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September 27, 2009 | Staff and Wire Reports
Top-seeded Gael Monfils reached the Open de Moselle final with a 6-4, 6-3 win over fellow Frenchman Richard Gasquet on Saturday at Metz, France. Monfils will face second-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany, who ousted Paul-Henri Mathieu of France 7-6 (5), 6-4. The 13th-ranked Monfils will play his second final in Metz after losing to Ivan Ljubicic in 2005. He is chasing his second ATP title after a win at Sopot, Poland, in 2005. Kohlschreiber reached his first final on the ATP tour since finishing runner-up to Roger Federer last year in Halle, Germany.
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January 4, 2014 | Wire reports
Rafael Nadal opened his 2014 campaign by winning his first title of the year, defeating Gael Monfils , 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-2 at the Qatar Open tennis tournament on Saturday. Nadal showed why he's the top player in the world throughout the week. Although he wasn't in top form in his first event of the season, he battled to win his 61st career title, one shy of Guillermo Vilas' total, seventh on the all-time Open era list. "I think I played my best match of the season -- of the tournament -- today," Nadal said after the exciting, two-hour final.
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June 5, 2008 | Chuck Culpepper
A look at Day 11 of the French Open and a look ahead to today's competition (world rankings in parentheses): TODAY'S QUARTERFINAL WINNERS Roger Federer, Switzerland (1) -- defeated Fernando Gonzalez, Chile (25), 2-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4. Federer confessed to feeling "rattled" after being broken three times in the first set. Of course, "rattled" for him means one of his nerves budged. Dinara Safina, Russia (14) -- defeated Elena Dementieva, Russia (8), 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-0. Just as against No. 1 Maria Sharapova in the fourth round, Safina trailed by one set, trailed, 5-2, in the second set and trailed, 5-3, with a match point against her in the second set. Clearly, if you're leading her a set and 5-2, you are in deep trouble.
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August 29, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK - Gael Monfils plays tennis as if he is a circus acrobat. He tiptoes, twirls, tumbles, stumbles and always gets up. His efforts Thursday night, against 13th-seeded American John Isner, weren't good enough for a victory, but they did earn the Frenchman more support than his U.S. opponent. After winning the first two sets, and with the cheer of "Monfils, Monfils," echoing in his head, Isner barely avoided being upset, ending the match with an emphatic volley and winning, 7-5, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (4)
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September 28, 2009 | Wire Reports
The United States successfully defended its baseball World Cup title on Sunday with a 10-5 victory over Cuba at Nettuno, Italy, that was powered by four runs batted in from Lucas May , including a three-run home run. "Other than playing in a World Series, this is as big as it gets," said May, a Dodgers prospect who was two for four. "It feels good to wear a gold medal." The U.S. team, consisting entirely of triple-A and double-A players, finished with 14 straight wins after opening the competition with a loss to Venezuela.
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August 31, 2008 | Kurt Streeter
NEW YORK -- Don't let the U.S. Open fool you. Don't be snookered by the Williams sisters and James Blake. Don't think that soon you're going to see a serious onslaught of racial diversity in pro tennis. One of my recent columns focused on how professional tennis, now more than ever, is a game possessing a stunning array of players from all over the world. The tennis world is flat, I argued. Nowhere is this truer than here at what is arguably America's most international major sporting event.
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November 15, 2009 | Staff And Wire Reports
Michelle Wie won her first LPGA Tour title, fulfilling the promise of a decade with a three-under-par 69 Sunday for a two-stroke victory over Paula Creamer in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational at Guadalajara. Wie finished off the victory in style, hitting a greenside bunker shot to six inches on the 18th hole and then tapping in for a birdie. The 20-year-old Wie raised both arms in the air -- her putter in her right hand -- and then put her hand over her mouth. After pulling the ball out of the hole, she turned to the gallery, looked to the sky and let out a large sigh of relief.
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November 13, 2010 | Wire reports
Gael Monfils saved five match points to beat top-seeded Roger Federer , 7-6 (7), 6-7 (1), 7-6 (4), and reach the Paris Masters final against Robin Soderling . Soderling saved three match points before overcoming Michael Llodra , 6-7 (0), 7-5, 7-6 (6). Monfils faced five match points in the 12th game of the final set before forcing the tiebreaker with an ace. Federer shanked a forehand to give Monfils two match points, and the Frenchman converted the first with a service winner.
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January 4, 2014 | Wire reports
Rafael Nadal opened his 2014 campaign by winning his first title of the year, defeating Gael Monfils , 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-2 at the Qatar Open tennis tournament on Saturday. Nadal showed why he's the top player in the world throughout the week. Although he wasn't in top form in his first event of the season, he battled to win his 61st career title, one shy of Guillermo Vilas' total, seventh on the all-time Open era list. "I think I played my best match of the season -- of the tournament -- today," Nadal said after the exciting, two-hour final.
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August 29, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK - Gael Monfils plays tennis as if he is a circus acrobat. He tiptoes, twirls, tumbles, stumbles and always gets up. His efforts Thursday night, against 13th-seeded American John Isner, weren't good enough for a victory, but they did earn the Frenchman more support than his U.S. opponent. After winning the first two sets, and with the cheer of "Monfils, Monfils," echoing in his head, Isner barely avoided being upset, ending the match with an emphatic volley and winning, 7-5, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (4)
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November 13, 2010 | Wire reports
Gael Monfils saved five match points to beat top-seeded Roger Federer , 7-6 (7), 6-7 (1), 7-6 (4), and reach the Paris Masters final against Robin Soderling . Soderling saved three match points before overcoming Michael Llodra , 6-7 (0), 7-5, 7-6 (6). Monfils faced five match points in the 12th game of the final set before forcing the tiebreaker with an ace. Federer shanked a forehand to give Monfils two match points, and the Frenchman converted the first with a service winner.
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November 15, 2009 | Staff And Wire Reports
Michelle Wie won her first LPGA Tour title, fulfilling the promise of a decade with a three-under-par 69 Sunday for a two-stroke victory over Paula Creamer in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational at Guadalajara. Wie finished off the victory in style, hitting a greenside bunker shot to six inches on the 18th hole and then tapping in for a birdie. The 20-year-old Wie raised both arms in the air -- her putter in her right hand -- and then put her hand over her mouth. After pulling the ball out of the hole, she turned to the gallery, looked to the sky and let out a large sigh of relief.
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September 28, 2009 | Wire Reports
The United States successfully defended its baseball World Cup title on Sunday with a 10-5 victory over Cuba at Nettuno, Italy, that was powered by four runs batted in from Lucas May , including a three-run home run. "Other than playing in a World Series, this is as big as it gets," said May, a Dodgers prospect who was two for four. "It feels good to wear a gold medal." The U.S. team, consisting entirely of triple-A and double-A players, finished with 14 straight wins after opening the competition with a loss to Venezuela.
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September 27, 2009 | Staff and Wire Reports
Top-seeded Gael Monfils reached the Open de Moselle final with a 6-4, 6-3 win over fellow Frenchman Richard Gasquet on Saturday at Metz, France. Monfils will face second-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany, who ousted Paul-Henri Mathieu of France 7-6 (5), 6-4. The 13th-ranked Monfils will play his second final in Metz after losing to Ivan Ljubicic in 2005. He is chasing his second ATP title after a win at Sopot, Poland, in 2005. Kohlschreiber reached his first final on the ATP tour since finishing runner-up to Roger Federer last year in Halle, Germany.
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June 3, 2009 | Chuck Culpepper
TODAY'S FEATURED MATCHES (world rankings in parentheses) Serena Williams (2) vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova (7), Russia It's a glamorous quarterfinal between women who share a sense of humor and text each other regularly, according to Kuznetsova. If they also texted each other during changeovers, that might be unusually interesting. Roger Federer (2), Switzerland, vs.
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August 31, 2008 | Kurt Streeter
NEW YORK -- Don't let the U.S. Open fool you. Don't be snookered by the Williams sisters and James Blake. Don't think that soon you're going to see a serious onslaught of racial diversity in pro tennis. One of my recent columns focused on how professional tennis, now more than ever, is a game possessing a stunning array of players from all over the world. The tennis world is flat, I argued. Nowhere is this truer than here at what is arguably America's most international major sporting event.
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June 3, 2009 | Chuck Culpepper
TODAY'S FEATURED MATCHES (world rankings in parentheses) Serena Williams (2) vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova (7), Russia It's a glamorous quarterfinal between women who share a sense of humor and text each other regularly, according to Kuznetsova. If they also texted each other during changeovers, that might be unusually interesting. Roger Federer (2), Switzerland, vs.
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March 3, 2005 | Lisa Dillman
Former champion Mark Philippoussis of Australia and James Blake are among those receiving wild-card spots into the Pacific Life Open, which starts next week at Indian Wells. Philippoussis, who won the tournament in 1999, has struggled with injuries in the last year, as has Blake. Last week, at Scottsdale, Ariz., Philippoussis won his first match in eight months.
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June 5, 2008 | Chuck Culpepper
A look at Day 11 of the French Open and a look ahead to today's competition (world rankings in parentheses): TODAY'S QUARTERFINAL WINNERS Roger Federer, Switzerland (1) -- defeated Fernando Gonzalez, Chile (25), 2-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4. Federer confessed to feeling "rattled" after being broken three times in the first set. Of course, "rattled" for him means one of his nerves budged. Dinara Safina, Russia (14) -- defeated Elena Dementieva, Russia (8), 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-0. Just as against No. 1 Maria Sharapova in the fourth round, Safina trailed by one set, trailed, 5-2, in the second set and trailed, 5-3, with a match point against her in the second set. Clearly, if you're leading her a set and 5-2, you are in deep trouble.
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