John McEnroe

Nine-Time Champion Nadal Facing Doubts as French Open Begins

May 24, 2015

Five-time defending champion Rafael Nadal will have to traverse a mine field of obstacles at Roland Garros in the coming fortnight if he is to win his 10th French Open title. The soon-to-be 29-year-old Spaniard is still struggling to regain his confidence and form after an injury and illness plagued 2014 season. Nadal, now ranked […]

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Mystery Surrounds Federer Withdrawal at ATP World Tour Finals

November 17, 2014

Roger Federer’s last-minute pullout from the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena in London yesterday completely stunned a disappointed crowd which was anxiously awaiting a blockbuster final between the Swiss icon and Novak Djokovic. Federer, wearing a warmup suit courtside, stated he was unable to compete in the final due to a back […]

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Nadal Fillets Ferrer for Eighth French Open Crown

June 9, 2013

Commentator and tennis great John McEnroe likened today’s French Open final to a heavyweight versus middleweight boxing match. Rocky Marciano against Sugar Ray Leonard, if you will. It was to a degree. Rafael Nadal pummeled fellow Spaniard David Ferrer 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 this afternoon to capture his eighth French Open title in damp, heavy conditions […]

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Djokovic Flying High after Win over Nadal at U.S. Open

September 14, 2011

Novak Djokovic was standing on top of the world yesterday. Well, maybe not exactly on top of the world. Nevertheless the view had to look spectacular to the No. 1-ranked Serbian while posing on the observation deck of the Empire State Building in New York City the day after defeating defending champion Rafael Nadal in […]

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Djokovic and Murray Primed to Meet in U.S. Open Final

August 28, 2011

Picking a winner for the U.S. Open, which begins tomorrow, is more complicated than it was three weeks ago when the Rogers Cup began in Montreal. The top four players — really, the only serious contenders — were competing for the first time since Wimbledon in back-to-back Masters Series events leading up to the last […]

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Nadal Defeats Federer for Sixth French Title

June 5, 2011

“Absolutely relentless.” Those were the words commentator John McEnroe used to describe Rafael Nadal today. Nadal defeated Roger Federer 7-5, 7-6 (3), 5-7, 6-1 in the final of the French Open this afternoon to win his sixth title in Paris, equaling Bjorn Borg’s all-time record. The 25-year-old Spaniard improved to 45-1 at Roland Garros, while […]

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Djokovic Deflates del Potro in Paris

May 28, 2011

After trading body blows with Juan Martin del Potro and splitting sets in a third-round match suspended by darkness Friday night, No. 2-ranked Novak Djokovic raised his game a notch in afternoon sunshine today and won sets three and four handily to defeat the big Argentine 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. The win was Djokovic’s 40th […]

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Djokovic Tops Lopez to Win Serbia Open

May 1, 2011

For Novak Djokovic, the streak goes on. The 23-year-old Serb defeated Spaniard Feliciano Lopez 7-6 (4), 6-2 earlier today to win the Serbia Open in Belgrade for his fifth title of the year and the 23rd of his career. The No. 2-ranked Djokovic improved to 27-0 on the season, while winning his 29th consecutive match. […]

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Nadal Shellacks Federer at French Open

June 9, 2008

If he weren’t such a personable and modest man off the tennis court, you might be inclined to call him the savage beast. But on the court, especially the terre battue at Roland Garros, that is exactly what Rafael Nadal is – la bete sauvage as the French would say. Nadal won his fourth consecutive […]

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Jones Almost Punches Nadal’s Ticket

August 30, 2007

Aussie wild-card entry Alun Jones, No. 123 in the world, had more than his 15 minutes of fame yesterday at the U.S. Open. The 27-year-old career minor leaguer took it to Rafael Nadal for the better part of two hours before succumbing to the gimpy No. 2 seed in four hard-fought sets. Nadal, his left knee […]

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