Nadal's reign ends...No repeat for Ivanovic
PARIS (AP) - Robin Soderling (SAH'-dur-ling) has become the first person to beat Rafael Nadal (nah-DAHL') at Roland Garros.
Nadal's 4-year run as French Open champion is over after the Spaniard lost to Soderling 6-2, 6-7, 6-4, 7-6 in the fourth round today. Soderling had 59 unforced errors compared to Nadal's 28, but the Swede's 30 forehand winners and booming serve allowed him to reach the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam event for the first time.
Nadal was trying to become the first man to win five consecutive French Open titles.
Nadal's loss gives Roger Federer a better chance to capture his first career French Open title and tie Pete Sampras' record of 14 Grand Slams. Federer lost to Nadal in the last three finals at Roland Garros.
The women's defending champion also lost. Eighth seed Ana Ivanovic (ee-VAH'-noh-vihch) was dispatched by No. 9 Victoria Azarenka (ah-zah-REN'-kuh) 6-2, 6-3. Ivanovic converted just 2 of 5 break points and made 20 unforced errors.
Joining Soderling in the quarterfinals are third seed Andy Murray, No. 10 Nikolay Davydenko and No. 12 Fernando Gonzalez, each of whom won in straight sets.
Women's top seed Dinara Safina (dee-NAH'-rah sah-FEE'-nuh) dropped just one game in advancing to the quarterfinals. Maria Sharapova also reached the quarters, as did top seed Dinara Safina (dee-NAHR'-ah sah-FEE'-nuh) and No. 20 Dominika Cibulkova.
Peavy eyes Tuesday start...Beltran sits
(AP) - San Diego Padres ace Jake Peavy will make his scheduled start Tuesday despite being bothered by right ankle tendinitis. Padres manager Bud Black said today that Peavy's ankle problem has improved and he'll make his scheduled start Tuesday against Philadelphia.
Peavy turned the ankle running the bases against the Cubs May 22 but pitched six shutout innings to earn the win. He is 5-5 with a 3.57 ERA.
Also in the majors today:
New York Mets center fielder Carlos Beltran had to be scratched from the lineup against Florida because of a stomach virus. He was replaced by Angel Pagan, who had to leave the game in the fourth inning due to a groin injury.
Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton is out of the starting lineup today versus Oakland Athletics due to a recurring groin problem. Hamilton sustained the injury May 17 in a home game against the Los Angeles Angels when he crashed into the padded outfield wall while making a leaping catch.
Cleveland is without catcher Victor Martinez for today's game against the New York Yankees due to a bruised left knee. Martinez fouled a ball off his knee in the first inning of last night's game.
The Indians have put All-Star outfielder Grady Sizemore on the 15-day DL with an inflamed elbow. Sizemore is hitting .223 with nine home runs and 31 RBIs this season.
Kansas City catcher John Buck remains hospitalized a day after he injured his lower back while preparing to bat against the Chicago White Sox. Manager Trey Hillman says he has no indication how long Buck might remain in the hospital or whether the "slight herniation in his lower back" might require surgery.
Wings still without Datsyuk and Draper
DETROIT (AP) - Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock says he'll keep the same lineup for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins. That means forward Pavel Datsyuk (DAHT'-sook) and Kris Draper will remain sidelined due to injuries.
Datsyuk is trying to recover from a foot injury and Draper is bothered by a sore groin.
The Wings and Pens are back in action just a day after Detroit earned a 3-1 victory in the opener.
Reutimann looks to continue hot streak
DOVER, Del. (AP) - Lance McGrew is serving as Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s interim crew chief a week ahead of schedule.
McGrew was slated to work with Brad Keselowski (kes-LOW'-skee) in today's race at Dover International Speedway. But Keselowski failed to qualify, freeing up McGrew to call the shots on Earnhardt's slumping No. 88 team.
McGrew says the decision was made last night by Hendrick Motorsports.
David Reutimann (ROOT'-ih-man) is hoping to continue his weeklong hot streak when he starts from the pole for today's Sprint Cup race at Dover. Reutimann captured the pole on Friday, four days after winning the rain-shortened Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The 39-year-old journeyman driver is within six points of Mark Martin for 12th place and the last spot in the Chase for the championship.
Kasey Kahne (kayn) joins Reutimann on the front row, just in front of Juan Pablo Montoya and Reed Sorenson. Points leader Jeff Gordon starts 42nd after crashing his car during Friday's qualifying.
Clark by two
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Tim Clark carried a two-shot lead over Steve Marino, Jason Day and Steve Stricker into today's final round at PGA Tour's Colonial at Fort Worth. Clark was at 17-under heading into the round.
Funk overtakes Price
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Fred Funk was the leader on the front nine in the final round of the Champions Tour event in West Des Moines, Iowa. Funk played his first six holes of the day at minus-2 to get to 6-under overall, one stroke ahead of second-round leader Nick Price and four others.
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