Last Monday, Loeb — the seventh seed — knocked off No. 2 seed Carol Zhao of Stanford 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 to become the first women’s singles champion in Tar Heels history.
Stepping on center court to take on 88th-ranked Damir Dzumhur, Roger Federer was on his guard.
Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal of Spain eased into the third round of the French Open with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 win against countryman Nicolas Almagro on Thursday.
Simona Halep became the highest seeded player to exit the French Open so far as last year’s runner-up lost 7-5, 6-1 to Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in the second round on Wednesday.
On his return to center court, nine-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal enjoyed a quiet Tuesday afternoon.
If everyone else wants to look ahead to a potential marquee quarterfinal, the players who met in two of the past three finals at the French Open do not.
Getting past his first round opponent at the French Open was easy. Breaking the Big Four domination will be a lot harder for Tomas Berdych.
The tennis equivalent of climbing three mountains, just to reach the Roland Garros final. Never have the obstacles loomed so large between Rafael Nadal and another trophy on the red clay of Paris.
There is a major construction project underway at the National Tennis Center in Queens.
Djokovic swung momentum in a close match with a service break in the eighth game of the third set, winning four straight points.
Rafael Nadal has joined Roger Federer on the sidelines at the Australian Open, taking their combined 31 Grand Slam singles titles with them.
Some called the request by a male presenter sexist. “I wouldn’t ask Rafa or Roger to twirl,” Serena Williams said Thursday, referring to Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
For more than four hours, Tim Smyczek fought desperately for every point against Nadal at the Australian Open. Then, in the fifth set, he gave his opponent a break.
When we look back at 2014, these are some of the games — not to mention stock-car races, tennis finals and golf rounds — we’ll remember the most.
Some of them won the game, some of them saved the game and others made for some very impressive eye candy.