June 10, 2013 |
PARIS - If Rafael Nadal truly was going to be challenged, if his bid for an unprecedented eighth French Open championship would be slowed even a bit, this might have been the moment. Leading by a set and a break 70 minutes into yesterday's final against David Ferrer, another generally indefatigable Spaniard, Nadal faced four break points in one game. The last was a 31-stroke exchange, the match's longest, capped when Nadal absorbed Ferrer's strong backhand approach and transformed it into a cross-court backhand passing shot.
June 7, 2013
French Open men's semifinal, 7 a.m. Friday, Stade Roland Garros, Court Philippe Chatrier, Paris. Novak Djokovic of Serbia has never won the French Open, but he is ranked and seeded No. 1 and will face No. 3 seed Rafael Nadal of Spain. Djokovic is trying to complete a career Grand Slam. Nadal is trying to become the only man to win eight titles in one major tournament. Favorite: Nadal has a 57-1 career mark at Roland Garros, and is playing Djokovic for the 35th time.
June 4, 2013 |
PARIS - Chasing a shot, Roger Federer caught his right shoe in the French Open's red clay, twisting that foot awkwardly and tumbling to the ground. Soon enough, he was in a real rut, in danger of his earliest exit from a Grand Slam tournament in 9 years. Federer regrouped and restored order eventually, coming back from a two-sets-to-one deficit to beat 15th-seeded Gilles Simon, of France, 6-1, 4-6, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3, yesterday in the fourth round to reach his 36th consecutive major quarterfinal.
June 3, 2013 |
PARIS - Chasing a shot, Roger Federer caught his right shoe in the French Open's red clay, twisting that foot awkwardly and tumbling to the ground. Soon the No. 2 seed was in a real rut, in danger of making his earliest exit from a Grand Slam tournament in nine years. Federer regrouped and restored order eventually, coming back from a two-sets-to-one deficit to beat 15th-seeded Gilles Simon of France, 6-1, 4-6, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3, on Sunday in the fourth round to reach his 36th consecutive major quarterfinal.
May 30, 2013 |
PARIS - Now things could get a little more interesting for Roger Federer. After a pair of straightforward and straight-set victories at the French Open against qualifiers ranked outside the top 150, the 17-time major champion will face a seeded player, France's Julien Benneteau, who not only already beat Federer once this year but also came within two points of upsetting him at Wimbledon, of all places, in 2012. "I think I'm playing OK," Federer said in something of an understatement, considering he has dropped 11 games through six sets so far. "Definitely think the next match is going to be sort of the big test for me, to see exactly where I stand.
April 1, 2013
As a dramatic men's final at the Sony Open neared its conclusion in a winner-take-all tiebreaker, Britain's Andy Murray waged a 28-shot exchange with Spain's David Ferrer . CBS viewers missed it. They also missed seeing Murray, 25, accept the trophy after he erased a championship point Sunday and rallied past Ferrer, 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (1), in Key Biscayne, Fla. The network cut away when the final went to the tiebreaker, switching to the tip-off of the Michigan-Florida NCAA men's basketball tournament game.
March 31, 2013
Steve Wheatcroft , who narrowly qualified for the Houston Open at the start of the week, ran off three straight birdies early in his round for a second straight 5-under 67 and a 1-shot lead over D.A. Points and Jason Kokrak going into the weekend at Redstone Golf Club in Humble, Texas. Rory McIlroy also will be around for two more days, but just barely. He made the cut on the number. TENNIS: David Ferrer reached the final at the Sony Open, rallying from a break down in the third set Friday to beat Tommy Haas , 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, in Key Biscayne, Fla. The No. 3-seeded Ferrer's opponent Sunday will be 2009 champion Andy Murray , who defeated No. 8-seeded Richard Gasquet , 6-7 (3-7)
January 24, 2013 |
MELBOURNE, Australia - Li Na used the heat to her advantage and worked No. 2-ranked Maria Sharapova around Rod Laver Arena in a 6-2, 6-2 win on Thursday that put her in the Australian Open final for the second time in 3 years. Sharapova was the heavy favorite after conceding only nine games in her first five matches, a record at the Australian Open since it expanded to a 128-player draw in 1988. But the semifinal started badly for the 25-year-old Russian, serving double-faults to lose the first two points and conceding a break in the first game.
December 28, 2012
Hall of Fame baseball catcher Carlton Fisk pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor drunken-driving charge on Thursday, two months after police found him asleep in his truck in a suburban Chicago cornfield. Fisk, 64, was sentenced to one year of court supervision and must pay $1,250 in court costs. He also must undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and counseling. Fisk's lawyer, Stephen White , said his client wanted to accept responsibility for what he did. "He stepped up to the plate," White cracked.
November 5, 2012 |
WITH NONE of his usual rivals standing in the way, David Ferrer finally won a Masters final on his fourth attempt. The fourth-seeded Ferrer beat Polish qualifier Jerzy Janowicz , 6-4, 6-3, Sunday in the Paris Masters final for the biggest win of his career and ATP tour-leading seventh title of the year. He had lost twice to Rafael Nadal and once to Andy Murray in his previous Masters finals - but didn't have to face a Grand Slam winner this time. "I feel the pressure more than him, because I played three times in a Masters final," said Ferrer, 30, of Spain.