June 12, 2012 |
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.
January 27, 2012 |
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.
June 26, 2012 |
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.
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.
January 28, 2012 |
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)
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.
January 20, 2012 |
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.
May 28, 2013 |
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.
June 27, 2013 |
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.
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.