Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend
Rublev stuns 11-time champion Nadal
Andrey Rublev produced an audacious display of attacking tennis to hand record 11-time champion Rafael Nadal a 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 defeat on clay in the Monte Carlo Masters quarterfinals in Monaco.
Rublev clinched his first win against third-seeded Nadal on his first match point with a typically powerful winner on forehand, a weapon Nadal struggled to contain all match.
Having beaten the 20-time major champion on one of his clay strongholds, Rublev’s next opponent is unseeded Casper Ruud. The 22-year-old Ruud also beat a former champion by knocking out 2019 winner Fabio Fognini 6-4, 6-3.
♦ The man who had been expected to succeed
Usain Bolt as Olympic champion will miss the Tokyo Games after failing Friday in an appeal to overturn his ban for missed doping tests. The Court of Arbitration for Sport cut current 100-meter world champion
Christian Coleman’s ban from two years to 18 months, but it won’t expire until November, three months after the Olympics. Coleman’s 9.76-second run to win the 2019 world title was the fastest in the world in the past five years, and 0.05 quicker than Bolt when he won a third straight Olympic gold in 2016. Bolt, however, still holds the world record in the event, running 9.58 at the 2009 worlds in Berlin. Coleman has never tested positive, but the American sprinter broke antidoping rules by missing three no-notice attempts to take samples from him in a one-year period.
♦ Three Colorado Avalanche games have been postponed after a third player entered the NHL’s COVID-19 protocols Friday. Pending test results, the team could return to practice as early as Wednesday and resume play on Thursday at St. Louis.
♦ The San Jose Sharks will welcome back fans on a limited basis beginning April 26 against Arizona. The Sharks say fans with proof of vaccination or a negative test for COVID-19 will be allowed to attend games for the rest of the season.
♦ The U.S. Open Cup will not be held this spring because of the novel coronavirus pandemic, a decision that follows the tournament’s cancellation last year. The U.S. Soccer Federation’s Open Cup Committee cited logistical and financial challenges caused by the pandemic and said Friday it will evaluate holding the tournament “in some fashion later in the year.”