- The Washington Times - Monday, June 1, 2009

HE SAID WHAT?

“I wish when I’m back they can support me a bit more in key moments.” - Four-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal after the crowd cheered for his fourth-round opponent, Robin Soderling, during his upset

WEEKEND REWIND: IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Magic crash NBA Finals party - That LeBron James vs. Kobe Bryant series? Maybe next year. The Orlando Magic put an end to the Nike puppet party with a six-game Eastern Conference finals victory, capped with an anticlimactic laugher Saturday. When James finally met the media Sunday, he was sporting his Yankees hat again.

Nadal upset in Paris - Talk about shocking. Rafael Nadal had won 31 consecutive matches at Roland Garros on the way to four consecutive French Open titles. But the world’s No. 1 player slipped Sunday, falling to Robin Soderling in four sets. The loss probably will mean more to Roger Federer, who’s in great position to win his first French title - which would give him the career grand slam.

Phillies sweep Nationals… again - You don’t often put “Jamie Moyer” and “dominant” in the same sentence, but that’s what the 46-year-old Phillies hurler was Sunday. He allowed a run on three hits in six innings, helping the Phillies sweep the Nationals for the second time this season. Ryan Zimmerman and Adam Dunn each mustered one hit over the weekend. Good news about Monday: The Nationals have a day off, so they won’t lose.

TWT FIVE ” BEST CLAY-COURT PLAYERS

In honor of Rafael Nadal’s loss, here are the top clay-court players of the Open era:

1. Chris Evert - Her numbers may never be topped: seven French Open titles, plus three U.S. Open titles on clay.

2. Rafael Nadal - No one has been better the past few years. Sunday’s loss was his first at the French Open.

3. Bjorn Borg - Walked away from the game after winning his sixth French Open in 1981.

4. Steffi Graf - Won at Roland Garros as a teenager, then again more than a decade later, taking six titles in all.

5. Thomas Muster - Won only one French Open title but was known as the “King of Clay” and earned the No. 1 ranking in the mid-1990s.