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Federer wins Miami opener against U.S. teen

Roger Federer defeated 19-year-old American qualifier Frances Tiafoe 7-6 (2), 6-3 in his return to the Miami Open following a two-year absence. Swiss countryman Stan Wawrinka also advanced.

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Nadal, Raonic breeze into 3rd round in Miami

Rafael Nadal said he has "big motivation" to win his first Key Biscayne title in his 13th career try. He moved on to the third round with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Dudi Sela on Friday.

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Federer, Nishikori out for 1st big clay tourney

Roger Federer and Kei Nishikori are the only top-10 players to not feature in the list of players for the Monte Carlo Masters, the first big clay-court tournament of the season.

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Federer vs. Nadal: Top five memorable matches

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal revived their rivalry in the Australian Open final, and meet again in the last 16 at Indian Wells. Check out their top 5 tussles.

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Don't pit Sharapova against Williams

Yes, Serena Williams' and Maria Sharapova's earnings are often compared. But Sharapova is not here for that.

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Peter Bodo Tennis 

Svetlana Kuznetsova is tennis' jack in the box. Never know when and where she will pop up.

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Roger Federer knocked off Rafael Nadal in straight sets (6-2, 6-3) in the Fourth Round of the Indian Wells Men's Singles, winning three straight vs Nadal for the first time in his career. Nadal, meanwhile, still seeks to join Andre Agassi as the only players to win an ATP Masters 1000 event in their teens, twenties and thirties (Nadal is 30).

Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

Hard to believe, but after a dominating start against Rafael Nadal at Indian Wells, Roger Federer is one set away from winning his third straight match in this storied rivalry for the first time.

Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

How nice is it to see Nick Kyrgios making headlines for the right reasons? For the second time this month, he has beaten Novak Djokovic. This one came at Indian Wells, where the Aussie slugged 14 aces in a 6-4, 7-6 (3) win. Kyrgios has not dropped serve this week.

Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

Maligned as he's been in his career, Nick Kyrgios is one set away from improving his career mark to 2-0 against Novak Djokovic after taking the first set from the Serb at Indian Wells.

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Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer meet tonight (8 ET) in the Fourth Round of the Indian Wells Men's Singles. It's their 36th meeting all-time and their earliest meeting at an event since their first head-to-head match, a Round of 32 matchup in the 2004 Miami Masters. That 2004 match was their only other meeting before the quarterfinals of an event in 36 all-time meetings.

Peter Bodo Tennis 

Don't you get the sense that Nick Kyrgios is about to explode - but in a good way this time?

William Weinbaum ESPN 

World TeamTennis announced Mon. that co-founder Billie Jean King sold her majority ownership of WTT to Mark Ein, founder/owner of the Washington Kastles & Fred Luddy, owner of the San Diego Aviators. King will retain a minority stake in the league & continue as majority owner of the Philadelphia Freedoms.

Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

Insanely crazy match going on in Dubai right now. Andy Murray just saved seven match points against Philipp Kohlschreiber in the second set and won a 31-minute tiebreaker 20-18. Yes, 20-18! To the third they go.

Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

Roger Federer strolled through the corridor with his championship trophy wrapped tightly in his arms, and when he walked by, he let out a big sigh of relief. You think the weight of not winning a Slam for so long didn't bother him? It seems as though it did.

Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

They are celebrating like madmen out here in Melbourne Park. Passionate, if not deliriously obsessed, the majority of Roger Federer fans never thought they'd see what they saw tonight.

Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

Here's Roger Federer, who played his 100th Australian Open match tonight, accepting his winner's trophy: "I would also like to congratulate Rafa on an amazing comeback. I don't think either one of us believed we would be in the Australian Open final when we saw each other four or five months ago. … Tennis is a tough sport, and there are no draws, but if I could have had one, it would have been tonight."

Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

Here's Nadal in his trophy ceremony speech: "Congrats to Roger. Just amazing the way he's playing after such a long time off the tour. … It's always going to be memorable for me here in Melbourne. … I fought a lot for the two weeks, but Roger probably deserved a little more than me today."

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

?With Australian Open, Roger Federer becomes second player to earn $100 million on court in career ($101,163,843). Djokovic has $107.9M.?

Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

When you think of all the narratives that could have played out in Australia, this was one of the least likely, considering Federer's long layoff. He beat four top-10 players and prevailed in three five-setters. It'll be some time before we can put his latest title in perspective, but this has to go down as one of the most memorable Grand Slam runs in history.

William Weinbaum ESPN 

After Roger Federer won the 2004, 2006 & 2007 Australian Opens, he also won Wimbledon and the US Open. Rafael Nadal won the '06 & '07 French Opens, vs. Federer in both finals. After Federer won the 2010 Australian, Nadal won the rest of that year's three majors.

Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

It's over, and it was electric. Roger Federer came back from a break down in the fifth set to beat Rafael Nadal 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 to win the Australian Open. After a near five-year wait, Federer has Grand Slam title No. 18 -- four more than anyone in history.

Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

Roger Federer has a 24,798-1 advantage -- or at least that's what it feels like on Rod Laver Arena. The sold-out crowd is losing its collective mind when Fed wins a point, and it's basically crickets when Nadal does.

Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

Early signs don't spell good news for Federer in the fifth. He took an injury timeout before the set started and was immediately broken when he returned. Crowd is pleading for Fed to get back in this.

Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

Did you know: This will be the fourth 5-setter in a major final for Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, the most in any head-to-head matchup in the Open era.

Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

The crowd erupts after a long, grinding rally.

Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

It's on. Maybe the greatest rivalry in tennis in a championship match Down Under, and Rafa and Roger are going to a fifth set. It's an amazing -- and fitting -- end to a spectacular two weeks of tennis.

Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

Nadal's grunting has picked up and -- shocker of shockers -- so has his game. He went through a stretch in he won 11 of 14 points to seize control of the fourth set. It looks like we might be going the distance.

Johnette Howard ESPN Staff Writer 

Roger Federer ran away with the third set, 6-1, to seize a 2 sets to one lead over Rafael Nadal in their Australian Open final. The Swiss star rallied from a scattershot second set to start hitting some phenomenal winners back at Nadal, a handful of them on backhand service returns he angled back so sharply Nadal could barely get his racket frame on the ball. Federer, 35, needs one more set to win his first major since 2012. #ausopen #federer

Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

The emotions, the twists and turns in momentum are in full swing. Nadal is visibly showing outward emotion, while Federer no longer (at the moment anyway) looks 35. This mental battle between both is as intriguing as the forehands and backhands.