American John Isner has claimed the biggest victory of his career with a battling three-set win over world number one Novak Djokovic in the semifinals of the Indian Wells tournament.
Great tennis rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will lock horns once again in Saturday's semifinals of the Indian Wells Masters event in California.
Big-serving American John Isner stands between world No. 1 Novak Djokovic and his fourth final appearance in six years at the Indian Wells Masters 1000 event in California.
Longtime rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal remain on course for a semifinal showdown at the Indian Wells Masters after both former world No. 1s moved into the last eight of the U.S. hard-court tournament.
Defending champion Novak Djokovic eased through to the last 16 of the Indian Wells Masters on a bad day for U.S. men's hopes, while leading female players Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki moved closer to a semifinal showdown.
A mystery stomach bug is striking down men's and women's players at the Indian Wells Masters tennis event, but former world No. 1 Roger Federer shook off illness to cruise to victory in his opening match.
Fourth seed Andy Murray has crashed out of the prestigious Indian Wells tournament in California, beaten in straight sets by Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in his opening match.
A 'Bag before the Big Show. Check back Thursday for the U.S. Open seed reports, and don't forget our guide to attending the tournament in New York:
Again, you mention Federer shanking balls with his "small-framed" racket. He's been playing with basically the same head size for all of these years. Do you and other critics really think that changing to a larger size racket right now is going to drastically improve things for him? I think it's like Derek Jeter changing up his swing during the offseason this year. I remember reading a great article from your colleague Joe Posnanski saying that Jeter changing his swing this late may improve his game a little, but the inevitable is coming. And by the way, Jeter isn't doing so hot so far. I think the same goes for Federer; his best days are behind him. What's your rationale for saying that Fed needs to switch to a larger frame, and do you really think it will make that much of a difference?
While still recovering from the Djokovic-Nadal final, thought we'd do something different for this column. Hardly a day goes by that one of you doesn't write in about the Tennis Channel. (The usual disclosure: I've done work for TC in the past and root unabashedly for its success.) You love it. You want it. You hate that you don't get it. You wonder why they are broadcasting an old match while a live final is going on. Do they have rights? Do they not have rights? Who do you contact when your cable system doesn't carry it?
World No. 1 Rafael Nadal will have the chance to avenge his Indian Wells final defeat by in-form Novak Djokovic on Sunday after joining the Serbian in reaching his second successive Masters Series title match.
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are on course for their first semifinal meeting since 2005 after both progressed at the Masters Series event in Miami.
Novak Djokovic is through to the last 16 of the Sony Ericsson Masters in Miami, thrashing James Blake in straight sets to win his 20th consecutive ATP Tour match.
Caroline Wozniacki is our guest respondent for this week's Mailbag. Currently ranked No. 1 on the women's tour, the 20-year-old Dane has taken a break from preparing for the Sony Ericsson Open in order to answer your questions. We'll be back next week at our regularly scheduled time and place.
Shortly before the start of the men's final at Indian Wells, ABC's Chris Fowler dropped an annoying bit of information. A rumor, actually. There was a patch of blue tape on Novak Djokovic's left knee, and Fowler hinted at insiders' concern that he might be developing a case of tendinitis.
1. He's the one. For years, Tennis Nation wondered, "Who will break the Federer-Nadal duopoly?" Novak Djokovic had long been the leading candidate, but who could have foreseen this? Over the past six months, Djokovic has been the best in the business, reaching the U.S. Open final, winning the Davis Cup, winning the Australian Open and, last weekend, toppling Federer and Nadal in succession to win the BNP Paribas Open and push his match winning streak to 20. Given the last few years, we've grown inured to top players going months without a defeat. But, boy, is Djokovic -- the overwhelming points leader for 2011 -- playing at a nose-bleedingly high level these days.
Novak Djokovic cemented his status as the hottest tennis player on the planet this year with a superb 4-6 6-3 6-2 victory over world No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the final of the Masters Series event at Indian Wells on Sunday.
Novak Djokovic can move above Roger Federer in the world rankings by beating the 16-time grand slam champion in the semifinals of the Masters Series event at Indian Wells on Saturday.
Novak Djokovic will move above Roger Federer into second place in the men's tennis rankings next week after beating the former No. 1 for the third time this year to set up a final showdown with Rafael Nadal at Indian Wells on Sunday.
Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic moved closer to another classic showdown of tennis's old and new guard as both reached the quarterfinals of the Masters Series event at Indian Wells along with world No. 1 Rafael Nadal on Wednesday.
Former U.S. Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro continued his impressive return to the ATP Tour after a long-term injury as he reached the quarterfinals of the Masters Series event at Indian Wells.
I always figured there was nothing in sports quite like facing Sandy Koufax, Nolan Ryan or any storied pitcher with a blinding fastball and an equally devastating curve. It becomes a guessing game, with a chance to look so totally overmatched, you might consider another line of work.
World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki has progressed to the last 16 at Indian Wells after beating Spain's Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez for the first time.
World No. 1 Rafael Nadal has continued his impressive run of form at Indian Wells with a straight-sets third-round victory over American qualifier Ryan Sweeting.
Defending champion Jelena Jankovic will face fellow Serbian player Ana Ivanovic in the last 16 at Indian Wells, after both eased through the third round.
Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic extended his 15-match unbeaten run with a straight sets win over Kazakhstan's Andrey Golubev at Indian Wells.
Programming note: we have the oxymoronic "guest host" at the Mailbag week after next. Send questions for Caroline Wozniacki.
Fifth seed Andy Murray has crashed out in his opening match of the Indian Wells tournament in California, beaten in straight sets by American qualifier Donald Young -- ranked 143rd in the world.
Former U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro continued his impressive comeback with a straight-sets win over Radek Stepanek in the first round of the Masters Series event at Indian Wells.
Ten thoughts in the wake of Pete Sampras' 6-3, 7-5 exhibition win over Andre Agassi:
Roger Federer had a champion's response at the Australian Open when journalists asked him if a torch was being passed, saying, "Let's talk again in six months." Federer surely can't wait to prove a few points in March, when the prestigious Masters 1000 events will be contested on the hardcourts of Miami and Indian Wells.
Hope you're at the Miami tourney in person. You might actually get to see the matches. We've had two days of "coverage" by our local FSN affiliate, and I have yet to see a women's player hit a ball. To us, the women are just a rumor at this point. Supposedly Venus, Henin, Clijsters, and darn near everyone is there, but I've yet to see any evidence. Maybe someday we'll get Tennis Channel (probably in time to see Jada Clijsters retire), but until then, we'll have to wait for the Family Circle Cup. At least they know how to promote women's tennis, and will have a full stadium for the matches IW failed to promote. --Stew, New York
World No. 2 Novak Djokovic stumbled at the opening hurdle at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, but Rafael Nadal and Andy Roddick cruised into the third round.
It was shortly after the conclusion of the 2005 Davis Cup, won by Croatia on the strength of Ivan Ljubicic's 11-1 record, when someone asked Roger Federer about the tall, bald fellow at the center of things. "He's very secure, you know," Federer said. "He doesn't really look like he's going to panic."
1. We quite often wonder whether Player X can win a big title. More often than not, the answer is "yes." And here's why: in tennis, it's fairly easy to catch lightning in a bottle. Get hot for two weeks, catch a few breaks with the draw, serve well on crucial points and ... presto. The latest exemplar of this is Ivan (Northern Iowa) Ljubicic. Rumored to be headed into retirement last fall, the Croatian veteran played the tournament of his life week at the BNP Paribas event in Indian Wells. First, Roger Federer fell unexpectedly to Marcos Baghdatis. Then Ljubicic "caught a gear" with his tennis and took out Novak Djokovic, a resurgent Rafael Nadal and then Andy Roddick to take the title. Ljubicic, 31, might not have been the marquee choice of the tournament or the sponsors. But his title ought to fire the rest of the field with some optimism. If he can do it, why not me?
The upsets continued to the last at Indian Wells as veteran Croatian Ivan Ljubicic beat home hope Andy Roddick 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (7/5) to win the first Masters 1000 tournament of his career.
Former world number one Jelena Jankovic won her first tournament since last August with a straight sets 6-2 6-4 victory over Caroline Wozniacki in the final of the WTA tournament at Indian Wells.
Defending champion Rafael Nadal crashed to a shock defeat by Ivan Ljubicic in the semifinals of the Indian Wells Masters tournament in California on Saturday.
Caroline Wozniacki has earned a career-high world No. 2 tennis ranking after winning through to the final of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells in California.
World No. 4 Andy Murray has failed in his bid to win his first Indian Wells Masters title after suffering a surprise quarterfinal defeat to Robin Soderling on Friday.
Rafael Nadal made a successful return from injury to begin the defense of his Indian Wells Masters title with a 6-4 6-4 win over Germany's Rainer Schuettler in California on Saturday.
World No. 8 Agnieszka Radwanska has claimed the first semifinal place at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells after defeating Elena Dementieva on Wednesday.
Maria Sharapova has been hit by a new injury setback and will be sidelined for up to six weeks, according to the Russian's tennis star's personal Web site.
World number three Rafael Nadal of Spain survived a three-set battle to reach the quarterfinals of the Masters 1000 tournament at Indian Wells as second seed Novak Djokovic crashed out on Wednesday night.
Former world number one Justine Henin suffered the first blip in her comeback to competitive tennis as she crashed out in the second round of the WTA event Indian Wells in California.
Best of Three while wondering what is the appropriate tip for a valet?
World number one Roger Federer is suffering from a lung infection and has pulled out of this week's $2 million ATP tournament in Dubai.
The week after Wimbledon, Stacey Allaster was officially named the new CEO of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour. Since then, a former No. 1 player returned and won the U.S. Open. The Tour's most marketable star blew a gasket in the U.S. Open semifinals, a meltdown that became an international cause célèbre. One Belgian was suspended for an anti-violating simply because she failed to keeps administrator advised of her whereabouts. Another Belgian, a seven-time Grand Slam champ, is returning. And the WTA's title sponsor is, by most accounts, a longshot to renew. Otherwise, it's been an uneventful 150 days.
Fourth seed Andy Murray survived a major scare to reach the third round of the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami on Saturday.
Second seed Dinara Safina of Russia came safely through her first test in the WTA Tour event at Key Biscayne with a straight sets win over Mathilde Johansson.
Ooof. Larry Scott is leaving as the head of the WTA? This can't be good. -- Greg Smiley, Washington, D.C.
Andy Roddick continued his winning run to end world No. 3 Novak Djokovic's title defense at the Indian Wells Masters Series event in California and set up a semifinal with world No. 1 Rafael Nadal.
Roger Federer and Andy Murray will renew their rivalry in the semifinals of the Masters Series event in California after both secured straight sets victories on Thursday.
World number one Rafael Nadal had no problems in working his way past past Russian Dmitry Tursunov 6-3 6-3 to reach the fourth round of the Indian Wells Masters in California.
World number four Andy Murray continued his comeback from illness by easing into the fourth round of the Indian Wells Masters with a comfortable straight sets victory over Paul-Henri Mathieu.
World number one Rafael Nadal needed a little over an hour to thrash Michael Berrer of Germany 6-2 6-1 in his opener at the Masters Series tournament at Indian Wells.
The women's draw at the Indian Wells Masters event has been thrown wide open after second seed Jelena Jankovic and third-seeded Elena Dementieva were both beaten on Saturday.
World number two Roger Federer made a successful return in his first match since losing the Australian Open final in January, beating Frenchman Marc Gicquel in straight sets in the second round of the Indian Wells Masters in California.
Sixth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova has failed in her attempts to reach a third successive Indian Wells final, crashing out in three sets to Polish wildcard Urszula Radwanska.
Tennis superstar Maria Sharapova returned to action after a seven month injury layoff in a doubles match at Indian Wells in California.
Tennis superstar Roger Federer and longtime partner Mirka Vavrinec are expecting their first baby this summer, the Swiss ace revealed on his personal Web site on Thursday.
Bottom line: if Roger Federer had played, would the U.S. have still beaten Switzerland in Davis Cup? -- Ray, Atlanta
Russian former world number one Maria Sharapova will return to competitive action after a six-month injury absence in this week's tournament at Indian Wells.
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Defending champion Justine Henin's retirement came as a sad shock to the tennis world -- but there is little time for sentiment amongst the women battling to take her crown at the French Open.
Fourth seed Jelena Jankovic booked a semifinal place at the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne after Russian Elena Dementieva retired while trailing in the second set of their quarterfinal clash.
What do you see Lindsay Davenport accomplishing before she eventually retires?
What's going on with Roger Federer? -- Dallia, Sudan/Egypt
Germany's Tommy Haas has pulled out of this week's Masters Series hardcourt event in Miami because of a sinus infection -- organizers have announced.
Top seed Serbian Ana Ivanovic won the Pacific Life Open WTA title in Indian Wells on Sunday with a 6-4 6-3 victory over second-seeded Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova.
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- A trend of contradicting columns is emerging between my colleague, Jon Wertheim, and me. We disagreed with the state of Andy Roddick's game and character two weeks ago. This week, I take an opposing view on the health and state of tennis.
Australian Open champion Maria Sharapova continued her outstanding start to 2008 with a straight sets victory over 25th seed Eleni Daniilidou of Greece in the WTA tournament at Indian Wells.
Britain's Andy Murray was below his best but reached the third round of the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells with a 3-6 6-3 6-3 win over Jurgen Melzer.
World No. 2 Rafael Nadal overcame windy conditions to begin the defense of his Pacific Life Open title with a 6-3 6-3 win against Colombian qualifier Santiago Giraldo on Saturday.
Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic won his opening match in the ATP Masters Series event at Indian Wells with a straight sets win over Italian Andreas Seppi.
Early this past March, on the eve of a men's Masters Series tennis tournament at Indian Wells, Calif., the phone rang in Dmitry Tursunov's hotel room. "Would you like to make some money?" the caller asked. It wasn't the first time the 27th-ranked Russian had been asked that question in that particular way. In the fall of 2006, Tursunov was contacted by an unknown voice offering cash for match fixing. "It happened to a lot of players," he said. "I don't know if it's the same person, but I think everybody gets contacted. And whether you act on it or not, it's a problem."
Do you get the sense that some of the men are finally focused enough to make the outcome of the upcoming Slams and Masters events less a forgone conclusion? Sure, I'd bet on Roger Federer in Miami, but I wouldn't risk as much money. -- Jim Green, Worcester, Mass.
China's Li Na defeated Russian 15th seed Vera Zvonareva 6-4 7-5 in the quarterfinals of the ATP/WTA Pacific Life Open on Wednesday.
Admit it: Roger Federer losing is great for tennis. Look at all the excitement his first-round loss has caused. Suddenly the field is wide open and the title is anybody's to win. All hail King Canas, the savior of tennis! I'm actually looking forward to watching Indian Wells this week now, while before Federer lost I really wasn't. What a difference a day makes! -- Jonathan, NYC
Over a 13-year pro career, Lisa Raymond has won 61 doubles titles, including a career Grand Slam. She and her current partner, Australian Samantha Stosur, are currently ranked No. 1 on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour. Lisa writes for SI.com on alternate Fridays about her career, life on the tour and other tennis news and notes.
Roger Federer continued his remarkable winning streak with a straight sets victory over in-form Russian Mikhail Youzhny to take the Dubai Open title on Saturday.
Slumping Andy Roddick broke his racket and received a point penalty as he crashed out of the ATP event in Indian Wells to 24th-seeded Russian Igor Andreev in a fourth round match on Wednesday night.
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will renew their rivalry in the California desert when they compete in the Tennis Masters Series tournament starting in Indian Wells on Friday.
Wimbledon champions Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova charged into the semifinals of the Pacific Life Open at Indian Wells on Thursday.
Reigning Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova hit two aces and hammered 15 winners to beat Angela Haynes 6-1, 6-2 to reach the third round of the Indian Wells WTA/ATP Masters Series event in Indian Wells.
The Russian assault on the WTA Tour continued at the Masters Series event as two high seeds cruised into the third round.
Jennifer Capriati has pulled out of next week's tournament at Indian Wells because she still hasn't fully recovered from surgery on her right shoulder.
Seventh seed Gaston Gaudio crashed out in the second round of the Paris Masters on Wednesday, losing 7-5 3-6 6-1 to Spaniard Feliciano Lopez.
World number six Jennifer Capriati has joined a growing list of players to withdraw from this week's $2.1 million Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells.
France's Amelie Mauresmo has pulled out of next week's $2.1m Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells because of a continuing back injury.
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