June 9, 2013 |
PARIS - There was never any question that the Spanish national anthem would be played for the French Open men's singles winner Sunday. And for most tennis watchers, there was no doubt which Spaniard would be the one to hold the trophy aloft. Rafael Nadal cemented his reputation as the sport's greatest-ever exponent on clay by scything down countryman David Ferrer, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3, to harvest a record-extending eighth French Open title. No man has ever claimed the same Grand Slam tournament as many times, or won as many matches, 59, on the red clay of Paris.
March 14, 2013 |
Tennis did its best to serve up a classic dish Thursday night in the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. But a dash of this and a pinch of that were missing. We expect plenty of spice every time Roger Federer plays Rafael Nadal. It is a legacy built on their previous 28 matches, most of them thrillers, over nearly a decade. But minus the usual paprika, Nadal still managed to slap out a 6-4, 6-2 victory. It was somewhat convincing. Also somewhat unsettling. When these two play, we expect some 7's in the score line.
March 13, 2013 |
It would be hard to determine whether tennis gave itself a shot in the arm or shot itself in the foot Wednesday night. The BNP Paribas Open is a premier event, played in a gorgeous stadium at a gorgeous time of the year in the Southern California desert. It is one of the truly prestigious sports events in the world. Its top officials are talking about total attendance reaching 400,000 in a few years. Wednesday brought a dream schedule. Set to start in the afternoon were separate matches involving Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, two truly marquee stars.
March 9, 2013 |
Rafael Nadal wore a bright aqua shirt and a scowl as he came onto Stadium 1 Court at the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday night to play his first hard-court tennis match in 346 days. Nadal has avoided hard surfaces as he has tried to rest his left knee that has been afflicted with tendinitis. After a tentative comeback at two clay court tournaments where the ground is more forgiving, Nadal made his debut at Indian Wells a winning one. Nadal nervously fell behind 20-year-old American Ryan Harrison in the first set, then the fifth-seeded Spaniard came back to win 7-6 (3)
January 26, 2013 |
— Andy Murray was sucking in deep breaths, trying to recover from his exhausting victory over Roger Federer in an Australian Open semifinal Friday night. Pain and Novak Djokovic were on both players' minds. Murray said he'll "need to be ready for pain" in the final, after beating Federer, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-2, in a four-hour semifinal, the Scotsman's first victory over the 17-time major winner at a Grand Slam event. Federer, who yelled at Murray and showed rare bursts of anger in the loss, said he expected Djokovic, a two-time defending champion who is on a 20-match winning streak at Melbourne Park, to have the advantage in the final Sunday.
November 13, 2012 |
Even when Roger Federer had the lead, Novak Djokovic had the answers. The top-ranked Serb recovered from early breaks in both sets and beat Federer, 7-6 (6), 7-5, in the championship match of the ATP finals at London. Federer broke Djokovic's serve to take a 2-0 lead in the first set, and then again to open the second, but both times the world's No. 1 player rebounded to get back into the match. "Maybe a bit of regret because I had the lead twice first before him," Federer said.
November 6, 2012 |
Roger Federer opened his quest for a seventh season-ending tour title, looking like the man to beat again in the ATP finals at London. The 17-time Grand Slam champion won his record 40th match at the tournament, defeating Janko Tipsarevic, 6-3, 6-1, Tuesday in his opening Group B match. Federer lost only eight points on his serve under the roof of the O2 Arena while converting four of his nine break points in the event that features the top eight players in the world. In the other Group B match, David Ferrer beat Juan Martin del Potro, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4. ETC. Steelers ' Brown probably will sit out The Pittsburgh Steelers will probably be without receiver Antonio Brown when they play host to reeling Kansas City on Monday night.
October 29, 2012 |
Juan Martin del Potro took Roger Federer's Swiss Indoors title on Sunday, beating the hometown favorite, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (3), in the final at Basel. Del Potro showed an impressive all-around game to help avenge a heartbreaking loss to Federer in the Olympic semifinals at Wimbledon in August. Federer, who had won the event in five of the last six years, was seeking his 77th title to tie John McEnroe for fourth on the Open era list. Federer later pulled out of his defense of the Paris Masters, which starts Monday, to rest and prepare for the ATP World Tour Finals in London the following week.
October 4, 2012 |
A death threat against Roger Federer, in the form of an Internet posting, has resulted in the tightening of security around the tennis star in China, according to reports. Federer is scheduled to play in a Masters Series event in Shanghai, starting Monday. A tournament official told the Shanghai Youth Daily that the recent threat was being taken seriously and that security around Federer would be upgraded. A posting late last month on the Chinese website baidu.com by a user with the screen name "Blue Cat" contained a death threat against Federer and a graphic image of an execution, the AFP news agency reported.
September 6, 2012 |
Tomas Berdych giggled after he hit good shots on Arthur Ashe Stadium on Wednesday night. Sometimes it almost felt as if a situation comedy were being filmed. The sixth-seeded Berdych, who had shocked Roger Federer at the Wimbledon quarterfinals two years ago, tickled and teased the top-seeded Federer with whipping forehands and timely volleys until he upset him again with a 7-6 (1), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 victory in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open on Wednesday night. And then Berdych couldn't stop smiling.