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McDonald upsets Nishikori in DC for 1st ATP final

WASHINGTON — A little more than two years ago, American tennis player Mackenzie McDonald needed surgery for a torn hamstring tendon and couldn’t walk for weeks. Look at him now — a finalist at an ATP tournament for the first time. McDonald, 26, beat 2015 champion Kei Nishikori 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 at the Citi Open in a back-and-forth semifinal filled ...

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Unseeded Brooksby, Sinner to meet in DC semis

WASHINGTON — Jenson Brooksby wasn’t even supposed to play in the Citi Open. Now he’s in the final four of his first ATP 500 event. Brooksby beat 11th-seeded John Millman of Australia 6-1, 6-2 in just 67 minutes on Friday at the hard-court tournament, making the 20-year-old from Sacramento, California, the lowest-ranked semifinalist in Washington since John Isner in 2007. ...

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Nadal loses to 50th-ranked Harris in Washington

WASHINGTON — The good news for Rafael Nadal was that his painful left foot felt much better Thursday at the Citi Open. The bad news? His debut appearance at the tournament ended after two rough outings. A day after needing three sets and more than three hours to get by at the hard-court tuneup for the U.S. Open, Nadal was ...

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Gauff lost sense of smell; still waiting for shot

WASHINGTON — Teen tennis sensation Coco Gauff said she was supposed to get her first vaccine shot the same week she got COVID-19, which forced her to pull out of the Tokyo Olympics and has left her without her sense of smell. “I’m just happy that I didn’t have really many symptoms. I was pretty much asymptomatic,” the 17-year-old American ...

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Federer out of two tournaments, cites knee

Roger Federer pulled out of the upcoming hard-court tournaments in Toronto and Cincinnati on Thursday, citing lingering issues with his surgically repaired knee and shedding doubt on his status for the US Open. The withdrawals by Federer, who turns 40 on Sunday, were announced separately by the two events. This news follows the 20-time Grand Slam champion’s decision to sit ...

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Nadal returns from layoff, tops Sock at Citi Open

WASHINGTON — There were moments, to be sure, when Rafael Nadal played quite like someone competing for the first time in nearly two months and dealing with a left foot injury he acknowledged afterward was painful. The shaky serving. The consecutive netted forehands that handed over a key break. The inability to take control against an opponent ranked 192nd. And ...

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ATP to return to pre-pandemic rankings system

LONDON — The ATP men’s tennis tour will return to its pre-pandemic, 52-week ranking system later this month after a year using a special setup that accounted for tournaments canceled because of the coronavirus outbreak. The tour announced Wednesday that the change back to its usual rolling system will come on Aug. 23, taking into account results from the Western ...

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Osaka among 3 to pull out of tuneup in Montreal

MONTREAL — Naomi Osaka pulled out of the National Bank Open hard-court tuneup to be played in Montreal this month ahead of the US Open. The tournament announced the withdrawals of Osaka and two other top-10 players who have won Grand Slam titles, Sofia Kenin and Iga Swiatek, on Tuesday. Osaka is coming off a third-round loss at the Tokyo ...

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Americans Korda, Nakashima cruise in Citi Open

WASHINGTON — Sebastian Korda is less than a month past his 21st birthday. Brandon Nakashima turned 20 on Tuesday. Both young Americans picked up straight-set victories at the Citi Open. The 12th-seeded Korda, who is coming off a fourth-round run at Wimbledon, moved into the second round at the hard-court event in the nation’s capital by beating Vasek Pospisil of ...

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