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Roger Federer, Kevin Durant, Chloe Kim, Adam Rippon, J.J. Watt, Virat Kohli on Time 100

Tennis star Roger Federer is one of six people featured on a Time magazine cover honoring its most influential people of 2018, as six current athletes made the annual list. Along with Federer, Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant and cricket batsman Virat Kohli were recognized in the magazine’s Titans sections. Olympic gold medalist Chloe Kim, figure skater Adam Rippon and Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt also were featured in the Top 100. Federer’s entry was written by Microsoft founder Bill Gates. In it, Gates recognized Federer as tennis’…

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Novak Djokovic falls to Dominic Thiem at Monte Carlo Masters

MONACO — A day after needing 10 match points to advance, Novak Djokovic didn’t come close to getting even one. The former top-ranked Serb lost to Dominic Thiem 6-7 (2), 6-2, 6-3 Thursday in the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters despite saying recently he was finally playing pain-free after two years of struggles with a persistent right elbow injury. Djokovic saved one match point against Thiem, but indecision appeared to cost him on the second. The ninth-seeded Djokovic seemed to change his mind about which shot to play,…

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Rafael Nadal doesn’t plan to skip major tournaments like Roger Federer

MONACO — For now, Rafael Nadal doesn’t see himself skipping any major tournaments the way Roger Federer has been by 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 to Federer, 36, in their seemingly eternal battle for tennis supremacy. For the second consecutive season, Federer is skipping the entire clay-court season in order to be at his best on grass. After coming back from…

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Rafael Nadal shows he’s a star molded from clay and Novak Djokovic wins at Rolex Monte Carlo Masters

MONACO — Wednesday at the Rolex Monte Carlo Masters is the money ticket for fans, the day the big guns get stuck in. And as Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal went back to back on Court Rainier III, it was hard not to draw a comparison between the man who was once king and the man who will forever be the king of clay. Djokovic showed good mental strength and a much-improved game to get past Croatia’s Borna Coric 7-6, 7-5. But the huge effort required, the up and down…

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Novak Djokovic needs 10 match points to beat Borna Coric at Monte Carlo Masters

MONACO — 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 Aljaz Bedene 6-1, 6-3. Djokovic first missed two match points with Coric serving at 5-3, then wasted another seven in a marathon game when serving for the match. The ninth-seeded Serb took a 40-0 lead in that game, but…

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WTA ZhengZhou Open – Saisai Zheng wins, Yanina Wickmayer sets up quarterfinal vs. Mai Minokoshi

6:19 AM ET ESPN staff Saisai Zheng advanced to the quarterfinal stage of the WTA ZhengZhou Open after victory over world No. 176 Fangzhou Liu. Despite losing the first set 2-6, Zheng battled back over the following two sets and emerged victorious winning the final two sets 6-4 6-0 to advance to the final eight. Elsewhere, world No. 107 Yanina Wickmayer beat China’s Xiyu Wang 6-3 6-1 and will face Minokoshi in the quarterfinal. Danielle Lao cruised to victory over Japan’s Eri Hozumi 6-3 6-3 to join Zheng in the…

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Dominic Thiem, the ATP’s ironman, the rest is mystery as he plays Rolex Monte Carlo Masters

No one enjoys playing tennis more than Austria’s Dominic Thiem, or at least, no one plays more tennis than Thiem. In his short time on the ATP Tour, the world No. 7 has racked up air miles, quickly establishing himself as the ironman of the men’s game. So it must have come as something of a shock, then, for the 24-year-old to find himself sitting on the sofa last month, taking it easy while the world’s best players were battling it out in Miami. If it was by necessity rather…

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Dominic Thiem saves match point and reaches 3rd round at Monte Carlo

MONACO — Dominic Thiem saved a match point and beat Andrey Rublev of Russia 5-7, 7-5, 7-5 in the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters on Tuesday. Rublev was serving for the match at 5-4, 40-30 but hit a forehand narrowly wide. Fifth-seeded Thiem broke him with backhand pass down the line and held for 6-5. The Austrian was 15-40 up on Rublev’s serve and clinched victory on his first match point, when Rublev double-faulted with a weak serve into the net. “I was 10 centimeters from being out…

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Jared Donaldson fined for ranting at umpire at Monte Carlo Masters

MONACO — Jared Donaldson has been fined $6,200 for unsportsmanlike conduct after ranting at the chair umpire during his first-round loss to Albert Ramos-Vinolas at the Monte Carlo Masters. The American became irate with a call when Ramos-Vinolas was serving at 3-2, 40-0 in the second set on Monday. Donaldson thought the serve was out and pointed to the ground, shouting, “There’s a mark right here,” then screaming the same words in the face of French umpire Arnaud Gabas. He then squared up to Gabas and shouted: “Yes it is,…

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Maria Sharapova commits to play in new Bay Area tour event

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Maria Sharapova has committed to play in the Bay Area this summer as the former Stanford WTA stop moves to San Jose State University. The five-time Grand Slam champion will play in the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic from July 30 to. Aug. 5, the tournament announced Monday. It has a 28-player singles draw. This will be the first year of the event at San Jose State after the former Bank of the West Classic was held at Stanford. After a first-round win last year, former world…

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