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(Geoff Burke)

NEW YORK -- Andy Murray was the trendy pick of many tennis experts to win the US Open.

After all, the 29-year-old Scot won both Wimbledon and the Olympics -- for a second time each -- this summer, and he appeared to be on a roll coming into Flushing Meadows.

But No. 6 Kei Nishikori slowed No. 2 Murray's roll with a five-set upset in the quarterfinals, 1-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5, in a match that lasted 3 hours, 58 minutes.

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NEW YORK -- As we move through history, it is often difficult to tell precisely when a specific era has ended in real time.

It is only when we have the perspective to look back over a period of years and take stock of what exactly happened and when it occurred that we can truly define the beginning or end of an era.

With that said, it appears as though the Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal Era in men's tennis is now behind us.

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NEW YORK -- Here we go into the second week of the US Open and the only Americans remaining in the singles draws are named Williams.

That's right, 36-year-old Venus Williams and soon-to-be-35-year-old Serena Williams -- both of whom are set to play their fourth-round matches on Monday afternoon in Arthur Ashe Stadium.

This became reality on Sunday afternoon when Madison Keys, a big-hitting 21-year old from Boca Raton, Fla., seeded No. 8, bowed out of the women's draw at the hands of Caroline Wozniacki, 6-3, 6-4, on a perfect sunny afternoon for tennis in Ashe. That was followed shortly thereafter by Nebraska native Jack Sock losing to Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 6-3, 6-3, 6-7, 6-2, on Louis Armstrong Stadium.

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(Geoff Burke / USA Today)

NEW YORK -- It's still just Day 3 here at the US Open, so it's best not to get too carried away thinking about the potentially bright future of American men's tennis.

Check back next week and see how many Yanks are playing during the second week of the year's final Grand Slam.

Remember, no American man has won a major title since Andy Roddick captured the Open back in 2003.

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The Big Four in men's tennis are down to a Big Three for this US Open, but are still looking to extend their dominance over the rest of the field.

Five-time champion Roger Federer is sidelined for the rest of 2016 with a knee ailment, but Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal remain the three favorites to win the title on Sept. 11.

The Big Four have won 42 of the past 46 Grand Slam titles dating to the 2005 French Open. During that stretch, Nadal has won 14 titles, Federer 13, Djokovic 12 and Murray three. Still, two of the four exceptions during that span have happened in Queens, with Juan Martin Del Potro capturing the 2009 US Open by beating both Nadal and Federer en route to the title and Marin Cilic winning the 2014 Open by crushing Federer in the semifinals.

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John Isner reacts after winning match point against Frances Tiafoe at the US Open. Isner later chimed in on Colin Kaepernick. (Geoff Burke)
John Isner reacts after winning match point against Frances Tiafoe at the US Open. Isner later chimed in on Colin Kaepernick. (Geoff Burke)

NEW YORK -- John Isner is not a fan of Colin Kaepernick.

The 6-foot-10 American tennis star was asked his thoughts on the San Francisco 49ers' quarterback sitting during the National Anthem, and his response was quick and harsh.

"Yeah, I thought that was pathetic from him," Isner, who played college tennis at the University of Georgia and is ranked No. 21 in the world, said after his five-set victory over fellow American Frances Tiafoe at the US Open. "The cause he was going for, fine by me, but don't do it in that fashion. He could have found some other ways to present his voice there. A lot of NBA players have done it, and good on 'em.

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(Geoff Burke)

NEW YORK -- With the US Open set to begin on Monday, defending champion and world No. 1 Novak Djokovic says his left wrist is not in an "ideal state" -- which could open things up for Wimbledon champ and Olympic gold medalist Andy Murray to continue his late-season roll.

Djokovic is right-handed, but the wrist injury impacts him when he slugs his two-handed backhand.

"Well, the wrist hasn't been in ideal start for the last three and a half weeks, but I'm doing everything in my power with obviously the medical team to make sure that I'm as close to 100 percent as possible during the course of this tournament, at least for the beginning of it," said Djokovic, who withdrew from the recent ATP Masters Series event in Cincinnati because of the injury.

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NEW YORK -- When God said, 'Let there be light," it presumably only took him one try.

For Billie Jean King, it required three.

The tennis legend had to push a button three times Tuesday morning before the new retractable roof inside Arthur Ashe Stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center actually opened -- providing a window into the sunlight and blue sky above.

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Jul 9, 2015; London, United Kingdom; Maria Sharapova (RUS) reacts during her match against Serena Williams (USA) on day ten of The Championships Wimbledon at the AELTC. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports  (Susan Mullane)
Jul 9, 2015; London, United Kingdom; Maria Sharapova (RUS) reacts during her match against Serena Williams (USA) on day ten of The Championships Wimbledon at the AELTC. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports (Susan Mullane)

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Maria Sharapova has called a news conference to make what her agent calls a "major announcement."

The news conference is scheduled for noon on Monday in Los Angeles. Her agent, Max Eisenbud, declined to say what the subject of the announcement is.

The news conference comes days after Sharapova announced she was pulling out of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells because of a left forearm injury.

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Novak Djokovic is at the peak of his powers and you have to wonder how long this can continue.He won his 6th...

Posted by Adam Zagoria on Sunday, January 31, 2016
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Roger Federer will turn 36 in 2017, the year of the first proposed Laver Cup. (Robert Deutsch / USA Today)
Roger Federer will turn 36 in 2017, the year of the first proposed Laver Cup. (Robert Deutsch / USA Today)

Roger Federer's expected participation in a new team tennis event modeled after the Ryder Cup suggests he will play tennis into 2017, when he will turn 36.

Christopher Clarey of the New York Times reported that Federer came up with the idea of forming the new Laver Cup, a men's tennis event to debut in 2017 that will pit the best players from Europe against their counterparts from around the globe.

"Rod Laver is someone I've always thought was very inspiring," Federer told the Times "I think it's important to leave a legacy for the legends, and Rod Laver to me stands out because of his achievements and his character and everything. And that's when the idea came of the Laver Cup, to name a cup after him and to also have captains which then lead a team of today's players."

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Sep 14, 2015; New York, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia poses with the championship trophy the day after winning the 2015 U.S. Open at Central Park. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports (Susan Mullane)
Sep 14, 2015; New York, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia poses with the championship trophy the day after winning the 2015 U.S. Open at Central Park. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports (Susan Mullane)

NEW YORK -- Novak Djokovic never faced the tremendous pressure that Serena Williams coped with this year as she pursued the first tennis Grand Slam in more than a quarter century.

But in the end, it turns out that Djokovic had a more successful 2015 than Serena did.

With his 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 win over Roger Federer in front of a highly charged pro-Federer crowd in the US Open final, Djokovic captured his third Major title of the year and 10th of his career.

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NEW YORK -- Serena Williams isn't going anywhere.

Despite her shocking loss to Roberta Vinci in the US Open semifinals on Friday, the soon-to-be-34-year-old Williams should remain the dominant player in woman's tennis through the 2016 Olympics in Rio and possibly for the next several years.

"She's still the favorite to do it [win the Grand Slam] next year," Novak Djokovic said after Williams was stunned in three sets by Vinci, ending Serena's bid to become the first woman since Steffi Graf in 1988 to capture the Grand Slam.

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On a day when Serena Williams was supposed to make history, Flavia Pennetta did instead.

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NEW YORK -- The dream final is on in the US Open.

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NEW YORK -- There will be no historic Grand Slam for Serena Williams after all.

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NEW YORK -- Thanks to Mother Nature, Serena Williams' quest for a calendar?Grand Slam will have to wait a day.

The women's semifinals were postponed to Friday morning at 11 a.m. due to the weather, and will be followed by the men's semifinals beginning at 5 p.m. There will be two separate ticketing sessions in Arthur Ashe Stadium.

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NEW YORK -- The All-Swiss semifinal is on at the US Open.

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Amid all the hype surrounding Serena Williams' quest for the Grand Slam, it may be easy to overlook the year that Novak Djokovic is having.

Having already won the Australian Open and Wimbledon, the No. 1 men's player in the world could win his third major title of the year at the US Open and the 10th of his still ascendant career.

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NEW YORK -- There wasn't much on the line when Serena Williams met her older sister Venus in the US Open quarterfinals amid an electric atmosphere Tuesday night.

Just a shot at the first calendar Grand Slam in more than a quarter century, a US Open title and the way two sisters look at each other.

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NEW YORK -- Roger Federer hasn't been to a US Open final since 2009, something he himself pointed out last month after beating world No. 1 Novak Djokovic to win the title in Cincinnati.

Now Federer is just two victories away from reaching another final -- and three wins shy of capturing his sixth US Open crown, his 18th major championship and his first Grand Slam title since the 2012 Wimbledon.

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NEW YORK -- Four Roger Federer fans dressed in red shirts with the letters "S-A-B-R" spelled out stood in the upper reaches of Arthur Ashe Stadium.

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Andy Murray watched a 130 mph ace zoom by to create a two-set deficit at the U.S. Open, and then sat in his changeover chair and cursed at himself, over and over and over.

A little later, Murray cracked his racket against the court once, breaking the frame, and went to the sideline and mangled his equipment even more, before meandering over to hand it to someone in the stands.

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NEW YORK -- Can Venus Williams halt her younger sister's march toward history?

That is the $64,000 question heading into the Williams Sisters' epic US Open quarterfinal match on Tuesday night in Arthur Ashe Stadium.

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Serena Williams will face her sister Venus in the US Open quarterfinals on Tuesday night. Serena leads 15-11 all-time.?Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

NEW YORK -- The next person standing in between Serena Williams and her quest for a calendar Grand Slam is her older sister Venus.

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NEW YORK -- Genie Bouchard?has withdrawn from the US Open with a concussion.

The blonde bombshell from Canada was due to play Roberta Vinci?Sunday in the Round of 16 in a ?late afternoon match in Louis Armstrong Stadium, but the tournament announced she had pulled out.

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Roger Federer meets American John Isner on Labor Day at the US Open.?Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

With John Isner set to take on Roger Federer?in the fourth round of the US Open on Labor Day, Isner has challenged the Swiss Maestro to use his new SABR shot against him.

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Genie Bouchard is out of the women's doubles and mixed doubles at the US Open after falling and sustaining a head injury, the tournament announced Saturday.

It remains unclear if Bouchard will continue playing in singles. The Canadian is due to play Roberta Vinci?Sunday in the Round of 16 in a ?late afternoon match in Louis Armstrong Stadium.

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Serena Williams survived a tough match against Bethanie Mattek-Sands to advance to the fourth round of the US Open. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Serena Williams?withstood a major scare against fellow American Bethanie Mattek-Sands but survived and advanced in her quest for a calendar Grand Slam.

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In this Golden Age of men's tennis, every Grand Slam tournament gives the "Big Four" an opportunity to make, still, more history.

To move up on the all-time list of Grand Slam champions and to further distance themselves from their predecessors -- and those who follow in their footsteps.

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NEW YORK -- Displeased with her performance in victory, Serena Williams hit the practice courts.

Hard.

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Madison Keys has already been heralded by Serena Williams as the future No. 1 player in the world.

For now, Serena is the undisputed holder of that title as she pursues the Grand Slam here at the US Open.

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NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter isn't trying to lead the Yankees to the postseason this September, so he spent part of Tuesday afternoon watching tennis instead.

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NEW YORK -- John McEnroe, branded the "Superbrat" by the British press during his heyday, has some words of wisdom for the modern-day tennis brat: Australia's Nick Kyrgios.

"I hope he learns from these bonehead moves. He should be a seed already, at least 20," McEnroe said of Kyrgios during the Australian's 7-5, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 loss to No. 3 Andy Murray?in the opening round of the US Open Tuesday night on ESPN.

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NEW YORK -- Roger Federer is not a fan of ESPN's in-match interviews at the US Open.

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Genie Bouchard knew just where to turn with her season on the brink.

The?promising young Canadian tennis star put in a call to the legendary Jimmy Connors with the hopes that the five-time US Open champion could help revive her stalled career.

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Serena Williams took the first step toward the Grand Slam on Monday night. Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

NEW YORK -- One?down, six?to go.

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Roger Federer is a 34-year-old father of not one, but two sets of twins, and hasn't been to the finals of the US Open since 2009.

The Swiss Maestro?captured the last of his 17 Grand Slam singles titles back at Wimbledon in 2012.

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NEW YORK -- Maria Sharapova

, the No. 3 player in the world and 2006 US Open champion, has pulled out of the event on the eve of the tournament because of a leg injury.

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Jimmy Connors working with Genie Bouchard on Thursday?at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Photo: Mike Stobe / Getty Images

NEW YORK -- Genie Bouchard obviously needs something -- or someone -- to turn around her tennis season.

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NEW YORK -- Novak Djokovic could meet Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals of the US Open, while Roger Federer appears to have a clear path to a potential semifinal meeting with Andy Murray.

Those were the two biggest takeaways when the men's draw came out on Thursday. The US Open begins on Monday.

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NEW YORK -- Serena Williams may be trying to accomplish something that no tennis player has in nearly 30?years, but she claims she doesn't feel any pressure.

When the U.S. Open begins on Monday, the 33-year-old Williams will attempt to become the first woman since Steffi Graf in 1988 to win the calendar Grand Slam.

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The USTA today announced that world No. 1 Novak Djokovic and five-time US Open champion Roger Federer have been named the top two seeds, respectively, in men?s singles at the 2015 US Open, headlining five US Open and six Grand Slam champions to earn Top-10 seeds.

The 2015 US Open will be played August 31 to September 13 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.

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The USTA today announced that world No. 1 and three-time defending US Open champion Serena Williams has been named the top seed in women?s singles at the 2015 US Open.

Having already won the first three Majors of the year, Williams will be seeking to become the first woman since Steffi Graf in 1988 to win the Grand Slam.

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It's possible that no gathering of tennis players will ever feature as much star power as this one assembled by Nike on Monday in New York.

There are a combined 86 Major titles in this group, as Darren Rovell of ESPN pointed out.

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Roger Federer will head into the U.S. Open with major momentum after he took out world No. 1 Novak Djokovic to win his seventh title in Cincinnati.

Playing an attacking style of tennis, the 34-year-old Federer beat Djokovic, 7-6 (1), 6-3 to take the final at the Western & Southern Open for his seventh crown there in 16 appearances.

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Serena Williams may well be the greatest female tennis player of all time, but John McEnroe says he could still take her.

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The USTA on Tuesday?announced that top 18-year old Jared Donaldson, 2011 French Open boys? champion Bjorn Fratangelo, 2012 Olympian Ryan Harrison, former Texas A&M All-American Austin Krajicek, 2015 NCAA champion Ryan Shane and 2015 USTA Boys? 18s National Champion Frances Tiafoe have been awarded men?s singles main draw wild card entries into the 2015 US Open, along with 2001 US Open champion Lleyton Hewitt, of Australia, and Pierre-Hughes Herbert, of France.

The 2015 US Open will be played August 31-September 13 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. Both the men?s and women?s singles champions this year will earn $3.3 million, with the ability to earn an additional $1 million in bonus prize money ? for a total $4.3 million potential payout ? based on their performances in the Emirates Airline US Open Series.

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