Nadal pulls out of French Open

first_imgPARIS, France (AP):For a decade, Rafael Nadal ruled Roland Garros the way no other man has dominated any Grand Slam site.Yesterday, his powerful left wrist wrapped in a blue brace, Nadal delivered the surprising news that he was withdrawing before his third-round match at the French Open because of an injury that would prevent him from delivering the whiplike, spin-heavy forehand that carried him to a record nine championships and a 72-2 record on the tournament’s red clay.”To win the tournament, I need five more matches,” Nadal said, his face expressionless, his arms crossed in front of him. “And the doctor says that’s 100 per cent impossible.”His announcement, at what he called “one of the toughest press conferences in my career”, overshadowed everything else going on around the grounds on Day 6 of the French Open, from the straight-set victories by defending champion Stan Wawrinka and No. 2-seeded Andy Murray, to the out-of-nowhere 6-0, 6-7 (3), 6-0 upset of two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova by 108th-ranked Shelby Rogers, a 23-year-old American.Nadal’s withdrawal robbed the event of more star power, coming a week after 17-time major champion Roger Federer pulled out because of lingering back problems.AIMING FOR FOURTH TITLEIt cleared one potential obstacle from the path of No. 1 Novak Djokovic, who is attempting to win a fourth consecutive major title and his first in Paris – and could have faced Nadal in the semi-finals.Fourth-rounders established Friday included No. 3 Wawrinka against No. 22 Viktor Troicki, No. 5 Kei Nishikori against No. 9 Richard Gasquet, and No. 8 Milos Raonic against unseeded Albert Ramos-Vinolas.Women’s fourth-round matches will be Rogers against No. 25 Irina-Camelia Begu, No. 2 Agnieszka Radwanska against unseeded Tsvetana Pironkova, No. 4 Garbine Muguruza against No. 13 Svetlana Kuznetsova, and No. 6 Simona Halep against No. 21 Sam Stosur.last_img read more

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QPR chairman insists sacking rumours are ‘nonsense’, reveals under-fire Redknapp

first_imgQueens Park Rangers chairman Tony Fernandes has said rumours suggesting Harry Redknapp is facing the sack are “a load of nonsense”, according to the Loftus Road manager.Pressure on the R’s boss increased on Saturday following a 2-0 home defeat to an out-of-form Manchester United, with the side still sitting in the bottom-three.Marouane Fellaini and James Wilson scored at Loftus Road to spare Radamel Falcao’s blushes as the Colombia star fluffed four gilt-edged chances.Former Tottenham boss Redknapp again claimed the full backing of owner Fernandes, however, suggesting the QPR chairman laughed off threats to his future over the phone.“I’m not worried at all,” said Redknapp, whose side are just one point from safety.“That’s the owner’s choice isn’t it, if they want to make a change.“I spoke to Tony Fernandes this week, five times, and he’s never mentioned anything to me, he’s just said, ‘What a load of nonsense’.“So I don’t know.”The manager this week claimed a club insider is trying to force him out of the club by leaking rumours of his axe to the press.On the reports, he added: “Who do you believe, the insider, whoever may be, who’s trying to cause a problem, or do you believe the chairman?“I don’t worry. What will be will be.“It’s up to them, it’s their club. Tony’s the chairman, I can only keep going.“We’re still in amongst it to be fair. Okay today was a setback, but there’s nothing in it between the bottom seven teams.“From Everton downwards it’s going to be extremely close and we’ve got as good a chance as anybody.”last_img read more

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