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2009-07-11 16:19:54

A four-set doubles victory Saturday by Fernando Verdasco and Feliciano Lopez gave Spain a 2-1 Davis Cup lead over Germany in Marbella, Spain. Verdasco-Lopez beat Nicolas Kiefer and Mischa Zverev 6-3, 7-6 (7-1), 6-7 (6-8), 6-3 on the red clay at Plaza de Toros de Puerto Banus. That put the defending champions within one victory of the 2009 Davis Cup semifinals, despite the absence of injured World No. 1 Rafael Nadal, who has knee tendinitis. Even though the crowd is very important, it's what...

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2009-07-10 14:41:26

Fernando Verdasco and Philipp Kohlschreiber won their singles matches Friday, leaving Spain and Germany in a 1-1 tie in their Davis Cup quarterfinal. The event is being played on the red clay at Plaza de Toros in Marbella, Spain, where the Spaniards hope to defend their 2008 title. Spain has won 15 straight home Davis Cup ties, but is playing without World No. 1 Rafael Nadal (knee tendinitis). Verdasco needed five sets before beating Andreas Beck, a Davis Cup newcomer 6-0, 3-6, 6-7 (4-7),...

2009-05-13 20:30:27

Rafael Nadal remained unbeaten on clay this year with a second-round victory Wednesday over Jurgen Melzer at the Madrid Open. Nadal ran his clay-court winning streak to 31, with 17 of those victories having come in 2009. He rolled to a 6-3, 6-1 decision, leaving him with a 148-6 record on the surface since 2005. Nadal set up a third-round meeting in this Masters Series event against Philipp Kohlschreiber, who advanced by downing No. 13 seed Marin Cilic 6-1, 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-2). Novak...

2009-04-28 19:41:02

Third-seeded Novak Djokovic of Serbia was the only second-round winner Tuesday at the $3.65 million Italian Masters men's tennis tournament in Rome. Djokovic, the defending champion, beat Spaniard Albert Montanes 7-6 (7-5), 6-0 to advance to the third round. Djokovic, ranked third in the world, defeated Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka in last year's Rome finale. Fourth-seeded Andy Murray's second-round match with Juan Monaco and Marin Cilic's second-round contest against Christophe Rochus were both...

2009-04-27 17:23:16

Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka advanced but American James Blake was eliminated Monday in the first round of the $3.645 million Italian Masters in Rome. Wawrinka, who lost in the 2008 final to Novak Djokovic, defeated Russian Igor Kunitsyn 6-3, 6-4 Monday. Blake lost to Romanian Victor Crivoi 7-5, 6-2. The only other seed who won Monday was Croat Marin Cilic, who beat Italian Flavio Cipolla 6-2, 6-2. A match between Spaniard Tommy Robredo and Russian Marat Safin was postponed until Tuesday because...

2006-09-03 14:37:05

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Fourth seed David Nalbandian was sent packing from the U.S. Open at the second-round stage on Sunday, beaten 6-3 7-5 2-6 3-6 7-6 by former champion Marat Safin in a marathon battle. The Argentine saved two match points but Safin clinched victory when Nalbandian netted a drop shot after three hours 52 minutes. The Russian dominated the first two sets but, as he did against German Michael Berrer in round one, Nalbandian fought back to level at two sets apiece....

2006-08-31 14:24:27

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Second seed Rafael Nadal came through a tough test of his U.S. Open credentials on Thursday as he beat Peru's Luis Horna 6-4 4-6 6-4 6-2 to reach the third round. The Spaniard, who has never been beyond the third round at Flushing Meadows, coped well with an inspired Horna before clinching victory in two hours 43 minutes. "It was a very tough match," Nadal said. "Luis was playing very well with his forehand and serve so I am very happy with this victory." Nadal...

2006-08-22 22:17:42

By Simon Cambers) NEW HAVEN, Connecticut (Reuters) - Defending champion James Blake suffered a shock 2-6 7-6 7-6 defeat by Spaniard Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo in the New Haven event second round on Tuesday. Second seed Nikolay Davydenko bounced back from early defeats in his last two tournaments by beating Frenchman Arnaud Clement 6-2 6-1 to reach the third round. But all the drama was saved for the evening session when Blake blew five match points against the Spanish world number 57....

2006-08-17 18:39:07

By Simon Cambers CINCINNATI (Reuters) - Second seed Rafael Nadal and emerging British prospect Andy Murray survived tough tests to reach the quarter-finals of the Cincinnati Masters Series event on Thursday. Nadal battled past German Tommy Haas 7-6 6-3 while Murray followed up his win over world number one Roger Federer the previous day by recovering from 4-2 down in the deciding set to beat American Robby Ginepri 7-6 2-6 6-4. French Open champion Nadal next meets Spain's Juan...

2006-08-08 16:55:12

By Steve Keating TORONTO (Reuters) - Rafael Nadal opened the defense of his Toronto Masters title with a 6-3 6-2 win over Chile's Nicolas Massu on Tuesday. Back in action for the first time since losing to world number one Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final, the Spaniard took his first step toward continuing his rivalry with the Swiss who plays later against Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu. Federer and Nadal have taken ownership of the men's game, having won six of the last seven...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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