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.
Tenth seed Kei Nishikori became the first Japanese player in the Open Era to advance to a Grand Slam semifinal with a five-set win over 2014 Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka 3-6, 7-5, 7-6, 6-7, 6-4.
The “King of Clay” proved that again on Sunday, winning the title at Roland Garros for the ninth time, and the fifth time in a row, by beating Novak Djokovic 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 in the final.
Instead of looking forward to playing each other this week at the French Open, Serena and Venus Williams will both be heading home early.
In one of Wimbledon’s greatest upsets, an ailing Rafael Nadal was knocked out in straight sets on Monday by a player ranked 135th — the Spaniard’s first loss in the opening round of a Grand Slam event.
The former tennis champ has an agreement with Little, Brown and Company for a book, currently untitled, that’s scheduled for 2014.
A man who jumped onto the court with a fiery flare spurting white smoke briefly interrupted the French Open final Sunday between Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer.
Nadal became the first man to win eight titles at the same Grand Slam tournament when he beat fellow Spaniard David Ferrer in Sunday’s final, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3.
Federer regrouped and restored order eventually, coming back from two-sets-to-one deficit to beat 15th-seeded Gilles Simon of France.
Williams earned a berth in the French Open quarterfinals, extended her career-best winning streak to 28 matches.
The U.S. Open tennis tournament is moving the women’s final to Sunday and men’s final to Monday in 2013, building in a day of rest ahead of each title match for the first time.
Let’s give some love to LeBron James, Union Rags, Maria Sharapova, Rafael Nadal, the Seawolves and to a Chinese woman named Shanshan Feng.
The French Open final between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic was suspended in the fourth set because of rain, the first time in 39 years the tournament won’t end on a Sunday.
The No. 1 seed at the French Open fell 6-2, 7-6 (4) to 15th-seeded Dominika Cibulkova on a windy, gray day at Roland Garros in which the world’s top-ranked player hardly looked the part.
Ann Liguori gives the rundown on American athletes who are making us proud.