Rafael Nadal

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Federer Strolls Into Australian Open Quarterfinals

Federer’s quarterfinal will be his 1,000th tour-level match. He plays 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro, whom he once expected to rise to No. 1.

WFAN–01/22/2012

MLB commissioner Bud Selig  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Liguori: A Time To Reflect On The Positive Stories In Sports

Let’s take a moment, sports fans, during this Thanksgiving week, and reflect on sports stories we can be thankful for in 2011.

11/23/2011

Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts after he won match point against Rafael Nadal of Spain during the Men's Final on Day Fifteen of the 2011 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 12, 2011. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Liguori: Novak Djokovic And Rafael Nadal Final Was One For The Ages

It was a battle befitting of the two top players in the game Both Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal brought their ‘all’ to the court and put on a four hour slugfest that could rank up there with the ‘Thrilla in Manila’ Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier slugfest in October 1975.

09/13/2011

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After Run To US Open Title, McEnroe’s Record Within Reach For Djokovic

Novak Djokovic was on the wrong side of the court, and the celebration, a year ago after the last ball was struck in the U.S. Open final. But for “Nole,” 2011 has been much, much different.

WFAN–09/13/2011

Novak Djokovic

Djokovic’s Near-Flawless Effort Ends With First U.S. Open Crown

Returning brilliantly, swatting winners from all angles, the No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic held on to beat defending champion Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-1 on Monday night to earn his first U.S. Open title.

WFAN–09/12/2011

Novak Djokovic of Serbia waits for the start of the men's championship match against Rafael Nadal of Spain at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Monday, Sept. 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Novak Djokovic Wears FDNY Cap Onto US Open Court

Novak Djokovic walked into Arthur Ashe Stadium for the U.S. Open final Monday wearing a cap adorned with the New York City fire department logo.

09/12/2011

Spanish player Rafael Nadal (L) shakes hands with Serbian player Novak Djokovic. (credit :CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)

Liguori: The Predicted Final: Novak Djokovic Vs. Rafael Nadal For US Open Title

It’s Djokovic’s time. The momentum he has carried to put together such an impressive record this season, and the fact that he has beaten Nadal all five times they’ve played this year, gives the Serb the ‘mental’ edge.

09/12/2011

Novak Djokovic (credit: STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images), Rafael Nadal (credit: Jared Wickerham/Getty Images for USTA)

US Open Men’s Final Comes Down To Djokovic-Nadal Rematch

When Novak Djokovic faced Rafael Nadal in the 2010 U.S. Open final, Rafa solidified his standing atop the tennis world by earning third Grand Slam title of the season. Oh, how their rivalry has changed in the short span of 12 months.

WFAN–09/12/2011

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Nadal Victorious, Setting Up Finals Rematch With Djokovic

Rafael Nadal completed a semifinals victory over Andy Murray to set up a U.S. Open Final rematch between himself and Novak Djokovic.

WFAN–09/10/2011

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Djokovic Defeats Federer In U.S. Open Classic, Returns To Final

Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer in a stunning comeback in the U.S. Open semifinals.

WFAN–09/10/2011

Rafael Nadal, Andy Roddick

Nadal Destroys Roddick In U.S. Open Quarterfinals

Whipping passing shots from all angles and returning superbly, No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal beat No. 21 Andy Roddick 6-2, 6-1, 6-3 on Friday to reach the semifinals at Flushing Meadows for the fourth consecutive year.

WFAN–09/09/2011

US Open referee Brian Earley (2nd R) helps dry the Armstrong court. It was deemed unplayable due to water damage. (credit: STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Liguori: More Drama At US Open; Does Tennis Need A Players’ Union?

It’s been a few tough days for both US Open tournament officials and the players. Bad weather was behind two controversies which shed light on an issue that is gaining momentum: tennis professionals need a voice at the majors!

WFAN–09/09/2011

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Andy Roddick Hits The Small-Time; US Open Moves Men’s Final To Monday

Oh, to be a kid again. To play tennis on an out-of-the-way court without a lot of people watching — on a court surrounded by trees and wind screens and a bit of shade, where the biggest distractions might be a baby crying or a guy trying to climb a fence.

WFAN–09/09/2011

Andy Roddick of the United States returns a shot against David Ferrer of Spain on court 13 during Day Eleven of the 2011 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8, 2011. (credit: Al Bello/Getty Images)

Roddick Wins On Outside Court At US Open

Andy Roddick’s move to an outside court turned out to be a good one. The former champion pulled off a 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 upset over fifth-seeded David Ferrer on Thursday.

09/08/2011

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Rafael Nadal Finally Moves On, Steamrolls Gilles Muller

Defending champ Rafael Nadal took full advantage of a fresh start, dominating Gilles Muller when their rain-delayed match resumed at the U.S. Open.

WFAN–09/08/2011

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