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Finding Roger Federer Meltdown footage on YouTube is like finding a seat on the Number 4 Lexington Avenue subway at 9:30 in the morning. [Non-New Yorkers, take note: it's rare.] The Greatest of All Time usually deals with blown shots by dragging his middle finger across his forehead and tucking his hair behind his ear. Not this time. This was a semi-final match with Novak Djokovic at the 2009 Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, Florida. Djokovic just broke Fed in the third and deciding set and was up 15-0 when the Greatest of All Time took his eyes off a routine approach shot that could have evened the score. Federer went through lots of racquets when he was playing the junior circuit; wonder if he felt a little wave of nostalgia upon banging this one hard into the court.

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Miami Men's Final: March Madness Overtakes Ferrer, CBS

David Ferrer beat himself in the Sony Open final against Andy Murray, succumbing to heat, humidity, cramps, and the US Open and Olympic champ in a third set tiebreak that didn't have to be.

Courtesy Getty Images/Matthew Stockman.

Ferrer suffered a brain fart during championship point, 5-4, against Murray's serve

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US Open: Rain Ruins Super Saturday, Beth Allen Mops Up Cake Contest

Tornado heading to Queens. And we don't mean Serena Williams. Photo: AP.For a fifth consecutive year, the men's singles final at the US Open will be played on a Monday afternoon, not a Sunday night.  

That's because, for a fifth consecutive year, rain has spoiled the USTA's carefully-orchestrated tournament schedule.

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Rain, Ferrer, Spoil Murray's Run; Nadal Moves On

Holding him back: Murray's cranky back, cranky personality, hurt him against a steady Ferrer. Copyright FFT.

Andy Murray hates tennis.  Especially today, after David Ferrer frustrated him with high percentage shots and wore him down in 3 hours, 45 minutes.  Ferrer is through to his first French Open semifinal, 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-3, 6-2.

Murray grimaced and grumbled and clutched at his balky back.  He got impatient with the Spanish 6th-seed's long rallies, hitting 59 unforced errors against Ferrer's 32.

David Tutton, blogging on the match for the Roland Garros website, described it this way:

[Ferrer] had not dropped a set all tournament, and he lured Murray into the same trap as his earlier victims. Undecided as to whether he should attack or defend, the Scot fell between two stools, and was caught in long rallies that ended more often than not when he committed an error. And when he did try to throw in a drop-shot or change things up, the ploy did not work.

Murray turned his frustration on the ball, getting more aggressive in the second set, and held to open the third.  But a half hour rain delay soured his already-dark mood.  Ferrer seized the advantage, and the match, breaking Murray 10 times.  

With his win over Almagro, Nadal is 50-1 lifetime at Roland Garros. Copyright FFT.Now Ferrer faces his countryman, Rafael Nadal, who wasn't slowed at all by the rain.  He defeated another fellow Spaniard, Nicolas Almagro, 7-6 (4), 6-2, 6-3, saving 4 break points. He's two wins away from a record 7th title in Paris. 

In the women's quarterfinals, 2nd-seed Maria Sharapova dispatched 23rd-seed Kaia Kanepi, 6-2, 6-3.  

It was a tougher quarter for Wimbledon defending champ Petra Kvitova.  She needed 3 sets to get rid of qualifier Yaroslava Shvedova.  "I had zero energy left.  Just super tired," said Shvedova, who had to play three qualifying matches before getting into the main draw.

Kvitova's win puts Tam "Buttercream" Thomsen in 1st place in the I Hate Tennis French Open Cake Contest, with 132 points.  It's either her or the other Thompson to take the cake, according to bracket sponsor Tourneytopia's analysis of possible scenarios.  If Kvitova makes it to the finals and faces either Stosur or Errani, Tam wins, no matter who raises the Muskateers' Cup.  If Sharapova finals, and faces Stosur or Errani, Caitlin gets the blood sugar spike all to herself.  

Haters, who are you rooting for?  Sharapova/Thompson, or Kvitova/Thomsen?