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Federer Stunned at Wimbledon

He loses after two-set lead ... with Pippa watching

(Newser) - Six-time champion Roger Federer was upset in the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the second straight year today, squandering a two-set lead for the first time at a Grand Slam tournament and losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 3-6, 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4. Federer had been 178-0 in matches in which he had...

Rafael Nadal Downs Roger Federer in French Open Final
 Nadal Downs 
 Federer, Nabs 
 6th Open 


Nadal Downs Federer, Nabs 6th Open

Takes fourth French Open against Swiss player

(Newser) - Rafael Nadal won his record-equaling sixth French Open title today, beating Roger Federer 7-5, 7-6 (3), 5-7, 6-1 in the final. It was the fourth final at Roland Garros between the two players, and the fourth won by Nadal.

Federer Loses in Wimbledon Quarters

Stars are dropping like flies in London

(Newser) - Six-time champion Roger Federer has lost to Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon. The 12th-seeded Czech beat Federer 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 today for the biggest victory of his career. It's the first time since 2002 that Federer has failed to reach the final. He had been bidding for...

Roger Federer Dodges Round 1 Wimbledon Upset

Alejandro Falla very nearly eliminated the 6-time champ

(Newser) - For Roger Federer, Wimbledon nearly ended at the beginning. The six-time champ overcame a two-set deficit to avert a monumental first-round upset, beating Alejandro Falla 5-7, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (1), 6-0. Federer has reached the tournament final each of the past seven years, but today he barely survived the traditional...

Soderling Bounces Defending Champ Federer

Swede snaps 6-year streak of Grand Slam semis at 23

(Newser) - There will be a Grand Slam semifinal without Roger Federer for the first time in 6 years. French Open upset specialist Robin Soderling struck again today, rallying past defending champion Federer in a rainy quarterfinal, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4. That ended Federer's record streak of reaching the semifinals in 23...

Federer Hopes Tiger Gets Back to Golf Soon

'It's what he's best at,' pal and tennis No. 1 says

(Newser) - Roger Federer hopes his "good friend" Tiger Woods returns to the golf course soon. "It's been hard to watch from far away but I would love to see him back on the golf course. It is what he does best," the world's top tennis player tells Gulf ...

Federer Takes Australian Open
 Federer Takes Australian Open 

Federer Takes Australian Open

Beats Brit Andy Murray for 4th title Down Under, 16th Grand Slam

(Newser) - Roger Federer has beaten Andy Murray 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (11) for his fourth Australian Open title, extending the British men's drought in Grand Slam singles championships into a 74th year. Murray was riding the hopes of a British public, most of whom have only read about the last British man...

Earthquake Relief a Hit With Tennis Stars
 Earthquake Relief 
 a Hit With Tennis Stars 
haiti earthquake

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...

Woods Voted Athlete of the Decade

Beats out Lance Armstrong, Roger Federer, Michael Phelps

(Newser) - Tiger Woods finally got some good news today, when the AP voted him the athlete of the decade. Woods received 56 of the 142 votes cast by AP member editors since last month. More than half of the ballots were returned after the Nov. 27 car accident outside his Florida...

Tiger, Thierry, Roger Screw Up Gillette Campaign
Tiger, Thierry, Roger
Screw Up Gillette Campaign
dream team no more

Tiger, Thierry, Roger Screw Up Gillette Campaign

Endorsement dream team turns into a nightmare

(Newser) - The dream team Gillette assembled for its sports marketing campaign is starting to look like a nightmare. The roster: Roger Federer, Thierry Henry and Tiger Woods. Ouch. Every one of those international superstars has been embroiled in recent controversy; Federer for his outburst at the US Open, Henry for the...

Most Influential Man of 2009 Is... Don Draper?

The winner isn't even real, and Usain Bolt leaves Obama in his dust

(Newser) - The most influential man of 2009—at least in the eyes of readers—isn't actually a man. He's a fictional creation, none other than Don Draper of Mad Men. "In a turbulent 2009, men are seeking the stability of tradition in the masculine qualities that they imagine...

So Who Is This Juan Martin del Potro?

(Newser) - You may not have known Juan Martin del Potro's name before last night, but after besting Roger Federer to take the US Open, you're likely to hear it again. People dishes five facts about the 20-year-old Argentine.
  1. He's a giant: At 6'6", compared to Federer's 6'1", he's the tallest Grand

Del Potro Dethrones Federer
 Del Potro Dethrones Federer 

Del Potro Dethrones Federer

Argentine, 20, ends Swiss star's run at five

(Newser) - Juan Martin del Potro dethroned five-time defending US Open champ Roger Federer today, the New York Times reports, earning his first Grand Slam title with a 3-6, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2 victory. Del Potro, a 20-year-old from Argentina, had never beaten Federer, the 28-year-old Swiss who has won...

Federer Sweeps Djokovic, Goes to Final

(Newser) - Roger Federer has moved one victory away from his sixth straight US Open title with a 7-6 (3), 7-5, 7-5 victory over Serbia's Novak Djokovic. The world's top-ranked player punctuated the victory today with a winner, hit backward between his legs, to set up match point. Federer won his 40th...

No. 2 Murray Sent Packing
 No. 2 Murray Sent Packing 

No. 2 Murray Sent Packing

16th-seeded Cilic ousts British star in straight sets

(Newser) - Second-ranked Andy Murray was surprisingly ousted from the US Open today by 16th-seeded Croatian Marin Cilic, a lopsided 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 match in the fourth round. Cilic overcame two set points in the first set, then pounded Murray over the last two to make his first career Grand Slam quarterfinal....

Screenwriter Serena Williams Should Tell Her Own Tale

Tennis superstar nabs more viewers than Federer

(Newser) - Serena Williams toiled this summer on a screenplay, which she compares to Desperate Housewives meets Sex and the City and Family Guy. But perhaps the best subject she could take on would be her and her sister’s own lives, writes Karen Crouse in the New York Times. It would...

Winehouse Cleared of Assault
 of Assault 

Winehouse Cleared of Assault

Plus, Erin Andrews gets her own doll, and more

(Newser) - Amy Winehouse was cleared of assault today, with a judge determining evidence did not show dancer Sherene Flash suffered “the sort of injury that often occurs when there is a forceful punch to the eye,” the BBC reports. Winehouse told reporters, “I’m relieved. I’m going...

No, Seriously, Federer May Be a Robot

(Newser) - The late David Foster Wallace once marveled at a Roger Federer forehand, saying, “It was impossible. It was like something out of The Matrix.” And now that Federer has passed Pete Sampras and holds the Grand Slam record, it’s time to wonder if Wallace was on to...

Federer Edges Out Woods as Greatest Player
Federer Edges Out Woods
as Greatest Player

Federer Edges Out Woods as Greatest Player

(Newser) - It may be apples and oranges, but if judged by the cold reality of “winning big tournaments,” Roger Federer is “the most dominant athlete of any major sport,” Shaun Powell writes for NBC Sports. His 15 Grand Slam titles edge out friend Tiger Woods' 14, and...

Federer Nets Historic 15th Slam
 Federer Nets Historic 15th Slam 

Federer Nets Historic 15th Slam

Epic match ends in a record 16-14 final set

(Newser) - Roger Federer claimed his 15th Grand Slam by outlasting Andy Roddick in a grueling five sets at Wimbledon. The 5-7, 7-6, 7-6, 3-6, 16-14 match easily smashed the record for longest set, as neither man could break the other, USA Today reports. Federer set the new mark for titles as...

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