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Roger Federer ends Novak Djokovic’s perfect season – Chicago Tribune

Today’s sports highlight in history:

In 2011, Roger Federer ends Novak Djokovic’s perfect season and 43-match winning streak by beating him 7-6 (5), 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (5) in the semifinals of the French Open. Federer advances to the title match against five-time champion Rafael Nadal. Nadal reached his sixth final in seven years at Roland Garros by beating Andy Murray 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 in the other semi-final.

At this date:

1932 – Lou Gehrig becomes the first Major League player to hit four consecutive home runs in a game, giving the New York Yankees a 20-13 victory over the Philadelphia A’s. However, Gehrig’s achievement has been overshadowed by the resignation of John McGraw, manager of the New York Giants for thirty years.

1944 – Bounding Home, ridden by G.L. Smith, wins the Belmont Stakes by a half-length over Pensive, winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.

1959 – European Cup Final, Stuttgart: Real Madrid beat Stade de Reims 2-0; 4th consecutive title for Los Blancos.

1961 – Sherluck, ridden by Braulio Baeza, wins the Belmont Stakes. Carry Beck, the winner of the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, finishes seventh.

1972 – French Open Women’s Tennis: American icon Billie Jean King wins her only French singles title; defeated Evonne Goolagong of Australia 6-3, 6-3.

1980 – NY Mets draft Darryl Strawberry, 18, No. 1 overall.

1984 – Patty Sheehan wins the LPGA Championship by a record 10 strokes over Beth Daniel and Pat Bradley.

1991 – Thomas Hearns becomes world champion for the sixth time, capturing the World Boxing Association light heavyweight title with a 12-round unanimous decision over Virgil Hill.

1992 – Chicago’s Michael Jordan scores a record 35 points, including a record six 3-pointers, in the first half as the Bulls beat Portland 122-89 in the opening game of the NBA Finals. Jordan finishes with 39 points and Chicago is just two points away from having the largest margin of victory in the finals.

1995 – Montreal’s Pedro Martinez throws nine perfect innings against San Diego before giving up a leadoff double to Bip Roberts in the 10th inning of the Expos’ 1-0 victory.

1999 – Four days after her first LPGA Tour victory, Kelli Kuehne ties the Women’s US Open record with an 8-under 64 in the first round, taking a one-stroke lead over Juli Inkster.

2001 – Karrie Webb wins the US Women’s Open in a big way for the second year in a row. Webb shot a 1-under 69 for an eight-stroke victory, the largest margin at a Women’s Open in 21 years.

2004 – Calgary ties an NHL record with its 10th road playoff win with a 3-2 victory over Tampa Bay in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final. The New Jersey Devils also won 10 road playoff games during their 1995 and 2000 championship seasons.

2006 — Jeff Burton scores the biggest come-from-behind victory ever in a Busch race, overcoming a 36th-place starting position at the Dover 200 for his second victory of the season.

2006 – Russian Nikolai Valuev retains his WBA heavyweight title in Hannover, Germany, stopping Jamaican challenger Owen Beck with a right uppercut in the third round.

2012 – Tiger Woods earned his 73rd PGA tour victory with a two-stick victory over Andres Romero and Rory Sabbatini in the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Course.

2017 – UEFA Champions League Final, Cardiff: Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice as defending champions Real Madrid beat Juventus 4-1 for twelfth title; Juventus loses fifth final in a row.

2018 – Stephen Curry, Golden State, broke Ray Allen’s NBA Finals record for most three-pointers with nine in the Warriors’ 122-103 Game 2 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.