Nadal outduels Federer again; Djokovic loses shot at history
Rafael Nadal advanced to the semifinals of the Western & Southern Open with a 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 win over Roger Federer on Friday night in Mason, Ohio, a vintage rematch that reinforced their head-to-head standings for now.
Nadal improved to 21-10 against his top rival, including wins in all of their three matches this year. A close match came down to a few points, and Nadal got most of them.
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"Always the emotion's out there when we play each other," Nadal said.
Their first meeting in Cincinnati was vintage and highlighted a day of upsets in the men's bracket. No. 1 Novak Djokovic and No. 2 Andy Murray lost in the quarterfinals. No. 1 Serena Williams moved on in the women's bracket.
Nadal moves on, too, playing Tomas Berdych in the semifinals.
Top-ranked American John Isner ended Djokovic's attempt to make ATP history on Friday, prevailing 7-6 (5), 3-6, 7-5.
Djokovic has never won in Cincinnati, where he's lost in the finals four times, including last year to Federer. All he needs to do is hoist the winner's trophy one time in Cincinnati to become the first player to win all nine ATP Masters events.
■ South Lexington defeated Ocala, Fla. 16-7 Friday night in the Cal Ripken 10-Year-Old World Series. The team rode a six-run third inning past Ocala. They will play Visalia, Calif. in the championship game Saturday at 6 p.m.
Sharp eagle fuels Perry's round of 65
Kenny Perry shot a 7-under 65 to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the Champions Tour's Dick's Sporting Goods Open in Endicott, N.Y. Perry, the Senior Players and U.S. Senior Open winner this summer, had three birdies over the final four holes to surge past Bart and Brad Bryant and Joel Edwards.
Perry's round turned with a brilliant shot at the par-5 12th hole. He holed a 6-iron from 187 yards for eagle. He also had six birdies to go with one bogey, hitting 15 fairways and putting just 26 times.
■ PGA Tour rookie Patrick Reed shot a 6-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead over John Huh after the second round of the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C.
■ Australians Brady Watt and Oliver Goss advanced to the U.S. Amateur semifinals along with Canada's Corey Conners and England's Matt Fitzpatrick, marking the first time that an American has failed to reach the final four.
Watt, a co-medalist in stroke-play qualifying, had a dramatic 1-up victory over 17-year-old Scottie Scheffler of Dallas. Scheffler, the U.S. Junior Amateur champion, had a hole-in-one on the par-3 seventh and trailed only once — when Watt made a 5-foot par putt to win the match on the 18th hole in Brookline, Mass.
■ Europe took an important step Friday toward winning the Solheim Cup on American soil.
Carlota Ciganda of Spain salvaged an unlikely par from a hazard on the par-5 15th hole in Parker, Colo., and kept her and Suzann Pettersen from falling behind. Pettersen won the next hole with a birdie, sending them from 2 down at the turn to a 1-up victory in a pivotal fourballs match that staked Europe to a 5-3 lead.
Logano turns 9th-best pole run ever
On another record-setting day at Michigan International Speedway, Joey Logano raced to one of the fastest qualifying speeds in NASCAR history. Logano won the pole at 203.949 mph Friday in his No. 22 Ford, breaking the track record set by Marcos Ambrose last year. Ambrose's mark of 203.241 came on the first Sprint Cup weekend on a newly paved surface at MIS. His record lasted 14 months.
Logano's speed was the ninth-highest by a NASCAR pole winner — and the fastest since Bill Elliott set the record of 212.809 at Talladega on April 30, 1987. "I don't know how fast it is, but it feels freaking fast," Logano said.
Kurt Busch qualified second, and points leader Jimmie Johnson was third. Logano is 16th in the Cup standings, and this is his first pole of the year. He could use a good showing this weekend as he tries to make a final push to reach the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
Sports in the courts
Pistorius might face more charges
Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee Olympic sprinter, may face additional charges when he is indicted Monday for the Valentine's Day killing of his girlfriend, according to news reports.
National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Medupe Simasiku told The Associated Press on Friday that Pistorius would be formally charged with premeditated murder in the death of model Reeva Steenkamp, who would have turned 30 on Monday.
Other charges could be added to the indictment, Simasiku said without elaborating. He declined to comment on South African media reports that Pistorius could also be charged with recklessly discharging a firearm in two other incidents.
The case was postponed in June to allow police to complete their investigation, which they did this week.
Pistorius, 26, says he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder and shot her through the door of a bathroom toilet closet. Prosecutors allege that she locked herself in the closet to hide following an argument.
The last word
Larry Csonka, 66, will attend Tuesday's ceremony at the White House honoring the unbeaten Miami Dolphins of 1972. Csonka recalled another team reunion at a recent Monday night game.
"It was funny. We got on the bus to go to the game, and the lights went out and it was dark, and guys were joking and talking about the same things as 40 years ago, and their voices hadn't changed. It was like stepping back in time. Then we got to the game and the lights went on, and we were back to being old men."