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A packed house of 16,000 turned out on warm desert night to see two of the greatest tennis players in history meet for the 29th time, but the match never had a chance of turning into an epic. Rafael Nadal, playing well above expectations in his first hard-court tournament since returning to the ATP from knee problems, reached the semifinal of the BNP Paribas Open with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Roger Federer on Thursday.
The first time they met, back in 2004 at Miami on a hard court similar to this, Nadal sprang a surprise by winning, 6-3, 6-3. As soon as it became obvious that Federer's back was going to be a much bigger factor than Nadal's knee, there was no surprise this time. By his normal fleet-footed standards, Federer couldn't move. This might not have been obvious to the uninitiated, but by the time the second Spanish backhand had been slapped back cross court with Roger nowhere near it, the situation was clear.
Federer has had back problems throughout the past fe...
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Roger Federer at the BNP Paribas Open By Romi Cvitkovic March 13, 2013 — What should have been a mostly routine win by Roger Federer over countryman Stan Wawrinka at the 4th round of the BNP Paribas Open, turned into a rollercoaster of a match as Federer lost his cool, double-faulted on set point and much more in his win over Wawrinka. The first set held three breaks of serve and...
(March 14, 2013) Tonight on Tennis Channel, Roger Federer will take on Rafael Nadal in the quarterfianls of the BNP Paribas Open LIVE on Tennis Channel at 10 pm ET. This is the 29th time these two have played, this Quarterfinal match-up is just their second match played prior to a semifinal. The only other [...]
Rafael Nadal rallied to beat Tomas Berdych 6-4, 7-5 in the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday and reach his fourth ATP Tour final in as many events.
Off to the best start of his career, Nadal improved to 16-1 - including 13 wins in a row - on the year, having won two clay-court titles and been runner-up in another since returning from a left knee injury that idled him...
Rafael Nadal reaching the final of this ATP Masters 1000 on hard courts after a seven-month layoff is a tough act to follow as far as headline-making is concerned. But Juan Martin del Potro managed it here in the semifinal of the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday night.
The tall, seemingly languid Argentine fought back superbly from down 3-0 in the final set to inflict the first defeat...
The heat faded with the setting sun, but Roger Federer and Andy Murray needed a little longer to cool off as they won contentious battles in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open on Wednesday.
Federer eventually overcame his old friend and Swiss compatriot Stan Wawrinka, 6-3, 6-7 (4), 7-5, after the ATP supervisor had been called to the court while Andy Murray got into an argument...
By James A. Crabtree
Before, it was Laver and Rosewall, McEnroe and Borg, Agassi and Sampras.
For the past year it’s been more about Djokovic and Murray.
One hundred years from now the beginning of this millennium will be remembered for clashes shared by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
The biggest headline in tennis once again took centre stage at Indian Wells in the men’s quarterfinal...
(March 14, 2013) In the 29th edition of the rivalry which dates back to when they first met in Miami in 2004, Rafael Nadal defeated Roger Federer 6-4, 6-2 to move into the semifinals of the BNP Paris Open on Thursday. In the first set both men stayed even until the seventh game when Nadal [...]
(March 13, 2013) No. 5 Rafael Nadal ended the run of qualifier Ernests Gulbis on Wednesday 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 at the BNP Paribas Open to snap the Latvian’s 13 match win streak and to extend a streak of his own to 11. The Spaniard leapt into the air, took off his headband and pumped his [...]
(March 13, 2013) Roger Federer needed three sets to escape Swiss countryman Stanislas Wawrinka 6-3, 6-7 (4), 7-5 on Wednesday at the BNP Paribas Open. Federer took the first set comfortably and served for the match at 5-4 in the second when Wawrinka broke Federer at love. Wawrinka said he felt better in the second set. [...]