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Nadal breaks McEnroe’s mark of straight sets won on surface


first_imgAlso on the men’s side, second-seeded Alexander Zverev brushed aside Leonardo Mayer 6-4, 6-2 and will meet John Isner after he edged Pablo Cuevas in a hard-fought match that needed tiebreakers to decide all three sets.Isner prevailed 6-7 (9), 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4) in 2 hours, 21 minutes.The top-ranked Nadal, who improved to 18-1 overall on the season, has won 38 of his last 39 matches on his favored clay.Nadal went up a break at 4-2 in the first set after back-to-back errors by Schwartzman, including a missed smash.Nadal then struck a forehand winner on the run to break Schwartzman again in the second set. Schwartzman broke back, but two straight double-faults gave Nadal a third break en route to the win.ADVERTISEMENT The 16-time Grand Slam champion is seeking his sixth title in Madrid after taking his trophy hauls at Monte Carlo and Barcelona to 11 apiece.Also, Dusan Lajovic fought back from 0-4 in the decisive tiebreaker to stun fourth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (6) for his first career win against a top-10 ranked player.Lajovic moved on to meet sixth-seeded Kevin Anderson, who eliminated Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 7-6 (7).Kyle Edmund continued his excellent run by ousting eighth-seeded David Goffin 6-4, 6-4. Edmund, an unseeded Brit, defeated former No. 1 Novak Djokovic in straight sets on Wednesday.Edmund will face 19-year-old Denis Shapovalov, after he bettered Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-4 in an all-Canadian clash.Halep lost to Karolina Pliskova 6-4, 6-3, ending her bid to become a three-time consecutive champion in Madrid.Pliskova gave the Romanian no chance, breaking her serve four times and hitting 20 winners.“I think I played one of my best matches this year for sure, and for sure on clay in my life,” the sixth-seeded Pliskova said. “I feel amazing since in the last six matches I lost to her.”Halep got off to a positive start by breaking Pliskova for a 2-0 lead, only for the Czech to take the break right back to swing the match in her favor.“I missed in some important moments,” Halep said. “That’s why it went her way.” Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Pliskova is now the highest seeded player left in the women’s tournament after both No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki and third-seeded Garbine Muguruza lost Wednesday.She will play 10th-seeded Petra Kvitova in the semifinals after she defeated Daria Kasatkina 6-4, 6-0.Kiki Bertens came from behind to beat Sharapova 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. She will play seventh-seeded Caroline Garcia after she dispatched with Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2, 6-3.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Cavs laugh off Hood’s apology for not entering Game 4 LATEST STORIES Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flamescenter_img View comments Rafael Nadal from Spain serves to Diego Schwartzman from Argentina during a Madrid Open tennis tournament match in Madrid, Spain, Thursday, May 10, 2018. Nadal won 6-3, 6-4. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)MADRID — Rafael Nadal broke John McEnroe’s record of 49 straight sets won on the same surface by beating Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-4 in the third round of the Madrid Open on Thursday.Nadal extended his winning streak to 50 consecutive sets on clay, eclipsing the mark McEnroe established on carpet in 1984.ADVERTISEMENT P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC MOST READ “When my career is over, these are things that are going to be there for always. It’s difficult to be able to win 50 sets in a row,” Nadal said. “Well, it’s done. It’s over. Let’s not talk about that any more and let’s continue on what we have ahead which is what I am concerned about.”The world No. 1’s focus is trained on his next match against Dominic Thiem, a rematch of last year’s final. Thiem, who outlasted Borna Coric 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4, is the last player to beat Nadal on clay at Rome last year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“On this surface, (Thiem) is one of the most dangerous players you can face,” Nadal said. “Tomorrow is a key match in the tournament.”While Nadal marched on, the top women’s players continued to struggle in the Spanish capital after top-ranked Simona Halep and Maria Sharapova both lost in the quarterfinals. Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feastlast_img read more


Arnold taps new education secretary


first_imgSACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday tapped Riverside County Superintendent of Schools David Long as his new education secretary. Long, a classroom teacher before he became an administrator, is “a great educator who understands education inside and out,” Schwarzenegger said at a Capitol news conference. Schwarzenegger hopes to make 2008 the year of education, much as he is spotlighting health care this year. In that event, Long, a Republican, could be a key adviser. He will help Schwarzenegger translate into policy proposals the results of a recently released comprehensive education survey that called for overhauling funding and policies. California will spend more than $40 billion on schools next year, but this will still be below the national average per student. Student performance remains lackluster despite various federal and state accountability programs. Long, 67, said he is excited about the job and impressed by Schwarzenegger’s passion for education reform. His new post pays $175,000 a year. Jack O’Connell, the state’s superintendent of public instruction, lauded the selection of Long. “I know that Dave shares my deep concern about the need to close the achievement gap in California,” O’Connell said in a written statement, “and I look forward to working with him on this critical issue.” Long has spent 40 years in education, starting as a teacher and coach in Iowa and moving up the ranks to serve as Riverside County’s elected schools chief since 1999. As Riverside County superintendent of schools, Long had some oversight over 23 districts serving 400,000 students. He chairs a safe schools committee for U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings. Long succeeds Alan Bersin, who returned to his home in San Diego to chair the board of the San Diego Regional Airport Authority. kfolmar@mercurynews.com (916) 441-4602160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more