Nole. Rafa. Round 4

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Nole. Rafa. Round 4

Duo to face off in 4th consecutive Grand Slam final
Michel Euler/Associated Press
Another day, another straight-sets winner for Rafael Nadal at the French Open. He advanced to the final by topping David Ferrer, and he’s lost just 35 total games thus far at the tournament.
French Open

PARIS – A look at the French Open on Friday:
Weather: Windy with some rain. High of 68 degrees (20 C).
Attendance: 17,414.
Men’s Semifinals: No. 2 Rafael Nadal beat No. 6 David Ferrer 6-2, 6-2, 6-1; No. 1 Novak Djokovic beat No. 3 Roger Federer 6-4, 7-5, 6-3.
Stat of the Day: 71 – Holds, in 72 service games, by Nadal in his six matches at Roland Garros this year.
Quote of the Day: “They made me a better player.” – Djokovic said on the impact of his rivalry with Federer and Nadal.
Today’s Women’s Final: No. 2 Maria Sharapova vs. No. 21 Sara Errani.
Today’s Forecast: Partly cloudy, with a chance of rain. High of 66 degrees (19 C).
Sunday’s Men’s Final: No. 1 Djokovic vs. No. 2 Nadal.
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Road to the Roland Garros Finals

Men’s Singles
Novak Djokovic (1)
First Round — def. Potito Starace, 7-6 (3), 6-3, 6-1; Second Round — def. Blaz Kavcic, 6-0, 6-4, 6-4; Third Round — def. Nicolas Devilder, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2; Fourth Round — def. Andreas Seppi (22), 4-6, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-5, 6-3; Quarterfinals — def. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (5), 6-1, 5-7, 5-7, 7-6 (6), 6-1; Semifinals — def. Roger Federer (3), 6-4, 7-5, 6-3.
Rafael Nadal (2)
First Round — def. Simone Bolelli, 6-2, 6-2, 6-1; Second Round — def. Denis Istomin, 6-2, 6-2, 6-0; Third Round — def. Eduardo Schwank, 6-1, 6-3, 6-4; Fourth Round — def. Juan Monaco (13), 6-2, 6-0, 6-0; Quarterfinals — def. Nicolas Almagro (12), 7-6 (4), 6-2, 6-3; Semifinals — def. David Ferrer (6), 6-2, 6-2, 6-1.

Novak Djokovic vs. Rafael Nadal
x-entering the French Open
Djokovic Nadal
Age 25 26
Height 6-2 6-1
Weight 176 188
Rank 1 2
x-Money $36,889 $48,433
x-’12 Money $4,006 $3,368
Grand Slam Finals 5-2 10-5
Career Titles 30 49
French Open Titles - 6
2012 Titles 2 3
Head-to-Head 14-18 18-14
Career Record 430-116 580-120
2012 Record 36-5 39-4
2012 Record-Clay 16-3 22-1
Grand Slams 123-24 155-21
French Opens 31-7 51-1
Clay Record 116-34 253-19
5-Set Record 17-5 15-4
’12 5-Set Record 4-0 0-1
Tiebreak Record 129-76 145-88
’12 Tiebreak Record 10-7 6-3
0-2 Comebacks 3 3
2012 French Open
Matches 6 6
Opp. Avg. Rank 85.8 63.3
Sets 18-4 18-0
Games 132-81 109-35
Points 761-592 545-346
Time on Court 16:35 12:22
Avg. Time on Court 2:46 2:04
Five-Set Matches 2 -
Tiebreak Record 2-1 1-0

Women’s Singles
Maria Sharapova (2)
First Round — def. Alexandra Cadantu, 6-0, 6-0; Second Round — def. Ayumi Morita, 6-1, 6-1; Third Round — def. Peng Shuai (28), 6-2, 6-1; Fourth Round — def. Klara Zakopalova, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-2; Quarterfinals — def. Kaia Kanepi (23), 6-2, 6-3; Semifinals — def. Petra Kvitova (4), 6-3, 6-3.
Sara Errani (21)
First Round — def. Casey Dellacqua, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2; Second Round — def. Melanie Oudin, 6-2, 6-3; Third Round — def. Ana Ivanovic (13), 1-6, 7-5, 6-3; Fourth Round — def. Svetlana Kuznetsova (26), 6-0, 7-5; Quarterfinals — def. Angelique Kerber (10), 6-3, 7-6 (2); Semifinals — def. Sam Stosur (6), 7-5, 1-6, 6-3.

Maria Sharapova vs. Sara Errani
x-entering the French Open
Sharapova Errani
Age 25 25
Height 6-2 5-4½
Weight 130 132
Rank 2 24
x-Money $19,323 $2,488
x-’12 Money $2,680 $819,759
Grand Slam Finals 3-3 -
Career Titles 26 5
French Open Titles - -
2012 Titles 2 3
Head-to-Head - -
Career Record 447-109 304-217
2012 Record 35-5 35-10
2012 Record-Clay 17-1 24-3
Grand Slam 128-32 25-18
French Opens 36-9 7-4
Clay Record 95-21 182-108
3-Set Record 119-37 71-68
’12 3-Set Record 8-0 9-2
Tiebreak Record 59-37 56-46
’12 Tiebreak Record 5-2 4-2
2012 French Open
Matches 6 6
Opp. Avg. Rank 47.2 72.5
Sets 12-1 12-3
Games 78-29 82-57
Points 423-293 486-412
Time on Court 8:36 10:22
Avg. Time on Court 1:26 1:44
Three-Set Matches 1 3
Tiebreak Record 0-1 1-0
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Nole. Rafa. Round 4

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Michel Euler/Associated Press
Another day, another straight-sets winner for Rafael Nadal at the French Open. He advanced to the final by topping David Ferrer, and he’s lost just 35 total games thus far at the tournament.
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