French Open 2012: Nadal Defeats Djokovic In Rain-Delayed Match Monday

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will meet in the 2012 French Open Men's Singles final, after Djokovic defeated Roger Federer and Nadal dominated David Ferrer.

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2012 French Open Final: Rafael Nadal Defeats Novak Djokovic For His 7th Title

Rafael Nadal won his seventh French Open title after defeating Novak Djokovic on Monday in a rain-delayed championship match up with the No. 1 player in the world. Conventional wisdom said Djokovic was on the verge of taking over the game, but Nadal, being the clay court beast that he is, went against that.

The 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 victory for Nadal broke a tie with Bjorn Borg for most titles won in the clay court major. Nadal actually trailed Djokovic 2-1 in the fourth set when play resumed Monday following an 18-hour rain delay.

Despite the fact that Djokovic had Nadal's number last year, beating him seven times, the Spaniard was not phased on the courts where he'd had his most success and where he is now the most prolific player in the tournament's history.

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2012 French Open Final: Rain Suspends Match Until Monday

The 2012 French Open champion won't be determined until Monday, thanks to rain. Play between top-seeded Novak Djokovic and reigning three-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal has been suspended once again in the fourth set, the match's second rain delay.

Nadal jumped out to a quick two sets to none lead, winning the first two sets 6-4 and 6-3. Play was suspended during the second set, but it didn't seem to hinder Nadal, who won the second set with relative ease.

The Djoker, though, wasn't going to go quietly.

Djokovic battled back to dominate the fourth set, winning 6-2. Djokovic won the first two games of the fourth set as well, and at that point, the Djoker had won eight straight games in the match. Nadal ended that streak in the third game, and that's when the match was suspended.

Nadal will take a 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 1-2 lead into Monday, when the 2012 French Open champion will be crowned. Play is set to resume at 7:00 a.m. ET.

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French Open Final: Rafael Nadal Leads Novak Djokovic, Match In Rain Delay

Rafael Nadal isn't quite ready to let go of his title as three-time defending French Open champion. The weather won't allow it quite yet, anyway, as the match is currently in its second rain delay.

Nadal jumped out to a quick two sets to none lead, winning the first two sets 6-4, 6-3. Rain had suspended the match in the second set, but it did not halt Nadal's momentum, as he quickly disposed of Djokovic in the second set.

The Djoker, though, wasn't going to go without a fight. Djokovic came back and dominated the third set, winning it with ease, 6-2. Djokovic also took the first two games of the fourth set, before Nadal snapped an eight game winning streak by Djokovic, winning the third game.

The match was once again halted after Nadal won the third game of the fourth set, much to the chagrin of Nadal.

The match is set to resume at some point on Sunday. Nadal currently leads 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 1-2. We'll see if this ends up going five sets, or if Nadal will win yet another French Open title in four sets.

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French Open Results: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal Advance To Final

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will face off in the final of the 2012 French Open tournament after winning their respective semi final matches on Friday. Nadal demolished David Ferrer in three sets, 6-2, 6-2, and 6-1. Djokovic was less dominant but equally successful, beating Roger Federer 6-4, 7-5, and 6-3.

Nadal moved one step from his seventh French Open title, as the number two seed dispatched the number six seed with relative ease. He remains focused on his task, however. Via French Open :

"I did almost everything right," said Nadal. "But I don’t believe in perfection. It does not exist. You can always play better. I am not thinking I am in the final without losing a set; I am just thinking I am in the final. Experience has taught me you can lose when you are playing fantastic; you can win when you are not playing that well. Last year I had the impression I didn’t really play that well, whereas this year I am playing really well."

No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic will meet Nadal in the final after capitalizing on an inconsistent performance by Roger Federer. Federer had 46 unforced errors on the day, drawing many comments about his 30 years of age and the inevitability of time. Djokovic was on top of things, his unforced error count only 17, nearly 30 less than Federer.

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French Open 2012 Results: Maria Sharapova Reclaims No. 1, Will Meet Sara Errani In Final

After Thursday's matches in the Women's side of the draw at the 2012 French Open, the final has been set.

Maria Sharapova will be the new No. 1 player on Monday and will meet the No. 21 seed Sara Errani in the final.

Sharapova defeated No. 4 seed Petra Kvitova, 6-3, 6-3, on Thursday. Errani beat the No. 6 seed Samantha Stosur, 7-5, 1-6, 6-3.

Sharapova and Errani will both be making their first appearance in the final at Roland Garros. For Errani, the French Open final will also be her first final in a major tournament in her career. Sharapova, who had made the semifinal at the French Open in 2007 and 2011 said, "What an amazing feeling. I've always dreamed of being on the final stage here. Finally, I have that opportunity, and I'm more than excited." (via NYT)

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French Open Results: Quarterfinal Play Wraps On Wednesday, Rafael Nadal Advances

Quarterfinals in the 2012 French Open wrapped up on Wednesday at Roland Garros. Semifinal matches are all set, and will begin on Friday. Winners on Wednesday included David Ferrer, Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova and Petra Kvitova.

Nadal, ranked second in the world, topped No. 12 Nicolas Almagro in three sets. Ferrer had the day's lone upset, as the world's sixth-ranked player beat No. 4 Andy Murray in four sets.

Second-ranked Sharapova cruised past No. 23 Kaia Kanepi in two sets. Kvitova need just two sets get past Yaroslava Shvedova.

Quarterfinal action starts on Friday. Ferrer's prize for his win is his 16th matchup against Nadal on a clay court; Nadal has never lost in those matches. The other men's semifinal match could be one for the ages with No. 1 Novak Djokovic taking on No. 3 Roger Federer.

On the women's side, Sharapova and Kvitova square off against each other. No. 6 Samantha Stosur takes on No. 21 Sara Errani.

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French Open Results: Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova Advance To Quarterfinals Monday

Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova continued their impressive runs at the 2012 French Open with wins Monday to advance to the quarterfinals at Roland Garros. No. 2 Nadal triumphed, 6-2, 6-0, 6-0, over Argentinian No. 13 Juan Monaco to advance. Sharapova, the No. 2 seed on the women's draw, dropped a set for the first time at the Open. She was able to shake it off to secure a 6-4, 6-7 (12), 6-2, win over Klara Zakapalova.

No. 4 Andy Murray survived yet another slow start for a 1-6, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2, win over No. 17 Richard Gasquet of France. No. 5 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and No. 6 David Ferrer also won Monday to round out a men's quarterfinals field that includes the Open's top six seeds among the eight participants.

No. 4 Petra Kvitova beat American Varvara Lepchenko handily, 6-2, 6-1, to advance. No. 7 Na Li was less lucky, becoming the latest highly-seeded woman to fall prematurely in a 3-6, 6-2, 6-0, loss to Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan. No. 6 Samantha Stosur of Australia is the only other Top 8-seeded woman outside of Sharapova and Kvitova playing in the quarterfinals.

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French Open 2012 Results, Round 4: Novak Djokovic Advances To Quarterfinals, Victoria Azarenka Upset

Day 8 of the 2012 French Open saw a major upset on the Women's side of the draw when No. 1 seed Victoria Azarenka fell to No. 15 seed Dominika Cibulkova. On the Men's side, No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic was able to advance to the quarterfinals.

Cibulkova defeated Azarenka, 6-2, 7-6(4). Djokovic defeated Andreas Seppi, 4-6, 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-5, 6-3.

In other action:

No. 3 seed Roger Federer beat David Goffin, 5-7, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4.

No. 5 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and No. 9 seed Juan Martin Del Potro were unable to finish their matches on Sunday due to darkness. Tsonga is playing No. 18 seed Stanislas Wawrinka (6-4, 7-6(6), 3-6, 3-6, 4-2) and Del Potro is playing No. 7 seed Tomas Berdych (7-6(6) 1-6 6-3).

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French Open 2012 Results, Round 3: Agnieszka Radwanska Upset, Victoria Azarenka, Novak Djokovic Advance

Day 6 of the 2012 French Open saw a good day for the seeds, for the most part. No. 3 Women's seed Agnieszka Radwanska was upset in a notable exception.

On the Women's side of the draw on Friday, No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, No. 2 Maria Sharapova and No. 6 Samantha Stosur were all straight-set winners. Radwanska was defeated by Svetlana Kuznetsova, 6-1, 6-2.

On the Men's side of the draw, No. 1 Novak Djokovic took out Nicolas Devilder, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2. No. 3 Roger Federer defeated Nicolas Mahut, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5.

No. 5 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, No. 7 Tomas Berdych, and No. 9 Juan Martin del Potro also won.

No. 11 Gilles Simon suffered a minor upset when he lost to No. 18 Stanislas Wawrinka, 7-5 6-7(5) 6-7(3) 6-3 6-2.

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French Open 2012 Results, Round 2: Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray Advance, John Isner Falls After Marathon Match

Day 5 at Roland Garros in the 2012 French Open saw the second-longest match in the event's history between No. 10 seed John Isner and Paul-Henri Mathieu.

Isner dropped the five-set, 5 hour and 41 minute marathon to Mathieu, 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 18-16.

In other action on Thursday:

Men's No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal cruised against Denis Istomin in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2, 6-0.

No. 4 seed Andy Murray defeated Jarkko Nieminen, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2.

The No. 5 seed, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, defeated Cedrik-Marcel Stebe, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1.

On the Women's side of the draw, No. 4 seed Petra Kvitova was a straight-set winner over Urszula Radwanska, 6-1, 6-3. The No. 2 seed, Maria Sharapova, had her match against Ayumi Morita postponed.

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French Open 2012 Results, Round 2: Venus Williams Ousted By Agnieszka Radwanska

Venus Williams followed her sister Serena Williams' early exit at the 2012 French Open on Tuesday with her own premature departure on Wednesday. Venus lost to Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska, 6-2, 6-3. Radwanska is the No. 3 seed on the Women's side of the draw at Roland Garros.

In other action:

Women's No. 1 seed Victoria Azarenka took out Germany's Dinah Pfizenmaier in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1.

On the Men's side of the draw, No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic beat Slovenia's Blaz Kavcic 6-0, 6-4, 6-4. No. 3 seed Roger Federer also advanced with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-7 (14), 6-3 win over Adrian Ungur of Romania.

Overall, Wednesday was another good day for the seeds at the French Open.

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2012 French Open Results: Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer Win Round 2 Matches

The second round of the 2012 French Open is underway, and so far there have been plenty of upsets which have included Americans Andy Roddick and Serena Williams both falling on Tuesday.

However, so far all of the seeded players on the men's side were victorious on Wednesday, and this includes No. 1 seeded Novak Djokovic who won in straight sets over Blaz Kavcic, 6-0, 6-4 and 6-4.

No. 3 seeded Roger Federer had a little more difficult time facing Adrian Ungur, but Federer was able to move on by defeating Ungur 6-3, 6-2, 6-7 and 6-3.

The closest a seeded player came to losing was when No. 11 seeded Gilles Simon went the distance against Brian Baker. Simon won the first two sets, but Baker made a comeback attempt to force a fifth set. In the final set Simon picked up his game and cruised to a 6-0 win to move on.

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French Open 2012 Results, Round 1: Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova Win, Serena Williams Upset On Tuesday

The 2012 French Open saw the seeds have another good day on Tuesday and one major upset.

The No. 2 seeds on the Men's and Women's side of the draw won in straight sets at Roland Garros.

Rafael Nadal defeated Simon Bolelli 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 and Maria Sharapova took out Alexandra Cadantu, 6-0, 6-0.

The No. 4 seeds for both sides of the draw also advanced on Tuesday.

Andy Murray defeated Tatsuma Ito, 6-1, 7-5, 6-0. Petra Kvitova defeated Ashleigh Barty, 6-1, 6-2.

Serena Williams provided the only real drama of the day at the French Open when she lost to Virginie Razzano, 6-4, 6-7 (13), 3-6. The loss in the first round was the first ever loss in a first round of a major tournament in the career of Williams. With her loss and the withdrawal due to injury of Jamie Hampton, American women are now, 10-2 in the tournament.

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2012 French Open, Round 1: Serena Williams Falls, Perfect First-Round Streak At Majors Over

Serena Williams lost in the first round of a major tournament for the first time in her career on Tuesday, falling 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 to Virginie Razzano of France.

Williams had been 46-0 in the first round of majors entering Tuesday's match, and she came two points away from extending that streak several times. In the second-set tiebreaker, Williams seized a commanding 5-1 lead and needed just two points to seal the match. But Razzano ticked off six straight points to steal the set and dispatched Williams in the deciding third set.

The fifth-seeded Williams had been looking for her 14th major title. Her previous worst finish at a major tournament came at the 1998 Australian Open, when she fell in straight sets to her sister Venus in the second round.

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French Open 2012 Results, Round 1 Results: Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer Win In Straight Sets

In another good day for the seeds on the Men's side of the draw on Monday at the 2012 French Open, No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic and No. 3 seed Roger Federer both won.

Djokovic took out Potito Starace, 7-6, 6-3, 6-1. Federer defeated Tobias Kamke 6-2, 7-5, 6-3. Overall among the seeds, only No. 15 seed Feliciano Lopez left the French Open on Monday. Lopez retired with an injury.

On the Women's side, No. 1 seed Victoria Azarenka survived her own errors and advanced against Alberta Brianti, 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-2.

There were a number of upsets on the Women's side. No. 12 Sabine Lisicki, No. 17 Roberta Vinci, No. 30 Mona Barthel and No. 32 Monica Niculescu all fell on Monday. After Monday, American women are now 10-0 at Roland Garros.

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French Open 2012: Andy Roddick Loses In First Round

Andy Roddick loses in the first round, while Venus Williams advances.

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