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rafael nadal sets up novak djokovic date in madrid open semi-final


by: ap | madrid | published:may 12, 2017 11:15 pm rafael nadal is on a 13-match winning streak. (source: ap)rafael nadal withstood a tough challenge from david goffin 7-6 (3), 6-2 to reach the madrid open semifinals on friday. in a meeting between the players with the most match wins this year, nadal saved all five break points he faced against the 10th-ranked belgian, and converted his chances in the second set to win his 13th straight match.nadal’s tour-leading 32nd victory set up a semifinal against defending champion novak djokovic, who advanced when kei nishikori withdrew before their match because of a wrist injury.on the women’s side, defending champion simone halep of romania cruised past anastasija sevastova of latvia 6-2, 6-3 to reach her third madrid open final. the thi...






rafael nadal and novak djokovic set up madrid open semifinal


by: ap | madrid | published:may 13, 2017 10:54 am rafael nadal defeated david goffin 7-6 (3), 6-2. (source: ap)rafael nadal set up a semifinal with novak djokovic after withstanding a tough challenge from david goffin 7-6 (3), 6-2 at the madrid open on friday.djokovic, the defending champion, advanced when kei nishikori withdrew before their quarterfinal because of a wrist injury.“it’s going to be a very tough match against one of the best players in tennis history,” nadal said. “i’ve been playing at a high level during many weeks. i know tomorrow is going to be a day that either i play really well or i’m not going to have many chances.”nadal hasn’t beaten djokovic since the 2014 french open final, losing their last seven matchups.“i’m not worried about it,” nada...






rafael nadal beats novak djokovic 6-2, 6-4, books place in madrid open final


by: ap | madrid | published:may 13, 2017 9:58 pm it was the 14th straight victory for the fifth-ranked rafael nadal, and his tour-leading 33rd for the year. (source: reuters)rafael nadal ended his seven-match winless streak against novak djokovic with a 6-2, 6-4 win that put him in the madrid open final again on saturday.nadal overpowered djokovic from the start, and converted on his third match point to earn his first victory against the second-ranked serb since the 2014 french open final.it was the 14th straight victory for the fifth-ranked nadal, and his tour-leading 33rd for the year.in the final, the four-time madrid champion will play dominic thiem of austria or pablo cuevas of uruguay.it was another disappointing loss for the struggling djokovic, who hasn’t reached a final si...






novak djokovic gets walkover to madrid open semis as kei nishikori withdraws


by: reuters | published:may 12, 2017 5:36 pm novak djokovic will play the winner of match between david goffin and rafael nadal. (source: ap)defending champion novak djokovic reached the semi-finals of the madrid open without hitting a ball on friday when his quarter-final opponent kei nishikori withdrew minutes before the match was due to start with a wrist injury.the same injury forced world number eight nishikori, seeded sixth in madrid, to miss the barcelona open last month. he said he aimed to be at next week’s rome masters.“unfortunately i’m still not 100 percent so i’d prefer not to take a risk,” the japanese player told reporters.“i’m going to take a couple of days to see how the injury evolves but i hope to be in rome.”in saturday’s semi-final, djokovic will...






'king of clay' rafael nadal reclaims crown against novak djokovic


rafael nadal ended a seven-match losing streak against novak djokovic in emphatic fashion by thrashing the world no.2 to reach the final of the madrid open and move within a step of a third consecutive claycourt title.the spaniard, who won 6-2 6-4 on saturday, will be aiming for a fifth madrid title when he meets austrian dominic thiem in sunday's showpiece.sharapova and bouchard react to madrid open thrillervideo duration01:15previous slidenext slidevideo duration01:01mladenovic ends sharapova's runmladenovic ends sharapova's runkristina mladenovic inflicted maria sharapova's first defeat since returning from a doping ban in the semi-finals of the porsche tennis grand prix.sharapova and bouchard react to madrid open thrillervideo duration01:15video duration01:15sharapova and bouchard ...






nadal snaps winless streak vs djokovic to reach madrid final


rafael nadal ended his seven-match winless streak against novak djokovic with a 6-2, 6-4 win that put him in the madrid open final again         






novak djokovic in, rafael nadal out for serbia-spain davis cup


by: ap | madrid | updated: march 29, 2017 1:11 pm novak djokovic will be back in action after pulling out of the miami open because of an elbow injury. (source: ap)rafael nadal will miss spain’s davis cup quarterfinal against serbia and the chance to take on novak djokovic in belgrade next month.nadal, the 14-time grand slam champion, was not in the team announced by spain captain conchita martinez on tuesday. no reason was given.serbia player-captain nenad zimonjic said in belgrade that djokovic, who has dropped from his no. 1 ranking after suffering a slump in form following his french open title last year, will play in the april 7-9 series.djokovic will be back in action after pulling out of the miami open because of an elbow injury.viktor troicki and dusan lajovic are the other ...






nick kyrgios defeats novak djokovic at acapulco


nick kyrgios has delivered a serving masterclass to upset novak djokovic and storm into the semi-finals of the atp event in acapulco.the australian crunched 25 aces in just two sets in ousting the top seed and 12-time grand slam champion 7-6 (11-9) 7-5. nick kyrgios plays a return to serbia's novak djokovic. photo: apit's the first time kyrgios has defeated the former world no.1.kyrgios will face sam querrey for a place in the title match, with rafael nadal playing marin cilic in the other semi-final.more to come






rafael nadal wins fifth madrid title on run to french open


rafael nadal consolidated his flying start to the clay-court season by taking a record-extending fifth madrid open title on sunday, battling past a determined dominic thiem to win 7-6(10-8) 6-4.the spaniard, who snapped a seven-match losing streak against novak djokovic to win their semi-final on saturday, was given a much sterner test by thiem than in last month's final of the barcelona open.sharapova and bouchard react to madrid open thrillervideo duration01:15previous slidenext slidevideo duration01:01mladenovic ends sharapova's runmladenovic ends sharapova's runkristina mladenovic inflicted maria sharapova's first defeat since returning from a doping ban in the semi-finals of the porsche tennis grand prix.sharapova and bouchard react to madrid open thrillervideo duration01:15video ...






novak djokovic searches for lost ‘mojo’ ahead of rome masters


by: reuters | published:may 15, 2017 8:13 pm novak djokovic said that he feels like he is in transition.world number two novak djokovic said he lost motivation after winning the french open to complete a career grand slam last year, but now feels he is on the right path to rediscover his “mojo”.the serb, who split with his coaching team earlier this month, reached the semi-finals of the madrid open last week, where he lost to eventual champion rafael nadal.“if i could describe my tennis in one word, i feel like i’m in transition,” djokovic said in an interview posted on the atp website. (www.atpworldtour.com)“after winning roland garros, i didn’t know how i was going to feel. i never had that issue after winning a big trophy, of bouncing back and finding new ways to moti...






miami open: roger federer outlasts nick kyrgios to set up rafael nadal final


updated: april 1, 2017 12:25 pm roger federer sets up a re-match of melbourne park title-decider against rafael nadal. (source: reuters)roger federer needed more than three hours to outlast nick kyrgios 7-6(9) 6-7(9) 7-6(5) in a pulsating miami open semi-final on friday to set up another mouthwatering final clash with rafa nadal.the swiss, who has won two of his last three tournaments including the australian open, had to dig deep to get through a second straight test after fending off a match point in his quarter-final victory over tomas berdych.the 35-year-old’s victory sets up a re-match of january’s melbourne park title-decider against spaniard nadal, who earlier rolled over unseeded italian fabio fognini 6-1 7-5.kyrgios, who has twice beaten novak djokovic over the last month...






italian open: dominic thiem ends rafael nadal’s unbeaten run on clay


by: reuters | updated: may 20, 2017 10:30 am the defeat against dominic thiem, ended rafa nadal’s 17 match unbeaten run on clay. (source: reuters)austria’s dominic thiem dumped seven-times champion rafael nadal out of the italian open 6-4 6-3 on friday to reach the semi-finals. beaten twice by nadal in the space of a month, in the barcelona and madrid open finals, thiem took his revenge by handing the 30-year-old spaniard a first clay court defeat of the season in rome.the upset, after one hour and 51 minutes, ended nadal’s 17 match unbeaten run on clay.thiem will now take on either world number two novak djokovic or argentina’s juan martin del potro, meeting for the 18th time on friday evening, in saturday’s semi-final at the foro italico.the aggressive eighth seed had nada...






madrid open: rafa nadal battles through to reach third round


by: reuters | madrid | published:may 11, 2017 12:11 am rafael nadal next faces australian nick kyrgios. (source: reuters)defending champion novak djokovic and home favourite rafa nadal were made to work hard to reach the third round of the madrid open on wednesday. djokovic overcame spaniard nicolas almagro 6-1 4-6 7-5 while nadal endured a three-hour epic with italy’s fabio fognini before progressing 7-6 (7-3) 3-6 6-4.almagro, ranked 76th, broke djokovic in the opening game but the world number two roared back to win six consecutive games, finishing the last with a tidy drop shot.spaniard almagro, who has never gone beyond the quarter-finals in a grand slam, grew in confidence in the second set, however, with the backing of the home support and saved two break points before forcing...






roger federer, rafael nadal and novak djokovic advance at indian wells


by: ap | indian wells | published:march 13, 2017 12:20 pm on sunday, the no. 2-seeded novak djokovic was a bit shaky at times while winning 6-4, 7-6 (5) against kyle edmund of britain. (source: reuters)novak djokovic, roger federer and rafael nadal – owners of a combined 44 grand slam titles and 12 of the past 13 trophies at indian wells – all earned straight-set victories sunday to get started at the bnp paribas open.a day after no. 1 andy murray was upset by 129th-ranked qualifier vasek pospisil, the other members of the so-called “big 4” of men’s tennis moved into the third round after first-round byes.and the entire distinguished trio – federer has a record 18 major titles, nadal 14, djokovic 12 – is packed into the same section of the draw.federer and longtime rival...






djokovic back in rome final, will face zverev


novak djokovic won twice saturday to earn the right to play for another italian open title, his first final since january.djokovic, the four-time champion, will play alexander zverev, who at 20 is the youngest masters series finalist since djokovic won in miami a decade ago at 19. zverev beat john isner 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-1.the day could have dragged on for djokovic, but he closed out juan martin del potro quickly 6-1, 6-4 in a quarterfinal that had been suspended overnight because of rain with djokovic leading 6-1, 1-2. then, about seven hours later, he dispatched dominic thiem 6-1, 6-0 in the semifinals.thiem, coming off the madrid final last weekend, stopped rafael nadal in the quarterfinals thursday. djokovic won the doha title in january but has struggled since then and dropped his coach






rafael nadal edges dominic thiem, wins third straight madrid open


by: ap | madrid | updated: may 15, 2017 10:08 am the triumph at his home tournament gave rafael nadal his 72nd career title, and 52nd on clay. (source: reuters)rafael nadal continued his impressive form heading into the french open, winning his third straight title on clay sunday with a 7-6 (8), 6-4 victory over dominic thiem in the madrid open final.nadal withstood a tough challenge from the ninth-ranked thiem, converting on his fourth match point to earn his 15th straight victory and tie novak djokovic’s record of 30 career titles in masters 1000 events.the triumph at his home tournament gave nadal his 72nd career title, and 52nd on clay. it will also move him from fifth to fourth in the rankings, ahead of roger federer.“to try to win roland garros, you don’t need to be no. 4 ...






rafael nadal wraps up madrid open title


rafael nadal defeated dominic thiem 7-6 (8), 6-4 in the madrid open final sunday to win his third straight title.nadal withstood a tough challenge from the ninth-ranked player, converting on his fourth match point to earn his 15th straight victory on clay and tie novak djokovic’s record of 30 career titles in masters 1000 events.the triumph at his home tournament gave nadal his 72nd career title. “it means a lot to me to win at home. it’s always a special place for me,” nadal said.elsewheretottenham clinches 2nd place in epltottenham signed out of white hart lane with its highest finish in 54 years.tottenham locked down second place by beating manchester united 2-1 in its final game before leaving its north london home of 118 years.tottenham’s triumph ended jose mourinho’s hope...






rafael nadal wraps up madrid open title


rafael nadal defeated dominic thiem 7-6 (8), 6-4 in the madrid open final sunday to win his third straight title.nadal withstood a tough challenge from the ninth-ranked player, converting on his fourth match point to earn his 15th straight victory on clay and tie novak djokovic’s record of 30 career titles in masters 1000 events.the triumph at his home tournament gave nadal his 72nd career title, and 52nd on clay.“it means a lot to me to win at home. it’s always a special place for me,” nadal said.elsewheretottenham clinches 2nd place in epltottenham signed out of white hart lane with its highest finish in 54 years.tottenham locked down second place by beating manchester united 2-1 in its final game before leaving its north london home of 118 years.tottenham’s triumph ended jose ...






roger federer vs rafael nadal: an epic final at miami open


by: express web desk | updated: april 2, 2017 2:16 pm roger federer has beaten rafael nadal in previous two meetings this year. (source: ap)before the australia open this year, tennis fans were wishing for a roger federer against rafael nadal final. one last time. world number one andy murray and number two novak djokovic lost before reaching the quarter-finals. federer vs nadal in a grand slam final was a big possibility now as two of the best players on the tour had lost. and it did happen.at the final, the fans had their wish. federer and nadal had played each other in a slam final after long. but they were in for a surprise. both met in the third round of the indian wells last and now at the miami open final.both are playing each other for the third time this year and it feels lik...






rafael nadal marches into quarter-finals at madrid open


by: afp | madrid | published:may 12, 2017 12:53 pm rafael nadal faces david goffin in friday’s quarter-finals after the belgian beat world number six milos raonic 6-4, 6-2. (source: reuters)world number one andy murray’s slump in form continued as he crashed out of the madrid masters third round 6-3, 6-3 to lucky loser borna coric.rafael nadal extended his flawless record on clay this season to 12-0 with a 6-3, 6-1 destruction of nick kyrgios.and defending champion novak djokovic also eased into the quarter-finals with a 6-4, 7-5 win over feliciano lopez.coric was only handed a late reprieve to enter the draw in madrid after losing in qualifying to mikhail kukushkin.“after one match of the quallies where i lost and i was booking my flight back to home,” said coric.“i couldn






italian open: dominic thiem ends rafa nadal’s unbeaten run on clay


by: reuters | updated: may 20, 2017 12:27 am the defeat against dominic thiem, ended rafa nadal’s 17 match unbeaten run on clay. (source: reuters)austria’s dominic thiem dumped seven-times champion rafael nadal out of the italian open 6-4 6-3 on friday to reach the semi-finals. beaten twice by nadal in the space of a month, in the barcelona and madrid open finals, thiem took his revenge by handing the 30-year-old spaniard a first clay court defeat of the season in rome.the upset, after one hour and 51 minutes, ended nadal’s 17 match unbeaten run on clay.thiem will now take on either world number two novak djokovic or argentina’s juan martin del potro, meeting for the 18th time on friday evening, in saturday’s semi-final at the foro italico.the aggressive eighth seed had nada...






federer beats nadal, djokovic loses at indian wells


roger federer defeated rafael nadal 6-2, 6-3 at the bnp paribas open on wednesday in a fourth-round match at indian wells (riverside county) that saw the longtime rivals meeting earlier in a tournament than usual.federer broke nadal four times in advancing to the quarterfinals in just over an hour. although nadal owns a 23-13 lead in their series, federer has won the past three, including an epic comeback in the australian open final two months ago.the two superstars hadn’t played each other before the quarterfinals of an event since 2004, when they met in the third round at miami.another one of tennis’ big four went down, too. novak djokovic’s 19-match winning streak at the tournament ended in a 6-4, 7-6 (3) loss to nick kyrgios. djokovic joined nadal and top-ranked andy murray, who...






nick kyrgios crushes novak djokovic at indian wells


nick kyrgios has upstaged novak djokovic for the second time in a fortnight to power into the atp masters tournament in indian wells quarter-finals for the first time.continuing his rich vein of form, kyrgios defeated the three-time defending champion 6-4 7-6 (7-3) on wednesday (thursday aedt) to book a last-eight blockbuster with either roger federer or rafael nadal. nick kyrgios has scored his second successive win over novak djokovic. photo: apkyrgios struck 14 aces, 25 winners and didn't face a single break point in repeating his victory over the 12-times grand slam champion in mexico earlier this month.eyeing his third semi-final showing in as many tournaments, the australian no.1 is yet to drop serve in three matches this week. stretched: novak djokovic earned a code violat...






novak djokovic eases into quarter-finals of madrid open


by: reuters | madrid | published:may 11, 2017 9:05 pm novak djokovic marches into madrid open quarter-final. (source: reuters)world no. 2 novak djokovic reached the quarter-finals of the madrid open on thursday with a straight set victory (6-4 7-5) over feliciano lopez.djokovic, who won the tournament last year, had fewer problems against the 35-year-old spaniard than in his three-set second round test with nicolas almagro a day earlier, taking the first set 6-4 before breaking in the 12th game of the second to avoid a tie-break.rain in the spanish capital meant the roof on the manolo santana court was closed for the game, slowing down lopez’s powerful serve to the advantage of the serb, who recently split from his long-term coach marian vajda.djokovic joins david goffin in the quar...






when is roger federer vs rafael nadal miami open final, what time does it start,


by: express web desk | published:april 2, 2017 1:37 pm roger federer has 18-1 record this season so far. (source: ap)roger federer and rafael nadal have have made it to the final of the miami open. both the players have reached the final in contrasting fashion as the former was made to work hard in the semi-final while nadal won the his semi-final in straight sets. this will be their third meeting in a final this year having met in the finals of australia open and indian wells.federer beat nick kyrgios 7-6 6-7 7-6 in the semi-final which improved his record to 18-1 in 2017 which nadal dismantled fabio foginni 6-1 7-5 in the other semi-final.it seems like a fairytale as the two legends, who were battling injuries and were doubtful to return to their best after recovery, making it all t...






past champs djokovic, federer, nadal win at indian wells


novak djokovic, of serbia, hits to kyle edmund, of britain, at the bnp paribas open tennis tournament, sunday, march 12, 2017, in indian wells, calif. (ap photo/mark j. terrill)(photo: the associated press)connectlinkedinemailmoreindian wells, calif. (ap) — novak djokovic, roger federer and rafael nadal — owners of a combined 44 grand slam titles and 12 of the past 13 trophies at indian wells — all earned straight-set victories sunday to get started at the bnp paribas open.a day after no. 1 andy murray was upset by 129th-ranked qualifier vasek pospisil, the other members of the so-called "big 4" of men's tennis moved into the third round after first-round byes.and the entire distinguished trio — federer has a record 18 major titles, nadal 14, djokovic 12 — is packed into the s...






novak djokovic, rafa nadal enter mexico open quarters after contrasting wins


by: ap | mexico | published:march 2, 2017 1:41 pm novak djokovic plays nick kyrgios next. (source: ap)novak djokovic rallied to beat argentinian juan martin del potro in three sets 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 early on thursday to advance to the mexican open quarterfinals.djokovic, playing in his first tournament since his shocking loss in the second round of the australian open, struggled to beat del potro, the 2009 u.s. open winner, who ousted the serbian 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2) in the first round of the olympic games in rio de janeiro.it was the first match between them since.“every time you play against delpo, there’s a lot of tension, emotions and quality of play,” djokovic said. “i’m happy i was able to beat him this time.”the 29-year-old serbian, ranked no. 2, suffered an unexpected loss...






i’ll do my best to be available for davis cup semi-finals, says novak djokovic


by: afp | paris | published:april 9, 2017 10:27 am novak djokovic is crucial to serbia’s hopes of returning to davis cup final for the first time since 2013. (source: ap)novak djokovic vowed to spearhead serbia’s davis cup semi-final clash against france in september, telling reporters: “from your mouth to god’s ears, i’ll do my best to be there”.serbia will travel to france for the semi-finals from september 15-17, but with the clash coming just five days after the us open in new york, the world number two was asked to confirm he will play.djokovic, 29, starred in 2010 when serbia defeated france in the final in belgrade for their only davis cup title.having won a 12th successive singles rubber in the tournament on friday to set serbia on their way to this weekend’s qua...






novak djokovic suffers quarter-final exit at monte carlo masters


by: ap | monaco | published:april 22, 2017 1:37 am novak djokovic had won in monaco in 2013 and 2015. (source: reuters)david goffin beat novak djokovic for the first time in his career on his fifth match point, winning 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 to reach the monte carlo masters semifinals on friday. goffin denied djokovic a possible 50th career match against defending champion rafael nadal, who was playing the last remaining quarterfinal against unseeded diego schwartzman. “it’s the best win of my career,” the 10th-seeded goffin said.goffin had lost all previous five matches to djokovic and looked to heading for another when the 12-time grand slam winner led 4-2 in the decider. but goffin broke him in the eighth game and held firm on his own serve when taken to deuce in a tight 11th game.the...






indian wells: roger federer thumps rafa nadal; novak djokovic once again loses t


by: ap | indian wells | updated: march 16, 2017 10:56 am roger federer has now won three matches in a row against rafa nadal. (source: ap)roger federer defeated rafael nadal 6-2, 6-3 at the bnp paribas open on wednesday in a fourth-round match that saw the longtime rivals meeting much earlier in a tournament than usual. federer broke nadal four times in advancing to the quarterfinals in 68 minutes. although nadal owns a 23-13 lead in their series, federer has won three in a row for the first time, including an epic comeback in the australian open final two months ago at age 35.“it’s a nice feeling to win the last three,” he said. “but most importantly, i won australia. that was big for me.”federer broke nadal to open the match in front of a packed stadium 1 crowd. federer fa...






big names in action at bnp paribas open


closeskip in skipxembedxshare roger federer, rafael nadal and novak djokovic and venus williams all moved on tuesday. usa today sports






indian wells: roger federer thumps rafa nadal; novak djokovic once again loses t


by: ap | indian wells | published:march 16, 2017 9:40 am roger federer has now won three matches in a row against rafa nadal. (source: ap)roger federer defeated rafael nadal 6-2, 6-3 at the bnp paribas open on wednesday in a fourth-round match that saw the longtime rivals meeting much earlier in a tournament than usual. federer broke nadal four times in advancing to the quarterfinals in just over an hour. although nadal owns a 23-13 lead in their series, federer has won the past three in a row, including an epic comeback in the australian open final two months ago.federer broke nadal to open the match in front of a packed stadium 1 crowd. federer faced just one break point on his serve in the match, but he recovered with a big serve and two winning backhands to go up 2-0 in the first ...






ear infection delays rafael nadal's madrid open start


madrid: rafael nadal has asked to begin his participation in the madrid open a day later than planned due to an ear infection, meaning he will face italian fabio fognini on wednesday.nadal is seeking a third consecutive clay court title of the season after winning the barcelona open and monte carlo masters but his preparation for the tournament in the spanish capital has been interrupted by the infection. nadal's preparation for the madrid open has been interrupted by an ear infection.  photo: ap"on friday i woke up at three in the morning with pain, a discomfort i had never felt before," the 14-times grand slam winner told a news conference on monday."i went to the doctor and he told me i had an ear infection. it's nothing important but it is bothering me. it has caused me heada...






3-time champion rafael nadal beats fernando verdasco at indian wells


closeskip in skipxembedxshare roger federer, rafael nadal and novak djokovic and venus williams all moved on tuesday. usa today sportsrafael nadal, of spain, returns a shot to fernando verdasco, of spain, at the bnp paribas open tennis tournament, tuesday, march 14, 2017, in indian wells, calif. (ap photo/mark j. terrill)(photo: the associated press)connectlinkedinemailmoreindian wells, calif. (ap) — roger federer edged steve johnson 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4) in a hard-serving duel at the bnp paribas open on tuesday, setting up a fourth-round match against rafael nadal.federer fired 12 aces — his fastest serve registering 131 mph — and never faced a break point against johnson, who reached 136 on the radar gun and fought off all four break points against him.nadal advanced with a 6-3,...






nick kyrgios to play rafael nadal at the 2017 madrid open


the toughest assignment in men's tennis - rafael nadal on clay - looms next for nick kyrgios after a breezy win by the australian at the madrid open on thursday.kyrgios did what his compatriot bernard tomic on wednesday could not - down american ryan harrison. nick kyrgios plays a backhand in his match against ryan harrison of usa during day five of the mutua madrid open. photo: getty imagesand the lanky canberran did it with almost roger federer-like ease in the 6-3 6-3 victory that took little over an hour.nadal though did not have it all his own way and took nearly three hours to put away enigmatic italian fabio fognini 7-6 (7-3) 3-6 6-4 and he was left fuming by his sub-par performance. rafael nadal celebrates after defeating fabio fognini. photo: ap"even though i played re...






nick kyrgios goes from big win to big letdown at mexico open


nick kyrgios has fallen short of a berth against rafael nadal in the final of the mexican open, beaten by american sam querrey in acapulco.the australian started the semi-final strongly and had treatment on his elbow at the end of the second set before the unseeded querrey triumphed 3-6, 6-1, 7-5 on friday night. australia's nick kyrgios lost to american sam querrey mexico. photo: apit was a disappointing exit for kyrgios – whose serve was broken for querrey to seal victory – a day after eliminating 12-time grand slam champion novak djokovic.querrey became the first american finalist in the 24-year history of the tournament.earlier, nadal routed croatia's marin cilic 6-1, 6-2.seeking his first title this season and 70th overall, the 30-year-old spaniard ran his mexican open wi...






brent musburger signs off after 50 years — and delivers a plug


after 50 years of sports broadcasting, brent musburger has called his last game, and it was an exciting one.the broadcasting legend called kentucky’s 90-81 overtime victory over sec rival georgia on tuesday night. following the game, espn gave this on-air tribute to musburger.after the tribute was complete, the legendary musburger signed off in his own inimitable way. here it is:before the game, kentucky and georgia thanked musburger for calling the action and sent the espn broadcaster into retirement with a few parting gifts. the bulldogs gave musburger a framed copy of their 1989 spring game program while calipari presented him with a framed white no. 50 jersey (for his years in the industry) to a standing ovation.musburger found himself embroiled in controversy last month after defendin