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Shirtless Protesters Storm French Open

Flare-wielding protesters demand Francois Hollande quit

(Newser) - It was just another boring French Open final, with Rafael Nadal soundly thumping David Ferrer—until a masked, half-naked flare-wielding protester hopped onto the tennis court, reports the AP . Security personnel quickly subdued the man, but other protesters climbed atop an adjacent court with flares and a sign demanding the... More »

Nadal Backs Out of Olympics

Knee tendonitis will sideline tennis great

(Newser) - Rafael Nadal was supposed to carry Spain's flag at next week's opening ceremonies for the London Olympics. Now, he won't even be there. The 2008 gold medalist today announced that he is sidelining himself because of tendonitis in his knee, Reuters reports. "I am not in... More »

Nadal Collapses With Cramp

Room cleared, trainer helps tennis star

(Newser) - Tennis No. 2 Rafael Nadal collapsed from cramps yesterday, not on the tennis court but during a press conference, reports the Independent . Sitting in a chair two hours after winning his third-round match in the US Open, Nadal suddenly started grimacing, then slipped to the ground. The room was cleared,... More »

Nadal Drops Out, Roddick Dumped at Aussie Open

Croatian Marin Cilic prevails in marathon match

(Newser) - Defending champ Rafael Nadal dropped out of the Australian Open today with a knee injury, and Andy Roddick was knocked out by Croatian Marin Cilic. The 14th seed Cilic beat the four-time semi-finalist 7-6, 6-3, 3-6, 2-6, 6-3 in a marathon match lasting 230 minutes. The seventh-seeded American struggled with... More »

Earthquake Relief a Hit With Tennis Stars

Federer throws together 'Hit for Haiti,' raises big bucks

(Newser) - Stars of the tennis universe got together today to hit a few—and raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for Haiti earthquake relief. Less than a day before the start of the Australian Open, Roger Federer threw together "Hit for Haiti," a slate of doubles matches enlivened by... More »

Injured Nadal Won't Defend Wimbledon Title

(Newser) - Rafael Nadal announced today that he will not defend his Wimbledon title, the BBC reports. A nagging knee injury and losses in exhibitions today and yesterday appear to have convinced the world’s No. 1 tennis player to bow out of the tournament, to begin Monday. “He is having... More »

Tennis Elite No Longer Sees Red Over Clay

(Newser) - Clay has long been the red-headed stepchild of the tennis world, with top pros like John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, and Pete Sampras almost taking pride in never winning a French Open. The term “clay-court specialist” was a veiled insult. Now, though, world No. 1 Rafael Nadal is a clay-court... More »

Nadal Denies Federer, Wins Open

Tennis was sometimes sloppy, but drama always finely tuned

(Newser) - Roger Federer fell short of a record-tying 14th major title when his final shot went long, giving the game, set, match, and Australian Open title to Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard's third straight finals victory over Federer came in a tough and sometimes sloppy five sets, and marks his first Grand... More »

Nadal, Serena Reach Semis in 110° Heat

Extreme temperatures force delays at Australian Open

(Newser) - Rafael Nadal cruised into the semifinals of the Australian Open, winning his fifth straight-set victory at Melbourne Park over France's Gilles Simon, 6-2, 7-5, 7-5. He will face fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco, while Roger Federer will play Andy Roddick. Nadal's victory came as the heat in Melbourne reached 110°, forcing... More »

Murray Bombs Out, Serena Catches a Break

Men's favorite loses in five while Williams opponent concedes

(Newser) - Andy Murray's dream of winning a Grand Slam will have to wait, as the Scot tapped by many as the likely winner of the Australian Open went out in the fourth round. Spain's Fernando Verdasco overpowered the No. 4 seed to win 2-6, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4. Murray has been... More »

Rafa, What's With the Collar? And ... Sleeves?

Nadal dons polo, ditches capris in Nike makeover

(Newser) - When Rafael Nadal emerged a few weeks ago without his signature capris and—gasp!—wearing a polo shirt, many fans of the top-ranked tennis player began grumbling. And now his Australian Open outfits, though a bit less Roger Federer-esque, are still no longer pirate chic, but more “retro... More »

Venus Ousted in Round 2 of Aussie Open

Sixth seed loses to Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro

(Newser) - Venus Williams has never won an Australian Open, and she won't win this one. The seven-time Grand Slam champ lost today in the second round to unseeded Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain, AFP reports. "I haven't quite figured out the areas of my game that went wrong, but I... More »

Nadal Takes Top Seed

(Newser) - When the first tennis Grand Slam of the year gets under way in Australia Monday, a familiar name won't be atop the seedings. Roger Federer will be the No. 2 seed after four straight years in the top spot at Melbourne, the AP reports. Spaniard Rafael Nadal will be No.... More »

On Night of Upsets, Blake Falls to Friend

Nadal advances easily, but other leaders get unwelcome shocks

(Newser) - Despite James Blake's hometown support in Flushing Meadows and recent victory over Roger Federer, the No. 9 seed couldn't move on to the fourth round of the US Open. Standing in his way was Mardy Fish, the friend for whom Blake will serve as groomsman next month, the New York ... More »

Tough 1st Round Tests Nadal

World's new No. 1 showed fatigue in 3-hour match

(Newser) - Rafael Nadal moved on to the second round of the US Open last night, but the world's new No. 1 seed had a tougher fight than expected against a qualifier. The Spaniard took three hours and two tiebreakers to defeat Bjorn Phau, 7-6 (4), 6-3, 7-6 (4). After winning the... More »

Merely Mortal, Federer Starts US Open

4-time champion faces uphill battle to defend title

(Newser) - The US Open starts today, and Roger Federer will defend his title at Flushing Meadows from an unfamiliar position—the No. 2 seed. Although he's won the tournament 4 years straight, a torrid 2008 has left the Swiss champion extremely vulnerable. "That twinkling star over his head has been... More »

Federer's Grass Now Nadal's Shade of Green

Victories in French, Wimbledon finals give Spaniard upper hand—if not No. 1 ranking

(Newser) - A year meant to land Roger Federer in the record books, surpassing Pete Samparas’ Grand Slam total, has instead left Sandra Harwitt, writing on ESPN.com, wondering if the 12-time winner remains the game’s top player. After their epic Wimbledon final, it’s abundantly clear Rafael Nadal “continues... More »

Nadal Triumphs at Wimbledon

Defending champ Federer falls in 5-set nail-biter

(Newser) - Rafael Nadal edged out defending Wimbledon champ Roger Federer today in a five-set nail-biter, NBC Sports reports. Nadal clinched the 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-7 (8), 9-7 upset by breaking Federer four times; Federer broke Nadal only once in 13 chances. Today's match was the sixth Grand Slam title match... More »

Nadal's Ready For Federer

World No. 2 isn't done improving his grass game

(Newser) - Those who dismiss Rafael Nadal's grass game forget that the 22-year-old has improved every year he's been on the scene, and his growth as a competitor is far from finished, writes Greg Garber for ESPN. "Give him time," says Nadal's uncle and coach. In Sunday's Wimbledon final against... More »

Federer, Nadal Back in Wimbledon Final

World's top two players each cruise through semis in straight sets

(Newser) - Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will meet in their third consecutive Wimbledon final after commanding semifinal victories today. Federer outplayed Marat Safin 6-3, 7-6 (6-3), 6-4 with a nearly flawless performance, leaving him one win from his sixth consecutive Wimbledon title and 13th Grand Slam championship. It was his 65th... More »

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