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By Orrin G. Hatch
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Topic - Rafael Nadal
Many of the top seeds at the Citi Open view the hard court season as an opportunity to earn valuable rankings points and to potentially inch closer to the elusive top 5.
The 144th-ranked Kyrgios, a wild-card entry, hit 37 aces and delivered a between-the-legs winner on one point. He is the first man to get to the quarterfinals in his Wimbledon debut in 10 years.
Lukas Rosol stunned Nadal in five sets in the second round in 2012, a match that finished under the closed Centre Court roof. While Nadal insisted he was not out for revenge, the way he dug himself out of trouble and celebrated with fist pumps and shouts of "Vamos!" showed how much winning this match meant to him.
The top-ranked Nadal dug deep, scrambled for gets all over the court, slipped and fell and got up and still hit winners, pulling out a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 victory — the 700th tour-level match win of his career.
Federer or Nadal — and sometimes both — appeared in all 10 Wimbledon finals from 2003-12, combining to claim nine of those titles. Neither made it that far in 2013. Not even close. Federer lost his second match at the All England Club. Nadal exited in the first round, a year after bowing out in the second.
Rafael Nadal's 14th major title tied him for second all-time behind Roger Federer. That numeric and historic evidence suggest a case can be now made that Nadal is the best ever.
Rafael Nadal won the French Open title for the ninth time, and the fifth time in a row, by beating Novak Djokovic 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 Sunday in the final.
Nadal is seeking championship No. 9 at Roland Garros, and his 14th major title overall. Djokovic is hoping to finally conquer the French Open and complete a career Grand Slam. Fittingly, whoever wins the rivals' 42nd head-to-head meeting Sunday will be ranked No. 1 on Monday; the runner-up will be No. 2.
Murray will be playing in the French Open semifinals for the second time; he lost to Nadal in 2011. In all, Nadal owns a 14-5 edge in their head-to-head matches. The other men's semifinal will be No. 2 Novak Djokovic against No. 18 Ernests Gulbis.
Five things to look for Monday at the French Open:
The last time Nadal won 31 matches in a row in Paris, he failed to get No. 32, losing in the fourth round in 2009 to Robin Soderling — a defeat that later was blamed, in part, on injured knees. That remains the Spaniard's lone setback in 63 matches at the tournament.
The closest thing to intrigue or drama involving Rafael Nadal on Saturday came after his 31st consecutive French Open victory concluded.
It was a long, hard-fought victory for Svetlana Kuznetsova, and it seems to have made her feel like a champion again. An eight-time French Open champion, that is.
Five things to look for Saturday at the French Open:
Fifth-seeded David Ferrer of Spain, last year's runner-up to Nadal, also advanced to the third round by beating Italy's Simone Bolelli 6-2, 6-3, 6-2.
"I had to accept that I was going to be made to work today, that I was not playing at my best level," Nadal said. "But I got through it."
"After losing in the Monte Carlo I wanted to raise my game here," Nadal said. "It just took a while."