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Rafael Nadal of Spain wipes the sweat from the face as he plays Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic during their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Rafael Nadal loses; Maria Sharapova to play in all-Russian semifinal

- Associated Press

Nadal’s lack of match fitness from nearly six months of injuries and illness finally caught up with the 14-time major champion in his quarterfinal match against Tomas Berdych. He was never much of a factor and lost 6-2, 6-0, 7-6 (5).

Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal leaves the hospital after successfully undergoing an operation to remove his appendix in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014.  (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Rafael Nadal to have stem cell treatment on back

- Associated Press

Several NFL and baseball players have received stem cell treatment. Nadal’s fellow Spaniard Pau Gasol, center of the Chicago Bulls, received stem cell treatment on his knee in 2013.

FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2009, file photo, Melanie Oudin, of the United States, returns to Elena Dementieva, of Russia, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. American tennis pro Melanie Oudin says she will have a procedure Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 for a heart condition, and surgery later this month for an eye problem. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

Melanie Oudin to have heart surgery, eye procedure

- Associated Press

The 2009 U.S. Open quarterfinalist said that for more than a year, she has been experiencing occasional “episodes” of an accelerated heartbeat, usually during or right after matches, that she “was convinced was some sort of anxiety.”

Vic Braden, longtime tennis instructor and former player (via Twitter)

Vic Braden, legendary tennis coach, dies at 85

- Associated Press

“Rest in Peace, Vic Braden.,” Chris Evert wrote on her Twitter account. “Innovative, cutting edge kind of guy. Will miss his enthusiasm and knowledge of the game. He’ll be greatly missed.”

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Novak Djokovic of Serbia stretches out for a return to Milos Raonic of Canada during their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Djokovic, Federer, Nadal headline field for Indian Wells

Associated Press

Defending champion Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal headline the field for the BNP Paribas Open in March, giving the tournament the top three men's players in the world during its 40th anniversary in the Southern California desert.

Meet Coco: China's next Li Na

- Associated Press

China has begun its search for the next Li Na, and one of the juniors with the talent to replace the country's two-time Grand Slam champion may speak better English than she does Chinese.

Kei Nishikori of Japan leaves Rod Laver Arena after his quarterfinal loss to Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Nishikori not disappointed with Australian Open finish

- Associated Press

U.S. Open runner-up Kei Nishikori was circumspect about his quarterfinal loss at the Australian Open on Wednesday, saying there's nothing wrong with getting to the final eight of any Grand Slam tournament.

Madison Keys of the U.S. makes a forehand return to compatriot Venus Williams during their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

Serena Williams advances, Venus out of Australian Open

- Associated Press

Venus Williams lost her quarterfinal match against Madison Keys on Wednesday at the Australian Open. Serena Williams, the other sister in a family that has won a combined 25 Grand Slam singles titles, will attempt to right the wrong in the semifinals on Thursday.

Venus Williams of the U.S. celebrates after winning over Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland in their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

What to Watch Wednesday at the Australian Open quarterfinals

- Associated Press

Once upon a time, the story of women's tennis was all about Serena and Venus Williams: The two sisters who rose from the concrete courts of Compton, California to play such transcending tennis that for a while the Grand Slams were nicknamed the Sisters Slams.

Michael Chang, left, coach of Japan's Kei Nishikori, smiles during his fourth round win  over David Ferrer of Spain at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

Young players turn to ex-pros hoping for Slam breakthrough

- Associated Press

Goran Ivanisevic won one Wimbledon title in his colorful tennis career, but the big-serving Croatian believes he might have won even more if he'd had an ex-player as his coach, like many of the top competitors do today.

Maria Sharapova through to Australian Open semifinals

Associated Press

Five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova put the brakes on Eugenie Bouchard's quest for a first major title, beating the young Canadian 6-3, 6-2 Tuesday to advance to the Australian Open semifinals.