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Photos: Best of the Monte Carlo semifinals and finals

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Stanislas Wawrinka won the first all-Swiss final since 2000. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)

It was an eventful week at the Monte Carlo Masters, where Stanislas Wawrinka became just the second man outside the ATP’s Big Four to win one of the last 30 Masters 1000 events.

Wawrinka’s come-from-behind 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2 win over Roger Federer in the final makes him 6-0 against top 10 players this year and moves him to No. 1 in the Race to the London, a ranking based solely on points earned this year. His first Masters title was his tour-leading third title of the season., which isn’t bad for a guy who hadn’t won anything bigger than an ATP 250 a year ago.

In short: Stan really is The Man.

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  • Published On Apr 20, 2014
  • Photos: Maria Sharapova celebrates her 27th birthday in Germany

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    Maria Sharapova poses with her team in Stuttgart, Germany.

    Maria Sharapova poses with her team in Stuttgart, Germany. (Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

    Maria Sharapova celebrated her 27th birthday the way most 27-year-olds do: by wearing traditional a German dress while sitting on a Porsche with a costumed team of men in lederhosen. Celebrities, they’re just like us!

    Has it really been 10 years since Sharapova won Wimbledon as a 17-year-old? She celebrated her big day in Stuttgart, Germany, where she is the two-time defending champion at the Porsche Grand Prix, which begins on Monday. Joined by her team, Sharapova decided to dress up in a traditional German dirndl for the kind of photo adventure you can only find in Germany, one that involves luxury cars, merry-go-rounds and enormous teddy bear mascots.

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  • Published On Apr 19, 2014
  • Photos: Rafael Nadal has a horrible poker face

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    Rafael Nadal could not outwit No. 1 female poker player Vanessa Selbst. (VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

    For the last two years, Rafael Nadal has been honing his poker game as an ambassador for PokerStars — one of the stranger sponsorship pairings in tennis — and he even won an exhibition tournament in Prague last December.

    But Nadal was no match in a heads-up game against the world-No. 1 female poker player Vanessa Selbst in Monte Carlo last week. It’s all for a good cause though, as 5,000 Euros were donated to charity for the event.

    Nadal playing poker is always an amusing thought given how demonstrative and fired up he gets on the tennis court. Put it this way: What in the world does Rafael Nadal’s poker face look like?

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  • Published On Apr 15, 2014
  • Photos: Monte Carlo player party

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    Tomas Berdych and Julien Benneteau cleaned up for the Monte Carlo player party. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)

    The Monte Carlo Masters is famous for many things: beautiful views, clay-court drama and top-class tennis. It’s also known for hits ritzy and fairly secretive player party, where players get dressed up for night of glamour and laughs. The Monte Carlo player party always features the players doing musical sketches for each other. One time, Novak Djokovic did the Thriller dance and another time, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga appeared in drag; last year the Harlem Shake broke out on stage.

    Unfortunately details about this year’s show have been few and far between, which only piques our interest more. For all we know, Roger Federer dressed up like Ellen Degeneres and recreated that famous Oscar selfie. Maybe Djokovic and Rafael Nadal teamed up for an incoherent True Detective parody. Maybe Fabio Fognini did his best Fabio Fognini impression. What if we never know?

    While we wait patiently for the details of what happened behind closed doors, take a look at the players arriving in all sorts of blazers and denim below.

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  • Published On Apr 15, 2014
  • Photos: ATP’s elite prepare for Monte Carlo Masters

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    Rafael Nadal is trying to win the Monte Carlo Masters for the ninth time in his career. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)

    The third ATP Masters 1000 tournament is already underway at the Monte Carlo Masters — blink and you already missed Ernests Gulbis’ first round loss to Alexandr Dolgopolov on Sunday.

    The top names won’t take the court until Tuesday afternoon when Novak Djokovic kicks off his title defense against No. 57 Albert Montanes, while Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer won’t begin their tournaments until Wednesday.

    That just means there’s more time for practice before the first big clay tournament of the season. See how the ATP’s top guys are preparing.

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  • Published On Apr 14, 2014
  • Photos: Rafael Nadal is on a boat in Monte Carlo

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    Rafael Nadal enjoys his boating adventure. ( Julian Finney/Getty Images)

    Rafael Nadal is doing his best to relax before he begins his bid for a ninth title at the Monte Carlo Masters this week, and what better way for an island guy to enjoy himself than on a boat? Nadal visited the Monte Carlo Yacht Club and rode along with the crew of the Tuiga as it sailed around the harbor.

    “It was a wonderful way to enjoy an afternoon,” Nadal said. “It was a special experience for me. I am from an island, so the sea, the sails and everything involved means a lot to me… I don’t go sailing very often. I go more often on a motor boat. I don’t have much time at the moment for sailing, maybe in the future. I spend a lot of time on the sea when I’m at home, especially in the summer. I live in front of the sea and the port is three minutes from my home.”

    More photos from Rafa’s day at the harbor below.

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  • Published On Apr 14, 2014
  • Caroline Wozniacki dyes her hair pink for the Masters’ Par 3 tournament

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    Caroline Wozniacki caddied for fiance Rory McIlroy, who’s a favorite to win this year’s Masters. (Matt Slocum/AP)

    Do not adjust your television sets: Caroline Wozniacki appears to have gone punk pink just in time for The Masters.

    The former No. 1 played her role as caddy to fiance Rory McIlroy during The Masters’ Par 3 warm-up tournament on Wednesday and showed up with a bright mop of hot-pink hair on her head. Leave it to Caroline to find a way to get everyone to stop talking about the gigantic diamond that has been sitting on her finger since the New Year.

    But knowing Wozniacki, the question that immediately came to mind was whether this dye-job was real. Look, she’s tried to fool people before when it comes to her hair, and she’s shown a penchant for a wig or two. Caroline’s questionable prankery and timing: A tradition unlike any other. So what do you think? Has Woz gone punk or prank?

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  • Published On Apr 09, 2014
  • Photos: Best shots from the Davis Cup quarterfinals

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    This could be the year Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka bring the Davis Cup home to Swizerland. (FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

    After a thrilling weekend of Davis Cup ties, we’re down to the Final Four, France will host the two-time defending champion Czech Republic, while Switzerland, the only team left to never have won Davis Cup, will host Italy. The semifinals will be played in September the week after the U.S. Open.

    NGUYEN: Roger Federer propels Team Switzerland into Davis Cup semifinals

    The World Group Playoffs will take place the same weekend as the main competition. With promotion and relegation on the line, the U.S. will host the Slovak Republic and Canada will host Colombia. In a tough travel schedule, Serbia will have to fly to India and Spain will travel to South American to play Brazil. Will we see Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal jump in to help their teams stay in the World Group? We will see.

    Here’s a look at some of our favorite photos from last weekend’s quarterfinals:

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  • Published On Apr 09, 2014
  • Photos: Best of Sony Open finals

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    Novak Djokovic jumps for joy after defeating Rafael Nadal in the Sony Open final. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

    Novak Djokovic jumps for joy after defeating Rafael Nadal in the Sony Open final. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

    Serena Williams and Li Na put on a show in the Sony Open final, with Serena once again reigning supreme for her seventh title in Miami. Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic laid down a statement win over Rafael Nadal in the men’s final to complete the Indian Wells/Miami double for the second time.

    The upshot of it all? Williams and Djokovic are still the best hard-court players in the game.

    But before we move on to the clay-court season, here’s a look at some of the best photos from the final weekend of the spring hard-court season (no offense, Monterrey Open!):

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  • Published On Apr 01, 2014
  • Photos: Charleston player party

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    CHARLESTON, S.C. — Many of the WTA Tour’s best came out in full force for the Family Circle Cup player party on Sunday night.

    Fresh off winning her seventh Sony Open title in Miami, Serena Williams stopped by with a little furry friend in tow. Sloane Stephens, Eugenie Bouchard and Madison Keys hammed it up at the candy-themed party.

    The party MVP is split between Keys and Andrea Petkovic. It takes courage to hit an empty dance floor and boogie down to Kesha and mug in the photo booth:

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  • Published On Mar 31, 2014


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