NEW YORK—There was something bittersweet about David Ferrer's last Grand Slam match. Yes, he got to depart by sharing the court with his friend and Spanish Davis Cup teammate Rafael Nadal, under the lights on the big stage of Arthur Ashe Stadium at the U.S. Open.
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WASHINGTON—It was a long and odd day—one that started with teenager Juan Soto homering in a game that officially was played before he made his major-league debut.
PARIS—In full control of the French Open final, a rather familiar position for him, Rafael Nadal suddenly was worried.
He led by two sets plus a break early in the third when the middle finger on his racket-wielding left hand was cramping so badly he couldn't straighten it.
After serving a fault, Nadal took the unusual step of heading to the sideline in the middle of a game.
WASHINGTON—The Chicago Cubs win whenever they need to, with whatever it takes.
Even a seven-out save by Wade Davis to preserve a shrinking lead and a “Did that really happen?” four-run inning against Washington's Max Scherzer in a thriller of a Game 5 last night.
NEW YORK—Rafael Nadal entered the 2017 Grand Slam season on a two-and-a-half-year drought without so much as one appearance in a major final, let alone a title.
He ended it having reasserted himself, capped by a U.S. Open final that shaped up as quite a mismatch—and turned out to be exactly that.
NEW YORK—When Maria Sharapova's first Grand Slam match after a 15-month doping suspension ended with a victory at the U.S. Open, she dropped to her knees and covered her face, tears welling in her eyes.
This was merely a win to get to the second round, yes, but it also clearly meant so much more to Sharapova.
It meant she was back.
LONDON—After Roger Federer closed out a Wimbledon final that was more of a coronation than a contest with an ace, he sat in his change-over chair and wiped away tears.
That is when it hit him: his wait for record-breaking No. 8 was over.
A season that began with Tom Brady serving a four-game suspension will end with him in the Super Bowl, where his New England Patriots will take on Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons.
NEW YORK—Even Roger Federer is wowed by how well he’s playing at age 34—and the ease with which he’s winning at this U.S. Open.
Federer is into his 10th semi-final at Flushing Meadows and record 38th at all major tournaments.
NEW YORK—Andy Murray watched a 130 m.p.h. ace zoom by to create a two-set deficit at the U.S. Open, then sat in his change-over chair and cursed at himself over and over and over.