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(June 8, 2013) Ever since coming back from his injury layoff, it seems all that Rafael Nadal can do is chase records, whether consciously or not, and this year’s Roland Garros is no different. The Spaniard is looking for not only his eight Roland Garros title, but also to become the first man in history to win eight titles at the same Slam event. Nadal now holds a 58-1 record at Roland Garros, but Ferrer is the only player to not have dropped a set en route to the final this year.
The two have already played each other three times this year, with two of those matches going the distance, so clearly Ferrer is capable of pushing Nadal. But can he do it in a best-of-five? Tennis Grandstand writers Chris Skelton and Nick Nemeroff, and guest contributor Josh Meiseles weigh in and give their predictions.
Can David Ferrer push Rafael Nadal in the Roland Garros final?
Josh Meiseles (Blog, The Sixth Set; @TheSixthSet): I would be hard-pressed to remember the last time a player was so ruthless...
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Rafael Nadal won his eighth career French Open title and 12th career Grand Slam on Sunday with a win over David Ferrer in straight sets.
Men’s French Open final between Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer...asswipe with a flare gets body slammed by security. [Ride the Pine]
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Rafael Nadal pulled out of the Gerry Weber Open on Saturday to rest ahead of Wimbledon.
Nadal said the grueling physical demands of recent weeks, including the French Open, led to his decision to withdraw from the grass-court event.
The 11-time Grand Slam winner plays fellow Spaniard David Ferrer in Sunday's French Open final, after coming through a ferocious five-set encounter...
Two masked and shirtless protesters created quite a scare today at the French Open final between Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer. Somehow it appears, they made their way to the pit behind the cameras and jumped the wall. One protester had a lit a flame which caused a fire in the walkway to the locker rooms as he was being apprehended. Security promptly secured Rafael Nadal'...
Rafael Nadal has made history, winning his eighth French Open. He became the first to win eight singles titles at the same grand slam tournament. Nadal took down fellow Spanish countryman David Ferrer in straight sets winning 6-3, 6-2, 6-3. His overall record at Roland Garros is an amazing 59-1.
After receiving the Coupe des Mousquetaires, Nadal went on the reflect why this win...
The feeling that never grows old.
Rafael Nadal may have lost his first set at Roland Garros 2013, but he won his last set. The King of Clay burnished his legend on the surface even further by securing an eighth Roland Garros title at the expense of fellow Spaniard David Ferrer. Here are some key things to know about the final and Nadal’s achievement more generally.
Sunday At Stade Roland Garros Paris Championship Rafael Nadal (3) def. David Ferrer (4), 6-3, 6-2, 6-3. Nadal Ferrer
1st Serve Percentage 70 62
Aces 5 1
Double Faults 2 5
1st Serve Winning Pct. 70 58
2nd Serve Winning Pct. 42 25
Fastest serve (mph) 125 122
Average 1st serve speed (mph) 110 110
Average 2nd serve speed (mph) 88 93
Winners (including service) 35 22
Men's Championship Sunday No. 3 Rafael Nadal vs. No. 4 David Ferrer Nadal leads 20-4 2004 Stuttgart, QF, clay-outdoor, Ferrer, 6-3, 6-7 (3), 7-5.
2005 Miami Masters, SF, hard-outdoor, Nadal, 6-4, 6-3.
2005 Rome Masters, SF, clay-outdoor, Nadal, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5.
2005 French Open, QF, clay-outdoor, Nadal, 7-5, 6-2, 6-0.
2007 Barcelona, SF, clay-outdoor, Nadal, 7-5, 6-1.
It's an all-Spanish men's final on the French clay of Roland Garros as Rafael Nadal takes on David Ferrer for the title. Nadal is seeking his fourth straight Coupe des Mousquetaires and an incredible eighth in the past nine years.
French Open men's final 1 2 3 4 5 3 Rafael Nadal 6 4 4 David Ferrer 3 1 Standing in his way is his countryman Ferrer, still chugging along...
On Friday, Novak Djokovic, the world’s top-ranked player and the No. 1 seed at the French Open, took on No. 3 seed and seven-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal on the red clay in Paris. (Nadal won in a five-set thriller.)
If you don’t follow tennis, but do follow other sports with seeded tournaments, you might assume that this Djokovic-Nadal match is for the championship...
Good morning. Back to the grind.
Joe Mauer is just so freaking cool.
NBC and live sports: Still a match made in hell.
Rafael Nadal won the French Open, but NBC’s fiasco wasn’t the only interruption.
Washington 5, Minnesota 4 – Another heart breaking loss. What happened to the bullpen? It’s like they are worn out after over use early in the season.