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The future has arrived on the WTA and ATP tours

[ad_1] Neither Daniil Medvedev nor Coco Gauff will finish No. 1 for the year or win a Grand Slam singles title. Unlike Medvedev, Gauff won't even get to play in her year-end championships, which is restricted to the eight top-ranked singles players.But make no mistake, Gauff and Medvedev are on their way to setting the terms of the conversation in tennis in 2020. It's something that few would have predicted
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Coco Gauff defeats Jelena Ostapenko for first WTA tour title

[ad_1] American teenager Coco Gauff won her first WTA tour title by beating Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 on Sunday to lift the Linz Open trophy.Gauff, 15, who reached the fourth round at Wimbledon and third round at the US Open, bounced back after losing a one-sided second set to win the decider comfortably.The American had earlier called Linz "my little lucky place" and its charm held for the teenager
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Shanghai Masters is next chance for aging Roger Federer to rebound

[ad_1] Barely an hour after Roger Federer suffered that heartbreaking loss to rival Novak Djokovic in July's epic Wimbledon final, he was asked how he would process and rebound from failing to convert two match points and losing the historic match."[It will be] similar to getting broken when serving for the match," Federer said. "You take it on your chin. You move on. You try to forget, try to take
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Resurgent Rafael Nadal focused on extending career, not No. 1 ranking

[ad_1] Moments after Rafael Nadal won the grueling, five-set U.S. Open final in early September, he sat spent but relaxed in his chair on the court, gazing at the giant video screen high up in Arthur Ashe Stadium. As images from each of his previous 18 Grand Slam tournament victories flashed by, Nadal grew transfixed, seemingly lost in a world of his own.As the tribute was ending, he leaned forward,
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ATP punts when it comes to punishing Nick Kyrgios

[ad_1] The ATP found itself facing two unappetizing options when it came to deciding what punitive action to take against serial rule violator Nick Kyrgios. That may be why it took the organization so long to act, even though it's final decision was to punt.Kyrgios's outrageous behavior this year was clear and well-documented. His outbursts in Cincinnati alone cost the 24-year-old Aussie $113,000, the highest such levy since 1990. The
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How the Laver Cup could shape the future of the ATP Tour

[ad_1] Roger Federer never really intended to turn tennis on its ear when he conceived the Laver Cup. But in its three short years of existence, the event has overflowed its mandate to serve as a "weekend festival" (Federer's words) linking past and present-day players.The Laver Cup, which ended Sunday, has quickly emerged as one of the prime properties in tennis, a disrupter of the status quo and a challenge
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Roger Federer’s Laver Cup brings the fun to the men’s tennis game

[ad_1] When Roger Federer came up with the idea for the Laver Cup a few years ago, he envisioned a low-key "weekend festival of tennis" that would honor former greats and give today's stars the opportunity to mentor the rising generation.This was one of the few times in his career that Federer could be accused of harboring low expectations.The third edition of the event begins Friday on Federer's home turf
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Why are American women more successful in tennis than U.S. men?

[ad_1] NEW YORK -- The spotlight on American women at the US Open this year was relentless, shifting from 15-year-old sensation Coco Gauff to 37-year-old Serena Williams to iconoclastic stylist Taylor Townsend, pausing now and then to give us a glimpse of a Madison Keys, Sofia Kenin or Caty McNally.Lurking in the background, out of the light: an embattled generation of American men.As fans cry for the next great American
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Just one Grand Slam win away from Federer, US Open champ Nadal knows his time is limited

[ad_1] NEW YORK -- After winning his US Open semifinal on Friday, Rafael Nadal was asked if he were eager to win the tournament in order to extend the remarkable streak of Grand Slam success by tennis' Big Three.Puzzled by the question, Nadal replied: "We don't need to hold this era anymore. We have been here for 15 years almost. At some point, sooner than later, this era is going
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What you missed from Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev’s epic US Open men’s final

[ad_1] NEW YORK -- The 2019 US Open men's final lacked the buzz and glamour of Serena Williams' star-studded women's final against Bianca Andreescu on Saturday, but it more than made up for it with spectacular shotmaking, nail-biting drama, sustained fan elation -- and anguish. Rafael Nadal defeated Grand Slam final newcomer Daniil Medvedev in an epic final, 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4. The match lasted 4 hours, 51 minutes,