Djokovic and Nadal set for Beijing final
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
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.
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.
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
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.