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Tennis Grand Stand:
Nobody deserved a standing ovation more than these two worthy rivals.
A Spaniard has reached the Roland Garros final without dropping a set, but his name is not Rafael Nadal. Here are some key takeaways from two men’s semifinals that compelled and surprised.
That was…worthy of two great rivals: Whereas the Federer-Nadal rivalry has produced a series of spectacular collisions at majors, the Djokovic-Nadal rivalry often has disappointed in that area. Other than the Australian Open final last year, their classic encounters had unfolded at Masters 1000 tournaments such as Madrid in 2009 or Miami in 2011. Wimbledon and US Open finals two years ago featured plenty of excellent tennis but not the suspense necessary for a true classic, while the messy, rain-addled final here last year ended in anticlimax. One or the other of the rivals won the first two sets in all three of those matches, squelching the drama early, and it looked like Nadal might do the same here. But the seesaw battl...
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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 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...
By Ros Satar (June 9, 2013) PARIS – A dramatic double interruption from protestors left an edgy air on an overcast Paris day, but it did not prevent Rafael Nadal from carving a place in history as the first man to win eight titles at the same Grand Slam event. Nadal beat compatriot David [...]
Rafael Nadal groused last week that he was playing so badly he might soon be back home fishing in Mallorca.
Then came a transformation. Nadal stood at the net following his latest French Open win wearing that familiar crooked grin, clay caked on his arm, his leg and even the back of his shirt, landlocked and loving it.
The fish were spared, and Nadal has lately enjoyed smooth sailing...
A little while ago during the French Open match between Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer, a shirtless man rushed the court with what appeared to be flares. Apparently, it was in protest of something. Perhaps he was speaking out in […]
(June 9, 2013) Fans at Philippe Chatrier Court had some unexpected and unwelcomed protectors inside the stadium during the men’s final between Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer on Sunday.
Protestors on neighboring Suzanne Lenglen court
All was going according to plan for Nadal to capture his eighth Roland Garros title. Earlier in the second set, however, rambunctious protestors, in...
The French Open final between Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer on Sunday was brought to a halt when a protestor lit a flare and stormed the court.
Roger Federer lost out in the French Open quarterfinals to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, a straight-set whimper that marked one of his most punchless defeats ever at a Grand Slam and gave a modicum of believability to a prank that attempted to convince players he had retired.
But ol' Federer isn't taking the loss too hard. He's already gearing up for the grass-court season --...
Especially these days, you can't always believe what you see or read and that's exactly what some tennis players discovered when they got pranked hidden-camera style.
The prank was for French Open's YouTube "Road to Rolland-Garros" and features many different professional players reacting to the fake news that Roger Federer had retired:
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...
Roland Garros Roundup takes you through the Slam’s hot stories of the day, both on and off the court.
Nicolas Mahut and Michael Llodra during the men’s doubles award ceremony
Shot of the Day: After losing the first set, snatching the second, and having the upper hand several times in the third including up 4-2 in the tiebreak, Nicolas Mahut and Mike Llodra lost a tough battle...
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When the Roland Garros draw first appeared, all of us felt virtually certain that we would see Roger Federer on the second Sunday. His greatest obstacle, fourth-seeded David Ferrer, never had defeated him in 14 attempts, while Federer’s early rounds looked especially forgiving. Things did not turn out that way when an especially unforgiving Jo...