Found August 15, 2013 on Onthegotennis:
by JAMES HENRY CINCINNATI – Fresh from his title run at Montreal’s Rogers Cup just days ago, Rafael Nadal continued his winning ways at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. He defeated Benjamin Becker 6-2, 6-2 and said he was pleased with his performance. “I played well,” he said. “I should be very happy the way that I played since the beginning. Just for a few games the serve was down a little bit. I served with too much second serves just a few games. For the rest, I think I played a great game.” Nadal said he needs to adapt his game to the different conditions in Cincinnati. “The speed of the court is not exactly the same. It’s a little bit slower here than in Montreal,” he said. “And when you have these kind of tournaments back to back, it’s not easy.” “But the idea is still the same,” he added. “I played really aggressive in Montreal with changing directions and playing inside the court, and the feeling was great. I think I played great matches. “And the idea is

Third Time Not a Charm as Dimitrov Loses Again to Nadal

By Kevin Ware (August 15, 2013) MASON, Ohio – Grigor Dimitrov lost a tightly-contested match to Rafael Nadal  6-2, 5-7, 6-2 Thursday night  at the Western and Southern Open. The loss was his third straight to Nadal after losses in Monte Carlo (’13) and Rotterdam (’09). It would be great if we could say that […]

Unemployed NHL goalie grabs ball at Rafael Nadal match without spilling beer (vid)

  Jose Theodore currently is without an NHL job, but the unemployed goaltender — who played in only 15 games as a Florida Panthers backup last season — demonstrated he still has catlike reflexes while taking in Sunday’s Rogers Cup final between Rafael Nadal and Milos Raonic in Montreal. Trailing Nadal in a match he […]The post Unemployed NHL goalie grabs ball at Rafael Nadal...

Rafael Nadal Fights off Grigor Dimitrov; Roger Federer up Next

Rafael Nadal sets up quarterfinal meeting with Roger Federer. MASON, Ohio — Rafael Nadal and Grigor Dimitrov had only met twice before Thursday evening’s three set showdown. In their first meeting, Dimitrov was a newcomer on tour, just 18 years of age. He played a great match and even took the second set against Nadal, but the then-world No. 1 was just too much for the young...

Nadal Continues His Winning Ways against Becker in Cincy Opener

By Kevin Ware (August 15, 2013) MASON, Ohio – Rafael Nadal handily dispatched Benjamin Becker in Wednesday’s first match of the evening at the Western and Southern Open. It was his first since winning the Rogers Cup title in Montreal on Sunday. Nadal didn’t play his best, but on this night and against this opponent, […]

Get Ready! Fedal XXXI is Happening!

by JAMES HENRY CINCINNATI – Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will continue their legendary rivalry at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. Federer defeated Tommy Haas 1-6, 7-5, 6-3 and Nadal beat Grigor Dimitrov 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 to set up their quarterfinal match. It will be the 31st time that they have competed against each other. Nadal leads the head-to-head series 20...

WATCH: Jose Theodore makes hand save on Rafael Nadal

Jose Theodore, currently an unrestricted free agent goalie, has quite a bit of NHL experience. Since the start of the 1995-96 season, Theodore has played 648 games, earning 286 wins with a career 2.68 goals against average and .909 save percentage. Now, he’s added another impressive feat to his career resume: catching a stray tennis ball, and doing so with style. Theodore, a Quebec...

Semifinal Saturday in Cincinnati: My Men’s and Women’s Preview/Picks

By Kevin Ware (August 15, 2013) MASON. Ohio – The women’s quarterfinal matches were solid, but the men stole the spotlight in a spectacular day at the Western and Southern Open.  John Isner beat Novak Djokovic for the second time at a Masters 1000 event during the day session, while the Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal rivalry […]
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