BLAKE VS BERDYCH AT THE US OPEN
James Blake (USA) who is seeded fifth, reacts as he wins a game from Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic at the US Open held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 6, 2006 in New York. (UPI Photo/Monika Graff)
Rafael Nadal reached his eighth final in as many tournaments Saturday by beating Tomas Berdych at the Italian Open semifinals.
Tomas Berdych ended a 12-match losing streak to world No. 1 Novak Djokovic with a three-set win Friday in the quarterfinals of the Italian Masters in Rome.
Rafael Nadal overcame a poor start Thursday before posting a three-set win in third-round action at the Italian Masters tennis tournament in Rome.
Top seeds Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer each rolled through second-round wins Tuesday at the Italian Masters tennis tournament in Rome.
Andy Murray is back at No. 2 in the rankings and Stanislas Wawrinka returned to the Top 10 Monday when the men's tennis rankings were updated.
Fifth-seeded Rafael Nadal will face off against No. 15 Stanislas Wawrinka for the Madrid Open title after each won their semifinal matches Saturday.
Rafael Nadal moved closer to his fifth championship of the year Friday by coming from behind to defeat David Ferrer in the quarterfinals of the Madrid Open.
World No. 2 and defending champion Roger Federer was the stunning upset victim of Kei Nishikori Thursday in the third round of the Mutua Madrid Open.
Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer each won in straight sets Wednesday in second-round action at the Madrid Open tennis tournament.
Tournament wins allowed Tommy Haas and Stanislas Wawrinka to inch up in the men's tennis rankings going into the masters-level Madrid Open.