Monday, May 21, 2012

Djokovic-Nadal final postponed

   The showdown between top-ranked Novak Djokovic and five-time champion Rafael Nadal in the Italian Open final was postponed by rain and rescheduled for 3 a.m. PDT today.
   Tennis Channel will televise the match live from Rome and replay it at 9 p.m.
   If Nadal avenges his loss to Djokovic in last year's Italian Open final, the Spaniard will regain the No. 2 ranking from Roger Federer, according to the ATP World Tour. Federer moved ahead of Nadal last Monday after winning the Mutua Madrid Open.
   Sacramento Futures -- Australia's Matt Reid, ranked No. 264, heads the field in the $15,000 Tennis Town Pro Tennis at Park Terrace. The tournament is scheduled for June 2-10 at the Park Terrace Swim & Tennis Club in Sacramento. Entries also include:
   --Chris Guccione, a 6-foot-7 left-hander from Australia who reached No. 67 in the world in 2008.
   --Devin Britton, who in 2009 at Mississippi became the fourth freshman to win the NCAA singles title. The Mississippi native joined Jimmy Connors of UCLA in 1971, John McEnroe of Stanford in 1978 and Cecil Mamiit of 1996.  
    --Bjorn Fratangelo, who last year joined McEnroe as the only Americans to win the French Open boys singles title in the Open Era.
   --Philip Bester, a Canadian who won the Chico Futures title last year.
   --Fritz Wolmarans, the 2010 Davis Futures champion from South Africa.
   --Christian Harrison, the 17-year-old brother of rising young American Ryan Harrison.
   --Former Cal star Pedro Zerbini of Brazil and current Bears standout Nick Andrews of Folsom in the Sacramento area.
   NCAA Championships in Athens, Ga. -- For the second straight year, the Stanford men lost to Virginia in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships.
   This time, the second-ranked Cavaliers (28-1) breezed to a 4-0 victory over the No. 11 Cardinal (20-9).  Stanford was shut out in the NCAA Championships for the first time since falling 4-0 to USC in Tulsa, Okla., in 2004.
   Virginia, last year's runner-up to USC, captured two of three doubles matches to earn one point. The Cavaliers then won in straight sets at No. 3, 4 and 5 singles to clinch the overall victory.
   Cavaliers freshman Mitchell Frank, playing No. 3 singles despite being ranked second nationally, routed unranked Matt Kandath, a junior, 6-2, 6-0.
   Virginia is the only semifinalist from outside the Los Angeles area. In today's matches, the Cavaliers will face seventh-ranked Pepperdine, and top-ranked USC, the three-time defending champion, will meet UCLA. The Waves upset No. 3 Georgia, the host school.
   Los Angeles has two of the four women's semifinalists. Also today, No. 1 UCLA will play No. 4 USC, and No. 2 Florida, the defending champion, will take on No. 3 Duke.
In Athens, Ga.
Men's quarterfinals
No. 2 Virginia 4, No. 11 Stanford 0
1. No. 5 Courtney/Jenkins (UVA) d. Lin/Thacher (STAN) 9-8 (2).
2. Klahn/Morrissey (STAN) d. Alex Domijan/Mitchell Frank (UVA) 8-5.
3. Shane/Uriguen (UVA) d. Ball/Kandath (STAN) 8-4.
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1 
1. No. 36 Bradley Klahn (STAN) vs. No. 4 Jarmere Jenkins (UVA) abandoned.
2. No. 29 Ryan Thacher (STAN) vs. No. 39 Alex Domijan (UVA) abandoned.
3. No. 2 Mitchell Frank (UVA) def. Matt Kandath (STAN) 6-2, 6-0.
4. Drew Courtney (UVA) def. John Morrissey (STAN) 6-2, 6-4.
5. No. 82 Justin Shane (UVA) def. Daniel Ho (STAN) 6-4, 6-1.
6. Robert Stineman (STAN) vs. Julen Uriguen (UVA) abandoned.
Order of Finish: 3, 4, 5

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