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Federer wins 98th ATP title ahead of world number one return

STUTTGART, Germany – Roger Federer claimed his 98th ATP title on Sunday, June 17, and re-established his unrivalled superiority on grass with a 6-4, 7-6 (7/3) victory over Milos Raonic in the Stuttgart Cup final. The top-seeded Swiss beat his Canadian opponent for the 11th time in 14 meetings while winning ........»»

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Kyrgios stands in Fed’s path

STUUTGARD, Germany– Roger Federer edged closer to displacing Rafael Nadal at the top of the world rankings as he hammered Guido Pella 6-4, 6-4 on Friday at the Stuttgart Cup. Top seed Federer needs to win on Saturday against Australian fourth seed Nick Kyrgios, who put out 2017 finalist Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, if […].....»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsJun 16th, 2018Related News

Federer beats Pella to book Stuttgart Open semifinal place

Roger Federer plays against Guido Pella in their quarterfinal tennis match during the ATP Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart, Friday June 15, 2018. (Marijan Murat/dpa via AP)........»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsJun 16th, 2018Related News

With 11th French Open, Nadal not obsessed with Federer s 20 Grand Slams

Spain's Rafael Nadal poses with ball girls and boys as he celebrates winning the men's final match of the French Open tennis tournament against Austria's Dominic Thiem in three sets.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsJun 12th, 2018Related News

‘Incredible’ Nadal’s 11th French crown

PARIS, France– Rafael Nadal hailed his 11th French Open title as “just incredible” after he demolished Austria’s Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 despite a worrying injury scare in the closing stages of Sunday’s final. The 32-year-old world number one now has 17 Grand Slam titles, just three behind great rival Roger Federer. Nadal endured a […].....»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsJun 12th, 2018Related News

With 11th French, Nadal not obsessed with Federer’s 20 Slams

Rafael Nadal’s 11th French Open title raised his Grand Slam trophy count to 17, three away from the men’s record held by Roger Federer......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsJun 12th, 2018Related News

‘Not crazy’ to chase Fed stuff’

PARIS, France– Rafael Nadal insists that he has no desire to become locked into an arms race with Roger Federer to surpass his great rival’s 20 Grand Slam titles. Nadal clinched an 11th French Open with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 victory against Dominic Thiem on Sunday to take his majors total to 17. That’s three […].....»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsJun 11th, 2018Related News

Nadal wins 11th French Open title by beating Thiem in 3 sets

By HOWARD FENDRICH,  AP Tennis Writer PARIS (AP) — Rafael Nadal needed less than a set to take command of the French Open final and overcame a late problem with his racket-holding hand to earn a record-extending 11th championship at Roland Garros by beating Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 on Sunday. At 2-1 in the fourth set, Nadal stopped serving during a game because he couldn't straighten his left middle finger. At the following changeover, Nadal was given a salt pill by a doctor and had his left forearm massaged by a trainer. But Nadal's form never wavered, and soon enough he was celebrating his 17th Grand Slam title overall, second among men only to Roger Federer's 20. The victory also allowed the 32-year-old Spaniard to hold onto the No. 1 ranking. The No. 7-seeded Thiem, a 24-year-old from Austria, was appearing in a major final for the first time. Not much more of a daunting task than doing so against Nadal at the French Open, where he is now 11-0 in finals and 86-2 overall. If there were any reason for a bit of intrigue entering Sunday's match, it was this: Thiem is the only person to beat Nadal on red clay over the past two seasons, doing so at Rome in May 2017 and at Madrid last month. Taking on Nadal at the clay-court Grand Slam tournament is a whole other challenge. Thiem stayed with Nadal in the early going on a steamy afternoon. But from 4-all in the opening set, Nadal grabbed five games in a row and was in charge.  .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 10th, 2018Related News

Floyd Mayweather is the champ on Forbes money list

NEW YORK (AP) — Floyd Mayweather is the champ at making money. Forbes magazine reported Tuesday that the boxer is again the highest paid athlete and for the fourth time in seven years. His estimated earnings, including endorsements, for 2017 were $285 million. That stems largely from his bout last August with UFC's Conor McGregor. Mayweather overtook soccer great Cristiano Ronaldo, who held the money crown the previous two years. Soccer players held three of the top five spots. Forbes says 40 basketball players were among the top 100 thanks to a "soaring salary cap triggered by the NBA's $24 billion TV contract." Lionel Messi was No. 2 at $111 million, followed by Ronaldo at $108 million, McGregor at $99 million and Neymar at $90 million. Completing the top 10 were basketball's LeBron James (85.5), tennis's Roger Federer (77.2), basketball's Stephen Curry (76.9) and quarterbacks Matt Ryan (67.3) and Matthew Stafford (59.5)......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 6th, 2018Related News

Pondering lunch, Sascha Zverev saves match point in Paris

By Howard Fendrich, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Talented and pegged-for-success as Alexander Zverev might be, there he was in the French Open's main stadium Friday, on the precipice of a third-round defeat and yet another Grand Slam disappointment. A loss would have left the No. 2-seeded Zverev with an 0-8 record at major tournaments against men ranked in the top 50. A loss also would have left his resume still with merely one trip as far as the round of 16 at any Slam — and zero such runs at Roland Garros. In the fourth set, his opponent served for the victory. In the fifth, the circumstances were more dire: Zverev faced a match point. Both times, he proved steadier and sturdier than Damir Dzumhur, a Bosnian ranked 29th and seeded 26th, and Zverev eventually prevailed 6-2, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6 (3), 7-5 in 3 hours, 54 minutes. It gave the 21-year-old German his second consecutive five-set win; he trailed two sets to one in each. It also showed — not just to others but, perhaps more importantly, to Zverev himself — that he can handle such occasions, that he is capable of doing what's necessary when the sets and hours add up, and that he is perhaps finally ready to stride into the very last days at a major. He's the only active player outside of the "Big 4" of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray with three Masters titles. But Grand Slam success has been elusive. As for what sort of internal strife was happening in Zverev's head Friday? "None," Zverev said. "Mainly, I was thinking (about) what I was going to have for lunch." Well, then. He acknowledged drawing a dose of confidence from managing to win two five-setters in a row, "knowing that I'm fit enough to last as long as I want." In contrast, No. 4 Grigor Dimitrov was unable to pull off back-to-back five-set wins. The two-time major semifinalist fell to 0-7 against top-50 foes at the French Open with a 7-6 (4), 6-2, 6-4 loss to 35th-ranked Fernando Verdasco. "I lost my nerves early on," Dimitrov said. "He played an absolutely stunning match. What can I say?" Verdasco's seventh career fourth-round match at Roland Garros — he's never won one — will come against 2016 champion Djokovic, who seemed to come alive after obliterating his racket in the second-set tiebreaker and wound up eliminating No. 13 Roberto Bautista-Agut 6-4, 6-7 (6), 7-6 (4), 6-2. "Sometimes emotions get the worst out of you, you know," Djokovic said, "or the best out of you, whatever you want to call it." In Dzumhur's case, he was afflicted by jitters while on the verge of making it to a major's last 16 for the first time. Dzumhur served for the match leading 6-5 in the fourth set. But everything fell apart with this sequence: forehand into the net, forehand wide, drop shot into the net, backhand into the net. Just like that, he'd been broken at love. A later errant backhand ended the tiebreaker. "I was not mentally ready to win that match in the fourth set. And I just was rushing a little bit in that service game," Dzumhur said, before offering some credit to Zverev. "He was playing very smart in that moment. He let me do mistakes." Ahead 5-4 in the fifth, Dzumhur was one point from winning while Zverev served at 30-40. But Zverev — at 6-foot-6 (1.98 meters), he is 9 inches (20 centimeters) taller than Dzumhur — came up with the goods, a 118 mph service winner. Dzumhur again helped Zverev, putting a pair of easy backhands into the net, then later said of the first of those: "That's the point that I will probably remember." Perhaps Zverev will, too. More likely, he won't fuss too much over the details, including that Dzumhur entered the French Open with a losing record this year. Instead, it's the outcome that matters. That didn't used to be the case, when Zverev was 12 and coached by Dad. His father taught Sascha, as Zverev is called by many, and brother Mischa — in third-round action Saturday — the importance at that age of process over results, preparing them for success not as juniors but as pros. And now? "I'm trying to win. That's all that matters. It doesn't matter how long it goes. It doesn't matter how much time I'll spend on court," Zverev said. "It doesn't matter if it goes 9-7 in the fifth or it goes 6-1, 6-1, 6-2." He seems more equipped for the former now than ever......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 2nd, 2018Related News

Up-and-comers will try to announce arrival at French Open

It’s an oft-cited and oft-updated stat in men’s tennis: The so-called Big 4 — Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray — have won 47 of the past 52 Grand Slam titles, a run of dominance that began in 2005......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsMay 27th, 2018Related News

How can Rafa Nadal wrest top ranking from Roger Federer?

ROME, Italy – Rafael Nadal set up an Italian Open semi-final blockbuster against old rival Novak Djokovic after both former world number one players battled back in thrilling last-8 clashes on Friday, May 18. It will be the 51st meeting between the tennis superstars, but the second-ranked Nadal must get ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsMay 19th, 2018Related News

Nadal and Djokovic to renew rivalry in Italian Open semis

By Andrew Dampf, Associated Press ROME (AP) — Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will renew their rivalry in the Italian Open semifinals — and three-time Rome champion Maria Sharapova also reached the last four Friday. Nadal, who holds a record seven titles at the Foro Italico, overcame a poor first set and a partisan crowd to beat Fabio Fognini 4-6, 6-1, 6-2. Then, four-time Rome winner Djokovic rallied past Kei Nishikori 2-6, 6-1, 6-3. Nadal and Djokovic have played each other 50 times but their last meeting came more than a year ago, when Nadal won in the Madrid Open semifinals. "Tomorrow is going to be the ultimate challenge on clay," Djokovic said. "Beating Rafa is a really difficult thing to do on this surface. But, I've done it before." Djokovic leads Nadal 26-24 overall, but Nadal holds a 15-7 advantage on clay. Nadal can replace Roger Federer at No. 1 if he lifts the Rome trophy for the first time since 2013. Federer is sitting out the clay season to prepare for Wimbledon, where he will bid for a record-extending 21st Grand Slam title. Djokovic, who is returning from a persistent right elbow injury, hadn't reached a semifinal since before Wimbledon last year. "This is what I was looking forward to," Djokovic said. "This is what I was hoping to achieve." In the other half of the draw, defending champion Alexander Zverev extended his winning streak to 12 matches with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 victory over ninth-seeded David Goffin. He'll meet Australian Open finalist Marin Cilic, who beat 10th-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3, 6-3. Sharapova required more than three hours to eliminate last year's French Open winner, Jelena Ostapenko, 6-7 (6), 6-4, 7-5; and defending champion Elina Svitolina defeated Angelique Kerber 6-4, 6-4 for her sixth straight victory over the former No. 1 player. Svitolina will next face 26th-ranked Anett Kontaveit of Estonia, who beat Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-1. Sharapova's semifinal opponent will be Simona Halep, who advanced with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Caroline Garcia that ensures she will keep the No. 1 ranking for another week. Djokovic has now won 12 straight matches over Nishikori and the Japanese player didn't help his cause when he landed an easy overhead into the net early in the third set. Still, it remained tight with long rallies until the end. "It was a fantastic match," Djokovic said. "We went toe to toe until the last point." Fans were decidedly behind Fognini, Italy's top player, and Nadal was under pressure when Fognini won five straight games to cancel out a 4-1 deficit and win the opening set. "He played aggressive, a great level of tennis, creating a lot of winners and taking balls earlier," Nadal said. "I felt the pressure a little bit and played a couple of bad games." But Fognini couldn't keep up with Nadal's consistency and heavy topspin on the red clay court and eventually was physically worn down. "I tried to play more with my forehand and when I play aggressive with my forehand the backhand becomes better," said Nadal, who sat out earlier this season with right knee and hip injuries. "It's important to be able to change the tactics of the match." Fognini had tape applied under his left knee while trailing 3-2 in the third set due to a physical problem that has bothered him for weeks. "The first set lasted more than an hour," Fognini said. "It's him that causes the problem." While the result meant it was now 42 years since an Italian man last won the tournament — Adriano Panatta in 1976 — Fognini was still applauded as he walked off of the court. Nadal joined in the applause for Fognini......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 19th, 2018Related News

Zverev wins Madrid Masters title

Dominic Thiem lost to Alexander Zverev in the Madrid Masters final on Sunday and then said the German is now the best player in the world beneath Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Zverev wins Madrid Masters title Dominic Thiem lost to Alexander Zverev in the Madrid Masters final on Sunday and then said the German… link: Zverev wins Madrid Masters title.....»»

Source: Manilainformer ManilainformerCategory: May 14th, 2018Related News

Madrid champ Zverev next to Federer, Nadal, says Thiem

MADRID, Spain – Dominic Thiem lost to Alexander Zverev in the Madrid Masters final on Sunday, May 13, and then said the German is now the best player in the world beneath Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Zverev has long been marked out as a future star of the men's game and ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsMay 14th, 2018Related News

Nadal’s magical clay court streak ended by Thiem in Madrid

Rafael Nadal suffered his first clay-court defeat in almost a year when the world number one was shocked 7-5, 6-3 by Austria's Dominic Thiem in the Madrid Masters quarterfinals on Friday. Defending champion Nadal, who came into the tournament having won both Monte Carlo and Barcelona for an 11th time, also saw his record 50-set winning streak on clay ended by the fifth-seeded Thiem. Thiem, the runner-up to the great Spaniard in the 2017 Madrid final, had been the last player to defeat Nadal on clay at the 2017 Italian Open in Rome -- 357 days ago. The shock result also means that Roger Federer will reclaim the world number one ranking on Monday. "A player like Dominic has a lot of ...Keep on reading: Nadal’s magical clay court streak ended by Thiem in Madrid.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: May 12th, 2018Related News

Nadal doesn’t see himself skipping tournaments like Federer

MONACO --- For now, Rafael Nadal doesn't see himself skipping any major tournaments the way Roger Federer has been sitting out the French Open. The veterans are back at the top of world tennis, with Nadal needing to win the Monte Carlo Masters this week to avoid losing his top ranking once again to Federer in their seemingly eternal battle for tennis supremacy. For the second consecutive season, the 36-year-old Federer is skipping the entire clay-court season in order to be at his best on grass. After coming back from injury to win the Australian Open last year, Federer skipped the clay-court season, won Wimbledon, and retained his Melbourne crown to extend his record tall...Keep on reading: Nadal doesn’t see himself skipping tournaments like Federer.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Apr 19th, 2018Related News

I don t see myself missing Grand Slams on purpose, says Rafael Nadal

MONTE CARLO, Principality of Monaco – World number one Rafael Nadal said on Wednesday that he doesn't see himself following in Roger Federer's footsteps and playing a curtailed schedule in an attempt to lengthen his career. Federer is missing the claycourt season for the second year in a row, but Nadal says he ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsApr 19th, 2018Related News

Rafael Nadal reclaims ATP top spot as Roger Federer slips

PARIS, France – Rafael Nadal reclaimed the top spot in the men's ATP rankings on Monday, April 2, a day after Swiss rival Roger Federer crashed out in Miami to American John Isner. Nadal, who hasn't hit a ball in anger since pulling out of the Australian Open quarterfinals in ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsApr 2nd, 2018Related News

Nadal reclaims ATP top spot as Federer slips

Rafael Nadal reclaimed top spot in the men's ATP rankings on Monday a day after Swiss rival Roger Federer crashed out in Miami to American John Isner. Nadal, who hasn't hit a ball in anger since pulling out of the Australian Open quarter-finals in January, saw Federer take over top spot on February 18. The Swiss veteran, however, slipped 10 points behind his Spanish rival and into second place after a second round defeat to Isner that saw the towering American leap eight places to ninth thanks to his eventual victory Sunday in the Masters 1000 event. Isner thus equals his previous best ranking of ninth, reached in April 2012, while beaten finalist Alexander Zverev of Germany...Keep on reading: Nadal reclaims ATP top spot as Federer slips.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Apr 2nd, 2018Related News