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French Open 2019: Rafael Nadal tops Roger Federer in straight sets to reach final

first_imgRafael Nadal made quick work of Roger Federer in their first French Open meeting since 2011, beating his rival 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 Friday in strong wind to reach his 12th final at Roland Garros.Nadal has never lost a semifinal at the clay-court Grand Slam tournament. Never lost a final, either.And he’s never lost to Federer in Paris, improving to 6-0. Overall, Nadal leads their series 24-15. Federer had won their past five meetings, but those were all on hard courts.It’s a whole different task to take on Nadal on clay, in general, and at the French Open, in particular, where his one victory away from a 12th championship, which would be more than any man or woman has won at any of the Grand Slam tournaments.In Sunday’s final, the No. 2-seeded Nadal will take on either No. 1 Novak Djokovic or No. 4 Dominic Thiem.This was the first time since 2011 the four top-seeded men were in the semifinals at Roland Garros.Like so many times before, it was Nadal’s topspin-heavy lefty forehand, his relentless ball-chasing and his return game that gave Federer fits.Frustrated the guy so much that the generally stoic Federer smacked a tennis ball toward the stands after getting broken to trail 2-1 in the third set.It would soon be over.Federer, who was playing at Roland Garros for the first time since 2015, hadn’t lost a set through five victories over the past two weeks. With an aggressive, head-to-the-net style, he had been broken a total of only four times by those opponents.advertisementNadal easily exceeded that in a span of three sets across less than 2½ hours, winning 6 of 13 return games.The 37-year-old Federer, whose 20 Grand Slam titles are a record for a man, was serenaded off the court by spectators’ chants of his first name. He raised his right arm for a quick wave as he walked away perhaps for the final time. He missed the tournament in 2016 with a bad back, then skipped it the next two years to prepare for grass and hard courts.He looked quite good in his return, until running into his old nemesis.Also Read | French Open 2019: Teenager Vondrousova beats Konta to reach finalAlso Read | French Open 2019: Noavk Djokovic sets semi-final clash with Dominic ThiemAlso Seelast_img read more

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No winning ticket for Friday nights 10 million Lotto Max jackpot

first_imgTORONTO — No winning ticket was sold for the $10 million jackpot in Friday night’s Lotto Max draw.The jackpot for the next draw on Feb. 15 will be approximately $16 million.The Canadian Presslast_img