September 2013

Herbert Squeaks Past Olivetti at Orleans Challenger

September 26, 2013

Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert edged fellow countryman and doubles partner Albano Olivetti 6-7 (6), 6-3, 7-6 (8) Thursday afternoon in a marathon second-round serving duel at the Orleans Challenger in France. There was just one break of service in the 2-hour, 35-minute contest and that was by Herbert in the eighth game of the second set. […]

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Istomin Edges Groth at St. Petersburg Open

September 17, 2013

Eighth seed Denis Istomin battled past Aussie Sam Groth 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 Tuesday afternoon in the first round of the St. Petersburg Open. The 27-year-old Istomin, ranked No. 47, was coming off a successful run at the U.S. Open, where he reached the fourth round before losing to Andy Murray in four sets. Groth, holder […]

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Nadal Wears Down Djokovic to Win U.S. Open

September 10, 2013

Rafael Nadal, playing with dogged determination and relentless fury, defeated top-ranked Novak Djokovic 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the final of the U.S. Open last night, capturing his 13th Grand Slam title and edging closer to regaining the No. 1 ranking. It was the 37th meeting between the two in a rivalry characterized by guts […]

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Time to Stick a Fork in Federer to See if He’s Done?

September 3, 2013

Perhaps not yet, but soon. Tommy Robredo might not have said it, but he must have thought it: “Nobody beats me 11 times in a row.” So true. The 31-year-old Spaniard knocked out former world No. 1 Roger Federer 7-6 (3), 6-3, 6-4 in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Monday night, improving to […]

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