Busted Racquet - Tennis

This sentence from the Associated Press story on Rafael Nadal's thrilling, three-set semifinal win over Viktor Troicki in Tokyo just about sums up how the latter part of the match went for the 54th-ranked Serb:

Serving for the match, Troicki double-faulted, missed an easy volley and then hit a forehand into the net, sending the set into another tiebreaker.

Troicki, who had never taken a set off Nadal in their previous three matches, used his herky-jerk serve to stretch Nadal to a final-set tiebreak, but came to net at inopportune times and played a heavy racket on crucial points.

Since the match didn't end until a little after 3 a.m. ET, here's match point in case you missed it:

Nadal will face Gael Monfils in the Tokyo finals.

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