Roger Federer won the last two sets of his tennis match against Gilles Simon to advance to the quarterfinal round of the French Open in Paris.
Federer rallies, beats Simon
Swiss superstar Roger Federer caught his right shoe in the red-clay surface while chasing a shot, twisting that foot awkwardly and tumbling to the ground during his fourth-round French Open match Sunday in Paris.
Soon enough, he was in a real rut, in danger of his earliest exit from a Grand Slam tournament in nine years.
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Federer regrouped and restored order, coming back from a two-sets-to-one deficit to beat 15th-seeded Gilles Simon of France 6-1, 4-6, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 to reach his 36th consecutive major quarterfinal.
“I didn’t hurt myself or anything,” the second-seeded Federer said. “But maybe I did lose that touch of confidence for a little bit, and then I was out of the match there for a bit.”
Tommy Robredo, who is seeded 32nd, beat No. 11 Nicolas Almagro 6-7 (5-7), 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 in a matchup of players from Spain. Robredo is the first man in 86 years to win three matches in a row at a Grand Slam event after dropping the first two sets each time; Henri Cochet of France did it at Wimbledon in 1927.
Meanwhile, in the women’s bracket, American Serena Williams — who is ranked No. 1 in the world — beat 15th-seeded Roberta Vinci of Italy 6-1, 6-3 to extend her winning streak to 28 matches.
Review supports Pac-12
Presidents of Pac-12 schools will take no further action after an independent review found the conference properly handled concerns about officiating during its men’s tournament.
A report released by Indianapolis-based law firm Ice Miller LLP said the Pac-12 was correct in its assessment that coordinator of officiating Ed Rush wasn’t serious when he offered bounties to any official who disciplined Arizona coach Sean Miller during the event in March in Las Vegas.
Ice Miller also agreed Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott had the authority and made a reasonable decision in fining Miller $25,000 for his actions during and after Arizona’s 66-64 semifinal loss to UCLA.
The report concluded the game was officiated with integrity and no favoritism toward either team.
The Pac-12’s officiating program came under scrutiny after the conference tournament, when reports surfaced Rush had offered $5,000 or a trip to Mexico for any official who hit Miller with a technical foul or ejected him from a game. Miller got a technical foul late in the loss to UCLA.
Although Rush said he made the bounty offer in jest to lighten the mood in the officials’ locker room, he resigned as coordinator of officiating April 4.
Orb is on target for Belmont
Kentucky Derby winner Orb is set to take on Preakness winner Oxbow in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes in Elmont, N.Y.
“If he has a good week, he’s a go,” Orb’s trainer, Shug McGaughey, said after the colt worked 4 furlongs in 48.30 seconds at Belmont Park.
Orb was fourth in a field of nine in the May 18 Preakness at Pimlico in Baltimore. Oxbow was sixth of 19 in the May 4 Kentucky Derby.
• Oscar Pistorius‘ family is “shaken” by the “graphic” leaked images broadcast by a British television network that purport to show the bloodied bathroom where the Olympian fatally shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Feb. 14 at his home in Pretoria, South Africa.
The double-amputee runner is due in court Tuesday for a hearing leading to his trial on a charge of premeditated murder. Pistorius, 26, denies the charge, saying he shot the 29-year-old model by mistake because he thought she was an intruder in his home.
“We were shaken by the graphic images, leaked into the public domain this week, of the accident scene at Oscar’s house,” the family said in a statement, appearing to confirm they are from Pistorius’ home.
• Epiphanny Prince scored 19 points and rookie Elena Delle Donne added 15 to help the host Chicago Sky beat the Tulsa Shock 92-71 in a WNBA game.
Chicago improved to 3-0 and Tulsa fell to 0-4.
• In another WNBA game, Angel McCoughtry scored 15 points as the visiting Atlanta Dream defeated the Washington Mystics 73-63.
• Pac-12 teams Oregon State and UCLA won NCAA baseball regionals they hosted and advanced to the super-regional level.
Oregon can advance by winning Monday at home against Rice.
• The Pinstripe Bowl and Big Ten officials will announce at Yankee Stadium in New York on Monday a multiyear agreement between the conference and the postseason football game, according to a person familiar with the situation. The Big Ten will replace the Big 12 in the Pinstripe Bowl, starting in 2014, the source told The Associated Press.
• Danny Barrett led California to the Collegiate Rugby Championship title in Chester, Pa., scoring twice in the first half of a 19-14 victory over Life University of Marietta, Ga.
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