Nadal to be No. 1 after reaching Beijing final
At Beijing, Rafael Nadal was assured of taking the No. 1 ranking from Novak Djokovic after advancing to the final of the China Open on Saturday when Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic retired with a back injury.
The Spaniard was a break up at 4-2 in the opening set of their semifinal when Berdych retired soon after taking an injury timeout.
Djokovic, the defending champion, earned a 6-4, 6-2 victory over fifth-seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet in the other semifinal.
Even if he loses to Djokovic in the final Sunday, Nadal will still sit atop the rankings.
Nadal, who improved to 27-0 on hard courts this season, will return to the top ranking for the first time since July 2011. Djokovic has been No. 1 for 101 weeks.
In the women’s draw, top-ranked Serena Williams and Jelena Jankovic of Serbia advanced to the final with contrasting wins.
Serena earned a straight-forward 6-2, 6-2 victory over Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland while Jankovic rallied for a 6-7 (7), 6-1, 6-1 win over Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic.
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Notre Dame defeats Clemson in OT
At Clemson, Harrison Shipp scored two goals in leading second-ranked Notre Dame to a 2-1 overtime victory over No. 13 Clemson. Notre Dame improves to 6-0-3 overall and 3-0-2 in the ACC. Clemson is 7-2-1, 2-2-1.
FSU rallies past Clemson
At Clemson, Clemson won the first two sets against No. 18 Florida State, but the Seminoles (10-5, 3-1 ACC) fought back to take down the Tigers (7-8, 1-3) in five sets (19-25, 17-19, 25-23, 25-21, 15-8) in Jervey Gym.
USC knocks Clemson
The University of South Carolina’s club hockey team defeated Clemson 6-2 in Irmo on Friday.
This was on the heels of a come-from-behind 3-2 victory for the Gamecocks (5-3) over the Tigers (0-5) in Greenville on Thursday night.
Eric Patterson had a hat trick for USC on Friday night, and Geordie Lukas scored twice.
The Gamecocks partnered with Alala Cancer Society with “Pink in the Rink” on Friday night, wearing pink jerseys that were auctioned after the game for the charity.
Dale Turner was in goal both nights for USC, notching 23 saves on Thursday and 16 on Friday.
The Gamecocks play Georgia at The Plex Indoor Sports and Ice in Irmo at 9:15 p.m. on Friday.
From Staff and Wire Reports