Stories by Howard Fendrich

Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015

Nationals hire Dusty Baker as manager

WASHINGTON - Dusty Baker got another managing job, this time with the Washington Nationals.
By Howard Fendrich

Monday, Sept. 14, 2015

Djokovic enjoys being in the Grand Slam driver's seat

NEW YORK - Novak Djokovic could not find his keys. Alone in a parking lot outside Arthur Ashe Stadium at about 2 a.m. Monday, hours after beating Roger Federer in the U.S.
By Howard Fendrich

Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015

Djokovic captures his 10th Grand Slam

NEW YORK - Thrilled to win a point in the U.S. Open final, and bent on proving a point, Novak Djokovic leaped and roared and threw an uppercut, then glared at some of the thousands of spectators ...
By Howard Fendrich

Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015

Federer expects 'straight shootout' with Djokovic

NEW YORK - The blockbuster U.S. Open final between No. 1 Novak Djokovic and No. 2 Roger Federer today is tantalizing for so many reasons.
By Howard Fendrich

Pennetta, 33, wins women's U.S. Open, then retires

NEW YORK - Talk about going out on top: Flavia Pennetta won the U.S. Open for her first Grand Slam title at age 33, and then announced during the trophy ceremony she has decided to retire.
By Howard Fendrich

Friday, Sept. 11, 2015

Serena's bid for Grand Slam ends in stunning upset

NEW YORK - In one of the most significant upsets in the history of tennis, Serena Williams finally found a hole too big to climb out of, losing 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 on Friday at Flushing Meadows to ...
By Howard Fendrich

Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015

Williams has to wait to play semifinal

NEW YORK - Serena Williams will have to wait before continuing her bid for a calendar-year Grand Slam: Her U.S. Open semifinal was postponed because of rain in the forecast.
By Howard Fendrich

Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015

Federer, Wawrinka to meet in semis

NEW YORK - Roger Federer is back in the semifinals of the U.S. Open for the 10th time. To get back to his first final at Flushing Meadows in six years, he'll have to beat someone he knows quite ...
By Howard Fendrich

Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015

Serena outlasts Venus at U.S. Open

NEW YORK - If Serena Williams would feel sympathy for any opponent standing in the way of her pursuit of tennis' first true Grand Slam in 27 years, it might very well be her sister Venus.
By Howard Fendrich

Monday, Sept. 7, 2015

Andy Murray upset at U.S. Open

NEW YORK - 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.
By Howard Fendrich

Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015

Williams sisters to face off Tuesday

NEW YORK - No need for any extra practice after this performance by Serena Williams. It's not as if she needs to study too hard to figure out her next opponent. Playing the best she has in the U.S.
By Howard Fendrich

Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015

Nadal finishes major season without a win

NEW YORK - For the first time in his career, Rafael Nadal lost a Grand Slam match after taking a two-set lead.
By Howard Fendrich

Friday, Sept. 4, 2015

Williams survives early scare at U.S. Open

NEW YORK - Can't count out Serena Williams, no matter how big the deficit, no matter how off-target her strokes, no matter how much the pressure might be mounting as she bids for a calendar-year ...
By Howard Fendrich

Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015

Murray rallies to win in second round of U.S. Open

NEW YORK - Before they stepped on court, there was nothing to suggest Andy Murray would have any trouble against Adrian Mannarino in the U.S. Open's second round.
By Howard Fendrich

Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015

Williams struggles past qualifier

NEW YORK - The enormity of what is at stake for Serena Williams at the U.S. Open - the first true Grand Slam in tennis in more than a quarter of a century - hit her Wednesday.
By Howard Fendrich

Monday, Aug 31, 2015

Serena faces little resistance in first round

NEW YORK - Even before Serena Williams set foot in Arthur Ashe Stadium, her path through the U.S. Open to complete a true Grand Slam became a lot easier.
By Howard Fendrich

Saturday, Aug 29, 2015

Williams' bigget foe is 'fear and doubt'

When the U.S. Open begins Monday, the No. 1-seeded Williams will embark on a bid to become the first tennis player since Steffi Graf in 1988 to win the sport's four most prestigious tournaments in ...
By Howard Fendrich

Monday, July 13, 2015

Column: Djokovic starting to gain on rivals in record books

Novak Djokovic has firmly established his bona fides as one of the greats of the game by just about any measure.
By Howard Fendrich

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Williams wants to complete true Grand Slam

LONDON - Before Serena Williams moves on from completing a second "Serena Slam" to pursuing tennis' first true Grand Slam in more than a quarter-century, it's worth pausing to appreciate what ...
By Howard Fendrich

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Federer, Djokovic are near-even in rivalry

LONDON - When Roger Federer faces Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final for the second consecutive year today, they will be resuming a rivalry that has been about as even as possible.
By Howard Fendrich
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