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8:26PM

Video: Novak Djokovic Plays Tennis On Top Of A Plane

I've been waiting in anticipation for this video all week, the video where Novak Djokovic performs a death defying stunt for Head Tennis, and plays tennis ON TOP of a plane.  The video is great with a bit of a movie feel, and it looks like he is really doing it, but what do you think?  Did Nole really play tennis on top of a plane?  If he did, he's crazier that I thought, and i think I like it.

10:21AM

Pete Sampras' Trophies Found In Boxes At Hospital

Photo:  Getty Images

Last December Pete Sampras had his storage space in West Los Angeles ransacked, and unfortunately many of his 64 cherished tennis trophies, including his first Australian Open trophy went missing.  But today is Pete's lucky day, because law-enforcement has found them, but in a very odd place.

Via TMZ:

Pete is all smiles now -- we're told a private investigator working the case for Sampras got a tip the boxes would be dropped off behind a Los Angeles hospital on Saturday.

According to law enforcement, the PI tipped off security at the hospital, who eventually spotted the boxes and called LAPD. We're told cops have no idea how they got there, but they are investigating.


There is no word yet whether all the trophies were returned.

10:20PM

I Blame Uncle Toni

Rafael Nadal has looked a bit lost all week, and his first serve has been a HOT mess, but Rafa being Rafa, with his "never give up" mantra, still managed to get to the finals of the BNP Paribas Open against Novak Djokovic, someone he has OWNED in their head-to-head (16-7), and when you broke it down further into times they've met in finals, Rafa was 5-0.  But today Rafa met new, confident Nole who was on a 17-0 winning streak and had already taken out Roger Federer 3 times this year...... and Rafa. Went. Down.  With that said, I don't just mean that he lost the match (which he did to the tune of 4-6, 6-3, 6-2), but for the first time since I've watched Rafa play, it looked like he just gave up.  He kept giving his camp the stink-eye out of frustration, and you know who wasn't there when Rafa looked at his box?  That's right, Uncle Toni.  I would bet all my savings that next week in Miami when Uncle T arrives, that serve will come around quick, because Uncle T don't play that.

But of course, congrats to Nole who is now 18-0 in 2011.  He's on FIYAH.

 

Caroline Wozniacki defeated Marion Bartoli 6-1, 2-6, 6-3 to win the women's title.   This is her second title this year and her 3rd straight final.  If there is one thing you can say about Caro, (outside of her being a human backboard and a slamless number 1) is that the girl is consistent.  She'll be keeping that number 1 ranking for a while and Bartoli will rise to number 10 in the world when the rankings come out next week.  I can't blame Uncle Toni for that.

Photos:  Getty Images

10:11AM

Rafole!!!

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It's funny how I used to drool over the prospect of a Fedal final, but as in all things, tastes change and now there is no match that I am looking forward to more than today's match between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.  After defeating Roger Federer yesterday, Nole will now be number 2 in the world, a spot that he has held before, and what makes this match so enticing is that I think it will foretell who the future number 1 will be.  Rafa has played Djokovic several times in the past with the Spainard dominating the head-to-head 16-7.  But Rafa has never met this Nole on the court before. To quote Forty Duece "he's got swagga out the yin yang," and his tennis has been brillant with a 17-0 record for the season.  Rafa said coming in to this tournament that Novak would be the one to beat.  We'll soon see if he is up to that challenge.

10:11AM

BNP Paribas Open Saturday Results, Sunday Order Of Play

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RESULTS - MARCH 19, 2011
Men's Singles - Semifinals

[1] R Nadal (ESP) d J Del Potro (ARG) 64 64
[3] N Djokovic (SRB) d [2] R Federer (SUI) 63 36 62
 
Men's Doubles - Finals
A Dolgopolov (UKR) / X Malisse (BEL) d R Federer (SUI) / S Wawrinka (SUI)
64 67(5) 10-7
Women's Doubles - Finals
S Mirza (IND) / E Vesnina (RUS) d [8] B Mattek-Sands (USA) / M Shaughnessy (USA) 60 75
 
ORDER OF PLAY - SUNDAY, MARCH 20, 2011
STADIUM 1 start 11:00 am

[1] C Wozniacki (DEN) vs [15] M Bartoli (FRA) - WTA - SINGLES FINAL
Not Before 1:00 PM
[1] R Nadal (ESP) vs [3] N Djokovic (SRB) - ATP - SINGLES FINAL




1:11PM

Video: Emo Andy

This is a HIGHlarious video that Andy Murray did for Red Nose Day, where he basically pokes fun at himself and how the British media portray him.

What is Red Nose Day you ask?  From the website:

Red Nose Day is a day like no other when the whole country gets together to do something funny for money and change countless lives in the process. It all culminates in a night of cracking TV on the BBC with some of the biggest names in comedy and entertainment.  And the best bit? All the fun and mayhem helps to raise cash and transform lives across the UK and Africa.

The best quote from the video:  "You reckon there is any chance that we can do another one (photo) where you try and look more you.  Like, EMO."

Golden.

1:08PM

BNP Paribas Open Friday Results, Saturday Order Of Play

RESULTS - MARCH 18, 2011
Men's Singles - Quarterfinals

[2] R Federer (SUI) d [12] S Wawrinka (SUI) 63 64
[3] N Djokovic (SRB) d [18] R Gasquet (FRA) 62 64
 
Men's Doubles - Semifinals
R Federer (SUI) / S Wawrinka (SUI) d M Lopez (ESP) / R Nadal (ESP) 75 63
 
Women's Singles - Semifinals
[1] C Wozniacki (DEN) d [16] M Sharapova (RUS) 61 62
[15] M Bartoli (FRA) d [23] Y Wickmayer (BEL) 61 63
 
ORDER OF PLAY - SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2011
STADIUM 1 start 11:00 am

[1] R Nadal (ESP) vs J Del Potro (ARG) - ATP
[3] N Djokovic (SRB) vs [2] R Federer (SUI) - ATP
Not Before 3:00 PM
[8] B Mattek-Sands (USA) / M Shaughnessy (USA) vs S Mirza (IND) / E Vesnina (RUS) - WTA - DOUBLES FINAL
Not Before 4:00 PM
A Dolgopolov (UKR) / X Malisse (BEL) vs R Federer (SUI) / S Wawrinka (SUI) - ATP - DOUBLES FINAL
*And don't forget: ABC will now transition their East Coast, Central and Mountain Time Zone audiences to ESPN. Coverage of the BNP Paribas Open will remain on ABC here on the West Coast.