Found May 19, 2012 on Tennis Grand Stand:
By Lisa-Marie Burrows Internazionali BNL D’Italia, Rome – Out on Campo Centrale this afternoon the crowd were treated to a battle between the Spanish No.1 and the Spanish No.2 under the late afternoon sun, which started as an exciting spectacle but unfortunately for David Ferrer was not sustained against Rafael Nadal. The King of Clay has kept his run of straight victories going this week after knocking out his friend and compatriot 7-6 (6), 6-0 during the semi finals. Surprisingly for the crowd and Rafael Nadal it was David Ferrer who opened up the match on fire and was the dominating aggressor from the onset. Ferrer was seeing the ball early, firing it deep and caused an uncomfortable start for last year’s finalist. His solid first serves were making it difficult for Nadal to participate in any lengthy rallies and with dogged determination he forced Nadal to have to save five break points. During the fourth game of the set, Ferrer was the first Spaniard to break his opponents s...

Nadal tames Djokovic for 6th Rome title

He had to wait a year and a day but Rafael Nadal finally got his revenge over Novak Djokovic with a brilliant display in belated sunshine at the Foro Italico Monday when he won the Rome Masters final 7-5, 6-3. In 2011, Nadal had looked totally bewildered after losing to Djokovic in Rome just a week after suffering at the Serb's hands in Madrid. Being defeated on his beloved...

Djokovic-Nadal final pushed to Monday

Novak Djokovic will have to wait until Monday to defend his Italian Open title against Rafael Nadal after the men's final was postponed for a day because of heavy rain. The match had been scheduled for Sunday afternoon but will now take place midday Monday. Fans jeered the decision after sitting in stands under umbrellas for several hours. Heavy rain has been falling for most...

Nadal Dismisses Djokovic for Sixth Rome Title, Moves up to No. 2

Rafael Nadal is back to No. 2 in the world with 7-5, 6-3 victory over No. 1 Novak Djokovic to capture his sixth Rome Masters title, the final delayed until Monday due to rain. Nadal is now 2-0 against Djokovic on clay this year, defeating the Serbian in the final of Monte Carlo a few weeks ago. He is now in sole possession of the most Masters 100 titles with 21, one ahead of Roger...

Nadal beats Djokovic, wins Italian Open

Rafael Nadal beat top-ranked Novak Djokovic 7-5, 6-3 Monday to win the Italian Open for a record sixth time. Djokovic made 41 unforced errors in the match, including a double-fault on the last point to give Nadal his 49th career title. Djokovic played well at the start but the turning point came midway through the 10th game when a line judge called the Serbian's shot out. The...

Men's Rome final put back a day due to rain

Novak Djokovic will have to wait until Monday to defend his Italian Open title against Rafael Nadal after the men's final was postponed for a day due to heavy rain in Rome. The match was scheduled for Sunday afternoon but will now take place on Monday at midday local time (1000 GMT). Heavy rain has been falling for most of the afternoon in Rome and the women's final between...

French Open 2012 Preview: Favorites, Dark Horses, and Bad Bets

Well, the end of the month of May means 2 weeks of watching the top men in the world battle out best-of-five set matches on the red clay in Paris. Rafael Nadal beat Roger Federer in the final last year, matching Bjorn Borg’s record of six Roland Garros titles. This year he will go for the seventh. Of course, Federer and Novak Djokovic will be his main challenges, but there are...

David Ferrer through to the semi finals of the Rome Open.

Ferrer flew to victory in two sets 7-6, 6-3. By Lisa-Marie Burrows Internazionali BNL D’Italia, Rome – World No.6 David Ferrer progressed through to the semi finals after his third straight sets win this week against Andy Murray’s conqueror, Richard Gasquet 7-6 (4), 6-3. David Ferrer was runner up here against compatriot Rafael Nadal in 2010 and has been extremely successful...

Nadal Breaks Through Ferrer, Djokovic Knocks out Federer to Reach Rome Final

By Enrico Maria Riva ROME – There must be a reason why tennis is about to allow one of the worst crimes of its centuries-old history. There must be a reason why David Ferrer may someday end his career without not only not reaching a Slam final but even without haven’t captured a Masters 1000. That reason has a triple name: Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. On Saturday...

Despite Loss to Ferrer, Coach Piatti Helping to Bring Gasquet Back

  By Enrico Maria Riva ROME - Richard Gasquet had just lost his quarterfinal match to David Ferrer at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, and Riccardo Piatti, the veteran Italian coach who is working with Gasquet (together with Sébastien Grosjean) is resting in the players lounge. Piatti always follows Gasquet matches from the players box as he used to do with Ivan Ljubicic, Novak...
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