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With the U.S. team long gone, the only remaining red-white-and-blue underdog would be Paraguay, which takes on European champion Spain in the last quarterfinal in Johannesburg. An all-South American semifinals was still possible entering the final eight, but "La Albirroja" were by far the least likely to advance against Spain's lethal combination of talent and hunger. Striker Nelson Valdez is Paraguay's top weapon, while David Villa bids for a fifth goal in five games as Spain continues its quest to get an 0-for-12 World Cup gorilla off its back.
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Wimbledon begins bright and early Monday morning (June 21, 6:30 a.m./5:30c, ESPN2) and the top two seeds — Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal — have pulled off what NBC/ESPN2 analyst Mary Carillo calls "the hardest, trickiest thing to do in tennis." That is, win two ...
Roger Federer stands alone in tennis history after downing Andy Roddick at Wimbledon in the longest fifth set in Grand Slam history to claim his record 15th major.
The win — Federer's sixth in seven years at SW19 — propels the Swiss past Pete Sampras' tally of 14 majors. Sampras, along with his wife, actress Bridgette Wilson-Sampras, made a last-minute trip across the pond from California to watch the historic win. "I have to give it to him," Sampras said afterwards. "He's won all the majors. He's won 15 now. He's going to win a few more here. So in my book he is [the greatest]."
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In a four-hour, 18-minute epic, Federer registered a 5-7, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5), 3-6, 16-14 win over a new and improved Roddick, who also lost the 2004 and 2005 Wimbledon finals and the 2006 U.S. Open final to Federer. In terms of games, it was the ...
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Whether it's the fun and heat of Melbourne, the style and clay of Paris, the grass and rain of London or the tough crowds and bright lights of New York, each of tennis's Grand Slams has a unique identity. Get ready for a new, drier era of Wimbledon, however, as the long-awaited retractable roof on Centre Court debuts for the upcoming fortnight (an answered prayer for ESPN, Tennis Channel and NBC). Rafael Nadal's withdrawal due to knee tendinitis allows Britain's Andy Murray and history-chasing five-time champ Roger Federer to hog the men's spotlight, while top-seeded Dinara Safina, the Williams sisters and the comebacking Maria Sharapova loom large for the ladies.
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Wimbledon aka the classiest two weeks in tennis begins Monday morning with opening round play in London. ESPN2 will have weekday coverage at 7 am/ET throughout the tournament. NBC adds coverage next weekend (June 28 and 29, noon/ET) and then adds weekday broadcasts at 10 am/ET starting Monday, June 30.Roger Federer, regrouping after being slaughtered by Rafael Nadal at the French Open two weeks ago, will be looking for his sixth straight title at the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, which would be a modern-era record. The Swiss star is, of course, the No. 1 seed. He begins play on Centre Court, against Dominik Hrbaty of Slovakia, Monday at 1 pm London time (8 am/ET).Venus Williams is the defending women's champion, after completing an improbable run at the 2007 title as the No. 23 seed. This year she's seeded seventh, with Serbian Ana Ivanovic earning the top rank following her big win at the French Open. She begins her quest for her first Wimbledon title on...