Novak Beats Nadal for the 24th time to win Doha 2016! 6-1, 6-2



Rightfully so, Novak has beaten Nadal 24 times it is more than the combined victories of Federer – 11, Murray – 6, Ferrer 6. Its really an amazing fact that he is the only player to win more times than lose against Nadal even the great Federer.


Novak steemed past Nadal in amazing fashion, its not like Nadal is out of rhythm, Novak is just on another level. The brilliance of this guy is often denied by supporters of both Nadal and Federer but I believe he is just getting better. So watch out!

Here is the highlight of the finals:


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Djokovic Chances of getting his first french open is within reach. Dethroned Nadal in straight Sets!

Novak Djokovic

Djoker just made history as he defeats Rafael Nadal in straight sets. 7-5. 6-3. 5-1. in their quarter finals @ Roland Garros French Open 2015. This is the only title that Djoker hasn’t captured yet and if he gets this, he could win it all this year and get the ultimate Grandslam. Next up for Djokovic is his “friend” Andy Murray who beat David Ferrer 7-6, 6-2, 5-7, 6-1. 

Match is tomorrow June 5, 2015 9:30 PM (Philippines Standard Time)

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Roger Federer bows to Rafael Nadal in French Open final

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“To win this final against one of the best players in the world and in history is something which is really fantastic for me,” said Nadal, who will keep his No. 1 ranking. “It’s one of my most beautiful dreams.”
Rafael Nadal now will have a total of six titles with 10th career major championship. He also continues to prove that He is better that Roger Federer by almost beating him all the time. Now its time hold that cup up high.  (source)

Tops seeds Nadal, Djokovic roll to Miami wins

MIAMI (AFP) – The world’s two best players rolled into the quarter-finals of the ATP and WTA Miami Masters, following a two-hour afternoon rain interruption which put Tuesday’s programme well behind schedule.
World number one Rafael Nadal lived up to expectations as the Spaniard strives for a first Miami title. The top seed reached the last eight over Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-1, 6-2 in just 59 minutes.

“It was very, very, very humid. That’s why I’m sweating a lot,” said Nadal, who said the long wait in the locker room did not bother him.
It was a similar outcome for second seed Novak Djokovic as he won his 21st consecutive match of the season over compatriot and Davis Cup teammate Viktor Troicki 6-3, 6-2.
Former US Open winner Juan Martin del Potro was at a loss for words after his fourth-round ouster at the hands of American Mardy Fish 7-5, 7-6 (7/5).
“It’s difficult to say something now because I just lost a very, very tough match,” said the Argentine.
“Maybe in two or three days I can say my level at the moment and what I expect for the future.”
Spanish sixth seed David Ferrer beat compatriot Marcel Granollers 6-1, 6-2 and South African Kevin Anderson put out American John Isner 6-3, 7-6 (7/4).
Number seven Tomas Berdych battled to get past German Florian Mayer 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (7/4) and next plays Nadal in a re-run of the 2010 Wimbledon final.
There was third-round disappointment for Jo-Wilfried Tsonga as the French 15th seed was unable to recover in his rain-interrupted match from Monday against Dolgopolov.
Dolgopolov finished off the final set to post a 6-7 (2/7), 6-4, 7-5 win and set up a date with Nadal.
In women’s play, battling Kim Clijsters saved five match points to overhaul Serb Ana Ivanovic 7-6 (7/4), 3-6, 7-6 (7/5) to reach the quarters.
Ivanovic, a former world number one and French Open champ, led 5-2 in the final set before second seed Clijsters began her fightback.
The Belgian rallied in championship style to earn her place in the last eight of the last hardcourt event prior to the start of the clay campaign.
“Because I have been on the tour for many years, you realise that you have to keep trying until the last point is played,” said Clijsters. “In tennis, that’s sometimes probably the frustrating part about it.
“It’s never over until that last shot is played. Even if it’s 5-1, Okay, you start a game 0-0. She has to win four points.”
The match had been delayed almost 24 hours after rain struck the event on Monday evening, a problem that returned on Tuesday.
German hope Andrea Petkovic began fulfilling her promise with an upset of Serbian sixth seed Jelena Jankovic 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.


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Nadal completes career Slam by winning US Open title

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NEW YORK (UPDATE) – World No. 1 Rafael Nadal completed a career Grand Slam title sweep on Monday by capturing his first US Open crown, defeating Serbian third seed Novak Djokovic 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2.

The 24-year-old Spanish left-hander overwhelmed Djokovic with uncanny shotmaking to win the $1.7-million top prize as well as his third consecutive Grand Slam crown and his ninth Grand Slam title overall.


 

Nadal became the seventh man to complete a career Grand Slam sweep, joining Roger Federer, Andre Agassi, Roy Emerson, Rod Laver, Don Budge and Fred Perry in having won Wimbledon and the US, French and Australian Open titles.

“That’s more than what I dreamt,” Nadal said. “Just to be in this final was amazing.”

Showers pushed the final to Monday for the third year in a row and halted the match for one hour and 48 minutes, but rain only delayed Nadal’s reign on the Flushing Meadows hardcourts despite losing his lone set of the fortnight.

“To have the trophy right here in my hands in a few seconds is going to be unbelievable,” Nadal said at the on-court award ceremony. Seconds later, he was smiling and hoisting the trophy above his head.

A ninth Slam title moved Nadal alone into seventh on the all-time list, passing Agassi, Perry, Ken Rosewall and Ivan Lendl and moving only seven shy of Federer’s all-time record, three crowns ahead of Federer’s Slam-title pace.

Right now he’s the best player in the world and he absolutely deserves this title,” Djokovic said.

After winning Wimbledon and the French Open earlier this year, Nadal joined Federer, Laver and Pete Sampras as the only men to win three Slams in a row in the Open Era that began in 1968.

Nadal, third-youngest on the Slam sweep list, would join Laver and Budge as the only men to hold all four Slam crowns at once by winning the 2011 Australian Open.

No Spanish man had won the US Open title since Manuel Orantes in 1975 and the only other Spanish US Open champion was Manuel Santana in 1965. Not since John McEnroe in 1984 had a left-hander had won the US Open men’s title.

Nadal was broken only five times in the tournament, matching the mark for fewest broken serves by a US Open men’s champion set by Andy Roddick in 2003.

Djokovic, whose lone Grand Slam title came at the 2008 Australian Open, had won his three prior matches against Nadal, all on hardcourts, but has still never defeated the Spaniard in a final or at a Grand Slam event.

Nadal improved to 9-2 in Slam finals, his only losses coming to Federer at Wimbledon in 2006 and 2007, and 15-7 lifetime against Djokovic, who could not combat the top seed’s relentless performance.

After dropping a set for the first time in the tournament, Nadal responded with exceptional shotmaking in the third set, breaking Djokovic for a 2-1 lead when the Serb sent a forehand wide.

Djokovic fought off three break points in the fifth game and five more in an epic seventh game as each man fired impressive shots time and again, those who stayed through the rain giving both men a standing ovation after Djokovic held.

Nadal held twice more to claim the third set, forced Djokovic to save a break point to open the fourth set and then broke Djokovic in the third game, his forehand winner setting up a break that came when the Serb’s forehand hit the net cord and landed beyond the baseline.

Djokovic netted a forehand to surrender a break that handed Nadal a 4-1 lead but the speedy Serb kept fighting and had a break chance in the sixth game, missing long with a forehand, before Nadal held to reach the brink of history.

Nadal swatted a forehand on the baseline to reach match point and the magical moment came after three hours and 43 minutes when Djokovic hit a forehand wide.

The Spaniard put his face in his hands and fell to the ground on his back, then rolled over and savored the moment. After receiving congratulations from Djokovic at the net, Nadal dropped to his knees on the court and raised his hands in victory.

Nadal fired a forehand winner to break Djokovic in the opening game of the match, but Djokovic answered by breaking back to 2-2, the Spaniard swatting a forehand wide to surrender his serve for only the third time in the tournament.

Djokovic, who will rise to second in the world rankings, denied Nadal on five break points in the fifth game but succumbed on the sixth, the Serb smashing his racket in anger after Nadal’s serve-swiping winner.

Nadal held his serve from there to claim the first set, an ominous note for Djokovic as the Spanish star was 107-1 in prior Grand Slam matches when winning the first set and 91-0 when taking the first two sets.

His urgency aroused, Djokovic broke Nadal at love for a 3-1 lead in the second set but saw his lead erased in a pivotal seventh game, Nadal denying him on two game points then firing a forehand winner on his third break chance.

The second set was at 4-4 with Djokovic serving at 30-all after one hour and 41 minutes of play when rains returned to Arthur Ashe Stadium, halting the match for one hour and 48 minutes.

When play resumed, Djokovic battled through deuce three times before holding to 5-4, then broke Nadal to claim the second set, the Spaniard spraying a backhand wide and netting a forehand for his first lost set of the tournament.

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Nadal beats Verdasco to reach US Open semifinals

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NEW YORK — Top-ranked Rafael Nadal got his serve in gear after being broken for the only time in five matches to beat No. 8 Fernando Verdasco 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 Thursday night in the first all-Spanish quarterfinal in US Open history.


Nadal’s streak of 62 consecutive holds of serve ended in Thursday’s third game, when he Verdasco broke him at love go ahead 2-1. Nadal wouldn’t face another break point the rest of the match, though, and won the last 13 points he served in the second set.

And now Nadal is headed to a third consecutive semifinal at Flushing Meadows. Nadal never has reached a final in New York, losing at the semifinal stage to Andy Murray in 2008, and to eventual champion Juan Martin del Potro last year.

In the very early going, Verdasco played the brand of point-extending, opponent-dispiriting defense that Nadal is so well-known for. But Nadal broke back to get to 4-all, thanks to Verdasco’s consecutive double-faults, and suddenly was seeming more and more comfortable.

Nadal broke Verdasco for a second time in the last game of the opening set thanks to a volley winner at the end of a 20-stroke exchange. By match’s end, Nadal was pulling out all the tricks, even hitting one half-volley while spinning around, putting the racket on the ball with his back to the net.

On Saturday, Nadal — trying to complete a career Grand Slam at age 24 by earning a US Open trophy to put alongside the eight total he owns from the French Open, Wimbledon and Australian Open — will face 12th-seeded Mikhail Youzhny of Russia for a spot in the final.

No. 2 Roger Federer will face No. 3 Novak Djokovic in Saturday’s other semifinal; they won their quarterfinals Wednesday. Federer has a record 16 Grand Slam titles, including five at the US Open, and has faced Nadal in finals at the other three major tournaments.

Nadal has won his last 19 Grand Slam matches, including titles in 2010 at the French Open and Wimbledon.

Youzhny’s only previous trip to the semifinals at any Grand Slam tournament came at the 2006 US Open, and he made it there by upsetting Nadal in the quarterfinals.

“It’s another time, and I’m, like, another player,” Youzhny said. “I cannot say I am (a) better player now, but it’s another time and other opponent, so everything can happen.”

He hit fewer aces and fewer winners, needed treatment on his right foot in the fifth set — and still managed to come back and beat No. 25 Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland 3-6, 7-6 (7), 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 in four hours.

“Maybe I was just a bit luckier than him,” Youzhny said.

As was the case for many matches in recent days, the wind was swirling inside Arthur Ashe Stadium. During Nadal’s 11th victory in 11 career matchups against Davis Cup teammate Verdasco, the wind gusted and the temperature dropped.

Neither player seemed pleased by the conditions, and Verdasco looked up at his guest box in the second game after hitting one of his six double-faults. In the next game, however, he played some terrific sliding, stretching defense during a 20-stroke exchange he capped with a backhand passing winner to earn a break point.

He converted that, but never got another chance to really rattle Nadal. — AP

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Williams lone American singles player at US Open

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich, Ap Tennis Writer
NEW YORK – Venus Williams arrived at this U.S. Open with a bum knee. She hadn’t played a match in more than two months. She hadn’t reached the semifinals at any Grand Slam tournament in more than a year.
And now? Williams is two victories away from her first U.S. Open title since 2001.

The No. 3-seeded Williams overcame nine double-faults and a total of 33 unforced errors to beat reigning French Open champion Francesca Schiavone 7-6 (5), 6-4 in the quarterfinals Tuesday night.
“I want to be in the final, because then obviously it’s just one more step,” the 30-year-old Williams said. “But I’m just focused on the semis, and I don’t get too excited unless the tournament is over.”
Next up for Williams is a semifinal against defending champion Kim Clijsters, who ran her U.S. Open winning streak to 19 matches by eliminating French Open runner-up Sam Stosur 6-4, 5-7, 6-3. Clijsters and Williams have split their 12 previous meetings, but the Belgian won the most recent four, including in the fourth round in New York in 2009.

“Venus is a great competitor. She’s been playing some really great tennis these last few matches,” Clijsters said. “I look forward to it. It’s a challenge.”
Williams is the only American singles player left in the 2010 tournament, because the last of the country’s 15 men in the field, 20th-seeded Sam Querrey, lost 7-6 (9), 6-7 (5), 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 to No. 25 Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland earlier Tuesday.
“I definitely wanted to … keep the hope going,” said Querrey, who was broken in the match’s last game. “You know, I was close.”
It’s the second consecutive year that zero U.S. men reached the U.S. Open quarterfinals, something that hadn’t ever happened before 2009. And this is the first season that the United States didn’t place a man in at least two Grand Slam quarterfinals since the French Open first admitted foreigners in 1925.

Wawrinka, who joins Roger Federer to give Switzerland two quarterfinalists at a major for the first time, takes on No. 12 Mikhail Youzhny of Russia for a semifinal berth. Youzhny eliminated unseeded Tommy Robredo of Spain 7-5, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.
Robredo was one of five Spanish men in fourth-round action Tuesday — and the others all played countrymen. No. 8 Fernando Verdasco closed out his thrilling 5-7, 6-7 (8), 6-3, 6-3, 7-6 (4) comeback victory over No. 10 David Ferrer — only the second match Verdasco’s ever won after dropping the opening two sets — with as spectacular a match-ending shot as any.
Nearly 4 1/2 hours in, Verdasco found the energy to sprint from the baseline up to get to a drop shot and whip a forehand around the post for a winner. Verdasco dropped to his back, let go of his racket and put his hands on his head. Then he rose for a hug with Ferrer.
Watching on TV in the locker room were No. 1 Rafael Nadal and No. 23 Feliciano Lopez, who were waiting to follow Clijsters and Stosur into Arthur Ashe Stadium.
“I’m happy for Fernando,” Nadal said, “but at the same time, sorry for David, because he deserved to win, too, no?”

Nadal then went out and showed no mercy for Davis Cup teammate and pal Lopez, beating him 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in a match that ended at 1:16 a.m. Wednesday. Nadal saved all four break points he faced and hasn’t been broken a single time through four matches.
Nadal’s match against Verdasco will be the first all-Spanish quarterfinal in U.S. Open history. It’s also a rematch of their classic 2009 Australian Open semifinal, a five-setter that lasted 5 hours, 14 minutes.
When Williams was asked whether she sensed any responsibility to carry American hopes, she smiled and replied: “If I felt like that, I don’t think I’d be able to even raise my arms. Thankfully, I don’t feel that way. I think my expectations are enough to deal with, so I’m just going to hopefully temper that.”
Her own expectations are based, of course, on a lengthy list of successes, including seven Grand Slam singles titles. Two came at the U.S. Open, in 2000 and 2001. But she last made the semifinals at Flushing Meadows in 2007, and she hasn’t played in the title match since losing to her sister Serena in 2002.
“I feel really comfortable here,” Williams said, “and it’s great to come back to a place where I have won, and a place where I’ve played well.”

Querrey-Wawrinka lasted nearly 4 1/2 hours, meaning Williams-Schiavone didn’t start on the same court until after 6 p.m.
But Williams didn’t mind the delay one bit.
“I’m a pro at waiting for my match: Singles, doubles, you name it, I’ve waited. I’ve waited for rain delays. That’s a part of tennis,” said Williams, whose other five major singles championships came at Wimbledon. “I’m a pretty laid-back person, so I don’t get too tight waiting.”
She and the sixth-seeded Schiavone both found it tough to play the way they wanted, thanks to swirling wind that Williams said made it impossible to practice serves during the warmup time, because her ball tosses kept going astray.
Still, she handled the conditions better in the end, improving to 8-0 against Schiavone.
The key was the tiebreaker, when Williams went ahead 4-0 with a backhand passing winner on the run. She moved well all evening, showing not a shred of a sign that there is anything wrong with her left knee. Williams sprained that kneecap in early August, which kept her from playing any hard-court tuneup events before heading to New York.
Schiavone, though, took the next four points to even things. Then she made it 5-all by winning a 12-stroke exchange with a volley, celebrating by skipping and pumping her fist — the sort of excellence at the net and general exuberance she showed en route to the title in Paris, where she became Italy’s first female Grand Slam champion.
But then came two shots Schiavone would come to regret. First she pushed a backhand long to give Williams a set point at 6-5. Then she sailed a forehand long to end the set.
“I’m so angry,” Schiavone would say afterward. “Instead of attacking and going for the lines, I should have played a little safer and put the ball in.”
Here is why that set was so crucial: Williams entered Tuesday with a 51-1 record at the U.S. Open when winning the first set — the only loss was 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 to eventual champion Clijsters in the 2005 quarterfinals.
So while Schiavone could insist, as she did, that, “When you lose the first set, you still have every chance to win the match,” Williams is now 52-1 in New York when the opening set is hers.
“I feel like when the stakes were higher,” Williams said, “I was able to raise my game.”
Now comes the time to do that in the U.S. Open semifinals against Clijsters — and, if Williams wins that, in the final, too.

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Nadal reaches US Open quarters by beating Lopez

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich, Ap Tennis Writer

NEW YORK – Trying to complete a career Grand Slam, Rafael Nadal has won all 12 sets he’s played so far at the 2010 U.S. Open.

He’s also won all 61 games he’s served.

Nadal moved into the U.S. Open quarterfinals and stretched his winning streak at major tournaments to 18 by beating 23rd-seeded Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in a match that finished at 1:16 a.m. Wednesday.

The top-seeded Nadal saved all four break points he faced against Lopez and has erased all 13 he’s had to deal with this year in New York.

“I am playing well, but I am not playing — yet — at my highest level,” Nadal said. “To be in (the) quarterfinals of the U.S. Open without losing a set and without losing serve, two things must work very well: concentration and the serve.”


Nadal finished with an impressive ratio of 34 winners to 14 unforced errors against Lopez. It was a point Nadal lost, though, that might have included his top shot.

Early in the third set, Nadal did his best Roger Federer impression, chasing down a lob and, with his back to the net, hitting the ball between his legs. But unlike Federer, who pulled off that trick shot for winners at the U.S. Open both last year and this year, Nadal didn’t earn the point — because Lopez was standing at the net and calmly volleyed the ball away.

Nadal and Lopez began playing after 11 p.m. Tuesday night, because theirs was the final match on Arthur Ashe Stadium in a schedule that included a five-set men’s match, a three-set women’s match and a lengthy two-set women’s match.


“Yeah, of course, it’s difficult. You have to be awake,” Lopez said. “It’s a long day for Rafa and for me. But we knew it’s going to be like this.”

Nadal won the French Open and Wimbledon this year to raise his total to eight major championships. He needs a U.S. Open title to complete a career Grand Slam.

Now Nadal will play No. 8 Fernando Verdasco in the first all-Spanish quarterfinal in U.S. Open history.

“He is a very complete player,” Nadal said. “He has all the shots, and he’s playing very well.”

It’s a rematch of their classic 2009 Australian Open semifinal, a five-setter that Nadal won in 5 hours, 14 minutes.

That’s part of Nadal’s overall 10-0 record against Verdasco.

“Everybody knows that he’s No. 1 in the world; he’s great player,” said Verdasco, who eliminated No. 10 David Ferrer in five sets Tuesday. “My record is not good against him. But I will keep trying and keep fighting.”

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Nadal Wimbeldon Champ

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Rafael Nadal is now tied with Andre Agassi, Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, Fred Perry and Ken Rosewall for having an eight grand slam.

He is that great!, Rafael Nadal beats Tomas Berdych in the men’s single’s final at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon on Sunday.

He reclaimed the Wimbledon men’s singles with his excellent performance to beat Tomas Berdych 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 in the final.

Nadal beats Federer in Madrid for 18th Masters win

(AP)Updated May 16, 2010 6:06 PM ET

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The way Rafael Nadal has been playing on clay, it’s hard to imagine he won’t take home a fifth French Open title this year.

Nadal improved to 15-0 on clay this season and won a record 18th Masters title Sunday, beating top-ranked Roger Federer 6-4, 7-6 (5) in the Madrid final.

Nadal, who will return to No. 2 in Monday’s rankings, dodged questions about being the favorite at the French Open starting May 23.


“I’m very happy with everything so far this year. I think I’ve returned to my top form and that’s the most important thing for me,” Nadal said. “Am I favorite to win at Roland Garros? I was last year and I lost.”

Nadal, hampered by nagging knee injuries last season, reversed the result of the 2009 final – the last time he and Federer faced each other – to win in Madrid for a second time and move one Masters title ahead of Andre Agassi and two in front of Federer.

“The most important thing is winning at home; winning in Madrid is a dream. After that, I think about the ranking,” said Nadal. “Against this opponent, it’s always going to be difficult.”

In the women’s final, Venus Williams was beaten 6-2, 7-5 by unseeded Aravane Rezai of France.

Nadal also won titles in Monte Carlo and Rome to become the first player to win all three titles in the same season. He has lost only two sets during that run and is 14-7 all-time against Federer, including 10-2 on clay.

“I wasn’t able to defend my title here today but I thought Rafa played an incredible clay-court season,” said Federer. “I’m looking forward to Paris now. I’m happy with my clay-court game.”

Both players struggled to hold serve early on – Nadal broke on his third attempt to go up 2-1 before the Swiss player broke back.

Nadal, who won in Madrid in 2005, went up 4-3 when Federer sent a backhand into the net after saving four break points.

Federer should have broken in the next game when Nadal’s double-fault took the score to 15-40. Solid serving from the Spaniard kept him in that game and he punched the air in celebration as he went on to take the set with a perfectly judged crosscourt forehand.

With Federer’s forehand misfiring, he hit the net to lose serve at the start of the second set before breaking back immediately.

A crosscourt backhand on the run gave Nadal another opportunity to break at 2-2 and he took it with a passing shot down the line.

Serving at 4-3, Nadal slipped over when retrieving a shot and Federer slotted the ball away for 0-30. The Swiss created a break chance with an audacious drop shot and broke to stay in the match when Nadal hit the ball long.

Nadal brought the Manolo Santana Stadium to its feet when he held serve for 5-5 by ending a fierce baseline rally with a crosscourt dropshot.

In the tiebreaker, a Federer backhand into the net gave Nadal two match points on his own serve and the Swiss saved the first with a stinging forehand winner before mis-hitting on the second to hand his rival the title.

“It’s nice that we have had a chance to play each other again and live up to the expectations with a good match, and it was a nice performance from both of us,” Federer said. “He comes up with incredible stuff. He’s Rafa Nadal after all.”

Rezai rallied from two breaks down in the second set to win her third career title in her sixth final.

The fourth-seeded Williams was seeking to win a 10th clay-court title and improve on her 12-1 record on the surface this year. It was the 70th final of her career, and she will rise to No. 2 in the rankings on Monday for the first time since May 2003.

“I probably wasn’t at the highest of my energy today. I felt a little slower than normal, but I tried hard and I feel very good about my game,” Williams said. “Sometimes you run into a player who’s red hot; they hit every shot, they don’t miss – and credit to them.”