might even have made the win more comfortable...
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FILE - In this Sunday April 8, 2018 file photo, Spain's Rafael Nadal returns the ball to Germany's Alexander Zverev during a World Group quarterfinal Davis Cup tennis match between Spain and Germany at the bullring in Valencia, Spain. Rafael Nadal is wary of saying he’s fully recovered from a troublesome right thigh injury as he defends his Monte Carlo Masters title. The top-ranked Spaniard only recently returned to action at the Davis Cup, after a recurrence of the injury forced him out of the Mexico Open and then Masters tournaments at Indian Wells and Miami last month. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz, File)
April 15, 2018 - 2:37 pm
MONACO (AP) — Rafael Nadal is wary of saying he's fully recovered from a troublesome right thigh injury as he defends his Monte Carlo Masters title. The top-ranked Spaniard only recently returned to action at the Davis Cup, after a recurrence of the injury forced him out of the Mexico Open and then...
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