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.
New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was tops among the 27 baseball players on the list and No. 18 overall with $30.3 million, although he is currently facing the possibility of a 100-game suspension.
Federer regrouped and restored order eventually, coming back from two-sets-to-one deficit to beat 15th-seeded Gilles Simon of France.
The second- and third-ranked players were asked about the possibility Sunday at the Italian Open after NBA veteran Jason Collins recently became the first active player in any of the four major U.S. professional sports leagues to come out.
New York’s Grand Slam tournament will increase its annual prize money to $50 million by 2017 — roughly double what it was last year — and permanently schedule the men’s semifinals on Friday and men’s final on Sunday starting in 2015.
Born only a week apart and brought up as tennis prodigies who later turned into stars, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have been crisscrossing the globe together. Their next run-in comes Monday, with nothing less than the US Open title at stake.
Andy Murray persevered through the wind and the rain to advance to his US Open Final since 2008.
Yes, the ingredients are in place for the torch to finally be passed — at least for the moment — to a new men’s Grand Slam champion. And if it does play out that way, what will it feel like? It’s tough to say, as there has only been one blip on the Big Three’s radar since 2005.
Physically, Roger Federer looks great. Mentally? It would be fascinating to get into his head to see how Andy Roddick’s retirement affected him.
Maybe Roger Federer had too much time off between U.S. Open matches. This much is certain: He won’t be playing again at this year’s tournament after losing to Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinals.
In front of a sparse crowd at Louis Armstrong Stadium, Andy Murray didn’t quite feel as though he was playing in a Grand Slam quarterfinal. And Murray wasn’t exactly playing like an Olympic gold medalist.
One loss from retirement, No. 20 seed Roddick plays his fourth-round match against No. 7 seed Juan Martin del Potro on Tuesday night, in search of the first big-time upset in a men’s draw that has mostly gone to form — and very quietly at that.
The 30-year-old American, who was seeded 23rd at Flushing Meadows, missed about 2½ months this season because of an accelerated heartbeat and had a medical procedure in May.
Top-seeded Federer faced only a single break point in his 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 victory over No. 25 Fernando Verdasco on Saturday and won it with the longest point of the match
His opponent was pretty sure he had put the lob out of Roger Federer’s reach. Not quite. Federer extended his body, reached up to his backhand side and angled it off for a winner.