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PARIS -- Trying to beat Rafael Nadal at the French Open is, without a doubt, the toughest task in tennis. [url=http://www.eagles

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PARIS -- Trying to beat Rafael Nadal at the French Open is, without a doubt, the toughest task in tennis. Wilbert Montgomery Jersey . Indeed, must be among the greatest challenges in all of sports. The pressure he applies, from set to set, game to game, point to point, shot to shot. That bullwhip of a high-bouncing, topspin lefty forehand. Those quick-reflex returns that help him break an opponents serve -- and his will. Doing what he does so well on the red clay of Roland Garros, a surface and site he dominates so completely, the No. 1-seeded Nadal wore down No. 2 Novak Djokovic 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 in a muggy final Sunday to win his ninth French Open championship and fifth in a row, both records. "For me," Nadal said, "playing here in Roland Garros is just unforgettable, forever." It is also his 14th Grand Slam title overall, tying the 28-year-old Spaniard with Pete Sampras for the second most by a man, behind only Roger Federers 17. That includes Nadals two trophies apiece at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, along with one from the Australian Open, proving he can beat the best on grass and hard courts, too. But its on the clay of Paris where Nadal reigns supreme: He has won 66 of 67 career French Open matches. Since the only loss, against Robin Soderling in the fourth round in 2009, Nadal has won 35 consecutive matches at Roland Garros. No other man has won more than seven titles at any of tennis four majors. "Its not impossible, but its very, very difficult to stay with Rafa in this court, throughout the whole match, on the highest level of performance," said Djokovic, who was broken in the final game of each set, including with an anticlimactic double-fault on match point. Nadal ensured that he, not Djokovic, will be ranked No. 1 on Monday. In the process, Nadal once again prevented six-time major champion Djokovic from completing a career Grand Slam. "He deserves to win this tournament," Nadal said. "I am sure he will do it in the future." Djokovic had won their four most recent matches, including on clay in the best-of-three-set final at Rome last month. Beating Nadal in best-of-five is a whole other matter. Nadal also topped Djokovic in the 2012 final, and the 2013 semifinals. In all, Nadal leads Djokovic 6-0 at the French Open, 9-3 at major tournaments, and 23-19 in total. No other pair of men has played each other as often. The defeat in Rome was one of three this season on clay for Nadal, raising questions about whether hed be unbeatable at Roland Garros this time. There also was the matter of his troublesome back, which flared up during a loss to Stan Wawrinka in the Australian Open final and slowed his serve at times during the French Open. For 3 1/2 hours Sunday, when the sky was crystal clear and the temperature touched 80 degrees (27 Celsius), Djokovic gave everything he had, even spitting up on court. "I played at the maximum of my power, my strength, and my capability," Djokovic said, "but Rafa was the best player." Using his backhand to great effect against Nadals forehand early, Djokovic grabbed the first set, and got to 5-all in the second. "I felt," Nadal said, "the match was more in his hands at the beginning." Knowing that overcoming a two-set hole might be too much even for him, Nadal raised his level, taking 20 of 26 points to claim that set and a 3-0 lead in the third. "Without that second set, I dont know if I have this trophy with me now," Nadal would say later. When a down-the-line forehand winner ended the second set, Nadal leaped and shook both fists, his first sign of real emotion. "The momentum went (to) his side," Djokovic said. "I started playing quite bad and didnt move as well. Struggled a little bit physically throughout that third set." That was apparent. His cheeks were flushed. He put his hand on his heaving chest. He wobbled and nearly fell over while sitting on his changeover bench. Still, after trailing 4-2 in the fourth, Djokovic made one last stand. As skilled a retriever as his formidable foe -- Djokovic won 10 of the first 15 points that lasted at least 10 strokes -- he came up with a desperation defensive lob that landed right near the baseline, drawing a netted overhead from Nadal to earn a break point. Soon, it was 4-all. But Nadal steadied himself to hold to 5-4, then broke one last time. Soon enough, he was clutching the French Open trophy, his trophy. Herman Edwards Jersey . 1-9 on TSN. With more than 65 hours of exclusive live coverage, TSN delivers all the action beginning with Draw 1 on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 2 p. Jordan Hicks Jersey . Groves signed with Cleveland as an unrestricted free agent last year after a season with Arizona. He was in the linebacker rotation and had a sack in the season opener against Miami. . According to the Globe and Mail, a decision between the NHL and the Players Association should come within the six months. "I can tell you, (a decision) shouldnt take all that long," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told the Globe and Mail.NEW YORK -- Canadians Eugenie Bouchard and Frank Dancevic won opening matches within seconds of each other to advances into the second round of the U.S. Open on Monday. Montreals Bouchard managed to find a way past Czech Karolina Pliskova 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 to win in her U.S. Open main draw debut. Dancevic, a product of Niagara Falls, Ont., defeated Robin Haase of the Netherlands 7-6 (5), 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7). It was Dancevics first victory in New York in four attempts after first-round losses in 2007, 2008 and 2011. Bouchard needed two hours 16 minutes to advance, with 26 winners and 32 unforced errors in her battle on hard court. Rain ended Vasek Pospisils match against Brazilian qualifier Rogerio Dutra Silva early. Pospisil missed on winning chances in the third set but left the court leading 6-4, 6-3, 6-7 (9), 0-4. The Vernon, B.C., native appeared to have picked up a leg injury during the match. The 19-year-old Bouchard, ranked 59th, lost the opening set on a break but rallied back to take the second set after 91 minutes on the court. Bouchard hung tough in the final set, closing out the tight victory with a break in the final game form a return long over the baseline. "I was expecting good things for myself. I wanted to play and compete at my best," said Bouchard. "I didnt play that well, but I fought my hardest. Im proud of that but I hope to improve for the next match. My serve was working the entire match, even at the end when it was tight. "I was able to hold easily and put presssure on her. Nelson Agholor Jersey. I felt fine at the end but I think she was getting tired. I was running for balls and broke her for 6-5. That was the key to the match. When I had my chances I tried to impose my game." Dancevic, a qualifier who ranks 152nd, kept up his momentum in his four-set victory. The 28-year-old took a two-set-to-one lead and recovered in the fourth set after losing an early break against Haase. Dancevic took it into a tiebreak, where he ran off a 4-0 lead before taking the victory on the third of four match points. The Canadian jammed his toe on a shot and also scrapped his right elbow with a few dives on the hard court. "Im pretty happy with my performance today. I jammed the toe really bad in the second set and ended up cutting half of my toe nail off," Dancevic said. "I was struggling to move and worried about what might happen later in the match. I served better as the match went on, but we were both getting a bit tired in the fourth set and trying to win it on serve. "The tiebreaks really made the difference, I played pretty well in them and thats what gave me the victory." It was a late start for most of the Canadians in action, with only Torontos Sharon Fichman on court early. The No. 95 Fichman was beaten by Romanian Sorana Cirstea, who lost the Roger Cup final this month to Serena Williams Cirstea won the match 7-5, 5-7, 6-1 against Fichman. Tenth seed Milos Raonic begins play on Tuesday against Italian qualifier Thomas Fabbiano. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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