Djokovic and Nadal set for Bei­jing fi­nal

The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS - — From news ser­vices and staff re­ports

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will re­new their long ri­valry in the China Open fi­nal Sun­day in Bei­jing af­ter both won their semi­fi­nals Satur­day in straight sets.

The top-ranked Djokovic im­proved his per­fect record at the tour­na­ment to 28-0 with a 6-2, 6-3 vic­tory over David

Fer­rer of Spain, while Nadal de­feated Italy’s Fabio Fognini, 7-5, 6-3.

Nadal leads their head-to-head 23-21 but hasn’t beaten Djokovic since the French Open fi­nal last year.

Djokovic dropped his serve for the first time this week but broke the fourth-seeded Fer­rer six times to close out the match in 74 min­utes.

He has won 25 straight sets at the China Open and will be vy­ing for his sixth ti­tle in six at­tempts Sun­day.

The third-seeded Nadal reached his first hard-court fi­nal in more than a year. Fognini had beaten Nadal three times this year, in­clud­ing in the third round of the U.S. Open last month. In women’s play, Switzer­land’s

Timea Bac­sin­szky de­feated Ana Ivanovic, 5-7, 6-4, 6-1, to reach the fi­nal. Bac­sin­szky will play Spain’s Gar­bineMugu­ruza, who beat Ag­nieszka Rad­wan­ska of Poland, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. . . .

In Tokyo, Benoit Paire of France beat de­fend­ing cham­pion Kei Nishikori, 1- 6, 6-4, 6-2, to reach the Ja­pan Open fi­nal, where he faces top-seeded

StanWawrinka, who posted a 6-4, 7- 6 (7-5) win over Gilles

Muller.

PRO FOOTBALL

The Green Bay Pack­ers likely will be with­out wide re­ceiver

Da­vante Adams (sprained an­kle) and safe­tyMor­gan Bur­nett (calf in­jury) again for Sun­day’s game against St. Louis.

Both play­ers were down­graded to doubt­ful af­ter not par­tic­i­pat­ing in the team’s light prac­tice. . . . Pittsburgh Steel­ers line­backer

Ryan Shazier’s in­jured right shoul­der will force him to miss a third straight gameMon­day night at San Diego. . . .

The Den­ver Bron­cos re­leased full­back James Casey, 31. . . .

The San Fran­cisco 49ers re­leased cor­ner­back Sha­reece Wright. He didn’t ap­pear in a game af­ter a short stint with the team that be­gan with him com­pet­ing for a start­ing job.

PRO BAS­KET­BALL

Los An­ge­les Sparks star Can­dace

Parker had 20 points and 11 re­bounds to help the U.S. women’s team rout EuroLeague cham­pion USK Prague, 85-53, in the fi­nal game of the Amer­i­cans’ Euro­pean tour. Kia Vaughn, who plays for the Washington Mys­tics, led Prague with 13 points.

MISC.

The No. 12 Georgetown men’s soc­cer team won its fifth game in a row and handed No. 21 But­ler just its sec­ond loss of the sea­son with a 2-0 home­com­ing win at Shaw Field.

TheHoyas (7-2-2, 3-0-0 Big East) got their open­ing goal

through se­nior striker Bran­don

Allen from 10 yards out in the 28th minute off an as­sist from

AlexMuyl.

Georgetown’s sec­ond tally came in the 55th from se­nior cen­ter back Cole Seiler, whose shot hit the bot­tom of the cross­bar and crossed the line— just min­utes af­ter team­mate

Arun Ba­sul­je­vic had watched a shot of his own hit the bot­tom of the cross­bar and stay out.

— Ryan Bacic

Mercedes driver Nico Ros­berg took the pole po­si­tion in Satur­day qual­i­fy­ing for Sun­day’s Rus­sian Grand Prix in Sochi. Team­mate LewisHamil­ton will start sec­ond with Wil­liams’s

Valt­teri Bot­tas third. . . . Three-time de­fend­ing na­tional cham­pion SamMiku­lak will miss the world gym­nas­tics cham­pi­onships in late Oc­to­ber in Glas­gow, Scot­land, be­cause of an an­kle in­jury. . . .

DaveMey­ers, the star for­ward who led UCLA to the 1975 NCAA bas­ket­ball cham­pi­onship as the team’s lone se­nior in Coach John

Wooden’s fi­nal sea­son and later played for the NBA’sMil­wau­kee Bucks, died on Fri­day. He was 62.

UCLA saidMey­ers died at his home in Te­mec­ula, Calif., af­ter strug­gling with can­cer for the last year.

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