Found June 07, 2013 on Midwest Sports Fans:
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. In most such tournaments the No. 1 and No. 3 seeds are in opposite halves of the bracket and could not meet until the final game or series. And, had Roger Federer beaten No. 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarterfinals, the other semi would have pit No. 2 Federer against No. 4 David Ferrer. So you would have a situation where the four top seeds advanced to the semifinals, but the semifinals were unbalanced, with No. 1 playing No. 3 in one match and No. 2 playing No. 4 in the other (instead of the No. 1-No. 4, No. 2-No. 3 matchups we’re used to seeing in other sports). Top seed Novak Djokovic faces #3 Rafael Nadal...

Nadal ready for Djokovic in Paris

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...

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 ~

Rafael Nadal Defeats Novak Djokovic in a Roland Garros Semifinal for the Ages

(June 7, 2013) It was a blockbuster Roland Garros semifinal between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic that many would agree was more fitting for a Slam final. After all, Nadal and Djokovic met in last year’s final and have been the two best players in the world on clay for several years now.

Column: In tennis, Rafa vs. Roger is so yesterday

(Eds: With AP Photos.) By JOHN LEICESTER AP Sports Columnist If variety is the spice of life, then we should be sick by now of Rafael Nadal, with his seven titles in eight years at the French Open and another waiting for him in Sunday's final. Perhaps tennis and its only Grand Slam tournament played on clay could do with a change, a new champion. Think again. Tennis and the...

Protesters with flares interrupt French Open final

Protesters have briefly interrupted the French Open final between Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer, with one man jumping onto the court with a fiery flare spurting white smoke. The man surged from the crowd near Nadal late in the second set Sunday. Security personnel pushed him to the ground and quickly dragged him away. Another guard stood near Nadal, protecting him while the protester...

Video: Shirtless Man Rushes French Open With Flare in Hand

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 […]

Andy Murray Says That Rafael Nadal’s French Open Record Will Stand Forever

Nadal will play his 60th match at Roland Garros on Sunday when he meets Spanish compatriot David Ferrer, and a 59th win would give him his eighth title on the clay court – a victory Murray fully expects him to achieve.

Video and Photos: Protestor with Flare Runs Onto Court During French Open Men’s Final

(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...

Video: Protestor with flare brings French Open final to halt

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.

Roland Garros Men’s Final Preview: Rafael Nadal Going for Eight Over David Ferrer

(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...

Protester With Flare Rushes Court at French Open Final

A shirtless, masked protester carrying a lit flare jumped on the court during Sunday’s French Open final, near where Rafael Nadal was preparing a serve to David Ferrer. The man jumped over fans in the front row to invade the court before he was tackled by security and removed. Related posts: Rafael Nadal Dominates David Ferrer for French Open Title Number Eight Rafael Nadal beats...

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...

Roland Garros Day 14: Links Roundup with Williams, Mahut, Nadal, Murray and more

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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