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Roger Federer to miss Australian Open, agent says

Roger Federer is withdrawing from the Australian Open while he continues preparing to return to action after two operations on his right knee, his agent told The Associated Press on Sunday.

Activist, champion: Naomi Osaka named AP Female Athlete of Year

Naomi Osaka was as noteworthy in 2020 for her activism away from the tennis court as her success on it, winning the U.S. Open for her third Grand Slam title, as well as speaking out against racial injustice and police brutality.

Henrik Lundqvist won't play with Washington Capitals this season due to heart condition

Star goalie Henrik Lundqvist says he will sit out his upcoming NHL season with the Washington Capitals because of a heart condition.

Sports press pause as athletes turn to activism, voting on U.S. election day

At a time when athletes are embracing activism like never before, refusing to heed the unfounded admonition framed two years ago by one TV talking head as "shut up and dribble," there was vivid symbolism in the wide use of team arenas and stadiums as voter registration and polling sites.

Nadal reaches French Open final, closes in on Federer's Grand Slam record

After so much talk, by Rafael Nadal and others, about so many reasons why this pandemic-postponed French Open could be more difficult for him — cooler autumn weather; slightly heavier tennis balls; lack of match preparation — the King of Clay is right back where he usually is: in the final.
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With DQ in rearview, Djokovic comfortably advances to 2nd round at French Open

Playing his first Grand Slam match since his U.S. Open disqualification for smacking a ball after dropping a game and accidentally striking a line judge in throat, Novak Djokovic defeated 80th-ranked Mikael Ymer of Sweden 6-0, 6-3, 6-2 Tuesday.
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Serena Williams steps up in tiebreaker of opening straight-sets win in Paris

Serena Williams went from a 72-minute struggle of a first set that required a tiebreaker to resolve in her first-round match at the French Open to a lopsided second set in which she did not drop a game.

Thiem completes biggest U.S. Open final comeback in 71 years, defeats Zverev in epic 5-set affair

At a U.S. Open unlike any other, Dominic Thiem constructed a comeback the likes of which hadn't been seen in 71 years. After dropping the opening two sets against Alexander Zverev on Sunday at a nearly empty Arthur Ashe Stadium, Thiem slowly but surely turned things around.

Osaka shows mettle in comeback win over Azarenka to claim U.S. Open crown

Naomi Osaka has won her second U.S. Open title, rallying to beat Victoria Azarenka 1-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Germany's Zverev rallies to earn 1st Grand Slam final appearance at U.S. Open

For two full sets, Alexander Zverev was confused and listless, his body language as poor as his winner-to-error ratio against Pablo Carreno-Busta in the U.S. Open semifinals Friday.

Serena's bid for historic U.S. Open title ends with semifinal loss to Azarenka

While Serena Williams raised the force of her shots and volume of her shouts, it was Azarenka who finished off a 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory to return to a major championship final for the first time since 2013 with her semifinal win at the U.S. Open on Thursday.

Serena Williams into U.S. Open semis, closer to record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title

Two more victories for Williams would allow her to claim a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title.

Serena Williams dominates final 2 sets to roll into 4th round at U.S. Open

Serena Williams came back from a slow start to beat Sloane Stephens 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 in the U.S. Open's third round in New York and avoid what would have been her earliest exit at Flushing Meadows since 1998.

Osaka regains composure, overcomes Kostyuk en route to next round of U.S. Open

Two-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka eventually figured out a way to turn a tight one into a runaway and beat 18-year-old Marta Kostyuk 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-2 by claiming the final five games at Flushing Meadows.

Serena Williams gets by Gasparyan to set up U.S Open showdown with No. 26 Stephens

Her serve only so-so at times, her footwork a bit off, Serena Williams got by and got through Thursday night against an opponent ranked just 117th, beating Margarita Gasparyan 6-2, 6-4 and letting out a cry of "Yes!" at the end that reverberated in a nearly empty Arthur Ashe Stadium.

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