Cyclists pedal during the 15th stage of the Giro d’Italia, from Cesana to Col Du Galbier, Italy, Sunday, May 19, 2013. A superb solo ride up the gruelling Col du Galibier enabled Giovanni Visconti to win a weather-affected 15th stage, while favourite Vincenzo Nibali retained the overall lead. (Photo: Fabio Ferrari/The Associated Press)
Six-time champion Rafael Nadal overcame one of the worst opening sets of his career to edge Latvian qualifier Ernests Gulbis (pictured) 1-6, 7-5, 6-4 Thursday and reach the Italian Open quarter-finals.
Nadal’s performance, and sometimes sluggish movement on the court, raised questions about whether he will be able to successfully defend his title at the French Open. The year’s second Grand Slam starts in 10 days.
Nadal will next face fourth-seeded David Ferrer, who advanced when Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany withdrew because of dizziness. (Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
The fun just doesn’t stop:Here is Dennis Rodman dressed in a brightly flowered jacket standing in front of the Vatican as the world waits for cardinals to elect a new Pope. Or as he probably calls it: “Wednesday.” (Photo: Andrew Medichini/The Associated Press)
SSC Napoli’s forward Edinson Cavani celebrates after scoring during the Serie A football match SSC Napoli vs A.S. Roma at San Paolo Stadium in Naples on January 6. (Photo: ROBERTO SALOMONE/AFP/Getty Images)
Tell us how you really feel: Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts to a replay of a disputed line call after hitting a return against Andreas Seppi of Italy during their fifth session men’s singles match on day three of the Hopman Cup tennis tournament in Perth on December 31.
A bumpy ride: Elena Fanchini of Italy crashes at the finish line during training for the Women’s World Cup Downhill skiing in Lake Louise. Fanchini was not injured in the mishap. (Photo: REUTERS/Andy Clark)
Wait a second … You’re not seeing double: Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci (both of Italy) wore the same outfit in their women’s quarter-final. It might have something to do with the fact that they are doubles partners. The crowd in New York might have been a bit confused, so maybe next time they should call each other?