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Djokovic enjoys easy draw in Australia

MELBOURNE, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Novak Djokovic received a favorable draw Friday in his bid to win the Australian Open for the third straight year.

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Doug Marrone is new Buffalo Bills coach ... Djokovic given No. 1 seed in Australia ... Azarenka is top women's seed ... Messi collects fourth FIFA Ballon d'Or ... Sports news from United Press International.
Djokovic given No. 1 seed in Australia

Djokovic given No. 1 seed in Australia

MELBOURNE, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, going for a third consecutive Australian Open championship, on Monday was announced as the top seed for the 2013 tournament.
Djokovic tops ATP rankings

Djokovic tops ATP rankings

LONDON, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Two-time defending Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic leads the ATP world rankings the week before the year's first major tennis tournament.
Tipsarevic rallies in Chennai Open semis

Tipsarevic rallies in Chennai Open semis

CHENNAI, India, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Second-seeded Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia advanced to the finals of the Chennai Open in India Saturday with a three-set win over Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia.
Top-seed Berdych beaten at Chennai Open

Top-seed Berdych beaten at Chennai Open

CHENNAI, India, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Roberto Bautista Agut ousted No. 1-seeded Tomas Berdych in one of three upsets in Friday's quarterfinals of the Aircel Chennai Open tennis tournament in India.
Paire rolls into semis at Chennai Open

Paire rolls into semis at Chennai Open

CHENNAI, India, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Benoit Paire, losing only one game Thursday, steamrolled his way into the quarterfinals of the Aircel Chennai Open tennis tournament in India.

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Injuries could hurt Nadal's ranking

Injuries could hurt Nadal's ranking

LONDON, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- The 2013 ATP tennis schedule opens this week but much of the attention is on Rafael Nadal because he's not playing any time soon.

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Va. Tech to wear Sandy Hook helmet decals ... Ex-MLBer Andruw Jones arrested for battery ... Nadal skips Abu Dhabi event with virus ... Tamils picket Australia cricket match ... Sports news from United Press International.

Nadal skips Abu Dhabi event with virus

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Dec. 25 (UPI) -- Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal Tuesday pulled out of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship exhibition in Abu Dhabi with a stomach virus.
Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams finish strong, top 2012 tennis

Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams finish strong, top 2012 tennis

Novak Djokovic and Victoria Azarenka capped years in which each won six tournaments, including a Grand Slam event, with world No. 1 tennis rankings.
JOHN HENDEL, United Press International

Czechs lead Argentina 2-1 in Davis Cup

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic, July 11 (UPI) -- Radek Stepanek and Tomas Berdych teamed Saturday to give the Czech Republic a doubles win in Davis Cup quarterfinal action.
Tomas Berdych wins the BMW Open

Tomas Berdych wins the BMW Open

MUNICH, Germany, May 10 (UPI) -- Czech Tomas Berdych won the BMW Open in Munich Sunday with a three-set victory against Russian Mikhail Youzhny.
Berdych, Youzhny win Munich semis

Berdych, Youzhny win Munich semis

MUNICH, Germany, May 9 (UPI) -- Czech Tomas Berdych and Mikhail Youzhny of Russia were Saturday's semifinal winners at the BMW Open tennis tournament in Munich.

Berdych among quarterfinalists in Munich

MUNICH, Germany, May 7 (UPI) -- No. 4-seeded Tomas Berdych rallied to a third-set tiebreaker victory Thursday, making the quarterfinals of the $595,000 BMW Open in Munich, Germany.

Czechs lead France 2-1 at Davis Cup

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic, March 7 (UPI) -- A doubles victory by Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek Saturday gave the Czechs a 2-1 Davis Cup lead over France in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Berdych upset, Gasquet out at Marseilles

MARSEILLE, France, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Russian Mikhail Youzhny upset fifth-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych during Monday's first-round tennis action at the Open 13 in Marseille, France.
Berdych captures Japan Open title

Berdych captures Japan Open title

TOKYO, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Czech Tomas Berdych captured the Japan Open title Sunday, routing Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro in straight sets.
Spain's Robredo notches 7th ATP title

Spain's Robredo notches 7th ATP title

BASTAD, Sweden, July 13 (UPI) -- Spain's Tommy Robredo won the Swedish Open Sunday, taking down Czech Tomas Berdych in straight sets.
Robredo to play Berdych for Swedish title

Robredo to play Berdych for Swedish title

BASTAD, Sweden, July 12 (UPI) -- Tommy Rebredo and Tomas Berdych both dropped their first sets but rallied to win Saturday and gain the finals of the Swedish Open.
Top four seeds triumph in Swedish Open

Top four seeds triumph in Swedish Open

BASTAD, Sweden, July 11 (UPI) -- Defending champion David Ferrer, Fernando Verdasco, Tommy Robredo and Tomas Berdych, the top four seeds, advanced to the semifinals Friday in the Swedish Open.
Verdasco, Berdych reach quarterfinals

Verdasco, Berdych reach quarterfinals

BASTAD, Sweden, July 9 (UPI) -- Second-seeded Fernando Verdasco of Spain and No. 4 seed Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic moved on to the quarterfinals Wednesday in the Swedish Open.
Nadal ousts Blake in Miami event

Nadal ousts Blake in Miami event

MIAMI, April 2 (UPI) -- Rafael Nadal dropped the first set Wednesday but rallied to beat American James Blake in the quarterfinals of the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami.
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