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June 12, 2012 | Associated Press
PARIS - Rafael Nadal was worried. A guy so unflinching, so nearly unbeatable, while sliding and grinding and pounding his way past opponent after opponent at the French Open, got a real case of nerves during the 18 hours he and Novak Djokovic waited for the restart of their rain-interrupted final at Roland Garros. Instead of focusing on how close he was to winning a record seventh French Open championship, Nadal grew increasingly wary of the other possible outcome: a loss in a fourth consecutive Grand Slam final against Djokovic, who was trying to become the first man since 1969 to collect four straight major titles.
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January 27, 2012 | Associated Press
MELBOURNE, Australia - Rafael Nadal outlasted Roger Federer, 6-7 (5), 6-2, 7-6 (5), 6-4, in an Australian Open semifinal Thursday night, the longtime rivals playing with the intensity normally displayed when meeting in a Grand Slam final. Nadal will have the opportunity to win another championship Sunday night when he plays the winner of Friday's semifinal between defending champion Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. Earlier, Maria Sharapova overcame Petra Kvitova to advance to the women's final against Victoria Azarenka.
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June 26, 2012 | By Howard Fendrich, Associated Press
As Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer step back on the grass at Wimbledon, each has reason to believe he'll be hoisting the trophy overhead in two weeks' time. None of the other 125 men in the field can honestly say the same. Indeed, it's tough to imagine anyone outside that trio winning this year's championship at the All England Club, where play begins Monday. "They've, you know, been pretty selfish about Grand Slam titles for a little bit," said 2003 U.S. Open champion and three-time Wimbledon runner-up Andy Roddick.
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June 10, 2013
Roger Federer 17 Pete Sampras 14 Roy Emerson 12 Rafael Nadal 12 Bjorn Borg 11 Rod Laver 11 Bill Tilden 10 Five tied with 8, including Andre Agassi, Ivan Lendl, and Jimmy Connors. Eight tied with 7, including Mats Wilander and John McEnroe.
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January 28, 2012 | Associated Press
MELBOURNE, Australia - A day after Rafael Nadal beat Roger Federer in four compelling sets, Novak Djokovic dug deep to overcome Andy Murray, 6-3, 3-6, 6-7 (4), 6-1, 7-5 in the Australian Open semifinals on Friday night in a 4-hour, 50- minute epic. The defending champion, Djokovic will face Rafael Nadal in a third straight Grand Slam final on Sunday. Djokovic won 10 titles in 2011, six of them by beating Nadal in finals. Also on Friday, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Vera Zvonareva won the women's doubles title, beating Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3. Taylor Townsend, 15, of Stockbridge, Ga., won the junior girls' title, beating Russia's Yulia Putintseva, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3. Earlier, Townsend and Gabrielle Andrews, also 15, of Pomona, Calif., defeated Irina Khromacheva of Russia, and Danka Kovinic of Montenegro, 5-7, 7-5, 10-6 (tiebreak)
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May 11, 2013
Rafael Nadal rallied past David Ferrer , 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-0, in the quarterfinals of the Madrid Open. Serena Williams struggled before defeating Anabel Medina Garrigues , 6-3, 0-6, 7-5, and second-ranked Maria Sharapova joined her in the semifinals after easing by Kaia Kanepi of Estonia, 6-2, 6-4. NASCAR: Kurt Busch sped around Darlington with a fast lap of 181.918 m.p.h. for his third career pole there. Defending Southern 500 champion Jimmie Johnson will start alongside Busch, followed by Busch's younger brother Kyle.
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January 20, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
MELBOURNE, Australia - Rafael Nadal moved into the fourth round of the Australian Open without dropping a set or showing any signs that a freak knee injury is bothering him. Second-ranked Nadal had a 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 win over Slovakia's Lukas Lacko, the last qualifier in the draw, and will next play either John Isner or Feliciano Lopez. Nadal, who won the 2009 Australian title but has gone out in the quarterfinals due to injuries in the last 2 years, felt a crack and then sharp pain in his right knee while sitting in a chair at his hotel on the weekend and was concerned that he might not be able to play in his opening match.
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May 28, 2013 | Associated Press
PARIS - Rafael Nadal hopped, spun and threw an overhand punch toward his friends and family, stirring memories of past celebrations on his favorite stage. After more than 90 minutes of tense tennis, Nadal had finally won a set, leaving him only 20 sets from another French Open championship. The Spaniard survived an early scare Monday and successfully began his bid for an eighth title at Roland Garros by rallying past Daniel Brands of Germany, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4, 6-3. Nadal, who had lost only 14 sets in 53 previous matches at the French Open, fell behind when he was broken in the ninth game and was on the verge of digging a deeper hole in the red clay.
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June 27, 2013 | Associated Press
LONDON - It was already one of the most tumultuous days in Grand Slam tennis history, with seven players forced out by injuries, two of the top three seeded women eliminated and six former No. 1-ranked players leaving early. So what else could happen to make this a day like no other at Wimbledon? How about the world's greatest grass-court player losing on his favorite Centre Court to a 116th-ranked qualifier who had never beaten a top-10 player. Seven-time champion Roger Federer was stunned by Sergiy Stakhovsky in the second round at the All England Club yesterday, his earliest loss in a Grand Slam tournament in 10 years.
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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.
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July 7, 2013 | Associated Press
LONDON - Novak Djokovic might win Wimbledon this year. Juan Martin del Potro will not. No matter how it ends, both men will always have their spot in one of the most memorable matches in the storied history of the All England Club. Slugging back and forth over a semifinal-record 4 hours, 43 minutes of backbreaking tennis yesterday, top-seeded Djokovic emerged with a 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-7 (6), 6-3 victory to move one win away from his seventh major title. "One of the most epic matches I've played in my life," Djokovic said.
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July 2, 2013 | Associated Press
GET READY for some unfamiliar names at Wimbledon. With Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal long gone, and Maria Sharapova out, too, after a havoc-filled Week 1 at the All England Club, Week 2 begins today with a schedule that includes participants such as Kenny de Schepper and Adrian Mannarino, Ivan Dodig and Jerzy Janowicz, Karin Knapp and Monica Puig. None of that group has played in a fourth-round match at any Grand Slam tournament. Members of the usual cast of characters are still around, of course, such as Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.
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June 27, 2013 | Associated Press
LONDON - It was already one of the most tumultuous days in Grand Slam tennis history, with seven players forced out by injuries, two of the top three seeded women eliminated and six former No. 1-ranked players leaving early. So what else could happen to make this a day like no other at Wimbledon? How about the world's greatest grass-court player losing on his favorite Centre Court to a 116th-ranked qualifier who had never beaten a top-10 player. Seven-time champion Roger Federer was stunned by Sergiy Stakhovsky in the second round at the All England Club yesterday, his earliest loss in a Grand Slam tournament in 10 years.
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June 25, 2013 | Associated Press
LONDON - For the second straight year, Rafael Nadal is leaving Wimbledon early after a stunning loss to a little-known player ranked in the hundreds. In one of the tournament's greatest upsets, an ailing Nadal was knocked out in straight sets yesterday by 135th-ranked Steve Darcis of Belgium - the Spaniard's first loss in the opening round of any Grand Slam event. The free-swinging Darcis defeated the two-time champion, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (8), 6-4, on Court 1, ending Nadal's 22-match winning streak on the very first day of the grass-court Grand Slam.
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June 10, 2013
Roger Federer 17 Pete Sampras 14 Roy Emerson 12 Rafael Nadal 12 Bjorn Borg 11 Rod Laver 11 Bill Tilden 10 Five tied with 8, including Andre Agassi, Ivan Lendl, and Jimmy Connors. Eight tied with 7, including Mats Wilander and John McEnroe.
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June 10, 2013 | Associated Press
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.
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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.
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May 28, 2013 | Associated Press
PARIS - Rafael Nadal knows this story all too well. Saw it up close the previous time he played in a major tournament, actually. Early round, main stadium, unknown opponent taking risky swings, putting everything in. At Wimbledon nearly a year ago, it was 100th-ranked Lukas Rosol who took it to Nadal and beat him in the second round. At the French Open yesterday, in Nadal's return to Grand Slam action after missing 7 months with knee trouble, it was 59th-ranked Daniel Brands in the guest-star role.
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May 28, 2013 | Associated Press
PARIS - Rafael Nadal hopped, spun and threw an overhand punch toward his friends and family, stirring memories of past celebrations on his favorite stage. After more than 90 minutes of tense tennis, Nadal had finally won a set, leaving him only 20 sets from another French Open championship. The Spaniard survived an early scare Monday and successfully began his bid for an eighth title at Roland Garros by rallying past Daniel Brands of Germany, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4, 6-3. Nadal, who had lost only 14 sets in 53 previous matches at the French Open, fell behind when he was broken in the ninth game and was on the verge of digging a deeper hole in the red clay.
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May 20, 2013 | Daily News staff and wire reports
FLYERS DEFENSEMAN Erik Gustafsson scored to help Sweden become the first home team to win the world hockey championships in 27 years, beating Switzerland, 5-1, yesterday in Stockholm for its ninth title. Vancouver Canucks star Henrik Sedin had two goals and an assist, and Buffalo Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth made 26 saves to help Sweden become the first team to win the title on home ice since the Soviet Union in 1986. Switzerland earned its first medal in 60 years. "It was a tight game," Sedin said.
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