Sports, tennis: Nadal wins 7th French Open, defeating Djokovic

Surfaces not quite right for Spanish PARIS, FRANCE – Rafa Nadal gave Spain its third bit of good news in as many days, winning the French Open at Roland Garros after play with Novak Djokovic was halted overnight by rain: 6-4 6-3 2-6 7-5. Nadal overtook Bjorn Borg’s record for six Roland Garros wins. Nadal […]

Sports, tennis: More records for Federer while Williams sisters crash out

ROLAND GARROS, PARIS, FRANCE – Roger Federer notched up another two records as he beat Adrian Ungar 6-3, 6-2, 6-7, 6-3 in the French Open, 30 May. He passed Jimmy Connors to a record 234th Grand Slam victory, and also became the first player to win 50 matches at each of the four Grand Slam […]

Sports, tennis: Federer triumphs while rivals get the blues

MADRID, SPAIN – Roger Federer won the ATP Madrid Open 13 May 2012 in a tournament where his biggest rivals cursed the blue clay courts. The Swiss star moved past Rafa Nadal into second place in the ATP rankings and matched the Spaniard’s record 20 ATP 1000 tournament wins. Nadal and Novak Djokovic had already […]

Sports, tennis: Federer beats Nadal to set up Isner showdown (update: Federer wins final)

INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA – Roger Federer swept past his long time rival Rafael Nadal to go into the finals of the ATP tournament in Indian Wells, 17 March. The Swiss star, currently third in the ATP rankings, won 6-3 6-4, breaking Nadal’s serve on four occasions with a display of precision and power that Nadal […]

Sports, tennis: Djokovic outlasts Nadal in five set marathon

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA- It took more than five and a half hours, ending  after one thirty in the morning, 29 January. Novak Djokovic finally wore down Rafa Nadal in the men’s final of the Australian Open 5-7, 6-4, 6-2,6-7, 7-5. Nadal took the first set but Djokovic swept past him in the next two and looked […]

Sports, tennis: Nadal does it again, Federer out of Australia Open

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Rafael Nadal is back in form, at Roger Federer’s expense, with the former winning their Australian Open semi-finals match 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4Thursday morning 26 January, Swiss time. The match had some fine moments, but Federer failed to rise to the challenge at times, and at one point lost 11 […]

Sports, tennis: Federer vs Nadal for the Australian semis!

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Rafael Nadal defeated Tomas Berdych Tuesday 24 January in the Australian Open, 6-7 7-6 6-4 6-3 , giving himself an invitation in the process to face off against Roger Federer in the semi-finals. Berdych made Nadal work for the win, which took 4 hours 16 minutes. The Nadal-Federer match, with both players […]

Sports, tennis: Roger gives Rafa a lesson

LONDON, ENGLAND – It was just like old days as Roger Federer gave a masterclass in controlled aggression to sweep past Rafael Nadal in the World Tour Finals 22 November. Federer’s tennis was close to perfection as he won 6-3 6-0 without breaking a sweat: even winning more than half the points when Nadal got […]

Federer to face Tsonga again in London opener

LONDON, ENGLAND – The opening match of the ATP World Tour Finals in London Sunday 20November will have a familiar look as it offers Jo-Wilfried Tsonga another chance to meet Roger Federer. The Swiss star breezed past Tsonga to win the final at the Paris-Bercy Masters. Rafael Nadal and Mardy Fish complete the B Group. […]

Tennis: Nadal undone by Murray, Djokovich bows out of Shanghai

TOKYO, JAPAN – Rafael Nadal called Andy Murray “unstoppable” after the final of the Japan Open, won by Murray 3-6, 6-2, 6-0 Sunday 9 October. Murray lost his first set but then went on to win his third title in his last four tournaments, allowing Nadal only four points in the final set. If Murray […]