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Watch List: Roger Federer leads Swiss at Davis Cup, Serena goes to Charleston

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Serena Williams will arrive in Charlotte carrying a 15-match win streak on the green clay. (Lynne Sladky/AP)

Serena Williams will arrive in Charlotte carrying a 15-match win streak at the venue. (Lynne Sladky/AP)

The Watch List spotlights the must-know storylines for the upcoming week in tennis. This week, Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Sloane Stephens and Eugenie Bouchard ease into the clay season in Charleston, S.C., while the men pause for Davis Cup.

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Serena Williams was all smiles after winning her seventh Sony Open title on Saturday, and she’ll take that positive energy to Charleston, S.C., where she is the two-time defending champion. She has a 15-match winning streak on Charleston’s green clay, having lost just one set in the last two years. Needless to say, she’s the top seed, with last year’s finalist, Jelena Jankovic, the No. 2 seed. The two played a memorable final last year, when the veterans trading some verbal jabs before Serena rallied from a set down to win 12 of the last 14 games. Read More…


  • Published On Mar 30, 2014
  • Roger Federer, Stanislas Wawrinka advance to Indian Wells doubles semis

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    Roger Federer (left) and Stanislas Wawrinka are into the semifinals at Indian Wells. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

    INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka won’t be meeting in singles at the BNP Paribas Open, but they’re not finished playing doubles yet.

    The Swiss duo defeated reigning U.S. Open champions Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek 6-3, 6-7 (6), 10-4 on Wednesday night to advance to the semifinals. Federer and Wawrinka, who teamed up to make the final here in 2011, will face No. 2 Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares next. In the other semifinal, No. 1 Bob and Mike Bryan will meet John Isner and Sam Querrey, an unseeded American team that beat No. 3 Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo.

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  • Published On Mar 13, 2014
  • Roger Federer, Stanislas Wawrinka reach doubles quarters at Indian Wells

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    Stanislas Wawrinka (left) and Roger Federer have won their first two doubles matches at Indian Wells. (Mark J. Terrill/AP)

    INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka defeated Ernests Gulbis and Milos Raonic 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4) on Monday to advance to the quarterfinals at the BNP Paribas Open.

    The Swiss duo’s victory came after both players won singles matches earlier in the day. Federer beat Dmitry Tursunov 7-6 (7), 7-6 (2), and Wawrinka rolled past Andreas Seppi 6-0, 6-2. Federer meets Tommy Haas and Wawrinka faces Kevin Anderson in the fourth round on Wednesday. The winners of those two matches will play in the quarterfinals.

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  • Published On Mar 11, 2014
  • Photos: Stanislas Wawrinka shows off his new Australian Open trophy

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    Stanislas Wawrinka poses with his Australian Open trophy near the Yarra River in Melbourne. (Rick Rycroft/AP)

    Stanislas Wawrinka is already back in Switzerland to try and recuperate and recover for Switzerland’s upcoming Davis Cup tie against Serbia, but before he left, he enjoyed some quality time with his brand now Norman Brookes Challenge Cup, awarded to the winner of the Australian Open. Wawrinka defeated No. 1 Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in the final to capture his first Slam title and rose to a career-high No. 3 in the ATP rankings.

    More photos from Wawrinka’s champion’s photo shoot below:

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  • Published On Jan 29, 2014
  • Best photos from Stanislas Wawrinka’s Australian Open victory

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    Win or lose, Wawrinka will be the No. 1 Swiss on Monday. (Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

    Only Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and now Stanislas Wawrinka have beaten Rafael Nadal in a Grand Slam final. (Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

    MELBOURNE, Australia — Stanislas Wawrinka became just the third man to beat Rafael Nadal in a Grand Slam final, snapping his 12-match losing streak to the Spaniard to win 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in the Australian Open men’s final. Wawrinka will rise to No. 3 on Monday, taking over the position as the Swiss No. 1 from Roger Federer after becoming the first man since Juan Martin del Potro to snag a Slam title from the ATP’s Big Four. Nadal said after the match that he felt back pain during his pre-match warm up and the injury grew worse as the match progressed.

    “[This] is not the moment to talk a lot about the back,” Nadal said, shutting down questions about the extent of the injury. “It’s Stan’s day, not my day. As I say before, I try my best and was not possible for me today. I’m obviously disappointed and very sad about what happened. But that’s life, that’s sport.”

    Wawrinka was still in shock after the win and admitted that he would need time to process just what he’s done. “There’s a big chance I get drunk tonight,” he said after the match. Well if there was ever a time to do it, it would be after your first Slam win.

    Here are some of our favorite photos from the men’s final:

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  • Published On Jan 26, 2014
  • Highlights from Stanislas Wawrinka vs. Rafael Nadal Australian Open final

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    Stanislas Wawrinka is the first player to beat the top two seeds at a Grand Slam in 20 years. (SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

    Stanislas Wawrinka is the first player to beat the top two seeds at a Grand Slam in 20 years. (SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

    MELBOURNE, Australia — Stanislas the Swiss Stunner. Or you can just call him “Stanimal.”

    Stanislas Wawrinka beat Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 to win the Australian Open on Sunday, delivering his first Grand Slam title in his first major final at age 28.

    Is there a new King of Switzerland? Wawrinka will rise to a career-best No. 3 on Monday, replacing Roger Federer (who drops to No. 8) as the new Swiss No. 1

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  • Published On Jan 26, 2014
  • Stanislas Wawrinka must reverse history vs. Rafael Nadal in title match

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    Stanislas Wawrinka will hope his backhand can be effective against Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final. (Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

    MELBOURNE, Australia — “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.” That’s the quote inscribed on No. 8 Stanislas Wawrinka’s forearm, and it will be his motto going into his first Slam final, where he will take on No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final on Sunday. Wawrinka has never won a set off Nadal, losing 26 straight sets in 12 matches. Then again, he hadn’t beaten Novak Djokovic in 14 straight matches and finally got the best of him in the quarterfinals here.

    “I have played him so many times, lost so many times, but I’m going to try again,” Wawrinka said. “I know what I have to do. I know that I have to play aggressive, serve really well, and try to always push him.”

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  • Published On Jan 25, 2014


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