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June 12, 2006
Good morning --Fashion fans -- Anybody notice that Se Ri Pak and Rafael Nadal were wearing the same kind of pants?
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July 9, 2012
Sustained greatness a plus Diane Pucin Los Angeles Times Roger Federer became the No. 1 tennis player in the world Monday, one of the consequences of his 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 Wimbledon victory over Andy Murray on Sunday. He's also the best ever. That's not an immediately easy conclusion to reach. Federer has lost to contemporary Rafael Nadal more than he has beaten the Spaniard; the career record is 18-10 in Nadal's favor. Nadal leads Federer 7-2 in meetings at Grand Slam tournaments.
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By RAY FRAGER | April 2, 2009
1 p.m. [Comcast SportsNet] This is a sort-of Slam, but it has the big names. That includes Rafael Nadal, who plays in the men's quarterfinals. (Sorry, the Serena-Venus match is at night.)
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By Diane Pucin, Tribune Newspapers | July 2, 2011
For the first time since the 2009 Australian Open, the top two seeded players will meet in the final of a Grand Slam tournament today when No. 1 seed Rafael Nadal, aiming for his 11th major title, plays No. 2 Novak Djokovic for the Wimbledon men's title. Whatever the outcome, the 24-year-old Djokovic will supplant Nadal, 25, as No. 1 in the world. Djokovic has marked himself as the best in the world by forging a 47-1 record this season. The defending champion Nadal, who has a 20-match win streak at Wimbledon, said he does not begrudge losing the No. 1 spot in the computer ranking.
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By DIANE PUCIN and DIANE PUCIN,LOS ANGELES TIMES | July 9, 2006
WIMBLEDON, England -- Rafael Nadal sat on the dirty carpet of his rented apartment, three blocks away from Wimbledon's Centre Court, 21 hours before he was scheduled for the biggest match of his life against grass court wizard Roger Federer. Federer, the top seed and three-time defending champion, hasn't lost a set here in two weeks. He has won 47 straight grass court matches. The 24-year-old from Switzerland is picked by nearly everyone, in the locker room here, by the experts everywhere else, to win a fourth straight title and his eighth major overall.
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By Lisa Dillman and Lisa Dillman,LOS ANGELES TIMES | June 4, 2005
PARIS - Rafael Nadal, the freshly minted 19-year-old from Spain, arrived in the interview room at the French Open sporting uncooperative wet hair, the stray locks almost harder to control than his forehand. "Hola," he said. Say hello to the Nadal era. It's a cliche to say an athlete came of age in a particular match, but, well, Nadal did turn 19 yesterday, the day he reached his first Grand Slam final. And the fourth-seeded Nadal took out the No. 1 player, beating Roger Federer of Switzerland, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, in the semifinals, reducing Federer to a flustered player in search of a forehand.
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June 21, 2010
Roger Federer's loss at a Wimbledon warm-up last weekend was just his second grass-court defeat since 2003, extending his winless drought to nearly five months. But the All England Club brings out the best in Federer, who has reached a record seven straight finals there, losing only one — to Rafael Nadal in 2008. So when Federer steps onto Centre Court for his opening match Monday against Alejandro Falla , he'll be the man to beat, getting the top seed even though he's ranked second.
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November 29, 2010
Roger Federer returned to championship form in relentless fashion and marked his intentions for 2011 as he won his fifth year-end title with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 victory over Rafael Nadal in the ATP World Tour Finals on Sunday in London. Federer, ranked second in the world behind Nadal, concluded his season on a high note, winning three titles in his last four events. "I'm really thrilled the way I played all week," Federer said. "I'm just really happy the way I was able to finish the season in style, playing some of my best tennis, really saving the best for last.
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July 9, 2012
Sustained greatness a plus Diane Pucin Los Angeles Times Roger Federer became the No. 1 tennis player in the world Monday, one of the consequences of his 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 Wimbledon victory over Andy Murray on Sunday. He's also the best ever. That's not an immediately easy conclusion to reach. Federer has lost to contemporary Rafael Nadal more than he has beaten the Spaniard; the career record is 18-10 in Nadal's favor. Nadal leads Federer 7-2 in meetings at Grand Slam tournaments.
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January 7, 2008
Rafael Nadal, fatigued from a nearly four-hour match the previous day, was routed by fourth-seeded Mikhail Youzhny, 6-0, 6-1, yesterday in the final of the Chennai Open in India. The 19th-ranked Youzhny clinched the fourth title of his career by shocking the No. 2-ranked Nadal, who managed to hold his serve just once. The 57-minute contest turned out to be a letdown for Nadal, who needed 3 hours, 54 minutes to overcome fellow Spaniard Carlos Moya in what was the longest three-set match on the ATP Tour in 15 years.
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By Diane Pucin, Tribune Newspapers | June 25, 2011
After he had moved into Wimbledon's fourth round Saturday, top-seeded and defending champion Rafael Nadal , the Spaniard, suggested that the top four players in the men's rankings now — himself, Novak Djokovic , Roger Federer and Andy Murray — were playing as solidly as any top four in history. "It is difficult to compare the moments of tennis 15 years ago because the game changes," Nadal said. "The only thing I can say is before, in my opinion, the top four players didn't play as solid as today is going.
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June 2, 2011
PARIS — Rafael Nadal found his best clay game exactly on schedule Wednesday, and the top seed notched his third straight win against the only man ever to defeat him at the French Open. Nadal, a five-time French champion and the world's No.1 player, whose ranking is under threat from Novak Djokovic, hammered fifth seed Robin Soderling 6-4, 6-1, 7-6 (3) to reach a semifinal against Andy Murray. The struggling Scot, who is playing with a patched-up ankle he rolled last week, scraped out a 7-6 (2)
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November 29, 2010
Roger Federer returned to championship form in relentless fashion and marked his intentions for 2011 as he won his fifth year-end title with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 victory over Rafael Nadal in the ATP World Tour Finals on Sunday in London. Federer, ranked second in the world behind Nadal, concluded his season on a high note, winning three titles in his last four events. "I'm really thrilled the way I played all week," Federer said. "I'm just really happy the way I was able to finish the season in style, playing some of my best tennis, really saving the best for last.
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By Diane Pucin, Tribune newspapers | September 14, 2010
NEW YORK — Rafael Nadal won his first U.S. Open championship and became the seventh man to complete a career Grand Slam on Monday night when he waited out a nearly two-hour rain delay and withstood a barrage of corner-kissing winners from Novak Djokovic. Nadal, the No. 1 seed, beat the third-seeded Djokovic of Serbia 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 on the Arthur Ashe Stadium court. The Spaniard won his ninth major title and at 24 years, 101 days is the third-youngest man in the Open era to win at least one Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open.
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By Diane Pucin, Tribune newspapers | July 3, 2010
WIMBLEDON, England — Rafael Nadal played with a grunt and a giggle during his Wimbledon semifinal match Friday. He whacked his forehand, powered his backhand and frolicked around Centre Court with such vigor that even the British fans who were so eager for a signature victory by one of their own, Andy Murray, couldn't help it. They had to give Nadal a standing ovation. Even having David Beckham in the crowd couldn't help Scotland's Murray become the first man from the United Kingdom since 1938 to make it to the final.
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By Diane Pucin, Tribune newspapers | June 27, 2010
WIMBLEDON, England — This was a cranky Rafael Nadal, an aching Nadal, a Nadal who asked for a trainer to treat his arm and his thigh, whose dialogue with his coach and uncle, Toni Nadal, caused chair umpire Cedric Mourier to twice admonish the No. 2 seed to knock off the chatter. And still Nadal, the 2008 Wimbledon champion who missed the chance to defend his title last year because of a knee injury, tapped into his reserve tank of energy, took to heart whatever advice he was getting from Uncle Toni and, for the second match in a row, won a five-setter.
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By Diane Pucin, Tribune newspapers | July 3, 2010
WIMBLEDON, England — Rafael Nadal played with a grunt and a giggle during his Wimbledon semifinal match Friday. He whacked his forehand, powered his backhand and frolicked around Centre Court with such vigor that even the British fans who were so eager for a signature victory by one of their own, Andy Murray, couldn't help it. They had to give Nadal a standing ovation. Even having David Beckham in the crowd couldn't help Scotland's Murray become the first man from the United Kingdom since 1938 to make it to the final.
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June 21, 2010
Roger Federer's loss at a Wimbledon warm-up last weekend was just his second grass-court defeat since 2003, extending his winless drought to nearly five months. But the All England Club brings out the best in Federer, who has reached a record seven straight finals there, losing only one — to Rafael Nadal in 2008. So when Federer steps onto Centre Court for his opening match Monday against Alejandro Falla , he'll be the man to beat, getting the top seed even though he's ranked second.
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By RAY FRAGER | April 2, 2009
1 p.m. [Comcast SportsNet] This is a sort-of Slam, but it has the big names. That includes Rafael Nadal, who plays in the men's quarterfinals. (Sorry, the Serena-Venus match is at night.)
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