Found June 09, 2013 on Tennis Grand Stand:
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. The superior Spaniard:  Ferrer ends the tournament ranked higher than Nadal, but no human agrees with the computers on that opinion.  He looked very much David to the Goliath across the net, understandable considering that he contested his first major final today against a career-long nemesis.  A few exceptions like Francesca Schiavone aside, even weathered veterans do not excel in that situation. Calm after the storm:  After the dramatic sweep of the Djokovic-Nadal semifinal, the final’s relatively routine narrative came as the anticlimax that most envisioned.  The match contained few turning points or real momentum sh...

Nadal wins his 8th French Open

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.

Nadal withdraws from Gerry Weber Open to rest

Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the Gerry Weber Open to rest ahead of Wimbledon. Nadal says 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 with...

Nadal moved darted to get away from this flare toting fool at the French Open

Men’s French Open final between Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer...asswipe with a flare gets body slammed by security. [Ride the Pine] **Follow us on Twitter, View Blitz Viral Videos, or Return... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~

Nadal withdraws from Gerry Weber

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...

Rafael Nadal wins 8th French Open

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...

Rafael Nadal drops in rankings after winning French Open

Rafael Nadal had little trouble dispatching fellow Spaniard David Ferrer in yesterday’s French Open final. After surviving a five-set classic Friday against top-ranked Novak Djokovic, Nadal beat Ferrer in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3. Then he dropped in the rankings. David Ferrer (left) jumped Rafael Nadal (right) in the ATP rankings despite losing to Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 in the...

Video: Shirtless Protestors Cause Fire at the French Open Finals

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'...

Protester Interrupts French Open Final With a Flare

In a scary scene which turned out to be thankfully harmless, a protester took to the court holding a flare during the French Open final between David Ferrer and Rafael Nadal. The incident occurred when Nadal was up 4-1 in the second set of the French Open finals, and it sent Nadal scurrying towards the exit. Thankfully no one was harmed. Article found on: Next Impulse Sports

French Open Head-to-Heads

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. 2007...

French Open Men's Boxscore

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 Unforced...

Live blog: Nadal goes for French title

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...

Pau Gasol hangs out with Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer before French Open final

Prior to Rafael Nadal winning his 8th French Open Men’s Singles Title at Roland-Garros, Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol decided to pay a visit to the tennis legend. Check out the below tweet that Gasol posted on his Twitter page of him posing with Nadal and opponent, David Ferrer: With 2 Greats before the final! Incredible tennis players and amazing guys!! @rafaelnadal @davidferrer87...

Ferrer Outlasts Tsonga in Roland Garros And Reaches His First Major Final

It was a tough act to follow for the second pair of semi-finalists at Roland Garros, but on a cooling, shadow-filled evening on Philipp Chatrier, David Ferrer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga had to provide both high drama and high-quality tennis if they were to hold a candle to Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

Links of the Day 6/10/13

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. SCOREBOARD MLB 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.
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