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French Flies Gael Monfils of France went all out in his attempt to return this shot by Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany during their second-round match at the French Open. Monfils lost the point but beat Struff in straight sets. On Monday the 23rd-seeded Monfils advanced to the quarterfinals and was the lone hope for a French singles champion at Roland Garros. The last Frenchman to win in Paris? Yannick Noah in 1983.
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Power Serge After missing the first two games of the Western Conference finals with an injury to his left calf (his team lost both), Thunder center Serge Ibaka cast a formidable shadow over the next two games (his team won both). In Game 4, at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Ibaka stymied Tim Duncan (in black) as the Thunder evened the series with a 105--92 win. But even Iblocka wasn't enough the rest of the way. San Antonio took the next two games to advance to the NBA Finals against the Heat for the second straight year.
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Ceiling The Deal The Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist is a master of positioning and technique, but when a trip to the Stanley Cup finals is on the line, a little improvisation can be a goalie's best weapon. King Henrik preserved a scoreless tie in the second period of Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Canadiens with the save of the playoffs: Just as a deflected puck was about to slip over his right shoulder, Lundqvist threw down his stick and, while tumbling to his left, used his blocker to send the puck flying toward the Garden heights. New York went on to clinch its first trip to the Cup finals in 20 years with a 1--0 win, ensuring that the save will live on in Rangers lore—if not in goaltending textbooks.