Tags: Nadal, Rafael

Rafael Nadal Outlasts Dominic Thiem in Marathon U.S. Open Quarterfinal

Known for his torquing topspin and forceful forehand, Rafael Nadal showed off a different, metaphoric skill late Tuesday night at the United States Open: digestion. After being force-fed a “bagel” set of 6-0 by ninth-seeded Dominic Thiem to open their quarterfinal match, Nadal seemed to gain a boost from the rough start, as if he…

For $2.20 an Hour, the U.S. Open’s First Ball Boys Held Court With the Greats

The McEvily brothers — Tom and Rich — were ball boys at the inaugural United States Open in 1968. “Best job we ever had,” said Tom McEvily, now 67 and the president of an insurance brokerage in White Plains. “We got paid $2.20 an hour to watch the greatest players in the world compete against…

On a Wild Day at Wimbledon, Federer Exits and Nadal Hangs On

By the end of the day, a stiff drink seemed more appropriate than another serving of strawberries and cream. Nerves and serves were severely tested, but Anderson, who has cracked at such moments in the past, and Nadal, who has cracked at Wimbledon repeatedly in recent years, were the ones who held it together best…